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Marbella, Spain – Travel Guide

Marbella, Spain – Travel Guide

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Marbella is one of the Mediterranean’s most representative tourist venues and a top favorite for travellers. What was once a small white village of fishermen is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Malaga Airport (Aeropuerto Pablo Ruiz Picasso) is serviced by most European carriers otherwise fly in to Gibraltar, although this entails a 1.5 hour drive.

By car[edit]

The main coast road (N340, now known as the A7) connects the major towns along the whole southern coast and Marbella is approx 30 minutes drive along the N340 from the provincial capital, Malaga. If you are prepared to pay the toll fee (around 4-6 Euros depending upon season) you can take the new AP-7 road which runs parallel to the N340, but with less traffic and higher speed limits means you will reach your destination more quickly.

By bus[edit]

From Malaga Airport, buy a bus ticket from the vendor facing the exit of the arrivals hall. In July 2011, a one way ticket cost under 5 Euros. The buses will arrive every hour or two on the road behind the vendor. Make sure to be there on time, since the bus leaves exactly on time, or even a minute before… The buses are modern and air conditioned. Make sure to sit on the left side of the bus if you want to see the beautiful coastal view (Although you’ll get a much better view sitting on the right in the opposite direction). Without traffic (there really shouldn’t be any, since the bus takes the toll road), the ride should take around 40 min.

Marbella’s central bus station is right off the motor way (A-7 / E-15), right off exit 164.[1]

There are high quality regular bus services along the length of the Costa. Although cheap, the buses can run to their own timetable (!) and are often very busy in summer.

By train[edit]

There is a train service between Fuengirola and Malaga, which due to be extended to run further down the coast to Marbella in the near future.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are available from Malaga Airport to Marbella outside AGP airport. The cost of the journey is around €68. The disabled can also pre-book a wheelchair accessible taxi or minivan online with Marbella Taxis for €65 [2] or with malaga cabbiefor €62.

Get around[edit]

  • Hire Car – all the major car hire firms are represented, but the best value will probably come from local firms. Small car for around 80-90 euros a week in off season.
  • Taxis If travelling any distance agree the fare in advance. Official rates should be displayed inside any licensed taxi. Phone 952 823 835

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Old Town & Orange Square – although a modern town, Marbella is full of history, its origins date back to 1600 BC so it’s fair to say there is a little part of history to be found in every corner of the “old town”, with its Moorish castle, and famous “Orange Square”. The historical old quarter with the Andalucian/Moorish mix can still be found with its flower filled balconies and narrow streets.
  • Walk through the Golden Mile – The Golden Mile is a stretch of four miles between Marbella and Puerto Banús, on which are located some of the most luxurious residences in Marbella, such as the Palace of King Fahd, as well as some landmark hotels, among them the Melia Don Pepe, the Hotel Marbella Club and the Puente Romano Hotel.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Golf – If you love golf then Marbella has spectacular golf courses that have been designed by the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Peter Alliss and Clive Clark. There are more than 40 quality courses to be played throughout the Costa del Sol making it a perfect destination for the golf enthusiast. See also: Spain section of main Golf article
  • Horseracing – about 15 minutes from the centre of Marbella is the Hipodromo Mijas Costa [3]. The recently built all weather racetrack has meetings throughout the year including floodlit night racing on summer weekends. The course also boasts plenty of entertainment including bars, music and restaurants.
  • Ski – Marbella is the perfect base to visit the famous Spanish Ski resort of Sierra Nevada (1.5 hours away by car)
  • Parasailing activity (Parasailing activity), Puerto deportivo Marbella (Puerto deportivo Marbella), +34 682173225, [4]. 12 minutes. The activity will be placed in Marbella (Puerto Deportivo of Marbella) and will be consisting in a 12 minutes flying over the sea, more than 70 meters hight, how big you will feel over there? You will receive your equipment (lifejacket, harness), getting ready and go to our boat. The take off and landing will be to the same boat . 55€.  edit


Learn[edit]

  • Don Quijote [5] Spanish school in Marbella is a great school where you can take 4-6 hours of courses a day. All courses including beginner courses are taught entirely in Spanish.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Shopping Centres:

  • El Corte Inglés – Ramon Areces 29660 Puerto Banús Tel. +34 952 90 99 90
  • Marina Banús – C/ Ramon Areces, Centro, (opposite El Corte Inglés). Puerto Banús
  • La Cañada is a Shopping mall with about 150 shops with many European name brands. Located right off exit 185.

Clothing:

  • New Yorker – Ramon Areces, s/n Centro Comercial Marina Banús 29660 Puerto Banús
  • Versace – 29660 Puerto Banús Tel. +34 952 81 02 96
  • Casta & Puro – Avda. de la Ribera Complejo Gran Marbella 29660 Puerto Banús Tel. +34 677 29 50 57
  • Che Olé – C/ Valdés 3. 29601 Marbella Tel. +34 952 85 77 33

Property:

  • La Mairena Real Estate – Calle Madrid 2, Elviria, – Marbella, Spain. Tel. +34 952 83 60 92 – [6]
  • La Costa Property Solutions – Urb.El Rosario, Centro Comercial, 1ª Planta – A7 Km 188 – 29604 – Marbella, Spain. Tel. +34 952 83 11 99 – [7]
  • Terra Meridiana, 77 Calle Caridad, 29680 Estepona, Marbella – Malaga, +34 951 31 84 80, [8]. Marbella Property Sales and Rentals.  edit

Salons:

  • Unique Beauty – C/Nuestra Señora de Gracia 10 Marbella, Spain 29600011. Tel. +34 952 82 77 57

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Al Dente & Champagne Bar – Urb. Jardines del Puerto, Puerto Banús; tel. +34 952 90 61 81 – Italian restaurant
  • Babilonia Restaurant – Ctra. de Istan – Km. 0,8 29600 Marbella; tel. +34 952 82 88 61 – Italian & international
  • Brown’s Bar and Bistro – Pino Golf de Don Carlos 18 Elviria, Marbella; tel. +34 952 838 604 – British cuisine
  • El Argentino – Centro comercial elviria; tel. +34 951 310 087 – charcoal grill
  • El Oceano – CN 340 Km 199, Miraflores; tel. +34 952 587 550 – international
  • La Meridiana – 0.1 km N, Cno. la Cruz, S/N, 29600 Marbella; tel. +34 952 776 190 – international
  • Trader Vic’s – Urbanización La Alcazaba, Puerto Banús; tel. +34 952 816 100 – international
  • La Taberna del Pinxto, Avenida Miguel Cano 7 (One block from Playa de Venus). Basque style tapas. Set lunch 9 euros, tapas 1,50.  edit
  • Le Papillon Restaurant & Beach Club, /Cuesta S/N Urb Marbesa CN340 KM 193 Marbella, +34 952 834 113, [9]. from 11AM until late. Situated on the at Marbesa. Menu which includes a selection of fresh fish and shellfish and some meat dishes. The seafood paella is popular. Sunlounger and umbrella rental service and a kids play area. (mailto:info@restaurantepapillon.com) From €12.  edit
  • Robertos Ristorante Italiano, C/Cuesta S/N Urb Marbesa CN340 KM, +34 952 839 190, [10]. 9AM until late. Offers a variety of home made Pizzas and pasta dishes as well as some more traditional Italian cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and does take aways. Flamenco show and a buffet night on a weekly basis. From €10.  edit
  • Pravda, Ed. Levante Loc. 4-5, 29660, Puerto Banús (front row of the Port, opposite Jimmy Choo and Dolce & Gabbana), +34 952 907 103, [11]. 8PM-midnight. During the summer months the marina facing terrace for dining is open. €50.  edit
  • Paco Jimenez Restaurant, Plaza de los Naranjos Nº11 – Marbella (above the art gallery), 627625952. tues-sund: 7pm to 10 pm / thursdays to sundays also from 12 noon to 4pm. As soon as you enter this restaurant you can fell the passion and creativity in the paintings of the walls and the plates delicatelly and beautifully decorated. Its Mediterranean, Spanish and International food will surprise and satisfy you. The exclusive space with only 20 covers, the kindly attention, the experienced chef and the nice environment makes this a unique restaurant.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

Most late night action takes place in Puerto Banús, or in one of the clubs along the 7 km road there.


  • El Catalonia, Puerto Deportivo Marbella Local 4 MARBELLA – MÁLAGA (In the Marbella port.), +34 625 54 85 97, [12]. Opens 1700. Relaxed, water front dining and drinking spot. Serve fresh, local food for dinner. Host private events. Spanish/English/French spoken.  edit
  • Dreamers – Ctra.N-340, Km.175. Rio Verde 29660 Nueva Andalucia; tel. +34 952 812 080
  • La Notte -0.1 km N – Cno. la Cruz, S/N, 29600 Marbella; tel. +34 952 777 625
  • Nikki Beach – Playa Hotel Don Carlos Carretera de Cadiz 29600 KM. 192 ; tel. +34 952 836 239


  • Olivia Valere – upscale restaurant, bar and disco; Ctra. de Istan – Km.0,8 29600 Marbella; tel. +34 952 82 88 61
  • Le, C/Cuesta S/N Urb Marbesa CN340 KM 193 Marbella, +34 952 834 113 (), [13]. 11AM until late. Situated on the at Marbesa. Menu which includes a selection of fresh fish and shellfish and some meat dishes. The seafood paella is popular. Sunlounger and umbrella rental service and a kids play area. From 12€.  edit
  • Pravda, Ed. Levante Loc. 4-5, 29660 Puerto Banús (Front row of the Port, opposite Jimmy Choo and Dolce & Gabbana), +34 952 907 103, [14]. 19:00 – 02:00. A wide variety of fine wine, Champagne and cocktails can be enjoyed either at the stylish bar or in the late evening sun on the back terrace. Located on the harbor-side in the middle of the port it makes a great location for, ‘Sun-Downer’ cocktails or for post dinner drinks. €10.  edit
  • Paco Jimenez Restaurant, Plaza de los Naranjos Nº11 (on the corner above the art gallery), +34 627625952. tuesday-sundays: 7pm to 10pm/thrusday to sundays:12 noon to 10 pm. As soon as you enter this restaurant you will feel the passion and creativity in the paintings of the walls and the plates delicately and beautifully decorated. Its Mediterranean, Spanish and International food will surprise and satisfy you. The exclusive space with only 20 covers, kindly attention, experienced chef and nice environment makes this a unique restaurant. 35 to 45 euros.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • El Toro Residential Apartments, Av. Asturias S/N Urb Marbesa CN 340 km 193 – 29604 Marbella, +34 952 839 190, [15]. checkin: From 9.00AM; checkout: 12.00 PM. The beach, multiple facilities and the proximity to Marbella, has made el Toro Residential Apartments a favourite family holiday destination. El Toro is at the heart of the Costa del Sol, being near to Marbella, numerous golf courses, and the pretty port of Cabopino with its fine restaurants and popular sandy beach. There are good local transport facilities and multiple facilities are nearby. It is not essential to have a car. Beach restaurants/bars are in abundance. From 375€ per week.  edit
  • Alanda Club Marbella (Alanda Club Marbella), Elviria, Ctra Cádiz Km 192, Marbella, 29604, +34 952 768 150, [16]. Hotel and resort offering a range of 1,2 and 3 bed self catering apartments. The resort is close to beaches and golf and is suitable for couples, families and golfers. From 80€..  edit
  • DDG Spa Retreat (DDG Spa Retreat), La Albarrada, Finca Pavusena, Casa Daria s/n, Casares, 29690, Malaga, +34 659-168-217, [17]. Luxury spa retreat set in 4 hectares of sub tropical gardens and located in Casares close to Marbella.  edit
  • Grand villa in Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, [18]. Fantastic villa beach side with a grat garden in a private urbanization. Exterior jacuzzi and swimming pool. Parking.  edit


  • Casita Llandre, Estepona, +34652583062, [19]. Cheap, quiet, self catering Casita near Estepona. €40.  edit
  • Hostal Plaza (Hostal Plaza San Pedro), C/. Juan Ramon Jimenez, 21 29670, San Pedro De Alcantara, 952782033, [20]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Hostal Plaza San Pedro is a family run business owned and run by Gary, Karen, Richard and Michael Wynn. We offer a home from home for backpackers and holiday makers alike in a beautiful typical Spanish town on the Costa Del Sol. 15-30pppn. (3.485684,4.988334) edit
  • Hotel Claude Marbella (****), Calle San Francisco 5 (29605 Marbella), +34 952 900 840, [21]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: mid day. Hotel Claude is a unique, privately owned, luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Marbella’s enchanting old town. Located within a 17th-century mansion townhouse, this former artist’s club, has been meticulously restored to a 7 bedroom luxury retreat with its restaurant, lounges, inner patios and sun terraces. Awarded “Best Small Hotel in Europe” by the CNBC in 2009 and “One of the Best Hotels in the World” – awarded by Conde Nast Traveller Spain. from €150.  edit

Budget[edit]

  • Pensión Aduar, Calle Aduar 7, Old Town, +34 952 773 578 (), [22]. Probably the cheapest beds in Old Town. Also has triples and quads, Single 15 euros, double 25.  edit
  • The Hostal, Calle Isaac Peral, old town. Shared bathrooms, roof terrace, no breakfast. Bar with pool table. Single 20 euros.  edit
  • 20 accomodations for less than 50 €, Various, [23]. List of accommodations in Marbella under 50 €. With GPS coordinates and street map. From €18 to €50.  edit

Mid Range[edit]

  • Hotel Fuerte Miramar Marbella ****, Plaza José Luque Manzano s/n. 29603. Marbella (Málaga), Costa del Sol, Spain., +44 0800 021 1397 (), [25].  edit
  • Alanda Hotel and Spa [26] (*****) Boulevard Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, S/N,Marbella Tel: +34 952 89 96 00. (There are another two NH hotels in Marbella [27] if this one is full).
  • Club Playa Real, C/Cuesta S/N urb Marbesa CN 340 km 193 – 29604 Marbella, +34 952 839 190, [28]. checkin: 09.00AM; checkout: 12.00PM. From 50€.  edit
  • Marbella Beach Resort, C/Cuesta S/N urb Marbesa CN 340 km 193 – 29604 Marbella, +34 952 839 190, [29]. checkin: From 9.00 AM; checkout: From 12.00PM. One, two and three bedroom air conditioned self catering apartments with terraces providing views to the beach and the sea. Satellite tv and internet connection. From 737€ per week.  edit
  • NH Alanda, Boulevar Ppe. Alfonso Von Hohenlohe. s/n. 29600 Marbella, +34 952 899 600, [30]. Perfect location – A short walk from many seaside destinations. The hotel contains 199 rooms, a spa, a gym and an outdoor pool. The perfect family location. Rooms from 78.84€.  edit
  • Gran Hotel Guadalpin Marbella Spa [31] (*****) Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, cn40 Km.179, Tel. +34 952 243 242.
  • The Townhouse [32] (hostel) C/Alderete 7 Plaza Tetuán, Marbella Telephone : +34 952 90 17 91 Fax : +34 952 90 17 91.
  • The Beach House [33] (hostel) Urb El ChaparralCN. 340 km 203 Marbella Telephone : +34 952 49 45 40 Fax : +34 952 49 45 40.
  • Hotel Shanti-Som [34] Llanos de Purla, KM22 A355, Monda Marbella Malaga Spain Tel. +34 952 86 44 55.
  • Hotel Pyr [35] (***) Avenida Rotary Internacional s/n, Puerto Banus 29660, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain. Tel.: + 34 95 281 73 53.
  • Hotel Claude Marbella, C/ San Francisco 5, Marbella, +34 952 900 840 (), [36]. Directly in the heart of Marbella`s Old Town, set inside a substantial 17th-Century-Townhouse. Only seven luxurious and individually designed rooms. Exclusive roof terrace with panoramic views.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Marbella Club Hotel [37] (*****) CN340, Km 180,Marbella Tel. +34 952 822 211.
  • Oasis Collections, +1.631.731.1677 (), [38]. A portfolio of handpicked homes and apartments that include concierge service and full guest support. Recently awarded Top Villa Provider by Condé Nast Traveler.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Gibraltar – visit the historical British Colony, climb the famous rock and see the mischievous Barbary Apes. NB You will need your passport as the Spanish Guardia operate a full border control.
  • Puerto Banús – is the famous yacht marina, lined with popular bars and restaurants, and a veritable posers’ paradise. Plenty of late night bars and the odd celebrity are to be found here, but don’t forget your wallet, it’s not cheap! Some 7 km along the beach.



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Hua Hin, Thailand – Travel Guide

Hua Hin, Thailand – Travel Guide

 

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Hua Hin (หัวหิน) is a seaside resort city in Thailand. It is popular with Thais, having become quite fashionable as a weekend getaway spot for Bangkok residents, as well with foreigners and as an ex-pat retirement or holiday home location.

Although developing rapidly, there is a commitment by the local and provincial authorities to avoid the kind of overheated blight that has affected other beach resorts in Thailand.

Understand[edit]

Popularised as a resort in the early-1920s by King Prajadhipok, Hua Hin is closely associated with the Thai royal family and is a quiet and relaxing seaside resort ideal for family vacations, a reasonable 2.5 hours drive down from Bangkok. Until 1934, it was known as Samore Riang (สมอเรียง), or “rows of rocks”.

The tranquil fishing village was turned into a royal resort and consequently became popular among Siam’s nobility and upper classes. In 1928, Prajadhipok built his Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace. As of 2007, Klai Kangwon is a full-time residence of the current king and is not open for visitors, although the outer palace grounds are open for walkers and joggers 16:00-19:00 daily (wear shoes, have sleeved shirts that cover at least your upper arms and bring your passport).

The 5 km long beach itself is pretty, more so than Pattaya‘s, and the sea is relatively clean. However, most of the beach can completely disappear along certain parts of the coast during high tide. Besides just sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming, visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, caves, peaks, waterfalls, shops, seafood and nearby national parks. The town is clean, warm and laid-back, making it ideal for families and couples.

Climate[edit]

Hua Hin has a tropical climate with high humidity and occasional rain. It is typically pleasant however, and can be enjoyed all year round. Generally, the best time of the year to visit Hua Hin is in the cool season from November to February, but for those who like it hot, then the hot season is from March to May (temperature gets up into the higher 30s). The rainy season (although it doesn’t rain every day) is from June to October with September being the rainiest of all. For those who don’t appreciate rain, be advised that the rain in Thailand usually comes in short sharp bursts. It doesn’t usually drizzle for long periods of time.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Trains are an easy way to get to Hua Hin, as the train station is right in the centre of Hua Hin. However, the trains go very slowly getting away from Bangkok, so the 2 1/2 hour road time to Hua Hin stretches to 5 or 6 on the train. The price of the train is around 250 baht(and only 44 baht for ordinary trains). Most trains on the southern route stop at Hua Hin. They leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue railway stations 10 times daily between 08:05 and 22:50. It takes 4 hours for the journey. See the State Railway of Thailand [1] for more information on time tables and fares.

By bus[edit]

There are non-stop VIP coach direct from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin and Vice versa only 305 Baht per seat. Departure time from Bangkok Suvannabhum Airport: 07:30am, 09:30am, 0:30pm, 4:30 and 6:30pm. For more information, please go visit www.airporthuahinbus.com (updated on January 2013)

From Bangkok, buses to Hua Hin leave from the Sai Tai Mai terminal about every 20 minutes and take around 3.5 hours. The price is 175 baht (11/2012). Buses run from 04:00 – 22:20. For more information, contact Hua Hin-Pran Buri Tour, Tel: 0 2884 6191-2; Bang Saphan Tour, Tel: 0 2435 5105, 0 2884 8895; Bus Southern Terminal, Tel: 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 5605, 0 2434 7192 [2]. When you buy the ticket it says which gate you have to go to – make sure you get to the correct one as smaller numbers (etc 1 to 10) exist on both sides of the building. Doublecheck from the customer service desk on ground floor.

More convenient to downtown Bangkok, you can also take a minibus from near the Victory Monument (Anusawari Chai), near the BTS skytrain. Cost is 180 baht, limited baggage. The Hua Hin vans board in the alleyway next to Century Movie Plaza close to the stairs at the southern end of Victory Monument BTS station. From the Skytrain station, take the walkway south, descend the staircase on the east side to street level. The minibus area is next to the stairs. Look for a small table with “Cha Am, Hua Hin” written in English to buy your ticket. T-Tour, Tel. 080-090-6540

Minibuses from Hua Hin back to BKK (180 baht) leave opposite the Pananchai Hotel in Naebkehas Rd, some 200 m along a side road from the clock tower. Service to Pattaya as well.

A 1st class bus service will eventually connect Hua Hin directly with Suvarnabhumi Airport (the new BKK airport).

The main bus station is well outside the centre of town on Petkasem Rd beyond Soi 94. This is some 3 km south of town centre. A tuk tuk there costs ~180 baht. This bus station is for buses which are going to or from Bangkok and points south.

The “bus station” noted on maps of the area is actually a local one in the centre of town from where all the non-air-con local buses and songteows depart, but blue buses from Bangkok terminate here, and probably leave from here also. The orange bus from Bangkok Southern Terminal (150 baht) which takes about 3.5 hours, meanders along the main road and you specify where you want to get off. The other first class buses go to the station beyond Soi 94 on Petkasem. Stop the bus at any point prior to this if you want to get off. The clock tower on the left (coming from Bangkok) is the effective town “centre” (keep your eyes open as it is easy to miss).

By boat[edit]

There used to be a ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin, but it stopped running in Dec., 2011.

By taxi[edit]

Taking a taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin (distance about 200 km) is possible. Price after negotiation should cost around 2,000 baht: the price for a taxi from Suwarnabhumi (Bangkok) airport was 2,600 baht in November 2009 (3,800 – 4,000 baht, January 2014). The limousine services available at Bangkok Airport are more expensive than an ordinary taxi.

Private taxi from Hua Hin to BKK Airport should be in 1,600-2,000 baht, and is bookable via agents around town. A few are located outside the post office, and others are along Naresdamri Rd.

Taxi to or from Pattaya around 3,000 baht.

By minivan[edit]

There are regular minivans to and from Hua Hin from various cities. Price from Kanchanaburi (3.5 hours) was around 250 baht [jan 2014]. There is a scam – the driver will stop somewhere in the city a short distance from the bus station, and shout at foreigners that it’s the “final stop” and starting throwing your bags in the street. He only tells foreigners to get off and won’t let you stay even when local Thais tell you plainly “this is not the final stop”. A songthaew waits to transport you the last few hundred metres of your journey for an outrageous 150 baht. This seems to be a common scam with the minivans in Thailand.

Get around[edit]

There are many ways to get around in Hua Hin, Songthaew runs the same routes all day and cost not so high starting from 20 Thai baht, and price depends to the distance you are going to. If well out of town, you pay more. There are numerous motorcycle taxis and tuk-tuks, fewer car taxis. Negotiate price beforehand, but you will not get a tuk tuk for less than B100 over any distance (unless you are lucky) if you are a Western tourist. There are quite a lot of upscale tourists in Hua Hin and prices are sometimes adjusted upwards. Better to clarify the matter ahead of time. Motorcycle rentals are readily available. Hua Hin is very flat, and bicycle is a good way to get around locally. Rentals available, but not so prevalent as motos.

You can use the local songteows, and a white one leaves from the train station and travels south along the main road to the Huaymongkol Temple, which is some distance from the city B40. It then goes to the floating market (B20), and then back to town(B20)

See[edit][add listing]

There is only one beach, Hua Hin Beach (ชายหาดหัวหิน Hat Hua Hin) which runs from one side of Hua Hin to the other. Hua Hin Beach extends three kilometres southwards from a rocky headland until a southern headland where a Buddhist temple cling to the cliffs. Fine white sand, resort hotels and many water sports opportunities lend the resort its distinctive ambiance. At the south end of town, the hill of Khao Takiab interrupts the beach. On the other side (technically not Hua Hin anymore) is a lovely swimming beach with a view of Khao Takiab’s South face. Just a little further on, Suan Son beach is owned by the Thai army, but open to the public. Notable for the tropical sea pines lining the shore. A little south of the Marriott, watch for tiny sand crabs digging industriously leaving odd patterns of tiny sand clods around their beachfront property.

Parts of the beach closer to the town may have greenish water, in this case continue walking down the beach where the water appears cleaner. There is ample supply of deck chairs along the beach, however many places will charge for their hire (100 baht is common). Deck chairs that are part of a beachside cafe may be free (in the assumption you will buy food or drink).

The hill of Khao Takiab, 14 kilometres from Hua Hin town, supports Buddhist temples and offers a commanding view of the resort, particularly early in the morning. A local bus service from Hua Hin to Khao Takiap is on the seashore. Khao Takiab is one of the highest area in Hua Hin, by going up this mountain by driving you will see the whole Hua Hin and also nice beaches. This is another good place to wait for the sunset as well. Also the food on Khao Takiab is very delicious too.

  • Hua Hin Railway Station (สถานีรถไฟหัวหิน). This is Thailand’s most beautiful train station of which the local people are very proud of. The wooden building used to be a royal pavilion in Sanamchan Palace, Nakhon Pathom province. It was rebuilt at Hua Hin in 1968.  edit
  • Hua Hin Arts and Crafts Centre (ศูนย์ศิลปหัตถกรรมหัวหิน). daily 11PM-6:30PM. This is situated in an old typical house on Naepkhehat Road. It has a collection and exhibition of many contemporary works of Thai artists, as well as old furniture and many pictures about Hua Hin in the past. Free.  edit
  • Klai Kangwon Palace (พระราชวังไกลกังวล), 0 3251 1115. daily 9AM-4PM. King Rama VII commanded the Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace to be built in 1929. This Spanish-style summer palace faces the sea and dominates an extensive ornamental garden. The Thai Royal Family still customarily spend the hottest months of the year, usually March to April, there. Members of the public can visit the palace every day, when the Royal Family is not in residence. 20 baht.  edit
  • Khao Hin Lek Fai (เขาหินเหล็กไฟ). Situated 3 kilometres west of Hua Hin district, Khao Hin Lek Fai or Flint Mountain is 162 metres high and is accessible by a road. On the mountaintop, there is a public park and scenic spots from where the scenery of Hua Hin and its surrounding area can be seen.  edit
  • Khao Tao (เขาเต่า). Between Km 243 and 244 markers, 13 kilometres south of Hua Hin, there is a 1- kilometre branch road on the left which leads to the spot with two beautiful beaches called Hat Sai Noi and Hat Sai Yai. Bungalows are available.  edit
  • Namtok Pa La-u (น้ำตกป่าละอู), 0 3245 9293. This 11-tier scenic waterfall, some 60km west of Hua Hin, is located within a yearlong verdant forest where various kinds of birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning. Visitors can take a local transport called a songthaew from Hua Hin to this waterfall. The best time to visit the waterfall is from November to April. This place is in charge of Kaeng Krachan National Park. Camping in the park is allowed and a tent can be rented at 250 baht per night. Call for more information. 200 baht.  edit
  • Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (น้ำตกป่าละอู), 032 458 135. . It is the most important foundation for the protection of the wildlife in Thailand. They work with the National Parks Department and Madihol University. You will see elephants, gibbons, monkeys, bears, tigers, etc. They are very active and well-known by the local and international press. This international foundation promotes another regard on Thailand and its nature. This nonprofit organization offers the opportunity to know and learn more on the exceptional nature and wildlife of Thailand and South-East Asia. Everyone can participate to their projects. They have a website and a Facebook page ( WFFT or Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand). It is at 25 km from Hua Hin and they can arrange the transportation from and to the hotel.They speak English, Dutch, French and Thai.  edit

Sam Roi Yot National Park[edit]

Located about 60km from Hua Hin Town, with an area of 98 square kilometres, is renowned for its limestone mountains, mangrove swamps, beaches and several species of local and migrating birds during the cool season. There are many ridges with the most popular being Khao Sam Roi Yot with 300 peaks. The park can be reached by following the direction signs marking the remaining distances of 38 and 15 km. at Km. 256 and Km.286.5, respectively.
The other possibility is to book a cruise and enjoy the park from the sea side.

