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Pattaya
พัทยา
Pattaya Beach
Pattaya Beach
Official seal of Pattaya
Seal
Location of Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand
Pattaya (Thailand)
Pattaya
Coordinates: 12°55′39″N 100°52′31″E / 12.9275, 100.87528
Country Thailand
Province Chon Buri
Government
 - Type Self-administrating municipality
 - Mayor Niran Watanasartsathorn
Area
 - Total 22.2 km² (8.6 sq mi)
Population (2007)[1]
 - Total 104,318
 - Density 4,699/km² (12,170.4/sq mi)
  Registered residents only
Time zone Thailand (UTC+7)
ISO 3166-2 TH-S
Website: http://www.pattaya.go.th/

Pattaya (Thai: พัทยา, RTGS: Phatthaya) is a city in Thailand, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand (12°55′39″N, 100°52′31″ECoordinates: 12°55′39″N, 100°52′31″E), about 165 km southeast of Bangkok located within but not part of Amphoe Bang Lamung in the province of Chon Buri. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Red_pog. ... Image File history File links Bay_of_Bangkok. ... Image File history File links Red_pog. ... Geography The province is located at the Bight of Bangkok, the northern end of the Gulf of Thailand. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... UTC+7 is used in: Laos Thailand Cambodia Vietnam External links Find cities currently in UTC+7 Category: ... The ISO 3166-2 codes for Thailand describe the 75 provinces (changwat) and the city of Bangkok, which is both a province and a municipality. ... Note: This page contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... The Gulf of Thailand is a gulf located in the South China Sea (Pacific Ocean), surrounded by the countries Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... “km” redirects here. ... Location Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governor Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ... Bang Lamung (Thai: ) is a district (Amphoe) in the southern part of Chonburi Province, Thailand. ... Geography The province is located at the Bight of Bangkok, the northern end of the Gulf of Thailand. ...


Meaning the 'south-west monsoon wind" and correctly pronounced "Putt-tuh-YAH" not "Patt-EYE-uh", it ranks as one of the most successful beach resorts in the world, with some 5.4 million visitors arriving in 2005. Increasing numbers of tourists come from the former Soviet Union and East Asia.


The city of Pattaya is a self governing special municipal area which covers the whole tambon Nong Prue and Na Kluea and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. It is located in the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard zone, along with Si Racha, Laem Chabang, and Chon Buri. However, it remains mostly a tourist city, with very light industry. Tambon (Thai: ตำบล) is a local government unit in Thailand. ... The Eastern Seaboard of Thailand is an emerging economic region. ... Amphoe Si Racha is a district in the province Chonburi, Thailand. ... We dont have an article called Laem Chabang Start this article Search for Laem Chabang in. ... Geography The province is located at the Bight of Bangkok, the northern end of the Gulf of Thailand. ...


Pattaya is second only to Bangkok in high rise buildings, as many condos for foreign residents are built, and has a modest skyline. The city's economy benefits from its relative proximity to Bangkok.


Pattaya is also the center of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area, the conurbation in Chonburi Province.

Contents

History

Beach
Beach
Pattaya along the beach
Pattaya along the beach

Pattaya was simply a small fishing village until it was discovered as a beach resort by Bangkok residents in the 1960s. Soon thereafter, servicemen from all over Southeast Asia, including the United States Air Force base at U-Tapao in neighbouring Rayong province began using the area for "rest and recreation" (R&R), causing a huge boom in prostitution. When the Americans left following the end of the Vietnam War, the city fell into a crisis. However, modern mass tourism, particularly single men looking for companionship, brought a new lease of life to Pattaya. Jomtien Beach, Pattaya File links The following pages link to this file: Pattaya ... Jomtien Beach, Pattaya File links The following pages link to this file: Pattaya ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Location Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governor Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ... USAF redirects here. ... U-Tapao (Thai: ; also spelt Utapao and U-Taphao) (IATA: UTP, ICAO: VTBU) is both an active civil airport (U-Tapao International Airport) and home of the Royal Thai Navy First Air Wing (U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield). ... Rayong province (Thai spelling ระยอง) is a province (changwat) of Thailand. ... Prostitution in Thailand first was mentioned in the West in reports by European sailors visiting what was then called Siam as early as the 16th and 17th centuries. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


The rapid growth of tourism brought about many negative consequences, such as pollution and petty crime. In 1976, the Pattaya City Act was passed by the Thai legislature, making Pattaya a self-administrating municipality governed by a Council-manager government. However, many argue that this administration system has drawbacks (for example, the mayor may disagree with the city manager). Critics have recommended abolishing the system. A misdemeanor, or misdemeanour, in many common law legal systems, is a lesser criminal act. ... The council-manager government is one of two main variations of representative municipal government in the United States. ...


