Pattaya has historically been a small fishing village, but the transformation took place in the American war on Vietnam. In 1961, about 100 soldiers took refuge in the city. It turned into a popular place for relaxation and tourism, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. So the fishermen's huts on the beach turned into hotel, resort and shopping places.
Pattaya is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok, the capital of the Pattaya-Chonburi region. The population of Pattaya is estimated to be about 300,000 people throughout the year, while it consists of a large northern section extending to the east of Naklua Beach (most of the North Coast) and Pattaya's main beach, along with the vertical Buddha Hill, while the smaller southern section covers the area east of Jomtien Beach. The climate of Pattaya is tropical, wet and dry, with the following seasons: warm and dry (from November to February), hot and humid (from March to May), hot and rainy (June to October) October).
Tourists are usually referred to as Pattaya Beach, which is the heart of the city, with its many restaurants, motorbike rentals and night entertainment. Among the islands opposite the beach are Mo Ko Larn, the nearby islands, Koh Larn, Ko Saak, Ko Kruk, Coral Island, Mo Ko Phi, Far Islands, Ko Phi, Ko Man Wichi, Koo Ho Chang, Ko Klong Badan and Ku Ren. In less than 15 minutes, all these islands can be reached by speedboat and the ferry takes about 45 minutes. There is also a daily train line between Pattaya and Holomfong Station in Bangkok. The buses you arrive come from the North Bangkok Bus Station (Murchit) and the East Bus Station (Ekhamai). Pattaya is about an hour and a half (120 km) away from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Leisure activities in Pattaya include golf, jog kart races, various parks and zoos such as the elephant village. Sri Racha Tiger Zoo also features the presence of tigers and crocodiles in daily performances. The Vimantali Submarine also offers underwater cruises to see coral and marine life. The Nong Nush tropical park is the site of botanical gardens, Orchid Orchard, Pattaya Crocodile Farm, Water Park, Vanyland Park, Sirbourne Orchid, Underwater World, Thai Alangakarem Theater (cultural shows), Butl Art Museum and Sadek or Not.
Mini Siam offers a miniature village model, along with models from the Tower of London Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Trevi Fountain. Adventure lovers can join the Jumpy Gump jump in Jomtien Beach, along with horseback riding and motor racing. The resort also offers many kinds of massage.
The wreckage of Hardeep (drowned by Allies in World War II) is also a central diving destination in Pattaya and other destinations near Pattaya, the Co-Ryn Islands, Ko Lan, Ko Man Wichi, Ko Ho Chang, Ko Kruk and Ko Saak. The city and its suburbs have a large number of bars, night clubs and disco clubs. The Pattaya International Music Festival is also held annually in March.