About Pattaya

Thinking of indulging in authentic Thai food amidst sandy beaches with crystal clear waters? This fantasy can become a reality in the city of Pattaya. Pattaya is a resort city of Bangkok and features many opportunities for adventure seekers and tranquil retreat lovers alike. Flooded with people and brimming with excitement, Pattaya is surely raising its ranking on the list of must-hit travel destinations.  With exotic beaches to explore during the day and open market streets to explore during the night hours, Pattaya is never short of excitement.

Public Transport System

Songtaew or Minibus, Local Bus, Motorbike Taxi, Taxi, Motorcycle Rental, Car Rental, Bicycle, Walking

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: - Medium; Efficiency: - Low

Mode & Cost of Transports

Songtaew or Minibus: -
"Songtaew" literally means two rows. It is a minibus which is sometimes called a Baht bus in English. Songtaew in Pattaya are small, dark blue pick-up trucks a canopy on the top. The service is available all around Pattaya. The routes of Songtaew's vary, so it is best to ask before boarding. To get off your Songtaew, simply press the buzzer when you reach your destination. Songtaew's keep picking up passengers along their routes. Usually, the fare is around 10 Baht for a short distance. Longer distances, for example from Jomtien to Naklua, costs around 20 Bahts. Songtaew's can also be chartered for private groups or single parties. The fare should be negotiated beforehand.

Local Bus: -
Pattaya City has recently started a bus service on 3 routes around the city, but they are not as frequent as Songtaew's. The bus service covers the main streets of Pattaya, Naklua, and Jomtien. The 3 routes are designated by 3 colors: green, red and yellow. The bus stops are also coded with colors and numbers for passengers to know where to board and disembark. All routes start from Big C supermarket. The one-trip fare is around 20 Baht. A brochure with the information on the routes and bus stops are available from the bus drivers and in most hotels and resorts.

 

  • The green line route is Big C -- South Pattaya Road -- Pattaya 2nd Road -- Dolphin Roundabout -- Naklua Road -- Soi Potisan -- Sukhumvit Road ( then back to Big C).
  • The yellow line route is Big C -- Sukhumvit Road --Thepprasit Road -- Thappraya Road over hill -- Pattaya 3rd Road -- North Pattaya Road -- Dolphin Roundabout -- North Pattaya Road -- Sukhumvit Road (then back to Big C).
  • The red line route is Big C -- Sukhumvit Road -- Soi Chaiyapruek -- Jomtien Beach Road -- Dongtan Corner -- Thappraya Road over the hill -- Pattaya 2 Road  -- Dolphin Roundabout -- Naklua Road -- Banglamung Police Station -- Sukhumvit Road -- Kratinglai intersection (U-turn) -- Sukhumvit Road -- Soi Chaiyapruek (U-turn) -- (then back to Big C).

 

Motorbike Taxi: -
Motorbike taxi is possibly the quickest way to travel around the town, but can be less safer than other types of transport. They are less expensive than a Songtaew charter. Their stations are scattered around the city, but it is also possible to flag down one that passes by along the road. The motorbike taxi drivers can be identified by vest top uniforms with a number on the back, but colors can vary according to their based station. The fares vary according to the distance of the destination. Trips around inner parts of the town can cost around 30-40 Bahts.

Taxi: -
Pattaya itself does not have local taxi's, but there are occasionally some available to flag down. Car services and non-metered taxis are available on an on-call basis, which is more suitable for out-of-town destinations. These on-call taxi's can be arranged through most travel agencies, hotels and resorts. The price is more expensive than a Songthaew charter.

Motorcycle Rental: -
The motorcycle is a great way to get around. There are many motorbike rentals throughout the town. The rental expenses are around 150 - 200 Baht for short term rentals. Many motorcycles for rent are automatic gear, however manual-geared motorcycles are also available. Usually, a drivers license is not required, but tourists are asked to provide their passport as security. Some places accept a photocopy of a passport. Cash deposit is often required, but insurance is not included. Wearing a helmet is a must.


Car Rental: -
There are car rental companies around Pattaya. Prices start 600 Bahts per day for an older model car and are about 1,500 Bahts per day for a newer model car. Long term rental is a more reasonable choice. It is imortant to note that driving in Pattaya might not be an ideal holiday activity as the traffic in Pattaya can be very frustrating, especially during rush hour, weekends, or long weekend holidays.

Bicycle: -
The bicycle is a good way to discover Pattaya. It is healthy, environmentally-friendly and cheap. There are less bicycle rental services than those for motorcycles or cars. Most of bicycle rentals can be found at motorbike rental shops. Alternatively, you can buy a bike for your trip at malls or hypermarkets, but these bikes might not be in very good condition. Specialized bicycle shops have more options to choose from and are better quality . Bicycles are also available at some hotels and resorts, but are for guest use only.

