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How to Get Around In Pattaya

It is easier and less expensive to get around in Pattaya than in many other places in Thailand. This is because of the baht bus system and baht buses. They are anywhere and everywhere in Pattaya. Almost anyone and everyone who has ever been to Pattaya has seen and used them. There are, of course, other forms of transportation available, too.

Baht Buses: these are essentially black pickup trucks with metal canopies over the pick-up portion of the truck. The trucks have a row of seats parallel to each side of the truck for passengers to sit on.

Usually, about five people can sit on a row of seats comfortably. Travelers simply wave at a bus and the bus will usually stop and collect the traveler. Travelers can push a button to alert the driver when the he or she wants to get off and the bus will stop. Catching a bus is usually no problem because there are so many buses.

There are places where the buses tend to congregate – usually at the end of or the beginning of a route - but, at least for the most part, there are no “bus stations.” One just waives, gets on, and gets off when one gets near their destination.

Most buses drive regular routes, and routes are supposed to have fixed prices -  and these prices are usually posted in the bus. The fare for most routes is 10 baht. One can usually go anywhere in the immediate area for no more than 20 to 30 baht, and this includes trips between places such places as Pattaya City and Jomtien Beach.  

Knowing what the routes are can be a little difficult but most visitors to Pattaya learn pretty fast. Routes tend to follow the major roads such as the beach roads and Theprapaya and Theprasit roads. It is possible to negotiate a detour or special trip with a baht bus driver but that can be a little difficult due to communication problems.

 If riders have a problem with the trip or the driver, they can refer to the personal details of the driver which are posted in back of the truck where they are passengers.

Motorcycle Taxis: this is a common mode of transportation in Pattaya. Taxis and their drivers usually cluster at major intersections and important destinations, and will take passengers anywhere they want to go!! These taxis are fast and the drivers know all the ins and outs of local areas.

Of course, it can sometimes be difficult to explain to the driver where one wants to go, so it is a good idea, when possible, to have a name card or the explanation written down in Thai. Fares must be negotiated although drivers have a general idea what a correct fare is and will not try to overcharge…too much!! Drivers should provide riders with  helmets. Motorcycle taxis are not really suitable for long trips.

Metered Taxi: there are no metered taxis operating in Pattaya. Some from Bangkok can be seen on the street. Most Thais will assume if a person asks for a “taxi” that they simply want to hire a car and a driver. There are plenty of these taxis available, Some are fully insured and reputable,  but they tend to go to long distance locations.

Bus: public bus is available in Pattaya. There are three bus lines – the yellow, the red and the green -  running regular routes and making regular stops. They are safe and inexpensive. They are, however, very unreliable in their frequency. It seems that one can go for hours without seeing any of them!!

Furthermore, they don’t go everywhere and they don’t give transfers, so one might have to catch more than one bus to get to one’s destination.

Motorcycle Rental: motorcycles are easy to rent in the Pattaya area. Short time rentals can be as low as 200 baht, and daily rentals as low as 400 to 600 baht. Monthly rentals are also available. Many rent facility operators do not ask for driver licenses, but often ask for a deposit and/or the rider’s passport.

Rent operators are easy to find, particularly along the beach roads, and on South Pattaya and Sukhumvit roads. There is no insurance for motorcycles or motorcycle riders in Thailand so beware…drivers will be responsible for all damages that might happen to the motorcycle while it is in their possession.

Drivers must wear a helmet or they will be fined by the police. Those who are not familiar with driving in Thailand should consider carefully whether renting a motorcycle is something they really want to do.

Automobile Rental: automobiles are easy to rent in the Pattaya area. Many reputable, internationally recognized companies are available to serve those wishing to rent, and top notch hotels can also be of assistance. Those wishing to rent an automobile on a daily basis should be prepared to pay around 1,000 baht daily, although, of course,  SUVs and so forth will cost more.

A driving license will be required. More reasonable long term rates are  available. Automobile insurance is also available and renters should get it. As with motorcycle renters, those who are not familiar with driving in Thailand should consider carefully whether renting an automobile is something they really want to do. Unless one plans to do some long distance traveling, automobile rental is probably not a good idea.

Bicycle Rental: most tour guides recommend bicycle rental as a good form of transportation  but it is not easy to find places in the Pattaya area that actually rent bicycles… even places that sell them do not usually rent them!!!  It is recommended that those interested in doing this check with the motorbike rental facilities or look for a specialized shop at a shopping mall.

There are also one or two shops on South Pattaya Road that might rent bicycles. One can also inquire at their hotel or guest house. One should also be aware that bicycle transportation might not be such a good idea in Pattaya.

Traffic is very dangerous and there are even problems with riding bicycles on the boardwalks as they are very congested with pedestrians, making riding very difficult and stressful.

Walking: traffic in Pattaya is confusing and sometimes dangerous making walking stressful. Pattaya is, however,  a fairly compact place, so one can often find most of what one wants or needs within fairly short distances of one’s hotel or guest house. Therefore, walking is logical.

One does need proper footwear – in rainy season, for example, sports shoes would not be a good idea – and suitable clothing. Developing knowledge of the traffic patterns is also important. The secret to successful walking is taking one’s time, being observant and being careful. One will surely be rewarded with knowledge which those who pass by quickly could never hope to get!!


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