Pattaya, a popular city in Chonburi province, is located along the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, around 150km from Bangkok. Pattaya is famous for its beaches and islands, with tourists from all around the world flocking to Pattaya Beach. While Pattaya’s nightlife is well known too, local authorities have, in recent years, improved the quality of the beaches and reinvented the resorts as a more family-friendly destination.
Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn each year to Pattaya to windsurf, water ski, swim, sunbathe, snorkel, sail, or take trips to nearby islands. Other activities include bungee jumping, cycling, skydiving, go-karting, Muay Thai (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 expatriates in Pattaya and Jomtien, there is also an excellent selection of authentic foreign eateries serving French, Italian, Swiss, German, Hungarian, Scandinavian, English, Indian, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine.
There are frequent non-stop flights from Singapore to Bangkok almost once every hour or more during the day. Airlines that serve this popular route includes Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Scoot, Jetstar Asia, Thai AirAsia, and Thai Lion Air. Both Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport are served by airlines departing from Singapore. The flight time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
There are direct express buses from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya. These depart around every 1 hour 30 minutes from 9.00am to 6.30pm daily. The bus fare is 130 Baht per person. You can book Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya buses directly online from Roong Reung Coach.
As Suvarnabhumi Airport is located east of Bangkok, and on the route from Bangkok city to Pattaya, you will not be caught in the traffic jam out of Bangkok on this route as you will not pass by or enter Bangkok.
As Pattaya is an eastern destination from Bangkok, most departures by bus or minivan are from the Eastern Bus Terminal located adjacent to Ekkamai BTS Station.
Air-conditioned buses leave approximately every 30 minutes between 5.00am to 11.00pm daily and costs around +/- 100 to 150 Baht depending on the type and class of bus and the bus company.
Minivans on the other hand depart only when full. This may be faster and more comfortable if travelling in groups. If you would like the minivan to depart faster, simply pay the driver the fare for the remaining empty seats.
The bus and minivan journey to Pattaya takes around 2 hours depending on the traffic.
Local travel agencies and hotels in Bangkok may also offer minivan services to Pattaya, usually at around 400 Baht per person. This usually operates as a hotel-to-hotel direct transport when discussed with the minivan operator, so you may also wish to consider such services if available for your convenience.
The Sanctuary of Truth is an unfinished Hindu-Buddhist temple and museum, designed in the Ayutthaya style. The Sanctuary of Truth is notably entirely out of wood, specifically Mai Deang, Mai Takien, Mai Panchaat, and Teak, and it contains only wood-carved idols and sculptures. Construction first began on the Sanctuary of Truth in 1981 and continues till today. You may enter the Sanctuary of Truth with hard hats.
Khao Chi Chan is a famous place as it features a giant sculptural image of Lord Buddha erected on the giant cliff. It was built 1995 as initiative from then Supreme Patriarch who felt it’s such a waste to let these marble mountains were destroyed so he ordered to create the giant Buddha image on the cliff that was cut half already. It was also built to honor His Majesty King Bhumibol on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee.
Legend Siam Pattaya is the first Thai cultural theme park in Thailand. You can experience beautiful legends of Siam at this theme park which illustrates Thailand’s glorious past in the Rattanakosin Era, as well as Thai ways of life in three different zones – Siam Vilize, Araya Thai, and Bhumi Pan Din.
Mini Siam is a famous miniature park attraction in Pattaya, completed in 1986. You can explore 29 exhibits which mainly includes Siam and Europe. The Mini Siam Zone features popular Thai temples and attractions such as Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Arun, and Ayutthaya, while the Mini Europe Zone features world-famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, and Angkor Wat.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a popular tourist attraction in Pattaya. On top of individually themed gardens inspired by other gardens from all over the world such as the 17th-century French garden, Stonehenge, or European Renaissance garden, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden features cultural shows, restaurants and accommodation.
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