Some attractions within the park:

  • Hat Laem Sala is a beach 16 km north of the park office and can be reached by boat or on foot across a hill from Bang Pu Village. The well-known cave there Tham Phraya Nakhon has a large hole in it so sunlight can shine through, so allowing plantation to grow. There is Phra Thi Nang Khuha Kharuhat which is a Thai-style pavilion with a scenic view of the cave. It was first built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn before ebing dismantled and reconstructed with the cave. There is also a viewpoint on Khao Daeng which is 400km from the park office and Ban Khao Daeng, the latter of which offers boat trips to watch wild birds.
  • Hat Sam Phraya located 3.5 km north of the park office, is a lovely beach with a line of pine trees. Accommodation is available there.
  • Tham Kaeo, situated around 23 km from Pran Buri (15 km north of the park office) is a cave with an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites. For exploring the cave, oil lamps can be rented at a nearby village.
  • Tham Sai, 9 km north of the park office, is a cave which can be explored. Oil lamps can be rented at a nearby village.

Further away from Hua Hin[edit]

  • Dan Singkhon is in Khiong Wan sub-district and is the Thai-Burmese border pass.
  • Khao Hin Thoen Stone Park is located west of town. To get there travel along Highway No. 4 till Km. 331-332, then turn right and drive for another 8 km. There are nice narrow walks leading out to wide rocky landscape on a mountain top with scenic views of the town.
  • Ko Singto (Lion Island) is named after the shape of the island. It is a popular island for diving and snorkeling and offers visitors the chance to explore the Hua Hin and Khao Takiab shorelines.
  • Wa Ko has been of historical importance since the reign of King King Mongkut when he viewed a full-moon eclipse. There is a long atmospheric sandy beach fringed with pine trees. It is located at Km. 335 of Highway No. 412 km south from the town.

Do[edit][add listing]

Game Fishing[edit]

Hua Hin offers fishing trips with pick up from your hotel. Different programs are available, from day trips to overnight fishing. More information on https://www.facebook.com/HuaHinGameFishing or phone +66810103748.


Boat Tours[edit]

Hua Hin offers several boat trips to view the nature from a river or the sea. One of the famous trips is a cruise to the Sam Roi Yod Nat’l Park to feed monkeys or swim in the clear water. On the way back fishing is possible and on a good day dolphins can be seen in the sea.[3]

Golf[edit]

Golf is extremely popular in Hua Hin and the place has several high quality courses up to international standards.

Hua Hin and its surroundings are a golfer’s paradise with at least 7 quality courses within a 30 minute drive. There are also two brand new golf courses under construction and a preview of the latest images can be made from the fairways. Most courses offer transportation to and from the course.

Spa[edit]

Hua Hin has emerged as Thailand’s latest spa and wellness center destination in the past decade. Previously famous primarily for its world-class golf courses and a place to relax by the sea a short distance from Bangkok, it is now a full-fledged tourist and spa destination in its own right.

With its large and growing expat population, it is particularly well-disposed to taking care of international visitors seeking wellness care, spa treatment, and a fine stretch of beach in one lovely package.

Spas in Hua Hin offer luxurious treatment which suits every budget. The treatment includes both traditional remedies and modern techniques. Facilities at spas in Hua Hin may also include a Jacuzzi and steam bath.

Many Spas in Hua Hin also offer traditional Thai healing treatments. There is also alternative treatment such as Rieki. Resorts offer many detox programs. The most popular treatments are chi organ massage, karsai genital detox massage, deeper skin detox and herbal skin detox.

Hua Hin has a world class Chiva-Som International Health Resort. Focusing on greater well-being and vitality, Chiva-Som offers extensive fitness, spa, spa cuisine and holistic health facilities to help you relax, restore and rejuvenate.

Chiva-som has the honor of being the only destination spa that has consistently made the top three of the prestigious Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards. This gives you some idea of the quality of care available here in this lovely seaside town.

Massage[edit]

Traditional Thai massage, characterized by its holistic approach to health is aimed at enhancing not only one’s physical and emotional state but also to allow one to grow spiritually.

There are over 50 massage shops in Hua Hin. All good hotels in Hua Hin offer traditional Thai massage service.
In Hua Hin, at Petchkasem Road next to the Golden Palace and the Royal Palace one can be massaged by very good professional blind masseuses. This is a royal project. Very little English is spoken but don’t worry as you will be in professional hands.

Other[edit]

  • Spirituality. The Power of Love International Church is a non-profit organization founded by an eminent name of the town, Founder of another important Church in Pattaya. They promote spiritualities and religions, with an open mind, especially Christianity. They welcome all cultures, nationalities and religions. Their style is friendly, with talks, songs, coffee and cakes. They have a worship in English on Sunday, at 10.00am (at Hilton, downtown, on Naresdamri Rd) and in Thai, on Tuesday at 07.00pm (same address). The Church is well-known and appreciated by the residents. This is an interesting opportunity to discover the social life in Hua Hin. Contact: Andrew: 0809993603 – English. Joanna: 0846309925 – English/Dutch. To know all their activities, you can visit their Facebook page and their blog (Power of Love international Church Hua Hin)


  • Sand and sea. This is the number one attraction of Hua Hin, also according to tourist information.


  • Fishing and eco-cruises can be done in Hua Hin, both at sea and inland.


  • Kite-boarding is a very popular in Hua Hin. There are several schools giving lessons and tuition with equipment for hire. Conditions are good from January to May, thermal wind is blowing from afternoon with 14-20 knots. Water is shallow, has small chop and beach break.


  • Fitness and Martial Arts can be practiced either in gymnasiums around town or in the top hotels.


  • Elephant camps and trekking can be found just west of town. There is also an elephant camp.


  • Walking and cycling are popular in Hua Hin due to the quietness of the roads.


  • Crafts are a plentitude in Hua Hin including handicrafts, silk weaving, embroidery, basket making, pottery and wood carving.


  • Go Karting can be enjoyed at the karting track near the airport. The 700m circuit has a banked curve for speed, pits floodlighting, beer garden and catering.


  • Water Sports in Hua Hin include swimming, banana boat rides, waterski-ing, jet-ski-ing, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba-diving.

Black Mountain Water Park
Hua Hin Black Mountain Water Park offers a fun-filled day for families and anyone needing a big splash.
There are total of nine different water slides, a wave pool, lazy river, beach pool, kids’ pool, and more.
It’s located opposite the golf course.
Tip:Bring a waterproof plastic bag.
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  • Pony Rides can be found on Hua Hin beach


Festivals[edit]

  • Thailand’s International Kite Festival is during March, April and May and features stunt kites, big kites, little kites, high tech kites, traditional Thai kites and displays of international kites. Visitors also enjoy a variety of opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and simply having a good time.
  • Hua Hin Jazz Festival June is the time of the year when ‘jazz on the beach’ happens at the annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival. The popular event attracts world class jazz musicians from Thailand and all over the world.
  • Hua Hin Vintage Car Rally Hoteliers, the Vintage Car Club of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand sponsor an annual ‘parade’ of vintage and classic cars starting at the Sofitel Central in Bangkok and ending in at the Sofitel Central Hua Hin Resort. The cars, with drivers and passengers decked out in 1920′s attire, make the 225km promenade in December of each year. The festivities culminate with a 1920′s party at the Sofitel, which appropriately is a Victorian-style structure built in the 1920′s.

Learn[edit]

Hua Hin Cooking courses are on offer to those tourists who would like to learn about cooking Thai dishes.

A few Thai Cooking schools have sprung up in Hua Hin where foreign tourists can learn the art of serving up their favourite Thai dishes such as: Phat Thai (Thai-style fried noodles), Tom Yum Kung, Panaeng with Beef and Chicken and Cashew Nuts. Courses vary in length from just the single day to a few. Courses are also available at most of the large hotels but you will have to ask around.

Sukkasart Institute (The Institute of Healing Arts), 20/48 Petchkasem Rd. (Hua Hin 106), ☎ 66(0)32 515725, [6]. Provide various training of healing Arts from Tradition Thai Massage, Meditation, Reiki and Energy Healing.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Shop at the night markets. Things that you can buy range from t-shirts to antiques. shirt will cost you around 300 baht (£5) . It is also a great place for shopping including contemporary art handicrafts, hand-woven printed cotton, silk fabric, silk weaving, embroidery, basket making, pottery, wood carving, gemstones and jewellery (including sapphires and rubies). Haggling is advisable to get the best prices possible.

Note that there are two night markets. The better known is in the middle of Hua Hin, and is rather tourist oriented. The one the Thais favour is known as the Grand Market because its in the parking lot between Grand Hotel and Sao Paulo Hospital. More diverse and interesting, but does not operate Mondays and Tuesdays. For local handicrafts, the Hua Hin Bazaar, about 100 meters west of the beach, should be your first stop.

On Tuesdays is Pae Market near the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club. Here is a good place to get the feel for a traditional Thai market.

  • Night Market and Other Markets Although there is no large shopping mall in town but there are famous markets in Hua Hin. Located in the centre of town adjacent to Dechanuchit Road, just west of Phetkasem Road is the Hun Hin Night Market which is a great place to eat. There is a market devoted primarily to tourist shops along Dechanut Road.
  • Nightly Street Market (ตลาดโต้รุ่งหัวหิน). This is a favourite venue for shoppers. Such excursions offer opportunities for shopping, enjoying native-style seafood cooked on the spot and witnessing local people’s lifestyle.  edit

Local souvernirs[edit]

One of Hua Hin’s most renowned local product is pha phim khommaphat or printed cotton, a typical product of Hua Hin which is to be sold by the yard. The finished product of the Khommaphat print is colourful and can be turned into shirts, handkerchiefs, wraps, even toy elephants or fish, as well as decorative pieces such as pillows, bags, fans, etc.

A large variety of other cotton products are available, such as placemats, table clothes and pillowcases. Most of the products, fresh and dried seafood, souvenirs, dishes made of seafood are available at Hua Hin Market.

For hand-woven cotton go to Baan Khao Tao, there is the Baan Khao Tao Handicraft Centre which was founded in 1964. In 2003, the centre’s works were registered as the province’s four-star OTOP product. Hand-woven cotton is offered for purchase in different forms, such as in the Yok Dok print, bathing cloths, sarongs, even large pieces of fabric like bed sheets.

Souvenirs from Hua Hin District include accessories from coconut shells, Khommaphat printed fabric, the printed fabric in traditional Thai patterns, brooms, utensils made of sisal fibre, bamboo woven products, as well as fresh and preserved food.

  • Sukkasart Institute (The Institute of Healing Arts), 20/48 Petchkasem Rd. (Hua Hin 106), 66(0)32 515725, [5]. Provide various training of healing Arts from Tradition Thai Massage, Meditation, Reiki and Energy Healing.  edit
  • Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, Soi Hua Hin 112, Hua Na Road, Hua Hin, Thailand, +66 (0) 32 900 111. Daily from 10:00 am. – 11:00 pm.  edit Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, you will find 193 shops of all different kinds and 40 shops actually on the boats, selling local food, hand made products and souvenirs.

This place are shown the Thai style living in the past. Sam Phan Hua Hin Floating Market has over a 1,000 parking spaces, so there is no need to worry about parking.
So this place has an attraction by it self.

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Cicada Market[edit]

The Cicada Market is one place you cannot miss when you comes to the Hua Hin.The concept of cicada is that of the line Handmade art has been sold such as the fashion clothing, jewelry, pictures, and edibles. When you walk to the front of entrance you can see that has a group of teenagers dancing B-boys. Other that one of the interested in the Cicada Market is the music show of Plum-Rang Band which is show every Friday and Saturday.

Cicada market is divided into four zones as follows.

  • 1. A la mode & Idea Shop of Handmade zone. Do things by yourself. Such as furniture, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, souvenirs.
  • 2. Amphitheatre outdoor stage semicircle. Total capacity up to 700 people at the center between the performers and the audience, and the opportunity for amateur actors to show performance in this arena.
  • 3. Art Factory is a collection of artwork to decorate. It is the artwork such as painting and statues form of local artists, not a copy of other artists.
  • 4. Cuisine Restaurant zones Thailand.There are several local restaurants. Be made in the form of food center that use coupons to purchase. It’s has many food sold from a single Thai dish, such as fried noodles Fried Chicken Salad Seafood Snacks Fried. And for the prices around 60-80 baht to purchase your seats as you like.

Outdoor stage of the cicada have a many visitors to watch the show alternates every week such as Talk show, a concert, theater, the arts infrastructure in Thailand. All of this you can sit and watch it for free at circular arc around the stage by contacted booking clerk.

Working time
Cicada Market is only open Friday – Sunday from 16:00 to 23:00 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 16:00 to 22:00 am at Suan-Si Hua Hin.

Parking
Parking is available around the Cicada Market before arrive the market across the alley to the market. Parking the vehicle at 40 to 50 baht / car.

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How to get to the Cicada Market

  1. By car: The road runs from downtown Hua Hin heading towards. Prior to bypass to the left toward Pranburi Hua Hin (Hua Hin Soi 87) Cicada Market is on the left. Go about 500 meters to bypass the parking around the market (40 – 50 baht).
  2. By a minibus: Minibus running between downtown Hua Hin – Kao-Ta-Keab car through the cicada. Each fare is 20 baht.
  3. By Tuk Tuk – Taxi : Way from downtown Hua Hin to the Cicada Market. Has a distance about five kilometers cost 200 – 250 baht.


Eat[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of eating options around Hua Hin. Those close to the beach and atop Khao Takiap are touristy, while some good local options can be found on Phetkasem Rd along the way to Khao Takiap. Hua Hin is famed for its delightful fresh seafood which can be found in abundance at the night market, restaurants and hotel restaurants. Naresdamri Road is a fine place for great inexpensive restaurants while serving up romantic sea views. Some hotels offer buffets consisting of open cooking stations, including seafood BBQ, and also offer live entertainment like traditional Thai music and dancing.

This area is the site of the Hua Hin Fishing Harbour and in the early morning, fresh-out-of-the-water seafood can be snapped up.

Moreover, there are numerous dining spots serving Western, Indian and Japanese food.

For cheap eats, check out the night market. Budget tourists having problems with the local fare will be happy to know that at the Tesco in the posh Market Village mall, there’s street-style Thai food with modern fast food hygeine: 25-45 baht, and good coffee for 10 baht.

  • World News Cafe, (adjacent to the Hilton Hotel, inland). 08:00-22:00. The best coffee shop in Thailand? Perhaps. Modern, sleek space that is welcoming and spacious. All daily newspapers in English and Thai, good coffee, fruit drinks, bagels, sandwiches and free WiFi. Great staff too. No free wifi , they charge 300b now and the coffee was good but definitely not the best, especially not at that price.  edit
  • Beach Cafe Restaurant, Hua Hin Soi 75/1 (by the sea), 032512254, [6]. 10am to 10pm. Seafood and Steaks with a view! Beach Café Restaurant is located near Intercontinental Hotel by the sea at the end of Petchkasem Road Soi 75/1. Thai and European cuisine offering a variety of grilled and seafood dishes $10-$20.  edit
  • La Paillote, Hua Hin Naresdamri Rd, opposite Centara Grand, 032521025, [7]. 7am to 11pm. La Paillote is a French restaurant with also Thai food. The restaurant is located in the main historic street, with many hotels and guest houses nearby. This is the old part of Hua Hin, the most beautiful and interesting one. The food is of international standard,. The beakfast is generous and cheap (less than 200 baht). For lunch they have a special and affordable menu. There are also some Thai dishes on the menu. The decor is tasteful with a big and pleasant terrace. The restaurant is just opposite Centara Grand, an historic hotel, former Railways Hotel. The prices are affordable (between 400 and 1000 bath per person) They speak English, French, Dutch and Thai. $10-$20.  edit
  • *The Palm Bistro and Wine bar, Soi 88, 032 828 144, [8]. Monday Closed;Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 till 14:30 and 17:30 till 21:00; Sunday14:30 till 17:30.. .The Palm Bistro and Wine Bar is a well-known place among the residents. With a Chef from the Savoy hotel, a five star in London and a location in a superb nature at only 7 km from Hua Hin, The Palm Bistro and Wine Bar has the reputation of a gastronomic address of high quality, for the lovers of nature looking for a relaxing, familial, friendly and high end restaurant. The menu changes on a daily basis, with both European and Thai dishes. The prices are reasonable. Far for the busy atmosphere of downtown, the restaurant is a preserved address in the tropical nature, with view on the hills. $10-$30.  edit $10-$30.  edit
  • Orny Hut, 24 kor. Phra Pok Klao Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, 77110, Thailand, 080 591 8944 (), [9]. 10am to 10pm. Orny Hut is a little nice restaurant with European, Thai and Dutch food with many Dutch specialties and snacks on the menu. A snack, late brunch or a nice dinner at Orny Hut in Hua Hin.  edit

Coffee Shop and Bakery[edit]

  • Baan Khrai Wang, Hua Hin , Hua Hin District , Prachuap Khiri Khan 76120, 032531260, 032531261. 9am to 7pm. Baan Khrai Wang is a Famous bakery and coffee shop. Because of the great atmosphere while you eat and drink some coffee or cake. Other than this coffee and bakery shop has also the wonderful taste too  edit

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Raucous nightlife can be found in the little quarter just inland from the Hilton Hotel. The warren of small streets around Dechanuchit Rd and Soi Bintabaht teems with bars, restaurants and massage parlours.

  • Bluestation Country Pub. Very popular with local folks, but nearly unknown to tourists. Located behind the older of Hua Hin’s two bus depots, Soi 68/2, off of ‘Railway Road’ just north of Soi 70 (Chomsin Road) near the railway crossing. The house band is excellent, playing all Thai country (Peu Chiwit) songs. Before 22:00 there’s an opening act that some nights (but irregularly) consists of a duo of a Thai on guitar and a farang on accordion, playing Thai songs. One of a kind, and pleasant listening.
  • El Murphy’s. The place for live music, located in the heart of Hua Hin on Soi Selakam 50 m from the Hilton Hotel. This Irish bar with a Mexican slant is the nightly home of Hua Hin’s own Stonehead Band. These boys have been rocking Hua Hin for more then 15 years with their great rock and blues classics. Sometimes there is an early opening act. Free WiFi.
  • Luknam Country Pub. Locals and foreigners alike frequent Luknam. Located on the road to Pala U waterfall, opposite Phoenix Bar. Live music every night. Music is Thai pop and country with some western songs mixed in. Music begins and 22:00 and goes until very late.
  • Papayita. A chilled out little beer bar, playing classic pop, soul, disco and rock music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Cheap drinks during happy hour until 9:00, and the cute staff mixes great cocktails all night.
  • Satchmo Club แซชโม คลับ. Main lobby of the Sofitel in central Hua Hin.
  • Style. One of the best nightspots in Hua Hin, with hip hop music and techno. Popular with younger people in the area. Open from 18:00 to 02:00. Most people come from 22:00 on. Live music as well. Frequently overcrowded.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hua Hin is quite tourist oriented at least in the central parts and thus there are many hotels there, but also some guest houses and motels are available.

Budget[edit]

True budget beds are less common than they might have been a few years ago, at least during high season.

  • The Squealing Pig / Rooms@102 Includes Air-Con and TV in all rooms, Fan, Hot Water, Wi-Fi. Rooms from 400 THB. 650 THB for double bed, aircon, fridge, hot water, etc. Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, toast, jam, marmalade, etc. on the second floor. Bar/restaurant with a pool table on the ground floor. Address: Soi 102, just across the railroad track from Petchkasem road. Next to Bobby’s. Hua Hin. Tel:080-4337113.
  • Victor Guesthouse 16 Newly refurbished rooms in a Thai Traditional Teak Guesthouse located in the heart of Hua Hin, close to beaches, restaurants and night life. Family Suites available. Includes Air-Con (not for cheap rooms), LED TV and DVD in all rooms, Fan, Hot Water, WI-FI, 24/7 Security and Friendly Helpful Staff in a relaxed atmosphere. .. Rooms THB350-THB700 …. 16 Naresdamri Rd. Hua Hin. Tel:032-511-564. e-mail: victorguesthouse@gmail.com
  • Bird Guesthouse 2 Rooms on a pier over the water 450THB for nice fan room with great view, wifi, fridge, TV on Nareth Damri Road close to Hilton


  • Pananchai Hotel 71 Naebkehas Rd. Is some 200 metres back from the clock tower in the centre of town along a road that slopes away from the road back to Bangkok.

Is B650 per night, aircon,TV and hot water in the shower. The hotel has a lift, and out the back in the street there is a laundry service.Breakfast is a very spartan Continental one, of two pieces of small toast and tea/coffee. It is included in the hotel price. Across the hotel to the right near the 711 is a cheap “street eats” series of stalls, and you can get a good feed here for some B50 in the evening. Buy drinks at the 711 (ask them to open the beer bottles!)
Worth the stay at the price.

  • Royal Express Inn is a small brand new hotel located in the central city of Hua Hin, within a few minutes’ walk to the beach, restaurants and convenience stores. The rooms are well designed with a simple, cozy and modern style with flat screen TV, ensuite bathroom and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Address: 79/9 Petchkasem Road, Opposite Hua Hin Soi 78, Near station. Tel: +66 (0) 32 53 3778-81; email: enquiry@royalexpresshh.com

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  • Tientong has rooms with private bathrooms for between 400 baht [low-season] and 600 baht. Includes sometimes high-speed wifi (if starts working slow, just reboot the router). Located downtown at end of secluded street near market. Friendly staff. Nice views of hillside from communal balcony. Ten minutes walk from beach. Address: 226/107 Petchkasem Rd — behind Grand Hotel. Near station. Tel: +66 89 224 9353; tientong2001@yahoo.com;
  • Chom-Haad Guesthouse has nice rooms, 600B for double with air-con. Located on 178/175 Soi Hua Hin 80, quite road with lots of guesthouses (they offer 700B for double), close to Tientong, San Paolo hospital & Grand Hotel. Very clean room. Kind and helpful staff. Nice fresh-looking furniture in bright colours. Phone: +66868031796, email: kungkai_80@hotmail.com.
  • Kings Home Hua Hin is a quite small and very friendly guesthouse in the centre of Hua Hin with prices ranging from 800 to 1200 baht a night.It is really very safe place.
  • 21 Guesthouse advertises 100-300 baht rooms with air-con and television on their signage, but on arrival will offer you only a 500B room or a disgusting, mosquito-infested 100B with unspeakable stains on the sheets.
  • Sukwilai Hotel and Guesthouse on western Soi Bintabaht near a “150 meters to Burger King” ad offers fan rooms for 300 baht, or 350 with cable TV. Also upper scale rooms available in the main building. Guest house is opposite to some bars playing quite loud until 2 AM.
  • Mod Guesthouse is near 21 Guesthouse and the Hilton.
  • Memory GuestHouse is near 21 Guesthouse and costs 200 for single room and 300 for double.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Casa del Mare Resort&Spa, 25/2 Petchkasem Road,Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, +66 3251 9061-6 (), [10]. Casa del Mare offers more than a relaxing place by the crystal clear swimming pool and the pool gazebo amidst the lush landscape gardens of palms, frangipanis and other local plants which bring you down to earth in style. Price ranges 2900 – 3500  edit
  • Anantasila Resort [11] 33/15 Moo Bann Huadon, Petchkasem Rd. Nongkae. Several room types. Price ranges between 2,000-15,000 baht/night.
  • Chom View Hua Hin[12] Nice, not big, but cheap, clean. Near Kao Takeab, on the private beach with beachfront swimming pool.
  • Siam Pearl Beach Lodge[13] Budget resort with big pool, tropical garden and beach opposite resort. Small fishing harbor and long sand beach within few meters. Very quiet area – ideal with kite surfing.
  • Citin Loft, 120/22 Soi Huahin 78, Petchakasem Rd (in the heart of Hua Hin), +66 3 253 3778-81 (, fax: +66 3 253 3722), [14]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Offers 50 comfortable guest rooms each with a private balcony overlooking the green hills beyond. Facilities of this cozy hotel include a rooftop pool, sundeck, Internet stations, restaurant and a free shuttle service to Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin Market Village & Hua Hin Night Market.  edit
  • Fulay Hotel, 110/1 Naresdamri Rd (follow the road just inland from the Hilton Hotel downhill about 75 m. Hotel on left), +66 (0) 32 513 670 (), [16]. What a great little hotel this is! Sparkling clean, accommodating staff, great location. Has a teriffic little restaurant on the ground floor. Air-con , cable TV, free WiFi, minibar, convenience store open till 01:00 adjacent. Just far away from the bar scene to offer 2 minute access but quiet ambience. 1,500 baht up.  edit
  • The Hideaway Hua Hin, Hua Hin Soi 9, Petchakasem, [17]. 2,500-3,000 baht/night.  edit
  • Pattawia Resort & Spa Hua Hin, 9/21 Moo 5, Pak Nam Pran Beach, Pranburi, Prachuap Kiri Khan, +66 (0)87-0265515, [18]. Located on a beach with many other 4- and 5-star resorts. It has a spa, swimming pool and sea view rooms. 2400 baht.  edit
  • Thipurai City Hotel, 8/5-7 Soi Kanjanomai Poolsuk Road, Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan, +66 (0) 32 533 555, [19]. Thipurai City Hotel is in the heart of Hua Hin. Best rates on official website start at 1,350 baht.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Chiva-Som International Health Resort, 73/4 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Prachuab Khirikhan, +66 3 253 6536 (), [20]. One of the best destination spa resorts in Thailand. Very private. Pricy but the quality is the best.  edit
  • Devasom Hua Hin Resort, 1446/23 Petchkasem Road (km221), +66 32 442 789 (), [21]. A small luxury beach resort privately located on the beach between Cha Am and Hua Hin, with only 24 villas and rooms, all with sea view and charmingly decorated. Excellent food and services.  edit
  • Dhevandara Resort and Spa, 451 Hua Hin, Huay Mongkol Rd. Hin Lek Fai (near Grape Farm, 8 km from Hua Hin), [22]. Luxury resort with private pool 2,000-8,000 baht/night.  edit
  • Evason Hideaway- Nicest pool villas, luxurious/secluded 5-star hotel, Six Senses Spa (one of the best in Thailand)
  • Haven Huahin [23], boutique resort, by Hua Hin beach. Prices between 4,000-15,000 baht/night.
  • Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, 91 Hua Hin – Khao Takiap Road (on the beach-front), +66 3 252 1234 (), [24]. 5-star hotel with 204 rooms and suites. The hotel is on 12.5 acres of tropical landscaped gardens and has a 200 metre long beachfront. The Barai Spa is on-site.  edit
  • Le Bayburi De Pran (เลอ เบย์ บุรี เดอ ปราณ), Beach Front Rd., Pak Nam Pran Buri, Pranburi, Prachuab Kirikhan, +66(0) 2696 8233, [25]. Le Bayburi Villas is a private complex of 4 luxury beachfront villas, each with self-contained facilities, including private pool. Located at Pranburi, 20 minutes south of Hua Hin.  edit
  • Veranda Resort. Nice cozy resort on a lovely stretch of beach. Not too big, staff and service excellent and facilities are excellent. relatively boring room 2,500 baht, suite 5,000 baht.  edit

Renting a house for a long stay[edit]

If you’re staying for month and more, then Hua Hin has great options. Price for renting a nice villa with private pool can be as low as 20,000 baht. Houses have modern furniture and are ready to move into. Best way to find a house is to go to realty agencies around the Hilton Hotel. Good ones are Hua Hin Property, Star Property and Century 21, but you can find 10+ more easily. They pick you up from your hotel and show options for your budget & taste. Best strategy is to contact by them email a week before, so they will make a selection beforehand.

