To Pattaya from Suvarnabhumi Airport
You have just arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport (pronounced suwanna-poom, the i at the end is silent) also known as Bangkok International Airport. You will now be thinking, if you haven’t already booked transport, how you are going to get to Pattaya. After clearing Passport Control and collecting your bag you have to go through one of the two exit doors that take you into the Arrival Hall which is on Level 2 of the Airport. Here you will be confronted by Taxi touts looking for your business. They may even try and grab your luggage if they sense you are confused because it is your first time to Thailand. Their service is usually what they call a Limousine service (Luxury Mercedes) and charge approx 2,500 baht. However, it has been known that they quite regularly would drive you up the road only to swap you into a beaten up taxi to continue your journey. My advice would be to ignore the touts and follow the Public Taxi signs which will take you down to Level 1. Once at Level 1 exit the airport through any of the doors numbered 3, 4, 7 or 8 where you will find the Public Taxi Stands. The charge to Pattaya should be about 1,500 baht, this is a flat rate which also includes the road toll charges. There will be an additional 50 baht airport charge added to the bill. The journey takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, but if its peak hours then you could expect it to take up to 2 hours.
Another alternative if you don't want to pay the charges for a taxi to Pattaya would be to go by bus for 120 baht. This is also found at Level 1 outside the airport between doors 7 and 8. Please note the bus service journey will take considerably longer and you would need a taxi at the other end to take you to your final destination. Also if it’s your first time to Pattaya you would need to know where to get off as the bus stops at 3 different locations with-in Pattaya and includes Jomtien.
Pattaya is about 120 kilometres (75 miles) by road from Suvarnabhumi Airport, (Bangkok International Airport) the country's largest airport. By road the city is accessed from Sukhumvit Road and Motorway 7 from Bangkok.
There are many other routes the baht bus takes, including along soi buakhao, or from north pattaya dolphin roundabout going north up naklua road, and from second road south intersection by a school where you can take a Baht Bus to Jomtien and still only pay 10 baht, or up Buddha Hill to the Royal Cliff Beach resort for 20-30 baht, please check my Pattaya Street Map for a clearer understanding of the routes, also read more about traveling on a Pattaya Baht Bus
Another alternative for getting around in Pattaya is to jump on the back of whats called a motorbike taxi, and there are many in Pattaya almost on every corner with a charge ranging from approx 40 to 190 baht depending on how far you want to go, or if you plan to stay for a while, then I would recommend that you rent a motorbike (moped). There are many rental motorbike shops around Pattaya and the usual charge is 150 baht per day, but if your staying for 30 days or longer then you pay a discounted charge of 3,000 baht for the month.
My Personal Preference for getting around in Pattaya is to walk a lot, and ride a motorbike (moped), there are so many motorbikes on the roads in Pattaya but I still believe this to be the best way for getting around. I did this on my 30-60 short stays (Holidays) and now retired; I still would highly recommend it. I would also suggest you taking the motorbike test and while you're at it take the car test, the practical and theory courses are fairly easy. In the UK and other country's you can get an International Driving License which will do, but if your living in Thailand and you are not returning back to your home country at least once a year, then this will become a waste of time, also you will find Insurance company's want you to hold a Thai Driving License, Having a Thai driving license is very beneficial too, not only to allow you to drive/ride on the roads of Thailand legally, but also very good for I.D. and not needing to carry your passport around with you everywhere you go, plus discounts with it on entrance fees at amusement parks and attractions all over Thailand.
There is often a random check by Thai (Tourist) Police, they stop you and will ask you for your driving license and relevant paperwork and if they are not happy with what they see, they will keep hold of your driving license and will ask you to go to the local police station with-in a 7 day period to collect your driving license and to pay a fine, usually about 500 baht, also some good advise would be to try and not copy Thai's bad habits on the roads, like running up the wrong side of the road on a motorbike, there's a good chance if you did it, you would get pulled up by the police to pay a fine or as I did stop forward of the line at traffic lights (I witnessed Thai's doing just this, but I got done for it). Read more....How to get a Thai Driving License
Party Boat - Pattaya
The Icebreaker is not simply an awesome party boat. She is also the perfect vessel to visit the deserted far islands for a full day charter, enjoying some fishing, snorkeling, music and excellent food including our renowned BBQ menu! Charter durations are up to you, 4 hour, 8 hour or even multi-day charters can be enjoyed in style. Likewise, charter start times and finish times are up to you as is everything else! We will work with you to make each trip a perfect tailor made charter. ICEBREAKER’S top deck is where the party is at, with a wide 6 meter beam you will have a feeling of space and comfort, the entertainment is taken care of by a super sound system with more than enough volume to really get the party started, bring your own music via phone, iPod or CD for that personal touch. To the rear of the deck is a full sized teak wood dance floor complete with discothèque lights, fully staffed bar and stainless steel high quality BBQ. The “Icebreaker” is exclusively managed by Pattaya Yacht Charters Co.,ltd who have an impressive record for many years in providing leisure activities in Pattaya. Pattaya Yacht Charters are situated on the Sukumvit highway just south of Pattaya at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club - the perfect location to enjoy all marine activities and events. For any more information please visit us at: partyboatpattaya.com
Serenity, a Luxury Catamaran for Private Charter Day Trips - Pattaya
We are pleased to welcome you on board for any kind of event, birthday, wedding, corporate, incentive clip shooting...
