Pattaya (Thai พัทยา, RTGS: Phatthaya, pronunciation: [pʰát.tʰá.jaː] listen, / i) is an internationally known seaside resort. It is located in the district (Amphoe) of Bang Lamung Chon Buri Province in the eastern part of central Thailand. Pattaya is the only Thai city next to the capital Bangkok a special administrative status. Pattaya had 2,006 officially 98,992 inhabitants. In 2007, the population increased to 104,318 with primary residence in the city registered persons. The number of unregistered residents is higher, according to the city administration of Pattaya is a four- to five-fold.