Cope[edit]

Medical Tourism[edit]

For medical tourists seeking a calmer, more relaxed destination by the sea, Hua Hin is probably the perfect choice. It may be small compared to Bangkok, but it nonetheless offers top quality medical, dental, and spa services.

For example, it is home to the JCI-accredited Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin, no small feat that. Thus, one is definitely able to receive the highest quality care in what not so many years ago was a sleepy little fishing village that Bangkokians escaped to on the weekend.

Services and facilities in Hua Hin have risen along with the number of medical tourists and travelers coming there. This includes English- and other language-speaking doctors and staff, international liaisons if not departments, and special medical check-up and holiday packages for tourists seeking some quality primary care.

Sao Paulo-Hua Hin Hospital was the first private hospital built here, a boutique hospital with sixty beds that provides excellent healthcare treatment around the clock. Other popular clinics and hospitals in town include Hua Hin International Polyclinic, Hua Hin Red Cross, and Hua Hin Hospital, in addition to the aforementioned Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin, the local medical trendsetter and innovator.

Savvy travelers have clued into Hua Hin’s offerings, which belie its size, and though many would have liked to keep it an open secret, the word got out a while ago now; that is, a short drive from the megalopolis of Bangkok exists a prime seaside resort where one need not sacrifice quality, care, resources, or facilities. And if its spas or golf you also happen to be into, you’ll most likely find yourself returning to Hua Hin time and time again.

Reading matter[edit]

There are a number of English-language publications, offering a variety of styles, as well as information and entertainment. Long time visitors to the town will have been familiar with the free monthly Hua Hin Observer magazine found around the town, but as of January 2010 this has become an online only publication ([26]). Another monthly publication (which you have to pay for) is the Hua Hin Today newspaper which can be a little ‘dry’ for tourists, as it contains plenty of local government and local dignitaries news along with details of the latest infrastructure projects and housing developments. It also has an online presence [27] but this is more of a portal for international news and selling property than a local site. More of interest to tourists is the widely available free weekly AWOL newspaper, which is a mixture of entertaining true and not so true stories, typical tabloid content such as a page 3 girl, sport coverage and major local news stories. AWOL also has a website [28] which includes a discussion forum, free classifieds and all their back issues to download. The longest established local internet forum is Hua Hin After Dark [29] which is a valuable source of information for both tourists and expats alike, although its slightly cliquey attitude can be off putting and discussions can often turn into playground squabbles.
There are a number of other printed publications and internet sites connected to Hua Hin, but they are mostly concerned with selling or renting property, or promoting another local business. There are also a couple of non-English language publications with a small distribution.

Contact[edit]

Landline telephone, all mobile phone systems, high-speed internet (ADSL), post offices and parcel services are available in Hua Hin. There is a city wide free wifi service as well, although speeds tend to be slow and a signal difficult to obtain outside the central area. Tourist information can be found from the corner of Petchkasem Road and Damnerkasem Road (Soi 76), quite close to the railway station. There is also a tourist information centre near the clock tower in the centre of town, which is right next to a Starbucks for those of you requiring a caffeine fix. This is also where many of the big buses will stop to offload and pick up passengers, even though it is not the official bus station, and consequently is an easy place to find a motorcycle taxi or tuk tuk.

Get out[edit]



Routes through Hua Hin
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Ko Samui, Thailand – Travel Guide

Ko Samui, Thailand – Travel Guide

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Ko Samui (เกาะสมุย), (pronounced gaw (vowel like ou in cough) sà mui) is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, some 700 km south of Bangkok and about 80 km from the eastern coastline of Southern Thailand.

Beaches[edit]

Choeng Mon beach

Ko Samui is a fairly big island. The most popular and commercialised beaches are Chaweng and Lamai, while the northern beaches and their adjacent villages of Mae Nam, Bophut, Bang Rak (Big Buddha) and Choeng Mon are more peaceful choices, and the west coast beaches are still (comparatively) quiet.

Clockwise from Nathon on the west coast, the main beaches are:

  • Nathon — Samui’s port and administrative centre, but with little to attract the tourist
  • Laem Yai — set on the Northwest tip of the island, a secluded beach overlooking the islands of Ang Thong
  • Mae Nam — a quiet and beautiful beach on the northern coast
  • Bophut — known for its fisher’s village, laid-back but growing fast
  • Bang Rak — at the northeastern tip, home of the Big Buddha
  • Choeng Mon — quiet north shore beach
  • Chaweng — the largest and most-developed beach, with a curious mix of luxury hotels and backpacker guesthouses and a hopping nightlife
  • Lamai — Samui’s “second” beach south of Chaweng, more backpackery than Chaweng but still full of nightlife and swank resorts and restaurants
  • Samui South Coast — the small beaches of Ban Hua Thanon, Na Khai, Laem Set, Bang Kao and Thong Krut

Understand[edit]

Even the Sun rests in paradise

An island of great natural beauty and variety, Samui is home to about 40,000 full-time inhabitants, 90% of whom are Buddhist. The palm-fringed shoreline and coconut and fruit cultivation of the coastal lowlands rise to a central granite massive, the slopes of which are cloaked in virgin rainforest.

At 247 km² Samui is the third-largest island in Thailand and the largest island in the Chumphon Archipelago of over 80 (mostly uninhabited) islands which form the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking and snorkelling paradise. At 25 km long and 21 km wide, Samui is big enough for serious exploration by the adventurous and fit, but can be circumnavigated in just a couple of hours by motorbike or car.

The island was probably first inhabited about 15 centuries ago, settled by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula and southern China. It appears on Chinese maps dating back to 1687, under the name Pulo Cornam. The name Samui is mysterious in itself. Perhaps it is an extension of the name of one of the native trees, mui, or it is a corruption of the Chinese word Saboey, meaning “safe haven”.

Until the late 20th century, Samui was an isolated, self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand. The island was even without roads until the early 1970s, and the 15 km journey from one side of the island to the other involved a whole-day trek through the mountainous central jungles.

In the early 1970s the first backpackers travelling on the back of a coconut boat arrived on Ko Samui. For years after that the island had just a few bungalows and a trickle of tourists. Things started to change in the early 1990s when tourists started arriving on full boats and since then the place has grown substantially. Samui is now the second-most popular place as an island destination in Thailand (the first is Phuket). Ko Samui may not be the country’s most beautiful island, but it is still an oasis of natural beauty with its white sandy beaches, dazzling coral, luscious lagoons, picturesque waterfalls, swaying coconut trees and crystal clear water. The water at Bophut Beach, though, is often murky, especially around December.

Unfortunately, development on Ko Samui is starting to take its toll and the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are overcrowded in the high season.

Climate[edit]

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 29 30 31 32 33 32 32 32 32 31 30 33
Nightly lows (°C) 24 25 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 24 24 24
Precipitation (mm) 138 58 78 77 147 113 123 119 117 290 490 209

Check Ko Samui’s 7 day forecast at TMD.go.th

Samui’s weather patterns are a little different from the rest of Thailand. In April through September, when most of the country has its monsoon, Samui stays fairly dry, but from October to December, it’s wet in Samui and drier elsewhere. The driest season is from January to March.

Get in[edit]

A 300 baht surcharge is levied on domestic departures, as well as the 500 baht surcharge on international departures. If you fly via Bangkok to an international destination, the tax is only 200 baht as the Bangkok International departure tax is already included in your ticket. As of November 2013, these charges are included in the ticket price.

Samui Airport

By plane[edit]

Ko Samui Airport (USM) is a private airport originally built by Bangkok Airways [1], which is still the main operator and was for a long time the only airline with services to Ko Samui. They have near-hourly departures to/from Bangkok and tickets are expensive by Thai standards, with advance bookings costing 3,000-4,500 baht one-way, while a walk-in booking may be twice as much. There are also daily flights to/from Phuket for 2,000-3,000 baht. Two daily flights from Chiang Mai (but only one direct flight in the opposite direction).

A feature of the international departure gate is a courtesy corner which provides food and drinks for all passengers in a cosy sitting area. Awaiting boarding becomes rather comfortable with food, drinks, and Wi-Fi provided.

In addition to Bangkok Air, Ko Samui is served by two flights a day from Bangkok with Thai Airways as well as by Berjaya Air [2] and Firefly [3] from Subang airport (a small city airport 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city centre), and Penang International Airport in Malaysia.

Visa-on-Arrival and Visa-Free entries are available at Samui Airport for some nationalities. See Thailand for more information.

Ground transportation from the airport is readily available. A seat on a mini-bus for the 20-minute ride to Chaweng costs 120 baht/person; a faster taxi will cost 400 baht upwards. Be sure to negotiate the rate to your destination before you get into the taxi since many drivers refuse to use their meters.

If you’re a couple or a family, you’ll probably be approached by some young women holding up signs for some of the higher-end hotels. They will ask you where you’re staying, and based on the answer, offer you a free taxi ride if you promise to attend a presentation for their hotel’s time share during your stay.

A cheaper but less convenient option is to fly to Surat Thani via Thai Airways and low-cost airlines, Air Asia and Nok Air (depart from Don Muang Airport), and connect by road and then ferry. Or fly to Nakhon Si Thammarat by Air Asia or Nok Air and then take a bus and catamaran.

By boat[edit]

From Surat Thani train station and Surat Thani Airport (URT), there are combined bus/ferry services to Ko Samui for 200-300 baht. Some entail a 60-minute bus ride to Donsak pier followed by a 90-minute ferry crossing. Others a 30-minute bus ride, but the ferry takes extra time. Tickets are sold by numerous agents that meet each train and airport. The cost should certainly be less than 300 baht, even if bought this way (return combo boat + bus ticket on more comfortable Seatran ferry bought on the Nathon pier on Samui officially costs 230 baht).

From Donsak pier, there are 2 ferry companies (departures every 30-60 mins) which terminate at Nathon Pier: Songserm Travel [4] and Seatran ([5]. The first one is what you more often get if booking via the travel agency. It’s a rather small ferry with two decks, often very crowded so you can’t get the seat on the lower one if you come late. The upper deck, while air-conditioned, costs extra, so you may end up sitting around the pile of backpacks on the back of the boat under the sun if you do not want to pay). There is a small on-board shop on the lower deck, but the prices are grossly inflated (instant noodles, which cost 15 baht in a 7-11, are sold for 50 baht on-board). If you choose this boat, bring your own snacks. The people aboard Songserm ferry are mostly, if not all, foreigners.

Seatran ferry is much bigger, and has several decks (entrance to most of the those, including air-conditioned areas, is free), much less packed just because of size (still can be at peak times of high season), and is equipped with numerous TVs (Thai channels). It has a big cafeteria (with much friendlier prices, such as 20 baht for the same cup of noodles), and the passengers are mostly Thai, as well as some expats and tourists. Their schedule can be found here [6] (the first list is departures from Donsak to Samui, the second is return).

Raja Ferry Port [7] operates services between Donsak pier and Lipa Noi Pier on the western side of Samui (several kilometres south of Nathon). It includes a free air conditioned deck and comfortable seats. This ferry also transport cars, so can be used should you decide to come with your own transport. Songthaew transfer from the pier at Lipa Noi on Samui to either Chaweng or Lamai will cost 100 baht per person. Taxis will be more expensive, with initial asking prices of up to 1000 baht.

Numerous ferry services are direct from mainland Surat Thani including an express boat (3 departures daily, taking around 3 hours and costing 150 baht) and slow night boats (taking 6-7 hours). Call operator Songserm Travel (+66 25 29 654 in Bangkok)[8] for the latest schedules, which varies according to the season.

Lomprayah [9] offers a combined bus/high speed catamaran ferry service from Bangkok to Ko Samui which takes about 11 hours (5.5 of them by boat) and costs around 1,250 baht (1,000 baht in the opposite direction). The bus pauses in Hua Hin and then stops at Chumphon, where it connects with the ferry, which calls at Ko Nang Yuan, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan on its way to Ko Samui. While the route may be more scenic (as includes the longboat trip via 2 islands), and the ferry itself is comparable to Seatran, the entire trip to Samui will take more time, and will cost more too.

Lomprayah is a good (if not exactly cheap) option to get to Samui from Ko Tao or Ko Phangan, as well as a reasonable one to get to those islands from Bangkok. There are also regular speedboats and ferries of other operators.

Get around[edit]

As on many islands in Thailand, motorbikes are available for rent. Compared to other nearby islands, Samui’s road system is very developed and there are plenty of taxis cruising about, although it’s a challenge to get them to use their meters.

Taxi[edit]

The Ko Samui Taxi Service is a public taxi service. The drivers, however, are very reluctant to use their meters (unlike in Bangkok), and, especially on popular beaches or entry points to the island, tend to ask foreigners much more than normal fare. Some, say on Nathon pier, will even show you official-looking papers with “fixed” prices like 600-800 baht for a 25-30 km trip to Chaweng or Lamai beach. This is not true, and once they know you’re aware of that, it’s usually possible to bargain (for this distance, you should bargain to at least 400 baht, or even better, 300 baht, which is still higher than Bangkok metered taxi prices). On the popular beaches it may be impossible at all to get a reasonable fare sometimes. If so, just walk to some area which is more quiet and far away from luxurious hotels.

Airport taxi & transfer[edit]

There is a taxi counter after the arrival hall at Samui Airport. However, queuing and waiting for the service is quite annoying. There are other taxis waiting behind the counter, but the price is either the same or mostly higher. It is probably best to book your taxi or minibus in advance online. There is a reliable provider such as Samui Taxi [http//:www.SamuiTaxi.com] which charges 440 baht to Chaweng and they wait for their clients at the meeting point.

By bus[edit]

Pickup trucks/public passenger pick-up vehicles (songthaews) also serve as group taxis. To get from the Nathon Pier to Bophut/Chaweng take a brown one which runs at regular intervals and will cost 50 baht to or from Bophut (do NOT negotiate a fare unless you want a taxi situation as these are the way in which the locals get around. Just ask if he is going that way and get on board. If you want to go to a particular place, then hire a taxi or songthaew and negotiate the price with them first.

To get to Lamai, in the opposite direction, costs B70. Is also brown in colour.

The songteows go from close to the pier in each direction.

Strangely, you can only get to Chaweng in one direction, and Lamai in the other.
To go from one to the other requires a taxi.

When you want to get off, just push the buzzer in the roof, and then go to pay the driver.

As of April 2014, drivers tend to demand a flat rate of B100 for any trip between 2 cities (for example Chaweng to Lamai). Be advised this is grossly inflated compared to the normal rate paid by the locals (and displayed – unfortunately in Thai only – inside the car on a small white board). There is little you can do about it but is best kept in mind if you feel like bargaining.

Motorbike[edit]

Motorbikes can be rented virtually anywhere on Ko Samui for between 120-700 baht per day depending on the size and season (a small 125 cc scooter should cost no more than 200 baht even during New Year). It is recommended that you hire only from a reputable company as there have been reports of scams. Some places deliberately steal bikes that they have rented out. Also the motorbikes don’t have insurance. If they say they have insurance, it’s not true. If something happens, you can’t claim for it. Read the rental agreement very carefully, as too many (not typical in other parts of Thailand, e.g., Chiang Mai) will state that you may not replace any broken/damaged parts yourself. This is a scam, as they will replace the part for you for a price several times higher (sometimes also stated in the agreement) than it actually costs. They will check any old scratches and/or serial numbers, if noted in the agreement, and demand that price even if you have already replaced the part yourself! For the same reason, inspect the motorbike carefully and be sure any existing scratches/damages are written into the agreement before you have taken the motorbike.

Motorbike shops will likely want you to leave your passport as a collateral. This is a common practice in Thailand, and, by itself, shouldn’t raise much concern. Most government travel advisory services advise against leaving your passport anywhere as a deposit for obvious reasons. Combined with the scams and bad practices mentioned above, however, it may lead to a situation where your passport is held as “hostage” until you pay what they want. For this reason, it’s unwise to return your motorbike just before your departure. Leave at least several hours, or perhaps a day, to settle any problems that may arise. If the shop’s demands are clearly illegitimate, (the agreement you have signed does not contain any silly conditions and prices, the price they ask for damages is unreasonable, or the damage was clearly done before you rented that motorbike), call the tourist police.

If hiring a bike doesn’t appeal to you, then there are motorbike-taxis willing to take you around for a (negotiable in advance, as foreigners are commonly asked an exorbitant price) fee, as well as other modes of transportation.

Bicycles[edit]

Bicycles can be hired very cheaply on Ko Samui. One shouldn’t cost more than a 200 baht per day.

Car[edit]

There are many car hire options on Ko Samui, including the local arms of international companies such as Budget and Avis. Prices are fairly expensive (800-1,500 baht/day for a small car), but the convenience of a small air-conditioned car may be worth it. You can pick up and drop off at the airport or some other location. Driving is easy on the island as long as you are not in a hurry. Having a car gives you easy access to almost all areas of the island.

See[edit][add listing]

Grandfather and grandmother stones Ko Samui

The major reason why people come to Samui is to enjoy the beaches. Even though the two main beaches of Chaweng and Lamai have generally suffered due to mass development over the past decade they are still relatively impressive. Development has been thwarted slightly because of the island’s regulation governing building heights.

Other than lying on the beach with a cold beer in hand and ogling at the babes and hunks sauntering past, there isn’t all that much to see on the island. A certain pair of rocks on Lamai amuses some visitors, Bang Rak has a large but nondescript Buddha statue, and there are some waterfalls (notably Na Muang) of minor interest.

  • Chaweng Beach is the major beach on Ko Samui and one that has developed tremendously since the early 1990s. Just 20 years ago the beach was home to just a sprinkle of wooden bungalows but now the place is swamped with hotels, Italian pizzerias, Irish pubs, and even go-go bars. Samui’s night life is becoming legendary but unfortunately not always attracting the best standard of tourist. Chaweng’s once ‘hippie’-only backpackers have given way to a lot of “lager louts”. Chaweng is the place for a rowdy reckless party scene.
  • Lamai Beach Like Chaweng, Lamai has been transformed from a ‘hippy’ hangout into a fun, party place packed out with bars and exciting night life. The beach though, is still in better condition than Chaweng and the place doesn’t get quite so crowded. If it’s a quiet relaxing location you are after, then Lamai won’t be the ideal place for you. At the southern end of Lamai, there are some odd-looking rock formations. Lamai is in southeast Samui, about ten km south of Chaweng,
  • Mae Nam Beach This quiet beach, located in the north of the island is decent enough for swimming and sunbathing, especially for families with children, due to the shallow water.
  • Bophut Beach situated in the north of the island, is a popular starting point for diving tours. The place isn’t in any way as developed as Chaweng but there are still plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars.
  • Choengmon Beach is in northeast Samui just 10 minutes from Chaweng. Unlike the latter it is a perfect place for relaxing.
  • Big Buddha Beach Located in northeast Samui, Big Buddha offers visitors good swimming and lovely views. The area has developed a lot over the past few years and there are now many restaurants, shops, and bars.
  • Nathon – The island’s major seafront settlement where shops, restaurants, and tour agencies are concentrated.
  • Namtok Hin Lat – This waterfall is easily accessible by car. Some of the numerous tiny levels have large basins for swimmers.
  • Namtok Na Mueang – A local road leads to the Na Mueang 1 Waterfall. A walk of about 30 minutes ends up at the more scenic Na Mueang 2 Waterfall. Purple rocks surround the stream of water, which gushes in from an impressive height of around 79 m.
  • Ban Lipa Yai – This village grows high-quality fruits, including rambutan, durian, mangosteen, and the famed langsat.
  • Old House – This Chinese-style house, aged almost 200 years, represents Samui’s cultural identity. Grandpa Si and Grandma Maen Hancharoen, the present owner, open the house to visitors.

Other island attractions include coral beds at Laem Set and Thong Takhian; the nearby butterfly garden and aquarium; a snake farm; a monkey theatre at Bo Phut, and a massive seated Buddha image on Fan Isle.

  • Wat Khunaram Ko Samui This temple is the island’s most famous temple for its mummified monk on display. The mummy sits upright in a glass casket and devotees offer it flowers and incense. The mummy is in fact the body of a very revered former abbot of the temple who was also a meditation master who was able to predict his own death. However, it is reasonable to question how much reverence is really shown, given tha the mummy appears to be wearing a large pair of sunglasses and is surrounded by the near-ubiquitous shacks selling over-priced drinks and pancakes.
  • Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks These odd-looking rocks situated on Lamai Beach bear a striking resemblance to male and female sexual organs and they have turned into one of the island’s biggest attractions. For those who would like to hear a legend or two surrounding the rocks, they need only ask a local.
  • Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo Ko Samui Located at Ban Harn beach, the aquarium has an amazing collection of tropical fish and other aquatic animals such as turtles and colourful coral. The tiger zoo is home to Bengal tigers and leopards. The Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo are open daily from 09:00-18:00.
  • Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) Also known as the Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai), has a 15 m tall statue of the Buddha. It was built in 1972 and is in the north of the island.
  • Laem Sor Pagoda Ko Samui This chedi (pagoda) situated at Laem Sor temple is one of the most important shrines on Ko Samui. The structure with its yellow tiles, which gives off a golden aura, is quite impressive.
  • Samui Butterful Garden/Insect Museum This butterfly garden can be found in the southeast of the island. There is a huge collection of different butterflies, some with wingspans up to 25 cm. Visitors can also enter the insect museum nearby to see a variety of rare bugs and a bee house.
  • Secret Buddha Garden This beautiful garden was made by a 76 year-old Ko Samui fruit farmer in 1976. It is surrounded by lush jungle, rocky hills and is adorned with sculptures depicting both humans, in various poses, as well as various deities. Since the garden is the highest point on the island there are also some awesome views to be had. Organised tours to the garden last for about 2 hours.
  • Monkey Shows These shows can be enjoyed at the open-air theatre on the main road behind Bophut beach. The entertainment also includes performing elephants. The capturing and training of otherwise wild animals is ethically questionable.
  • Water Buffalo Fights A rich island tradition, Water Buffalo fighting arenas are sprinkled throughout the island. While there’s no set-schedule, locals will know the spontaneous dates and there are occasional signs on the road which announce the fight days.
  • Bophut Elephant Camp. Funny Day Safari has a 48,000 square meter Elephant Camp,it is just a few minutes away from Fisherman’s Village, visit to enjoy a peaceful nature trail on the back of a magnificent mammal or watch cute Baby Elephants then feed them, learn how Koh Samui Monkeys work, and see how brave our professional Crocodile show performers. For more information, location map or picture gallery please visit funnydaysafariDOTcom  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

The usual panoply of watersports are available, including plenty of dive shops, but most diving is done either in the nearby Ang Thong National Marine Park or Ko Tao as the visibility around Samui’s sandy beaches tends to be poor. You can book diving day trips at dive shops, most of which are based in Chaweng. The dive boats tend to leave from the pier at Bophut and Bang Ruk.

Diving

The south of Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in the world, which are surrounded by crystal clear water and stunning coral. For this reasons the number of divers coming to Thailand has steadily increased over the past decade. Even though the best time year of the year to dive in the Ko Samui is between June and August, it is still perfectly possible to dive virtually all year round. As Thailand is considered one of the safest destinations for diving and snorkelling in the world, it is perfect for first-timers.

The sea visibility in some places around Ko Samui is good (distances of up to 10-30 m). One can enjoy splendid sights of underwater mountains, coral gardens, undersea rock formations, hard and soft coral, and whale sharks when in season.

Samran Pinnacles:’ Since the currents in this area are often quite strong, this site is recommended only for experienced divers. Due to the currents, the site is a haven for bringing in larger pelagics such as barracuda and jacks. There are three submerged pinnacles near Sail Rock.
Ko Kra & Koh Losin:’ These two small islands located to the southeast of Samui, which because of its remoteness, don’t get too many divers. Blacktip sharks, manta rays, and hard-to-find loggerhead turtles can be seen.
Ko Tan:’ (also Known as Koh Tan, Koh Taen, Koh Kataen, Coral Island and affectionately as No Dog Island. This small island is located on the south-western tip of Samui. This is a perfect place for experiencing the wonders of snokeling. Local experts tell travelers is gthe perfect location for people that don’t wish to travel two plus hours for snorkeling. located only 15 minutes from Samui there are over 14 sites for travelers to visit with an abundance of underwater life including soft and hard corals. There are many longtail boats available to tourists from Thong krut at more than reasonable prices. If you want to go to Ko Tan you can Book through any good travel agent or research the Internet, 0r go to Thong krut directly. At Ko Tan, there are Five restaurants Ao-Ok bay has Three restaurants one at either end of the beach both with accommodation and run by local people with excellent tasting Thai cuisine. the third for this beach is located in the middle and owned by a French gentleman. On the opposite side of the island is a beautiful bay called Ao-Tok where there is 2 restaurants and 2 lots of accommodation serving excellent tasting food. The accommodation is of high standard for the 500THB asking price Ko Tan is surrounded by coral and rock reefs, there are some 10 beaches that can be found around the island. The populations is currently 28 permanent residents and the People are friendly.
  • Funny Day Safari. Visit the most popular tourist spots around Koh Samui, Baby Elephant Show, Monkey Show, Crocodile Show, an optional Elephant Trekking on our Bophut Elephant camp and more.(Funny Day Safari dot com)  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Individual listings can be found in Ko Samui’s district articles

Samui is well known for its coconuts, which are available everywhere and quite tasty. Being an island, seafood is generally a good choice, although in high-season demand often exceeds local supply. The larger beaches have a number of international restaurants as well (often run by Thai-farang couples) with Bophut having a particularly good reputation.