Walking: -
Walking is a great way to explore the area, but it may be best to walk in the morning or evening as the heat in Thailand can be unbearable at midday. If one would like to walk along the street, they will have to pay extra attention to the path and the cars. There is a promenade along the Beach Road, which provides a good view of the sea. There are many vendors and shops on the other side of the promenade. Good walking shoes, loose clothes and a water bottle is recommended.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.47
Cup of Coffee USD 1.83
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.45
Rice/Kg USD 1.20
White Bread USD 1.58
Eggs (12) USD 1.49
Combo Meal USD 6.17
Fine Dining USD 2.53
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.82
Domestic Beer USD 1.58
Imported Beer USD 1.80
Bottle of Wine USD 12.65
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 3.95
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.98
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.32
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 570.88
  • Dos:
    • Do give a little shoulder dip when crossing people as a sign of respect
    • Do keep your cool. Losing your temper is a sure way to lose respect
    • Do try to keep your wallets in your front pockets for safety
    • Do a wai when meeting someone as it is the customary greeting in Pattaya
  • Don’t
    • Don’t show disrespect to the Thai Royal Family
    • Don’t try to take or buy drugs
    • Don’t touch anyone on the head as it is the most revered part of the body and considered disrespectful
    • Don’t use your left hand to shake hands or pass things as it is considered rude
    • Don’t display the soles of your feet in a Buddhist temple, sit or kneel so that your soles are not exposed
    • Don’t wear a hat inside a temple
    •  Don’t touch or pass anything to a monk (this is especially important for women to remember as monks are not allowed to touch women) 

Night Life

As night falls, the city of Pattaya comes to life.  Pattaya's Walking Street is the destination for adult-friendly fun: from bars and nightclubs to street food and shopping, Walking Street has it all.  

 

Must See

  • Do try the exotic fruits and vegetables such as dragon eye, longan, mangosteen, noni, rambutan, tamarind, and coconuts.
  • Do visit the Walking Street.
  • Check out the spectacular Tiffany's Cabaret Show.
  • Check out Khao Pattaya View Point on Pratumnak Hill to get the best view of Pattaya's sweeping bay.
  • Check out Art in Paradise where you can look at art through optical illusions.
  • Ripley's Believe it Or Not.
  •  Flight of the Gibbon Chonburi, Zipline Adventure.

Experiences

  • Skydiving
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Water Sports
  • Nature and Wildlife Observation
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Shows and Concerts

Activities

Mini Golf Pattaya
Golf
Thap Phraya, Na Kluea, Bang Lamung,, Pattaya, Conburi, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
3.6 kms
Pattaya Sport Club
Golf
Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
3.3 kms
Chee Chan Golf Resort
Golf
108/18 Moo 6, Na Jom Tien, Sattahip District, Chon Buri 20250, Thailand
Distance From City Center
23 kms
THAI WAKE PARK - Pattaya (TWP Pattaya)
Ski
58, 3 Nong Pla Lai, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
12 kms
Paradise Beach Pattaya
Beach
kosy beach, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand
Distance From City Center
5.1 kms
Dongtan Beach
Beach
311-2 Thappraya Rd, Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
6.3 kms
Phattaya Beach
Beach
Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
2.2 kms
Asia Pattaya Beach
Beach
325, Pratamnak Road, Tambon South Pattaya, Amphoe Pattaya, ChonBuri, 20150, Thailand•
Distance From City Center
2.0 kms
Pattaya Country Club
Golf
Kao Mai Kaew, Bang Lamung, Chonburi, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
26 kms
Asia Pattaya Golf Course
Golf
352/323 Phra Tam Nak 4 Alley, Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
5.1 kms
Sriracha Tiger Zoo
Zoo
341, Tambon Nong Kham, Amphoe Si Racha, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20230, Thailand
Distance From City Center
38 kms
Jomtien Beach
Beach
Jomtien, or Jomtien Beach (i.e. Chom Tian), is a town on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand about 165 km south-east of Bangkok in Chonburi Province. It is about 3 km south of Pattaya and is home to high-rise condominiums, beach side hotels, beaches, and restaurants.
Distance From City Center
7.0 kms kms
Ski cable
Ski
Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
12 kms
The Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm
Zoo
1 22/1 Nong Pla Lai, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
9.1 kms
Jet Ski World Cup
Ski
Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
6.8 kms
Chang Thai Thappraya Safari
Safari
121 8, Soi Mu Ban Ngam Charoen 2, Pong, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
19 kms
Pattaya Elephant Village
Safari
7 48/120 Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
10 kms
Phoenix Gold Golf Club
Golf
111/ 9 Sukhaphiban 2, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
19 kms
Khao Kheow Open Zoo
Zoo
235/7 Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Distance From City Center
48 kms

Shopping

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  • Tea
  • Products made of wood and leather
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Ornaments
  • Thai Sauces and Spices.
  • Elephant trinkets 
  • Thai Silk
  • Thai Spa Products
  • Handmade Thai Jewelry
  • Ceramics and Pottery
  • Wooden Furniture and Carvings
  • Snacks and Sweet Treats 
  • Antiques
  • Wickerwork

Official Language

Thai

Other Language

English

Spoken Language

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Currency

Baht (THB)

Population

1.1 (Millions)

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Weather

Few Clouds 27.99°C

TimeZone

01:46 AM (GMT +07:00)

 

Ambulance

1554

 

Police

1155

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type B
Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
Type F
Type F ( 220 V 50 Hz)
Type O
Type O (220 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

U-Tapao International Airport - UTP

Airport Name / IATA Code

BKK - Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Best time to visit

November, December, January and February: The weather remains mostly pleasant.

Moderate time to visit

March, April and May:The weather becomes hot and humid during these months, but nevertheless, the number of tourists remains high. The beaches are busy during this period. Be sure to carry plenty of sunscreen and water and don't forget your sunglasses and a hat.

Worst time to visit

June, July, August, September and October:Pattaya experiences heavy rainfall from June to October. The beaches are much less crowded and the temperature is not too high. Hotel accommodation naturally becomes more affordable given the considerable rainfall. Don't forget to pack a sturdy pair of shoes to handle the rains!

Taxi

Start Tariff: THB 35.00

1 Km. Tariff: THB 27.96

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: THB 100.00

Available service

Monthly Average Temperature & Rainfall

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