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One of the most famous resorts in ThailandCovered with legends about the "horrors" of Volkin Street, with many expensive hotels, shopping and restaurants. A convenient place for a short vacation or a long stay.

Once upon a time I also thought that thereonly sex and debauchery, but my opinion changed when I looked deeper and figured out what this city is convenient for and why it attracts many tourists with children.

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Preparing for the trip

Description of the resort and why go to Pattaya

Pattaya is considered the most inexpensive of the resorts.Thailand It is conveniently located just one hour from Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi International Airport, where there are often advantageous tickets from Russia. Pattaya is mostly youth party entertainment, bars - discos - Volkin Street and the dirty sea. Nevertheless, this is a popular resort, where they go despite all its disadvantages, including families with children.

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The fact is that in Pattaya it is convenient to live long andwinter - a lot of shops and shopping centers, entertainment for every taste, a large Russian-speaking community, the proximity of the capital and the sights of central Thailand. In addition, despite the dirty sea in the city itself, close to Pattaya there are beautiful beaches with white sand. The closest ones are the Military Beach, the beaches of Koh Lan Island, Samet, etc.

In Pattaya and the surrounding area are many large hotel rooms.complexes where tour operators sell vouchers at a good price. There is also a lot of housing in the city, mostly multi-storey condos and small houses (but they are usually further from the sea).

Pattaya is a big city

Pattaya is a big city

Which beach to choose

In the city itself, the most pleasant beaches in the south are Pratamnak and his neighbor Dongtan. The area near Pratumnak is a popular place for Russians, there is even a “Russian” street, where almost all signs are in Russian. In the same places there Cozy Beach - a small beach in a separate area, where the hotel of the same name is located, where Russian tourists often come to rest.

Farther south begins Jomtien - very long beach, popular, but lessnoisy than central. Along it is located a large number of housing from hotels and condominiums to houses and villas. It is convenient to live there, there is enough infrastructure, but not everyone likes to swim, it is dirty. Outside the city, desert beaches stretch to the south with a cleaner sea. But they still need to get to.

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The central beach is first of all promenandand expensive hotels on the first line. Few will want to swim in the sea there, because the beach and the sea itself are dirty, plus a lot of boats and boats. But the whole nightlife is boiling right here. And it is on the central beach (in its left end) there is a pier with a ferry to Koh Lan island, where beaches are much better than Pattaya beaches. And since it takes only half an hour to sail, it suits many.

In the north of Pattaya is the best - Wongamat beach.

One of the best beaches in Pattaya - Dongtan

One of the best beaches in Pattaya - Dongtan

How to choose a hotel or house

In Pattaya, a huge number of hotels on anytaste and wallet. There are large hotel complexes with swimming pools and cafes, from the territory of which, in principle, you can not leave. For example, popular with Russian tourists Cozy Beach. There are also multi-storey condominiums for long-term rent: View Talai, Lumpini, etc. There are many of them in Jomtien. There are also many houses, but closest to the sea, they are located in the north, in the area of ​​Naklua and Wongamat Beach. In the center and on Jomtien there are democratic guesthouses. In general, housing is really a lot and in general it is cheap, so Pattaya is so popular with wintering men and tourists.

Those who come on vacation for entertainment, parties and shopping, usually settle in the city center. There is a lot of housing from quite cheap guest houses to chic Holiday Inn and Hilton chains.

Traditionally for a long time people prefer to settleeither in the north, in the Naklua area, or in Jomtien. In the center is still very noisy and the air is bad, gassed. The center is suitable for short vacations, when access to entertainment and nightlife is needed.

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How to get to Pattaya

Remember: there is no airport in Pattaya. Even Utapao, which is called Pattaya Airport, is actually 40 kilometers away.

Pattaya is located close to Bangkok, where the country's main airport is Suvarnabhumi. Therefore, you need to watch flights not to Pattaya, but to Bangkok, if you are flying from Russia. And from him then you have to get to the resort. Not far there, do not worry.

Flights from other Asian countries, or from Thailand itself, to companies such as AirAsia or NokAir arrive at the second airport in Bangkok - Don Muang. You can also fly to Utapao Airport, which is closer to Pattaya.