Southern Thai food in general is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian, and Indian food. Favourite dishes from the south include Indian-style Muslim curry (massaman), rice noodles in fish curry sauce (Khanom Jeen), and chicken birayani. Popular local food are salted eggs and rambutan, too.

Dual pricing is regrettably common: some restaurants have two menus, one for tourists and the other for Thai people, at about 1/4 of the foreigner prices. Main courses in a standard, low-key Thai restaurant should be under 100 baht (except some seafood dishes). If prices seem unreasonably steep, head elsewhere. Always check prices and menu first so you don’t have to argue when the bill is delivered.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Individual listings can be found in Ko Samui’s district articles

There are innumerable options for a drink, ranging from the loud and brash tourist pubs and girlie bars of Chaweng to the candle-lit romantic bars of Bophut. Figure on 80 baht for a local beer (Singha, Tiger, Chang, Heineken) and up to twice as much for any import. Wine is especially expensive and usually costs over 2,000 baht per bottle.

Beer bars[edit]

Individual listings can be found in Ko Samui’s district articles

Chaweng Beach is especially famous for its beer bars (also called bar-beers), staffed by pretty hostesses, usually from northeast Thailand. Buy them a ‘girlie drink’ and you’ll be in entertaining company.

Beer bars can be found all over Chaweng. The bars offer pool, Connect4, and other popular bar games. Since the night life on Chaweng can see serious debauchery at times, the local law enforcers are strict with regard to enforcing closing times. The official closing time in “entertainment zones” is 01:00 (in practice usually somewhere between 01:00 and 02:00, depending on the location).

Nightclubs[edit]

Individual listings can be found in Ko Samui’s district articles

Chaweng Beach is packed out with nightclubs playing mostly commercial, pop and electronic music and serving exotic cocktails.

Karaoke[edit]

At karaoke places customers can either choose a private room or sing in the main lounge for everyone to hear. There are Thai songs and international songs. There may be pretty hostesses available to sit with for a pleasant chat. These are especially popular with East Asian tourists.

Rum Distillery[edit]

There is a distillery that brews 5 flavours of rum on one of the side roads on the south coast of the island, which offers tours during the sugar cane season and free samples any time. The flavours are natural (sugar cane), lemon, orange, pineapple, and coconut. Natural and coconut are actually quite tasty, lemon has a very strong pleasant citrus flavour, and you won’t miss anything if you don’t try the other two. They also have a delicious mixer to serve with consisting of lime juice, cinnamon, and other spices. Worth heading to if you’re in the area, or just for the novelty of sampling authentic Thai rum. Very friendly staff.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Individual listings can be found in Ko Samui’s district articles



With an estimated 60,000 rooms, accommodation should not be a problem, and the most difficult decision will be picking a suitable beach. If you’re into nightlife, Chaweng and Lamai are definitely the places to go. If you’re in for a quieter beach experience, try Mae Nam or the South Coast. A good compromise is Bophut. Choeng Mon is a good choice if you’re looking for a quiet hideaway retreat. Nathon is in the central part of the island.

Stay safe[edit]

Tap water is generally not potable. Liquids from sealed bottles nearly always are, and should be used wherever possible. Take care in restaurants as some may use unsafe tap water to make ice for drinks otherwise made with bottled/safe ingredients. Tap water in most hotels should not be used for drinking or brushing teeth unless explicitly labeled as safe.

Motorbikes are somewhat risky, but jeeps, trucks and other cars for rent are readily available at very reasonable rates, and are considerably safer. If you must use a motorbike always wear a helmet and never drive drunk the roads are hazardous with many large potholes. After a good time drinking in the party areas of Chaweng, Bophut, and Lamai, taxis are readily available to take you home. Be careful generally taxi drivers tend to rip off drunks. It’s not rare for a tuk-tuk driver to charge you 50 baht for just a kilometre journey (for example, along the main Chaweng market) during evenings.

A recent development has been the appearance of quad bikes to rent for use on the roads. These do not appear to be registered for road use so take care.

Be careful on beaches at night time as crimes often occur there.

If travelling to Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Tao by bus, do not store any valuables in your luggage. They have been reports of thefts from buses operated by “Songserm” Travel. Do not let your valuables out of your sight when transiting from the train to the islands.

Contact[edit]

Samui has more than its fair share of Internet cafes. The hourly charge is about 30 baht.

The GSM networks of all major Thai mobile operators cover the island quite well. While roaming is an option, purchasing local SIM card will save you a lot on international calls. Even more, GPRS/EDGE service is a cheap and convenient way to access the Internet from virtually anywhere. See the main article for details.

Cope[edit]

Medical facilities[edit]

Samui has the well-regarded Bangkok Hospital. For those who are just a little sick there are countless clinics and pharmacies, especially at Chaweng Beach.

  • Bangkok Samui Hospital, 57 Moo 3, Samui Ring Rd, Chaweng, Bophut, +66 77 429500 (fax: +66 77 429540), [10].  edit
  • Samui International Hospital, 90/2 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut, +66 77 422272, +66 77 230781-2 (, fax: +66 77 230049), [11].  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Chumphon – by high speed catamaran to the mainland and onwards to Bangkok via Chumphon Airport.
  • Ko Pha Ngan — home of the infamous Full Moon Party in Haad Rin, but there are also near-untouched landscapes.
  • Ko Tao — among the best places in Thailand to learn to dive, actually the biggest dive school on the planet. Apart from diving, sailing is an option.
  • Khao Lak — Diving centre for the Similan and Surin Islands



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Bermuda, Caribbean – Travel Guide

Bermuda, Caribbean – Travel Guide

 

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Location
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Flag
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Quick Facts
Capital Hamilton
Government British overseas territory with internal self-government
Currency Bermudian dollar (BMD); par with US dollar
Area 53.3km²
Population 65,773 (July 2006 est.)
Language English (official), Portuguese
Religion non-Anglican Protestant 39%, Anglican 27%, Roman Catholic 15%, other 19%
Electricity 120V/60Hz
Country code +1-441
Internet TLD .bm
Time Zone UTC -4

Bermuda is a self-governing British overseas territory in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Caribbean, off the coast of North America east of North Carolina. It is one of the last remains of the once vast British colonial empire in North America.

Parishes[edit]

Residential scene in Bermuda

Bermuda is divided into nine parishes (from east to west):

  • St. George’s Parish – Encompassing the area around the historic Town of St. George as well as the island of St. David’s across its harbor.
  • Hamilton Parish – Location of Crystal Caves and Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo.
  • Smith’s Parish – Home to Flatts Village, Spittle Pond Nature Preserve and Devil’s Hole Aquarium.
  • Devonshire Parish – The quiet parish.
  • Pembroke Parish – Where the city of Hamilton is located.
  • Paget Parish – Numerous resorts, Elbow Beach, Bermuda Botanical Gardens and Paget Marsh for birdwatching.
  • Warwick Parish – Golf, horseback riding and the island’s best cliffs.
  • Southampton Parish – The best beaches and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse.
  • Sandys Parish – The Royal Naval Dockyard fortress and shops, but also Somerset Village, Fort Scaur, Gilbert Nature Reserve and some fine beaches.

Cities[edit]

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Bermuda has two incorporated municipalities: one city and one town. There are also unincorporated municipalities (villages).

  • Hamilton – the capital, and only city.
  • St. George – the old capital. Oldest surviving English New World town.
  • Flatts Village – location of the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
  • Somerset Village – on Somerset Island, Sandy’s Parish.

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Topography[edit]

Bermuda consists of about 138 islands and islets, with all the major islands aligned on a hook-shaped, but roughly east-west, axis and connected together by road bridges. Despite this complexity, Bermudians usually refer to Bermuda as “the island”. In terms of terrain, the islands are comprised of low hills separated by fertile depressions, and interspersed with a complex set of waterways.

The inhabited island chain is actually the southern sector of a circular pseudo-atoll, the remainder of the coral ring being submerged or inter-tidal reefs (Bermuda was formed volcanically but is not a true atoll). As a result the northern shores of inhabited islands are relatively sheltered, whilst the southern shores are exposed to the ocean swell. Consequently most of the best beaches are on the southern shore.

Climate[edit]

Bermuda has a subtropical climate, with hot and humid weather from spring through fall, but chilly daytime temps in the 60s °F in wintertime, as well as wintertime lows of around 42°F. The water also cools down into the 60s °F in the wintertime. Humidity levels are, however, pleasant in the wintertime. The Gulf Stream does help the islands maintain a subtropical climate, despite being so far north.

History[edit]

Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists headed for the infant English colony of Virginia. The first industry on the islands was fruit and vegetable cultivation to supply the early American colonies. The islands took a carefully unofficial role during the American War of Independence, with much of Washington’s armaments coming from a covert (and likely locally complicit) raid on the island’s armoury. After US independence and during the Napoleonic wars, Great Britain found itself without access to the ports now on the US east coast. Because of this situation and Bermuda’s convenient location between British Canada and Britain’s Caribbean possessions, Bermuda became the principal stopover point for the British Royal Navy’s Atlantic fleet, somewhat similar to Gibraltar.

The American Civil War and American Prohibition both added considerably to the island’s coffers, with Bermuda forming an important focal point in running the blockades in both cases. During the Second World War, a large US air base was built on the islands and remained operational until 1995, and Bermuda served as the main intercept centre for transatlantic cable messages to and from occupied Europe.

Tourist travel to Bermuda to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. Tourism continues to be important to the island’s economy, although international business has surpassed it in recent years. Bermuda has developed into a highly successful offshore financial centre. A referendum on independence was soundly defeated in 1995. For many, Bermudian independence would mean little other than the obligation to staff foreign missions and embassies around the world, which can be an onerous obligation for Bermuda’s small population.

Cup Match[edit]

The Thursday (Emancipation Day) and Friday (Somer’s Day) before the first Monday in August are when Somerset and St. George play cricket, a tradition since 1901. Almost all businesses, including tourist attractions, shut down and large numbers of tents appear throughout the islands on beaches and roadsides. It’s a four-day weekend, Bermuda-style. Bermudians make the most of it, sporting their team’s colours, feasting and even doing some legalized gambling with their “Crown and Anchor” dice game.

Get in[edit]

One of Bermuda’s few taxes is its steep import duty. This varies depending on the item and the importer. Some items are tax-exempt when brought in for personal use (books, educational materials). The duty on cars is fixed to their value. If the price of the vehicle before it is landed is less than $10,000, the duty is 80%. For cars costing $10,000 or greater, before landing, the duty is 100%. The dealer must add his own profit margin on top of this. Each person arriving on the island is allowed a $100 exemption, but visitors deemed to be carrying more than that amount will be subject to the duty on the excess value.

By plane[edit]

There is a $25 airport tax for all passengers. Bermuda’s Airport has the world’s highest landing/parking fee for airlines, so the overall price for the air ticket (incl all taxes) is considerably higher than for many Caribbean destinations.

Arriving passengers will need to pass through Immigration and Customs, and non-residents must have a return or onward ticket. Importation of narcotics and weapons (including all forms of guns) is strictly prohibited, as are any live marine animals, snakes or plants.

The airport is situated in St. George’s Parish, adjacent to Castle Harbour, and nearer St George’s than Hamilton (though no part of Bermuda is far from any other). If you are arriving on an inclusive tour, then your tour operator will probably have arranged onward transportation to your hotel by private bus. The airport is well served by local public buses, but unfortunately these will not accept luggage.

Taxis are available at the airport; depending on time of arrival and destination they may cost up to $50. Rates to and from the airport are set and posted. Hire cars are not available (see ‘Get around’ below).

One plus for visitors arriving from the US is that customs and immigration clearance is done in Bermuda prior to boarding your flight home. This allows for easy domestic connections on arrival in the US.

By boat/yacht[edit]

Bermuda receives many visits from cruise ships during the summer months, with most ships operating from the ports of Baltimore, Boston, Bayonne, New York, Charleston, Norfolk, Miami/Ft Lauderdale, and Philadelphia on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The same immigration and customs rules apply as for arrival by air (above).

There are three different locations cruise ships may stop at in Bermuda, and some vessels visit more than one of these in a single cruise:

  • Hamilton. Cruise ships berth here alongside Front Street, one of the main streets of Bermuda’s capital. Passengers here have access to the shops and restaurants of Hamilton, and can reach the rest of the islands using the bus and ferry systems described in ‘Get About’ below.
  • Saint George. Cruise ships berth near the main square of the small town and historic former capital. Passengers can reach Hamilton and Flatts Village directly by bus, and other locations by changing in Hamilton.
  • Royal Naval Dockyard, Ireland Island. This berth is situated in the historic naval dockyard complex at the extreme ‘western’ end of the island beyond Somerset. This is currently the only location in Bermuda that can accommodate the largest of cruise ships. Passengers can reach Hamilton directly by bus or ferry, and other locations by changing there.

Bermuda is a favourite, if challenging destination for off-shore yacht crews. Crossing from the US mainland or the Azores can take up to 3 weeks in the notorious calm of summer. The rest of the year there might be too much wind: nor’easters to hurricanes. Another hazard: lots of floating debris from sunken ships and the hurricanes of the the last few years. Within a 200 nautical mile radius from Bermuda collisions with solid objects are frequent and often deadly.

Yachts have to clear in Bermuda Customs and Immigration at St George. Only bargain left in the islands: bring your own boat and anchor, moor or dock for free in all the islands’ coves for up to 6 months. Check in is only $15 per person ($10 cheaper than by air).

Get around[edit]

Public transport[edit]

The islands benefit from an excellent and frequent bus service, which connects all parts of the islands to Hamilton. The buses are air conditioned and used equally by locals and visitors. When catching a bus look out for the pink and blue painted poles which denote bus stops; pink indicates buses heading into Hamilton; blue heading out from Hamilton. Note that buses will not accept passengers with a lot of luggage.

There are also passenger ferries which ply the waters of Hamilton Harbour and the Great Sound, and are a great way of getting to Somerset and the Dockyard. There is also a ferry service between the Dockyard and St. George. Transportation passes valid on both buses and ferries are available for unlimited use for periods of 1 to 31 days and cost $12-55. A one-way bus or ferry trip costs $4. Ask the bus driver for a transfer if you must connect to another line.

Schedules for bus and ferry can be found here [1].

Taxis are another easy way of getting around the islands. They are available at taxi stands on Front St. in Hamilton, at the major hotels or by phone. All taxis are fitted with a meter and charge $4 for first mile plus $1.40 for each subsequent mile. If not in Hamilton, you can always flag one down on a major road or call to have one pick you up.

With many services in Bermuda, but especially with taxis (though not with buses and ferries, which are very punctual), there is a concept of “Bermuda Time.” You may find that when you call for a taxi to pick you up, they may not be as prompt as you would like. This may mean waiting an extra ten minutes, but remember that Bermuda is not at all fast-paced like many cities, it is much more laid back and relaxed here.

Cycle Rentals[edit]

Until the arrival of the US military during the second world war, cars were entirely banned from the islands. Even now hire cars are banned, and only residents are permitted to own cars. Motorized bicycles or mopeds are available for hire and heavily used by locals and tourists as well. If you wish to use mopeds, rentals are very common, regulated and priced competitively, but beware: “Road Rash” is a very common affliction affecting many tourists.

Note that travel is on the left side of the road (opposite to U.S. travel). Road signs are based on the ones used in the United Kingdom, however they are usually in kilometres. The national speed limit is 35 km/h (22 mph), which is lower in built-up and other congested areas.

More information available from:

  • Department of Public Transportation, Phone: +1 (441) 292-3851, (operators of the bus service), [2].
  • Sea Express, Phone: +1 (441) 295-4506, (operators of the ferry service), [3].
  • Bermuda Taxi Radio Cabs, Phone: +1 (441) 295-4141,
  • Bermuda Taxi Association, Phone: +1 (441) 296-2121,
  • Elbow Beach Cycles, Phone: +1.441.296.2300, (scooter rental), (cycle rental), (moped hire) [4].
  • Oleander Cycles, Phone: +1 (441) 236-2453, (cycle rental), [5].
  • Wheels Cycles (Astwood) Ltd., Phone: +1 (441) 292-2245, (cycle rental), [6].

See[edit][add listing]

There are surprisingly large number of excellent sightseeing places in this 21-square mile tiny island.

Main Sightseeing Attractions :

  • Town of St. George. A scenic UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest, continually inhabited British settlement in the New World. It boasts small winding streets with typical British Colonial architecture with fountains, gardens and squares, cobbled streets and plazas.
  • Bermuda Maritime Museum, Pender Rd, Royal Naval Dockyard, Phone: 441-234-1418, [7]. Take 1/2 a day to go to the Royal Naval Dockyard. After the loss of its naval bases during the American Revolutionary War, the British Royal Navy relocated the headquarters of its Atlantic Fleet here from 1812 to 1957. The old limestone storage buildings, keep and fortress have been wisely redeveloped by the Bermuda Government into a tourist attraction and shopping centre.
  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo, 40 North Shore Road, Flatts Village, ☎ +1 441 293-2727, [8]. Daily 9AM-5PM (last admission 4PM). Centerpieced by a 140,000 gallon replica coral reef, this one of Bermuda’s main attractions. Over three hundred birds, reptiles and mammals and 200 species of fish. Adults $10, Seniors $5, ages 5 to 12 $5.
  • Crystal and Fantasy Caves, Wilkinson Ave, Bailey’s Bay, ☎ +1 441 293-0640, . Daily 9:30AM-4:30PM (last admission 4:00). Two quite different caves to see.
  • Spittal Pond (note: This was heavily damaged by Hurricane Fabian in 2003 and the process of fixing the trails and trees is still ongoing.)
  • Devil’s Hole Aquarium, Harrington Sound Road, Hamilton, 441-293-2727. Small but fun. “Fish” for reef fish and turtles with bait, but no hooks. Daily 9:30AM-4:30PM. Adult $5, ages 5-12 $3, under 5 $0.50.
  • Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, 40 Crow Lane, East Broadway, Pembroke, just outside of Hamilton, Phone: 441-297-7219, [9].
  • Bermuda National Trust Museum known as the Globe Hotel, [10].
  • Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, St Anne’s Road, Southampton. One of the oldest cast iron structures in the world. First lit on May 1st 1846. You can climb its 180 steps to the observation deck surrounding the lamp, which offers spectacular views of the island and the waters around. There is a Tea Room at its base offering drinks and light fare.

Do[edit][add listing]

Swim[edit]

Go to one of Bermuda’s lovely pink sandy beaches:

  • Horseshoe Bay Beach, Southampton Parish. Beautiful pink sand beach bordered by rocky areas suitable for snorkelling. Probably the most photographed (and most popular) Bermudian beach. Be aware that it may be crowded with cruise ship tourists, whose number one stop is often this beach. The surf can get rough at times here. There are bathroom facilities, beach rentals, and food concessions. Lifeguards in summer. Be sure to look for the impressive sea caves and tunnels.
  • Day Cruises, Day cruises will give travellers the opportunity to discover the wide variety of sea life that dwells in Bermuda’s crystal-clear waters. The trip takes you to 2-3 different locations to get closer to the reefs and noted shipwrecks. Jessie James Cruises.
  • Elbow Beach, Tribe Road #4, Paget Parish. Another beautiful pink sand beach between Coral Beach, Elbow Beach and Coco Reef hotels.
  • Tobacco Bay, St. George Parish. A boulder-sheltered, shallow, warm-water beach which can become quite crowded with cruise ship passengers. Can be reached on foot from St. George square or shuttles are readily available. Another walk will take you to nearby Fort St. Catherine. Rest rooms, food concession, beach rentals.
  • Achilles Bay / St. Catherine’s Bay, Northeastern St. George Parish. Can be reached on foot from St. George square or shuttles are readily available. Adjacent to Fort St. Catherine. Rest rooms, food concession nearby, beach rentals.
  • Clearwater Beach / Turtle Beach / Turtle Bay / Long Bay / Well Bay / Soldier Bay, in St. David’s near the eastern end of the airport runway. Located on former US Air Base lands used for NASA tracking station at Cooper’s Island. Rest rooms, food concession and bar. Children’s playground. Lifeguards during the summer months.
  • John Smith’s Bay Beach, Hamilton Parish. Nice pink sand beach. Summer lifeguards. Usually a mobile food concession.
  • Shelly Bay, North Shore Road, Hamilton Parish. Lots of shallow water and a large playground make this great choice for families with small kids. Not far from Flatts Village and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Restrooms, beach rentals, food concession.
  • Chaplin Bay / Stonehole Bay / Warwick Long Bay, South Road, Warwick Parish. Warwick Long Bay is a very large beach. It’s less popular than the other large beaches due to its relatively steep sand slope, and strong undercurrent. Chaplin and Stonehole bays, along with the accompanying Jonson’s Cove, are pristine, picture postcard settings. They are made up of small and medium sized sandy inlets.
  • Snorkel Park, Royal Naval Dockyard, 234-6989. A limestone tunnel through the keep’s wall puts you on the beachfront for snorkelling or water sports. This is often a popular stop for passengers coming off the cruise ships and reluctant to leave the Dockyard area.

Golf[edit]

Bermuda has many golf courses and driving ranges spread out along its length.

  • St. George Golf Course, St. George Parish, north of the Town of St. George.
  • Tuckers Point Golf Course / Mid Ocean Golf Course, St. George Parish, near Tucker’s Town.
  • Ocean View Golf Course, Devonshire Parish on northern shore.
  • Horizons Golf Course, Paget Parish south-west. (9 holes)
  • Belmont Hills Golf Course, Warwick Parish east.
  • Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club, Warwick Parish west.
  • Fairmount Southampton Princess Golf Course, Southampton Parish east.
  • Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton Parish west.
  • Bermuda Golf Academy and Driving Range, Southampton Parish west.

Explore[edit]

Bermuda Railway Trail

The bed of the former Bermuda Railway which was dismantled in 1948 after 17 years of service. Many sections still exist as a public walking trail stretching from St. George Town in the east end, through Pembroke Parish near the City of Hamilton and on toward Somerset Village in the west end. Many station houses, trestle footings and railway ties can be found. It offers spectacular views of the island and waters along its length.

Bermuda Forts

Bermuda has many examples of large fortifications and smaller batteries spread throughout the island which were built between 1612 after first settlement and manned until 1957. For its small size the island had approximately 100 fortifications built. Many have been restored, primarily the larger ones, and are open to the public with dioramas and displays. Many have their original cannons in place. Some lie on outlying islands and islets and can only be accessed via boat, or have been incorporated into private properties and resorts. Some of those which can be accessed are:

  • Fort St. Catherine , St. George Parish north (has displays and dioramas and replica Crown Jewels)
  • Gates Fort, St. George Parish east (guarding Town Cut channel entrance)
  • Alexandra Battery, St. George Parish east
  • Fort George, St. George Parish (overlooking the Town of St. George)
  • St. David’s Battery, St. George Parish east
  • Martello Tower / Ferry Island Fort, St. George Parish west (at Ferry Reach)
  • King’s Castle / Devonshire Redoubt / Landward Fort, St. George Parish south (on Castle Island, accessed via boat)
  • Fort Hamilton, Pembroke Parish (overlooking the City of Hamilton)
  • Whale Bay Battery, Southampton Parish west.
  • Fort Scaur, Sandys Parish (overlooking the waters of the Great Sound)
  • The Keep at the Dockyard, Sandys Parish (within the Maritime Museum)

Royal Naval Dockyard

The sprawling stone building that were the former naval base to Bermuda now houses several different sites and attractions, including a pub located in the old Cooperage, or barrel-making facility; The Maritime Museum, offering the most extensive look at Bermudian history on all of the islands; or many shops located in the former naval administration building. Now known as the Clocktower Mall, these small shops offer many different speciality souvenir options exclusive to Bermuda such as fine linens and jewellery. Located just off of King’s Wharf, visitors coming off of cruise ships may find the Royal Naval Dockyard to be an appealing option because of its close proximity to the docks and the accommodations.

Victoria Park

Located in Hamilton, this public park is the home to many concerts in the summer months on the bandstand, which was established in 1899 and completely restored in 2008. Visit one of the several flower gardens, walk on the paths or sit on one of the many benches under the trees. Public restrooms are available nearby and the location is prime, between several of the busy streets of the capital. In the summer, expect frequent concerts on the bandstand during the day and into the evening hours, food vendors, and other attractions for both adults and children. Conveniently for tourists, the main bus station of the city is located one block over from the park. Open daily sunrise to sunset.

Aquariums

The Devil’s Hole aquarium, located in Tucker’s Town, has since closed, leaving the Bermuda National Aquarium and Zoo as the sole aquatic life centre in Bermuda. Expect to see a variety of water and land animals nursed back to health after being found in danger on the shores of Bermuda. This zoo/aquarium is unique because visitors can walk into the habitats of the animals due to the small nature of the facility.

Sports

Besides a large variety of golf resorts available, Bermuda also offers unique sporting activities to its visitors:

  • Spiceland Riding Centre offers horseback rides on a trail and the beaches. Located in the Warwick Parish.
  • K.S. Waterspots in St. George’s is conveniently located steps from the cruise docking. Offering both jetskiing and parasailing, this is an excellent option for those who don’t wish to go far from their cruise ship.
  • Bermuda Squash Racquets Association asks for a $15 fee for non-members to play. Located in Devonshire, this squash club also offers training, membership and coaching for visitors who have a longer stay.
  • Bermuda Fun Golf offers miniature golf in Sandy’s Parish.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Bermuda’s currency is the Bermudian dollar (BMD, abbreviated ‘$’), which is divided into 100 cents. It comes in the same denominations and sizes as US currency, except there is a one dollar coin instead of a banknote.

The currency is directly tied to US currency, so one US dollar always equals one Bermudan dollar; therefore US dollars are accepted everywhere in Bermuda at equal value.

Bermuda offers ATMs in several tourist locations, including their airport, St. George, Somerset, and Hamilton.  Though MasterCard and Visa debit and credit cards are frequently accepted, it is common for smaller hotels and bed and breakfasts to not accept them.  Before booking, check with the hotel or bed and breakfast in order to ensure they accept credit cards if you plan to pay this way.  Though most stores accept cards to accommodate tourists, many hotels and even larger resort areas do not.  Gratuities are typically paid in cash as well.

