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Pattaya is a city in Thailand, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand
about 165 km southeast of Bangkok located within but not part of Amphoe Bang Lamung
in the province of Chon Buri.
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 formerSoviet 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.
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.
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