Pattaya Information (continued.)
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There are really only two options to get around in Pattaya. You will find motorbike taxis
everywhere in Pattaya. They are cheap and quick. It is possible to get two passengers on a single bike but for
obvious reason (ie money) the riders prefer only one passenger. Once you get to Pattaya you will realise that
motorbike taxis present a risk to your personal safety.
The most popular form of taxi are the baht busses. These are small trucks with two bench seats
on either side of the tray back. They have a covered roof to off some protect from the elements but often have open
sides. Seating capacity is about ten but you often see a further two or even four hanging on for grim death (slight over-statement) on
the back. Baht busses are a very convenient way to get around. Within central Pattaya the fare is 10 Baht per
person (note that in early December 2016 it was announced that the fare for tourists would be increased to 20 Baht from the 1st of January 2017).
The baht busses have general routes but they are not fixed. The main route is the loop starting
from the corner of Beach and South Pattaya Road then north along Second Road to the round-a-bout are the junction
of Second and Beach Roads. The route then continues along Beach Road back to the starting point. This route is
shown as red on the map below. A slight variation to the route is to turn on Central Road to Beach Road and onto
Soi 2. However if there are passenger on board these variations are rare.
There is also another route servicing Soi Bhakhoa. However a first time visitor is unlikely to
use this service. This is marked in green on the map below.
Dual pricing is something you will have to get used to. This occurs because farangs (foreigners)
are seen as a way of increasing profits. This extends to both private businesses and government departments.
For instance for entry into national parks a farang must pay 400 Baht while a Thai pays 40 Baht. The same occurs at
most tourist attractions.
Dual pricing also occurs at bars, or more accurately discos. Thais will pay about half the price
you will pay. If you are entertaining a young lady you will be expected to pay the farang price for her drinks.
This system has it advantages as it attracts ladies to these establishments for your pleasure.
Despite the prevalence of the very visible prostitution industry in Thailand the Thais in
general are very conservative. Showing affection for a member of the opposite sex is frowned upon. Thailand is full
Something that is becoming more common in Pattaya is people walking around topless.
Unfortunately they tend to be males and should not really be displaying evidence of their obvious excessive
indulgences. You may find the climate in Pattaya hot and humid but you are best respecting the local culture.
In Thai culture it is very rude to show anger. Thais will always try to smile their way out of
problems. Likewise, they will tell lies if they believe that it will make things easier for everyone.
You will come across situations that will anger you. Inefficiencies and general incompetence are
common in Thailand. Try not to let it get to you as it will make your stay more pleasant.
Pattaya is generally safe for a farang as long as certain rules are followed.
Until you get to know the place a little you are best to avoid getting too drunk. Getting too
drunk may make you an easy target for anyone looking for easy prey. Thais are farily honest but an easy target may
be to much to ignore.
You are likely to see conflicts between farangs and Thais and Thais on Thais. In no situation
should you become involved. You can very quickly become the target of their anger with unpredictable results.
Likewise, do not get into a physical exchange with a Thai as every Thai in the area will take the side of the Thai
despite who is right. Just do not get into any conflict with a Thai. Just smile and walk away.
Thailand is poorer than our countries. As such you should limit your display of wealth. Don’t
flash around a lot of cash or wear expensive jewellery. Doing so could make you a target.
Many people think that the Thais are unscrupulous, and no doubt some are. However, you will find
that some farangs in Pattaya are less than honest. Like anywhere else be careful who you are dealing with in