Old Pattaya Pictures & Videos 1950s – 1990

Pattaya beach in 1964To give you an idea of what Pattaya looked like when the first Western tourists arrived here in the 1960s, and the formerly unknown fishing village developed into Asia’s premier seaside resort over the next two decades, we’ve compiled some great old pictures of Pattaya on this page that we’ve come across on the Internet. There’s also a small selection of old video clips of Pattaya and a couple of vintage ads from 1969.
Note: We do not own the copyright to any of the pictures posted on this page; so if you’re a copyright owner and object to us using your photos here, please notify us.

So you wonder what Pattaya was like in those early days? As an email contact of ours and Vietnam veteran, who took a couple of “R&R” trips to Thailand in the early 1970s, puts it: Bangkok, a “bizarre sexual Disneyland” in his words, was “very urban, crowded and dirty, with strange smells and women anxious for dollars. There was nothing especially memorable about Pattaya; just a smaller, cleaner, less urban Bangkok.”
While much of his brief account, unfortunately, is still valid more than 40 years later, the pictures below are still photographic treasures for folks like, for example, your webmaster, who “discovered” and fell head over heels in love with Pattaya in the summer of 1997 only.

Old Pattaya Pictures 1950s – 1980s

Old Pattaya Video Clips 1960-1990

Here’s a small selection of digitalized VHS clips of Pattaya taken between 1971 and 1987 that we’ve come across on YouTube. While the quality of these clips may be rather poor they still give you an idea of what Funtown was like in these “good old days”.
For obvious reasons, there aren’t many old clips of Pattaya available on YouTube or elsewhere online, but if you search through Thoti100’s Channel we’re sure you’ll find another handful of digitalized VHS clips of Pattaya in the late 1980s.
While the first two videos are slideshows of old Pattaya photos taken between roughly 1960 and 1990, the last clip, an old Thai song titled “Dancing Pattaya” and so-to-say a forerunner to the ever-popular “Pattaya Pattaya” song, takes you on a musical journey back to the old times. Enjoy!









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5 Responses to Old Pattaya Pictures & Videos 1950s – 1990

  1. I stayed in a very large Hotel, near Beach Road, in the 80’s.
    The name was Flipper…something. NOT Flipper House or Flipper Lodge, but another name i can’t remember. I assume this particular hotel was Taken-over by another company in the late 80’s, and re-named. The hotel had a very large pool, with a beautiful garden area at the back. The first part of the name was Flipper, but can’t remember the second name. Definitely not Flipper ‘Hotel’

    Can anyone out there help me?

    • I downloaded them from several different websites and forums all over the Internet years ago, can’t remember which sites anymore. Unfortunately I’ve never met someone in the real world who still had photos of Pattaya pre-1980. I mean I know a handful of people who started visiting Pattaya in the 70s and only recently met an 85-yo German guy who’s been living in Thailand for over 30 years and had been to Pattaya the first time in 1971. Unfortunately he just had some blurry memories of busloads of girls traveling from Bangkok to Pattaya when the US soldiers were on a visit; no photos though.

  2. Wish I had saved my dad’s photos, but I think my mom got rid of them when my dad died. We lived in Bangkok from 68-72, and we would vacation in Pattaya as a family. My mom loved Charlie’s Hideaway… I may have a few pics in storage. I’m living in Hong Kong these days, but my stuff is in the US. Will have to dig it out.

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