Pattaya is a Thai resort city. It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Bangkok, within but not part of Amphoe Bang Lamung in the province of Chonburi. Pattaya City is a self-governing municipal jurisdiction that includes the whole tambons of Nong Prue and Na Klua, as well as sections of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. The city, along with Si Racha, Laem Chabang, and Chonburi, is located in the industrial Eastern Seaboard zone. The census population of Pattaya is 107,000, although this number only includes inhabitants who have properly registered in the city.
Pattaya is the hub of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area, a conurbation in Chonburi Province with a population of over one million people.
Pattaya is well known for its go-go and beer bars, although the local government has made some steps to create more family-friendly attractions and activities. Although the sex business is still thriving and sex tourism remains Pattaya’s major source of revenue, the resort also draws local families and visitors from all over the globe. If the sight of big elderly guys hand in hand with young Thai ladies offends you, Pattaya is probably not the place for you. In 2007, 14.5 million international visitors visited Thailand.
Pattaya – Info Card
|TIME ZONE :||ICT (UTC+7)|
|LANGUAGE :||Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects|
|RELIGION :||Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1%|
|AREA :||22.2 km2 (8.6 sq mi)|
|COORDINATES :||12°55′39″N 100°52′31″E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male:
|ETHNIC :||Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%|
|AREA CODE :||38|
|POSTAL CODE :|
|DIALING CODE :||+66 38|
|WEBSITE :||Official Website|
Tourism in Pattaya
Pattaya is a beach resort on Thailand’s Eastern Gulf Coast, some 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya is well known for its go-go and beer bars, although the local government has made some steps to create more family-friendly attractions and activities. Although the sex business is still thriving and sex tourism remains Pattaya’s major source of revenue, the resort also draws local families and visitors from all over the globe. If the sight of big elderly guys hand in hand with young Thai ladies offends you, Pattaya is probably not the place for you.
Local officials’ efforts in recent years have improved the condition of the beaches, but they are still subpar by Thai standards, and overdevelopment has long ago lost some of the area’s natural beauties. However, the abundance of hotels and guest homes, as well as its proximity to the city and airport, make it a popular weekend destination. Pattaya is able to provide a fantastic choice of food alternatives as well as a broad array of things to do for its over five million yearly tourists. Its population is a vibrant mix of cultures and ethnicities from all over the world.
Pattaya controls the majority of the Bang Lamung District’s shoreline (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). This page solely covers Pattaya proper, which includes the districts east of Naklua Beach and Pattaya Beach, as well as the Buddha Hill headland (which is immediately south of Pattaya Beach). Jomtien Beach and the surroundings east of it, including Dongtan Beach, are covered in a separate article. Jomtien’s beaches are more wider and in better condition, and the ambiance is more peaceful and family-oriented than at Pattaya Beach.
THE PRIMARY SIGHTS
Pattaya, which was formerly a fishing village, rose to prominence as an R&R destination during the Vietnam War. It aspires to be a family-friendly beach attraction. In 2007, 14.5 million international visitors visited Thailand.
Golf (19 golf courses within 40 minutes of Pattaya), go-kart racing, and visiting various theme parks and zoos such as the Elephant Village, where daily demonstrations of training techniques and old ceremonial re-enactments are done, are also popular pastimes. Daily exhibitions at the private Sri Racha Tiger Zoo include tigers, crocodiles, and other animals. The Vimantaitalay tourist submarine provides 30-minute underwater rides to observe corals and marine life only a few kilometers offshore. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Park, located approximately 15 kilometers south of Pattaya, is a 500-acre (2.0 km2) botanical garden and orchid nursery that also hosts cultural events with trained chimps and elephants. The park also houses many tigers and a variety of birds.
Pattaya also has the Million Years Stone Park, Pattaya Crocodile Farm, Pattaya Park Beach Resort Water Park, Funny Land Amusement Park, Siriporn Orchid Farm, Silverlake Winery, Underwater World Pattaya, the Thai Alangkarn Theater Pattaya (cultural show), Bottle Art Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, and Underwater World, an aquarium with a collection of marine species from the Gulf of Khao Pratamnak, also known as Khao Phra Bat, is a small hill located between south Pattaya and Jomtien Beach that offers a panoramic view of the city and its crescent harbor. The hill is topped by Wat Khao Phra Bat, a temple, and the Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak statue, who is recognized as the founding father of contemporary Thai navy.
