Pattaya at this time was a small fishing village until the early 1960s. Then, during the Vietnam War, American servicemen stationed at nearby U-Tapao or other US bases in Thailand began visiting Pattaya.
Now greatly expanded, it attracts over 4 to 5 million visitors a year.
Today Pattaya is making efforts to clean up its image to become a family-oriented seaside destination. Closing many bars and trying to make it a place of fun for both adults and children.
The name Pattaya evolved from the march of Phraya Tak (later King Taksin) and his army from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi, which took place before the fall of the former capital to Burmese invaders in 1767.
When the army arrived in the vicinity of what is now Pattaya, Phraya Tak encountered the troops of a local leader named Nai Klom, who tried to intercept him. When the two met face to face, Nai Klom was impressed by Phraya Tak’s dignified manner and his army’s strict discipline. He surrendered without a fight and joined his forces. The place the armies confronted each other was thereafter known as “Thap Phraya”, which means the “army of the Phraya”.
This later became Pattaya, the name of the wind blowing from the southwest to the northeast at the beginning of the rainy season. This allows divers shelter most of the year round.
Pattaya is world-famous for several things, including scuba diving holidays. This is one of Thailand’s most popular beach resort with many islands to choose from, It is also where many locals and foreigners come for vacation to enjoy the beach and vibrant nightlife.
|Pattaya offers some of the best night life within Thailand which caters for all different types of people, from night clubs to bars and some amazing food outlets.
Pattaya nightlife is world-famous. it’s difficult to even think about walking out and not going to Walking Street, the bright lights and glare of its overlapping neon signs for clubs, discos, and bars will entice you.
This mile of madness in South Pattaya has some great entertainment basically a 24 hour city, will have your heart racing with some of the entertainment it has to offer. it’s without a doubt the best nightlife on the entire eastern seaboard of Thailand.
There’s a lot more to nightlife in Pattaya than just Walking Street. There are other nightlife hubs, each with a different vibe and different attractions: The cheapest drinks are between the Sois 7 and 8 district; Sois 6/1 and 13/1 are renowned for their ladyboy bars; Pattayaland and Boyztown are jam-packed with gay clubs; where as Second Road is home to two of the many cabaret shows.