In recent years the city has pushed hard to clean up its image, and family-focused entertainment is increasingly available; however, the core sex-industry has ensured that Pattaya retains its position as one of the world's most renowned party destinations. In 2005, more than 35,000 hotel rooms were available in Pattaya and it has seen a large increase in family tourism in recent years, thanks to efforts to present a more wholesome image. Despite these efforts, Pattaya's sex industry is the city's raison d' etre. Pattaya is an especially popular vacation destination for families from Russia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Pattaya also has a large international expatriate population, especially British and Russian residents. Tourist redirects here. ... Eastern Europe is a concept that lacks one precise definition. ... For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ... For the band, see Expatriate (band). ...


Demographics

The city had 104,318 registered inhabitants in 2007. But that figure excludes the large number of Thais who work in Pattaya (many come and go for tourism-related work) but remain registered in their hometowns, and many long-term expatriate visitors. Including non-registered residents, the population numbers around 300,000 at any given time. Other estimates put the figure as high as 500,000.[1] For the band, see Expatriate (band). ...


Climate

Pattaya enjoys a tropical wet and dry climate, which is divided into the following seasons: warm and dry (November to February), hot and humid (March to May), and hot and rainy (June to October). The most comfortable time of year coincides with the peak tourist season, which is over the Christmas and New Year period. For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... This article is about the date January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Weather averages for Pattaya
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 30.7 (87) 31.0 (88) 31.8 (89) 32.9 (91) 32.4 (90) 31.6 (89) 31.3 (88) 31.1 (88) 31.0 (88) 30.6 (87) 30.4 (87) 29.9 (86)
Average low °C (°F) 23.0 (73) 24.3 (76) 25.4 (78) 26.4 (80) 26.5 (80) 26.5 (80) 26.0 (79) 26.0 (79) 25.1 (77) 24.2 (76) 23.4 (74) 22.2 (72)
Precipitation mm (inches) 13.7 (0.5) 12.0 (0.5) 52.5 (2.1) 61.6 (2.4) 154.6 (6.1) 149.9 (5.9) 87.0 (3.4) 98.6 (3.9) 217.1 (8.5) 242.6 (9.6) 82.8 (3.3) 6.4 (0.3)
Source: World Weather Information Service[2] Nov 2007

Beaches

Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach at sunset.
Pattaya Beach at sunset.
Pattaya Park Tower.
Pattaya Park Tower.

Pattaya Beach is situated alongside the city centre, close to shopping, hotels and bars. The over-abundance of jet-skis and speedboats has contributed to the pollution of the water along the beach, as has the practice of dumping sewage in the ocean. The section of beach from Central Road (Pattaya Klang) south to the harbor is adjacent to the core of Pattaya's abundant nightlife area, and hence is less family-oriented than the North Pattaya, Na Klua and Jomtien beaches. Image File history File linksMetadata Pattaya_sunset-KayEss-1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Pattaya_sunset-KayEss-1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 537 pixelsFull resolution (1754 × 1177 pixel, file size: 350 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 537 pixelsFull resolution (1754 × 1177 pixel, file size: 350 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Air pollution Pollution is the introduction of pollutants (whether chemical substances, or energy such as noise, heat, or light) into the environment to such a point that its effects become harmful to human health, other living organisms, or the environment. ... Sewage is the mainly liquid waste containing some solids produced by humans which typically consists of washing water, faeces, urine, laundry waste and other material which goes down drains and toilets from households and industry. ...


Most sections of the beach are covered by rented deckchairs run by local beverage vendors during daylight hours.


During nighttime a few deckchairs remain operated and drinks can be ordered at the south end (near walking street) of the beach.


Jomtien Beach

Jomtien Beach (Thai: หาดจอมเทียน) is divided from the main part of Pattaya by Pratumnak Hill, just south of the city. In contrast to Pattaya Beach, Jomtien is a popular spot for family vacationers and water sports enthusiasts. Jomtien is essentially a residential area with beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, condominiums and restaurants. A wide array of watersport activities can be found, including jet skis, parasailing and small sail boat (Hobie Cat) rental. Dongtan Beach, just past the Avalon Beach Resort in Jomtien, is known as the gay beach, and is busy every day of the year. It is very popular location for vendors of all types to solicit their services or goods. Jomtien is a section of Pattaya, a city in Thailand, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand about 165 km southeast of Bangkok in the province of Chon Buri. ... Surface water sports can be divided into two different types; towed water sports and non-towed surface water sports. ... Jet ski is the brand name of Kawasaki Heavy Industries personal water craft. ... Parasailing in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Parasailing, also known as parascending, is a recreational activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed parachute, known as a parasail. ...