If changing money before coming to Bermuda, then change into US dollars. Remember that Bermudian dollars cannot be changed outside the country, so should be spent or exchanged before leaving.

Costs[edit]

Bermuda can be expensive. Because of Bermuda’s steep import tax, all goods sold in stores that come from off the island carry a significant markup. When buying groceries or other (non-souvenir) items of that nature, be aware that the best prices are usually away from the more “touristy” areas. For example, one cup of yoghurt might cost about $1.60 at a grocery store near hotels; it will cost 25% less at a grocery store further from the tourist attractions, and only 10 cents more than in the United States. When buying these sort of things, go to where the locals go.

Shopping[edit]

A nice assortment of stores exists in Hamilton, especially on Front Street. The area can be explored easily by foot. Front Street, is one of the main shopping streets, and is facing the harbour. In recent years, two of the largest and oldest department stores on Front Street have closed. However, A.S. Coopers, first established in 1897, remains.

Shopping can also be found in the easily walked town of St George as well as in Dockyard, which has a small shopping mall. Smaller stores can be found throughout the island offering a variety of goods.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Two relatively unique Bermudian dishes are salted codfish, boiled with potatoes, the traditional Sunday breakfast, and Hoppin’ John, a simple dish of boiled rice and black-eyed peas. Shark hash was made, fish cakes were traditional on Fridays, hotcross buns at Easter, and cassava or farine pies at Christmas. With the high-end tourist market, great effort has been expended by hotel and restaurant chefs in developing an ostensibly ‘traditional Bermudian cuisine’, although this has usually meant adapting other cuisines, from West Indian to Californian, in line with the expectations of visiting clientèle. Most pubs serve a typical British Pub fare, although the number of these establishments has diminished as premises are lost to development, or establishments are redeveloped to target the tourist market (note the loss of the Ram’s Head, the White Heron, the Rum Runner, and the Cock and Feather (redeveloped into the Pickled Onion, with a nouveau menu)). On the other hand, over the same period Bermuda gained its first and only Irish pub, Flannagan’s. While lobster and other sea foods are often featured on the menu, virtually everything is imported from the US or Canada. Although this shows in the price of even casual dining and groceries, it should be noted that locally produced foodstuffs are typically less varied, poorer quality, produced in smaller quantities, and more expensive. Most bananas, for instance, will have a ‘Chiquita’ sticker, and are larger than those grown locally (which do have the advantage of ripening on the plant).

Restaurants and Dining Options

Restaurants can be found all over the island, with the largest concentration in the city of Hamilton and St George town. Also, there are several at some of the hotels which are outstanding, although pricey. At Elbow Beach Hotel, Cafe lido is excellent, and Southampton Fairmont Waterlot Inn, although sometimes crowded and noisy, has excellent dining.

Remember that with most restaurants, the closer you are to the cruise ship docks, the more expensive the menu will be. Most cruise ship passengers have a short time in which to experience Bermuda, and if they don’t eat on the ship, most will be reluctant to leave the town to eat. The restaurants in proximity to the cruise ship docks in, say, St. George’s can be as much as three times as expensive as a comparable one in, say, Somerset Village.

  • Traveler’s Price Card (TPC), 8 Crows Nest Hill, [11]. 24. Although shopping may seem relatively expensive in Bermuda there are some ways to save money. Traveler’s Price Card (Tpc) offers exclusive deals at over 60 locations. It can be purchased online or at the Hamilton VIC, Dockyard VIC, Juice & Beans and at numerous hotels. $11.  edit

Local dishes[edit]

Local specialities include:

  • Cassava pie. Farine is an alternate base. Traditionally eaten at Christmas, but becoming more commonly found in local markets year round.
  • Bay grape jelly. Bay grapes were introduced as a wind break. Although, like Surinam cherries and loquats, they are found throughout Bermuda, and produce edible fruit, none of these plants are cultivated for agriculture in Bermuda, and their fruits are normally eaten from the tree, primarily by school children.
  • Bermuda Bananas which are smaller and sweeter than others, are often eaten on Sunday mornings with codfish and potatoes.
  • Fish is eaten widely in the form of local tuna, wahoo, and rockfish. Local fish is a common feature on restaurant menus across the island.
  • Fish Chowder seasoned with sherry pepper sauce and dark rum is a favourite across the island.
  • Shark Hash. Minced shark meat mixed with spices and served on bread
  • Sweet Potato Pudding. is made from sweet potatoes, spices, and fresh orange juice. Served frequently during the holidays
  • Codfish Brunch. is a popular traditional Bermudian breakfast consisting of codfish that is boiled with potatoes and Bermuda (English) onions, as well as sliced Bermudian bananas. Expect to see this speciality dish at restaurants and bed and breakfasts during the weekend.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bermuda has two popular drinks:

  • Rum Swizzle which is a rum cocktail made of Demerera Rum (amber rum) and Jamaican Rum (dark rum) along with an assortment of citrus juices. Sometimes brandy is added to the mixture as well. Note, it is quite strong. According to local lore, it was named after the Swizzle Inn (although swizzle [12]] is a term that originated in England, possibly in the 18th Century) where it was said to be developed.
  • Dark n’ Stormy is a highball of Gosling’s Black Seal, a dark blend of local rums, mixed with Barritt’s Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer.

Both drinks are comparatively very sweet.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Accommodation in Bermuda is typically quite expensive. However, there are excellent options available.

There are many exclusive and four star accommodations.

Additionally, some businesses offer private homes, apartments and studios for short term rent such as Bermuda Accommodations Inc.

The exorbitant cost of accommodation and airfares has had a negative effect on tourism, which is shrinking by more than 25% every year. Local government therefore hopes for more budget airlines to come to the island (now only USA3000 from Baltimore and some JetBlue Flights are available. Cruise ships are scape-goated for the decline in hotel stays. Compared to Caribbean destinations Bermuda is at least twice to five times as expensive for a similar product.

Learn[edit]

  • Bermuda College, Stonington Av, South Rd, Paget, 441-236-9000, [13]. Bermuda’s lone college.
  • Warwick Academy, Saltus Grammar School, and the Bermuda High School for Girls are some of the few private high schools located on the island.

Talk[edit]

The principal language spoken is English, spoken with a distinctive accent not really similar to any other Caribbean country. Most people claim it resembles the Southern US in some cases. Portuguese is the second most widely spoken language.

Stay safe[edit]

Violent crime is becoming increasingly problematic in Bermuda but is still very rare compared to other destinations in the Caribbean. Most crime is petty like robbery. Using common sense and similar precautions that one would take at home is usually sufficient enough to deter most thieves.

Mopeds are very frequent targets for theft; make sure that you properly lock up any rented moped when leaving them unattended. When riding, do not place valuable items in the carry-basket unless they are secured – thieves have been known to ride next to tourists on mopeds and snatch purses and valuables. Also, rented mopeds have a tendency to get into accidents due to the sometimes narrow roads as well as driving on the left hand side, which may take getting used to. Using common sense and keeping calm in the traffic, which can appear quite close helps.

Always lock your doors and windows before leaving your hotel or guest accommodation.

Note that Bermuda has no right to concealed weapons except for government officers.

In case of emergency

Dial 911 for all emergencies, (fire, police, and medical)

Stay healthy[edit]

Although it should go without saying, Bermuda can get very hot during the day, so a bottle of water is very handy for those venturing more than a short distance from their hotels.

Health care in Bermuda is incredibly expensive, and is roughly at American standards. There is one hospital on the island, the King Edward VII Memorial, with emergency services, including a decompression chamber. Air Ambulance service is available to additional medical services on the East Coast of the US. There is no government-funded National Health Service.

As healthcare costs in Bermuda are quite expensive, it may be wise to purchase traveller’s insurance through a travel website or cruise line depending on how long you choose to stay. Most agents will be able to say whether any healthcare costs will be deducted immediately or upon returning home.

For minor issues or to purchase medication such as aspirin, stop by one of Bermuda’s many chain or independent pharmacy drug stores. Most are well-stocked, and are employed by friendly, knowledgeable pharmacists and staff who can assist with any questions. A well-known, reputable stop is The Phoenix Centre +1 (441) 279-5451 

Be wary of coral, especially in Snorkel Park, as it is easy to cut yourself on the sharp edges.  Purchasing sandals or water shoes from one of the island’s many tourist shops or bringing them from home may be a wise choice. Something else to be wary of is jellyfish.  If stung, apply a solution to neutralize the poison (typically a meat tenderizer) or seek medical attention immediately if breathing or consciousness are affected.

Because all drinking water in Bermuda is caught in barrels and neutralized by the lime rooftops of the houses and buildings, it is best to inquire with a hotel’s manager or staff if the water is safe to drink.  If unsure, never assume it is safe, as the different bacteria in the water can vary depending on where you are staying. The differences of bacteria in the water in Bermuda in comparison to the water tourists are used to drinking may also cause stomach issues. Boiling the water or purchasing water neutralizing tablets are two ways to ensure the water is safe to drink.  

Respect[edit]

It is considered good manners when greeting someone, a shop assistant or the Premier, to say “good morning”, “good afternoon” or “good evening” and to do the same when leaving them. This applies even in situations where you are the customer, such as when catching the bus or entering a store. It is considered rude and abrupt to ask a question or make a statement without first greeting them. Try to avoid talking about politics or religion unless you know the person very well.

Most Bermudians are very accommodating when it comes to helping out or answering any questions a visitor may have. Just stop someone on the street, or pop into any shop and ask.

In Bermuda, it is common for a tip to be included in your bill, whether hotel or restaurant. However, in the event one is not, a 15% tip is customary. Make sure to tip taxi drivers 10%, or even more if the driver is transporting tourists from the beaches to elsewhere. It is not unheard of for drivers to turn passengers away if they are sandy or soaking wet.

Also note that homosexuality is seen as taboo in public in Bermuda even if it is allowed by law in private. The local gay community exists on a more low-key scale than elsewhere, with no gay specific venues at this time.

Contact[edit]


Cope[edit]

  • Us-flag.png United States (Consulate General), 16 Middle Rd, Devonshire, +1 441 295-1342, [15].  edit


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El Gouna, Egypt – Travel Guide

El Gouna, Egypt – Travel Guide

 

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Travel Warning WARNING: Most Western governments have issued a travel warning against travel to Egypt and have asked their citizens there to depart. While there are seemingly stable areas such as Red Sea resorts, the political unrest in Egypt after the military deposed President Morsi makes it unsafe for tourists. Most western governments now warn against traveling to any part of Egypt. Please note also that a strict curfew is enforced in most of Egypt.


El Gouna is a self-contained town, conveniently located just north of Hurghada, with selected resort hotels and small inns along its marina, manicured 18-hole golf course, international school and a hospital with hyperbaric chamber; private airport and a resort-wide transportation making the small but lively town accessible for everyone to enjoy.

A holiday in El Gouna is really complete: boutiques, elegant restaurants and pubs are everywhere, a wide range of sport activities including SCUBA Diving, Kite Surfing, Horse Riding, world-class spas.

Get in[edit]

El Gouna is located 25km north from Hurghada international airport.

Get around[edit]

Getting around in El Gouna is very easy. There are shuttle buses which drop off at many of the major hotels. Also local taxis and ‘Tok Toks’ are available.

The roads are very quiet and have pavements so they are safe to walk along.

You can request to reserve a taxi from your Hotel or check the local bus timetables for buses that stop in front of your hotel.

See[edit][add listing]

At this vibrant city you guarantee you will have lots of things to See and Do. Everything you need is within the village area or within the hotel itself. And, as even the laziest among us like to get active sometimes, El Gouna also boasts a good variety of sports and recreation. Horse-riding, camel riding and a go-cart track join more usual facilities like SCUBA diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and tennis. Some hotels have pampering health clubs, and many offer a dine-around option within the resort. It’s a gorgeous get-away after Nile-side sightseeing, or just a spoil-yourself interlude for couples or families.

Top activities and excursions around and from El Gouna include:

  • Scuba Diving: Alomost every hotel has its own Scuba Dive Center, from which you can explore the Northern part of the Red Sea. Top Attractions are the wrecks of Abu-Nuhas or the wreck of the Rossalie Muller behind Tawila Island.
  • Tawila Island: A real ‘escape to nature’ from city bustle to a quiet island with sparkling white sandy beaches. Feel lucky that day to watch lots of dolphins along the way to Tawila Island.
  • Galatea Boat: Go to Gobal Island on-board this comfortable sailing boat with a spacious deck & sun beds. Private day trips for diving or fish barbecues available too.
  • Quad Runner: Discover the secrets of the desert while driving yourself in the sand dunes – a great feeling. Early morning & sun-set trips available.
  • Lagoon Trip: A tour of El Gouna by boat, every Wednesday & Saturday morning. Bookings through the Info Center in Tamr Henna, or at your hotel’s reception.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Scuba Diving or go day Snorkeling around Tawila or Gobal Islands

Drink[edit][add listing]

Luca Luca pup daily party start from 22:00 clock till 5AM

Moods beach pup there’s party every Thursday

Sleep[edit][add listing]


Contact[edit]


Get out[edit]


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Pattaya, Thailand – Travel Guide

Pattaya, Thailand – Travel Guide

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This article is about Pattaya proper. Jomtien is covered in a separate article.

Signs in Pattaya

Pattaya (พัทยา) is a seaside resort on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand, about 150 km southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya is mostly famous for its go-go and beer bars, but local authorities have made some efforts to provide more family-friendly attractions and activities. Although the sex industry is still going strong and sex tourism remains the key money earner for Pattaya, the resort also attracts local families and holidaymakers from around the world. If you are going to be offended by the sight of fat old men hand in hand with young Thai women, then Pattaya is probably not the place for you.

Efforts by local authorities over the past few years have improved the quality of the beaches, but they are still lacklustre by Thailand’s standards, and over-development has long since destroyed some of the natural charms the area once had. However, the plethora of hotels and guest houses, and easy access from the capital and airport, make it a popular weekend getaway. Catering for over five million annual visitors, Pattaya is also able to offer an excellent range of eating options and a wide variety of things to do. Its population is a colourful mix of nationalities and ethnicities from near and far.

Pattaya occupies most of the coastline of Bang Lamung District (one of the eleven districts that comprise Chonburi Province). This article only deals with Pattaya proper, which spans the areas to the east of Naklua Beach and Pattaya Beach, plus the Buddha Hill headland (which is immediately south of Pattaya Beach). Jomtien is covered in a separate article, and contains Jomtien Beach and the areas east of it, including Dongtan Beach. The beaches of Jomtien are much broader and generally in a better shape, and the atmosphere locally is more sedate and family-oriented than at Pattaya Beach.

Understand[edit]

Orientation[edit]

Map of major roads in Pattaya (not to scale)

Pattaya’s downtown area is easy to get around. Running north-south, a few hundred metres apart, are Beach Road (Thanon Hat Pattaya, sometimes also referred to as First Road) which borders the main beach (Hat Pattaya), Pattaya Second Road and Pattaya Third Road (with the smaller but busy Soi Buakhao in between), and the main Sukhumvit Road coastal highway. Beach Road is one-way (southbound), likewise Second Road (northbound).

These are connected by the three major east-west aligned roads: North Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Nua), Central Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Klang) and South Pattaya Road (Thanon Pattaya Tai). North Pattaya Road is a dual carriageway and carries the highest volume of traffic to and from Sukhumvit Road.

Also connecting Beach Road and Second Road are a large number of smaller streets or “sois”. The main sois are numbered from 1 to 16, from north to south. Sois 1-6 are between North Pattaya Road and Central Pattaya Road; sois 7-13 are between Central Pattaya Road and South Pattaya Road (including the “Pattayaland” sois, immediately north of South Pattaya Road); sois 14-16 are south of South Pattaya Road. Most of these east-west sois are (in theory at least) one-way.

Beach Road, Second Road, and North Pattaya Road (plus Naklua Road to the north) all meet at the Dolphin Roundabout landmark. Heavy traffic and frequent accidents here have resulted in a semi-permanent diversion being set up which, at peak times, prevents vehicles (except motorcycles) from continuing around this roundabout any further than the North Pattaya Road exit, pending the installation of traffic lights some time in 2006.

Second Road south of South Pattaya Road becomes Pratamnak Road, which shares a junction with both the southern end of Third Road and the northern end of the main road to Jomtien, Tappraya Road.

Beach Road south of South Pattaya Road is closed to vehicles in the evenings (currently 18:00-02:00) and is called Walking Street; it’s the main tourist area, both for nightlife and shopping. Other major tourism areas include the section of Second Road between sois 1-4, and the sois immediately north of South Pattaya Road.

At the southern end of Walking Street is the New Pier, usually called Bali Hai Pier (sometimes “Pattaya Pier” or “South Pier”). The Old Pier, close to the junction of Beach Road and South Pattaya Road, is still shown on most maps but was dismantled and removed at the beginning of 2006.

Sub-districts[edit]

South is central, Central is north

Pattaya’s sub-district names sometimes cause confusion, usually when the official Pattaya Bay area titles (North Pattaya, Central Pattaya, South Pattaya) are misunderstood. These names don’t relate to Pattaya as a whole, instead they refer to the sections of Pattaya Beach to which each sub-district is aligned.



Pattaya’s coastal side is divided longitudinally into five contiguous sub-districts (or six, if also including Jomtien). Each one is named after the section of beach or headland at its seaboard.

In the middle are the three Pattaya Bay sub-districts, which share the main Baht Bus route (so most places are within 5 minutes / 10 baht of most other places, at any hour) and have much else in common, and hence in combination make up the main quasi-downtown zone:

  • North Pattaya (Pattaya Nua) – not the northern-most part of Pattaya (as Naklua lies further north), but the section of Pattaya adjacent to the northern end of Pattaya Beach and extending inland to both the north and south of North Pattaya Road. Does not include Naklua.
  • South Pattaya (Pattaya Tai) – not the southern-most part of Pattaya (as the Buddha Hill headland, and then Jomtien, lie further south), but the section of Pattaya adjacent to the southern end of Pattaya Beach and extending inland to both the north and south of South Pattaya Road. Includes Pattayaland and Walking Street. Does not include Buddha Hill or Jomtien.
  • Central Pattaya (Pattaya Klang) – not the dead center of Pattaya, but the section of Pattaya adjacent to the middle of Pattaya Beach and extending inland to both the north and south of Central Pattaya Road. Some maps/guides disregard the Central Pattaya convention, and instead extend North Pattaya and South Pattaya to meet each other along Central Pattaya Road; sometimes, Beach Road is described with a similar division, and the respective halves given “North Beach Road” and “South Beach Road” monikers.

Flanking the Pattaya Beach sub-districts are:

  • Naklua – immediately north of North Pattaya, and with quick, frequent, and inexpensive transport to and from the rest of Pattaya; Naklua is popular with visitors whose native language is German. In terms of tourism-related locations, it’s the smallest and least significant sub-district, the main attractions being the beaches (which are quieter than Pattaya Beach) and the Sanctuary of Truth.
  • Buddha Hill – named after the Buddha Hill landmark and sandwiched between South Pattaya (to the north) and Jomtien (to the south); to the east, South Pattaya and Jomtien meet directly.

In practice, exactly where each sub-district ends and the next begins is a very grey area as none of the boundaries lie along major roads (and none of the many readily available tourist maps attempts to define boundaries at this level); nevertheless they do provide a handy rough guide to approximate latitude. Further inland, the sub-district names are used less, and locality/road names take precedence – for example, an address might state “Sukhumvit, Naklua” which is useful in that it makes it clear the location is to the north of the Sukhumvit / North Pattaya Road intersection, however the exact same place would not normally be described simply as being “in Naklua” as that would give the misleading impression of it being in the main beachside/tourism area further west.

History[edit]

Pattaya’s name was originally “Thap Phraya”, meaning Army of the Phraya – commemorating the surrender of Nai Klom’s army to that of Phraya Tak (later King Taksin the Great), without a fight. Thap Phraya became Phatthaya (the name of the north-easterly wind at the beginning of the rainy season), and then Phatthaya (the true phonetic spelling).

The Vietnam War and its warriors made Pattaya a well-known recreational centre, especially among American GI’s. From its beginning in 1959 with a small private bungalow where American officers on leave took turna to for “R and R” (rest and recreation), this sleepy village by the sea has grown and changed dramatically into one of the world’s tourism hot spots. The opening of the new Suvarnabhumi Airport (located to the east of Bangkok, alongside the expressway to Pattaya) has made visiting easier than ever.

Pattaya is popular not only as a beach resort and for its entertainment, nightlife and shopping, but also for the broad selection of pastimes it caters for, from golf and horseback riding to bungee jumping, karting and shooting—not to mention a wide variety of watersports such as scuba diving, jet-skiing, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, and a whole lot more. Pattaya is also very popular as a conference, convention, and seminar venue, and the grapevine hosts rumours of future developments of varying degrees of plausibility, such as a horse racing track, casinos, and a tram system.

The Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) [1] Information Office is just outside the centre, exactly 1 km south of the junction of Second Road and South Pattaya Road. Proceed along Pratamnak Road, continue straight up the hill, and where the road bears sharp right part way up, turn sharp left into the small side-soi. Worth a visit if you’re in Pattaya for an extended period and want to browse for fresh ideas for new things to do/see. Open daily 8:30-16:30, tel. +66 38 428 750 / 8990 / 7667 or use the TAT freephone number: dial 1672 or e-mail: tatchon@tat.or.th

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Pattaya is located 147 km from Bangkok and can be reached in a comfortable 2-hour drive. There are two convenient ways to get there.

  1. Via the Bangkok-Chon Buri-Pattaya Motorway (Highway 7) The motorway is linked with Bangkok’s Outer Ring Road., (Highway 9) and there is also another entrance at Si Nakharin and Rama IX Junction.
  2. Via Bang Na-Trat Highway (Highway 34) From Bang Na, Bang Phli, cross the Bang Pakong River to Chon Buri and take Chon Buri’s bypass to meet Sukhumvit Rd, (Highway 3, passing Bang Saen Beach, Bang Phra to Pattaya.

Most visitors arrive by road from or via Bangkok, many having flown in to Suvarnabhumi (the “new” BKK). Much smaller numbers arrive direct by road from the north and east, by rail from Bangkok, and by air via U-Tapao from Ko Samui or Phuket in Southern Thailand or Siem Reap in Cambodia.

By plane[edit]

U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport [2] (IATA: UTP | ICAO: VTBU | tel: +66 38 245 295), often known somewhat inaccurately as “Pattaya Airport”, is at Sattahip, just off the main Sattahip-Chanthaburi (Sukhumvit) highway, 30 km south of Pattaya. Primarily a military facility, it’s the closest airport fielding commercial passenger flights, but only to Phuket and Samui domestically. There are no commercial passenger flights connecting U-Tapao directly with Bangkok.

Schedules (all daily, as at January 1st 2006):

Bangkok Airways (PG) [3] flies to/from Ko Samui (USM) and Phuket (HKT) – UTP-USM & USM-UTP flights are usually slightly less expensive than BKK-USM & USM-BKK flights

– PG272 – UTP (12:10) to HKT (13:50)
– PG271 – HKT (14:20) to UTP (16:00)
– PG252 – HKT (09:20) via USM (10:40) to UTP (11:40)
– PG285 – USM (13:10) to UTP (14:10)
– PG286 – UTP (14:40) to USM (15:40)
– PG284 – UTP (16:30) to USM (17:30)

When booking flights to U-Tapao…

…consider pre-booking onward transport at the same time, as competitively priced door-to-door transfer services may not be available on arrival at U-Tapao on an ad hoc basis.



The easiest way to transfer between U-Tapao and Pattaya is by direct door-to-door minibus. Driving time is normally about 30 minutes (200-250 baht per person for pre-booked services). Metered taxi costs 750 baht including motorway tolls, if purchased at hotel.

If speed and convenience don’t matter, the ad hoc option is to hop on virtually any bus on Sukhumvit Road. Going south, if it’s a bus that terminates at Sattahip you’ll have to swap buses or finish the journey by songthaew; if it’s going further east (e.g., Rayong, Chanthaburi, or Trat) it’ll drop you off at the airport entrance as it goes by. Going north, wait for a bus that’s going further than Sattahip and then you won’t need to transfer. Alternatively, the white songthaews that ply Sukhumvit Road between Pattaya and Sattahip charge just 20 baht.

Or to buck the trend big time, go by rail (3rd class, weekdays only) between Pattaya and Sattahip, get off just before or after the line crosses Highway 3, and connect with the airport by songthaew or bus. The fare for the 40-50 minute train ride is 6 (yes, six!) baht – depart Pattaya 10:18, arrive Sattahip 11:00; depart Sattahip 13:30, arrive Pattaya 14:21. But don’t forget, no trains on Saturdays or Sundays.

Suvarnabhumi[edit]

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is 110 km from Pattaya (40 km closer than Don Muang Airport). Transfers by road take around 80-90 minutes in dry weather, 120 minutes in wet weather).

Taxi fares from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya should be negotiated with the driver in advance. The “standard rate” is 1,500 baht and you should confirm it before leaving the taxi rank. At quiet hours you may be able to negotiate downward. Passengers will be expected to pay the two tolls en route, at 30 baht each.

Be aware that non-licensed taxis may try to solicit business from you, and it is important to note that these drivers do not have proper credentials.

One option though to save some money is to take a metered, licensed taxi from the departure level (avoiding the 50 baht airport fee). Given that they are only allowed to drop off passengers and then are supposed to leave right after, you are in a pretty good bargaining position when it comes to talking about prices. Go for a taxi where the driver isn’t outside the car, but waiting inside (meaning they didn’t bribe the security guards to be allowed to wait longer and need to depart soon).

Time to Pattaya is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes during non-peak hours, and can take double this during rush hour.

It is also possible to arrange airport pickup through most hotels, and through any number of local taxi agents. Fares through less expensive local hotels are generally the same 1,500 baht as the “standard” metered taxi rate, with larger resorts and international chain hotels often charging much higher rates. Local prearranged cars will run between 1,000-1,500 baht.

Return fares from Pattaya to Suvarnabhumi Airport fares are 800 baht plus tolls for a returning metered taxi if arranged in advance. Taxis may or may not be available at the last minute. A private car service arranged through a (local) hotel or travel agent kiosk will be around 1,200-1,500 baht.

Don Muang[edit]

Don Muang Airport (DMK) currently handles AirAsia, Nok Air, One-Two-GO, PB Air, and most Thai Airways domestic flights. The easiest way to transfer is by taxi; the most economical alternatives are to go by bus via Mo Chit (Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal), or to go by train via Hualamphong (only practicable in the Pattaya to Don Muang direction). As of October 2012, Air Asia, both international and domestic, will be based at Terminal 1.

