Pattaya's name originated
from the march of Phraya Tak (later King Taksin) and his
followers from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi just before the
fall of the former capital to Burmese invaders in 1767.
When Phraya Tak's army arrived at the vicinity of what it
today's Pattaya, he encountered the troops of Nai Klom who
tried to intercept him. But when the two leaders met face
to face, Nai Klom was awed by Phraya Tak's dignified
manner and his army's strict discipline. He surrounded
The place, two armies confronted each other, was later
called "Thap Phraya", which means "Army of
Phraya". This was changed to "Phatthaya",
which happens to mean the wind blowing from Southwest to
Northeast, in the beginnings of rainy seasons. Today,
spelling is simplified.
For the past centuries, Pattaya was small fishing village,
almost cut off from the outside world. After, its beauty
was discovered by the first group of American servicemen
from Nakhon Ratchasima, in 1961; sleepy Pattaya became
Thailand's premier and most successful beach resort.
Pattaya is the place for all, fishermen, sun-lovers,
water-sports fun, shoppers, gourmets, night owls,...
Phra Tamnak Hill
Three Coral Island
Ko Phai, Ko Rin,...
The Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Sriracha Tiger Zoo
Bang Saen; Golf Courses; Khao Khiao; Open Zoo; Rayong
Province; ChanthaburiProvince; Trat
Jomiten Beach, the former paddy fields, thriving beach, 3
km down Pattaya