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Pattaya is located off the Gulf of Thailand and is around 147 kilometres from Bangkok, the capitol of Thailand. Though not as popular as Phuket, this small fishing village has grown into an excellent beach resort offering all the options available at a typical beach resort. Pattaya has a range of water sports activites available besides having a number of amusement parks, botanical gardens and a number of museums. Pattaya comes alive at night with its wide variety of nightclubs, bars, pubs and a number of sex shops, which are buzzing with activity. Many people have praised Pattaya as man's paradise making it a bit intense in some areas and quite seedy. The seeder side of Pattaya can be a bit overwhelming for many travellers, especially solo female travellers.
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Although mainly known as a party destination for older single men Pattaya does have much to see and explore. Some of the more important ones include:
Some of the other attractions of Pattaya include the Pattaya Crocodile Park, Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum, Walking Street, Elephant Village and the Thai Alangkran
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Pattaya festival is usually held around the middle of April to boost tourism in this region. The Miss Pattaya beauty contest and many sports competition are held during this time. The beach glitters due to the spectacular fireworks display and the various cultural performances/exhibitions are also held during this period.
Pattaya has a tropical climate with air temperatures not varying much during different times of the year. The average daytime temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius. This region received most of the rainfall from June to October.
The best time to visit Pattaya is from mid November to February when it is not very hot and it is relatively dry.
Pattaya is around 120 Kms from the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) near Bangkok and 147 Kms from Bangkok city. It can be directly reached from the airport or from Bangkok city. Buses, shared taxis and private taxis are easily available for traveling to Pattaya.
Private Taxis are available for traveling in and around the Pattaya region. Public transport is usually available in an extended auto rickshaw type vehicle, which is also known as “Tuk Tuk” in local language. These ply on sharing basis but normally the rates are much higher for foreign tourists.
Plenty of accommodation is available in this region ranging from a few dollars to relatively expensive ones. Some of the resorts have their own private beaches and rates are quite reasonable when compared to the European standards.
|A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel||499 North Pattaya Beach Road||Hotel||-|
|Asia Pattaya Beach Hotel||Cliff Road Pattya 20260||Hotel||75|
|Baboona Beachfront Living||119/3 Moo 9 North Pattaya Beach Road||Hotel||-|
|Bacione Bar||27/87 m.10 Soi Bua Kaow||Guesthouse||-|
|Baron Beach Hotel||525/1 Moo.10 Soi 9 Beach Rd, Nongprue,Banglamung,C||Hotel||-|
|Beach Front Budget Hotel||29/39 Jomtien beach road||Hotel||-|
|Bella Villa||8/82 M.6 Naklua, Banglamung Chonburi||Hotel||-|
|Bella Villa Metro||38/15 M.5 Naklua Banglamung||Hotel||-|
|Bella Villa Prima||138 M.9 Naklua, Banglamung Chonburi||Hotel||-|
|Best Western Bella Villa Cabana||55/7 M.1 Sukhumvit Rd,Naklua Banglamung, Chonburi,||Apartment||-|
|Best Western Pattaya||38/32 M.5 Pattaya-Naklua Rd., Naklua Banglamun||Hotel||-|
|Billabong Hotel||33/92-93 Soi L.K. Metro Off Soi Diana & Soi Bhukau||Hotel||-|
|Crown Pattaya Beach Hotel||436/11-13 Moo 9, Beach Road, Soi 1 North Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung,||Hotel||-|
|Hans Lankari Guesthouse||193/242-243 Rungland Village south Pattaya M. 10, Nongprue, Banglamung||Hostel||-|
|Joe Palace||449/113 moo.10 soi koh pai south pattaya road t.no||Guesthouse||61|
|Jomtien Hostel||jomtien beach road Turn at sarita hotel 279/347 Moo 12 soi Somprasong plaza||Hostel||83|
|Maggie-Mays Guest house||Soi Watboon Jomtien||Guesthouse||71|
|Metro Apartments||33/85-86 Soi LK Metro Pattaya,||Guesthouse||-|
|Palm Grove Resort||245/96 M.3 Sukhumvit Rd., Najomtien Soi 40 Sattahip Chonburi||Apartment||-|
