Pattaya (Thai: พัทยา, RTGS: Phatthaya, pronounced [pʰát.tʰā.jāː])
is a city in Eastern Thailand, the second-largest city in Chonburi province and
the eighth-largest city in Thailand. It is on the east coast of the Gulf of
Thailand, about 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Bangkok, and has a
population of 328,961 as of 2021.
(Thai: เมืองพัทยา, RTGS: Mueang Phatthaya, pronounced [mɯ̄a̯ŋ pʰát.tʰā.jāː]) is a
self-governing municipal area within, but not part of, Bang Lamung district and
has a population of 119,532. It covers the tambon of Nong Prue and Na Klua and
parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. Although the municipal area is not part of
Bang Lamung district, Pattaya City has grown into all adjacent sub-districts
and accounts for the largest population percentage in the district, making it
de facto a part of the "Pattaya-Bang Lamung-Jomtien" area, otherwise
known as "Greater Pattaya". The city is in the industrial Eastern
Seaboard zone, along with Si Racha, Laem Chabang, and Chonburi. Pattaya is at
the center of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area (a conurbation in Chonburi
Province with a population of 1,000,000), which forms the third largest
metropolitan area in Thailand.
Offers a Unique and Memorable Tourist Experience
Offers a Unique and Memorable Tourist Experience Pattaya is a go-to travel
destination for visitors from around the world. The popular coastal city in
Thailand saw 8.1 million international overnight visitors in 2015, a 10 percent
increase from the previous year. Pattaya, Thailand earned a place as one of the
“Top 100 City Destination Cities” according to Euromonitor International’s
annual survey. Ranking # 19 in the report, Pattaya has become a top vacation
spot for international travelers, as well as a premier destination for local
visitors. With so many things to do in Pattaya, it is no wonder the city is
attracting such an impressive amount of visitors each year. There really is
something for everyone in Pattaya.
offers tropical weather and spectacular beaches stretching along the Gulf of
Thailand. Once a small fishing village, Pattaya is now a world-renowned beach
resort city. The plentiful beaches are not only for soaking up the sun or for
taking a swim. For the more adventurous, Pattaya beaches offer a wide range of
water sports and water-related activities for travelers. From jet skiing and water
skiing to scuba diving and parasailing, visitors are guaranteed to have a
memorable experience on the Pattaya beaches.
time at the beach is far from the only thing to do in Pattaya during the day.
The Thailand city offers a wide variety of land sports and activities, perfect
for families and visitors of all ages. Pattaya also provides unique shopping
experiences for tourists with a variety of boutiques and shops selling
beautiful local and handmade items at fair prices. Visitors will also want to
check out the beautiful and historic monuments and museums around and near the
fun does not end in Pattaya when the sun goes down. The city offers a vibrant
nightlife perfect for partygoers, as well as those looking to enjoy a great
meal and live music. The well-known Beach Road and Soi Buakhao are also popular
Pattaya nightlife spots. If visitors are looking for a more relaxed and subdued
nightlife experience in Pattaya, Jomtien Beach is just the place. Providing a
more quiet and peaceful atmosphere, Jomtien Beach has hundreds of restaurants
to choose from along with several venues playing live western music.
visiting Pattaya will surely not be disappointed, or bored, during their stay
in the city. In addition to the vibrant beach and nightlife, as well as unique
sightseeing and shopping, within Pattaya, many travelers take advantage of
short excursions to the greater Pattaya area. This includes visiting the
Sanctuary of Truth in Chon Buri Province, Sammuk Hill, and the island of Ko Si
Chang, just to name a few. It is also a short bus or car trip from Bangkok to
Pattaya, the national capital of Thailand.
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the evening and for the rest of the night, thunderstorms and rainy weather are
a high probability, light precipitation is predicted for today. The lowest
temperature will be a warm 25°C.
was at 06:08 and sunset at 17:53; the daylight lasted for 11 hours and 45min.
there is rainfall.
temperature is a warm 26°C, while the real-feel temperature, which combines
relative humidity and air temperature, is appraised at a tropical 31°C. The
current temperature is almost at the minimum expected 25°C for today.
advice would I offer to a solo traveler to Pattaya?
use of your hotel room safe- only carry what you need for the night. Ditto
watches jewelry, and your fancy phone. If you need to carry a phone keep it in
a front pocket.
