Getting around Pattaya is extremely easy. There are plenty of air-conditioned, comfortable and inexpensive taxis for your convenience. You could also simply hop onto a Songthaew. I'm not sure why this is, but there are no regular Tuk Tuks here at all. I'll try to find out why this is so when next here. You'll find Tuk Tuks in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai but not in Pattaya.
Nevertheless, you have the Songthaew Taxis. They are not so much like your regular taxis, but more like a pick-up truck with a hard canopy. At the back they have bench type seats on either side on which to sit. Songthaew's travel along the more popular routes on the main roads. The busiest routes being from south Pattaya along 2nd Road, down Soi 2 and then along the beach road. Although there are few actual bus stops along these routes you'll see many of them outside supermarkets such as Big C. All you do is simply stop one anywhere along your route and hop on.
Songthaew Taxis are quite frequent, so you seldom have to wait very long. All you have to do to stop the driver is to simply indicate with your hand in a manner similar, as if you would be hitchhiking. Once the vehicle stops you just hop on board. To hop off, you simply press one of the buttons which you'll find attached to the canopy crossbar. The photo above is a typical Songthaew.
The standard fee for a foreigner for any one singular trip is 10 Baht irrespective of the distance travelled. I do know that the locals pay only half that amount. Should you be travelling with a Thai companion though, you would be expected to pay the full fair of 10 Baht each. It's simply the Thai way, an expression I've heard many times while in the land of smiles. Nevertheless, I use this form of transport regularly when I'm here, partly because it's so convenient and can be fun to just hop on and off.
I personally feel that there is little need to hire a car in Pattaya
itself unless you wish to visit some of the other towns in the vicinity.
Perhaps a scenic drive along the south east coast of Thailand towards
the Cambodian border as I once did, can be an interesting experience.
You will find that most of your time in Pattaya will be spent walking
around and when that becomes tiring, you can simply catch a cab or a
Perhaps hiring a motorbike can be a lot fun. Not always a good idea to use the public motorbike taxis as sometimes this can be a little risky as the local bikers don't always share good driving skills. I've seen many a scar on arms and legs. In the event of an accident, Thai's seem to have "the right of way" so just be aware and cautious, especially when getting around Pattaya.
Another excellent way to get around Pattaya is to hire a motorboat to travel the superb bays in the area. Some of the top resorts here have their own luxury cruisers for your exclusive private use so don't be afraid to ask.
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