Pattaya City Thailand
For those of you who have been living under a rock for many years. Pattaya city Thailand is one of the countries most visited destinations. With more than 5 million annual visitors, the city is huge part of Thailand’s tourist economy.
Located around 190km south of the Capital Bangkok, Pattaya is within easy reach. And is popular with both Thai tourists and tourists from Asia and further afield. Pattaya is also home to around 250,000 permanent expats, and several hundred more long term residents.
Once a sleepy fishing village, the city has quickly developed into a major tourist hub. And it’s expansion seems not to be slowly down, everywhere you look around there are new condo buildings, new hotels and new attractions opening. The amount of money being spent here by both Thai and international companies on new developments is simply mind boggling.
As mentioned in the 1960’s this was a simple fishing village, with few residents and a few hundred homes. Completely un-known to foreigners. Then during the Vietnam war the US navy used the nearby Sattahip naval base, and the area became popular with servicemen looking to chill out a beach. Pattaya is only 20km north of Sattahip and the beach here became the favored spot.
We have all seen the war films, and are well aware that a beach alone was not going to cut it for the R&R seeking servicemen. And the ever entrepreneurial Thai’s spotted a niche in the market and bars began to open, a few along what is now beach road, over the next few years more and more bars opened. This started a sort of snowball effect, the more bars that opened, the more servicemen and regular tourists came, which provided custom for even more bars. And so on.
Very quickly Pattaya city became one of Thailand’s premier tourist hot spots and the expansion continued, even today more and more developments are happening. At some point the expansion surely has to end but there is no sign of that happening anytime soon.
At first Pattaya was known purely as a party town, and the folk who flocked here were mainly after the cities nightlife. The nightlife here is renowned the world over as awesome. Thousands of bars, clubs, Go Go’s and restaurants to choose from. The opportunity to party here in Pattaya is endless, there are several areas to choose from, and each offers something different. Check out this guide to Nightlife areas in Pattaya.
However over the last decade or so the resort has become a lot more mainstream. Now there are many family orientated resorts, especially to the north and south of the city. New family based attractions are opening every season. In fact there are now as many things to during the day as at night. A lot of this has been brought about by a combination of things. The city authorities constant battle to clean up it’s image. The large tour companies who now operate package holidays here for families. And the over saturation of the seedy side, meaning the business had to go after a different market to capture some trade.
Now Pattaya city is a general tourist spot, catering to many different genres of tourism, from backpackers, families, group tours, beach lovers, shopaholics and digital nomads (such as ourselves). It’s diversity will no doubt ensure its longevity, and Pattaya will not in our opinion be a flash in the pan destination. We expect the city to go from strength to strength. It has everything going for it, great climate, great facilities, ease of access (it’s own airport is expanding all the time), great food. And of course the wonderful Thai culture.
Prices in Pattaya are generally a lot cheaper than other more established Thai tourist spots, such as Bangkok, Phuket etc. And the city is extremely safe and secure. We would recommend anyone looking for a city that offers everything you could want from a holiday all in one place.