Although more familiar to visitors and tourists in Thailand as a tropical beach resort, with everything a sun-worshipping holiday-maker could want, there is much more to Pattaya than the long sandy beaches and diverse night life; culinary pleasures and cultural delights abound. Pattaya is a melting pot, with influences and residents from all over the world; the result of which is a fascinating cultural heritage and a broad choice of dining choices that includes Thai cuisine as well as Italian, German, Swiss, Hungarian, French, English, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Scandinavian and of course, as a seaside resort, a rich and varied selection of fresh seafood to enjoy in the many seafood restaurants and food stalls.
Pattaya is everything a visitor could want from a holiday to Thailand and particularly so for those looking to discover the cultural heritage of this fascinating country. There are endless opportunities to discover the past in today’s Pattaya. For starters, visitors looking to see how the day to day lives are lived amongst the Pattaya residents, the unique Pattaya Floating Market is a great place to visit; the biggest floating market in the world, it is where you can shop for the freshest produce and local goods.
Local performances of Thai classical dance and music, martial art demonstrations, artists painting modern scenes in traditional styles, house-boats on the water, the Pattaya of yesteryear in the beauty of Bang Saen beach where you can explore the Bang Saen Aquarium, the picturesque ‘Monkey Cliff’ and ‘Ang Sila’, a tiny fishing community famous for its oyster farms and stonemason villages.
This popular resort is so easily accessible from Bangkok, it is the natural choice for city dwellers seeking escape as well as international travellers seeking the delights of Thailand. Located at the Gulf of Thailand, just 140km south-east of Bangkok, culture lovers in Pattaya are gifted a rich and varied choice of adventures in Pattaya and the surrounding areas. This fun-filled Thai holiday destination is also a place of contrasts, where the old and new, the ancient and modern, exist in balanced harmony.