Thailand destinations

Pattaya

Pattaya is a city on east the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. It is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Bangkok.
Pattaya is one of the biggest tourist centers of Thailand. The city has everything needed to become an attractive destination to not only Thais, but also all foreigner who want to visit Thailand once. There are many things you can do in Pattaya such as water sports, sunbathing, go-karting, bungee jumping, horse riding, golf playing, diving, cabaret show watching, floating market, and many more. So when come visiting Pattaya, you might not be able to help yourself desiring to take part in all of activities there.
Beside the sporty and entertaining events, Pattaya is also famous for its historical and cultural attractions, or just the casual lifestyle, too. All of the museums, art exhibitions and Buddhist temples in Pattaya have their own vine to not be messed up with any others. Traditional or modern, worshipping or mysterious, modest or fantastic, you can find it all in Pattaya.
Want to get lost in Pattaya? Don’t miss out the Walking street, where the city seems to be no-sleep with all the fancy neon lights, nightclubs, beer bars, lots of restaurants,… The music from different genres come mix and match with each other while street performances from many cultures around the world get together.

Climate
The climate of Pattaya is tropical, hot all year round, with a dry season from December to April, and a rainy season from May to mid-November due to the southwest monsoon.
Annual precipitation amounts to about 1,100 millimeters (44 inches), so the rains are not that heavy, if not in the first phase (May) and the last (September-October).
The amount of sunshine in Pattaya is good from December to April, in the dry period, while it is not so good from May to September, in the monsoon period, when the sky can remain cloudy for many hours.
Peak season in Pattaya is in the Christmas and New Year period. Not all hotels charge peak season rates, but those which do (usually the larger ones) may start as early as mid December, and continue through to as late as mid January.
How to get there?
Flights
The nearest airport to Pattaya is the U-Tapao Airport, which locates 30 kilometres away from Pattaya at Sattahip and offers limited flights to a handful amount of destinations. The Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok is about 120 km away from Pattaya and might take an hour and a half to drive, so you can fly to Bangkok, then jump into a taxi from Suvarnabhumi to Pattaya with reasonable price.
Cars
Pattaya is located 147 kilometres (2-hour drive) away from Bangkok. You can hire car to drive between two cities and for travelling within Pattaya and Bangkok. There’s a frequent bus service connects between Pattaya and Bangkok. Buses connecting Pattaya to the North-East region of Thailand (Isan), run from a bus terminal on Sukhumvit Road. Several long-distant buses depart from Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) every half an hour. Air-conditioned buses leave every thirty minutes between 5:20 a.m. and 11:20 p.m. daily. Many buses leave the Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit) between 5:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and from the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), buses leave at 5:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.,4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Trains
Pattaya is well-connected to Bangkok by rail. A daily train service operates between the main train station in Pattaya and the Hualamphong Station of Bangkok. Although it is just third-class and without air-conditioning, this daily train service is an economical way to travel between Bangkok and Pattaya. Tickets can be purchased directly at the station and must be bought at least 30 minutes prior to departure.