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Some call the country's most famous resort Pattaya the Thai Riviera (Riviera of the Middle Ages was called the Italian coast of Liguria, at the present time, the term refers to any area of sea off the coast, popular with tourists). For others, it is a city of shame. "Pattaya is to attract the most depraved western tourists" - says the online edition of Lonely Planet, meaning single men walking down the bars, brothels and massage parlors, which are too many in this city.
Riviera of Thailand? Not at all. Pattaya is the Sin City, the center of sex tourism in Thailand, the sea of Sodom, Gomorrah future (Sodom and Gomorrah, the two ancient biblical city, which, according to the Bible, were destroyed by God for the sins of the inhabitants). So why tourists visit it? Referr to three main reasons: 1) sex 2) attractions and entertainment , and 3) Golf - in the city and its environs there are 21 golf courses. Pattaya was founded by sex and war. For centuries it was a small, obscure fishing village.
The turning point came on April 26, 1961, when here came to rest the first group of about 100 American servicemen who fought in Vietnam. Here, U.S. soldiers discovered the beautiful Gulf beaches with coconut trees growing on them. The sea was clean, with a rich world of corals, schools of dolphins leaping out over the beautiful bay. The fate of the village was sealed for the construction of the military airbase U-Tapao, where American B-52 bombers struck airstrikes on Vietnam. At that time it was the largest air base outside the United States. Bombers taking off every 15 minutes or so, with such a noise that "all around roared and shook." Thousands of U.S. troops, "armed" with dollars, found a temporary rest from the war in a small village at the time, who later was to become a center for sex tourism.
Thailand was a very poor country, with corrupt law enforcement and historically tolerant attitude towards prostitution. The result was predictable. As facilitators for the U.S. Air Force the personnel stated, "Living in Thailand has always been pleasant," ... Thais are hospitable people who share our desire for peace and freedom. "In other parts of the U.S. desires, namely, sex and booze - Thais were no less accommodating. Marine Bar, which opened in the southern tip of the Gulf, has become the center quarter of the brothels, whose rapid growth mirrored the increasing presence of U.S. troops in the city. In Pattaya, the room in those days cost 50 ¢, a woman does not get along much more expensive. With the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, the U.S. military presence in Thailand was curtailed, left the country 40 000 troops. Pattaya for some time went through hard times, but the city managed to overcome all difficulties through the development of sex tourism, which has become a good source of income. Visitors arriving in Thailand in the 1970s, at the Bangkok airport handed out leaflets with pictures prostitutes. The kiosk at the airport no longer exists, but this business was thriving, at least the last ten years the number of male tourists in Thailand greatly exceeded the number of female tourists. Males constitute 60% of foreign tourists in Thailand, compared with 52% interest in the neighboring, law-abiding Singapore.
In 1978, Pattaya has officially received the status of the city and, like all cities of Thailand entered in a period of rapid economic development, which lasted continuously until the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The more affluent Thais, who traditionally bought the beach houses in the royal resort town of Hua Hin, Pattaya started to have an advantage. The city developed rapidly, and with it the crime. The war for influence between different gang factions did not stop in the city. There was a heavy criminal situation, many murders committed and dozens of foreign tourists died of cardiac arrest due to overdose of powerful tranquilizers that prostitutes pumped to their clients in order to rub them later. The rapid development of the city began to affect the environment. For many years, raw sewage was dumped into the bay, resulting in perishing fish, corals, occurred on the skin of swimmers itching after bathing. The official response to this disaster was the statement by the mayor of Pattaya in the Bangkok Post newspaper: "green and smelly sea is normal." The mayor was not only bothered turning the Gulf into a cesspool, but even suggested that this situation will have only a "short-term impact" on tourism development. Surprisingly, he was right: the popularity of the city, especially among the residents of the capital of Thailand, has not changed. Pattaya has not only preserved the core of its core users, thousands of American soldiers, who return here every year to conduct regular joint exercises, military units in Thailand and the U.S. also attractted new ones. The city became the birthplace of modern mass tourism in Asia, and still is its undisputed capital, attracting a large number of tourists from Russia, India and especially China, whose number has now reached nearly 5 million per year. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the emergence of direct flights from Moscow to the international airport U-Tapao initiated the influx of wealthy
Russian tourists in Thailand.
It is believed that the Russian make the city more respectable, because usually come in pairs or families, rather than as single tourists. Pattaya tends to change its well-established image, giving it a more respectable appearance, but it's not an easy task. Over the past few years, they have settled many owners of sex clubs, forced to leave Bangkok due to the strict control to stop the operation of such institutions . In Pattaya, close monitoring of the time bars and clubs are not so strict, many local officials have their share of profit and turn blind to violations. Even the site of tourism in Thailand did not hesitate to boast advanced sex tourism of the city, listing, as tourist attractions, rides on elephants, water and air sports, as well as "exotic erotic shows," "saunas and massage parlors," "an incomparable range of opportunities for rest during an exotic holiday on the beach, "" the embodiment of every fantasy, especially after sunset. " Somewhere in the world, perhaps there is a city with a dubious reputation, more involved in sex - tourism, better known as a heaven for fugitive offenders. But perhaps such town you will not find . Once a tiny fishing village, opened by the American soldiers during the Vietnam War, Pattaya is now considered a center for sex tourism in Thailand, "a heaven for pedophiles."