Our private charter trips are fully custom-able to meet your need and desires. The island and beaches around Pattaya bay offers nice and quiet white-sanded beaches and transparent water where you will enjoy tanning, swimming, snorkeling, fishing. Designed for day charter, this maxi-catamaran is totally adapted to her function: Protected by a roof, the platform can host up to 66 passengers, comfortably seated around 6-people tables, protected from the sun and rain but still well ventilated so that everybody can enjoy their trip in the best conditions. The big front trampoline is a must for jumping or sunbathing, but if you prefer chatting with your friends while enjoying the sun we invite you to the sofas located on the roof. Barbecue, outdoor shower, inflatable dinghy. Everything is made to assure a perfect day for the guests.
For much more information and prices please visit us at: serenity-yachtying.com
Most foreign nationalities who travel and stay in Thailand for less than 30 days are entitled to a Visa Exemption for this period. Maybe you just want to extend your Visa while staying in Pattaya or you want to apply for one of the visa categories set-out below, therefore you can choose to either go to the Immigration Office in Jomtien soi 5 and apply in person or try an online service siam-legal.com, or a web-site dealing with your home country. Maybe you don't want the hassle and would like an agent to deal with the Visa application, then I recommend Cambodia Inter
- MARRIAGE VISA - If you are married to a Thai national, you can apply for a Thai Marriage Visa. This visa allows you to stay and live in the Kingdom with your Thai spouse, with terms of initial 3 months period and 1 year visa stay.
- RETIREMENT VISA - Thai Retirement Visa is issued to applicants who are 50 years of age or over with the intention to retire in Thailand.
- BUSINESS VISA - Working or opening a business in Thailand requires a Thai Business Visa which is best applied for before coming to Thailand.
- 1-YEAR THAI VISA - Whether you want to visit and stay with a family, perform duties for the state enterprise or social welfare organizations, or for other purposes not fitted with other visa categories, you can apply for a 1-Year Thai Visa.
- 90-DAY THAI VISA - If you intend to stay in Thailand for more than just the normal tourist visit, the 90-Day Visa is the best option for you.
Getting to know your way around in Pattaya
Pattaya's downtown area is easy to get around. Running north-south, a few hundred metres apart, are Beach Road (Thanon Hat Pattaya, sometimes also referred to as First Road) which borders the main beach (Hat Pattaya), Pattaya Second Road and Pattaya Third Road (with the smaller but busy Soi Buakhao in between), and the main Sukhumvit Road coastal highway. Beach Road is one-way (southbound), likewise Second Road (northbound).
These are connected by the three major east-west aligned roads: North Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Nua), Central Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Klang) and South Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Tai). North Pattaya Road is a dual carriageway and carries the highest volume of traffic to and from Sukhumvit Road.
Also connecting Beach Road and Second Road are a large number of smaller streets or "sois". The main sois are numbered from 1 to 16, from north to south. Sois 1-6 are between North Pattaya Road and Central Pattaya Road; sois 7-13 are between Central Pattaya Road and South Pattaya Road (including the "Pattayaland" sois, immediately north of South Pattaya Road); sois 14-16 are south of South Pattaya Road. Most of these east-west sois are (in theory at least) one-way.
Beach Road, Second Road, and North Pattaya Road (plus Naklua Road to the north) all meet at the Dolphin Roundabout landmark. Heavy traffic and frequent accidents here have resulted in a semi-permanent diversion being set up which, at peak times, prevents vehicles (except motorcycles) from continuing around this roundabout any further than the North Pattaya Road exit, pending the installation of traffic lights some time in 2006.
Second Road south of South Pattaya Road becomes Pratamnak Road, which shares a junction with both the southern end of Third Road and the northern end of the main road to Jomtien, Tappraya Road.
Beach Road south of South Pattaya Road is closed to vehicles in the evenings (currently 18:00-02:00) and is called Walking Street; it's the main tourist area, both for nightlife and shopping. Other major tourism areas include the section of Second Road between sois 1-4, and the sois immediately north of South Pattaya Road.
At the southern end of Walking Street is the New Pier, usually called Bali Hai Pier (sometimes "Pattaya Pier" or "South Pier"). The Old Pier, close to the junction of Beach Road and South Pattaya Road, is still shown on most maps but was dismantled and removed at the beginning of 2006.