Pattaya is a picturesque tourist spot located in the Chonburi province of Thailand. This holiday destination is world famous for its golden sandy beaches; rich cuisine and thrilling nightlife, which have made it famous amongst tourists from all over the world. The exotic location and attractions that delight the senses truly promise to make this year worth remembering for many visitors. The splendid mix of festivals, cultural shows and sport tournaments promises to make Pattaya 2009, a truly memorable year.
The year will kick start with countdown to the New Year celebrations on the Jomtein beach, followed by the traditional Chinese new year celebrations at Bali Hai Pier. The sporting calendar will start with, The Royal Trophy, golf championship game between Asia and Europe. Later the Pattaya Tennis open, promises to attract sports lover from all over the world. The famous Pattaya Marathon is held every year and consists of three races: the full marathon, the half marathon and the quarter marathon. The Pattaya Windsurfing race 1 and 2 that culminates into the Windsurfing Cup- the final race, held at the Jomtein beach. The other sporting events like the Bangsean Super carts, Jet-ski competition and Diana Gold Charity Golf tournament promise to make Pattaya 2009, an enjoyable year for sport lovers from all over the world.
A number of cultural shows and festivals will be hosted in the current year to highlight the Thai culture to millions of tourist that flock this beautiful spot in Thailand. The International Music festival is sure to rock the fans from dusk to dawn. It is jointly hosted by Thailand tourism authority along with GMM Grammy label and is divided into three stages that are held in different parts of the Pattaya city; the Laem Bali High, Pattaya Soi 4 and the central Pattaya. The scintillating music by the international and the local bands is bound to rock fans in Pattaya 2009.
The other major festival which is of traditional nature is the Songkran festival, also known as the Thai New Year. The festival involves of three days of no-stop festivities that are marked by throwing water on the people in the streets. This custom signifies good luck that it brings on to the people and at the same time provides the cooling comfort, at the time when it very hot in Pattaya. The streets are full with wet people from many nationalities, with each one enjoying this unique event to the greatest possible extent.
Pattaya 2009 will host other cultural Thai festivals like the Chonburi annual festival, the Ancestor Spirit ceremony, Laem Tan Seafood festival, Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo, Pattaya Vegetarian festival, Bangsaen sand castle & Wan Lai festival. The contest like the Miss Queen International, Wedding fair, eastern bartender contest and the Alcaza Lip Sing contest add to glamour to the atmosphere of the city. All this festivals and contests are sure to attract the people, from around the world and make Pattaya 2009 an amazing year that will captivate their senses.