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.
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
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.
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
Thai baht (THB). US$1 = approximately THB 30.00
GMT+7 (the same as Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam).
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
Tourist Police 1155, 038 429 371
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
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!