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Bangkok or Pattaya?

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Bangkok or Pattaya?

Can someone help me figure out which is better in this itinerary? Embarking a backpacking trip from Thailand to Cambodia. I'm torn between going with Bangkok or Pattaya first?

Will spend 7 Days in Thailand and then head to Cambodia. I want to split my Thailand between Bangkok and Pattaya. 3 Days Bangkok, 3 Days Pattaya, 1 Day Crossing Border to Cambodia. I need to reach Aranyaprathet so I can cross Cambodia right?

I will land in Bangkok. Should I go direct to Pattaya when I land in Bangkok then come back to Bangkok then Aranyaprathet? Or should I stay in Bangkok first, go to Pattaya and head to Aranyaprathet?


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1. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

Stay in BKK and catch a bus straight to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap .

Pattaya is a holiday place and not to everybody's taste .

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2. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

Particularly interested with the Coral Island in Pattaya, looks good and enticing? 7 Days will be too much in Bangkok for me. I guess I just want to travel many places and get a glimpse of thai culture.

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3. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

Koh Larn is easy and cheap to reach from Pattaya, costs B 30 ( about US$ 1 ! ) for the normal ferry, or a round-trip to the beachesa for THB 150 ( about US$ 5 ) , so cheap day trip

This short video shows what there is to see and do in and around Pattaya


Koh Larn


The ferry ride


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4. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

Bangkok first ... then the beach.

Might want to pick a different beach area than Pattaya. Its not everyone's idea of a nice beach area.

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5. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

Do both, hotels in Pattaya can be cheaper than Bangkok.

From Bangkok you can get to Pattaya for 124 baht by bus from Ekamai bus terminal. Ekamai is off of a Skytrain stop too. The beach at Pattaya is really not to good for swimming at but okay for sunbathing, shopping, nightlife, restaurants, malls, etc. (Local transportation Pattaya is only 10 baht for most rides using baht buses.)

In Bangkok a hotel convenient for using the Skytrain could come in handy. When you need hotel recommendations also mention where and what price range you want to pay.

Up to you.

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6. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

Yaj I have spent the last 16 weeks in Thailand and really enjoyed my stay. Spent 6 weeks in Pattaya and the remainder in Bangkok.

Two entirely different cities I prefer Bangkok, much more to do and see. For anyone wanting to visit both cities I would spend 2/3 time in Bangkok and 1/3 in Pattaya. So for you say 4 days Bangkok 2 days Pattaya. That way you can have your day trip to the excellent Koh Larn. Hotels, most restaurants and bars as a rule should be a little cheaper in Pattaya.

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7. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

Rover... 16 weeks in Thailand? I'm green with envy! Lucky you.....

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8. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

2-3 days in Bangkok rest in Pattaya. Problem solved. :)

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9. Re: Bangkok or Pattaya?

Pattaya has some good eats and things to do. Beach and water are not recommended really. Depends what your looking for.

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