Where: Pattaya, Thailand
Who: Mr & Mrs. Wanderlust, Mr & Mrs. Alex and Abby Gedang
When: Oct 2012
What: Quick Day Trip in Pattaya
Most people departing Bangkok for Pattaya use the bus. The most frequent departures are from the Eastern Bus Terminal located adjacent to the Ekkamai BTS station on Sukhumvit Road at Soi 63 (Soi Ekkamai).
Air-conditioned buses leave approximately every thirty minutes between 05:20 and 23:20 each day and cost B117.
Similarly priced a/c buses also leave the Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit) between 05:30 and 20:00 each. If you are near the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), buses leave at 05:30, 08:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:30. This terminal is the easiest to access from the Khao San Road area. Simply take a 511 bus on Rachdamnoen Road headed across the river and get off at the end of the line.
The trips to Pattaya usually take about 2 hours, but times vary considerably depending upon traffic. Travel agencies and hotels around Bangkok, particularly in the Khao San Road area, also offer mini-van transport, usually at around B400 per person. This option is worth considering as you will usually be picked-up at your hotel and delivered to your digs in Pattaya. Another 'door to door' option is to take a taxi. The official fare is B1500 plus expressway fees, but there are private cars available from the guys lounging about in that will do the trip for B1000. If you aren't a fan of rubber-wheeled vehicles, a third-class only train leaves Hualamphong Station on weekdays at 06.50 for Pattaya and costs a paltry 31 baht for the three hour trip.
By Private Vehicle:
Suvarnabhumi Airport is 40km closer to Pattaya than was Don Muang Airport and doesn't require driving through Bangkok to reach the seaside resort. This makes the option of renting a car to reach Pattaya more attractive than in the past.
Major car rental companies like Budget +66 (08) 9814-3004, National +66 (08) 1751-8492, Hertz +66 (02) 134-2116 and Avis+66 (08) 4700 8157-9 have offices at Suvarnabhumi and will be happy to rent you a car at rates commensurate with those in other countries.
By far the best way to arrange your rental is through the Internet. This way your car will be ready for you when you arrive at the airport.
We did not spend the night in Pattaya, as we just had a quick day trip. However if you opt to stay in Pattaya, there are lots of places and accommodations to choose from depending on your budget and type.
You may do a little research or CLICK HERE for a link on places to stay in Pattaya.
There are lots of things/activities to do in Pattaya.
1. Shopping - from side street markets, to outlet malls that carries famous brands at discounted prices.
2. Beach - Just walk around the beach or enjoy the scenery for few minutes, be warned though that the beach in Pattaya isn't anywhere as good as the beaches of Phuket, or even ours in the Philippines.
3. Visit Temples - Particularly the sanctuary of truth, A unique fusion of religion, philosophy, art and culture, The Sanctuary of Truth, built entirely of teakwood, is neither a temple nor a palace even though it looks a bit like a hybrid of both.
4. Pattaya floating market
5. Night life - Pattaya has a lively night life, from the young, to the older expats, different kinds of bars, and also red light districts.
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