Getting there & away
There areair-con buses to Pattaya from Bangkok’s Eastern and Northern bus terminals (124B, two hours, every half-hour from 6am to 9pm). In Pattaya the air-con bus stop is on Th Hat Pattaya Neua, near the intersection with Th Sukhumvit. Once you reach the main Pattaya bus terminal, waiting red sǎwngthǎew will take you to the main beach road for 30B per person. Several hotels and travel agencies run minibuses to addresses within Bangkok, or east to Ko Samet and Ko Chang – the fares start at about 200B. Try Ko Chang Business Centre or ask at your hotel. At the time of writing a direct bus service had commenced from Bangkok’s newly opened Suvarnabhumi airport and Pattaya (106B, two hours).
From Sri Racha, you can grab a public bus on Th Sukhumvit to Pattaya (30B, 30 minutes) – in Pattaya, they stop near the corner of Th Sukhumvit and Th Pattaya Neua. From here, you can flag down buses to Rayong (ordinary/air-con 60/93B, 1½ hours). The air-con buses are worth the extra cost.
One train per day travels between Pattaya and Bangkok’s Hualamphong station (third class 31B, 3¾ hours). It leaves Bangkok at 6.55am only on Monday to Friday. The return train departs from Pattaya at 2.20pm. Schedules for this service are subject to change, so check times at Pattaya train station (0 3842 9285) before travelling.
Bangkok Airways (0 3841 2382; www.bang kokair.com; 75/8 Mu 9, Th Pattaya 2; 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, to noon Sat) links U-Taphao airfield (0 3824 5599) about 33km south of Pattaya, with Ko Samui (one way 3125B, daily) and Phuket (one way 3845B, daily).