A Peek Into The History and Culture of Pattaya

Pattaya’s name comes from Phraya Tak’s monarch who came with his army to Chanthaburi from Ayutthaya way back in the year 1767. This happened well before the capital was invaded and fell to the attack from Burmese invaders. Nai Klom the local leader made an attempt to stop this army. But the discipline and dignity displayed by Phraya Tak impressed the former to such an extent that he ended up surrendering to the enemy.

Eventually, the place started being referred to as ‘Thap Phraya’ or ‘army of the Phraya’. This name was later switched to Pattaya and stayed that way through the ages. This is also what the wind that blows right at the start of the rainy season is called. Up until the Vietnam war, this place was no more than a small fishing village; at that point of time, it was the popular haunt of American servicemen.

It didn’t take long for the word to spread that the region was perfect for relaxation and entertainment. Soon Pattaya gained popularity and a number of travellers started giving Bangkok a miss and headed for Pattaya instead. Today, millions of visitors pour into this coastal city each year and it has also become of the most sought-after golfing destinations in the world.

Pattaya’s culture

The culture in this city is a heady and eclectic mix of the traditional and the modern. On one hand you will see beautiful artwork that depicts Thailand’s history, while on the other end of the scale is Pattaya’s famed nightlife culture. The city celebrates a wide range of festivals each year; there are a number of concerts, shows and other annual events and the Pattaya Music Festival is very popular as well.

Songkran is Thailand’s New Year that’s celebrated in April, but on different days across the various districts and sub-districts in the country. In Pattaya, this festival starts on the 19th and stretches till the 21st but the revelry starts way before that and the locals get in to a holiday mood almost a week in advance.

The other notable festivals here include the Pattaya Vegetarian Festival and the Pattaya Carnival. Aside from this, Christmas and New Year are celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm and literally hundreds and thousands of tourists and travellers end up visiting Pattaya at this time of the year.

Some more information on Pattaya

  • As per the 2016 census, Pattaya’s population has 107,406; however, this figure accounts only for residents that are formally registered in this city. It doesn’t include any retirees that reside here for extended periods of time, and expat visitors.
  • Like the rest of the country, a majority of people in Pattaya follow Buddhism, while the others belong to various cultures such as Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. This lends the city a very robust and eclectic milieu.
  • However, Buddhism has a significant influence on the county’s culture as it does in this city and that’s very evident in the people’s way of life in Pattaya.
  • The primary source of income here is tourism and most large and small businesses rely on it.
  • You will find that the people here are very welcoming and friendly and most will greet you with a smile.

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Thanks for reading,
Dave Miniter
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