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Introduction

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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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Sights

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Sanctuary Of Truth

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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:

  • Pattaya Beach and Jomtein Beach are in the city center and the road adjacent to it is the center of night-life activities. Jomtein beach is to the south of the city and is comparatively cleaner and peaceful. Jomtein beach area has a number of luxury reasorts and also has a huge Entertainment park featuring a water park, roller coaster and numerous other joy rides.
  • Ko Lan or Coral Island is a small island situated around 8 kms from Pattaya. Speedboats and normal ferry leaving quite frequently from the Pattaya beach can provide access to this island. Corals can be viewed by taking a ride on the glass-bottomed boat. Range of water sports options is available at the Coral island.
  • Nong Nooch Botanical Garden is a beautiful and well maintained botanical garden located around 15 kms from Pattaya. Live cultural shows in a traditional Thai setting are the highlight of this garden.
  • Underwater world is an aquarium which has a collection of marine species including sharks and sting rays. The tunnel is more than 100 metres long divided into a number of zones.
  • Cabaret Shows are a popular activity here. The two main transvestite cabaret shows namely Alcazar and Tiffany shows. Both are good in their own respect but the Tiffany show is more spectacular of the two.

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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Events and Festivals

Songkran Parade

Songkran Parade

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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.

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

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.

U-Tapao International Airport (UTP) is a 45-minute drive from Pattaya but only has scheduled flights to Bangkok and Koh Samui.

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Getting Around

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.

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Sleep

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.