I have a detailed post, how to get from bangkok to pattaya. In short, you have several options: bus, minibus, taxi or transfer. Buses go often enough to go there for long. Transfer is also inexpensive.

Climate and weather in Pattaya

The best time to stay in Pattaya is withNovember to February. This season is not hot with good clear weather. There is no rainfall or drought, the blue sky is usually not hazy, there are usually no waves and debris in the sea, or at least less than at other times.

Around the New Year, water and air in Pattaya caneven be cool, especially cool at night. And the water in the sea during the day can "cheer up." Due to wind and cool weather, even the water in the pool can warm up insufficiently, especially if it is located in the shade and by the sea. Pattaya has a less hot and drier climate than, for example, in Phuket, and in December-January it feels good.

From the end of February to the beginning of March the season begins.ebb and hot season. There is little rain, the grass is dry, the sea regularly leaves the coast, it becomes hot and shallow. At this time in the sky often haze. Through which, however, can also be burned. At sea, the waves often flow and trash to the shore.

Summer in Pattaya is the time of melancholy and calm. Tourists are traditionally fewer, tropical rain already begins, the peak of which occurs at the end of summer and September. The sea is still ebb, the water is very warm and comfortable. True, often dirty. There are waves at sea.

In autumn, in September-October in Pattaya, strongrains, sometimes even floods. However, the weather is still warm and the showers do not last long. But humidity increases, from which heat is more difficult to tolerate.

You can find a table of ebb tides on the site. The site is in English, but it's not difficult to understand.

You need to come closer to that time.(plus or minus an hour), when the maximum height of the water, then you can normally buy. The link is just indicated time 2 times a day, when the greatest height and the smallest. Instructions on how to use the table on the example of Phuket.

Upon arrival at the resort

How to get to your hotel

As I said, most likely you will fly toBangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Tickets for the bus and minibas can be taken on arrival, you will need to go down to the floor below and buy them at the front. Then wait for the time on schedule (I have it here). If you arrive in the morning or in the afternoon, you will be able to leave this way.

But if you arrive in the evening or at night, or if you want comfort and do not want to wait, then you need a taxi or transfer. The usual taxi can be taken on site, the price is from 1200-1500 baht, as you bargain.

And you can order a transfer in advance via the Internetat Kiwitaxi. Verified service. The price will be the same as for a taxi, about 1,500 baht. Only in the arrival hall you will be met and taken to the car by the handle; It will be possible to order a child seat for the child, which will never be in the usual taxi. Used this service more than once already described his experience.

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The easiest way to get from Don Muang Airport is to take a taxi or transfer as described above. Otherwise, you will first need drive from it to Suvarnabhumifrom where you can go by bus / minibus.

Another option for active travelers -car rental. Yes, there is nothing to go there, an hour and a half. But! It is better to take a car at the airport of Bangkok from an international distributor than you already understand Pattaya from someone. Well, this is if you are going to ride around the outskirts of Pattaya and you need transportation. And most importantly, you will then return back to Bangkok on this car and hand it over at the airport before departure. This will save on a taxi at both ends, which is about 3-4 days of renting a car.

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The cheapest car to get throughEconomybookings, prices there are 2 times lower. I myself do this all the time, therefore I recommend, a proven scheme. Already in this way, from Bangkok I traveled by car not only to Pattaya, but also to Koh Chang, Krabi, Phuket. Here is my detailed post about all the nuances of renting a car in Thailand.

What to see from the sights

Pattaya's biggest attraction is tropical garden Nong Nooch. The vast territory where plants are collected andflowers of many varieties and species. A kind of Versailles Park in the Asian style. In Nong Nooch, besides the park itself, you can watch very beautiful theatrical shows. In the evenings, the lights are turned on there, with which everything looks a little different.

In the city itself, tourists usually climb observation deck near the city center, there is a statue of Buddha on the mountain. In the center there are several museums: 3D paintings, the Ripley Museum. A little away from the center - unusual temple of truth. Mini Siam Park, Elephant Village, Floating Market, Three Kingdoms Park, Golden Buddha Mountain. In the vicinity of Pattaya you need to visit the best zoo in the country - Khao Keo.