Jomtien's most visible landmark is the 56-story Pattaya Park tower, part of the Pattaya Park entertainment complex which also features a water park, roller coaster, monorail and children's activities. This may soon be overshadowed by the proposed 91-floor Ocean 1 ("O1") Tower[3]. With an overall height of 367 meters, it would be the tallest building in Thailand and one of the tallest residential buildings in the world[4]. The Jomtien district is already home to one of the largest resorts in Asia, the 4000+ room Ambassador City Jomtien. Fun at a water park A water park is an amusement park that features waterplay areas, such as water slides, splash pads, spraygrounds (water playgrounds), lazy rivers, or other recreational bathing environments. ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... The KL Monorail in Kuala Lumpur, a colorful straddle-beam monorail A monorail is a single rail serving as a track for a wheeled vehicle; also, a vehicle traveling on such a track. ... The Ambassador City Jomtien is large resort at Jomtien Bay, near Pattaya, Thailand, with over 4,210 rooms [1]. Located about 8 km south of Pattaya, it occupies a 40-acre campus overlooking the beach and nearby mountains. ...


Jomtien beach can be reached by songthaew taxi. There is a direct route or a switch Songthaew at the 2nd road intersection near walking street. Songthaew fares from within Pattaya to Jomtien will be 20 baht for foreigner person while Thai people only need to pay 10 baht for the same ride. A motorbike taxi will take people there for 60 baht. A city songthaew in Ubon Ratchathani A songthaew { Thai สองแถว, literally two rows, if pronounced wrong can sound like two feet), also known in English as a baht bus, is a passenger vehicle in Thailand adapted from a pick-up or a larger truck. ... For specific countries see Taxicabs around the world. ...


Islands

Ko Lan beach. White sands and clear water
Ko Lan beach. White sands and clear water

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Ko Lan

Ko Lan (Thai: เกาะล้าน), or Coral Island, is a small island situated 7.5 km west of Pattaya. Ko Lan is accessible by speedboat and ferry. The ferry departs hourly, and is a 45-minute ride costing just 20 baht each way. Speedboats are more expensive, but can reach the island in less than 15 minutes. Ko Lan has several beaches, which are known for their cleanliness, relaxing atmosphere, soft white sand, and crystal-clear water. This place is also known to for its exotic fish. The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945. ...


Island groups

Off Pattaya there are two small island groups, the "Near Islands" (Ko Sak, Ko Krok) located close to the northern shores of Pattaya, very near Ko Lan, and the "Far Islands" (Ko Rin, Ko Man Wichai, Ko Hua Chang, and Ko Badan), located offshore directly west of Pattaya. These islands, especially the "Far Islands", are the primary scuba diving destinations in and around Pattaya.


Transportation

Pattaya is about 1½ hours, or 120 km by road from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Pattaya is also served through U-Tapao International Airport which is 45 minutes drive from the city. By road, it is served by Sukhumvit Road and Motorway 7 from Bangkok. Intercity transport is usually through one of two bus stations, one for Bangkok and one for other destinations. , Departure screen at Suvarnabhumi Thai sala pavilion at Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thai: ; pronounced //) (IATA: BKK, ICAO: VTBS), also known as (New) Bangkok International Airport, is the international airport serving Bangkok, Thailand. ... U-Tapao (Thai: ; also spelt Utapao and U-Taphao) (IATA: UTP, ICAO: VTBU) is both an active civil airport (U-Tapao International Airport) and home of the Royal Thai Navy First Air Wing (U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield). ... Street sign depicting the name of Sukhumvit Road (Thanon Sukhumvit) in Thai and English Sukhumvit Road (Thai: ), or National Highway 3, is a major highway in Thailand. ... The Thai motorway network (th:ทางหลวงพิเศษระหว่างเมือง) is an intercity motorway network that currently spans 145 kilometers. ... Location Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governor Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ...


