Find Your Way Around Pattaya & Jomtien
Get Around in Pattaya: Means of Transport in Pattaya & Jomtien
On maps of Pattaya, you'll usually find a north-south orientation, with Naklua and Banglamung in the North, and Jomtien Beach in its own bay, south of the "Big Buddha" (Pratamnak) hill.
To find your way around Pattaya, is fairly simple, even for first-time visitors. Pattaya's main hotel, residential and entertainment areas are embedded between the coastline of Pattaya and Jomtien in the West and Sukhumvit Road (highway to Bangkok) in the East. The area east of Sukhumvit Road is also known as the "Dark Side".
Three main roads ("sai" in Thai) cut through Pattaya's city centre in north-south direction:
- Pattaya Beach Road (including Walking Street),
- Pattaya 2nd Road/Sai Song ("song" = two, second), and
- Pattaya 3rd Road/Sai Saam ("saam" = three, third).
Pattaya 2nd Road changes its name to Pattaya-Naklua Road at the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya (from where it goes all the way to Naklua) and Pratamnak Road in the South. Pratamnak Road also merges into Thappraya Road, both which roads are the main connections between South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach.
Three main roads ("sai") cut through Pattaya's city centre in east-west direction, all the way from Pattaya Beach Road to Sukhumvit Road:
- North Pattaya Road/Pattaya Nua ("nua" = north)
- Central Pattaya Road/Pattaya Klang ("klang" = central) and
- South Pattaya Road/Pattaya Tai ("tai" = south).
These main arterial roads are linked by either numbered side-streets ("soi" in Thai) or such which have been given names of relevant buildings or hotels. Other Soi's are known both by names and numbers. The main road connecting Pattaya and Jomtien is Thappraya Road.
To find your way around Jomtien Beach is extremely easy. Jomtien has one main North-South connection: Jomtien Beach Road, including several side-streets (soi in Thai language) some of which are cul-de-sacs. Jomtien Beach Road has only two main connections with Sukhumvit Road: Soi Wat Boon and Soi Chaiyapruek. While the construction of Jomtien Second Road has basically been finished in 2013 and is a great alternative for motorists, it is still of little significance for tourists; except for its northern stretch and the Rompho bar complex area.
The soi's (side-streets) at Jomtien are either numbered (e.g. Soi 5, 7), or have been given names of relevant buildings or hotels (e.g. Soi Whitehouse or Soi Welcome Jomtien). Others are known both by numbers and names (Jomtien Soi 5 = Soi Post Office). While some connect Jomtien Beach Road with the new Jomtien 2nd Road or Sukhumvit highway, others are just cul-de-sacs.
Baht-Bus taxis drive up and down Jomtien Beach Road and connect Jomtien with South Pattaya. When you take a Baht-bus from anywhere along Jomtien Beach Road and and travel northwards, you can be sure that about 10 minutes later, you will end up across the hill in Pattaya. And as elsewhere in Thailand, motorcycle taxis can be found at virtually every street corner.
When branching off the beachfront at the Dongtan Police Box in Jomtien's North, Jomtien Beach Road changes its name to Thappraya Road (main taxi route to Pattaya!) that goes all the way to South Pattaya and merges into Pattaya 2nd Road. Just one kilometre up Pratamnak Hill, there's a junction with Thepprasit Road, which is the main link between Jomtien and Sukhumvit Road.
Pattaya maps are easy to pick up e.g. in your hotel lobby, restaurants, travel agencies etc. They are usually distributed free or can be found in tourist magazines. The Thaiways' Map of Pattaya - a detailed street map that shows most places of interest around Pattaya - can be obtained free from the information counter at airports and in most hotels.
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