147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, and faces
the Gulf of Thailand. Pattaya is Asia's premier
beach resort, and caters with equal appeal to
Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambience is synonymous
with every ingredient for memorable holidays.
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, Pattaya offers all the allure
and magic of a truly vibrant nightlife with a
spectacular variety of restaurants, night clubs,
bars, discotheques, cocktail lounges and carbarets.
Pattaya can be brash, bold, beautiful and bucolic,
and offers everything an authentic international
beach resort can.
Pattaya can be reached in a comfortable 2 and
half hour drive along Sukhumvit Highway via Bang
Pakong, Chonburi and Srirach. And one can also
avoid Chonburi by opting for State Highway 36
(new route - Chonburi - Pattaya - Rayong). or
motorway from Bkk. (Rama 9 Rd. Chonburi)
Air - conditioned and non - air - conditioned
coaches regularly leave from the Eastern Bus Terminal
(Ekamai) and Nothern Bus Terminal (Morchit) on
kampaengphet Road throughout the day.
Departure times and fares may be obtained by telephoning
the Eastern Bus Terminal (02-3929829) for air-conditioned
coaches and 3912504 for regular coaches and the
Nothern Bus Terminal at 02-5378055 for air-conditioned
The State Railways of Thailand offers daily train
service departing Bangkoks Hua Lumpong Station
at 6.55 a.m. Tel 02-2237010, 2237020. The journey
takes about 3 hours and a half.
Travel within the resort
Travelling 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 negotiable.
Those who wish to be independent and explore Pattayas
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 and conditions.
years ago Pattaya was a sleepy little fishing
village, dwarfed by her neighbours-to the North,
Naklua, 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
Americans efforts in the area by providing bases,
manned by thousands of young Americans 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 adventage 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 the 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
Pattaya 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 Naklua, took place in 1976 and the government
promulgated the Pattaya a City Act in B.E. 2521
(1978), there by joining Naklua and Pattaya to
form the fifth local government municipality.
Thus was Pattaya City born, and thus, with and
ever-increasing influx of visitors and residents
from the burgeoning surrounding industrial estates,
has she developed into what she is today.