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Due to the convenient location and proximity to Bangkok , it is quite easy to Pattaya to go, much easier than, say, the two other major tourist centers in Koh Samui and Phuket to arrive.
There are the following possibilities for arrival and onward journey to Pattaya:
Pattaya is only about 150 km from Bangkok. A journey by car takes about 2 hours. From Bangkok, there are two main routes to Pattaya:
- 1 Of Highway No. 7 (Bangkok-Chonburi-Pattaya Motorway) is on the outer ring (Highway No. 9) in Bangkok. Additional connection points are Si Nakharin and Rama IX.
- 2 Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat Highway) runs from Bang Na, Bang Phli, cross the Bang Pakok river and leads to the Chonburi, where it meets Highway No. 3 ( Sukhumvit Road ) and continues via Bang Saen Beach to Pattaya and Bang Pra.
The majority of visitors come from or via Bangkok by using one of the aforementioned highways. Most foreign visitors come from Suvarnabhumi Airport, the new airport in the south of Bangkok. A smaller proportion of visitors comes directly from South or North Thailand by train from Bangkok or via U-Tapao from Koh Samui or Phuket in Southern Thailand.
Since November 2010 there is also a boat service to Hua Hin. Since then, a high-speed ferry (catamaran) between Pattaya and Hua Hin. The travel time is 3 hours, a single fare costs 1600 baht. During the peak season from October to May the ferry sails three times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8:30 and from 12:30 to Pattaya from Hua Hin. During the low season from May to October, the ferry can be chartered only.
Who wants to go to Hua Hin and other destinations during this time by boat, it is best to ask once dive shop or dive schools for opportunities here.
The U-Tapao Airport (IATA: UTP / Tel: +66-38245295) is often incorrectly referred to as "Pattaya Airport". The airport is located about 30 km south but in Sattahip, right on Highway Sattahip-Chantaburi (Sukhumvit Rd). Primarily U-Tapao is a military airfield, which is operated by the Royal Thai Navy, but is also used for civilian flights. The range of normal commercial flights for passengers is rather sparse, there are just a handful of fly line. A route from U-Tapao to Bangkok does not exist.
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Taking my second trip to Thailand for 3 weeks during November. Was in BKK and Phuket last time.
This time, arriving in BKK for a couple of days, then I want to go to Chiang Mai, hike in the mountains and take cooking classes, go to Samui, Phuket again, and Pattaya.
I've realized that there are ways to get to these places directly without necessary going through BKK airport each time....y, but at the same time, I want to leave when I'm ready to leave.
I figure I can just keep the number to Thai Air handy (as I did last time I traveled Thailand), go to any local travel agent there, simply book online while there, or, just go straight to the airport.
Does anyone have experience with this? November is the start of the high season, but not sure how busy it'll really be.
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