Pattaya The City of Nightlife & Real Estate
Pattaya may not be idyllic but it certainly makes up for it with a wide variety of activities, accommodation and nightlife venues.
Pattaya is a very popular beach on the Gulf of Thailand just 147 km southeast of Bangkok – almost two hour drive. Pattaya pulsating nightlife is well known, but local authorities have, in recent years, improved the quality of the beaches and reinvented the resort as a more family-friendly destination. Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn each year to Pattaya to windsurf, water ski, sunbathe, sail, or take trips to nearby islands. Other activities include cycling, skydiving, Bungee jumping, Karting, Thai boxing, and Paintball. Golfers, both novice and expert, are well catered to as well, with a wide selection of golf courses around Pattaya. Another major draw for visitors to Pattaya is the wide selection of restaurants serving some of Thailand’s freshest seafood. Due to the high number of expatriate foreigners in Pattaya there is also an excellent selection of authentic foreign eateries serving French, Italian, German, Arab Scandinavian, English, Indian, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine. Drawing such a large number of diverse visitors from across the world, it’s no surprise that Pattaya also boasts an incredible choice of accommodation. Those on a tight budget and those with money to spend are equally able to find rooms to suit their needs. Visitors can always find some peaceful beach time at nearby Jomtien beach, just 3 kilometers.
Our Guide Trip Key Tips
· Dress politely and take off your shoes before entering Buddhist temples.
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· Examine rental motorbikes and cars thoroughly before renting or a condo.
· Drive motorbikes and rental cars with extreme caution.
· Be careful of pick pockets, especially on Walking Street when it’s crowded.
· Be careful of entertainment venues that have poor signage or are poorly lit inside; some venues offer free admission and then refuse to allow visitors to leave until they have paid exorbitant bar bills.
· Do not purchase or consume illegal drugs or participate in illegal gambling.
· Respect the local Thai people and Thai police. Guilty or not, your display of anger will only make things worse.
· Ask for the price first when ordering food and before getting a massage or manicure on the beach. Do likewise before getting in a tuk tuk or taxi
· Use sunscreen liberally and frequently.
· Tap water in Thailand is not safe to drink; however, bottled water is cheap and readily available.
Many visitors to Pattaya come directly from Bangkok, either by bus from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport or Ekkamai Bus Terminal, or by minibus, taxi, rental car, or even train. There is an airport at nearby U-Tapao that is serviced by Bangkok airways; however this flight only connects Pattaya with Koh Samui.
Once in Pattaya there are numerous ways to get around, including taxi, rental car and via the ubiquitous blue songtaews.
Travelling By Bus
Most people departing Bangkok for Pattaya travel by bus. It is possible to get a bus directly from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya or from Bangkok’s Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport there are busses that leave directly to Pattaya from the airport’s Transport Center, which is served by a complimentary shuttle bus that circles the airport. These air conditioned buses leave every couple of hours, cost just over 100 baht, and arrive at the North Pattaya Road bus station about 1 ½ hours later from my condo From the Eastern Bus Terminal (next to the BTS Ekkamai station, opposite Sukhumvit Road soi 63) there are bus departures throughout the day, leaving approximately every thirty minutes from around 5 am to nearly midnight. These air-conditioned busses cost just over 100 baht for a one way ticket and complete the journey from Bangkok to Pattaya in around two hours. From Bangkok’s Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal and the Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), buses leave less frequently throughout the day, but at similar cost and travel time as those from Ekkamai. If your final destination is Jomtien Beach it may be preferable to get a 2nd class bus rather than the 1st class busses mentioned above, as many 2nd class busses continue on to Jomtien thus saving you the time and hassle of arranging a transfer from North Pattaya Road bus station. The bus station for the 2nd class buses is on South Pattaya Road. Travel By Air
The nearest airport to Pattaya is U-Tapao, which is serviced by Bangkok airways; however, this flight only connects Pattaya with Koh Samui. The other nearest airport is Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, where there is bus, taxi, and limousine service to Pattaya, a 1 ½ to 2 hour drive from the airport.
