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Pattaya Economy

Pattaya is Thailand's biggest beach resort and tourism is by far the largest industry in Pattaya. Without tourism Pattaya would probably still be a small fishing village. As far back as 40 years ago, Pattaya did not exist except for a handful of fishing communities. The only industry apart from fishing was salt farming, just to the north of the present city in Naklua (literally meaning 'salt fields'). Pattaya's growth as a resort owes its beginnings to the Vietnam War. The U.S. military selected Pattaya as a center to send its troops on Rest and Relaxation. As the development continued, people from Bangkok began to make the 3 to 4 hour journey to Pattaya, and its status as Thailand's first and largest beach resort was assured.

Pattaya's economy has also profited from the Thai government's Eastern Seaboard Development Programme and the discovery of small reserves of natural gas in the Gulf of Thailand. Although there are no factories or processing plants in the city itself , its proximity to Laem Chabang and Rayong means that Pattaya acts as a center for shopping and entertainment for the people who are employed in the area. This includes a large expat community, a many of whom choose to live in Pattaya.


As is the rest of Thailand, most senior businesspeople in large or international companies will speak English but it is not so common in smaller companies. The atmosphere is slightly more casual than in Bangkok.

Office hours: 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Conferences and Conventions

Pattaya boasts excellent facilities in the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH), a state of the art exhibition centre, capable of handling large events such as trade shows, sports, product launches etc. for up to 5,800 people.

Telephone: (66 38) 250421 Fax: (66 38) 250511, 250513
Email: info@peachthailand.com
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