Guide to getting around Pattaya City
Pattaya is a popular tourist destination in Thailand. In fact, it has been dubbed a city of variety which is exactly why you need to learn on how to get around and on this week’s iTips we will show exactly how to do so. Pattaya City is divided into four major zones: North Pattaya, Central Pattaya, South Pattaya and Chomtien, and there are a number of transport options. Motorbikes taxis are by far the most popular, not to mention fastest, mode of transportation in Pattaya.
However, there are a large number of privately owned Songthaew or “Baht-bus”, but these are blue pick-up trucks with bench seats and a cover. In general, they operate along certain routes, for example along the long beach road, and in case the bus deviates from the intended route, simply disembark by signaling the driver by ringing the bell, and get on a new one. Service can be obtained by waving at the driver to stop. Payment is made to the driver when the passenger gets off the bus. The fare is typically THB 10 or 20 for a designated route depending on the distance travelled.
When boarding an empty bus, whether stationery or moving, it is best to confirm whether the fare will be standard or a negotiated fare. Baht-buses can also be hired privately for a negotiated fare of THB 100 and up. Although there are no metered taxis available in Pattaya, there are plenty of private taxis and private limousine companies – but you can find a taxi service stand almost on every street corner; state the desired destination and then negotiate a fare.
Those who wish to be independent or to explore Pattaya’s surrounding countryside and beaches at leisure can hire motorcycles, jeeps and cars. But do keep in mind that many street shops do not offer full insurance. You will also need a drivers license from you home country or an International Drivers License. Bring a copy of your passport too. Keep in mind Thailand has a very high rate of road accidents, so stay alert at all times.