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Pattaya is located on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand (Eastern Seaboard Thailand), around 145 km south of the capital Bangkok, and with in Chonburi Province.
Distance from the new international Suvarnabhumi airport is aprox 115 km, or 60 to 90 mins drive to Pattaya.
The land area of Pattaya is around 50 square kilometres.
The registered number of citizens is near to 110,000. However, the real number of people living in Pattaya is estimated at around 300,000 to 600,000. Five million+ tourists visit Pattaya every year.
The city of Pattaya is a self governing special municipal area which covers the whole districts of Nongprue and Naklua and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Palai.
Running north-south, a few hundred metres apart, are Pattaya Beach Road (Thanon Hat Pattaya) which borders the beach (Hat Pattaya), Pattaya Second Road and Pattaya Third Road (with the smaller but busy Soi Buakhao in between), and the main Sukhumvit Road coastal highway. Beach Road is one-way southbound, Second Road one way northbound.
These are connected by the three major east-west roads: North Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Nua), Central Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Klang) and South Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Tai).
Also connecting Beach Road and Second Road are a large number of smaller streets or sois. The main sois are numbered from 1 to 16, from north to south. Sois 1-6 are between North Pattaya Road and Central Pattaya Road, sois 7-13 are between Central Pattaya Road and South Pattaya Road (including the Pattayaland sois, immediately north of South Pattaya Road), sois 14-16 are south of South Pattaya Road. Most of these east-west sois are (in theory at least) one-way.
Beach Road, Second Road, and North Pattaya Road (plus Naklua Road to the north) all meet at the Dolphin Roundabout landmark.
Second Road south of South Pattaya Road becomes Phratamnak Road, which shares a junction with both the southern end of Third Road and the northern end of the main road to Jomtien, Thappraya Road.
Walking Street, southern end of Pattaya beach Road and south of South Pattaya Road is closed to vehicles in the evenings (currently 18:00-02:00) this is the main tourist area h for nightlife.
At the southern end of Walking Street is Bali Hai Pier.
The Beaches and Islands
Pattaya Beach is situated alongside the city centre, close to shopping, hotels, restaurants and bars. Most sections of the beach are covered by rented deckchairs run by local beverage vendors during daylight hours. The section of beach from Central Road (Pattaya Klang) south to the Pier is adjacent to the core of Pattaya's abundant nightlife area and is less family-oriented than the North Pattaya, Wong Amat (Naklua) and Jomtien beaches.
Beyond the southern end around Buddha Hill and the headland that divides Pattaya Bay from Jomtien, there are several other smaller beaches. At the northern end of Pattaya beach is Wong Amat Beach, which is reached from the Naklua Road and Soi Wong Amat.
Jomtien Beach is separated from the main part of Pattaya by Phratamnak Hill, just south of the city. Jomtien beach is a popular family and water sport location, a residential area with beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, condominiums and restaurants. Dong Tarn Beach, at the northern end of Jomtien Bay, has a traffic-free promenade.
Wong Amat Beach is located at northern end of Pattaya Beach and separated by Rachvate Cape (accessed from Naklua Road and Soi Wong Amat). This is a quiet relaxing residential area with direct waterfront hotels, condominiums. Further North is the smaller Crescent Moon Beach and Palm Beach, and far North is the main Naklua Beach.
Koh Lan or Coral Island is a small island situated 7.5 km west of Pattaya. It has several beaches with soft white sand and crystal clear water, and is known for its relaxing atmosphere and exotic fish.
The Island can be reached by speedboat and ferry. The ferry departs hourly, and is a 45-minute ride costing just 20 baht each way. Speedboats are more expensive, but can reach the island in less than 15 minutes.
Off Pattaya there are two small island groups, the Near Islands Koh Sak and Koh Krok located close to the northern shores of Pattaya, and Koh Lan, and the Far Islands Koh, Rin, Koh Man, Koh Wichai, Koh Hua Chang, and Koh Badan which are located offshore due west of Pattaya. These islands, especially the Far Islands, are the mainly scuba diving destinations in and around Pattaya.
Pattaya enjoys a year round tropical climate and has 3 seasons:
November – February: Hot and Dry Season, Temperature daytime 24 to 30 Degrees Centigrade (77 to 86 Degrees Fahrenheit). Sunny nearly everyday, normally no rain
March to May: Hot and Humid Season, Temperature daytime 30 to 40 Degrees Centigrade (86 to 104 Degrees Fahrenheit). Good weather, but sometimes chances of rain showers.
June to October: Hot and Rainy Season, Temperature daytime 27 to 35 Degrees Centigrade (80 to 95 Degrees Fahrenheit). Actually the rainy season in Pattaya is not the same as in the other provinces of Thailand. The heaviest rainfalls here tends to be at the beginning and end of the season with some rainy days in between, but often you have many days with perfect weather and sunshine. - Pattaya and Hua Hin are the cities with most sunshine hours per year in Thailand!
Events & Festivals
Pattaya's Songkran Festival is different to the rest of Thailand, it runs on 18-19 April. Pattaya Carnival/Festival is held annually at Pattaya Pier and it is a colourful event which includes beauty pageants, musical performances, cultural shows, fireworks and water sports competition. Pattaya International Music Festival is held annually in the month of M arch. On different stages, there are a bandwagon of several styles of music performed by both Thai and international artists.
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