The Cartoon Network Amazone, located near the military base golf course, debuted in late 2014. It’s got a Cartoon Network theme to it. The park is divided into zones where various water slides may be observed. There is also an open-to-the-public wave pool and surfing simulator, as well as the biggest water playground in Southeast Asia, which features two tipping buckets. Later that year, a food court opened, offering a wide range of cuisines from traditional Thai to Italian and Japanese. Small cottages may be rented around the park. Yearly passes are offered for people who want to visit the park often and simply stroll in. Several boutiques and gift shops are currently being built and are expected to be completed by late 2015.
RamaYana, one of Asia’s largest waterparks, inaugurated in May 2016 with a total area of more than 18 hectares (45 acres / 102 Rai). The park, which is planned as a contemporary waterpark built atop an old Asian city, has 21 water slides, some of which are unique1, a 600m long lazy river, a double wave pool with a 150m wide beach, leisure and activity pools, and more. The park, which is situated 20 kilometers south of Pattaya City, near the Big Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan) and adjacent to Silverlake Vineyard, contains natural lakes and islands in and around it, as well as attractions like as a floating market, actual elephants, and a labyrinth. A restaurant serves more than 100 cuisines and provides free food delivery to sun loungers. The park also has a fish bath and massage facilities.
The Sanctuary of Truth is a big wooden building built by the sea near Laem Ratchawet in 1981. It was founded on the premise that religious and philosophical truth are essential to human civilization’s survival.
Mini Siam is a small model town that honors Thailand’s legacy by replicating the most notable structures and historical places, such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Democracy Monument, Bridge over the River Kwai, and Prasat Hin Phimai. Models of the London Tower Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, and the Trevi Fountain are also on show in the “mini-world” area.
Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan is a temple built in 1976 for the current supreme patriarch, Somdet Phra Yanasangwon. A facsimile of the Buddha’s footprint and a massive chedi housing Buddha relics may be found inside the temple site.
Thepprasit Market is Pattaya’s largest and busiest market. On Thepprasit Road, it is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. It is well-known for selling pets, as well as having numerous Thai food vendors offering local specialties like as fried insects and scorpions, as well as branded apparel, shoes, and electronics.
The downtown area of Pattaya is simple to navigate. Beach Rd (Thanon Hat Pattaya, commonly known as First Rd) runs north-south, bordering the major beach (Hat Pattaya), Pattaya Second Rd and Pattaya Third Rd (with the tiny but popular Soi Buakhao in between), and the main Sukhumvit Road coastal highway. Beach Rd is one-way (southbound) and Second Rd is one-way (northbound); this is the major route of the songthaews that sail downtown.
These are linked by three main east-west roads: North Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Nua), Central Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Klang), and South Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Tai). North Pattaya Rd is a dual road that transports the most traffic to and from Sukhumvit Rd.
A significant number of tiny streets or “sois” link Beach Rd and Second Ro. From north to south, the principal sois are numbered 1 to 16. Sois 1-6 are located between north Pattaya Rd and central Pattaya Rd; sois 7-13 are located between Central Pattaya Rd and South Pattaya Rd (including the “Pattayaland” sois, which is located directly north of south Pattaya Rd); and sois 14-16 are located south of south Pattaya Rd. Most of these east-west sois are one-way (at least in principle).
The Dolphin Roundabout is where Beach Rd, Second Rd, and north Pattaya Rd (plus Naklua Rd to the north) come together. Due to heavy traffic and frequent accidents here, a semi-permanent diversion has been established, preventing vehicles (except motorcycles) from continuing around this roundabout any further than the north Pattaya Rd exit during peak hours, pending the installation of traffic lights sometime in 2006.
South of South Pattaya Rd, Second Rd becomes Pratamnak Rd, which connects to both the southern end of Third Rd and the northern end of the major route to Jomtien, Tappraya Rd.
