he popular resort of Pattaya is Thailand’s number one beach town for those looking for adult entertainment with thousands of lovely ladies all clamouring for attention. Just two hours from Bangkok by bus, Pattaya is easy to get to with direct coaches leaving from the lower floor of Suvarnabhumi International Airport almost hourly.
Local U-Tapao Airport provides domestic air services to the southern islands, and a small number of regional destinations including Cambodia and the Philippines. There are also minibuses arriving in Pattaya from central Bangkok, and direct services from all over the Kingdom, including as far away as Chiang Rai in the extreme north. But it is even possible to charter a private taxi to take you the entire jouney from Bangkok, costing around 1,000-1,500 baht.
Bangkok’s eastern Ekkamai Bus Terminal has regular a/c buses to Pattaya (around 120 baht, two hours) from first thing in the morning until late in the evening. It is situated immediately outside the Ekkamai BTS Station. There are also slightly less regular departures from the northern Mo Chit Bus Terminal, while minibuses leave from behind the Victory Monument food court whenever full. This is generally the quickest way of getting to Pattaya from Bangkok.
When wanting to take buses from Pattaya to the north of Thailand, there are direct services to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Buriram, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin and Khorat through the Nakhorn Chai bus company. These depart from the Central Pattaya Road – Sukhumvit Road bus station.
There are also services to Ban Phe (for Koh Samet), Trat (for Koh Chang and Cambodia) and Chantaburi. But these regional routes usually bypass central Pattaya so passengers must travel slightly out of town to Thanon Sukhumvit to catch them. More on buses from Pattaya.
Pattaya’s closest airport is U-Tapao Airport around 30kms southeast of the city, with daily flights to the popular island resorts of Koh Samui and Phuket through Bangkok Airways. Otherwise, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport is just over an hour away and has departures to all over the globe. More on flights from Pattaya.
There is a one daily train to Pattaya from Bangkok, but it leaves at 06:50 and takes 3 hours, 30 minutes. Pattaya Train Station is so underused that taxis rarely bother to hang around for customers, but walking the 300m to Soi Siam Country Club is relatively painless and you can arrange onward travel from there.
Once you arrive in town, getting around Pattaya entertainment zones and the main beaches is straightforward on foot. Songthaews (called ‘baht buses’ within the resort) ply the main routes and will take passengers most destinations for around 20 baht. There are also a/c metered taxis all over the place which are easy to hail, while renting a motorbike is very convenient for pottering around town and should not cost more than 200 baht per day. More on getting around Pattaya.