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Pattaya City Guide

Last updated Apr 1 2018

Pattaya from viewpoint
Pattaya from Viewpoint

Pattaya is a beach resort 80 miles south of Bangkok popular with Chinese, Russian and European visitors.

For general Thailand info such as language and money, please see our Bangkok guide here http://citytravelwiki.com/Bangkok

Getting Here

Bus - Buses leave regularly from both Ekamai (east) and Mochit (north) bus terminals in Bangkok. Ekamai is the most convenient since it is directly beside the same named BTS station. Avoid the minivan drivers that try to steer you away at the entrance. Tickets are sold at booths inside and the fare is 108 baht. Buses leave approximately every 30 minutes from 0500 to 2300. The journey takes approximately two hours (depending on traffic) to the North Pattaya bus terminal (on North Pattaya Rd). Baht buses wait at the bus terminal in Pattaya (you shouldn't pay more than 20 baht to get to your hotel unless you are further out). If they try to charge you more, walk out to the road, cross the road and catch one heading west. You may need to transfer at the Dolphin Roundabout. See Getting Around section for more info on using baht buses.

Minivan - Avoid the minivan service since it costs more, takes longer, has stops along the way and they don't drop off in central Pattaya.

Private Tour/Vehicle - Many companies offer private transport to Pattaya though you will be paying much more than using the bus.

Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport - Bus service is available between Pattaya and BKK airport. The bus terminal in Pattaya is along the Jomtien baht bus route at the intersection with Thepprasit Rd. http://www.airportpattayabus.com/

Pattaya to Don Muang Airport - Easiest way is to take the bus to/from Mochit Bus Terminal. From there you will need to take a taxi or local bus (route 139) to BTS Mochit with a transfer to the A1 airport express bus.

Getting Around

Baht Buses

Songthaews (privately owned pickup trucks with covered bench seating in the back) provide bus service in Pattaya. Most run a circular route from the dolphin roundabout, Beach Rd, South Pattaya Rd and Second Rd. Bus stops have recently been added on Beach Rd to improve traffic flow. Flag one down heading your general direction and hit the buzzer when you want to get out. Pay the driver 10 baht when you exit. In general, if you ask a driver where he is heading, it is assumed you want to charter the vehicle and may get charged a significantly higher fare. Baht buses will also run along major roads so you may need to transfer to a different bus to get to your destination. To get to Jomtien, baht buses wait at the southeast corner of Second Rd and South Pattaya Rd and leave when full.

Metered Taxis

The higher availability of metered taxis in Pattaya is a recent change but the meter is usually covered and not used. Drivers will want a minimum of 150 baht even for short trips.

Restaurants

As a resort city, you will find restaurant pricing a bit higher than those in Bangkok. However, street food will still be comparably priced.

For drinks with a view, check out the Hilton at Central Festival and Siam@Siam in North Pattaya.

For Hard Rock Cafe fans and collectors, there is a resort just north of Central Pattaya Rd on Beach Rd.

Shopping

Markets

Pattaya Night Market - Located on Second Rd just north of Central Festivatl. Stalls near the entrance are usually open during the day.

Thepprasit Road Weekend Night Market - A large night market operating Friday to Sunday evenings from 5pm. There is a large street food section so visit with an empty stomach. The market sets up in front of a multi-level apartment building beside an outlet mall. To get here by songthaew, board one heading to Jomtien beach. Get off at the intersection with Thepprasit Road (Foodland supermarket on left and Pan Pan Restaurant on the right) and transfer to another bus that should be waiting on Thepprasit Road. Don't get off too early since there is a smaller market just south of the main one.

Soi Bukhao Market - A daytime market that sets up every Tuesday and Fridays on Soi Bukhao near South Pattaya Rd. There is also a smaller night market operating daily on Soi Bukhao opposite Central Festival Mall.

