Pattaya: Nice Beach, Fine Dining, Night Life
Tourists have been coming to the beach resort of Pattaya city on Thailand’s eastern seaboard since as long back as the 1970. Once a small fishing village, Pattaya City has grown to be one of the premier tourist resorts of anywhere in South East Asia. From its early beginnings as a place for rest and recuperation for American servicemen during the Vietnam War, to today’s high rise five star hotels, restaurants serving cuisine from all four corners of the globe, and some of the best entertainment to be found anywhere, there is literally something for everyone in this exciting, lively and vibrant city.
Being close to the sea, the adjoining beaches of Pattaya City, from Naklua Bay to Wong Phrachan (Crescent Moon) and Wong Amat beaches in the north down to Jomtien and Na Jomtien beaches in the south, cover a total length of about 20 km.
For the past centuries,
Pattaya was a small fishing village almost cut off from the outside world. But after its beauty was discovered by the first group of American servicemen from Nakhon Ratchasima in 1961, the sleepy Pattaya gradually became a famous beach resort. Fishermen’s huts along the beach were replaced by a full range of accommodations from super deluxe hotels to bungalows and mini-pocket guesthouses. And the quiet powdery golden beaches are frequented by swimmers and sunbathers from various parts of the world.