Pattaya, Thailand



Pattaya's name was originally "Thap Phraya" meaning Army of the Phraya, commemorating the surrender of Nai Klom's army to Phraya Tak (later King Taksin the Great) without a fight. Thap Phraya later became known as Phatthaya, the name of the wind blowing southwest to the northeast at the beginning of the rainy season. Phatthaya (the true phonetic spelling) is now internationally known as Pattaya.

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Beach in Pattaya by Khaosaming

Pattaya was a small backwater fishing village until the 1960s. During the Vietnam War, Pattaya became a popular recreational spot for American service members on leave from Vietnam. It initially began in 1959 with a small private bungalow, where American officers on leave took turn to come and rest in this sleepy village by the sea. Since then, Pattaya has grown and developed dramatically into one of the world’s tourism hot spots. The opening of the Suvarnabhumi Airport (located east of Bangkok) in 2006 and the expressway to Pattaya has made visiting this seaside resort easier than ever.

Beach Road in Pattaya by Ilya Plekhanov

Pattaya is popular not only as a beach resort and its entertainment, nightlife and shopping but also for the broad selection of activities it caters to vacationers. Activities range from golf and horseback riding to bungee jumping, karting and shooting. Not to mention the wide variety of water sports including scuba diving, jet-skiing, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and kite-surfing to name a few. The seaside resort is also popular as an international conference, convention and seminar venue.

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