Like housing, Pattaya expats disagree about transportation. Yes,
everyone needs a way to get from 'A to B' but the best way to do so...?
Walking is in many cases the best way to get
around Pattaya. Zero cost, safe, convenient, and good exercise.
For longer distances or when it's dreadfully hot, taking
the 'Baht Bus' (a blue modified pick-up truck which operate continuously all over Pattaya) for 10 Baht
(30 cents) is ideal-for more than a few kilos expect to pay slightly more.
And before you say 'Ugh, I'm not taking a bus', many times these 24x7
buses will literally be steps from your front door within seconds of waiting-and will stop wherever you
want along their route.
Think of it as a taxi at a fraction of the price.
Other Pattaya expats demand 'flexibility' so they own cars or
motor bikes. I won't touch much on the cost of purchasing and ownership-it's similar to the
So, What's the problem with driving in Thailand?
If you are involved in an accident with a Thai national, of ANY type,
YOU will be BLAMED-the facts are be damned! And a serious accident would have
corresponding serious repercussions
Another disadvantage is that driving in Thailand is probably NOT
similar to your hometown.
The 'rules of the road' are NOT followed here-Stop lights are
annoyances to many Pattaya drivers, as is staying in one's lane!
As more than one Pattaya expat has said, 'I won't drive
anything in Thailand--two or four wheels!'
Bottom line-Is the benefit of having the flexibility of being able
to 'get up and go' worth the HUGE downside (financial and physical) of driving a vehicle