PATTAYA

Thailand's resort city

Always switched on and fun, Pattaya’s beaches are daily brimming with life, as water sports lovers and sun worshippers take to the waters. After dark, the action shifts to the streets and clubs, as revellers explore its electrifying nightlife scene, where drinking and partying continue until dawn. Apart from water sports and nightlife, Pattaya offers endless possibilities when it comes to shopping, sightseeing, dining, accommodation and entertainment. It has outgrown its image as a seedy beach town to a destination reaching for a wider audience, whether it is couples, families, business travellers, or even musicians. Some 147km from Bangkok, it is the closest of Thailand’s major beach resorts to the capital city.

WEATHER

Like Bangkok, Pattaya’s climate is influenced by two monsoons. From May to October, the Southwestern monsoon brings intense but usually brief downpours (avg. 2531° C); bars and beaches are less crowded and hotel rates are lower. March, April and May are the hottest months (avg. 2632° C); coupled with relative humidity at 73% on average, it can feel hot and sticky. November through to February sees very little rain and a relatively cooler climate (avg. 23­ 30° C). This is the busiest time on the Pattaya tourist calendar. Best time to go: November to February http://www.pattaya.bangkok.com/weather.htm

GETTING AROUND

Pattaya’s singlelane roads are well known for their traffic jams, particularly after sunset and during the peak season (NovFeb). One contributing factor is the proliferation of songtaews (aka ‘baht buses’ – converted pickup trucks), which make frequent and unannounced stops. These songtaews are your best bet when getting around Pattaya, Jomtien and outlying neighbourhoods. Other options include motorbike taxis, easily identified from the operators’ colourful vests, and car, jeep or motorbike rentals. Like the baht bus, you can hail a motorbike taxi when you see one riding by. To rent a car or jeep, you need to have a valid driver’s license (Thai or international) ready, in case the police flag you down, but local rental companies rarely ask to see it. Note that without a valid driver’s license, your insurance is invalid. http://www.pattaya.bangkok.com/gettingaround.html

SIM CARDS AND DIALING PREFIXES

Prepaid SIM cards are available for purchase at 7Elevens and Family Marts, as well as the service operators’ shops – DTAC, AIS and TRUE – located inside shopping malls. Alternatively, the best place to get a cheap mobile phone is Tuk Com (South Pattaya Road). To make a call to a landline within Pattaya, dial 038 then the sixdigit number. Making a call to Bangkok, dial 02 (area code), then the sevendigit number. Calls between mobile phones require the threedigit prefix (08x), followed by the seven digit subscriber number.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

As you exit the arrival hall from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, you'll be confronted by many touts offering to transport you anywhere in Thailand, usually in a minivan or a limousine. These are invariably more expensive, so proceed on to the first floor and get a metered taxi from the official taxi stand or find a bus service stand near Gate 7 and buy your ticket(s) to Pattaya. Better yet, arrive in style via the airport limousine service (24 hrs). Book one in advance through www.bangkok.com/transfer.htm or, upon arrival, locate the nearest service counter in the arrival hall (Second Floor). From UTapao International Airport, the taxi/bus service desk on the First Floor (arrival hall) can help arrange a taxi or bus to your destination. http://www.pattaya.bangkok.com/gettingthere.html

CURRENCY

Thai baht (THB). US$1 = approximately THB 30.00

TIMEZONE

GMT+7 (the same as Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam).

ELECTRICITY

Voltage is 220 Volts with either two flat blades (NEMA 1-15 or JIS C 8303) or round two pin plugs (Europlug CEE 7/16).

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police 191
Tourist Police 1155, 038 429  371
Ambulance 1554
Fire 199
Marine Police 038 311 285
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya 1719
Pattaya International Hospital 038 428 374
Medical Emergency 1669
Operatorassisted overseas calls 100
Directory Assistance 1133
Flight Schedules(Suvarnabhumi)1566
TAT Pattaya 038 428 750
Immigration 038 252 7501

PATTAYA AREA GUIDES

Pattaya has a simple layout. Pattaya Beach covers some two-kilometre stretch of the eastern coastline, from the more serene WongamatNaklua and North Pattaya to the buzzing and vibrant Central and South Pattaya. The famous Walking Street, Pattaya Hill and Jomtien Beach –
popular for water sports – lie to its south. Whether you’re looking for class shopping, restaurants, clubs, bars and hotels in addition to sun, sand and sea,
Pattaya truly has it all! 

A raised headland at the southern end of Pattaya Bay, Pattaya Hill is accessible by winding roads that lead to the top. Popular with families, it’s full of up-market resorts with luxury facilities, large gardens, fine-dining restaurants, panoramic sea views and a quiet, serene atmosphere. Those staying here may feel somewhat alienated from Pattaya’s brash…

This central and very bustling main road lies parallel to Beach Road, only a couple of hundred metres inland. In terms of nightlife and shopping, those staying here are as well placed as those on Beach Road. Beer bars, restaurants, shops, malls and hotels line its sides, and Walking Street is just as accessible. However,…

Relatively speaking, North Pattaya is more serene and relaxed than Central or South Pattaya. But this is still part of Pattaya’s city centre, with famous attractions including Alcazar and Tiffany’s cabaret shows as well as the impressive Sanctuary of Truth – an immense quasi-religious carved wooden structure. Like Central and South Pattaya beaches, North Pattaya…

Jomtien Beach is ideal for those in search of a more secluded location and a milder beach culture than that of Pattaya Beach. Although still relatively peaceful, Jomtien also has a long strip of Beach Road lined with shops and restaurants. The quieter nightlife and less dynamic shopping scene may be a turn off for…

Pattaya Beach Road is a scenic fourkilometre-long crescent of sand backed by a promenade and palm trees, a busy one-way road, and a dense layer of luxury hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and market stalls. The southern end is home to the nightlife that lends Pattaya its notoriety, while the northern end is calmer and less…

The sights and sounds of Walking Street are quite unlike anything else in Thailand. Other towns and cities try to claim to have their own version, but nothing comes close to matching the 500 metres of fun which is found at the end of Pattaya’s Beach Road. Taking its name from the fact that it…

Pattaya may not be a shopper’s paradise in the same class as Bangkok, but that doesn’t stop it from having quite an impressive choice of malls, markets and boutique stores. You can find anything from high-end fashion to simple souvenirs along a price range from bank-busting to practically free. In some cases, the shops are…

Girls, shows, bar games and competing stereos all combine to raise the ante in one huge party zone from Soi 13 to Soi 16 in South Pattaya. Closed to traffic during the evening, the area becomes the famous Walking Street, where A Go-Gos, discos, massage parlours and dozens of bar-beers compete with for your immediate…

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When it comes to what to see or do in Pattaya, the sky is the limit. This vibrant coastal city’s got a slice of everything: off-shore explorations, water sports, deep-sea fishing, on-shore excursions, cabaret shows, botanical gardens, and the list goes on. To make life easy for you, we have singled out the top 10…