Malls

Central Festival - The city's newest, largest and most popular mall. The lower floor has a supermarket, Central Food Hall, and a good and relatively inexpensive food court, Food Park, (with a Russian food stall). A more upscale and quieter food court, Food Loft, can be found on 5/f. Hours are 1100 to 2300 which is pretty standard for malls in Pattaya.

Royal Garden Plaza - Central Festival has sucked most of the life from Royal Garden but there are still shops inside and a Ripley's Believe It or Not. There is a pricey food court on the top floor.

Mike Shopping Mall - More of an indoor market than a mall. There is a public swimming pool on the roof.

Central Marine - Located in North Pattaya off Second Rd. This mall has lots of restaurants and a large supermarket. It was renovated and rebranded in 2017 adding a pub building, and food court.

Terminal 21 - This mall is under construction and set to open in 2018 by the dolphin roundabout.

Supermarkets

Tesco Lotus - North Pattaya Rd, Big C - Second Road (at Soi 3), Central Foodhall (Central Festival Mall)

Alcohol sales are restricted to the hours 1100 to 1400 and 1700 to 2200 at supermarkets and stores. Their is no restriction at bars and restaurants. Alcohol sales are also banned on Buddhist holidays and election days.

Sights

There are a few large tourist attractions in the area though they may be difficult to get to without a vehicle.

Walking Street - The city's main entertainment district is full of gogo bars and restaurants. Very lively in the evening with tourists, tour groups, and street performers.

Sanctuary of Truth - A newly built and still under construction temple with intricate carvings. You can get a taxi or charter a songthaew to get here or take a baht bus from the dolphin roundabout heading north along Naklua to Soi 12 and walk the remaining distance. Discounted entrance fee (450 baht) if bought online and you can pay by credit card. Walk up entrance fee is 500 baht. http://www.sanctuaryoftruth.com/

Pattaya Hill Viewpoint - Located at the south end of Pattaya with views of the harbor. To get here by baht bus, take one heading to Jomtien and get out after it turns left underneath an elevated roadway. Walk in the same direction before you turned until you get to the tourist police office. Shortcut by taking the stairs uphill through the park to a five way way intersection where there are signs to the viewpoint and Big Buddha. Free.

Big Buddha - At the opposite end of Pattaya Hill. You will pass the entrance to a wat on your left but follow the road to your right. Free.

Sriracha Tiger Zoo - http://www.tigerzoo.com/eng/

Nong Nooch Garden & Resort - The main attraction is the gardens though there is also Thai dancing and an elephant show. http://www.nongnoochtropicalgarden.com/

The Million Years Stone Park & Pattaya Crocodile Farm - Another mini theme park http://www.thaistonepark.org/

Khao Kheow Open Zoo - A drive through zoo http://kkopenzoo.com/

Ladyboy Show - Three venues provides extravagant shows: Alcazar, Tiffany's and Colosseum. There are smaller and less pricey shows if you are on a budget.

Beaches

Pattaya Beach - Pattaya's main beach is filled with vendors and chairs for rent.

Jomtien Beach - This area is quieter than Pattaya Beach and easy to get to by baht bus.

Koh Lan Island

A short ferry ride from Pattaya is an island with nicer beaches than Pattaya. Tawaen is the largest beach on the island with a long promenade catering to tour groups. Songthaews run fixed fare routes to the various beaches from the main Na Ban pier. Head left when you exit the pier to find the parking area where fixed prices are posted. Direct ferries also run to Tawaen but at less frequency. Motorcycle taxis will also want to take you around. After a ferry capsizing in Nov 2013, there has been heightened safety measures including the increased availability of life vests.

Ko Lan Ferry Schedule
Ko Lan Ferry Schedule
Ko Lan Songhthaew Rates 2014
Ko Lan Songthaew Rates
Tawaen Beach, Ko Lan
Tawaen Beach, Ko Lan

Speed boat service is also available to the island.

Hotels

There are a wide range of hotels in Pattaya. The Naklua and Jomtien areas will be a bit more quiet. Search hotels in Pattaya here

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