The city is divided mainly into two parts. Travelers especially first time visitors to the city can benefit from keeping this in mind so that they can easily establish their bearings anywhere in the city and avoid getting lost. The greater city proper, where the tourist area is located, spans the northern section which covers the eastern areas of the northernmost beach, Naklua Beach, and Pattaya Beach (considered as the main beach) and reaches as far as the headland of Buddha Hill which is south of the main Beach; while the southern section, on the other hand, spans the eastern area of Jomtien Beach (directly south of Buddha Hill headland) that includes Dongtan Beach. The main beach is where most tourists venture by the droves while the beaches of the southern district are relatively more pristine and offer a calmer and family-themed atmosphere than the areas to the north where raunchy bars and adult-themed attractions are concentrated.
There are many things to do and experience in the resort city beyond the establishments that are notorious in catering to the whims and fantasies of aging Caucasian males. A traveler shouldn’t miss out on seeing Khao Phra Tam Nak or Khao Phra Bat for themselves since this elevated area overlooks the entire city down below and provide magnificent 360 panoramic views of the harbor and the shoreline festooned with hotels, resorts, shops and bars which comprise the tourist lifeblood keeping the city alive and vibrant during the day and especially at night. Family-oriented attractions should also not be forgotten since the city is rich in water parks, zoos and a coastal shopping center by the bay (boasting as the biggest in Asia) which can make any family holiday memorable and worth repeating. The Elephant Village, the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, Khao Kheow Open Zoo and Underwater World are just some of many attractions where tourists of all ages can interact with animals and nature and explore rural Thai culture. World class shopping and dining are also worth doing at the newly opened Central Festival Mall—a 240,000 square meter shopping complex at the heart of the city which features a total of 370 establishments. With a wide selection of Thai products dominating the ground floor tourists can also do their holiday gift shopping for their friends and family back home.