Pattaya is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, known for its pretty beaches, vibrant nightlife and ever-evolving landmark the Sanctuary of Truth. Formerly a small fishing village, Pattaya has now grown into a bustling resort city that rivals Thailand’s capital Bangkok. It began expanding during the Vietnam War, when it was reported that American soldiers would visit the town to recuperate from fighting. While Pattaya has a colourful reputation, it is one of Thailand’s best locations for both rowdy parties and relaxing beach holidays. Traditional Thai village districts and vibrant metropolitan areas with malls like Central Marina aren’t far away from each other, meaning you can enjoy the best of both worlds in Pattaya. Pattaya is served by U-Tapao Airport, 45 minutes’ drive south of the city, which can be reached from lots of international destinations. Bangkok Airport is also within reasonably easy reach, with car or coach transfers taking around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the city.