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Thailand - Eastern Area - Chon Buri - Pattaya

Pattaya is a mainly Buddhist (over 90%) area on the coast of Chon Buri province of Thailand. Pattaya is 147 km from Bangkok on the inter-provincial Sukhumwit Road. Pattaya occupies an area of about 200 sq. km. that is about 50 sq. km. of land and about 150 sq. km. of islands and sea. The mainland coastline is about 15 km. long. Pattaya has a flat plain in the coastal area with some high mountains in its southern region. The second language of the area is English, which is widely understood and spoken.

About 90% of the area's income comes from international tourism.

The main beaches of Pattaya city are Naklua Bay, Wong Phrachan (Crescent Moon) and Wong Amat in the north Pattaya Bay in the middle and the quieter Jomtien Beach to the south.

Pattaya has a climate that can roughly be divided into 3 seasonal periods. The Cool (to warm) Season is from November to February. The Hot (and humid) Season is from March to May. The Rainy (and hot) Season is from June to October.

Things to see and do in the Pattaya area:

Alangkarn is a 2000 seater theatre and 30 acre site where modern Thai (multidimensional) shows take place.

Coral Islands. A short distance out on the Gulf of Thailand from Pattaya are 3 smallish islands known for their colourful corals. The largest of the three - Ko Lan is just over 7 km from Pattaya and connected by a shuttle boat service. Ko Khrok and Ko Sak are the other two isles - laying a short distance from Ko Lan. About 10 km further out still are more smaller isles - the biggest of which are Ko Phai and Ko Rin.

Diving - Scuba and Snorkeling. Pattaya is a place suitable for beginners in both disciplines. This is the nearest place to Bangkok with suitable water for diving.

Golf - There are a number of championship and designer golf courses in and around Pattaya and across Chon Buri.

Khao Phra Bat or Phra Tamnak Hill is a view point about 1 km to the south gives the best panoramic views of Pattaya and the coast.

Mini Siam is a site over 100 acres with miniature replicas of famous Thai and rest of the world.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Pattaya is a collection of the weird and the wonderfully from around the world. Curios, puzzling items and facts etc.

She-male Cabaret Shows are a must for all - adult visitors to Pattaya.

Sriracha Tiger Zoo and show ground where you can see tigers of all ages and watch animal circus type shows.

The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya crocodile 'farm' is a 40 acre site full of unusual sights including a petrified tree from an era a million years ago. Daily magic and animal shows.

Wat Yannasangwararam is situated about 20 km to the south of Pattaya - a royal temple dedicated to His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, the present King. Built in a number of Asian and Oriental styles.

Water skiing is available on the southern end of Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach.

Windsurfing. Jomtien Beach to the south of Pattaya is the chief centre for windsurfing - The Pattaya Windsurfing Club organises regular competitions.

Other sports which can be carried out in Pattaya are: archery, badminton, bowls, fishing - coarse and game, horse riding, parasailing, sailing, shooting, squash, tennis

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