Pattaya is acclaimed as South East Asia's favorite resort. Situated off the Gulf of Thailand, some 145 kilometers from the nation's capital, Bangkok. It is only 1 ½ hours from the main airport Suvarnabhumi. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city with visitors from around the world. It has an estimated population of 300,000.
The climate is hot year round with an average peak temperature of 29 degrees. There are 3 tropical 'seasons' Hot (March to May) Rainy (June to October) and Cool (November to February)
As a resort, Pattaya has changed enormously in recent years with many world-class real estate developments having been built and many more underway. This has attracted a wealthier type of investor/visitor to the area. As the numbers of affluent visitors began to rise, so too, did the standard of leisure activities, restaurants and entertainment venues to service this new sector.
Pattaya now has far more to offer than just the vibrant nightlife for which it is world-famous for. With an extraordinary amount of activities from the relaxed to the sporting, it also has some unique attractions (click on the Pattaya Activities and Pattaya Attractions buttons for more information).
Since the arrival of the Central Department Store on Beach Road, the shopping is of international standard, though many still enjoy rummaging around the many street markets for exotic bargains.
There are several top quality hospitals, clinics and excellent dentists. Indeed, the quality of medical care in Thailand is high with the very latest equipment and professional personnel.
Many people visit Thailand for a wide variety of medical treatments due to the fact that they can receive exceptional treatment at a fraction of the cost in their own country.
For those looking to settle here with a family, there are some highly respected international schools in the area.