Pattaya is a popular tourist city in Thailand.
Pattaya is famous for its resorts and beaches. In 1767, during the reign of King Taksin, the city was named as Pattaya. Pattaya was a small fishing village till the 1960s, but it has now developed into Asia’s largest beachfront shopping mall. It is situated in the Eastern Seaboard zone, along with the cities of Si Racha, Laem Chabang, and Chonburi.
Pattaya is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 130 km southeast of Bangkok. It is a self-governing municipal area, which covers the whole tambon (subdistrict) Nong Prue and Na Kluea. It also covers parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai.
Pattaya is the center of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area, which is the conurbation in Chonburi Province. It has a total population of 1,000,000. Over 4 millions visitors visit the city, due to its attractive developed beaches and resorts. The famous CentralFestival Pattaya Beach Mall and the Hilton Pattaya Hotel are situated in central Pattaya region. Most of the residents here belong to Thai-Chinese ancestry. The city has been administered under a special autonomous system since 1978.