Pattaya ranges from luxuriously appointed beach side hotels with superb convention facilities to simple guesthouses. Sporting opportunities abound both on land and water including some of the finest golfing, fishing game and scuba diving anywhere in Asia.
Pattaya is literally a place where East meets West, both in colour and character and is probably the most cosmopolitan place in Thailand next to Bangkok.
Thailand has a tropical climate with three seasons: Hot (March-May), Rainy (June-October) and Cool (November-February). It is hot all year round, there is little difference between the hottest and coolest months, and average temperatures are around 27 °c.
The months with the most rain are July, August and September. Pattaya's coastal location means more breezes than say Bangkok and the rain tends to come in short and heavy bursts rather than prolonged over days, but no matter when you come, you'll have a good time. Lightweight casual clothing is recommended
Pattaya city is located on the eastern coast of the country at latitude 13° N and longitude 101° E in the area of Chon Buri province. It is 147 km. from Bangkok. It lies parallel to Sukhumwit Road on its east and the coastline on its west.
Pattaya occupies an area of 208.1 sq. km. that is divided into 53.44 sq. km. of land and 154.66 sq. km. of islands and sea. Its coastline is 15 km. long.
The climate of Pattaya can be divided into 3 periods: cool to warm (from November to February), hot and humid (from March to May), and hot and rainy (from June to October).
Pattaya has a plain on the coast with some high mountains on its south. The area on the east slopes down toward the sea on the west.
The total population is 92,878 (2003). They consist of Thai-Buddhist, 80%; Muslim, 16%; Christian, 2%; and others, 2%.
Pattaya city has been administered under a special autonomous system since 1978. It has a status comparable to a municipality and is separately administered by the mayor of Pattaya city who is responsible for making policies, organizing public services, and supervising all employees of Pattaya city administration.
Standard Thai language. English is widely used.
90% of labour in Pattaya work in tourism that is the highlight of Pattaya. Tourist attractions including land and marine destinations, and nighttime entertainment. There are no native products apart from fishing.
Travelling Around Pattaya
Travelling around Pattaya is most convenient by minibuses (songthaews) that continually ply the Beach Road and Pattaya 2 Road in counterclockwise circuits. There are also minibuses running to Naklua and Jomtien areas. Fares are from 10-30 baht depending on the distance.
Pattaya Beach Bus
Designed to help tourists get around the city, the Pattaya Beach Bus service consists of three lines – Green, Red and Yellow, covering the main streets of Pattaya, Naklua and Jomtien.
Each line has been assigned a different colour to make it easier for passengers to identify the routes. Bus stops are also colour coded and numbered so passengers know where to board and disembark.
There are fixed clockwise and counter-clockwise routes for each line, served by three buses per route from 06.00 to 02.00 hours the following day. All buses are air-conditioned and contain 34 seats.
A 30-baht one-way ticket can be used on any of the routes. Visitors will also be able to purchase one-day passes at 90 baht, three-day passes at 180 baht, and one month passes at 900 baht. The passes are available at most hotels and major supermarkets (Tesco Lotus, Carrefour, Big C, etc.).
For those who wish to be independent and explore Pattaya's surrounding countryside and beaches at leisure, there are many vehicle rental places offering various types of motorcycles, jeeps and cars. Visitors are advised to shop around and consult local tourism publications as each company offers different prices and conditions.
Anyway, renting a car from leading car rental companies is strongly advised as they provide international standards of service as well as information and maps of tourist attractions.