Pattaya gets more visitors than Vatican

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Pattaya, the popular beach town in southeastern Thailand, counted record visitor numbers in 2012 of 8.3 million people, both local and foreign, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reported on August 15.

That is up from around 5 million in 2008 and has thus surpassed visitors to Vatican City, the home of the Pope, whose tourism numbers have been hovering around 5 million over the past years, to compare it with the other extreme. The main foreign income source for both destinations is tourism.

TAT was projecting a minimum growth of Pattaya visitors of 10 per cent in 2013. Russia continues to supply the largest group of visitors to Pattaya, followed by China, Germany and South Korea.It was estimated that foreign tourists to the province of Chonburi, where Pattaya is located, generated revenue of $3.2 billion baht.

There are a lot of tourist attractions in Pattaya, among them the gigantic teak wood called Sanctuary of Truth, the Pattaya Floating Market, the Underwater World in Pattaya, the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, the Pattaya Sriracha Tiger Zoo and the shopping street Avenue Pattaya.

Other visitors are reportedly raving enthusiastically about the Pattaya nightlife, which includes numerous bars and nightclubs on Walking Street, the world-famous transgender Tiffany’s Cabaret Show, as well as extravagant beach parties.

The Vatican, on the other hand, boasts more tranquil attractions such as St. Peters Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s frescoes, the Vatican Gardens, the Vatican museums and, of course, Michelangelo’s Pieta.

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Pattaya, the popular beach town in southeastern Thailand, counted record visitor numbers in 2012 of 8.3 million people, both local and foreign, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reported on August 15.

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Vatican City

Pattaya, the popular beach town in southeastern Thailand, counted record visitor numbers in 2012 of 8.3 million people, both local and foreign, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reported on August 15.

That is up from around 5 million in 2008 and has thus surpassed visitors to Vatican City, the home of the Pope, whose tourism numbers have been hovering around 5 million over the past years, to compare it with the other extreme. The main foreign income source for both destinations is tourism.

TAT was projecting a minimum growth of Pattaya visitors of 10 per cent in 2013. Russia continues to supply the largest group of visitors to Pattaya, followed by China, Germany and South Korea.It was estimated that foreign tourists to the province of Chonburi, where Pattaya is located, generated revenue of $3.2 billion baht.

There are a lot of tourist attractions in Pattaya, among them the gigantic teak wood called Sanctuary of Truth, the Pattaya Floating Market, the Underwater World in Pattaya, the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, the Pattaya Sriracha Tiger Zoo and the shopping street Avenue Pattaya.

Other visitors are reportedly raving enthusiastically about the Pattaya nightlife, which includes numerous bars and nightclubs on Walking Street, the world-famous transgender Tiffany’s Cabaret Show, as well as extravagant beach parties.

The Vatican, on the other hand, boasts more tranquil attractions such as St. Peters Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s frescoes, the Vatican Gardens, the Vatican museums and, of course, Michelangelo’s Pieta.

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