Getting Around in the Area
By local bus songtaew: Hands down the kings of Pattaya public transportation are the dark blue songtaews, pickup-trucks with benches in the rear. Most songtaews follow established routes and passengers can hop on and off wherever they choose for a fixed rate (typically higher for foreigners). If a songtaew is not parked or is devoid of passengers it may be hired as a private vehicle at considerably higher condo rates.
The most common songtaew route in Pattaya is the beach circuit that follows Second Road to the Dolphin Circle roundabout and then south along the full length of Beach, connecting the loop by traveling east along South. Be sure to tell a songtaew driver where you’re headed so as to be sure he’s headed that way, but also ask how much the fare is so that you aren’t charged for a private hire. Stating the typical fare is usually more effective than asking an open ended question, provided you know what the one way fares currently are. By motorbike taxi: Less expensive, faster, and far more dangerous than songtaews, motorbike-taxis are located at various intersections throughout the area, although they can be flagged down while they are driving. Motorbike taxi drivers are easily identified by their colored vests. Foreigners can expect to pay around 30-40 baht for trips around Pattaya Beach. By taxi: Meter-taxis from Bangkok are common in and around Pattaya, all of which are looking to make some extra money after dropping off passengers from Bangkok. These are fine for trips around town, but if you are looking for a car and driver for a day trip outside of Pattaya Beach it may be better to charter a private car and driver, a non-metered taxi, or a minibus that operates on an on-call basis. These can be arranged through most travel agencies and many hotels and guesthouses. Car for Rental: you can rent a car from both local and international car rental agencies. Be aware however, that for insurance purposes it may be required to have a valid international driver’s license, though most nations’ drivers’ licenses are sufficient to legally drive in Thailand. its not renting a condo Car rentals without insurance are possible for as little as 600 baht/day for Suzuki Samurai style jeeps and 800 baht/day for small cars; rental cars that include insurance cost around 1000 baht/day, slightly less in the low season, more in the high season. Commercial First Class Insurance provides full coverage (as opposed to limited personal or third party only insurance). Most international car rental agencies will offer this insurance (some only for those with international driver’s licenses) while local companies may or may not. You can request a copy of their insurance policy and ensure that it states “For Commercial Use”. Regardless, inspect rental vehicles prior to rental and drive with caution, particularly as traffic in Pattaya can be quite confusing, including the habit of motorcycles to drive on the wrong side of the road. Rental Motorbikes Motorbike rentals are a very popular, if dangerous way to get around Pattaya. In addition to the risk of injury there are occasionally scams involving rental motorbikes as well as bag snatchings from baskets in the front of rental motorbikes. As you must typically leave your passport as a deposit for a motorbike it is best to look for a reputable motorbike dealer even if the price is slightly higher and inspect bikes carefully prior to rental. Be aware that motorcycle rentals do not include insurance and both motorcycling accidents and motorbike thefts are common. Also note that parking beside a “No Parking” sign will result in a fine of 400 to 500 baht. Finally, while helmets are required by law, closed toes shoes are recommended by common sense.
Efforts by local authorities over the past few years have improved the quality of the beaches, but they are still lacklustre by Thailand’s standards, and over-development has long since destroyed some of the natural charms the area once had. However, the plethora of hotels and guest houses, and easy access from the capital and airport, make it a popular weekend getaway. Catering for over five million annual visitors, Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of eating options and a wide variety of things to do. Its population is a colourful mix of nationalities and ethnicities from near and far.
Pattaya occupies most of the coastline of Bang Lamung District (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). which spans the areas to the east of Naklua Beach, plus the Buddha Hill headland . Jomtienis covered in a separate article, and contains Jomtien Beach and the areas east of it, including Dongtan Beach. The beaches of Jomtien are much broader and generally in a better shape, and the atmosphere locally is more sedate and family-oriented than at Pattaya Beach.
