Coastal resort welcoming record numbers

Pattaya, a city lying on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, is set to achieve record visitor numbers this year.

The resort destination, which lies just 165km away from Bangkok, is predicted to welcome around eight million hotel guests in 2012, following a nine per cent surge in hotel occupancy rates in 2011.

“If you visit Pattaya, you’re sitting next to the country’s capital with an established tourism market,” Bill Barnett, managing director of Phuket-based C9 Hotelworks that conducted the report into visitor numbers, told the Bangkok Post.

“It’s the yin to Bangkok’s yang.”

Attractions in the coastal resort include the Wat Khao Phra Bat temple, featuring a magnificent 18m-high Buddha statue, the ornate carvings of the Sanctuary of Truth and the wonderfully maintained expanse of the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden.

As well as places of interest, Pattaya features mainland beaches and is close to a number of beautiful islands.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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