Pattaya, Thailand: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Pattaya is located at the Chonburi Province, at the eastern region facing the Gulf of Thailand. It is the closest Thailand's major beach resorts to Bangkok, which is only 147 kilometers away. It boasts its tropical beach, entertainment, the vibrant nightlife, and shopping. This coastal city is Asia's premier beach destination. It is divided into five districts; the North Pattaya, the Central Pattaya, the South Pattaya, the Jomtien Beach, and the Bang Saen Beach. The three kilometers long Pattaya beach is full of hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, bars, and clubs. Aside from the nightlife and the beaches, there are other fun things to do in Pattaya. There are sacred places like the Buddha Hill and the Sanctuary of Truth, natural and pristine attractions like the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, zoos and wineries. With the beautiful and busy nightlife in Pattaya, there are plenty of accommodations from the luxurious hotels down to the simple guesthouses that offer cheap prices. There are also tours & excursions to the places at the outskirts of the coastal city that some hotels and tour companies offer. Pattaya is indeed a place for everyone; family, group of friends, couples, and an individual.
If travelling by plane, U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport is the closest airport catering commercial flights internationally. However, it only caters flights to Phuket and Ko Samui domestically. Planes from Bangkok, flies to Ko Samui and Phuket. From this airport, there are minivans and buses that services to Pattaya's city proper. There are also buses from Bangkok; first class buses usually takes 2 - 3 hours and costs 120 baht. There are also second class buses that cost 100 baht. Other way to get to Pattaya is through a minibus or a passenger van. There are minivans offering door-to-door services from a Bangkok hotel to a Pattaya hotel worth 400 baht per person. From the Victory monument in Bangkok, there are booths for transport to Pattaya. It usually costs 100 baht. For a convenient way, there are taxis that servces from Bangkok to Pattaya. However, it usually costs 1000 baht. For a cheaper way to get to Pattaya, a train is recommended. A ticket usually cost 30 baht. There are two train stations in Pattaya; Pattaya Train Station and Pattaya Tai Train Station. From these stations, there are modes of transport available to get around the city.