Until recently the only transport within town were private or shared songthaews and taxi via motorbike. However, a public bus service has begun in 2006, and a metered taxi service began in late 2007. A city songthaew in Ubon Ratchathani A songthaew { Thai สองแถว, literally two rows, if pronounced wrong can sound like two feet), also known in English as a baht bus, is a passenger vehicle in Thailand adapted from a pick-up or a larger truck. ...


Economy

Tourism

The Wat Khao Phra Bat temple overlooking Pattaya Bay features a Buddha statue more than 18 meters tall.
The Wat Khao Phra Bat temple overlooking Pattaya Bay features a Buddha statue more than 18 meters tall.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Other activities include golfing at the area's many golf courses, and there are 21 golf courses within 1 hour of Pattaya, go-cart racing, visiting the construction site of an elaborate private wooden temple known as Sanctuary of Truth, and different theme parks and zoos such as Mini Siam, and Elephant Village. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 417 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (969 × 1391 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 417 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (969 × 1391 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 539 pixelsFull resolution (1751 × 1179 pixel, file size: 622 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 539 pixelsFull resolution (1751 × 1179 pixel, file size: 622 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a 500 acre botanical garden and tourist attraction at kilometer 163 on Sukhumvit Road in Chonburi Province, Thailand. ... This article is about the game. ... Karting, go-kart, go carting and similar terms redirect here. ...


The private Sri Racha Tiger Zoo features several hundred tigers and thousands of alligators as well as some other animals. It has often been criticized for the animals' living conditions, and a worker was killed by tigers in 2004[5]. There was a major bird flu outbreak at the zoo later that year[6]. For the H5N1 subtype of Avian influenza see H5N1. ...


The Vimantaitalay tourist submarine takes customers underwater to see corals and marine life just a few kilometers offshore. There are many boat trips from an hour to all day trips available, mostly leaving from Bali Hai Pier, near Walking Street. For other uses, see Submarine (disambiguation). ... Walking Street Walking Street is a famous part of the city located in South of Pattaya. ...


Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is located some 15 kilometers east of Pattaya. The 500-acre site has well maintained botanical gardens and an orchid nursery. Moreover the facility has lively cultural shows in a Thai village setting. In addition trained chimpanzees and elephants are seen at the garden. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden is a 500 acre botanical garden and tourist attraction at kilometer 163 on Sukhumvit Road in Chonburi Province, Thailand. ... Species Pan troglodytes Pan paniscus Chimpanzees, also called chimps, are the common name for two species in the genus Pan. ... For other uses, see Elephant (disambiguation). ...


Other attractions in Pattaya: The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm, Elephant Village, Pattaya Park Beach Resort Water Park and Funny Land Amusement Park, Siriporn Orchid Farm, Underwater World Pattaya (world class aquarium), Alankarn cultural show, Bottle Art Museum, Mini Siam, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, and Walking Street. Ripleys Believe It or Not! deals in the bizarre—events and items so strange and unusual that it is often hard to believe that they actually exist--but they do: believe it. ... Walking Street Walking Street is a famous part of the city located in South of Pattaya. ...


Try to see images gallery of pattaya attractions www.pattayaconcierge.com/pattaya-attractions/


Some tourists take daytrips to nearby Rayong for beautiful beaches, as well as Koh Samet island. Rayong is a small town in Thailand, capital of the Rayong Province. ... Ko Samet Ao Phai Ko Samet (Thai: ) [1], is an island located in the Gulf of Thailand off the coastline of the Thai province of Rayong, approximately 220 km southeast of Bangkok. ...


Shopping

Royal Garden Plaza
Royal Garden Plaza
In front of Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya
In front of Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya

In recent years, new shopping malls, outlet stores and jewelry stores have opened up, which has helped in increasing the length of stay of visitors to the city. Among the shopping malls are: Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 526 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,024 × 673 pixels, file size: 193 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) In front of Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 526 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,024 × 673 pixels, file size: 193 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) In front of Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...

  • Central Festival, Pattaya Second Road – Indoor mall anchored by a BigC; also has a SF Cinema City branch.

Hypermarkets Big C redirects here. ... SF Cinema City is a movie-theater operator in Thailand. ... In commerce, a hypermarket (from the French hypermarché) is a store which combines a supermarket and a department store. ...

  • Carrefour, Pattaya Central Road and intersection Pattaya Thai/Sukhumvit
  • BIG C, Pattaya Central Road
  • Tesco Lotus, Pattaya North Road

Shopping Malls For other uses, see Carrefour (disambiguation). ... Tesco Lotus logo Tesco Lotus is a hypermarket chain in Thailand. ...