Beach Road south of South Pattaya Rd is blocked to automobiles in the nights (currently 18:00-02:00) and is known as Walking Street; it is the primary tourist destination for both nightlife and shopping. Other popular tourist destinations include the portion of Second Rd between Sois 1-4, as well as the sois directly north of South Pattaya Rd.
The New Pier, also known as Bali Hai Pier, is located at the southern end of Walking Street (sometimes “Pattaya Pier” or “South Pier”). The Old Pier, located at the intersection of Beach Rd and South Pattaya Rd, is still shown on most maps but was demolished and destroyed in early 2006.
Climate of Pattaya
Pattaya has a tropical wet and dry climate with three distinct seasons: hot and dry (December to February), hot and humid (March and April), and hot and rainy (May and June) (May to November).
|Average high °C (°F)||30.6
|Average low °C (°F)||23.0
Geography of Pattaya
Pattaya is located on the Gulf of Thailand, roughly 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Bangkok in the Bang Lamung District.
Pattaya is a special municipal region that includes the whole tambons Nong Prue (Nongprue) and Na Kluea (Naklua), as well as sections of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. Bang Lamung township, which marks Pattaya’s northern boundary, includes the tambons Bang Lamung (Banglamung), Nong Pla Lai, and Takhian Tia. Bang Sali is located in Pattaya’s southern outskirts.
“Greater Pattaya” encompasses the majority of Banglamung’s coastline (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). It is divided into two sections: a larger northern section that encompasses the areas to the east of Naklua Beach (the most northern beach) and Pattaya Beach (the main beach), as well as Pratamnak Hill (often referred to as “Buddha Hill” due to the temples on top of the hill) headland immediately south of Pattaya Beach, and a smaller southern section that encompasses the area to the east of Jomtien Beach (which lies directly south of Pratamnak Hill).
Internet, Comunication in Pattaya
Internet access is commonly accessible in Pattaya, and the connection’s speed and reliability are typically acceptable; although, as is the case across Thailand, quality varies. The majority of Internet businesses open late and shut late, however several are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; rates vary from 120 baht/hr to 20 baht/hr. One baht per minute is normal for tourist-oriented establishments, and many of them also offer discounted prices for pre-paid blocks of time. If you look about, you can easily locate well-equipped, quiet, air-conditioned Internet cafés that charge 30 baht/hr; similarly, stores that can accommodate customers who wish to connect their own computers may be readily discovered. Printing (black/white) is typically priced at 10 baht per page (30 baht per page for color).
Many Internet cafés and photo-processing companies feature capabilities for transferring digital images from memory cards and burning them on CDs, which cost 100 baht per CD. Before re-formatting the memory card, as usual, carefully examine the integrity of the photographs on the CD, and consider having two copies written to CD — one to send home by mail, the other to carry home in your baggage as a backup.
Many hotels and pubs provide free (but password-protected) wi-fi. Request it from the hotel receptionist or the bartender. Customers are frequently given the password.
Pattaya’s area code is 038. If you’re phoning from inside Thailand, you simply need to dial the 0 number. Many agencies and Internet stores, as well as guest homes and hotels, provide international calls for 10 baht per minute (or 20 baht per minute to mobile phones). Using a local SIM card may be a more cost-effective and handy option.
Pattaya Telecommunications Centre (Pattaya Telecommunications Centre, 183/44 Soi Post Office) (opposite the Post Office, about 6 shops east, M-Sa 10:00-18:00). Outside, in the payphone booth that is open 24 hours a day, there is an International Operator Direct Connection (IODC/Home Country Direct) service phone that provides one-button press connections (suitable for making reverse charge / collect calls) to operators in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines (Philcom and PLDT), Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States (AT&T, MCI and Sprint).
Pattaya has many post offices, the most central of which (believe it or not) can be located halfway down Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2). It handles Western Union transactions and has a significant number of post/security boxes, in addition to the conventional postal services. Weekdays (excluding public holidays): 08:30-16:30; Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays: 09:00-12:00; +66 38 429-340 (-1). DHL, EMS, FedEx, TNT, and UPS one-stop shops are rather frequent.