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel499 North Pattaya Beach RoadHotel-
Asia Pattaya Beach HotelCliff Road Pattya 20260Hotel81
Baboona Beachfront Living119/3 Moo 9 North Pattaya Beach RoadHotel-
Bacione Bar27/87 m.10 Soi Bua KaowGuesthouse-
Baron Beach Hotel525/1 Moo.10 Soi 9 Beach Rd, Nongprue,Banglamung,CHotel-
Beach Front Budget Hotel29/39 Jomtien beach roadHotel-
Bella Villa8/82 M.6 Naklua, Banglamung ChonburiHotel-
Bella Villa Metro38/15 M.5 Naklua BanglamungHotel-
Bella Villa Prima138 M.9 Naklua, Banglamung ChonburiHotel-
Best Western Bella Villa Cabana55/7 M.1 Sukhumvit Rd,Naklua Banglamung, Chonburi,Apartment-
Best Western Pattaya38/32 M.5 Pattaya-Naklua Rd., Naklua BanglamunHotel-
Billabong Hotel33/92-93 Soi L.K. Metro Off Soi Diana & Soi BhukauHotel-
Crown Pattaya Beach Hotel436/11-13 Moo 9, Beach Road, Soi 1 North Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung,Hotel-
Hans Lankari Guesthouse193/242-243 Rungland Village south Pattaya M. 10, Nongprue, BanglamungHostel79
Joe Palace449/113 moo.10 soi koh pai south pattaya road t.noGuesthouse75
Jomtien Hosteljomtien beach road Turn at sarita hotel 279/347 Moo 12 soi Somprasong plazaHostel84
Maggie-Mays Guest houseSoi Watboon JomtienGuesthouse70
Metro Apartments33/85-86 Soi LK Metro Pattaya,Guesthouse83
Palm Grove Resort245/96 M.3 Sukhumvit Rd., Najomtien Soi 40 Sattahip ChonburiApartment-
Roof Garden Inn144/70 Tappraya Rd Nongprue, BanglamungHotel-
RS. Sea Side Hotel125/19 M.12 Jomtien Beach Road, Nongpour Bangramung, ChonburiHotel87
Sawasdee Pattaya367 M.10 Soi 13, Pattaya 2 Rd., Pattaya CityHotel75
Sawasdee Sabai501/27 Soi 10, Pattaya 2nd road, Pattaya CityHotel76
Sawasdee Sunshine502/1 M.10 Soi 11, Pattaya 2 nd Rd . Pattaya city, ChonburiHotel-
Skytop Guest House370/13 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Rd., Nongprue, BanglamungHostel-
Two Guys Guesthouse504/497 Mu 10 Soi Yensabai South PattayaGuesthouse-
Valentines Guest House312/44-45 Soi LenkeeGuesthouse-
Villa Panalee390/14 Moo 9 Central Pattaya 3 Rd, Nongprue, Bangl 493/97 4 Flr, Whitesiam Condo Phaholyothin 52 SaimHotel-
Romeo Palace Hotel500/21 Moo 5, Naklua Soi 18HOTEL-
Siam Guest House528/26 Moo 10, Soi 12 2nd RoadHOSTEL84
Casaviva Inn Hostel279/191-192 Moo 12 Jomtien Beach Rd Jomtien BeachHostel91
Citin Loft Pattaya177/3 Moo 9 Nongprue Banglamung Pattaya, ChonburHotel81
The Light Shelter guesthouse257/108 Moo 10 Soi Yen SabaiGuesthouse-
Sawasdee Sea View302/1 M.10 Soi 10 Pattaya 2 Rd.Hotel-
Sawasdee Siam524/26 M.10 Soi 11 Pattaya 2 Rd.Hotel-
Abricole Pattaya329/4 Pratamnak Road Soi 2HOTEL-
Green Hotel Pattaya217/10 Pattaya Beach Road Soi 9, Central Pattaya , ChonburiHotel-
Fraser Resort Pattaya555/54 Moo 10 Pattaya Beach Road Pattaya ChonburiHotel-
Hillside Resort305 Phratamnak Rd. South Pattaya ChonburiHotel-
Sunbeam Hotel217/27 Soi 7 Pattaya Beach RoadHotel-
Golden Cliff House Hotel & Resort352/55 Pratamnak Rd.Hostel-
Horseshoe Point Resort & Country Club100 Moo 9, Tambon Pong Amphur Banglamung ChonburiHotel-
LK Royal Suites66/33 Moo 9 Soi Buakao Nongprue, BanglamungHotel-
LK Metropole Hotel33/35 Moo.10 Pattaya 2rd Road Nongprue BanglamungHotel-
Lantana Pattaya115/2 Moo 5, Pattaya-Naklua Road, T. Naklua, A. Banglamung, Pattaya, ChonburiHOTEL-
Citin Garden Pattaya148/232, South Pattaya Soi 2 South Pattaya RoadHotel-
Siam View ResidencePattaya Klang Soi 12 NongprueApartment82
Manita Boutique Hotel561/1 Moo 10 Nongprue Banglamung ChonburiHotel-
Gulf Siam Hotel & Resort Pattaya3/20 moo6 North Pattaya Road Banglamung,Chonburi 20150HOTEL-
Sabaidee Guesthouse102/19 North Pattaya SOI 3 Nong Prue,Banglamung,ChonburiGUESTHOUSE-
Irish Rovers BarSoi LK Metro 33/126 moo 10 Tambol BanglamungGuesthouse-
Happiness Guesthouse102/22 Moo 9Guesthouse-
Jomtien View Talay Studio ApartmentsThrappraya Road JomtienHOTEL83
Room-Club Hotel318/79 Grand Condotel Thappraya road Nongprue BanglamungHotel-
Majestic RoomsBun Kanchana Jomtien PattayaHOSTEL-
Royal Magic20/4 Wat Bun Kanchana Soi 4, Me La Aor Market, JomGUESTHOUSE-
Simon Place98/4 Moo.6 Pattaya Second Road Naklua, BanglamungGUESTHOUSE-
Cucumber Inn111/80-81 Moo 10 South Pattaya Rd. Soi 24, Opposite Tuk ComGUESTHOUSE-
White Sands Inn324/35-36 Moo 12 Soi Chaiyapruek 1,Jomtien BeachGUESTHOUSE-
Thai Orange House32/102 M 12 Chaiyapruek 1., Soi 2., Jomtien, Banglamung, ChonburiGuesthouse-
Gulf Siam Hotel & Resort Pattaya3/20 North Pattaya RdHotel-
Hillside Resort Pattaya305, Soi 2, Phratamnak roadHotel-
Ooys Garden Rooms59/24 Moo 6 tambon Pong Banglamung ChonburiGuesthouse-
Pattaya Holiday Lodge124/68-69 M10, Pattaya 3rd Road Nongprue BanglamuGUESTHOUSE77
Pattaya City Hostel265 Moo,6 Soi,PhotisarnHOSTEL82
Mermaid's Beach Resort Jomtien75/101-102 Jomtien Beach Rd.(Soi7) NongprueHOTEL-
Aura House375/12 M9 Soi Buakhao Pattaya Central RoadGuesthouse-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 12.9357
  • Longitude: 100.889

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