Pattaya, the second most visited city in Thailand, is located on the East coast of the country within Amphoe Bang Lamung in Chonburi province but not under its government. The city is under the governance of its mayor and has been following a special autonomous system since 1978. The city spans Nong Prue (Nongprue), Na Kluea (Naklua), Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai districts, and getting around Pattaya and its districts is easy.
The following are the transportation options available in Pattaya that you can choose from:
- Songthaew. Songthaew is a public passenger pick-up vehicle more commonly called baht-bus by the locals. It is the most popular form of transportation in the city and possibly the cheapest as well. The routes drive through most roads and passengers can flag a baht-bus from anywhere. You can either sit in the front passenger seat or in the back. The vehicle carries 10- 12 persons depending on its size. If you have to get off already, you can press one of the buttons up in its ceiling to signal the driver to slow down and stop. Baht-buses can also be hired out. It’s best to negotiate the price before you ride. It can take you most anywhere and it’s the cheapest option on rental transports.
- Minibus. Minibuses in Pattaya follow a specific route. They have routes going to Pattaya Bay (BT5), Nakhua (BT10), Chomtien Beach (BT30) and the hilltop (BT40). There are no bus stations so you just have to flag it down and then ring the bell when you have to get off already.
- Car Rentals. Rental cars are available in Pattaya. They’re not the cheapest way to travel and probably not the best as well. Pattaya is a rather busy city and the traffic can get frustrating at times. You are probably better off walking the streets than sitting inside a rental car stuck in badly congested traffic.
- Taxi Cabs. Metered taxi is a good option in getting around Pattaya. Taxis can get a bit expensive but they are more practical than a rental. You don’t have to worry about parking and you can easily get off once traffic stops moving. Just be sure the driver is using the meter. Avoid dealing with taxi drivers who don’t want to use their meters.
- Motorbike-Taxis. While the conservatives consider motorbikes not the safest way to travel on land, the adventurous find it fun. Like taxi cabs, a bike can take you wherever you want to go and drop you exactly where you want to be dropped without having to walk the rest of the way, especially if you’re going to a busy street or impassable roads and small alleys. You can flag them from anywhere and you can also see them in street corners waiting for passengers. Getting around Pattaya is easy on a motorbike. Make sure to wear the helmet that the driver will provide and make sure you’re riding a licensed motorbike-taxi. You can easily spot licensed motorbikes by their colored uniform vests.