More Facts; About Pattaya
Pattaya was a fishing village until the 1960s. Then, during the Vietnam War, American servicemen stationed at nearby U-Tapao or other US bases in Thailand began visiting Pattaya. One story, has it that it all started when a group of 500 American soldiers stationed at the military base in Korat were driven to Pattaya on the 29th June 1959 for a week of rest and relaxation (R&R). They rented several houses at the south end of the beach from a prominent Thai, Lord Sunthorn. Despite their short stay, the G. I's had a great time and raved about the place. The word spread among other American soldiers stationed in the region and Pattaya quickly became a hot alternative to Bangkok. Pattaya developed into a popular beach resort. Now greatly expanded, it attracts over 4 million visitors a year. The fisherman huts that ran along the beaches were replaced by resort hotels and retail stores in no time at all.
The image opposite is my interpretation of how the fishing village may have looked.
Greater Pattaya occupies most of the coastline of Banglamung (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). It is divided into a larger northern section which spans the areas to the east of Naklua Beach (the most northern part of the beach) and Pattaya Beach (the main beach) plus Pratamnak Hill (Buddha Hill) because of the temples on top of the hill headland immediately south of Pattaya Beach, and a smaller southern section covering the area to the east of Jomtien Beach (which lies directly south of Pratamnak Hill).
Today Pattaya is striving to become a family-oriented seaside destination. (citation needed) In 2007, foreign tourists visiting Thailand totaled 14.5 million.
Due to the tourist industry, many people from the north-east (known as Isan, the poorest region of Thailand) have come to work in Pattaya, and are counted for census purposes in their hometowns.
In recent years, Pattaya has served as a hideaway for foreigners with connections to organized crime in their home countries, and dozens have been murdered in gang-related disputes.
Visitors may encounter petty crime, usually limited to pickpocketing and confidence tricks, particularly in and around major tourist areas such as Jomtien and Pattaya Beaches and on the "baht buses". A special Tourist Police division has been established to aid foreign tourists who are victims of crime. The 2009 British eight-episode TV documentary Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand described crimes involving tourists in Pattaya. There has also been an increase in accidents with tourists due to the large amount of drunk driving in the Pattaya area with the ease of renting motorcycles and scooters to get around. In 2009 the rate of drunk driving related accidents in Pattaya was 15.5% and in car driving accidents it was 10.1%.
Pattaya has a tropical wet and dry climate, which is divided into the following seasons: hot and dry (December to February), hot and humid (March and April), and hot and rainy (May to November).
In 2015, the majority of Thailand was much warmer and drier than usual. Annual rainfall averaged over the country of 1,419.6 mm, was 168.1 mm (11%) below the 1981-2010 normal. This happened during an early rainy season and a combination of the absence of the monsoon, so then there were unusual dry and warm conditions occurring in Thailand. The annual mean temperature of 27.9 °C, 0.8 °C above normal, was the second warmest year in Thailand on 65 years record same as 2010 (the warmest year is 1998). The mean temperature was above normal for all months especially December and November which was 2.1 and 1.9 °C above normal, respectively. The maximum temperature reached the new highest record in several areas. Besides, there was only one tropical cyclone namely “VAMCO (1519)” that moved into north eastern Thailand at Ubon Ratchathani province on September 15.