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Pattaya Rising

Sukosol Hotels’ illustrious heritage can be traced back to one magical city: Pattaya. This is where its first two hotels – Siam Bayshore (1975) and The Bayview (1983) — were built and where its newest addition, Wave, will soon open its doors (February 2013).

For many a long decade Pattaya city has been a popular beach resort with local tourists and expatriates from around the globe. It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km south-east of Bangkok within, but not part of, Amphoe Bang Lamung, in the province of Chonburi

The name Pattaya 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 the Burmese invaders in 1767. To cut a long story short, when Phraya Tak’s army arrived at the vicinity of what is now Pattaya, local leader Nai Klom was so impressed by the other’s dignified manner and strict discipline that he surrendered without a fight and joined his forces. The place the armies confronted each other was thereafter known as Thap Phraya, which means the ’Army of the Phraya’. This later became Phatthaya, the name of the wind blowing from the south-west to the north-east at the beginning of the rainy season.

 

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