By bus[edit]

First class bus[edit]

1st class buses from Bangkok to the North Pattaya Rd bus station are air-conditioned, almost always have an on-board toilet, are essentially direct (i.e., no stops), and provide a no fuss, no frills, hassle-free service. Departures from the Eastern (Ekamai) Terminal and Northern (Mo Chit) Terminal are frequent (every 20-40 minutes, depending on the time of day; more frequent still at public holiday weekends) and usually take 2-2.5 hours; those from the Southern (Sai Tai Taling Chan สายใต้ตลิ่งชัน) Bus Terminal are less frequent and take a little longer.

Departure times & fares (as at June 2006):

– Ekamai (East) to Pattaya – first 04:30, last 23:00 – 113 baht
– Pattaya to Ekamai (East) – first 04:30, last 23:00 – 113 baht
– Mo Chit (North) to Pattaya – first 05:00, last 20:00 – 117 baht (tollway route: 121 baht)
– Pattaya to Mo Chit (North) – first 05:20, last 20:00 – 113 baht (tollway route: 121 baht)
– Sai Tai Mai (South) to Pattaya – 05:30, 08:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:30 – 117 baht
– Pattaya to Sai Tai Mai (South) – 06:00, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00 – 113 baht

Fares may vary slightly depending on the route taken. For example, at busy times when the Moh Chit service uses the elevated express tollway, a marginally higher fare applies. Exact prices are always clearly posted at the official ticket counters.

All 1st class direct services to/from Bangkok use the recently redeveloped bus station on North Pattaya Rd. These buses are usually full when they depart, and must be boarded at the terminus. Tickets are sold at the bus station; it’s not possible to pre-book these services more than an hour or so in advance. Usually, if the bus that’s due to leave next is already full, there will be seats available on the next one. The longest queues are for the very early morning departures from Pattaya. To get a seat on the first bus of the day you need to be in the ticket queue at least 30-40 minutes early. The bonus is that these pre-rush hour services can take as little as 90 minutes to get to Bangkok.

From the North Pattaya Rd bus station songthaews (a cross between a pickup truck, a share-taxi, a local bus and two pews) depart when full (every few minutes). The fare to anywhere on Beach Rd (“the beach”) is 25 baht; press the buzzer button on the underside of the roof when you want to get off.

Be wary of touts who solicit you at various bus stations in Bangkok. Most of them provide private minivan transport and won’t drop you off at the main Pattaya station on North Pattaya Road. You will likely find yourself miles outside Pattaya. They also don’t begin their journeys until the minivan is full. Unless you want to charter your own van, you should stick to the government buses or those offered by Roong Reuang Coach. These mainstream providers operate out of clearly marked counters and offices and do not send touts to solicit business.

Pattaya to the Eastern (Ekamai) Terminal: if requested, this bus will stop at the On Nut Skytrain Station (station map [4]) on Sukhumvit Rd. Depending on your final destination and the traffic conditions, you may want to transfer to the Skytrain (system map [5]) there; if so, wait until the bus departs Pattaya and then confirm with the crew that you want to be dropped off at “On Nut”. NB: this bus does not stop to pick up passengers at On Nut (or anywhere else) on the outbound leg. Also on request the bus will stop along the Bangna-Trat Expressway opposite the Central Department Store Bangna.

Pattaya from/to the Southern (Sai Tai Mai) Terminal: if the direct bus is fully booked, take the Eastern (Ekamai) Terminal bus instead, and use the #511 (air-con, every 30 minutes 24/7, 20 baht) bus to connect between Ekamai and Sai Tai Mai.

Bell travel Tel. +66 38-370-0556, +66 2-747-4673 to airport: * Pattaya from/to Suvarnabhumi Airport:, (Thapphraya road, near Thep Prasit), 086-324 23 89 (Ptya) or 086-324 23 91 (Bgkk), [6]. Bus leaves every hour between 7.00 and 22.00 in highs season, a bit less often in the summer. The trip takes 2 hours by normal traffic conditions. 134 (3/ 2013).  edit
Pattaya/Jomtien Beach from/to Suvarnabhumi Airport: Governmental bus[7] Tel. +66 86-324-2391. 134 baht (as of September 2012) to Pattaya: 07:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21:00 and 22:00. Even more frequency if passenger numbers dictate. The bus departs directly from the airport at Level 1 between door 7-8 and makes stops along Sukhumvit Rd at Pattaya Nua (north), Pattaya Klang (middle), Pattaya Tai (south), its bus station at Thapphraya Rd (corner lower end of Theprasit Rd), and the bus station at Chaiyapreuk Rd.

Departing from the Jomtien bus station [8] (Tel. +66 86-324-2389) at Thapphraya Rd/corner of Theprasit Rd to the airport at 07:00, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, and 21:00. It is possible to board the bus 20 minutes prior to its departing time at the bus station at Chaiyapreuk Rd. No other stops are made.

Second class bus[edit]

2nd class services (air-con, usually no on-board toilet) don’t use the expressways, and make frequent (and sometimes lengthy) stops, hence they take considerably longer than their 1st class counterparts (which at worst will only halt momentarily once or twice to let passengers jump off on the final approaches to their destination). As at June 2006 the 2nd class fare is 100 baht, so the difference in price doesn’t amount to much.

Many 2nd class buses from Bangkok continue on to Jomtien, so may be worth considering if that’s your final destination and you’re not in a hurry. For travel from Jomtien to Bangkok they have the advantage that they can be flagged down and boarded as they crawl along Jomtien’s seafront road, Jomtien Beach Rd (Thanon Hat Jomtien), avoiding the need for a preliminary trip to the bus station.

The terminus for 2nd class services to/from Bangkok and other short-haul destinations is on South Pattaya Rd, but in practice these buses pick up and drop off the majority of their passengers en route. Tickets are sold both at the bus station (although advance booking may not be possible) and on the bus itself.

The airport bus service, not very well advertised, from Suvarnabhumi Airport, is brand new, as are the buses. Direct from the airport, and terminating at Jomtien Beach Rd & Soi Chiaproek, it costs 112 baht. Currently 5 return trips either way per day. You won’t get too much info on this service, as it is not a private company, it is run by government employees, and you will be directed to the taxis and mini-buses, by the touts at the airport. Upon arrival at Jomtien, (1 hour or so) there are many guest houses,and hotels, prices vary from 550 baht,(Maggie Mays) to 3,500 baht (Nusa Playa). From cheap and cheerful to luxurious.

Minibus / Passenger Van[edit]

Bangkok[edit]
  • Minibuses run between Pattaya and Bangkok’s hotels and Khao San Rd, offering the convenience of a door-to-door service for around 400 baht/person. Departure times vary, but 09:00/12:00/17:30 are the most widely advertised. Driving time is about 2 hours, however it can take quite a bit longer overall (especially if you’re the first to be collected and the last to be dropped off). One such service runs direct between Pattaya Dynasty Inn (Soi 13) and Bangkok Dynasty Inn (Soi Nana), and can be arranged through the Dynasty Inn reception desks.
  • Century Movie Plaza next to Victory Monument. BTS Station vans to Pattaya, 140 baht each way. Also service to Hua Hin, Cha Am and Petchburi. T-Tour Tel. +66 80-090-6540.
  • Next to the Victory Monument there is a booth for transport to Pattaya. It’s next to the booth to Ayutthaya. A one-way ticket costs 120 baht and it takes about 2 hours to reach Pattaya. It goes via tollway.
  • U-Tapao Airport (near Sattahip) – about 50 minutes, 250 baht (2012-10-11), three different companies takes you direct to your hotel, including Bangkok Airs mini-busses. No pre-booking required.
  • Ban Phe (gateway to Ko Samet) – about 90 minutes, 150-200 baht; departures typically 07:30, 11:30, 15:00.

It’s also possible to travel by minibus to Hat Lek (for the southern-most border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia), but not every day of the week. This service may or may not go via Laem Ngop depending on overall demand. As of January 2006: depart 07:30, arrive around 14:00, 700 baht, Tuesday and Friday only, but subject to change, so inquire locally for the latest schedule details.

Travel agencies (ubiquitous throughout Pattaya) plus many hotels/guesthouses sell minibus tickets, and tourist-oriented services such as these invariably include collection from your hotel/guesthouse/wherever (allow extra time for this. Times quoted above are approximate transit times and make no allowance for the vagaries of the collection process).

By taxi[edit]

Public taxis serving the airport must have a meter, be air-conditioned, and be less than five years old. The driver should have an Airports of Thailand certificate.

To Bangkok – widely advertised in Pattaya at 800 baht (the lower price is because it’ll be a Bangkok cab returning home), and easily arranged through most travel agencies and hotels/guesthouses. The driver pays 300 baht commission to the agency, if you can hail one yourself you might be able to negotiate lower. Minibuses can also be chartered taxi-style from around 1800 baht.

From Bangkok – prices range from 1500 baht (the official meter-taxi rate) to 1000 baht; arranged car services will tend toward the higher end, but licenced meter-taxis should be negotiable to the lower end of the range. Allow about 90-120 minutes, depending on where in Bangkok you’re coming from; more around rush hour.

From Suvarnabhumi Airport – the official meter-taxi price to Pattaya is 1050 baht (1100 baht to Jomtien) plus the 60 baht highway (“motorway” or “expressway”) toll (this isn’t necessary outside peak times, when travelling down below is just as fast). Allow around 80-90 minutes in favourable conditions.

Scams to watch out for when headed for Bangkok by taxi include being told that the pre-paid price is fully inclusive, but then, on arrival at the first toll booth, being told that the expressway fees are extra.

Many of the more upmarket hotels can arrange (for an additional fee) to have you met at the airport gate by a personal driver with a limousine, thus avoiding the need to negotiate with taxi drivers, or you can book a limousine in advance online [9]

By train[edit]

Provided it’s a weekday, the most economical way to travel between Pattaya and Bangkok by public transport is by rail. The one-way fare is just 31 baht, and if you’ve never experienced a 3rd class Thai train, this can be an interesting experience.

From Monday to Friday, a single daily 3rd class (no aircon) train departs Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station at 06:50 and arrives at the main Pattaya station at 10:18, before continuing on to Sattahip; it then returns via Pattaya at 14:21 and terminates back in Bangkok at 18:25 (on Saturdays and Sundays it turns back to Bangkok at Chachoengsao, so is of no practical use for getting to or from Pattaya on weekends). Regardless of direction, simply turn up and buy a ticket at the station. This train can’t be pre-booked.

Pattaya has two train stations, both just east of Sukhumvit Road:

  • Pattaya Train Station (tel. +66-38429285) is the main stop, just north of the junction with Central Pattaya Rd (from Sukhumvit Rd, turn into Soi Pornprapanimit and then turn left immediately before the road crosses the railway line). A Baht Bus waits here for the train to arrive and charges a reasonable 30 baht/person to anywhere in the Pattaya Beach area; in the opposite direction, budget around 40-50 baht for a motorbike taxi from Beach Rd. Facilities comprise a small snacks / chilled drinks counter, toilets, a solitary payphone, and the ticket office, which also sells maps of Pattaya.
  • Pattaya Tai Train Station is a small unmanned halt about 3 km further south, and hence closer to Jomtien, near the Sukhumvit / Thepprasit Rd intersection.

At the main Pattaya Train Station, tickets must be bought before boarding and are only sold in the final 30 minutes prior to departure. The fare from/to Bangkok is 31 baht, from/to Sattahip, 6 baht. One train to Bangkok a day, but not on weekends.

As the Pattaya Tai station has no ticket office, passengers are permitted to board here without tickets and then pay on the train (32 baht to Bangkok).

The surcharge for transporting a bicycle (up to 20 kg) between any two points on this line (e.g., Bangkok-Sattahip) is 80 baht.

Tickets for other journeys can be purchased (up to a maximum of 60 days in advance) at the Pattaya Train Station ticket office between 08:00 and 16:00. The same tickets can also be arranged through Pattaya agencies, who will add on a 200-300 baht mark-up to cover their assistance and the cost of sending a motorbike taxi to collect the tickets from the station.

Although travelling by train is most economical, is quite slow. However, it makes sense if you continue by train from Bangkok as you avoid switching from the metro and/or taxi, arriving directly at the train station. It takes as much as 3.5 hours, but the bus takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours and you have to add one hour to get to the station.

Get around[edit]

The city-produced “Official Map of Pattaya” is available at Pattaya City Hall, and may also be available from the Pattaya Police, the Tourist Police and the Immigration Police.

By songthaew[edit]

Songthaews are also known as public passenger pick-up vehicles.

Apart from a handful of privately operated examples, Pattaya has no tuk-tuks and most ad hoc local transport is undertaken by a flotilla of over 700 dark blue coloured songthaews, pickup trucks converted to buses, also called Baht Buses. The fare is 10 baht for trips within (and between) Pattaya and Jomtien, for locals and foreigners. Having the correct change is by no means essential, but does keep the potential hassle factor to a minimum. In the past, dual pricing applied (technically 5 baht base fare, but generally only applied to locals, with a 10 baht fare for foreigners) and some drivers will shortchange you on a 20 baht note if you don’t act like you know what you’re doing, but most will return 10 baht. Avoid asking destination when using songthaew, as many drivers will charge 100-200 baht. If you know the direction, it’s recommended to just ride the songthaew without asking for a destination. That way you will just pay 10 baht per person no matter how far you go.

Flat fares only apply when operating as a bus. Beware the driver of an otherwise empty songthaew, especially one that’s parked at the roadside, who might presume that you want to charter a taxi, in which case expect a much higher fare of 100 baht or more, depending on your negotiating skills. Taxis in Pattaya do not use the metres at all, and unless you can speak Thai, start at 150 baht and up.

The busiest route is the beach circuit: from the junction of Second Rd and South Pattaya Rd, north along Second Rd to the Dolphin Circle roundabout; then south along the full length of Beach Rd; then briefly east along South Pattaya Rd to complete the loop. Frequency is virtually non-stop, and even at the most unlikely hours, average waiting time is literally no more than a minute, often only a few seconds during daytime hours.

The routes sometimes vary. For example, with a left turn (from Beach Rd or Second Rd) into Central Pattaya Rd; or no left turn at the Dolphin Circle roundabout (where Second Rd, Beach Rd and North Pattaya Rd meet) and going straight on to Naklua (or even a right turn towards the bus station and Sukhumvit). The only way to know the route for sure is to ask (but don’t let the driver mistake your asking as a charter request). Sometimes the driver will just decide to turn down a random soi for no apparent reason, or because he’s just been hired as a taxi, but you’ll still be expected to pay your 10 baht if you’ve ridden for more than a soi or two – however surprises such as these are few and far between.

It’s also easy to catch songthaews along South Pattaya Rd, Central Pattaya Rd, and North Pattaya Rd; in the case of the latter, there’s often a songthaew waiting at the Dolphin Circle roundabout (they depart from here at regular intervals, or when full, and the fare to the bus station is 10 baht) and there’s also a free songthaew service to the Tesco-Lotus supermarket on North Pattaya Rd.

For Jomtien, songthaews wait at the beginning of Pratamnak Rd (the continuation of Second Rd, from the South Pattaya Rd crossroads), and charge 10 baht.

For Naklua, take a songthaew up Second Rd to the Dolphin Roundabout (10 baht). If the songthaew turns left or right at the roundabout (i.e., it’s not one of the few that continue straight on to Naklua), disembark immediately and cross to the north side of the roundabout, and either walk or take a north-bound songthaew (10 baht) from there.

White coloured songthaews ply Sukhumvit Rd, going as far as Si Racha and Sattahip (20 baht); full-size buses to destinations as far away as Trat and even Chiang Mai also stop and pick up passengers on Sukhumvit Rd (at the South Pattaya Rd, Central Pattaya Rd, and North Pattaya Rd junctions).

If you’re overcharged by a songthaew driver, note the three digit vehicle number (top left corner of the windscreen, also stenciled on both sides and in the back) and report the problem to:

  • Pattaya City Manager: dial 038429216
  • Banglamung District Baht Bus Cooperative: dial 038221271 / 038423554

By local bus[edit]

As by march 2012 a local bus line, called Beach Bus, is running a circular line: Pattaya Floating Market – Chaiyapreuk – Jomtien Beach Road – Thappraya – Pattaya Second Road – Dolphin Roundabout – Northern Bus Terminal – City Hall – Pattaya Beach Road – Walking Street – Thappraya – Jomtien Beach Road – Chaiyapreuk – Pattaya Floating Market. The ticket costs 30 baht. Timetable and further info: [10]

By motorbike taxi[edit]

The quickest way to get around is by motorcycle (motosai). A moto-taxi will be less expensive than a songthaew charter, but arguably less safe. Roadside moto-taxi stands are scattered throughout town, and waiting drivers usually clap their hands or sometimes call out to attract the attention of potential passengers; alternatively just flag down the next available one that cruises by, as the drivers are easily identified by their coloured vests. Some will carry two (or more!) passengers – although this is illegal. Foreigners can expect to pay around 30-40 baht for trips around the inner parts of town.

By taxi[edit]

Although meter-taxis are a common sight in and around Pattaya, very few will accept a metered fare. All are from Bangkok. Their drivers bring passengers from the capital and then operate locally until a return fare becomes available. You should haggle before the journey with whatever fare they’ve quoted. The minimum fare for a foreigner is usually 150 baht – even 1 km hops.

Please note that English proficiency amongst taxi drivers is not the highest. You may want a printout in Thai of your destination. Some drivers will have a binder listing common destinations in various languages to avoid misunderstanding.

There are also some car services and non-metered taxis that operate on an on-call basis; minibuses can also be chartered. These services are suited primarily to longer trips outside the core of the town or to another city, and can be arranged through most travel agencies and many hotels/guesthouses. Expect to pay considerably more than the cost of a songthaew charter, probably in the order of a few hundred baht.

If you are going back to Bangkok, there is the cheap possibility of catching a taxi which has just came from there (with some passengers) and has to return. Since the driver isn’t going to get a passenger as soon as he leaves Pattaya, he might be willing to take back a passenger for cheap which should cost you no more than 800-1200 baht.


By bicycle[edit]

Not easy to find a bicycle for rent! There is one shop at the northern end of Pattaya. It is called Kokonok and is located 506/ 50 Soi 16 Pattaya Naklua road. Dial 080 828 8239 (from the roundabout 4 blocks to the east and one to the north).

Bicycles can be hired more centrally complete with lock, for 75 baht per day from Canterbury Tales Cafe, just off Soi Buakhao, near LK Metro. Although cheap, the quality of the bicycles leaves something to be desired.

By car[edit]

If considering renting a vehicle, bear in mind that traffic in Pattaya can seem very erratic by Western standards, and that driving on the left can be confusing not only for those who have previously only ever driven on the right, but also for those unfamiliar with the common Thai practice (even the police do this) of motorcycling alongside the kerb on the “oncoming” side of the road, or the wrong way up one-way streets. The latter problem is especially prevalent in the Pattaya Bay area, where the majority of the roads in the main tourism zones are one-way; and the northern section of Second Road requires great care as some treat the right-hand “bus” lane as oncoming, while others do not.

Motorcycles and scooters[edit]

Motorcycle rentals are a very popular way to get around, but not the safest, especially in the case of visitors with limited previous experience of motorcycling and Eastern traffic habits, and even more so in Pattaya given the large number of motorcycle-mounted holidaymakers who seem hell-bent on a Darwin Award. Also note that a motorcyclist carrying a shoulder bag, and anything placed in the front basket of a motorcycle, makes an especially easy target for bag-snatchers. Also beware the “No Parking” signs; fines are typically 400-500 baht.

Motorbikes can be rented without difficulty at countless locations in Pattaya, including many hotels and guesthouses, usually without having to produce a licence; however it’s common for foreigners to be asked to deposit their passports as security (to avoid this, simply shop around until you find one of the many places that will accept a photocopy instead); cash deposits are also often required (1000 baht is not uncommon). Motorcycle rentals do not include insurance, and both motorcycling accidents and motorbike thefts are common. Some outlets have a third-party cover which covers you for medical attention. If motorbikes don’t carry this insurance they are illegal and should not be entertained. One renter who has this cover is Nittayas who operates from Soi 12 Naklua.

Cars and jeeps[edit]

Cars can easily be rented, and are a good way to explore beyond the city limits, but they are not such a practicable way to get around the busiest central areas as traffic can be congested, and parking spaces can be difficult to find in the evening and on weekends. However, the major supermarkets offer free parking, and low-cost parking is available at the major shopping venues such as Royal Garden Plaza, Central Festival, & Big C on Second Road.

Rentals without insurance start from around 800 baht/day for small cars, and from as little as 600 baht/day for open-top jeeps; cars with insurance start at just under 1,000 baht/day, and come down to around 5,600 baht/week or 18,000 baht/month in low season. High season prices (from early November) are generally a few hundred baht more.

Getting the correct type of insurance cover on any rental car in Thailand is extremely important. Commerical “Car Rental Company” first-class insurance provides the absolute full legal cover (as opposed to limited personal or third party-only insurance cover. Request a copy of the policy document and check that it states “For Commercial Use”.

Quads[edit]

  • Imac ATV Centre, (at the Beach Road end of Tipp Plaza, near Mike Shopping Mall), +66 98 884-340, [11]. Has a small fleet of assorted models. Prices start at 1,500 baht/day for a 4-stroke 150cc quad with road tyres that can carry two people; rates for larger models (some with off-road tyres) go as high as 3,000 baht/day.  edit

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Beaches[edit]

The three kilometres long Pattaya Beach runs along the city centre. The beach is full of life with hotels, restaurants, shopping malls all along the road facing the beach. The street south of Beach Road, Walking Street, comes alive with rock music as the night sets in. People throng the street to experience the night life, which is unique in all respects. There are hundreds of beer bars, go-go bars, discotheques around the area. Muay Thai, the Thai Boxing, an open arena in some of the beer bars are exciting to the hilt.

Another beach in Pattaya, Jomtien Beach, more popular among family vacationers, is on the southern part of the city, and separated from the main Pattaya Bay by Buddha hill. Jomtien is more calm and serene compared to the crowded Pattaya Beach and a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Jomtien is also popular for its amusement park and tower, to keep children entertained. The one km long, Wong Phrachan Beach, situated on the Northern part of the Pattaya Beach is a favourite among swimmers.

There are acres of sand jam-packed with recliners and umbrellas (usually with an “in-house” supply of drinks), serviced by an army of laid-back but tenacious hawkers offering anything and everything from food (especially seafood, fruit, ice cream) to massage, manicure/pedicure, tattoos, lottery tickets, newspapers, herbs, flowers, gems, perfumes, sunglasses, CDs, watches, lighters, clothes, toys, souvenirs, handicrafts (it’s a bit like TV shopping – as soon as you’ve declined one offer, it’s time to consider another) and so on. Eventually you buy a very dark pair of sunglasses, and after that you just pretend to be asleep.

Pattaya Beach is almost 3 km long and bordered by Beach Road. Due to its central location and proximity to several hundred hotels, and because it’s a relatively narrow strip of sand, it’s crowded at the best of times (and even more so at high tide). Hefty fines for littering help keep the sand neat and tidy, however the sea is not so clean around here.

The northern end of Pattaya Bay is occupied by Wong Amat Beach, which is accessed from Naklua; and beyond the southern end, around the Buddha Hill headland that separates Pattaya Bay from Jomtien, are several more smaller beaches.

Naklua Bay is immediately north of Pattaya Bay, with Rachvate Cape separating the two. Naklua Beach, to the far north, is the main strip, with the smaller Crescent Moon Beach and then Palm Beach further south. Beyond them is Wong Amat Beach which occupies the northern end of Pattaya Bay, but is accessed from Naklua. All are generally cleaner and more suitable for quiet relaxation than Pattaya Beach.

  • Wong Phra Chan Beach (หาดวงพระจันทร์). This small tranquil one kilometre beach is on the northern side of Pattaya Bay. The serene atmosphere here is attractive to those longing for a complete rest and privacy.


