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Pattaya Bay
Pattaya Bay

Pattaya is Thailand's oldest international beach resort. It was "discovered" as it were, by American servicemen during the Vietnam war. The nearby U-Tapao air base was used by the US during the war, so Pattaya was a handy "R & R" location.

With such beginnings, its hardly surprising that Pattaya quickly gained an image as one of Thailand's seedier beach resorts. However, in recent years the local authorities have made considerable efforts to clean up Pattaya's image, even though that has generally meant adding more family-oriented attractions rather than just getting rid of the seedy bits.

Pattaya's location just two hours from Bangkok makes it a popular weekend destination for people wanting to escape the big city. This in turn guarantees that there is plenty of accommodation in just about every price category.

There aren't many sights in Pattaya. The main attraction is the beach, so don't expect to see much of the "real" Thailand here.


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