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PATTAYA -- area code +66-38
Pattaya: love it or loathe it, Thailand's largest developed tourist resort has fans that flock here year-after-year. Over the past two decades the town has cleaned up its act on a number of fronts -- restoring the water quality, landscaping the beaches and adding bike and pedestrian pathways, licensing the roaming vendors, and sponsoring world-class festivities that attract locals and tourists alike. Pattaya is also a favored place for retirees given the vast choice of condominiums and excellent and inexpensive healthcare available. Pattaya offers a wide variety of international dining in addition to as much fresh seafood as you can eat. The speedy superhighway from Bangkok has cut down travel time to less than two hours and just an hour from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Pattaya's gay scene is still mostly commercial, but there are also relaxed gay businesses where visitors can make friends. Everyone heads to Jomtien Beach in the afternoon to lie under umbrellas and people-watch. The three main gay nightlife areas are Sunee Plaza, Boyz Town, or Jomtien / Supertown (just a block from the beach in a shophouse complex similar to Phuket's Paradise Complex).
Pattaya's population is over 250,000 and growing (that's about 10,000 Utopians, not counting the tourists). Pattaya is also a glimmering attraction for gays from neighboring Cambodia.
Here's are some Pride pics from the early days:
The 2nd Annual Pattaya Gay Festival:
combining celebration and social support!
The 2001 PATTAYA GAY FESTIVAL report and pictures
from this seaside resort's first pride celebration.
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