The city has many other interesting sights, but all agree that the huge number of sexual entertainment attracts visitors here. When the twilight appears, this beachfront resort, the sea of neon light casts a pale shadow of a thick layer of makeup on the faces of thousands of women (and even some men), sitting on bar stools and tempting bags of pot-bellied expensive clothes. Bars with prostitutes can be found in most areas of Pattaya, but the bulk is concentrated in the city center down the Walking Street . The night life in the neighborhood brothels (or the red light district) is one of the major tourist attractions that attracts foreigners and Thai nationals. Here is concentrated the bulk of nightclubs, pubs under the open sky, and, of course, the restaurants at good prices for tourists. You can find usual bars with live music. On the territory beer bars provide Thai boxing. In the daytime, the street becomes dull and expressionless.
Sex for money in Pattaya is an usual business. Hotels require "users" (the so-called prostitutes) to provide identity cards, after which the client pays a fee for the night drive guests to their room. Despite the prevalence, prostitution is illegal in Thailand, so you must be prepared for a possible police raid and a large bribe to the local police department or the mafia. To show how the authorities are struggling with prostitution, police publish photos of foreigners caught with girls or boys in the international media. Cases of drinks laced with drugs and robberies of tourists are also common. Pattaya has become known as the largest center in Asia for its homosexuality, gay beaches involved in this sex industry workers. The city considered the capital of transvestites, with demonstration shows, songs and dances. The most famous of them, Tiffany .
There's no official figures for the number of street children, but it is estimated that about 2,000 children roam the streets of Pattaya selling everything from flowers and sweets to sex. Boys aged 10 to 15 may earn up to 10,000 baht ($ 280) per night spent with a foreigner, a lot more than a monthly salary of civil servants with higher education in Thailand.
The sea in the city of Pattaya is dirty, the streets are full with too many tourists, the architecture is faceless, high-rise hotels with small rooms, which often lack balconies. In Spain, the developers are destroying high-rise hotels as tourists refuse to stop them. Pattaya continues to build multi-story. There are no buildings of historic value. You can stroll along the central waterfront Pattaya Beach Road . The reconstruction of this area continues forever and looks so ugly, that seems to Pattaya, not Phuket, suffered from the tsunami of 26 December 2004. The city suffers from chronic water shortage. The long, curving beach fringed umbrellas and worn wash waves with floating debris from the top. Many tourists who came here 10 or 15 years ago, and then returning here, miss that old Pattaya. Now it is a city where to make big money on tourism, it has lost its former, attractive appearance.
Visiting Pattaya, a tourist might get not quite a good impression of a really beautiful country of Thailand. In a novel by Alex Garland's "The Beach" looking for adventure backpackers found nobody of eminent island in Thailand, and here formed an utopian community, which was later broken up by jealousy, greediness and violence. The idea of the story is that heaven does not exist. No, we do not deserve to live there. While we do not realize it, there will always be places like Pattaya.
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The country is often called the "land of smiles", because here there are more people smiling than in any other part of the world.
Only in Thailand you can take a cruise on a converted rice barge, you can scream upstream in a boat or bamboo raft, you can go into a dizzying journey and you can stay in jungle tree houses or homes of villagers floating on the river.
Equally memorable are the trails leading deep into the rainforest past cooling waterfalls and beautiful endless white sand caressing the translucent sea.
Do not miss the dynamic city of Bangkok, with its futuristic buildings juxtaposed against the glittering Grand Palace.
Early morning, monks dressed in robes leave the sanctuary of temples to receive alms from the people or in a dusty village or on crowded city streets.
Here Buddhism is a way of life and, with the respect people have for the monarchy, a dynasty that has maintained an independent country for centuries, resulting in a blend of tradition and contemporary living.
His Majesty King Bhumibol is the longest reigning monarch in the world, having come in 1946.
With the end of absolute monarchy, Thailand moved towards democracy, but this was thwarted by the military, who staged coups in protest at government policies.
The latest blow came in September 2006 when a bloody revolt overthrew the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and replaced him with an interim prime.
Thailand has surpassed the economic collapse of 1997, SARS, avian flu and the devastating tsunami in December 2004 to become a popular destination for tourists, with its many natural beauties and rich cultural heritage.
Thailand is a tropical country, so it's warm all year round, but the best time for tourists is from November to March during the dry season.
The main attractions • Wonder at the beautiful architecture in Bangkok Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, a temple complex which houses a statue of the Emerald Buddha.
Further up the river are the royal barges.
They are richly decorated and are only used for special processions on the Chao Phraya River.
• Do not miss Wat Pho, Bangkok's largest temple and the place where Buddha is Down.
The statue is huge - 46m long and 15m high.
• Discover Vmanmek, a lovely palace with 18 rooms, the former royal summer residence, rebuilt in Bangkok in 1900.
