In the 1960s, Pattaya was just a fishing village. American soldiers stationed at the nearby base in Uttapao and in the Gulf of Thailand came there for entertainment during the Vietnam War. The city developed quickly, it now has more than 100,000 inhabitants and welcomes millions of tourists each year. The young seaside resort is mainly frequented by Asians, but the city is world famous for its nightlife, it is home to tourists and expats of all nationalities.
Pattaya is located in the Gulf of Thailand, 150km south of Bangkok, in the province of Chonburi. I can’t explain why, but the region seems to enjoy a microclimate. The hot season is tempered by the sea and during the monsoon, the rains only last an hour or two while it can rain for several days on the Andaman coast. This may be the reason that made it the largest seaside resort in the country.
Take the time to visit the city and its surroundings. It’s not just the walking street and its bars and nightclubs. There are a lot of temples to visit, like the Temple of Truth, museums like Under Waterworld, a zoo like the Tiger park. But also many fun or aquatic parks that will delight young and old. The largest being the Ramayana Water Park. Sports activities are numerous. All water sports are possible, boat, fishing, diving, windsurfing, sky surfing, … Every year Pattaya hosts one of the competitions of the world jet-ski championship. But the list doesn’t end there. There are also karting, motorcycle tours, shooting, adventure hikes, pain ball, dancing … There are around twenty golf courses in the area.
Excursions are organized, to Cambodia or by boat to the neighbouring islands.
In Pattaya, we don’t get bored!