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Pattaya is a city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf, 147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok and known for its beaches and nightlife. The city was built around Ao Pattaya, a wide, crescent-shaped bay that was one of Thailand’s first beach resorts and is now a popular area for new luxury real estate developments.
North Pattaya (Pattaya Neua) is a more upmarket area while Pattaya South (Pattaya Tai) remains the nightlife hub. The best beaches in the area are on Koh Samae San, a tiny island with good snorkelling, and the navy-run Hat Nahng Ram, both 35km south of Pattaya. Pattaya is also gaining popularity as a medical tourism destination, that it home to world class international plastic and cosmetic surgery clinics.