Pattaya is located approximately 165 km southeast of the capital Bangkok. Pattaya is located on the east side of the Gulf of Thailand in the province of Chonburi. Travel to Pattaya is usually based in Bangkok, which is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Tourism in Pattaya flourished in the 1980s with great development of hotels and resorts. Pattaya is today the center of many of the large and sophisticated international hotel chains, and you will find a fine selection of high-class restaurants and the opportunity for a more “quiet” nightlife. Pattaya has also tried to create an image as being a family destination as well as a place for foreigners who want to settle for longer periods in Pattaya.
The nearest airport is U-Tapao about 45 minutes east of Pattaya. Bangkok Airways flies from this airport to Phuket and Ko Samui with daily departures.
However, most travelers choose to arrive via Bangkok Airport from which there is approximately a 1.5-hour drive to Pattaya.
A very common and convenient way to get to Pattya is by bus. Buses to Pattaya depart from Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal on Sukhumwit Road at Ekkamai BTS. There is a departure every hour starting from 05:00 until approximately 23:00. It is also possible to take a bus from Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal on Kampaengphet 2 Road near Mo Chit.
INFORMATION: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has office at 609 Moo 10, Pratamnak Road at the southern end of Pattaya near Jomtien.
Here you will find lots of information. Most hotels also have ample information on Pattaya with free flyers as well as city maps.
ORIENTATION: Pattaya Beach Road is the very heart of Pattaya. Here you will find many hotels, bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities. Pattaya 2nd and Pattaya 3rd roads run parallel to Beach Road and the area often has a lot of traffic At the North end you will find The Dusit Resort and at the very South end you will find the Sheraton Pattaya Resort. Jomtien is approximately a 15-minute drive south of Pattaya.
GETTING AROUND: Songtaews are blue pickup cars with let where it is possible to sit. They like to follow some regular routes on the major roads in Pattaya and Jomtien. One can also hire a songtaew on a private basis. Agree price first.
PATTAYA – THE WEATHER
Pattaya has a tropical climate. There are the following weather seasons: The Hot and Dry Time from November to February; The very hot season with high humidity from March to May and finally the hot and at the same time rainy time from June to October.
The average temperature is typically between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius.
PATTAYA – BEACHES
There are primarily 2 beaches in Pattaya. Pattaya Beach runs parallel to the city center from Pattaya Nuea South to Walking Street. Along the beach runs Beach Road which is full of restaurants, bars, hotels and shopping opportunities.
Jomtien Beach is in the southern part of the bay and is separated from Pattaya Beach by Pratumnak Mountain. On this beach you will find many apartment complexes, beachfront hotels and bungalow complexes. On weekends, there are especially many people at Jomtien Beach as many Bangkok residents come here to spend the weekend.
On the surrounding islands you will also find several good beaches. Among others the islands Koh Larn, Koh Sak and Koh Krok. Several of the islands can be reached by speedboat in less than 15 minutes.
For tourist reasons, the islands are often divided into “Near Islands”, “Far Islands” and “Coral Island”.
PATTAYA – ATTRACTIONS
Sanctuary of Truth – Momument
This shrine is both a religious site and a cultural monument. Located at Th Naklua with opening hours from 08.00 to 18.00. This cultural area was built by Lek Viriyaphant, an eccentric Thai millionaire who spent large fortunes on various charitable projects around Thailand. For example, he is also behind the construction of the Ancient City near Bangkok. The attraction is made entirely of wood and has been underway for more than 30 years. The attraction has 4 wings dedicated to Thai, Khmer, Chinese and Indian religious iconography. Everywhere in the 20-storey high buildings you will find wood carvings of gods from Hinduism and Buddhism. The architecture here is very interesting and even if one does not have expert knowledge of Buddhism and Hinduism, most people will find the place very interesting.
