Facts about Pattaya

7 Interesting Facts about Pattaya

Located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya is a city full of history and heritage. From its roots as a sleep fishing village to becoming a holiday hot spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam war to being a top golf destination, here are some of the most interesting facts about Pattaya in Thailand.

7 Interesting Facts about Pattaya

1. Pattaya is the tenth-largest city in Thailand

Pattaya is a city in Thailand on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand in the Chonburi Province. It is located roughly 100 kilometres (62 miles) southeast of the capital city Bangkok. As of 2022, the population of Pattaya is 97,296. It is the 22nd biggest city by population in the country. With a total area of 53.4 km2 (20.6 sq mi), it is the 10th largest city in the country.

2. Tappaya is the former name of Pattaya

Tappaya is the former name of Pattaya. The city is where the troop of Phraya Tak (King Taksin), the King of Siam, rested after marching from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi in 1767. It was here that Phraya Tak come face to face with the local leader, Nai Klom, who tried to intercept their march. However, Nai Klom surrendered to Phraya Tak and they then fought together. They later named the city ‘Thap Phraya’, however, some people called it Tappaya, but later officials changed its name to an easier-to-pronounce Pattaya.

Facts about Pattaya

3. Pattaya is home to the 18th tallest building in Thailand

The tallest building in Pattaya is the Reflection Jomtien Beach Oceanfront. This skyscraper is not just the tallest building in the city, it is also the 18th-tallest building in the country. The 57-storey structure overlooks Jomtien Beach and is 234 metres (768 feet) tall. For comparison, the tallest building in Thailand is the Magnolias Waterfront Residences Iconsiam in Bangkok which is 318 metres (1,043 feet) tall and has 70 storeys.

Facts about Pattaya

4. Tourism to Pattaya become popular during the Vietnam War

Until the 1960s, Pattaya was a fishing village, however, American servicemen fighting in the Vietnam war came to Pattaya for some rest and relaxation. In 1959, a large group arrived from the Korat army base in northeast Thailand. These soldiers rented houses from Phraya Sunthorn at the south end of the beach, which today is the “Strip”. The American servicemen loved Pattaya so much that they recommended others to visit, which they did and via word of mouth tourism spread.

5. Pattaya has a tropical climate

Pattaya has a tropical climate divided into wet and dry seasons. The hot and dry season runs from December to February and the hot and humid weather is during March and April. The hot and rainy season runs from May to November. The best time to visit Pattaya is from November to February when the weather is mostly dry and not too hot. However, this is the peak tourist season when most beaches and major sights are packed with visitors.

6. Pattaya is a popular golfing destination

With over 20 courses, Pattaya is a very popular area for playing golf in Thailand. The city has various options for golf fans ranging from world-class five-star golf resorts to budget-friendly greens. Golf has a long-standing history in the city, the first course opened in Source Bangpra in 1958.

7. Pattaya is a great base for island hopping

Around Pattaya are small offshore islands which have soft sand beaches, crystal clear water, and beautiful coral. There are three “near islands”: Ko Lan (main island), Ko Sak, and Ko Krok, which are around 7km (4.3 miles) from Pattaya. The “far islands” are Ko Phai (main island), Ko Man Wichai, Ko Hu Chang and Ko Klung Badan. Ko Rin is an uninhabited coral island located 24km (14.7 miles) offshore from Pattaya.

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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