Downtown area is easy to get around between all the condo . Running north, a few hundred metres apart, are Beach Road Hat Pattaya, sometimes also referred to as First Road) which borders the main beach (Hat Pattaya), Pattaya Second Road and Pattaya Third Road (with the smaller but busy Soi Buakhao in between), and the mainSukhumvit Road coastal highway. Beach Road is one-way, likewise Second Road
These are connected by the three major east-west aligned roads: North Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Nua), Central Road (Thanon Pattaya Klang) and South (Thanon Pattaya Tai). North Pattaya Road is a dual carriageway and carries the highest volume of traffic to and from Sukhumvit Road.
Also connecting Beach Road and Second Road are a large number of smaller streets or “sois”. The main sois are numbered from 1 to 16, from north to south. Sois 1-6 are between North Pattaya Road and Central Pattaya Road; sois 7-13 are between Central Pattaya Road and South Pattaya Road (including the “Pattayaland” sois, immediately north of South Pattaya Road); sois 14-16 are south of South Pattaya Road. Most of these east-west sois are (in theory at least) one-way.
meet at the Dolphin Roundabout landmark. Heavy traffic and frequent accidents here have resulted in a semi-permanent diversion being set up which, at peak times, prevents vehicles (except motorcycles) from continuing around this roundabout any further than the North Pattaya Road exit, pending the installation of traffic lights some time in 2006.
Second Road south of South Pattaya Road becomes Pratamnak Road(have great condo for sale), which shares a junction with both the southern end of Third Road and the northern end of the main road to Jomtien, Tappraya Road.
Beach Road south of South Pattaya Road is closed to vehicles in the evenings (currently 18:00-02:00) and is called Walking Street; it’s the main tourist area, both for nightlife and shopping. Other major tourism areas include the section of Second Road between sois 1-4, and the sois immediately north of South Pattaya Road.
At the southern end of Walking Street is the New Pier, usually called Bali Hai Pier . The Old Pier, close to the junction of Beach Road and South Pattaya Road, is still shown on most maps but was dismantled and removed at the beginning of 2006.
Pattaya’s coastal side is divided longitudinally into five contiguous sub-districts (or six, if also including Jomtien). Each one is named after the section of beach or headland at its seaboard.
In the middle are the three Pattaya Bay sub-districts, which share the main Baht Bus route (so most places are within 5 minutes / 10 baht of most other places, at any hour) and have much else in common, and hence in combination make up the main quasi-downtown zone:
North Pattaya – not the northern-most part of Pattaya (as Naklua lies further north), but the section of Pattaya adjacent to the northern end of Pattaya Beach and extending inland to both the north and south of North Pattaya Road. Does not include Naklua.
Pattaya Tai – not the southern-most part of Pattaya (as the Buddha Hill headland, and then Jomtien, lie further south), but the section of Pattaya adjacent to the southern end of Pattaya Beach and extending inland to both the north and south of South Pattaya Road. Includes Pattayaland and Walking Street. Does not include Buddha Hill or Jomtien.
Central Pattaya ( Klang) – not the dead center, but the section of adjacent to the middle of Beach and extending inland to both the north and south of Central Road. Some maps/guides disregard the Central Pattaya convention, and instead extend North Pattaya and South Pattaya to meet each other along Central Pattaya Road; sometimes, Beach Road is described with a similar division, and the respective halves given “North Beach Road” and “South Beach Road” monikers.
Naklua – immediately north of North Pattaya, and with quick, frequent, and inexpensive transport to and from the rest of Pattaya; Naklua is popular with visitors whose native language is German. In terms of tourism-related locations, it’s the smallest and least significant sub-district, the main attractions being the beaches (which are quieter than Pattaya Beach) and the Sanctuary of Truth.
