Travel to Pattaya

There's no doubt you've heard about Pattaya before and probably because of it's seedy reputation and its famous Walking Street with hundred of Gogo Bars and Clubs.

But Pattaya is so much more than a hectic nightlife (even though that's mostly why I go there).

Shopping Malls, Beaches, Waterparks, Water Activities, Rooftop Bars, great beach restaurants, big resorts...

And the best part? It's only a 2 to 3 hours from Bangkok to Pattaya so it's the perfect beach getaway to have a break from the city of angels.

How to travel to Pattaya?

When visiting Pattaya you will arrive at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport.

Some flights bound for Pattaya will land at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. If you are on one of these flights, you will transit through the airport and board a domestic flight to your destination.

You've got all kinds of options to go from Bangkok to Pattaya.

Ekamai Bus Station to Pattaya

You can take the bus in the photo above for as cheap as 118 baht and it takes about 3 hours.

Nothing luxurious but you've got the AC, and for the price, it's as good as it gets.

There's a bus that leaves every 30 minutes. Tickets are available at the counter only. It's first come first serve only and you can't book online.

If you want to book online, you can use the form below and check the prices for vans, premium buses, and private taxis. That goes from 150฿ for a bus ticket to over 1,500฿ for a private taxi.

Taxi from Bangkok to Pattaya

Of course, that's gonna be more expensive but if you're sharing the ride with a few friends it's really not that bad.

There are a few websites that offer rides from as low as 1,500฿. Just type "taxi Bangkok to Pattaya" and you'll find plenty of options.

Or you can use Grab Taxi, to order one but you're looking at over 2,000฿ easy.

What to do in Pattaya?

Pattaya is changing a lot and in a good way.

Whether or not you fancy big shopping malls and touristic attractions, that give the city more options and attracts a different crowd than the one in Walking Street.

Believe it or not, you'll see a ton of families there and it's not really surprising.

Even though the prices are going up, Pattaya is still a pretty cheap beach destination compared to Koh Samui or Phuket.

And again, it's only a few hours from Bangkok.

Central World and Terminal 21, two of the main mall's empires in Thailand have built their malls next to each other and they're HUGE !!

Even if you're not into shopping, like me, there's still a lot to do in or around Pattaya. You have water sports everywhere, you can join a yacht cruise or a plan a private yacht party with your friends, go to a shooting range or see temples...

There's really a ton you can do.

Pattaya even has 2 of the biggest Waterparks in Asia, Ramayana Water Park that is the Number 1 in Thailand, and Cartoon Network more for kids and families.