Pattaya is the 2nd largest city in Thailand and located 100 km south-east of Bangkok. The international airport for Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi, is on the way to Pattaya and the driving time from the airport to Pattaya is now reduced to around 1 hour 30 minutes. The city also have its own airport, only 25 km away, at Utapao. This airport is now being developed more and more, and today have flights to Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Shanghai and 3 other destinations in China. More routes are expected to open soonest.
Pattaya was a fishing village until the 1960s. Then, during the Vietnam War, American servicemen stationed at U-Tapao Air Base, or other US bases in Thailand, began visiting Pattaya.
NEW NORDIC KOH SAMUI
Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand (bordering the South China Sea in the Pacific Ocean). Koh Samui became a backpackers destination in the late 70’s. Today, all kinds of tourists from all over the whole world are visiting this easygoing “paradise”. Samui is surrounded by more than sixty other islands, some small and inhabited, some are larger such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
The climate of Koh Samui is a little bit different than Phuket, Krabi and other parts of South Thailand, due to the fact that it is located in the South China Sea and rainy season is not as long and not as strong as in for example Phuket. Mid-summer, July, can be really nice in Samui, while October and November is the wet season.
NEW NORDIC PHUKET
Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand and located in one of the southernmost provinces. The province of Phuket consists of 32 smaller islands off the cost of the main island. Phuket is actually not considering itself an island since it is connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge, going to the province of Phang Nga. The Phuket province has an area of 576 square kilometers (222 sq mi), somewhat less than that of Singapore, and is the second-smallest province in Thailand.
Before Phuket was on one of the major trading routes between China and India, and derived its wealth from tin and rubber.
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