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Pattaya Fishing Village to Vacation Mecca

Pattaya Culture | Pattaya history and culture

Pattaya is one of the most famous resort towns in all of Asia. Located in South East Asia, this resort community has an unusual history that had nothing to do with hotels, tourism, food or entertainment.

Pattaya started as small fishing village. In the 1960s residents of Bangkok started to visit the village as a vacation destination. American servicemen in South East Asia stationed at the US Air Force base in U-Tapao in Rayong province started going to Pattaya for some fun and relaxation which caused a boom in prostitution and other adult activities.

After the Vietnam War the Americans left and the city started to feel a significant economic crunch. Modern tourism, including what is known as "sex tourism" started to flourish and Pattaya started to emerge as a popular destination with exciting nightlife and stunning beaches.

Pattaya boasts tens of thousands of hotel rooms including 5-star and 4-star resorts as well as more economy and budget venues. Pattaya has become a resort destination of choice for people from around the world, especially from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Russian and Scandinavia.

Modern Pattaya

Modern Pattaya has incredible nightlife, wonderful hotels and resorts, terrific restaurants, over 20 golf courses and both daytime and nighttime activities to fit any tastes. Though the historic red light district is in full flourish, Pattaya is also a great family destination offering water sports, recreation, great beaches, good food and an overall great value.

Pattaya continues to grow and flourish. Spared from the devastating Tsunami of 2004, Pattaya has been blessed with outstanding weather, great beaches and outstanding tourism that grow year after year.

From a small fishing town to a flourishing resort community, Pattaya has a unique history. Travelers enjoy Pattaya for many reasons and it remains one of the few holiday destinations that offers something for everyone.


Last Updated: 10 Sep 2007