Pattaya welcomes in the “Year of the Dragon” Sunday with its annual Chinese New Year festival in Naklua.
Giving Eastern Europeans yet another reason to visit Pattaya, Tourism Authority of Thailand officials from Germany brought the finalists in the Miss Czech Republic beauty pageant to Pattaya.
It wasn’t all play and no work for the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln during its five-day shore leave in Pattaya as sailors and marines spent part of their trip helping area seniors and orphans.
Hotel managers from across the region toasted the New Year at a party hosted by the Dusit Thani Hotel.
Like so many kids, Wuthisak Phanuram grew up dreaming of being a rock star. And, like so many adults, this cook at a central Pattaya Japanese restaurant found reality got in the way.
More than 100 teachers and staffers at Photisampan Pittayakarn School let down their hair and brought 2011 to a close at the annual New Year’s party.
Naklua’s Lan Po Park again will host Pattaya’s annual Chinese New Year celebration Jan. 22-23 featuring music, contests and, of course, dragons.
Pattaya’s Elderly Club began the year with a lesson in Buddhism’s view on aging.
Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn hosted more than 100 senior citizens at the Jan. 6 Dharma lecture entitled, “Birth, Aging, Death.” Sponsored by the Public Health and Environment Department, the lesson was taught by nine monks from Sawang Fah Temple with Deputy Abbot Sangkharat Monthol leading the main sermon.
Pattaya’s largest Muay Thai boxing stadium has opened to the public, targeting Russian, Indian and Asian package tourists to fill its 700 seats.
The new year exploded across Pattaya in a shower of fireworks and traditional celebrations as the city counted down to 2012.