Transportation in Pattaya. Than to move on?
A large part of Pattaya, especially if you live in the centre, you can explore on foot. The length of the promenade in Central Pattaya, where almost all the entertainment of the city, a little less than 3 kilometers.
If you live in the North or on Jomtien beach, want to explore other parts of the city, visit the sights close to town or you are just too lazy to walk, you can take a taxi, motorbike taxi, taxi or public transport.
Taxis and motorcycle taxis
Taxi and especially motorcycle taxi is the fastest way to get around the city.
While the city is in traffic, bikers ignoring traffic rules, at the moment will take you to the destination. To travel by motorcycle taxi, sometimes even cheaper than public transport, but also quite dangerous, since they are worn like hell. Always wear a helmet. Usually for a trip ask for 30 baht, but for trips over short distances is and bargain.
The city runs many branded taxi meter (Taxi) meter. But traveling on them can't be called cheap: the price, even for a short trip starts from 100 baht. You can use the services of "privateers" (the prices are much lower, for example, for 50 baht you can travel from one part of Pattaya to the other), but the price should be negotiated.
Taxis (Bath bus, Songthaew)
A fleet of share taxi baht-buses, sometimes also incorrectly called tuk-Tuk, almost all day circling the streets of Pattaya. It is very convenient and cheap way to get around the city. The cost of the trip is 10 baht (in 2012) in the same area, 20 baht between districts.
The machines themselves are no buses, and converted into buses small trucks. In the indoor body are two benches for passengers, and payment is made to the driver in the cab through the window. Also inside the body are call button (stop is possible in any place where it is not prohibited by the rules) and the map of the route from the fare table. For passengers boarding the bus stops also at any place: one has only to look at them and they immediately begin to honk and invite to get into the body.
Bus travel on specified routes, but their drivers are always ready and expecting that tourists would hire them as a taxi, even if they already have passengers. Thus, regardless of the presence of other passengers in the back, they quietly can deviate from the route, to bring the "VIP passenger" to the place. If you speak with the driver before the trip and begin to ask him whether he rides there, then he probably thinks that you are hiring him as a taxi, and say that of course going there, and then demands money for a taxi. So it's best to just stop the bus, silently climb into the back and get to call where you need, pay the fare (preferably without change), and do not forget to say: Thank you.
The most popular route – a circular route along Second road, North road, Beach road, South road. Keep in mind that moving the ring only in one direction – clockwise (see route map). Routes are not numbered (they are numbered only buses themselves their official numbers).
Rent a car or motorcycle
If you plan to rent a car or motorbike in Pattaya, first of all, it is necessary to warn that traffic in Pattaya is just crazy. And all this is complemented by the fact that the traffic in Thailand drives on the left. Devil's bikers scurrying about on their scooters everywhere, literally inches from passing cars, not trying to particularly follow the sequence of intersections, direction of travel on one-way roads suddenly popping up on the road with sidewalks or alleys. If you are not scared, read on.
Motorcycles and scooters can be rented almost anywhere in Pattaya. Ask at the hotel reception and they will tell you the location of the nearest rental, which will likely be located a few meters from the hotel. If the price or the quality does not suit you, walk around the streets and lanes away from Central and you will find cheaper. The cost of renting a very simple scooter starts from 150 baht per day. The bigger bike will cost baht 400 per day. If you take a couple of days doing a discount.
Law, as a rule, if rental is not required (for scooters), but as collateral you will be asked to leave the passport, and in some places satisfied and photocopy. Sometimes you may be required to leave a Deposit of a small sum to cover possible damage. Usually motorbikes are rented without insurance, and you will have to repair the damaged or stolen motorcycle from his pocket. Don't forget to wear a helmet (you can be fined for riding without a helmet). Buy and use your own lock for fixing the motorcycle in the Parking lot. Before taking the motorcycle, carefully check the health and damage, note them in the contract or take a picture with the owner.
For driving in Thailand necessarily will need an international driving permit (IDP). Is such a law, made in the form of booklets in several languages that are issued in addition to the regular national rights of the bodies of the traffic police. They act only when presented together with your national (domestic) rights, so don't forget to take with you on a trip. To get an IDP is not required to write any exams, you only need to pay a fee. Order them easiest website public services.of the Russian Federation, the value of discount will be 1120 rubles. You can contact the traffic police or the MFC personally, but then the IDP will cost 1600 rubles (price 2018). To pick up right after their manufacture in the traffic police or in the MFC. Details about car rent in Thailand read here.
The cost of renting a car in Thailand starts from 600 baht when booking for a few days. Can find and book car rentals using the search form and compare prices from different distributors: