During the Vietnam war, the USAF (United States Air Force) U-Tapao airport, located about 45 minutes drive from Pattaya, as a base, and Pattaya became a popular recreation area for military personnel on leave. Ever since the Vietnam War ended in 1975, Pattaya has become Thailand's most visited tourist area of about 5 million passengers annually. Pattaya's own population count at around 100 000 inhabitants.
It called Pattaya consists in reality of two beaches. One is the Pattaya and Jomtien the other. Both are equally popular hogget. In Pattaya there are several luxury hotels, standard hotels with less (cheap) hotel, and a large selection of restaurants in all price ranges. Pattaya is a good choice for those looking for a wide range of western food and appreciate good service.
On the day shows Pattaya up by being nice for shopping with its shopping malls and small shops. Perfect to explore when you want more than sun, sand and beach activities. In the evenings, however, explodes Pattaya and the main pedestrian street offers banquet and party well into the wee hours.
Officially it is illegal to serve alcohol after 1:00 in Thailand, but this is not really in Pattaya (for unknown reasons). In Pattaya you can find also many cinemas showing the latest films with English speech and Thai subtitles. Pattaya also has several shows based on traditional Thai dance combined with lots of indigenous music.
Koh Lan is located just outside Pattaya and can be reached by ferry or a 'speedboat. Many local travel agencies also arrange trips to other islands such as Koh Samet and Koh Chang.
The area around Pattaya offers a range of activities. Golf, tennis, bowling, bungee jumping, haunted castle (!), Miniature golf and a whole host of beach activities can be found.