Fifty years ago, Pattaya was a sleepy fishing village. Then came the Vietnam War and thousands of American GIs in search of rest and recreation. The area grew at such a pace, with both Thai and foreign tourists, that Pattaya City was born – with an ever-increasing influx since. The 10km stretch of coastline from Pattaya to Jomtien has gained a reputation for popular (though crowded) beaches and wild nightlife. An intriguing mix of cosmopolitan tourists, ex-pats and Thais make it a fun people watching hotspot!