Pattaya Travel and Tourist Guide

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PattaPattaya Thailandya is a popular resort on the North Gulf Coast of Eastern Thailand, 160 km south-east of Bangkok. Most famous for its go-go and beer bars, it’s also one of Thailand’s best locations for all manner of sports and activities. Some of the beaches are a little uninspiring by Thai standards, however due to its flood of hotels and guesthouses and convenient location with quick and easy access from Bangkok make it a popular weekend getaway. Catering for over 5 million tourists yearly, Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of dining choices and a wide variety of things to do and see.

When considering Pattaya for your beach destination, your first decision should be  about which area to stay in. There are two rather distinctly different sides to this destination. Pattaya itself is the more developed area, and where you’ll find the seriously sleazy bars. However, Pattaya is also where you’ll find the big shops and other services.

Just south of Pattaya, on the other side of a small hill, is the Jomtien Beach area. Jomtien is regarded as the more family orientated area, with very little of the seediness that typifies Pattaya. There are plenty of hotels to choose from as well as some very good restaurants, and it takes only 15 minutes or so to get into Pattaya if you really feel the need.

Getting to Pattaya

First class bus
1st class buses from Bangkok to the North Pattaya Road bus station are air-con, almost always have an a toilet on board, are essentially direct (ie no stops), and provide a no fuss, no frills, hassle-free service. Departures from the Eastern (Ekamai) and Northern (Moh Chit) Terminals are frequent (roughly every 20-40 minutes), and usually takes a little over 2 hours.

Minibus
Minibuses run between Bangkok’s hotels and Khao San Road and Pattaya, offering the convenience of a door-to-door service for around 400baht per person. Departure times vary, but 0900hrs, 1200hrs, and 1730hrs are the most widely advertised. Drive time is about 2 hours, however it can take quite a bit longer especially if you’re the first to be collected and the last to be dropped off.

Pattaya Beaches

Pattaya Thailand

Pattaya’s main beaches are popular and busy places. For the thrill-seekers, activities include banana-boat rides, jet-skiing, water-skiing, parasailing, windsu

rfing, and the like; and anyone who just wants to enjoy a simple swim or a good splash around with a frisbee or rented i

nner tube will always find themselves with plenty of company.

For those more interested in lounging around there are acres of sand jam-packed with recliners and umbrellas, serviced by a mass of laid-back but tenacious hawkers offering anything and everything from food to massages, manicures, pedicure, tattoos, sunglasses etc. Eventually you’ll end up buying a very dark pair of sunglasses, and after that you just pretend to be asleep.



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