Pattaya in Thailand is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Visited by millions of visitors every year it is a very affordable place to spend a few days. The climate is good; almost the driest beach town in Thailand and locals are generally cheerful.
U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya, the nearest airport of Pattaya, is located in Rayong, 53 Km from the central part of Pattaya. You are unlikely to get a direct flight from your country for reaching Pattaya, and even otherwise if you are in Thailand, you would surely love to visit Bangkok. On landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, you get many options for reaching Pattaya straightway. The airport has booking desks of most of the big companies providing rent a car in Thailand. You can also get metered taxis, shared taxis and buses.
Perhaps, the best option would be to spend some time in Bangkok, exploring the city and then plan for visiting Pattaya, most renowned for its beaches, affordable and great accommodations, thrilling water and land sports, including Golf and freshest possible sea food. The means of reaching Pattaya from the city of Bangkok are the same as from its airport, already mentioned. Pattaya is less than 150 KM from Bangkok and you may get prompted to go for car renting in Bangkok for traveling to Pattaya. Car rental in Pattaya follows the same pattern as in the rest of Thailand. Considering that one liter of fuel costs about 30 Baht, renting a car looks appealing. Of course, you could always travel by air, with a number of companies operating flights to your destination and the flying time is less than forty minutes but keep in mind that the airport there is 53 KM away from the main town and your traveling time by car should be less than 2 hours. Changing your currency in Bangkok poses no problems and one US dollar gets you 35.12Baht
Car Rental in Pattaya – Where to Go?
Depending on the time you reach Pattaya and settle down in one of its hotels, you can plan for the rest of the day. If you travelled by air, you’ll find car rental in Pattaya also offer drop off facility to your hotel. There are many rental companies in Pattaya, including Budget and Avis plus many local operators and most often these are reliable. You’ll need to have your national driving license, photocopy of your passport. Though Pattaya car rental may not insist for international driving license but you’ll be on the safer side of law on having one. It will be wise to get a first class insurance and some snaps of rented car, lest there be any dispute about damages to car. Roads in Pattaya are not first class, so you should be careful and drive on you left. It is best to avoid driving at night, especially when there are quite a few other options available and once in a while traveling by local transport is fun.
Pattaya beach is generally very crowded and reportedly polluted. Instead, you may visit Jomtien Beach offering many water sports and beach bars. Pattaya has old buildings with magnificent architecture, religious sites and quite a few museums. With a car, you can visit some of these as well Buddha Mountain that is about twenty minutes drive from here. On your way to Buddha Mountain, you may stop at Silverlake, a stunning working winery and sample some of its wines. Car rental in Pattaya is just as expensive as renting a car in Phuket, another interesting tourists ‘destination in Thailand.