  • The Village Shopping Centre - is Pattaya's newest gardened shopping, eating and live entertainment centre situated on the corner of Soi Chiayapruk and Sukhumvit Rd. It is due to be completed by October 2008.
  • Mike Department Store , Beach Road
  • Royal Garden Plaza, Beach Road – Three-story indoor mall with a Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum and an SF Multiplex cinema. Also has a Sizzler restaurant, Au Bon Pain, KFC, McDonald's, Auntie * Anne's Pretzels, ZEN Japanese restaurant, Swensen's, Haagen Daz, Pizza Company, Delice de France, and a large food court. The Marriott Hotel is adjacent.
  • The Avenue, Second Road (near Royal Garden) is in the midst of a soft opening with the following either open or their spaces being fitted out: a 22 lane Bowling Alley, Au Bon Pain, McDonalds,Thanachart Bank, 8 Major Cineplex theatres, Boots, McDonalds, California Wow! a major gym/fitness spa (open for subscriptions), Shenanigans, Iberry, Pizza Pizza, 20 Nails Spa, Starbucks, Kasikorn Bank, Bank of Ayudhaya, and a 24/7 Villa Market, which carries imported goods difficult to find in other supermarkets.
  • TukCom, Pattaya Tai (South) Road, boasts a large computer/IT complex offering reasonable prices.
  • An outlet mall is next to the Tesco Lotus selling discount clothing from many European and American brands.

At least one other new large mall is under construction between sois 9 and 10.. Royal Garden Plaza is an indoor shopping mall in Pattaya. ... Believe It or Not redirects here. ... SF Cinema City is a movie-theater operator in Thailand. ... Sizzler is a United States-based restaurant chain, serving steak, seafood, salad (from a large salad bar), and similar food items. ...


Pattaya has many large home improvement stores including Home Mart, HomeWorks, Home Pro, Kanyong and True Value.


The closest department store to Pattaya is Robinson's, located about 30 minutes away in Sri Racha.


There are several large nightly markets in different parts of town.


There are big Thai markets at soi bua kao each Tuesday and Friday.


Nightlife

A Korean dance performed by transsexual artists in Alkazar theater in Pattaya
A Korean dance performed by transsexual artists in Alkazar theater in Pattaya

Pattaya is renowned for its nightlife. The city has hundreds of beer bars, go go bars, and night clubs/discotheques. The most famous include Tonys, Marine Disco, X-Zyte, Lucifer, Hammer, Mixx. New clubs and bars are opening all the time. The world famous Walking Street is the center of the Pattaya's nightlife. A go-go bar is an bar or similar establishment featuring Go-Go dancers. ... Discothèque redirects here. ... Walking Street Walking Street is a famous part of the city located in South of Pattaya. ...


Try to see nightlife informations and images gallery of pattaya nightlife www.pattayaconcierge.com/pattaya-nightlife/


Many bars, discos and nightclubs, as well as several large massage parlours, are venues for sex workers. Other massage parlors exist which provide traditional non-sexual Thai massages. For sexual massage, see erotic massage. ...


Since the "social order" crackdown of 2004, there are fewer sex shows (such as the ping pong shows). Depending on the enforcement climate, go go dancers may be seen fully nude, topless or in bikinis on different days or weeks. However, with the political crisis, there is little incentive to be strict about the former laws. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A sex show is a form of pornographic performance in which the customers pay to see live persons appearing in the nude and often performing some type of sexual activity. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the womens bathing suit. ...


Muay Thai (Thai boxing) matches aimed at tourists can be seen at several open-air beer bar complexes. For the drink with a similar-sounding name, see Mai Tai. ...


Boyztown, Soi Sunee Plaza, and the Jomtien Complex areas are famous for their many beer bars, cabarets and go-go clubs catering to a gay clientele. Pattaya probably has the largest concentration of gay oriented establishments in Thailand; many specialize in specific types of hosts (slim, muscular, effeminate, etc.), while others have a broad range of men available. There is very little in the way of gay nightclubs or bars in the Western sense; the vast majority of places are no different than the venues that target heterosexuals, both feature sexual entertainment.


Pattaya is known for its cabaret revues featuring kathoeys (male-to-female transsexuals), with Alcazar and Tiffany's being the largest and most elaborate. Ladyboy redirects here. ... Transwomen or trans women are transsexual or transgendered people who were assigned male sex at birth (or, in some cases of intersexuality, later) and feel that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves. ... A transwoman with XY written on her hand, at a protest in Paris, October 1, 2005. ...


