The Thais love festivals and fairs and the calendar is full of colourful pageants, carnivals and excuses to celebrate. My personal favourite is Songkran (Thai New Year) in April - expect to get a thorough soaking! There's plenty to do in Pattaya - shopping, boat trips, watersports as well as a hugely varied nightlife including cabaret, nightclubs, theme pubs and dining cruises. The famous and beautiful Sanctuary of Truth temple is just a couple of miles north. There's an excellent aquarium, go karts, bowling, elephant and crocodile farms and a handful of world class golf courses within an easy drive.