is 147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, and faces the Thai Gulf. It
is Asia's premier beach resort, and caters with equal appeal to
families, couples and single visitors.
Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambience is synonymous with every
ingredient for memorable holidays.
Accommodation ranges from luxuriously appointed backside hotels with
superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses.
Sporting opportunities abound both on land and water, and include
some of the finest golfing, game fishing, and scuba-diving anywhere
Theme and amusement parks, offbeat museums and lush botanical
gardens offer numerous forms of leisure activities and cultural
entertainment for all family members.
And after dark, Pattayaźoffers all the allure and magic of a truly
vibrant nightlife with a spectacular variety of restaurants, night
clubs, bars, discotheques, cocktail lounges and cabarets.
Pattaya can be brash, bold, beautiful and bucolic, and offers
everything and authentic international beach resort can.
years ago Pattaya was a sleepy little fishing village, dwarfed by
her neighbors to the North, Na Klua, to the South, Rayong. Its only
claim to fame being that it had, in the 13th century, been a resting
place for the battle forces of the great King Narai during his
campaign to oust the Burmese invaders. From that overnight bivouac,
Pattaya derives its name. Then came the Vietnam war and incursion of
more benign foreign troops. Thailand supported the American efforts
in the area! providing bases, manned by thousands of young America
requiring rest and recreation.
How is it possible to
fix the date of an historical trend? Whilst Pattaya had
achieved some popularity with a few adventurous souls who braved the
rough road from Bangkok to take advantage of the crystal waters,
great diving and soon following them, beach bars and restaurants,
let us take the time when, on the 29th June 1959, four or five
transport trucks loaded with American G.I.'s arrived in the village
of Pattaya on leave from their base at Nakhon Ratchasima. On arrival
in Pattaya they rented houses belonging to Phraya Sunthorn which
were along the southern end of Pattaya Beach, now know as the
"Strip". The marines stayed for about a week and returned to base.
Having had a great time in Pattaya With the friendly residents, they
spread the word. A new group of marines kept arriving periodically
and the village geared up to cater to their every need. This can be
considered as the birth of Pattaya as a tourist resort.
continued to grow in popularity at such a rate with both Thai and
foreign tourists, that the local government could not cope with the
administration. Administrative and infrastructure combination with
Na Klua, took place in 1976 and the government promulgated the
Pattaya City Act in 1978, there by joining Na Klua and Pattaya to
form the fifth local government municipality. Thus was Pattaya City
born, and thus, with an ever - increasing influx of visitors and
residents from the burgeoning surrounding industrial estates, has
she developed into what she is today.
Pattaya can be reached in a
comfortable 2-hour drive along the Bang Na-Trat and Sukhumvit
Highways (Highway No. & Highway No 3) via Bang Pakong, and Si Racha.
One can also avoid a lot of traffic on Bang Na-Trat Highway by
opting for Motor Way (new Bangkok-Chon Buri - Pattaya route).
Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned coaches regularly leave from
the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) and the Mochit 2 Bus Terminal on
Kamphaeng Phet Road throughout day.
Departure times and fares may be obtained by telephoning the Eastern
Bus Terminal (391-9829) for air-conditioned coaches and 391 -2504
for regular coaches and the Mochit 2 Bus Terminal at 936-3509 for
The State Railways of Thailand offers daily train service departing
Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station at 6.55 a.m.
The journey takes about 3.30 hours. Tel: 223-7010, 223-7020
Thai Airways operate an air-conditioned limousine service between
Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport and Pattaya. Booking in
Pattaya may be made by telephoning (038)423140-1
Travel within the Resort
around Pattaya is most convenient by mini-buses that continually ply
the Beach Road and Pattaya 2nd Road in counterclockwise circuits.
Fares are 5 baht per person per ride, fares beyond main bag one
Those who wish to be independent and explore Pattaya's surrounding
countryside and beaches at leisure, can hire motorcycles, jeeps or
cars. The visitor is advised to shop around and consult local
tourism publications, for different companies offer different prices
Festivals & Events
Wan Lai Festival
The heat in Thailand intensifies once the month of April
comes. People of old were wise enough to initiate the Songkran
festival to cool themselves off from the heat and celebrate it as
the Thai New Year. In the central region, the festival is usually
held on the 13th, l4th and 15th of April while in the East there is
a difference as the water throwing activities commence on the l6th
or 17th, 18th or 19th known as "Wan Lai" (Flowing Day).
Pattaya City holds its Wan Lai festival annually on April 19th with
activities such as water pouring for the elders, processions and the
fun of dowsing and another with water, a time for Thais and
usually held at the middle of April to promote tourism and Pattaya's
reputation. Floral floats are paraded along the streets. The Miss
Pattaya Beauty contest is held as well as traditional aquatic sports
competitions and construction of sand castles. A spectacular
display takes place on the beach and fire crackers are also set off.
Simultaneously, there are arts and cultural performances,
exhibitions and souvenirs for sale,
is held in Chon Buri during October every year. The water buffalo is
one of the mainstays in the life of a Thai farmer, but in this
annual event it is put to more amusing uses than ploughing the local
fields, such as buffalo races and contests pitting buffalo and man.
Beauty contests add to the fun a festival that attracts crowds from
nearby seaside resorts.