Another important, but understated aspect of Pattaya are the foreign restaurants. Often run by expatriates, most offer food at prices far below those found in Bangkok, Samui or Phuket.


Property

Property is big business in Pattaya, especially property development. Many new buildings have gone up in recent years, and some people think the market might be oversupplied.


Some buildings are put up with little respect for planning permission and a building was recently in dispute due to being too close to the shore line and too close to another condo block.


There is also a market in Villas but its growth is limited due to ownership restrictions on foreigners.


A casino is also being considered for Jomtien area.


Health Care

Large hospitals in the area include Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Pattaya International Hospital, Banglamung Hospital, and Pattaya Memorial Hospital. Many foreign tourists have inexpensive dental and medical care in Pattaya, though Bangkok is far more popular for as a medical tourist destination. Medical tourism (also called medical travel or health tourism) is a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly-growing practice of traveling to another country to obtain health care. ...


Creative Arts

Pattaya's Western creative arts are growing daily as the number of expat residents continues to climb. Art galleries are numerous and other arts oriented programs and organizations are starting to thrive. Among these is the highly successful community theater group entitled the Pattaya Players. The Pattaya Players are a troupe of amateur thespians recently established in January of 2008. The organization was created to provide an artistically adventurous environment that attracts and excites diverse members of the Pattaya community by providing theatrical productions that entertain, inspire and inform. You can visit their website and find out more information at: www.pattayaplayers.org [1].


Expat Community

Restaurant catering to Russians in central Pattaya.
Restaurant catering to Russians in central Pattaya.

Due to the large number of foreign residents, a large number of expat retirees, Pattaya boasts several expat clubs which have regular monthly or weekly meetings. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,540 × 1,032 pixels, file size: 267 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Restaurant catering to Russians in central Pattaya, Thailand. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,540 × 1,032 pixels, file size: 267 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Restaurant catering to Russians in central Pattaya, Thailand. ... For the band, see Expatriate (band). ...


Pattaya has its own masonic lodge, a rotary club, an international school, an English boarding school.


Crime

Historically, Pattaya has had comparatively high levels of crime, sometimes attributed to organised crime in, and preying on, the sex industry as well as the easy availability of tourist cash in a country that had a per capita Gross National Income of US$7500 in 2005. In recent years, Pattaya has served as a hideaway for foreigners with connections to organized crime in their home countries, and dozens of Thais have been murdered in gang-related disputes.[7] The authorities also intermittently crack down on underage sex workers and their clients and a number of high profile arrests have been made in recent years. Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Visitors are more likely to 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", than in other Thai tourist destinations. To help curb this problem, a special Tourist Police division has been established to aid foreign tourists (farang) who are victims of crime. Officially, foreigners are charged more than locals for most products. A misdemeanor, or misdemeanour, in many common law legal systems, is a lesser criminal act. ... Eighteenth century engraving showing a pickpocket in action. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Pattaya, along with the rest of Thailand, is also known for its abundance of pirated DVD movies, music CDs and software. Racketeering, Money laundering and also trade in bootleg tobacco & alcohol products are rife too. Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates one of the copyright owners exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works that build upon it. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions in order to conceal the identity, source and destination of the money in question. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shredded tobacco leaf for pipe smoking Tobacco can also be pressed into plugs and sliced into flakes Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Media

Pattaya has several foreign language newspapers; most come out weekly. The English newspapers include Pattaya Mail, Pattaya Today, Pattaya People. Additionally, there are French, Norwegian, German, Russian and Japanese publications. There are several English-language cable television programs with news and video reports from Pattaya. There are also several tourist magazines and nightlife, most of them coming out monthly.


See also

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References

  1. ^ a b Pattaya population statistic according to residents registration 1997-2007 (Thai only) (HTML). Pattaya City Registrar Office. Retrieved on 2007-11-29.
  2. ^ World Weather Information Service Pattaya (English). Thai Meteorological Department.
  3. ^ Pattaya Today, The tallest building in Thailand coming, 1 August 2006, accessed 8 Nov 2006.
  4. ^ FAQ at www.ocean1tower.com, accessed 8 Nov 2006.
  5. ^ Zoo worker mauled to death by tigers in Thai zoo, accessed 8 Nov 2006.
  6. ^ The Nation, Sri Racha Tiger Zoo: 60 more may be culled, October 29, 2004.
  7. ^ The Nation, Costa del Crime, November 7, 2005.

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External links

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