1 Location, Location, Location
The main reason for Pattaya’s popularity is the resort’s location right next to Bangkok and the Suvarnabhumi international airport. You will get to Pattaya in two hours from Bangkok, and even faster from the airport. The taxis won’t cost much.
Pattaya has more golf courses than any other place in Thailand. There are more than 20 golf courses within an hour’s drive from Pattaya, so you can play on a new course every day of your holiday.
For many Pattaya’s notorious nightlife is the most important reason to travel here, and for just as many it is the reason to a avoid Pattaya.
To be honest, Pattaya’s notorious reputation as a sex tourism central is exaggerated, and you can have fun in the night without getting involved in prostitution. You will find several go-go-bars on the Walking Street, Pattaya’s main party street, but there are also a number of good rock bars and clubs where beautiful Russian tourists dance all night long.
4 Sights and Activities
Life in Pattaya goes around tourism, and there are plenty of activities to keep the customers happy. You can go diving and fishing, drive go-carts and get your thrills on a nearby national park swinging through the tree canopy on a zip-line. There are elephant camps, tiger shows, crocodile parks and several water parks. Stunning paradise island Ko Larn is just a short boat ride away.
5 Value for Money
Pattaya is Thailand’s cheapest travel destination. Hotel rooms are cheaper than in more distant locations and the same goes for the restaurants and golf courses. Also the public transportation is better organized than elsewhere in Thailand: as you can easily get around in cheap shared songthaew taxis (rides starting from 10 baht), you are not on the mercy of greedy taxi drivers.