Remote Pattaya, Chon Buri, Thailand Published on: 29-06-2016
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Why Pattaya is special ?
Pattaya (พัทยา) is a seaside resort on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand, about 150 km southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya is mostly famous for its go-go and beer bars, but local authorities have made some efforts to provide more family-friendly attractions and activities. Although the sex industry is still going strong and sex tourism remains the key money earner for Pattaya, the resort also attracts local families and holidaymakers from around the world. If you are going to be offended by the sight of fat old men hand in hand with young Thai women, then Pattaya is probably not the place for you.
What to explore at Pattaya?
Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambience offers every ingredient for memorable holidays. Accommodation ranges from luxurious hotels with superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses. There is a plenty of sporting opportunities both on land and water including golfing, game fishing and scuba-diving. Theme and amusement parks, offbeat museums and botanical gardens offer a variety of leisure activities and entertainment for all family members.
North Pattaya or Pattaya Neu (พัทยาเหนือ) is adjacent to Haad Wong Ammat. Specifically, it starts from Dolphin roundabout or in front of Dusit Resort. It is the most quiet beach of all the three beaches of Pattaya. The gradual slope makes it a nice spot for swimming, while brown-red sand and light blue sea offers beautiful view. Moderate amount of the beach chairs, beach umbrellas and food stands can be found on this beach, whereas some hotels, restaurants clubs and bars are located along the seaside road. This area is more upmarket than other parts of the city in terms of accommodations and dining options.
Pattaya 2nd Rd. in the northern part of Pattaya, there is venue for some lively entertainment. It is where you can find the awe-inspiring and most spectacular performance in Pattaya, Alcaza and Tiffany Shows offering glamorous and dazzling shows by lady boys. There is also a shopping mall at the intersection between North Pattaya and Central Pattaya.
Central Pattaya or Pattaya Klang (พัทยากลาง) is the most popular beach with its beautiful brown-red sandy beach, accommodations options and all types of facilities you can imagine. At the end of North Pattaya, you will find the golden mermaid and dolphins marking the start of the beach of Central Pattaya. There is a concentration of the beach activities here such as jet-ski, banana boat and paragliding and numerous convenient stores, fast-food restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, beer bars, tour agencies as well as Tourist Police Station and Pattaya Immigration Bureau.
Central Pattaya is the location where a plenty of leisure and entertainment venues are located such as Ripley’s believe It or Not museum collecting extraordinary objects from around the world.
South Pattaya of Pattaya Tai (พัทยาใต้) is not the southern-most part of Pattaya as the name suggests but the are is next to the southern end of Pattaya Beach. It extends inland to the north and south of South Pattaya Rd. Buddha Hill headland and Jomtien are the most south but they are not included in South Pattaya. This area includes Pattayaland and Walking Street. Despite the fact that there is only one sandy beach for swimming in South Pattaya, the area has myriads of leisure and entertainment activities to offer to the tourists along its 500 meters long walking street which is the main tourist area. There are shops stores, restaurants, bars, discotheques and nightclubs, opening until very late at night.
Jomtien Beach (หาดจอมเทียน), is a straight 6 km sandy beach located about 2 km from South Pattaya and 4 km from Pattaya City. It has been a spot for those who enjoy tranquility and would like to escape from the hustle and bustle of the entertainment area. Despite the fact that property development of high-rise condominiums, hotels and resorts is burgeoning in this area, Jomtien beach is still peaceful and popular amongst the locals, Bangkokians, family travellers and retired expats.
Its sandy beach is fringed with pine trees, quite narrow and has a small slope into the sea. There are restaurants and cafes along the beach for tourists to enjoy fresh seafood and drinks while looking out into the sea. Entertainment and leisure activities are ample to enjoy a lively nigh tout. A galore of water sports are available including kite surf, para sail, jet ski and windsurf.
How to get to Pattaya?