Anek Kusala Sala (Viharn Sien) – Museum
This museum located near Sukhumvit is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00. This is a very popular visit for many who come to Pattaya. The museum contains many objects of Chinese art. Most are made of bronze and brass and feature historical figures from China, as well as Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist elements. The place is founded by Sa-Nga who is Thai and who grew up in China. The museum was founded as a friendship program between Thailand and China. The first floor shows many immortal Chinese figures, such as Guan Yin, who is the Chinese symbol of the Goddess of Compassion. The second floor is the most dramatic at the museum. Here one sees human-sized statues of Shaolin monks in various positions. The museum is located 16 km South of Pattaya
Koh Lan – Beach
There are many tourists who go to this beautiful island called Ko Lan every day. The island is located 7 km off the coast of Pattaya and you will find good beaches and plenty of opportunities for sunbathing. On the weekends, many also find many residents from Bangkok who use the good beaches. There are plenty of water sports activities on Ko Lan. There are about 5 beaches on the island and most can be reached quite easily. Boats depart from Pattaya at Bali Pier with 5 daily departures. The last boat back to Pattaya from Ko Lan is at 6 p.m.
Khao Phra Tamnak – Viewpoint
From the top of the mountain that separates Jomtien from South Pattaya you will find a great view. On the site, there is also a giant Buddha figure that almost “watches” over Patttaya. The nearby temple of Wat Phra Yai dates back to the times when Pattaya was a small fishing village. It is possible to walk to the top of the mountain from the south end of Walking Street, and along the way you pass a small Chinese temple.
PATTAYA – WALKING STREET
Most people choose to visit Walking Street in Pattaya. You may not find other similar places on this planet. Most people choose to visit Walking Street in the evening to experience the atmosphere and the many opportunities that are here. On Walking Street, you will find plenty of nightlife with mixed go-go bars, beer bar, discos, restaurants and much more. Walking Street is very international. You will meet many different nationalities here. Most people choose to visit Walking Street in the evening.
PATTAYA – SHOPPING
Pattaya offers many shopping opportunities. Everything from small markets to large shopping malls fill a good portion of Pattaya. Along Beach Road and the other major central roads you will find plenty of small shops with copy goods and everything else between heaven and earth. But in recent years, Pattaya has developed into an exciting shopping city. This is not least due to the new Central World Festival which is one of Thailand’s largest shopping centers. Here you will find all kinds of branded goods, from North Face to Crocs and much much more. It’s all at good Thai prices. You will also find Bilka-style shopping malls in Pattaya.
Here are some of the key shopping spots:
The Avenue Pattaya – Second Road – Open: 10:00 – 23:00
If you like Bangkok’s J Avenue (Thonglor) or La Villa you will also love The Avenue in Pattaya. Here you will find shopping that suits the young lifestyle. Here you will find Starbucks, iBerry, Au Bon Pain, Wine Connection and lots of sports shops such as Adidas, Geox and Puma. There is also a cinema to be found as well as karaoke club and bowling.
Royal Garden Plaza – South Pattaya – Open: 10:30 – 23:00
The facade of the Royal Garden is characterized by the red aircraft that “sticks out” of the building. This large up-market shopping center is an oasis of boutique shops, restaurants and a Food Court. There is also a cinema and at the same time you will also find one of the most famous attractions in Pattaya, namely Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.
Central Festival Pattaya Beach – Beach Road – Open: 11:00 – 23:00
One of Pattaya’s modern lifestyle shopping malls. Central Festival in Pattaya has more than 200 stores with leading brands (among others: Zara, Guess, DKNY Jeans, Diesel, MNG, Loft and much more). You will also find a supermarket as well as bookstores and lots of restaurants. Electronics and sports shops can also be found in the Central Festival.
The Floating Market in Pattaya – Jomtien – Open: 10:00 – 23:00
Here you will find more than 110 stores selling many regional products from Thailand. You will find crafts and souvenirs and the place is a great alternative to the big shopping malls.
Outlet Mall Pattaya – North Pattaya – Open 10:00 – 22:00
Here you will always find items on sale. Here you will find outlets for many well-known brands, including Lacoste, Esprit, Bossini, G2000, Levis, Nike, Samsonie and much more. These are often “last year” models that are for sale at reasonable prices.
Weekend Markets – South Pattaya – Open: 08:00 – 23:00
Thepprasit Market on Thepprasit Road near Sukhumwit Road is Pattaya’s version of a Weekend Market. You will find more than 500 stalls selling both different goods and food. On Tuesdays and Fridays it is possible to visit Soi Buakhao Market near South Pattaya Road and Soi Buakhao, Another exciting market is Made In Thailand Night Plaza on Second Road near Soi 10.