... is a city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast known for its beaches.
A quiet fishing village as recently as the 1960s,
it’s now lined with resort hotels, high-rise condos,
shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs.
Nearby, hillside Wat Phra Yai Temple
features an 18m-tall golden Buddha.
The city´s name evolved from the march of Phraya Tak
(later King Taksin) and his army from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi,
which took place before the fall of the former capital
to Burmese invaders in 1767.
This was just 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.
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