Buddha Hill – named after the Buddha Hill landmark and sandwiched between South Pattaya (to the north) and Jomtien (to the south); to the east, South Pattaya and Jomtien meet directly.
In practice, exactly where each sub-district ends and the next begins is a very grey area as none of the boundaries lie along major roads (and none of the many readily available tourist maps attempts to define boundaries at this level); nevertheless they do provide a handy rough guide to approximate latitude. Further inland, the sub-district names are used less, and locality/road names take precedence – for example, an address might state “Sukhumvit, Naklua” which is useful in that it makes it clear the location is to the north of the Sukhumvit / North Pattaya Road intersection, however the exact same place would not normally be described simply as being “in Naklua” as that would give the misleading impression of it being in the main beachside/tourism area further west.
Pattaya’s name was originally “Thap Phraya”, meaning Army of the Phraya – commemorating the surrender of Nai Klom’s army to that of Phraya Tak, without a fight.
Pattaya is popular not only as a beach resort and for its entertainment, nightlife and shopping, but also for the broad selection of pastimes it caters for, from golf and horseback riding to bungee jumping, karting and shooting—not to mention a wide variety of watersports such as scuba diving, jet-skiing, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, and a whole lot more. Pattaya is also very popular as a conference, convention, and seminar venue, and the grapevine hosts rumours of future developments of varying degrees of plausibility, such as a horse racing track, casinos, and a tram system.
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Central Festival. One of the largest malls in Asia. Opened in mid-January of 2009, this sprawling complex has really put Pattaya on the map for grand scale shopping and dining. It is the best shopping mall in the region and now attracts customers from all over, adding to the traffic chaos of Beach Rd. Fashion, electronics, health & beauty, kids activities and food are all here. With the obligatory cinema complex and bowling alley on the top floor, this mega-mall is styled on the big Bangkok destination shopping areas like Siam Paragon. The Food Loft has the best view of the bay and great variety at reasonable prices. The anchor store is Central Department Store itself, offering high-end designer labels from abroad and Thailand. A supermarket and budget food hall is in the basement. Enter from Soi 9, Pattaya Beach Rd, or on Second Rd after the new View Talay complex. Easy to find, just look for the traffic jams.
Central Festival Center. 11:00-23:00 daily. A large mall on Second Rd across from Soi 2. It includes the Big C department store, and an IT Corner with mobile phones and accessories but no computers. Looking for shopping
Soi 7 and Soi 8. There’s always something going on here—in the evening and early hours, there are about 120 well-staffed beer bars to choose from, plus a handful of go-go bars; in the morning there are several places that serve breakfast; in the afternoon it’s a popular place for those who like to get started early; and at Songkran (Thai New Year) it’s unmitigated mayhem. There are several large hotels (light sleepers beware), and Soi 8 also has a few travel agencies, convenience stores.
Soi Yodsak (Soi 6). Imagine a kerb-crawlers paradise—and then pedestrianise it. Arguably Pattaya’s most colourful street (as well as the most notorious one), Soi 6 has about 50 bars (mostly “short time” bars, with names such as “Butterfly”, “Love Club”, “Route 69” and “The Eager Beaver”) which all get going at 13:00 and close pretty much on the dot at 01:00. It’s not really a pedestrian-only street (but it is one-way), however walking — preferably in broad daylight — is undoubtedly the best and most popular way to experience it. Go in the middle of the afternoon and just wander from one end to the other (if coming from the south, walk from the Second Rd end down to the Beach Rd end if you want to get there and back by songthaew). It’s much, much more “sex-tourist” than “tourism” oriented, but anyone is welcome everywhere provided they’re buying a drink or three. The curiously named “Hi Boss! 2002 Pub” is where the ladyboys hang out, there’s one go-go – “Mandarin” (dancing from 17:00-01:00), plus a couple of “pub” food possibilities; and neighbouring Soi 6/1 has a handful of “ordinary” outdoor beer bars.