Bangkok to Pattaya by Bus
Taking the bus is one of the most popular and most convenient means of traveling to Pattaya from Bangkok. These buses are scheduled to depart about every 30 minutes from bus terminals in Bangkok to Pattaya, with the trip usually taking two hours (depending on the volume of traffic on the roads), with the most frequent departures coming from the Eastern Bus Terminal (situated next to the Ekkamai BTS Station on Sukhumvit Road). The air-conditioned buses are scheduled to depart daily every half an hour, from 05:20 and 23:20 and cost around THB 117.
The Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit) likewise offers air-conditioned buses to Pattaya from Bangkok, with similar prices; these buses are scheduled to depart between 05:20 and 20:00. The Southern Bus Terminal, on the other hand, is the most accessible one if you are coming from the area of Khao San Road; in this terminal, the buses going to Pattaya are scheduled to leave on these times: 05:30, 08:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, and 18:30.
Second class air-conditioned buses are also available for travel from Bangkok to Pattaya, and these buses will be more convenient to take if you are going to Jomtien Beach, since many of these buses continue the journey to Jomtien; this bus option will save you the time and the hassle of having to go to Pattaya, and then taking the transportation onwards to Jomtien. The fares for second class buses are about THB 20 cheaper than that of the first class air-conditioned ones, although the trip may take longer compared to the first class option. Upon alighting from the second class bus in Pattaya on South Pattaya Road, you will then have to arrange for transfers to your designated accommodation.
Bangkok to Pattaya by Taxi
Traveling by taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya is an ideal option if you wish to travel in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle, and if you wish to be deposited directly to your hotel/resort in Pattaya (without having to arrange for your own transfers after getting off a bus). You can flag a taxi, or arrange for it to pick you up from your Bangkok hotel, sit back and relax on the journey – and arrive still full of energy in your Pattaya accommodation. The official fare from Bangkok to Pattaya is THB 1500 exclusive of expressway fees, and travel time is approximately two hours (depending on the traffic situation).
You can also take a taxi from Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport); expect to be given a flat fare for the journey to Pattaya, as taxi meters are not used for trips that are outside the Bangkok metro area. Travel time can be as short as one and a half hours with light traffic on the roads, to about two hours or more if heavy traffic is present en route to Pattaya.
Bangkok to Pattaya by Private Vehicle
You can arrange for a private vehicle to take you from Bangkok to Pattaya through your hotel, or through a travel agency; those in the Khao San Road area offer transfers using mini-vans, with the fare at around THB 400 per person. If you prefer to have the private vehicle to yourself, you can arrange to be picked up from your Bangkok hotel and travel comfortably directly to the lodging of your choice Pattaya.
Bangkok to Pattaya by Coaches/Vans (Highly recommended)
Bell Travel Service is one of the companies in Thailand offering door-to-door transportation services between Bangkok and Pattaya hotels, and also the Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport). This mode of transportation is a shared transfer, where one coach or van is shared with other travelers. The air-conditioned coaches and vans are equipped with on-board restrooms for added comfort; you can arrange to be picked up from the airport or your Bangkok hotel (a list of official pick up and drop off points will be provided), and will then be taken to downtown Pattaya so you can start exploring the wonders of this seaside resort.
Pattaya, Chon Buri, Thailand
If you are looking for a paradise beach then this in NOT for you. It is very busy filled with deck chairs and side shows, beach vendors and jet skis. Well worth a visit if you like that kind of thing.One big shame is the pavement behind the beach is crumbling onto the beach in a number of places. Why can't they maintain or build properly in the first place? Well I guess this is Thailand :-)
This is not the place if you are looking for a tropical beach as you see on the photos. It may be because of the time we visited but water was very dirty. It is better to visit Koh Larn island.
If being screwed and scammed at everything turn then this is the place for you.Thailand is a wondrous and beautiful country with many amazing people and so much natural tropical beauty.Such a shame that it also has this sex and scam ridden atrocity
A NICE PLACE TO WALK AROUND. nOT THE BEST OF BEACHES. Not a place to do shopping. Can try some street foods THE night life is amazing. Guyzz will get all they want for- (beer n dear)!!!!