|Roof Garden Inn||144/70 Tappraya Rd Nongprue, Banglamung||Hotel||-|
|RS. Sea Side Hotel||125/19 M.12 Jomtien Beach Road, Nongpour Bangramung, Chonburi||Hotel||83|
|Sawasdee Pattaya||367 M.10 Soi 13, Pattaya 2 Rd., Pattaya City||Hotel||74|
|Sawasdee Sabai||501/27 Soi 10, Pattaya 2nd road, Pattaya City||Hotel||-|
|Sawasdee Sunshine||502/1 M.10 Soi 11, Pattaya 2 nd Rd . Pattaya city, Chonburi||Hotel||63|
|Skytop Guest House||370/13 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Rd., Nongprue, Banglamung||Hostel||-|
|Two Guys Guesthouse||504/497 Mu 10 Soi Yensabai South Pattaya||Guesthouse||-|
|Valentines Guest House||312/44-45 Soi Lenkee||Guesthouse||-|
|Villa Panalee||390/14 Moo 9 Central Pattaya 3 Rd, Nongprue, Bangl 493/97 4 Flr, Whitesiam Condo Phaholyothin 52 Saim||Hotel||-|
|Romeo Palace Hotel||500/21 Moo 5, Naklua Soi 18||HOTEL||-|
|Siam Guest House||528/26 Moo 10, Soi 12 2nd Road||HOSTEL||68|
|Casaviva Inn Hostel||279/191-192 Moo 12 Jomtien Beach Rd Jomtien Beach||Hostel||82|
|Citin Loft Pattaya||177/3 Moo 9 Nongprue Banglamung Pattaya, Chonbur||Hotel||70|
|The Light Shelter guesthouse||257/108 Moo 10 Soi Yen Sabai||Guesthouse||-|
|Sawasdee Sea View||302/1 M.10 Soi 10 Pattaya 2 Rd.||Hotel||77|
|Sawasdee Siam||524/26 M.10 Soi 11 Pattaya 2 Rd.||Hotel||-|
|Abricole Pattaya||329/4 Pratamnak Road Soi 2||HOTEL||-|
|Green Hotel Pattaya||217/10 Pattaya Beach Road Soi 9, Central Pattaya , Chonburi||Hotel||-|
|Fraser Resort Pattaya||555/54 Moo 10 Pattaya Beach Road Pattaya Chonburi||Hotel||-|
|Hillside Resort||305 Phratamnak Rd. South Pattaya Chonburi||Hotel||-|
|Sunbeam Hotel||217/27 Soi 7 Pattaya Beach Road||Hotel||-|
|Golden Cliff House Hotel & Resort||352/55 Pratamnak Rd.||Hostel||-|
|Horseshoe Point Resort & Country Club||100 Moo 9, Tambon Pong Amphur Banglamung Chonburi||Hotel||-|
|LK Royal Suites||66/33 Moo 9 Soi Buakao Nongprue, Banglamung||Hotel||-|
|LK Metropole Hotel||33/35 Moo.10 Pattaya 2rd Road Nongprue Banglamung||Hotel||-|
|Lantana Pattaya||115/2 Moo 5, Pattaya-Naklua Road, T. Naklua, A. Banglamung, Pattaya, Chonburi||HOTEL||-|
|Citin Garden Pattaya||148/232, South Pattaya Soi 2 South Pattaya Road||Hotel||-|
|Siam View Residence||Pattaya Klang Soi 12 Nongprue||Apartment||79|
|Manita Boutique Hotel||561/1 Moo 10 Nongprue Banglamung Chonburi||Hotel||-|
|Gulf Siam Hotel & Resort Pattaya||3/20 moo6 North Pattaya Road Banglamung,Chonburi 20150||HOTEL||62|
|Sabaidee Guesthouse||102/19 North Pattaya SOI 3 Nong Prue,Banglamung,Chonburi||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Irish Rovers Bar||Soi LK Metro 33/126 moo 10 Tambol Banglamung||Guesthouse||-|
|Happiness Guesthouse||102/22 Moo 9||Guesthouse||-|
|Jomtien View Talay Studio Apartments||Thrappraya Road Jomtien||HOTEL||-|
|Room-Club Hotel||318/79 Grand Condotel Thappraya road Nongprue Banglamung||Hotel||-|
|Majestic Rooms||Bun Kanchana Jomtien Pattaya||HOSTEL||-|
|Royal Magic||20/4 Wat Bun Kanchana Soi 4, Me La Aor Market, Jom||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Simon Place||98/4 Moo.6 Pattaya Second Road Naklua, Banglamung||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cucumber Inn||111/80-81 Moo 10 South Pattaya Rd. Soi 24, Opposite Tuk Com||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|White Sands Inn||324/35-36 Moo 12 Soi Chaiyapruek 1,Jomtien Beach||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Thai Orange House||32/102 M 12 Chaiyapruek 1., Soi 2., Jomtien, Banglamung, Chonburi||Guesthouse||-|
|Gulf Siam Hotel & Resort Pattaya||3/20 North Pattaya Rd||Hotel||-|
|Hillside Resort Pattaya||305, Soi 2, Phratamnak road||Hotel||-|
|Ooys Garden Rooms||59/24 Moo 6 tambon Pong Banglamung Chonburi||Guesthouse||-|
|Pattaya Holiday Lodge||124/68-69 M10, Pattaya 3rd Road Nongprue Banglamu||GUESTHOUSE||73|
|Pattaya City Hostel||265 Moo,6 Soi,Photisarn||HOSTEL||-|
|Mermaid's Beach Resort Jomtien||75/101-102 Jomtien Beach Rd.(Soi7) Nongprue||HOTEL||-|
|Aura House||375/12 M9 Soi Buakhao Pattaya Central Road||Guesthouse||-|
There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet cafés are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.
Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.
For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.
Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.
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