Pattaya A Travelers Paradise
Pattaya is nestled along a picturesque bay on the East Coast of the Gulf of
Thailand, roughly 170 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. From a fishing village in
the 1960's, Pattaya has emerged as the favorite Southeast Asian vacation center.
A fascinating escape where tourists, holiday makers and vacationers from around
the world unfold an incomparable array of possibilities to unwind during an
exotic holiday beach vacation.
Unlike other beach resorts, where natural surroundings are used as magnets to
attract tourists, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of
everything. Here, everything means everything a tourist can imagine while on
holiday: recreation, entertainment, sports, sightseeing and fun. To put it
simply, Pattaya is a paradise for everyone, as it has a variety of attractions
suitable for all types of visitors. This is the place where you can fill your
day, from dusk to dawn, with endless activities, or you may choose to do nothing
at all and relax.
Pattaya's name was originated from the march of Phraya Tak (later known as King
Taksin the Great) and his followers from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi just before
the fall of the Ayutthaya Kingdom to the Burmese invaders in 1767.
When Phraya Tak's army arrived in the vicinity of what is Pattaya today, he
encountered the troops of Nai Klom who tried to intercept him. When the two
leaders met face to face, Nai Klom was awed by Phraya Tak's dignified manner and
his army's strict discipline, thereby surrendering without a fight. The place
where the two armies confronted each other was later called Thap Phraya, which
means the Army of the Phraya. This was later changed to Phatthaya, which happens
to mean the wind blowing from the southwest to the northeast at the beginning of
the rainy season. Today the spelling of the name has been simplified to Pattaya.
For centuries, Pattaya was a small fishing village almost cut off from the
outside world. But a big change occurred on 29 April 1961 when the first group
of about 100 American servicemen who would join the Vietnam War arrived in
Pattaya for relaxation. Soon, sleepy Pattaya became Thailand's premier and most
successful beach resort, which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of
pleasure-seeking visitors. A full range of accommodations from super deluxe
hotels to bungalows and mini-pocket guesthouses replaced fishermens huts along
the beach. Fishing vessels were adapted to become tourist boats and swimmers and
sunbathers from various parts of the world frequented the quiet powdery golden
beaches. Places of nighttime entertainment have also sprung up and are popular
among international tourists.
Pattaya currently integrates the delights of a 1st class beach resort, city-like
dining, shopping and night entertainment facilities with more than 300 assorted
hotels, thousands of shops, restaurants and bars. In addition, there are an
array of sports and recreational activities including beaches, golf courses,
tennis courts, go-kart, gyms for working out, weight lifting and Thai-boxing
gear. Pattaya offers a broad range of things to do. During the day, one may
enjoy riding elephants or driving humble automatic mini-bikes, monstrous
motorcycles, or even monster multicolored convertible Jeeps. Others go for
shooting firearms, scuba diving and surfing, deep-sea fishing, speed boats,
scooters, water-skiing, parasailing, or aerial sports such as gliding
ultra-lights and flying motor-propelled gliders. On the other hand, at night,
there are restaurants, bars, theaters, cabaret shows, night clubs, bowling
halls, billiard & snooker clubs, exotic erotic shows, discos, sauna & massage
parlors, not to cite its absolutely incredible shopping which is available
non-stop both day-and-night.
This exotic beach resort welcomes approximately 5 million visitors a year. The
friendly and hospitable Thai nature boosts its promotion, frequently bringing
back the repeat visitors and constantly increasing the number of newcomers.
Pattaya city is located on the eastern coast of the country at latitude 13 N and
longitude 101 E in the area of Chon Buri province. It is 147 kilometers from
Bangkok and lies parallel to Sukhumvit Road on its east and the coastline on its
west. Pattaya occupies an area of 208.1 sq. km. that is divided into 53.44 sq.
kilometers of land and 154.66 sq. kilometers of islands and sea. Its coastline
is 15 kilometers long.
Pattaya has a plain on the coast with some high mountains to the south. The area
on the east slopes down towards the sea on the west.
Pattaya City has been administered under a special autonomous system since 1978.
It has a status comparable to that of a municipality and is administered
separately by the mayor of Pattaya City, who is responsible for making policies,
organizing public services, and supervising all employees of Pattaya City