Planning to Visit Pattaya?
Visiting pattaya can be one of the most unique experiences in Thailand. With its unique nightlife and location, Pattaya is often visited by people from Bangkok over the weekends along with thousands of Tourists every year.
Pattaya is located on the Gulf of Thailand and is approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) south east of the city of Bangkok. It is 1 highway that connects Pattaya with Bangkok, so it is a straight forward drive to get there. Pattaya is possibly the most visited place in the Chonburi province due to its costal location.
The population of Pattaya is a modest 320,000 people living in the city. Pattaya has a large number of expatriates living in the area. In most cases this is people who have chosen to retire in Thailand due to the low cost and easy lifestyle. During the high season there are also large numbers of people who come down from the northeast of the country to work. This is due to the high volume of tourists that visit the city.
Religious make up of Population
As with the rets of Thailand, most of the population is Buddhist. There is also a modest number of Muslims who have chosen to reside in the city.
History of Pattaya
Once a humble fishing town, Pattaya boomed as a rest and relaxation destination during the Vietnam War. American servicemen stationed at nearby U-Tapao or other US bases in Thailand began visiting Pattaya. As word spread, so did the number of visitors. Hotels and guesthouses began to spring up and steadily the city has transformed into the tourist destination it is today.
Modern Day Pattaya
Modern day Pattaya now relies on tourism for its main source of economic income. Pattaya has some excellent beaches to visit along with its infamous nightlife. In recent years Pattaya is striving to become a family-oriented seaside destination. There are many things to see in Pattaya from the zoos which include the Elephant Village and Sri Racha Tiger Zoo to the many Buddhist temples that surround the area. There are also some quite spectacular attractions such as The Sanctuary of Truth which is the worlds largest carved wooden structure and is a must see if you are visiting Pattaya.
Pattaya is also famous for its nightlife, with approximately 3000 bars, clubs and go-go's. You will never be more than a stone throw away from a party. The most popular location for nightlife is located on Walking street, at the end of beach road. Catering for over five million annual visitors, Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of eating options from its many restaurants to its humble street food vendors. There is always something good to try.
Thailand is known for its warm weather and Pattaya is no exception to this. The average temperature for the year is 31.3 °C or 88.3°F. The hottest months are April and May. As with any tropical location though there will be rainfall at some point. The main months for heavy rainfall are September and October. During this time you can expect around 18 out of 30 days to have rainfall occur. That being said, November, December, January and February see the highest number of daily hours of sunshine, making this one of the most visited times of year.
Take a look at some of our recommendations below for some of the amazing things to see and do whist on your vacation to Pattaya.