Let yourself be excited by the former house of silk merchant, American Jim Thompson.
• Travel north to Chiang Mai, the second largest city of Thailand and a center for excursions to temples in the region, hill tribes and the Golden Triangle.
Climb its 300 steps to the temple of Doi Suthep to have wonderful views of the city.
• Visit Kanchanaburi, a place about the horrors of the Second World War and Allied forces forced to build the Death Railway and the Bridge over the River Kwai.
From the town you can go on trips to explore the waterfalls and the jungle region.
You could spend a night on a floating house.
• Take a trip back in time and visit Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital.
Wander among the ruins of palaces on foot,by bike, or even on the back of an elephant.
• A visit to Ayutthaya is not complete without a trip to Sukhothai, an ancient capital of the Thai.
Beyond the city walls there are ruins of ancient temples and a few ancient engravings.
• Visit the north-eastern Thai, less known, especially Phimai, one of the most important Khmer historical sites in Thailand, dating from the eleventh century.
The complicated structure resembles that of Angkor Wat.
• Thailand is not about just beaches and temples.
Venture Khao Sok National Park exploring the southern Thai.
Here the rainforest covers the limestone cliffs crossed by streams and waterfalls.
Experience the lifestyle of a tree house or a house on the water, made of bamboo.
• Make a day trip from Bangkok by train over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, on the bridge that was built by Allied prisoners, led by the Japanese during the Second World War.
• Admire the skills of kite fighters.
Your opponents kites male Chula and female high Pakpao in a battle of the sexes.
Do not miss playing takraw, which involves handling a cane ball from one player to another, which are disposed in a circle, using in acrobatic feet, knees, thighs and chest.
The goal is to keep the ball in the air and place it in a suspended basket.
• Take in a Thai kick-boxing match.
This traditional sport can be seen every day in stadiums across the country.
Boxing matches are preceded by elaborate ceremonies and accompanied by music.
• Get rid of all worries through meditation.
Thailand has dozens of temples and meditation centers specializing in vipassana .
You can attend one lesson or you can follow a whole.
• Meet more closely with northern Thai, especially remote provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son, hiking, riding elephants and rafting on the river.
• Join the crowd that goes to Suri, where elephants assembly occur in November.
There are demonstrations of techniques and re-training scene of episodes in history.
• Enjoy thousands of kilometers from the Thai coast on the sand or under water.
Try kayaking, canoeing in the limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay and explore the grottoes and caves that are half under water.
• Learn traditional massage and the healing properties of herbal medicine at ancient Wat Pho.
• Try Thai cooking at one of the many cookery schools.
Learn how to blend herbs and spices for the unique flavors of Thai food.
In some schools students encouraged to buy food in the market themselves.
• Take a boat trip through Bangkok's Floating Market or network of channels of the river, lined with dwellings opening directly to water.
Life has hardly changed over the centuries to those who live on canals.
• Dive with the Sharks at Siam Ocean World aquarium in Bangkok and experience to tell the tale.
• Take tea in the afternoon at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, one of the most famous hotels in the world.
The former residence of Somerset Maughan and Joseph Conrad, today is attended by kings, princes and celebrities.
Gastronomy Thai cuisine is famous for the way that balances the five fundamental flavors in all meals and dishes - spicy, sour, sweet, salty and bitter (optional).
Thai cuisine which includes specific four main regions of the country - North, Northeast (Isan), Central and South America.
The cuisine of each region is influenced by neighboring countries of that region.
Thai dishes include plenty of fresh, not dried herbs, spices and fish sauce.
Nam pla is a fish sauce, flavored, which is found in almost all dishes.
It is widely used and shrimp paste.
Thais are accustomed to eat so much rice at every meal even.
Most of them consider sandwiches not a meal but a snack.
Also, locals do not really sit at table, because, especially children and teens eat when hungry.
If you do meet a Thai, you may be wondering "gin khao yung" every time you meet, meaning " did you eat ?" or better said "have you eaten rice?".
If you visit Thailand and stay at a local family take care not too eat too much, your body will get fat.
History Thailand existed as several small states since 1000.
Influenced more by India, Burma and Khmer people, the region was quickly engulfed in Buddhism.
By 1350 the kingdom of Siam was created.
At a distance of more than two centuries the Portuguese arrived, along with other Europeans, dealing with trade or were missionaries.
Siam avoided European colonization but was forced to cede control of more distant areas (portions of Malay, Laos and Cambodia) France and Great Britain.
Occupied by the Japanese in 1941, Siam declared war on the United States and Great Britain, while secretly monarchy suppressed resistance movements against the Japanese.
During the Vietnam War Thailand was significant especially for the U.
Attracting investors and tourists, Thailand developed until 1996, when the military government triggered a decline in the economy.
Tips The royal family is highly esteemed in Thailand, which must be respected by visitors.
Locals are concerned with the public manifestations of anger as a fact and creates a very humiliating public image.
It also discourages emotional manifestations gender and touching a person's head or your foot to straighten, it is a lack of good manners.
Take care of your shoes before entering someone's house or a temple.