There are extravagant landmarks, such as the Palace of the Chicken King or erotic park. In Pattaya, a lot of sports youthactivities - bungee jumping, karting, fishing, Thai boxing. Separately, it is necessary to say about the water parks near Pattaya. The big two are the Cartun Networks and the newly opened Ramayana. Numerous parks and gardens of spices, snake farms.

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Many sights with norented transport is easier to visit with excursions, since the distances are long and you will go broke in a taxi. City tours usually include a park with mock-ups of various historical buildings, Mini-Siam, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, observation deck, spice gardens or Million Year Old Stone Garden, Golden Buddha Mountain. Popular tours with departure from the city: Khao Kheo Contact Zoo, Flying Gibbon Trolls, Tiger Zoo.

Sea excursions to the islands are also very interesting.and provide an opportunity to swim in the clear blue sea with white sand on the beach, which in Pattaya itself is a big deficit. For the same purpose - to swim on a beautiful beach - tourists usually take a transfer to the Military Beach. From distant excursions are popular: the River Kwai, Erawan Falls, Bangkok, tours to the island of Samet. From Pattaya there are even tours to Cambodia (Siem Reap). So if you want to occupy yourself in Pattaya there is something, you will not be bored.

Where to eat, in which cafes

In Pattaya, a lot of cafes for every taste. This is where the fans will have a tasty and varied meal. The choice is huge, from testing Thai street food to evening markets, open-air buffets, seafront dining restaurants, various cuisines of the world, from Indian to Lebanese, international chain pizzerias and eateries, to chic restaurants in the city center and on its outskirts .

From the atmospheric cafes “on the way out”, where you can sit out romanticly together or a company, outdoors and with a view of the sunset, we can mention Rimpa lapin, Glass House, Cabbages & condoms. All of them are located overlooking the sea, the first two are in the south of Pattaya, outside the city, and the last - in the Pratamnak area.

Good Seafood Cafe - Mum Aroi to the north, inNaklua and Lungsawai seafood district located at the southernmost end of the Jomtien seafront. If you want to try Indian cuisine, the cafe in the center with the intriguing name Zaika Indian Restaurant is a good choice. For lovers of beer and socializing suitable noisy Pattaya Beer Garden. The advantage of this place is that there is a good view of the city and the bay from the tables, but in the evenings there can be a lot of people, because this is the center. Preecha Seafood is very popular with locals and is considered one of the best seafood restaurants with excellent local cuisine.

From places more expensive - Horizon barwhich is located on the roof of the Hilton Hotel in the heart of Pattaya. Prices correspond to the height of the floor, but the view opens just great. I recommend lovers of the panorama of night cities.

Well, if you want a democratic and authentic,then the buffet Nai Por fits perfectly. This open-air café is located on Pattaya Nua Street, open in the evenings. Every day there is live music, Thai bands play. You can choose a ready-made dish or fry something on the grill itself, which is very large.

On-site transport

Pattaya is usually taken by taxi orrouting tuk-tuk. True, it is difficult for tourists to understand their routes. The most popular public transport routes for tourists are the road along the Jomtien beach to the city center (usually blue tuk-tuks go there), along the Sukhumvit highway from the Ambassador Hotel in the south to the city center (they are usually white) and along the central embankment. To get from Sukhumvit to the beach, you need to make a transfer from the Outlet.

In the northern region of Pattaya, Naklu andalong the embankment in the very center of the city, route tuk-tuks also ply, but in the center the movement is a little tricky: on the road right along the sea it is one-way, from north to south, and on the second line - one-way in another direction. In the evenings (and in the afternoon too) if the driver wishes, the tuk-fat easily turns into a taxi. The price in this case will certainly be more expensive, but you will be taken directly to the hotel or wherever you wish.

Of course, besides public transport you canenjoy and rent or own. The distances between the extreme points of the city, distant beaches or attractions are large, so the most convenient is the car. But in Pattaya, as well as in Thailand in general, it is common practice to rent a bike. This is a convenient and mobile vehicle.

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