Sacred places[edit]

  • Ban Sukhawadee (บ้านสุขาวดี), 219 Moo 2, Sukhumvit Rd, +66 38 223-536(-9), [12]. M-F 08:30–18:00, Sa-Su, hols 08:00-18:00. This is the residence of Dr. Panya Chotithewan. Visitors can enter the house to pay respect to the Bodhisattva Kwan Yin, to see the spacious conference room and the roof. 300 baht/adults, 50 baht/children.  edit
  • Buddha Hill (เขาพระตำหนัก หรือ เขาพระบาท Khao Phra Tam Nak), (between Thap Praya Road and Phratamnak Road; 5-10 mins by songthaew). Buddha Hill is one of the highest points in Pattaya. At the summit is the biggest Buddha statue in Pattaya, and nearby is a beautiful Chinese-style sacred area dedicated to Confucius and Lao-zi. The next hill, just across the Phra Tam Nak Road, has the best Pattaya Bay coastline viewpoint and is also worth a visit, especially for sunset. The locals come here to pay homage to Wat Khao Phra Bat atop the hill and the monument of Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak, who is regarded as the founding father of the modern Thai navy.  edit
  • Chaloemphrakiat Park (สวนเฉลิมพระเกียรติ). A park at the foot of Khao Pattaya. With an area of 6 acres, the park was dedicated to commemorate His Majesty the King’s sixtieth birthday on December 5, 1988. The gardens of the park boast a wide variety of flowering plants and offer a scenic view of Pattaya. There are also multipurpose grounds and winding trails for walking or jogging and standard exercise facilities. It is not at all obvious how to access the gardens of the park from the summit, and those from overseas should ask a local for guidance.  edit
  • Sanctuary of Truth (ปราสาทสัจธรรม), 206/2 Moo 5, Soi 12, Naklua Rd, +66 38 367-229(-30), [13]. 09:00-18:00 daily. This huge ancient-style wooden temple is situated by the sea at Laem Ratchawet, North Pattaya. The entrance is at Soi 12, Na Kluea Road. The Sanctuary of Truth was first begun in 1981 by Mr. Lek Wiriyaphan, the founder of the Ancient City in Samut Prakan Province. With exquisite an unique architectural features, the building was conceived out of the vision that human civilisation has been achieved and nurtured by religious and philosophical truth. It is an unfinished project, but worth a visit even now. 500 baht.  edit
  • Wat Yanasangwararam Woramahawihan (วัดญาณสังวรารามวรมหาวิหาร), (turn left from Sukhumvit Road, at Km. 160 for 5km). It was constructed in 1976 for Somdet Phra Yanasangwon, the present Supreme Patriarch, and later was supported by His Majesty the King. At the entrance are situated international pavilions presenting each country’s national architectural style around the pond. Within the compound of the temple are the Mondop where a replica of the Buddha’s footprint is enshrined, a large Chedi containing the relics of the Lord Buddha, as well as, his enlightened followers, and Wihan Phra Yanaret. It is open from 8.00AM-4.00PM For more information, Tel. 0 3823 7506. Moreover, there is a place where the Royal Project for Agricultural Training Centre and Wildlife Preservation Area are located.  edit

Museums and galleries[edit]

  • Anek Kuson Sala (Wihan Sian) (เอนกกุศลศาลา (วิหารเซียน)), (entrance is a bit prior to Wat Yanasangwararam, 800 metres from the intersection at the reservoir), +66 38 238-367. 08:30-17:00 daily. Anek Kuson Sala is an art gallery with high-class Chinese architecture and fine arts constructed in 1987 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Birthday. Inside is an exhibition displaying precious antiques such as the large white jade Bodhisattva Kwan Yin’s image, terra-cotta soldiers and horses from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, an emperor’s golden throne, ancient paintings and pottery. 50 baht.  edit
  • Liam’s Gallery, Soi 4 Pratamnak Rd, Moo 12, +66 38 251-808. Liam’s Gallery exhibits and sells original art works from Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia.  edit
  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Second Rd or Beach Rd (on the third floor of Royal Garden Plaza), +66 38 710-294(-8), [14]. 11:00-23:00 daily. At the same location there’s also a “Haunted Experience” show, a 4D movie theatre and “Infinity Maze” game. Various combination tickets available to enter all four. Foreigners 380 baht/adult and 280 baht/child, Thais 280 baht/adult, 230 baht/child.  edit

Theme parks[edit]

  • Mini Siam (เมืองจำลองพัทยา), (on Sukhumvit Road, surrounded by Soi 33), +66 38 421-628, [15]. 07:00-22:00 daily. Mini Siam features miniature replicas of iconic structures from Thailand and all over the world. It is one of the most famous model villages in the world. It celebrates the heritages of Thailand with miniature replicas of the most famous monuments and historical sites including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Democracy Monument, Bridge over the River Kwai, Prasat Hin Phimai etc. Minature replicas of the Tower Bridge of London, Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Trevi Fountain are also displayed in the section called “miniworld”. 250 baht/adults, 120 baht/children.  edit
  • Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, 163 Sukhumvit Rd (15 minutes east of town centre), +66 38 429-321, [16]. Beautiful gardens with waterfalls, elephant shows, “Cultural Extravaganza” performances 4 times a day, restaurants and so forth – enough to fill an entire day. Foreigners 500 baht, Thais 200 baht.  edit
  • Siriphon Orchid Farm (สวนกล้วยไม้ศิริพร), 235/14 Moo 5, Noen Phlap Wan Rd (turn left for 800 metres from Sukhumvit Road, diagonally across the Pattaya Klang intersection), +66 38 429-013. Inside the farm are various kinds of orchids to be admired and purchased such as Pompadua, Vanda, Golden Shower, and Cattleya.  edit
  • Three Kingdoms Theme Park (อุทยานสามก๊ก), 100 Moo 9, Tambon Pong (adjacent to Horseshoe Point, 20 minutes from Pattaya), +66 38 421-428(-9), [17]. 10:00-17:00 daily. This is a Chinese-style garden filled with pagodas, murals and figures from the Chinese epic San Guo Zhi, and more an expression of filial piety than a theme park. Perhaps worth a quick look on a slow day, but unlikely to offer much to visitors not familiar with the story. 150 baht/adults, 80 baht/children.  edit

Animals and zoos[edit]

  • The Million-Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm (อุทยานหินล้านปีและฟาร์มจระเข้พัทยา), Chaiyaphonwithi Road (15 minute drive from central Pattaya), +66 38 249-347(-9), [18]. 08:30-18:30 daily. Features an exotic zoo, and crocodile, fire-swallowing and magic shows, as well as the garden and stone park. This popular attraction is Its grounds are landscaped with flowering and rock gardens. Hundreds of crocodiles as well as some rare animals, including albino bears and horses, are kept. There are crocodile shows, magic performances and animal shows 7 times a day from 09:00-17:00. 300 baht/adults, 150 baht/children.  edit
  • Pattaya Elephant Village (หมู่บ้านช้างพัทยา), 54/1 Moo 2, Tambon Nong Prue, +66 38 249-145(-7), [19]. This elephant camp focuses on daily life of elephants and their masters and also offers stage shows demonstrating how to catch wild elephants, elephants-at-work in the jungle, elephants playing football and a grand war elephants parade. The shows are held daily at 14:30 and last one hour. A one-hour elephant ride is available from 08:00-17:30 for 900 baht/person and rafting trekking three-hour is available from 10:00-15:30PM at 1,800 baht/person. 500 baht.  edit
  • Underwater World (อันเดอร์วอเตอร์ เวิลด์), 22/22 Moo 11, Sukhumvit Rd, +66 38 756-879, [20]. 09:00–18:00 daily, feeding times 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00. This is a relatively small aquarium where there is a collection of marine species in the Gulf of Thailand. Visitors can walk through the acrylic pedestrian tunnel and witness various kinds of fish swimming in the 180 degree area. The tunnel is 105 metres long divided into 4 zones; the first zone where there are beautiful and rare fish such as angel fish, cleaning wrasse and butterflyfish, the second zone displays soft-bone ones such as sharks, stingrays, while those in the third zone are the economic ones such as the Napoleonfish, groupers, pomfrets, hawksbill turtles, and green turtles which reside around a replica of shipwreck; the fourth zone is a special one where fish from the Amazon River are on display. Moreover, there are marine life feeding shows, both on the surface of the water and underwater in each zone. It is possible to dive in the tank with the fish for a cost of 2500baht for 30 minutes. 500 baht/adult, 300 baht/child.  edit

Wineries[edit]

  • Silverlake Winery Pattaya- the first famous and only vineyard in the East of Thailand. There are beautiful view for photo and drama shooting. Grape and vine products are also sell and it plenty of the colorful flowers. Silverlake becomes popular owing to spectacular natural views. Visitors, they can relax with colorful of flowers, what’s more the activity that attract visitors are riding an ATV, horse-drawn carriage, Elephant, bicycle and look around the yard by a round trip by bus. Visitors can go there by a metered taxi, Songthaew or own car. For own car go on Sukhumvit Road to the Sattahip direction. Contact information +66-3893-8250.

Do[edit][add listing]

Pattaya’s main beaches are popular and busy places for activities. Some of these include banana-boat rides, jet-skiing, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and the like; anyone who just wants to enjoy a simple swim or a good splash around with a frisbee or rented inner tube will always find themselves with plenty of company as well.

Entertainment[edit]

  • Bowling Plus (previously Pattaya Bowl), Second Rd (at the junction with Soi Regent Marina), +66 38 429-908. 10:00-02:00 daily. 20 bowling lanes. Also has 6 pool tables plus 2 full-size snooker tables for 120 baht/hour. Bowling 70-90 baht/person.  edit
  • O.D. Bowl, Pratamnak Rd. 08:00-01:00 daily.  edit
  • Paintball Park, 248/10 Mu 12, Thep Prasit Rd, +66 38 300608. 09:00-18:00 daily. 50 rounds ammo/400 baht.  edit
  • Pattaya Kart Speedway (พัทยาคาร์ท สปีดเวย์), 248/2 Mu 12, Thep Prasit Rd (5 km from the centre of Pattaya to the south), +66 38 422-044. 09:00-18:00 daily. It is a kart racing circuit where there are separate lanes for professionals and amateurs, and there is a separate “off-road” track. 250+ baht/10 mins.  edit
  • P.S. Bowling (junction of Central Pattaya Rd and Second Rd, above TOPS Supermarket), P.S. Plaza, +66 38 420965. 11:00-02:00 daily. 70-90 baht/person.  edit
  • Tiffany’s Shooting Range, GF, Tiffany’s Show Building, 464 Moo 9, Second Rd, +66 38 421-700(-5). 09:00-21:00 daily. The only indoor shooting range in Pattaya 19 lanes. Minimum age 18.  edit
  • Video games. Video games are a popular pastime in Thailand, hence PlayStation and computer game shops are everywhere in Pattaya. The usual rate is 20 baht/hr, making for pretty cheap entertainment, but expect things to get very crowded and loud in the hours after school lets out. There’s a big shop on Soi Chaiyaphum (right off Soi Buakhao across from Soi Diana Inn) that’s open 24/7 and has more comfortable chairs. 20 baht/hr.  edit

Cabaret[edit]

Alcazar show in Pattaya

Pattaya is well known for its katoey cabaret (aka ladyboy or transvestite) shows. Two of the best known (expect busloads of Asian tourists) are:

  • Alcazar Cabaret (อัลคาซ่าร์ คาบาร์เร่ต์), Pattaya 2 Rd (across from Soi 5), +66 38 410-225(-7). Showtime 18:30, 20:00, 21:30. A VIP seat closer to the front costs 200 baht extra. Directly after the show the performers come outside for a few minutes photo session. 40 baht per photo with each performer of your choice or 200 baht for an instant Polaroid photo taken by their own photographer. 600-800 baht.  edit
  • Tiffany’s Show (ทิฟฟานี่ โชว์), Pattaya 2 Rd, +66 38 421-700(-5), [21]. Showtime 18:00, 19:30, 21:00. Tiffany’s is a family-friendly ladyboy cabaret show. The 19:30 show is generally deemed to be the best of the night. After the show there the ladyboys would gather outside available for photos sessions with interested audience. However, be aware that taking photos with the ladyboy means you are obligated to give the ladyboy tips as much as 40 baht to 100 baht depending on the rank of the ladyboy (front row ladyboys are more costly to take photos with than the back rows). Some ladyboys offers free photos session though. In May Tiffany’s Show hosts the annual Miss Tiffany’s Universe Pageant [22] beauty queen competition, for contestants born as men. If you’ve got testosterone left over, visit the shooting range in the basement! Contact Tiffany’s directly for a complimentary pick-up from your hotel. 500, 700, 800 baht.  edit

NB: Some roadside local travel agents offers significantly cheaper ticket prices for the above shows, including for VIP Seats.

Cinemas[edit]

Cinemas in Thailand tend to be severely air conditioned – bring a long sleeve shirt, or jacket, or both! Otherwise, the four large mall cinemas in Pattaya are mostly up to Western standards. Some (but by no means all) Thai-language films are subtitled in English (check the billing at the theatre) and some films will have both subtitled and non-subtitled showings. Visitors must stand up during the King’s anthem.

  • Major Cineplex, The Avenue (second road across from Soi 13), [23].  edit
  • SF Cinema City, Central (Big-C), +66 38 361-500. This cinema has six theatres with ticket prices around 90 baht, slightly more at weekends; this has increasingly been showing Thai-soundtrack-only films (including dubbed versions of foreign films and no-English-subtitle releases of Thai films).  edit
  • SFX Cinema, Central Pattaya Beach, [24]. Brand new multiplex with 10 theatres. Regular ticket for 120 baht (100 baht on wednesdays), sofa seat 500. One theatre has first class seats 600 baht (including popcorn and a soft drink).  edit

Golf[edit]

  • The Golf Club, 33/133 Soi L.K. Metro (near Soi Diana and Soi Buakhao, about 100 yards from the Areca Lodge), +66 85 4343377, [25]. A popular sports bar & restaurant that runs regular golf competitions on M, Tu, Th, and F. They have contracts with the local courses and offer highly discounted green fees either through the Pattaya Sports Club or they can book your private tour of up to 120 golfers. They are the only bar golf society with a TAT License. Transportation, club rentals, free Wi-Fi and golf lockers are available. Have 4 rooms available to golfers and non-golfers alike, from 600-900 baht depending on room and season.  edit
  • The Mini Golf Pub, Thappraya Rd (on the left just past the flyover when headed to Jomtien). 10:00-23:00 daily. 18 holes, refreshments available; their cat sometimes acts as a self-propelled obstacle. 100 baht/person.  edit
  • Pattaya City Golf, (at the Nova Lodge Hotel on Beach Road, next to the junction with Pattaya Central Road). 09:00-01:00 daily. 18 holes, plus chipping, driving and putting areas for the more serious golfer; refreshments served at the waterfront bar; Caddy service available. 140 baht/person.  edit
  • Solar Golf, (Located in Tara Court on Pratumnak Road between Jomtien and Pattaya City), [26]. 09:00-18:00 Mon-Sat. Golf travel agents who provide trips for groups and individuals to all the top golf courses around Pattaya Ranges.  edit

Massage[edit]

Whether you’re a veteran spa and wellness traveler or simply a tourist with a few aches and pains, Pattaya has a place for you. Spa centers and massage shops of all kinds are peppered throughout Thailand’s favorite seaside resort. Just a few examples of what’s available: all types of massages, including aromatherapy massage, Thai herbal compress massage, Thai foot massage, Ayurvedic massage, hot stone massage and many others; then there’s body scrubs, detoxification and colonics, body wraps, water treatments, waxing, and facial treatments. A short drive from the bustling capital and you can be pampered for any length of time, and then relax on the beach afterwards.

Day Spa

  • Let’s Relax, RarinJinda Wellness Spa (Pattaya) – you’ll find this professional day spa near the Dolphin Circle
  • The Oasis Spa Pattaya – a popular and well-established spa atop Big Buddha Hill, Pattaya

There are scores of excellent spas in Pattaya, with some of the most popular being Spa Silavadee, P.S. Spa, The Cliff Spa – Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Royal Garden Spa – Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, Amburaya Spa – Sheraton Pattaya Resort, Devarana Spa – Dusit Thani Pattaya and Spa Cenvaree – Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.

  • OneRoyale (Origin of Thai Traditional Massage), Central Rd (across from Leng Kee Restaurant, Central Pattaya Rd), +66 38 423326. Clean, comfortable, and quiet atmosphere. Body massages include foot, Thai, oil, aroma, head/shoulder, and four hands. Also do body scrubs and sun burn treatment. Special treatments for ladies include: intimate repair treatment, vagina firming treatment, post-birth treatment, firming & anti-cellulite treatment. Water, tea, or coffee afterwards.  edit
  • Serenity Massage, (across from LK Pavilion, South Pattaya Rd and Third Rd), +66 87 5386120. One of the few massage shops in this section of Pattaya. It offers a clean, comfortable and quiet atmosphere inside, combined with talk and laughter with the girls outside. Massage services include foot, Thai, oil, powder, salt body scrub, aromatherapy, four hands massage and more. Water, tea or coffee afterwards. The overall experience is fun, unrushed, and relaxing.  edit
  • Spa View, (at the Mark-Land Hotel, Soi 1), +66 38 411203. One of the largest massage and spa complexes in Pattaya, offering aromatherapy oil massage, herbal steam sauna, skin whitening treatment, body treatment with aloe vera herbal, mineral water treatment, body treatment with milk and honey, milk bath treatment, physical massage, foot massage, and others. Facial treatments include nail care and treatment, hand and foot therapy by soaking with herbal water, foot massage, facial massage, scrub, ozone, fruit skin treatment, lotion, and others.  edit

Medical Tourism[edit]

Pattaya is not only one of Thailand’s prime tourist destinations but also one of its leading medical tourism destinations, and is home to more than a dozen private and government-run hospitals. A myriad of choices, attractions, and options are available for those wanting to create a memorable medical holiday, and you would be hard-pressed to find a better place to relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate.

Visitors to Pattaya’s medical facilities can expect highly trained physicians, many having been educated and certified in Western institutions. This means that you are in professional, experienced hands and have the added benefit of many of them speaking English. Many are surprised to find the equipment is equal to or better than that found in their home countries, and the procedures used are all the latest as well.

Visitors should also be advised that most hospitals will advise patients on all aspects of their medical holiday, and if you can, you should contact them in advance to assist you with finding comfortable, convenient accommodations nearby the center, arranging tours before or after your treatment, and especially in choosing the right packages for your specific needs. All this will reduce your expenses even further than they already are.

As far as large, well-appointed and certified international hospitals go in Pattaya, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital (BPH) stands out as the leader, and comes with Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. Its resources and staff are impressive by any standard: more than one hundred specialists, fully trained nurses and aids, and a team of interpreters fluent in twenty different languages. In short, this hospital is a leader in Asia’s medical tourism facilities. [27]

Of course, there are many other popular hospitals and clinics in Pattaya, and may be more suited to your particular needs, including the Pattaya International Hospital, the Beauty and Aesthetic Center, and the modern Pattaya Royal Beauty Clinic. [28]

You may not have been thinking about getting dental work done on your holiday, but think again. More and more tourists are realizing that this may actually be the best time and place to take care of those dental procedures you’ve been contemplating at home, but had neither the time nor money to attend to. Dentists in Pattaya are very experienced in all the latest dental procedures, and will assist you with any and all of your needs, including crowns, veneers, implants, root canals, extractions, teeth whitening, dentures, fillings, and bridges.

In short, the hospitals and clinics in Pattaya are second-to-none in Thailand, and many feature extensive dermatology centers for locals and medical tourists alike. The bottom line is: whatever treatment or procedure you’ve been needing or wanting you can find in Pattaya, with high quality and low costs. [29] So go ahead and schedule your medical or dental treatments between all those leisure activities you’ll be enjoying, be it fishing, golfing, parasailing, island-hopping, partying, or simply working on your tan. And leave a little wiggle room to extend your holiday after realizing the savings you’ve accrued – it’s been known to happen. [30]

Muay Thai[edit]

  • Pattaya Muay Thai Academy (พัทยา มวยไทย สถานศึกษา เมืองพัทยา ประเทศไทย), Soi 7 North Rd (About a third of the way down Soi 7 from North Rd, on the left side.), [31]. A popular muay Thai camp that is open to everyone for fitness, self-defence and fighter training. The gym is fully matted, including a large open training area, a boxing ring, several punch and kick bags as well as fitness equipment. Accommodation is available in camp, the instructors are multilingual, free Wi-Fi for customers, and the option of fighting at muay Thai stadiums.  edit

Watersports[edit]

Speedboat-towed parachute rides are available along the main beaches, and in Pattaya Bay from several large floating platforms with speedboats ferrying customers out from the shore — typically about 500 baht per flight.

Diving[edit]

As with most coastal towns in Thailand, Pattaya is a good place for diving. The diving is done mostly on the near islands, Ko Larn, Ko Sak, Ko Krok. Once in a while the dive centers go out to the far islands, Ko Rin and Koh Wichai.

The diving off Pattaya is also known for its numerous wrecks: the HTMS Kut, HTMS Kram, the Bremen, and the Harddeep


Flight of the Gibbon[edit]

For those who want adventure combined with the experience of seeing a rain forest canopy, this adventure tour is ideal. It involves ziplining over the forest canopy and getting a thrill that is in a league of its own. The tour operates twice daily: one starting around 07:00 and the other around noon. Total time including travel is about 5 hours of which about 2-3 hours will be spent in the forest. Can be booked through one of the many tour operator shops or on-line at [32] Cost can vary from 2,100-2,500 baht depending on where you book, your ability to negotiate and the supply-demand situation.

Day-trips to islands[edit]

  • Ko Khrok (or Krok). 2 km east of Ko Laan, is an isolated rocky islet with a single 100 metre stretch of sandy beach to the east, where visitors can see coral reefs.  edit
  • Ko Phai (หมู่เกาะไผ่ or Bamboo Island). Ko Phai, and other islands in the Ko Phai group, Ko Klung Badan (or Krung Badan), Ko Luam (or Leom), Ko Man Wichai and Ko Rin (or Lin) – are preferred destinations for scuba divers, and are also popular for general relaxation, fishing, swimming and snorkeling day trips. This area is controlled by the Royal Thai Navy, and overnight stays are not permitted. For a return speedboat charter from one of the mainland beaches or Bali Hai Pier (approx. 23 km / 2 hours), expect to pay 2,500-4,000 baht; possibly less from Ko Laan.  edit

Festivals[edit]

  • New Year’s Day. The International New Year Day has been adopted. On the first of January, people offer food to monks at the temple or at a particular site designated by government offices of private organizations.  edit
  • Songkran. Mid-April. Songkhran is the Thai New Year, celebrated primarily by everyone throwing prodigious quantities of water at anything that moves. Pattaya officially celebrates Songkran on later dates (April 18-19) than most of the rest of the country (April 13-15) – but in reality the fun just starts early and keeps on going that much longer. During this period many hotels and guest houses have high occupancy levels, and public transport services (especially buses to/from Bangkok) are very busy, with more frequent than normal departures but also with appreciable delays due to the general mayhem on the roads. Songkran in Pattaya follows the same overall pattern as seen elsewhere in Thailand, but is especially vigorous in areas such as Soi 7 and Soi 8. Expect to get very wet indeed and you’re unlikely to be disappointed – regardless of where you go or what else you actually plan to do. Although things calm down considerably after dusk, it’s still worth keeping anything that could easily be damaged (especially cameras, mobile telephones, passports etc) in plastic bags.  edit
  • Pattaya Festival. Mid-April. The Pattaya Festival has floral floats, a Miss Pattaya Beauty contest, a traditional aquatic sports competitions, castles, a fireworks display, fire crackers, arts and cultural performances, exhibitions and souvenirs for sale. Don’t expect an “authentic” festival, this is basically a festival to promote Pattaya as a popular seaside destination for tourists.  edit

Learn[edit]

Training in scuba diving and trips for a wide range of ability levels and interests, certified by a number of different organisations, including both NAUI and PADI, are available through numerous dive shops.

  • Language and Thai Cultural School, 571/1 Naklua Rd (right on the crest of the hill), +66 38 421-919. M-F 08:00-16:00, Sa 08:00-18:00. Teaches languages (Thai, English, German – rates depend on group size), Thai cookery (10 hours – 3900 baht + ingredients), fruit carving (10 hours – 3900 baht + materials, Ministry of Education certification available after 30 hours), Thai massage (10 hours – 3900 baht), and yoga/meditation (5 hours – 1900 baht).  edit
  • YachtPro Sailing School, +66 81 622-9372, [33]. ASA (American Sailing Association) Sailing Courses, based at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are numerous malls, supermarkets, bazaar-style markets, and thousands of other shops. Sadly, you’ll be seeing a lot of the same stuff over and over again — there’s no endless variety in Pattaya. Also, Pattaya is not a good place to go shopping for hi-tech products, such as cameras and computers. Expect to see prices around 50% higher than the best prices advertised in the West. Also beware of buying fake branded and designer goods, since these could be confiscated by customs officers at the airport.

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged for Thai baht at the many exchange booths which can be found in all areas popular with tourists — there are even mobile exchanges/ATMs in specially adapted minivans that are set up as and when and where the need arises. Note that the majority of exchange booths will buy foreign currency but will not sell it. If you need to obtain US dollars, for example if you’re going to Cambodia, use one of the larger branches of a major bank, such as the Bangkok Bank branch on Second Rd (almost opposite Soi 6).

ATMs are widely available around the city, however, the vast majority of them now charge a steep 150 baht fee for using foreign cards, on top of what your home bank normally charges. The only exception is Aeon Bank. Their ATMs are located on the ground floor of Carrefour near KFC, Central Pattaya Road (around 400 m up from the Second Rd crossing), near Homework Furniture Mall entrance (just behind Big C at the South Pattaya/Sukhumvit Rd intersection, accessible by 10 baht songthaews parked near the Second Rd intersection), and in Tesco Lotus in South Pattaya. Also at Tesco Lotus on North Pattaya Rd on the ground floor.


  • Happy Home Thai Cooking School, 211/12 Moo 9, Pattaya Klang Soi 12, +66-84-417-5258, [34]. 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Since founded in 2007 Happy Home has been teaching people the joy and beauty of Thai cooking. You can come for just one class or complete an entire course lasting 7 days. From beginners to experienced chefs, you will learn the secrets behind good Thai food. 1000 Baht. (12° 56.154′,100° 53.470′) edit

Malls[edit]

  • Central Festival. One of the largest malls in Asia. Opened in mid-January of 2009, this sprawling complex has really put Pattaya on the map for grand scale shopping and dining. It is the best shopping mall in the region and now attracts customers from all over, adding to the traffic chaos of Beach Rd. Fashion, electronics, health & beauty, kids activities and food are all here. With the obligatory cinema complex and bowling alley on the top floor, this mega-mall is styled on the big Bangkok destination shopping areas like Siam Paragon. The Food Loft has the best view of the bay and great variety at reasonable prices. The anchor store is Central Department Store itself, offering high-end designer labels from abroad and Thailand. A supermarket and budget food hall is in the basement. Enter from Soi 9, Pattaya Beach Rd, or on Second Rd after the new View Talay complex. Easy to find, just look for the traffic jams.  edit
  • Central Festival Center. 11:00-23:00 daily. A large mall on Second Rd across from Soi 2. It includes the Big C department store, and an IT Corner with mobile phones and accessories but no computers.  edit
  • Mike Shopping Mall, (on Beach Rd between Soi 11 and Soi 12). The ground floor has many small stalls selling clothing, tourist souvenirs and many other inexpensive items; above that there’s a department store; on the 5th floor there’s a food court; and up on the roof (10th floor) there’s a public swimming pool.  edit
  • P.S. Plaza, (at the junction of Second Rd and Central Pattaya Rd). Tops supermarket and cooked food outlet occupies most of the ground floor; billiards, books, massage, and a handful of other shops on the first floor; and P.S. Bowling on the second floor.  edit
  • Royal Garden Plaza, (adjacent to the Pattaya Marriott Hotel on Beach Rd between Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2) and Soi Pattayaland 1 (Soi 13/3)).  edit
  • Tuk.Com (Com City), South Pattaya Rd. A new and predominantly IT mall. In the basement is a Tops supermarket, a food court, and various other (mostly clothes) shops as well as a spare parts department that sells a variety of electronic (e.g., transistors) and other parts (e.g. clothes washing machine lint filters), and the ground floor hosts an assortment of regular shops. However the upper floors are almost exclusively mobile phones (1st floor), computer software and MP3/video CDs (4th floor), and computers and handheld electronics (2nd/3rd/5th floors). Prices are significantly higher than in Bangkok though.  edit

Markets[edit]

There are many bazaar-style markets in Pattaya where you can haggle ’till you drop, including:

  • Thepprasit Market, (on Thepprasit Rd near the junction with Sukhumvit Rd). F-Su 18:00-00:00. You can find the cheapest books in Pattaya at this night market.  edit
  • Soi Buakhao Market, (on the corner of South Pattaya Rd and Soi Buakhao, across from the Friendship Supermarket). Daytime on Tuesday and Friday; plus an evening market further along the same road.  edit
  • Made In Thailand Night Bazaar, on Second Rd near Soi 10. 08:00-23:00. Despite the wrongly spelled name, it is also open in mornings.  edit
  • The Market Pattaya, (on Second Rd near Soi 5). This market is a little lonely, but some evenings it has students giving music or dance performances on a small stage.  edit

Shops[edit]

Just some of the shops you will encounter in Pattaya:

  • Convenience stores are everywhere, especially 7-11 and Family Mart shops (all open 24 hours), plus countless independents. If you use the family-run shops the prices aren’t always marked but should be the same, or just a baht or two higher.
  • Gold shops abound, with concentrations around the market on South Pattaya Rd and around Central Pattaya Rd near Second Rd, plus numerous jewellery shops towards the south end of Beach Rd. Small jewellery shops can also be found as part of supermarkets.
  • Art galleries are also considered to be rising business in Pattaya, most of the places will offer variety works and services including custom orders and art reproductions. These galleries in Pattaya have reputations in affordable prices and skilled artists.
  • Tailor shops are everywhere, offering men’s clothes, but quality is variable. Ideally, make sure you get two fittings before buying.
  • Tea Village the best teas in Pattaya, more than 80 flavours of tea and coffee beans also. Price for herbal tea start from 39 baht per 100 g, on green tea Oolong from 70 baht, coffee 30 baht per 100 g. [35]. You can find their shop in Central Festival Centre, on the second floor.