Thais are given half a chance a likable, friendly people. Proportional to the
population a bigger % of arseholes live in Pattaya and for that matter the
other tourist areas, as than you'd find living elsewhere. The Land of Smiles is
also more difficult to find in Tourist areas.
hot here, the humidity is high and it makes you cranky. Big breaths, smile, try
and see the funny side of misunderstandings. It's generally pretty much your
fault- most Thais speak more English than you speak Thai. And drinks get
forgotten, breakfasts mixed up and destinations on taxis misunderstood- you'll
have a much better time if you accept this and laugh it off. Pick a fight and
I'll guarantee that you'll regret it.
Pattaya ‘ arsehole magnet' to the extant works on the farang population
attracted to here too- not everybody is a scammer but some are. So if somebody
of any race or sex wants to be your best buddy- don't be unfriendly or rude but
don't be overly trusting either.
is not a big deal if you get hit up for a few beers- taking a friend back to
your hotel room you've just met on the beach is probably not wise. Ditto going
to a party with the friendly ladyboys who you shared a baht bus with. If that's
your preference Soi 6 is a safer stop.
a friend from a bar is safer. Often really fun people and lots of guys take a
friend to one of the islands. They'll know all the tourist spots and keep many
of the hassles at bay. Koh Chang is truly lovely and about 5 hours away by taxi
are freely available. Get caught with a bit of cannabis- marched to the ATM and
your account drained. Anything else is super serious shit here- in theory you
can get put in front of a firing squad. More likely you'll get a cell big
enough for 4 people but with 45 people in it. And one of them will be your new
aside Pattaya is pretty much safer than London and much less threatening than
Paris. However, avoid the beach after dark. Don't wander about in dark alleys.
Common sense helps.
you ride a motorbike at home- it's more dangerous here, that said it's OK. If
you don't ride at home don't ride here. Photo whatever you rent- bike, car, jet
ski. Date stamped. Point out any damage. Carry a copy of your PP with visa
stamps. Use an international license or expect to pay fines ranging from 7 to
30 bucks when stopped almost daily.
said public transport is cheap and pretty good- there's no need to drive. Nor
is there any need to go far out of Pattaya- it's possible to spend two or 3 wks
here and do something different every day.
you know the various modes of transport and how they work, you will find it
very cheap and easy to get around Pattaya, especially if you are staying in
downtown Pattaya, Jomtien, or Naklua.
of all, a little more about those areas:
the area between Pattaya Beach Road (west) and Sukhumvit highway (east), South
Pattaya Road (south), and North Pattaya Road (north).
Around Pattaya by Baht Bus
10 baht per person, per ride (subject to change) for most routes, the only way
to get around Pattaya cheaper is by walking. The baht bus (aka songthaew) is
the most popular and convenient way of getting around downtown Pattaya, and to
and from Jomtien and Naklua.
is a Baht Bus?
baht bus (so-called because back in the day it cost a baht) is a pickup-style
truck with a canopy roof and 2 bench seats in the back for passengers. The
photo below shows the dark blue colored baht bus which operates in downtown
Pattaya, Jomtien, and Naklua.
Dark Blue Baht Bus used for commuting around Pattaya.
to use a Baht Bus in Pattaya
Pattaya baht bus rules and regulations: According to legislation, Pattaya baht
buses must operate on one of several given routes, and passengers must only
embark and disembark at ‘stops’ assigned along the baht bus route. In reality,
you will find most Pattaya baht bus drivers ignore these rules.
a baht bus: If a baht bus is going in your direction you may be able to hail it
down. The polite, correct way is to beckon with an outstretched arm, with your
palm facing down. It’s also common practice for an empty baht bus to beep its
horn as it passes by, if you want it just wave it down and climb in the back.
buses follow set routes, so if the baht bus does not continue in the direction,
or along the road you want to travel, ring the buzzer, get off, pay the driver,
then take another baht bus that’s going in your direction.
