Pattaya, THAILAND

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fishing village until the 1960s

Pattaya was a fishing village until the 1960s. Tourism began during the Vietnam War, when American servicemen began arriving on R&R (rest and relaxation). One large group who arrived from a base in Korat on 29 June 1959 and rented houses from Phraya Sunthorn at the south end of the beach, on what is now known as the "Strip", are credited with recommending Pattaya, whose fame spread by word of mouth. Today Pattaya is known for its lively party atmosphere, but that’s not all there is to this famous coastal city. Stretching along Thailand’s eastern seaboard, Pattaya is split into three main areas – Naklua, Pattaya Beach and Jomtien – with a few other districts within easy reach. Each has its own unique atmosphere and attractions, with some parts being more traditionally Thai and others which are packed with high-end resorts. I like the close (hour drive) proximity to Bangkok. Koh Larn is a quick ferry ride from Pattaya and makes a good day trip as well.

Late Night Muay Thai Boxing

50% Ocean / 50% Pool

In Pattaya, I like to spend my time about 50% Ocean / 50% Pool with a side of fresh coconut!


When in Pattaya visit Koh Larn Island

Thais know how to bring in the New Year!

Nong Nooch Garden Elephant Show