Second Road – around the Soi 2 & Soi 3 junctions. On the west side of Second Rd opposite the Central Festival Centre is a collection of about 35 very popular beer bars, which start to fill up from about 16:00, and several of which remain open long after the lights go out around 01:00-02:00. “Atlantic Bar”, at the far end of the five-bar strip to the south of Soi 2, always draws a substantial crowd. The only go-go (“Classroom 2”, 19:30-02:00) is a lively one, and while there’s not much in the way of food in the midst of the bars themselves, there are numerous eating
Be careful with doing relatively small purchases with 1,000 baht notes, particularly in bars and nightlife venues. A common scam is that a waiter will give you back insufficient change, insisting that you paid with a 500 baht note. It’s your word against the waiter’s, so it is nearly impossible to prove that you in fact paid with a 1,000 baht note. You can try to get the manager involved, but he/she generally plays along. To avoid this, you can explicitly let the waiter state that you are paying with a 1,000 baht note beforehand, but it’s probably wiser to avoid paying with 1,000 baht notes at all.
Police – The main police station is on Beach Road (at the corner of Soi 9); dial 191, or ☎ +66 38 420-802(-5). For Bang Lamung Police Station, dial ☎ +66 38 221-331.
The Tourist Police (☎ 1155, ) relocated from Second Road to new purpose-built offices on Pratamnak Road — they are now located next door to the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) Information Office, exactly 1 km south of the junction of Second Road and South Pattaya Road — proceed along Pratamnak Road, continue straight up the hill, and where the road bears sharp right part way up, turn sharp left into the small side-soi. Alternatively, their mobile minivan office which sets up every evening at the junction of Walking Street, South Pattaya Road, and Beach Road is much easier to reach.
The Pattaya Tourist Police advise that in theory foreigners should carry their passports with them at all times, however they also suggest that in practice a good photocopy (personal details page, visa and entry stamp pages, and TM card) is acceptable.
Real estate in Pattaya area
The Real estate market of this part of Thailand is always HOT with outstanding bargains. Pattaya real estate ranges from elegant pool villas amid tropical gardens to highly affordable seafront condos.
The cheap cost of living, excellent amenities and broad leisure options attracts a high range of real estate investor. Some real estate purchasers pick Pattaya for their retirement, to enjoy excellent golfing and upgrade their quality of life. Bangkok-based expats buy real estate to have a weekend home within 90 minutes of Bangkok.
A growing amount of real estate property and its quieter sister town of Jomtien Real Estate is also bought as family holiday homes – bases for enjoying the often overlooked attractions of a town many only associate with bars and nightlife.
Many People choose this area for their investment over Bangkok. Many developers Guarantee property yield for your investment. Many real estate projects are available for sale in the city and around it.
The town’s growing sophistication is reflected in new international-style shopping malls like Central Festival Pattaya.
In addition to prices is cheaper than most other Thailand destinations, Pattaya real estate can offer advantages such as developer financing and guaranteed rental income. Substantial capital gains can also be expected, especially with the upcoming completion of a rail link to Bangkok.
Condo developments can be found in quiet central location in Pattaya that guarantee an 5% – 8% annual return for 2-3 years as well as lifestyle elements such as swimming pools and rooftop gardens.
For many retirees and families, real estate in Jomtien has the strong attractions of an excellent beach with a host of water sports as well as a calm residential atmosphere in marked contrast to Pattaya constant activity.
The quieter rural surroundings of Lake Mabprachan have attracted high-end bespoke villa projects. This niche of Pattaya real estate takes advantage of the town’s many skilled artisans to offer a quality of building and design almost unique in the Thai market.
REMAX Recommend to check your real estate condo investment. There are many condo for sale and it very important to check the quality of the real estate condo that you plan to buy.
It is safe to buy real estate but you do need to make sure that the project is on the right schedule of the contraction
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