The closest resort to Bangkok with 15km of beach, Pattaya became (in)famous more than 30 years ago as much for its raucous nightlife as its beaches.
Nightlife can still be on the wilder side in places but Pattaya still has much to offer away from the night scene.
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November to February is hot (highs of around 31°C/88°F, not dropping below around 21°C/70°F) and dry with very little rain.
During March to May the temperature increases with average highs around 33°C/91°F rarely, if ever, dropping below 25°C/77°F. Humidity and rainfall increases as we head towards the wet season.
The rainy season runs from June to October. Rainfall tends to be in short, very heavy, downpours meaning that the rest of the day can still be sunny. September and October are the wettest months with the most rainy days. Temperatures reduce a little but it’s still hot.
U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport is around 40km from Pattaya. There are no direct flights from the UK and connecting flights are not generally available from Bangkok although there are flights to other holiday destinations. Most people will travel by bus or mini-van from Bangkok either from the centre of Bangkok or direct from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Be careful of the numerous people offering you deals as there are fixed rates for metered taxis and scheduled buses. A bus trip will only take about 90 minutes so as transfers go, it is more than acceptable.
Much of the hotels, bars etc in Pattaya are in a relatively small area meaning that it is possible to explore on foot. As is the case in many Thai resorts the Songthaew is the main form of transport locally. Many will follow a set route, with a set price, although for longer, more bespoke, trips you will need to negotiate a price. There are also Songthaews that serve Pattaya Airport as an alternative to a taxi.
Taxi – There are plenty around but are usually looking for longer trips than the Songthaews.
Motorcycle taxis are an option for shorter trips around Pattaya and can be found all over town. A helmet should be offered, and worn, and hang on tight.
Car and motorcycle rental is available but the roads can be busy in town so can be more challenging and dangerous. Make sure you have the correct licence, insurance and wear seat belts or helmets at all times. Remember that road traffic laws, right of way and regulations are likely to be different and road conditions can change quickly during rain storms.
Find out about the different areas of Pattaya to make sure that you get the most from your holiday, and don’t find yourself in the wrong part of town.
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