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Motorbikes in Pattaya

Whether you hire your own or take a motorbike taxi from one of the many drivers in the city, motorbikes make a cheap and fast way of getting around the city. However, when travelling by motorbike your life is in the hands of Thailand's notoriously reckless drivers. Always wear a helmet, sensible clothing and, wherever possible, consider alternative transportation options.

Walking in Pattaya

Pattaya's main attractions are fairly close together, so if you can bear the heat it's perfectly possible to walk the few kilometers it covers. Depending on the time of year you decide to travel, walking may be anything from extremely comfortable to exceedingly bothersome in the humidity. Choose your destinations wisely and use the small cityscape to your advantage.

Taxis in Pattaya

Pattaya often has Bangkok taxis roaming the streets, taking fares until they find a passenger looking to head back to the capital. While there has been a recent price hike, taxis are still very affordable. Use them to travel to the best tourist hotspots and nightclubs, or to explore other parts of the city.

Songthaews in Pattaya

These pickup trucks with benches fitted in the back are the most common way to get around in Pattaya. Most songthaews follow a set route and operate like a typical bus, with people hailing them down and paying a tiny 10 Thai baht (฿10) when they hop off. Other songthaews can be used like a taxi, with passengers negotiating a price beforehand.

Pattaya Floating Market, Sukhumvit Road

Floating markets are some of the most popular hotspots for holidaymakers. Although they primarily serve as a tourist attraction, they make a fun way to while away the afternoon. Pattaya's Floating Market sells goods from across Thailand, with each of the four sections representing a different region of the country. Visitors have the opportunity to hire a boat to explore the market thoroughly.

Tiffany's Show, Na Kluea, Bang Lamung Chon Buri

Just because you're not keen on the local bar girl scene doesn't mean you need to have a quiet night out. Buy a ticket for Tiffany's Show, where local transvestites put on a spectacular cabaret performance, featuring stunning costumes, singing and dancing – all with a hefty dose of humour. There's nothing quite like a night out at Tiffany's Show.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden

Nong Nooch is made up of several themed gardens intended to be representative of historic gardens, including 17th century French gardens or European Renaissance. The gardens have numerous restaurants, some accommodation options and a daily cultural show, making it a relaxing way to get away from the beachfront madness of Pattaya. You could easily spend an entire day wandering the gardens.

Sanctuary of Truth, Naklua Road

This incredible structure is a must-see when visiting Pattaya. Intricately carved out of teak wood, its entire purpose is to showcase Thai craftsmanship and serve as a reminder of eastern philosophy and ancient knowledge. Whether you are intrigued by the architecture or seeking a deep history of the structure, the Sanctuary of Truth is sure to intrigue all.

DAY 1: Discover the city

Suss out Pattaya with a day spent in the city. Hit the beach for a morning of sunbathing and snorkeling, followed by a look around the air-conditioned malls and street markets. As the sun sets, the nightlife kicks off. Walking Street is the pulse of the city and has to be seen to be believed.

DAY 3: Time to shop

Take a daytrip to Pattaya's floating market to check out food and handicrafts representing four regions in the country. After eating yourself silly, head back into the city for an evening of entertainment courtesy of the beautiful and talented ladyboys at Tiffany's.

DAY 2: Try a little history

Inject a little culture into your break with a visit to The Sanctuary of Truth. It's a beautifully crafted teak building that is a fabulous reminder of Thailand's religion, art and incredible architecture and craftsmanship. Finish your day with a livelier reminder of Thai traditions, with a Muay Thai match at one of Pattaya's beer bars.

DAY 4: Try something new

Pattaya is a great spot for an active break. There's a whole host of watersports you can take part in, including jet-skiing, parasailing and banana boating. After exhausting yourself, refuel at one of the many bars and restaurants lining the beach, which serve up some of the best seafood in central Thailand and often boast some appealing sundowner drinks deals.


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