and paying: When you want the baht bus to stop, press one of the buzzers located
above your head, or on the side at head level. Go to the passenger window and
hand over the correct fee, don’t ask how much. Don’t worry, if you are not
paying enough he will call you back.
baht bus routes: There are several so-called baht bus routes in Pattaya. The
golden rule is, regardless of the advertised/displayed route, never assume that
that’s the route it will follow. If a baht bus deviates from your expected
route, get off, pay, and wait for another.
most popular baht bus routes in Pattaya:
Beach Road and 2nd Road Loop:
Pattaya Beach Road and 2nd Road all traffic follows an anti-clockwise one-way
system. On Beach Road, the baht bus travels south, turns left before the
entrance to Walking Street, and then takes the next left onto 2nd Road and
heads north towards the Dolphin Roundabout. At the Dolphin Roundabout,
turns left and continues south again on Beach Road.
to Jomtien Beach: You can take the baht bus from the “baht bus stop” located on
2nd Road just a few meters south of the 2nd Road and South Pattaya Road
the baht bus heading north along 2nd Road until it arrives at the Dolphin
Roundabout, if it turns left to Beach Road or right to North Pattaya Road, get
off and wait for the next baht bus heading to Naklua. Naklua Road is the road
that passes the entrance to the Dusit Thani hotel.
South Pattaya Road baht buses travel in both directions between Sukhumvit
highway and 2nd Road.
Central and North Pattaya roads baht buses travel in both directions between
Sukhumvit highway and 2nd Road and Pattaya Beach Road.
Soi Buakhao baht buses travel in both directions between South Pattaya Road and
Central Pattaya Road.
population of Pattaya is about 100 thousand people. Most of them are Buddhists
(80%), 16% are Muslims, 2% are Christians, and 2% are adherents of other
religions. In Pattaya, there are 13 Buddhist temples, 3 monasteries, and 7
mosques. There are also Orthodox churches — the Church of All Saints and the
Shroud of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
to do in Pattaya
the city from a bird's eye view. The observation deck on Pratumnak Hill, the
highest point in the city, is a great place to do this. From here, you can see
picturesque panoramas, many of which are advertised in brochures. You can not
only admire the beautiful views and take a thousand photos on the site but also
relax. There are gazebos, benches, spyglasses, and picnic areas.
the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. This is a real realm of extraordinary
landscapes and plants. There are huge collections of cacti, orchids, and
succulents. The park is divided into thematic areas, as well as zones for
recreation. It is better to allocate a whole day to visit this place.
a party night on Walking Street. This is where the nightlife of the city is
concentrated with relentless music and entertainment for all tastes. The street
becomes a pedestrian hotspot in the evening as neon signs illuminate and
promoters buzz the crowds.
the Sanctuary of Truth. This stunning structure has been under construction for
32 years, guided by the philosophy of Buddhism and Hinduism. Every corner, image,
or spire carries some kind of meaning. The building is completely made of wood
and decorated with many figures and ornaments. The temple looks extraordinary.
Pattaya. For example, you can find everything you want at the street food
markets, from spicy tom yum soup to seafood and fried insects. The Thais
themselves often eat at such places. When choosing where to eat, look for the
places where most locals gather.
near the Golden Buddha mountain. This is the largest image of Buddha in the world.
And it's not a statue; it's a 130-meter rock painting made in gold. The image
was carved into the rock with a laser, and during the day, rock climbers
polished the outline by hand and filled it with gold leaf. A Buddhist sanctuary
and a small park with meditation pavilions are located at the foot of the
like a gibbon in the Flight of the Gibbon park. It conducts a very exciting
tour, which includes overcoming, under the supervision of an instructor, three
three-kilometer zipline, more than twenty platforms, and two rappelling
stations. In addition to breathtaking emotions and a small portion of
adrenaline, you will experience beautiful nature and, perhaps, meet the
friends with the monkeys on the uninhabited island of Koh Ped (often called Koh
Lin). You can get there during a tour or on your own by renting a boat from the
pier in Pattaya. Going to the island, do not forget to take treats for its
inhabitants. Monkeys are not dangerous and have long been accustomed to the guests,
but most importantly — keep a close eye on your belongings.