Pattaya Photo Guide gives its visitors a panoramic photoview of what it’s like to walk down the city’s major streets, thanks to some slick technology
As travellers turn increasingly to the web to find out information about their destinations, so there are more and more ambitious websites finding new ways to share that information. The newly launched Pattaya Photo Guide makes the leap from being a traditional text and pictures website to providing photo panoramas of Thailand’s second largest city, allowing a website visitor to virtually walk along many of Pattaya’s most famous streets. It’s strangely compelling, clicking along the blue dotted path marked out on the photo in front of you to see the next section of the street. You can click back and forth along the route and save the webpage address of interesting bits found along the way. Pattaya Photo Guide drops you literally right in the middle of the city.
Beneath the panoramic photoview is a traditional Google Maps street map, showing the relevant section of the city that’s around the panorama photo. The areas mapped out by the photo panaromas are depicted with blue dots – the little man icon wanders along the dots as you click them in the panorama view, or if you want to drop into a different section of the city, you can just click an area on the Google Map.
As well as wandering through the city, you can browse hotels, shopping, apartments, nightlife and entertainment listings for photos of different establishments – these also provide Google Maps of their locations, although at the moment there’s no reviews or description of what each place is actually like.
The application of this sort of technology is only going to grow for travel sites – it gives the user an immediate sense of what it’s like to be there, which is particularly useful for first time visitors. This sort of frame of reference is what’s missing from most traditional travel guides. It’ll be interesting to see how Pattaya Photo Guide develops and expands.