Pattaya is the closest beach resort town to Bangkok, and this makes it very easy to reach for people from all over the world, as well as for Bangkok residents themselves. It’s known mostly for the sex tourism industry, which does dominate the economy, but there are family attractions and nice hotels, so it’s also popular with all ages.
In addition to having an anything-goes flavor for adults, Pattaya is also a great bargain as a destination. Hotels tend to be quite cheap, especially those a few blocks from the beach, and food and drink bargains are also easy to find if you are looking.
Generally, prices are a bit cheaper than those in Bangkok, so if you are looking for just a cheap and mellow place to relax, this is a better option compared to the madness and higher prices of the capital.