Books[edit]

  • Bookazine. There are many branches of Bookazine, including those at Central Festival Centre; Royal Garden Plaza; and The Avenue.  edit
  • Book Variety. Many branches, at Big C, South Pattaya Road; Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd; Tuk.Com (Com City).  edit
  • Canterbury Tales Cafe, Guesthouse, & Bookshop, Soi Chaiyapoon, +66 86 575466, [36]. Probably Pattaya’s largest English Language second hand book store. Also has a restaurant and rooms for 500-800 baht.  edit
  • D.K. Book Mart, (corner of Beach and Central Pattaya Rd), +66 38 429-359. 09:00-00:00 daily. A medium-size bookshop with lots of English titles, including a sizable cook book section, and a worthwhile selection of second-hand paperbacks at 99 baht.  edit
  • Jeremy’s Bookshop, 383/111 Soi Chaiyaphum, +66 38 411-266. 09:00-22:00 daily. An immaculate, library-style English language paperback exchange, large selection, mostly priced around 100-250 baht. If you buy a book here and then return it in good condition, you’ll get a credit of 50% of the original price towards your next purchase.  edit
  • Pattaya Beach Books, 1F, P.S. Plaza, 369 Moo 9, and 316/137 Moo 10, Soi Buakhao, +66 38 362-175. 10:00-20:00 daily. Both branches of this book shop have a huge selection of “pre-owned” English language books and magazines. Magazines around 50-60 baht, paperbacks 140-160 baht, hardbacks 180+ baht. If you buy a book here and then return it in good condition, you’ll get a credit of 50% of the original price towards your next purchase.  edit
  • SE-ED, [37]. This store has multiple branches, at Big C, South Pattaya Rd; Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd; Tesco-Lotus, North Pattaya Rd; Tesco-Lotus, Sukhumvit Rd.  edit
  • Star Books, 138/213 Soi Khao Noi, +66 16 36 8189 (), [38]. 09:00-19:00 daily. A well-designed paperback exchange, large selection of used and new, mostly priced around 100-240 baht. Fresh coffee and tea. If you buy a book here and then return it in good condition, you’ll get a credit of 50% of the original price towards your next purchase.  edit
  • Swan Book Shop, 210/6 Soi Buakhao. M-Sa 09:00-21:00. A large selection of second-hand foreign language paperbacks, mostly priced 100-180 baht.  edit

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Gems Gallery, 555 Moo 6, North Pattaya Rd, +66 38 371-222, [39]. One of several “World’s Biggest” jewellery stores, this one also has a theme park.  edit
  • Jo Fishing Tackle Shop, 259/42 Moo 5, Soi Pothisan, +66 38 367-556. 08:00-20:00 daily. Small/mid-size shop absolutely packed to the gills(!) in a well organised fashion with all manner of fishing tackle. Owner doesn’t speak much English, but is very friendly and helpful  edit
  • KC Gallery, Walking St. The best and biggest art gallery.  edit
  • Narai Art Gallery, Soi 6, Phratamnak Rd. A local crafts shop which doubles as a nice restaurant.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under 100 baht
Mid-range 100-500 baht
Splurge Over 500 baht



There are many restaurants, food carts, food courts, food markets, motorcyle-sidecar hotdog and meatball vendors, fruit sellers both mobile and stationary, even a roaming coffee peddling tuk-tuk. OK, so the germ theory of disease doesn’t yet seem to be widely accepted but don’t let that stop you from ordering the sushi. Many (although not all) non-Thai-cuisine restaurants also have at least a limited menu of Thai favourites as well.

Chonburi Province has a lot of fresh seafood and dried fruits. As there are a lot of people from the Isaan region living and working in Pattaya, there is an abundance of northeastern favourites such as spicy papaya salad (som tam) and spicy-sour chopped pork salad (larb).

Budget[edit]

  • The noodle stall next to the entrance to the North Pattaya Rd bus station does a passable ba mii moo daeng (egg noodles with red pork) for 25 baht.
  • Big C Extra Food Court, Pattaya Klang Rd (near Third Rd). It has good food including cheap Isaan treats, such as som tam (papaya salad) and khao neow (sticky rice). The Big C Extra stand, usually near the parking garage entrance, has inexpensive sandwiches.  edit
  • Kiss Food & Drink serves cheap and cheerful Thai and Western favourites 24/7 at two semi-open-air locations, one on Second Rd opposite Mike Shopping Mall, the other facing the Dolphin Roundabout.
  • Sailor Bar and Restaurant, (about 30 m up Soi 8 from Beach Rd). 07:30-03:00. This may be the best kept secret in Pattaya. Terrific restaurant (also a bar) notable for its 60 baht breakfasts (2 eggs, bacon, ham, toast/jam/butter, juice, coffee). Swiss-Thai establishment with all the cleanliness and efficiency you would expect from the Swiss and all the graciousness and good tasting food you would expect from the Thais. Hamburger 60 baht; khao pat 30 baht; t-bone with fries, potato salad, 120 baht; beer 50 baht, including Heineken.  edit
  • Subway [40] now has five locations in Pattaya: South Pattaya Rd, next-door-but-one to the entrance to Walking St (24/7); Beach Rd, at the front of Tipp Plaza (09:00-02:00); Second Rd, opposite Soi 1 North Pattaya (10:00-02:00); the corner of Soi Buakow and Soi Diana (10:00-02:00); Central Pattaya Road, on the ground floor of Big C Extra (09:00-23:00), or dial 038 360 083 for free delivery. From 49 baht for a Veggie Delite Deli Style Sandwich up to 2,600 baht for a 6 foot Giant Sub! Sub of the day is 69 baht.
  • Just Burgers [41] with two locations in Pattaya. Best American Hamburgers located on Jomtien Beach Rd. between Soi 8 and Soi 9. Cheeseburger from 79 baht.
  • Several outdoor food stalls along soi 15 (just off Walking St). Foreigner-friendly and cheap prices (e.g., fried rice, 50 baht; chicken, rice and soup, 30 baht).

Mid-range[edit]

  • Breezeo, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel & Royal Cliff Beach Terrace, [42]. 11;00-23:00. The restaurant serves excellent seafood and Thai dishes.  edit
  • California Sushi (on the terrace of Lima Lima club – in the end of Walking St. – Bali Hai Plaza) – good sushi rolls, including famous Pattaya roll – vegetarian, but delicious. Great value for sushi sets. Open from 7PM to 2 AM, nice place to start a night with live music.
  • Cool Kitchen in the PS Bowl/Tops Supermarket complex (junction of Central Pattaya Rd and Second Rd) has good Western and Thai food including narm tok mu (spicy pork salad) and yum pla dook fu (crispy catfish salad), and is open 24/7.
  • Cool House (next to PS Bowl/Tops Supermarket) is Cool Kitchen’s sister restaurant, with much the same menu but more ambiance.
  • Cosa Nostra (north side of Soi 7) is a good Italian-style Pizzeria. Dinner only.
  • Food Wave food court, top floor of Royal Garden Plaza, is an upscale food court with decent views of the ocean. There’s even an Orange Julius[43] nearby.
  • Maikan Majatalo Finnish restaraunt, huge portions. On some of the dishes “if you’re still hungry, you get the second one free” [44]
  • MK Restaurant has locations in various malls including Central Festival (Big C). A chain of restaurants whose jingle translates as “Eat what? Eat what? Eat what? Go eat MK!” (it loses something in the translation) and that’s just what you should do. Here you’ll get to boil raw ingredients right at your own table with your own utensils. And don’t worry about putting those chopsticks in your mouth after touching that raw chicken, just dip them in the boiling water for a few moments.
  • Nachrichtentreff, 157/128 Moo 5, Naklua Rd; tel. +66-38370173. Serves pretty good Austrian food.
  • Parsa Restaurant is a nice Iranian restaurant serving high quality modern and traditional Iranian food including kebab and khoresht you can enjoy Iranian drink like doogh as well .
  • Sraan Rest 315/423 Moo 12, Thepprasit Rd Tel. +66 38303039. Serves a variety of Thai and Western food. Sraan Rest counts as one of the higher-end restaurants in Pattaya City. It is distinctive from all other places in the area, located just a 5 mins drive outside the city. The restaurant is set in an open-air garden which is ideal for a relaxing dinner or a small party. It allows you to forget all the street-side noise and enjoy the serene surroundings. The menu reflects creativity using the best of ‘fresh quality.’ Recommended dishes include mouth-watering Sauté Salted Roasted Duck, the interesting Shell in Hell, appetizing chilled prawns, and enjoy Goong Lava (deep fried prawn with Thai herbal dressing with whipped cream on top).
  • Slices, (north side of Soi Diana Inn, corner of LK Metro). Open very late. An American-style pizzeria. Also burgers and subs. Two slices of pizza, 100 baht.  edit
  • Tequila Reef Pattaya, Soi 7 (off Beach Rd), +66 38414035, [45]. Open very late. Serving Tex-Mex favourites including burritos, enchiladas, tacos, taquitos, quesadillas, and free chips with salsa, as well as American favourites including burgers, steaks, hoagies, Cajun, and seafood.  edit
  • There are several good British Pubs for fish and chips or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding: The Sportsman (Soi 13), The Pig and Whistle (Soi 7) and The Queen Victoria Inn (Soi 6)

Splurge[edit]

  • Benihana, (second floor of Royal Garden Plaza), [46]. Japanese steakhouse restaurant chain. 1,000+ baht per person not including drinks.  edit
  • Bruno’s Restaurant, (on Thappraya Rd), [47]. Fine dining restaurant serving both European cuisine and some Thai dishes. Multi-course set menus from around 400 baht/person, à la carte also available.  edit
  • Hard Rock Cafe, (in Hard Rock Hotel, Beach Rd), [48]. 11:00-02:00. American chain restaurant. The reason to go here is that some beautiful Thai ladies seem to think it’s cool. Starters 99-377 baht, salads 199-266 baht, mains 277-810 baht, deserts 111-222 baht, beer 122-255 baht/bottle.  edit
  • Manhattan Steakhouse, (near the junction of Thappraya & Pratamnak Rd), [49]. Steakhouse 2,000+ baht.  edit
  • Mantra Restaurant & Bar, (near Amari Orchid Resort & Tower north Pattaya beach road), [50]. Asian and Mediterranean fusion. Sunday brunch. 1,500+ baht.  edit
  • Ticino Restaurant and Vespa Bar, (east side of Sukhumvit Rd close to Mabprachan Lake), [51]. Garden restaurant with Italian and Swiss cuisine. If the eating is as interesting as the website, it’s pretty good. 400+ baht.  edit

Vegetarian[edit]

  • Five Star J. Restaurant (“jay”=”vegetarian”), at the junction of South Pattaya Road and Third Road; tel. +66-38421105. A small middle-ranged indoor place that’s 100% lacto-vegetarian and has a vegetarian owner/manager who speaks good English; also caters for vegans – open 09:00-21:00.
  • J Vegetarian Restaurant, 256/10 Moo 5, Soi 20, Naklua Road (next to Sousiree Massage, near Dusit Resort Hotel); tel. +66-38428305 – open 08:00-20:00.
  • Thammachart Vegetarian Restaurant, 56/36 Moo 5, Amorn Market, Naklua Road; tel. +66-38726911. Basic café-style budget place, also has a very small vegetarian supplies shop. Not much English spoken, but does have a bilingual menu – open Mon-Sat 05:30-17:00.
  • Vegetarian Club of Pattaya meets at 18:00 on the second Tuesday of every month for an “international vegetarian adventure buffet” (199 baht, reservations required – tel. +66-38710805) at Café New Orleans, Soi Pattayaland 2 (Soi 13/4).
  • Vegetarian cafe on the Central Road, between Second and Third roads, it has a big yellow-red sign. Dishes 30-60 baht.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Pattaya is internationally known for its nightlife—you might want to think twice before heading into the insanity that’s called Pattaya. Obviously famous as a sex tourist destination, you don’t necessarily have to partake in order to experience Pattaya’s fun. More and more visitors come over just to see what the fuss is about. There are ample opportunities to dance, drink, and observe humanity even if paid sex is not of interest. Steer clear of the staid hotel bars and head into the warrens of central Pattaya, where nightclubs, transvestite cabarets, coffee shops, karaoke bars, open-air bars and restaurants with live music and entertainment compete for attention. Most of these establishments are located along Pattaya Beach Rd, Pattaya 2 Rd, and in south Pattaya, which is also the city’s major shopping area.

Beer and go-go bars[edit]

Open-air beer bars on Beach Road

Pattaya is especially famous for its beer bars, staffed by “bar girls” who are “for hire” to the tourists and expats who drink there. Popular beer bar pastimes include pool, connect-four and shut-the-box.

Open-air beer bars can be found all over Pattaya, with the biggest and best known concentrations being along and around Soi 7/Soi 8 and Walking St, at numerous points on Second Rd, Beach Rd, Soi Buakhao, and in smaller numbers just about everywhere else, including along the southern end of Naklua Rd. Although the staff of a typical beer bar will usually all be working girls, customers who have no intention of paying a “bar fine” (money paid to the bar so that the girl can leave with the customer) are generally very welcome and indeed make up the majority of the clientèle. Indoor beer bars can also be found all over Pattaya, the most notorious areas being Soi Yodsak (Soi 6) and parts of Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2). While some of these bars are much more “bar fine” oriented, in most cases customers who simply want to buy drinks are still welcome.

Go-go bars differ from beer bars as they have bikini-clad girls dancing around chrome poles on stages. The main concentrations are along Walking St and the three Pattayaland streets, with more dotted around the most popular beer bar areas. Sightseeing tourists are welcome in go-go bars, however, cameras are not. Signs prohibiting photography are widespread, and a minority of venues require patrons to deposit their cameras with security staff as they enter. This rule is enforced: if caught snapping shots, you’ll be lucky if you’re only thrown out and not beaten up.

The official closing time in “entertainment zones” is 01:00, although in practice usually somewhere between 01:00 and 03:00, depending on location. However, “closing” is defined as switching off the music and non-essential lighting, and numerous beer bars remain open 24 hours. Bars outside of these zones close around midnight. So, you’re passing through Pattaya and you’ve set aside a few hours to check out the bar scene—but where to go? The most popular (and generally the most densely concentrated) beer bar and go-go bar locations (listed south to north) are:

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  • Walking Street. Should have been named “Walking, Shopping, Eating, Drinking, Dancing and Ogling Street” as there’s plenty of almost everything here—including around 100 beer bars and at least 30 go-go bars, plus many more in the side-sois that lead east towards Pratamnak Road. Worth a look in the daytime, but best visited in the evening, and has loads of restaurants if you’re bridging the gap between the two. Gets really packed in places when the nightclubs empty, so watch your pockets.
  • Pattayaland. Soi Pattayaland 2 (Soi 13/4) features on many Pattaya postcards—when lit up at night, the go-go bar signs are a memorable and photogenic sight, although there are only eight go-go bars here (two of which feature guys, not girls), plus a half-dozen bars and the Penthouse Hotel. Worth a look in the evening (it’s almost a ghost town the rest of the time), but get there before 01:00 as that’s when the lights go out.
  • Boyz Town (Soi Pattayaland 3, no direct access from Beach Rd, runs from the middle of Soi 13/4 to Second Rd) features only male dancers and bars that cater to the gay crowd; Soi Pattayaland 1 (Soi 13/3) has even more all-male go-gos (eight), but does have a couple of girl-go-go bars as well. Pattayaland 1 is relatively dead in the daytime, but Pattayaland 3 has a handful of places to eat and drink that keep it ticking over in the afternoon. There is also a small lesbian scene in Pattaya, with local butch girls called “tom” girls and femme girls called “dee”.
  • Soi L.K. Metro. Between Second Rd and Soi Buakhao lies this relatively new complex. Connecting Soi Diana with Soi Buakhao, Soi L.K., as it is called (not to be confused with Soi Leng Kee) is for the largest part a pedestrian-only street. Cars are parked willy nilly, but that actually serves as a traffic calming system so it is safe to walk. There are lots of outdoor bars and cafes spilling out onto the street, giving it a bit of a European feel. The Metropole Hotel,i rovers sportsbar and the Areca Lodge are here.
  • Soi 7 and Soi 8. There’s always something going on here—in the evening and early hours, there are about 120 well-staffed beer bars to choose from, plus a handful of go-go bars; in the morning there are several places that serve breakfast; in the afternoon it’s a popular place for those who like to get started early; and at Songkran (Thai New Year) it’s unmitigated mayhem. There are several large hotels (light sleepers beware), and Soi 8 also has a few travel agencies, convenience stores.
  • Soi Yodsak (Soi 6). Imagine a kerb-crawlers paradise—and then pedestrianise it. Arguably Pattaya’s most colourful street (as well as the most notorious one), Soi 6 has about 50 bars (mostly “short time” bars, with names such as “Butterfly”, “Love Club”, “Route 69″ and “The Eager Beaver”) which all get going at 13:00 and close pretty much on the dot at 01:00. It’s not really a pedestrian-only street (but it is one-way), however walking — preferably in broad daylight — is undoubtedly the best and most popular way to experience it. Go in the middle of the afternoon and just wander from one end to the other (if coming from the south, walk from the Second Rd end down to the Beach Rd end if you want to get there and back by songthaew). It’s much, much more “sex-tourist” than “tourism” oriented, but anyone is welcome everywhere provided they’re buying a drink or three. The curiously named “Hi Boss! 2002 Pub” is where the ladyboys hang out, there’s one go-go – “Mandarin” (dancing from 17:00-01:00), plus a couple of “pub” food possibilities; and neighbouring Soi 6/1 has a handful of “ordinary” outdoor beer bars.
  • Second Road – around the Soi 2 & Soi 3 junctions. On the west side of Second Rd opposite the Central Festival Centre is a collection of about 35 very popular beer bars, which start to fill up from about 16:00, and several of which remain open long after the lights go out around 01:00-02:00. “Atlantic Bar”, at the far end of the five-bar strip to the south of Soi 2, always draws a substantial crowd. The only go-go (“Classroom 2″, 19:30-02:00) is a lively one, and while there’s not much in the way of food in the midst of the bars themselves, there are numerous eating options close nearby (including outlets for most of the major fast-food chains directly opposite on the other side of Second Rd).

Same-same but different[edit]

The following go-go and beer bars are a little different from the usual:

  • Casino Club at the Pratamnak Rd-end of Soi Diamond is an a-go-go with a difference. Not only do the girls dance with their clothes on, but there are no chrome poles! Whatever will they think of next? Update: they also have several shows each night, with girls dancing topless. Despite the name, it’s not a casino; maybe it’s a disco-a-go-go? The atmosphere is lively, the music is house/techno, the dancing is energetic, the hours are 21:00-07:00 (apparently able to close later than most due to the non-conforming format).
  • Jenny Star Bar Walking St (below Peppermint Palace) is wall-to-wall transvestites. Seeing is believing, especially late in the evening and in the small hours. It’s an open-air bar that spills out onto the pavement, and there’s often quite a crowd gawking intently from a safe distance, so mind your pockets.
  • Peppermint Palace on Walking St (underneath Marine Disco) is probably the largest go-gos in Pattaya. Several stages with young women in various different states of attire. Always full of energy, and always packed (you may be turned away if it’s full). Good value drinks-wise.
  • Tim Bar Beer on Second Rd (opposite Soi 12) is an otherwise relatively run-of-the-mill go-go that plays nothing but DVDs, with a very strong bias towards live performances of rock’n'roll classics. Requests welcome. If in doubt, ask for Meatloaf’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”. Stage and screen come to life at 18:00 and keep going until at least 02:00 (closing hours not so strictly enforced here as it’s not among a bunch of other bars), but get there early as it’s a popular place and their army of dancers thins out with prodigious speed.
  • Beach Inn Beer Garden on Walking St (opposite the FLB Bar) can usually be found blindfolded. Head through to the back and out into the bars that target visitors from the Middle East, and feel the sound – some of the speaker systems here are bigger than a budget hotel room, and it’s not difficult to position yourself so that you’re being deafened by three or four of them (each one playing something different) all at the same time. (At the other extreme, there used to be a “Quiet Bar” on Second Rd – but it closed not long after it opened, apparently due to lack of demand.)
  • Carousel Beer Bar is a pair of circular outdoor bars in the centre of Soi Diamond (directly off Walking St) which spin from 17:00 until 03:00. A couple of drinks here and the world really will start to revolve around you.
  • Siren Bar Complex (Beach Rd, just before the Walking St entrance archway) is a crush of about 25 ancient open-air beer bars (open 16:00-03:00) surrounding a boxing ring (exhibition matches at various intervals between 22:00 and 01:00) The boxers will canvas the punters for tips after each “fight”. Get there early in the evening and it looks like there must be a prize on offer for whoever is able to squeeze the greatest number of bar girls into the smallest beer bar. If you sit down here, don’t forget to shake the cockroaches out of your clothes as you leave.
  • Beach Club (towards the Walking St end of Soi 15) is not the only “table dance” format a-go-go in Pattaya, but it’s probably the most popular. Patrons are seated around industrial-strength tables which have mirror tops, upward facing spotlights, and of course the obligatory chrome pole; the girls dance on each table in turn, wearing short skirts and…   – well if you can’t guess the rest then you should probably steer well clear of any Pattaya establishment that mentions the words “table dancing” alongside its name.

Bars and pubs[edit]

There are many roadside bars dotted around Pattaya. Live music (especially popular rock oldies) can be heard at several open-air venues along Walking Street, and at various bars elsewhere.

  • Blues Factory, Soi Lucky Star (just off Walking St). Features the Lam Morrison Band.  edit
  • Hard Rock Cafe, (in the grounds of the Hard Rock Hotel resort on Beach Road), [52]. It has live music and dancing in the evenings.  edit
  • Henry J. Beans Bar & Grill, Amari Orchid Resort, Pattaya Beach Rd. M-Sa 17:00-01:00, Su 11:00-01:00.  edit
  • Lovely Corner Bar, (corner of Beach Rd and Soi 7). 08:00-open as long as there are customers. Clean, airy, well-run beer bar in a great location to view the passing scene before plunging into Soi 7. Very accommodating and gracious, relaxed (not pushy) bar girls. Best feature is strong, free Wi-Fi. Beer 60 baht.  edit

Nightclubs[edit]

Pattaya has two types of nightclubs—those that are on or near Walking Street, and those that are further away. Those on Walking Street are more popular with Westerners accompanied by bar girls, and with bar girls looking for customers.

The best known are:

  • The Pier Pattaya, 190 M.10 Walking street Pattaya,Chonburi 20260 (on Walking St), 038710580 (), [53]. 21.00- very late. House music, cheap drinks, late licence, European DJ’s,Best atmosphere 99-180.  edit
  • Club Insomnia, (on Walking St). House music, cheap drinks, late licence, European DJ’s,  edit
  • Lima Lima. Famous for bringing the world’s top 10 DJ’s to Pattaya and also for its live R’n'B band. The place to go from 22:00 to 00:30 thanks to the happy hour. Free entry; drinks as cheap as 45 baht during happy hour.  edit
  • Lucifer – popular with young Thai people, although this is not a typical Thai discotheque. Only R ‘n B, sometimes with special guest DJ’s. A good place to go at about 02:00-03:00; extremely crowded after midnight. Free entry, expensive drinks.
  • Marine Disco (on Walking St) – large dance floor and plays house music (it’s the house music counterpart of Lucifer). Free entry, but drinks are expensive.
  • Marine 2 (just off Walking St) – the same music as Marine Disco; this was the place to go before Insomnia opened.
  • MIXX (at the end of Walking St), Has R ‘n B and house rooms (two rooms in one disco). Drinks are expensive.
  • Tony’s Entertainment Complex [54] (on Walking St) has an attractive and stylish interior, great live music and service. Free entry, but incredibly expensive drinks – and a 5,000 baht fine if you’re caught bringing your own in!
  • Tony 2 – not as well known as Tony’s Entertainment Complex, but also very pricey.

The ones further away from Walking Street are generally more typical Thai nightclubs: no special area for dancing, but lots of shows and great atmosphere. Admission is usually around 300 baht and includes one free drink.

  • Chivas Palace (formerly Palladium, on Second Rd)
  • Hollywood Disco (recently moved to a new location in north Pattaya)
  • Star Dice Entertainment on Naklua Rd (not Star Dice Beach on Beach Rd) – one of the few discos in Pattaya that doesn’t dual-price foreigners.
  • Xzyte Entertainment, Third Rd.

There is also one club which is not first type, neither second:

  • The Beach Club, is the open-air venue. It hosts afternoon parties with the best view of sunsets in town each Friday and each second Saturday. Grand fiestas, each of them has a different theme – Brazilian, disco, house, etc.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under 1,000 baht
Mid-range 1,000 to 2,500 baht
Splurge Over 2,500 baht

Pattaya has an extensive selection of inexpensive mid-range accommodation, and a good variety of more upmarket options. Standard rooms (double bed, air-con, cable TV, refrigerator, hot shower) start from 400 baht/night, and rates are invariably per room, not per person. Soi Buakhao has many relatively cheap guest houses and is popular with long-stay visitors, with other budget places along Soi LK Metro and Soi Honey Inn. Very few of these can be booked online, or appear on hotel booking sites. The cheaper places are often above bars or massage shops, and may therefore be noisy at night. There’s generally no need to book in advance.

Like all resort areas in Thailand, hotel pricing is highly seasonal. High season dates vary from hotel to hotel, but typically prices go up considerably during the Christmas-New Year’s period (which co-incides neatly with the season of best weather), and are lower between February and October/November. In addition to higher rates during the holiday period, guests staying over Christmas and New Year’s Eve will often be required to pay for compulsory “gala dinners” which can substantially increase the cost of the room. In recent years some hotels have started to insist that March is also covered by ‘high season’ prices — presumably because professional Western visitors are usually free to visit during a long Easter holiday break from work, and are happy to do so despite the worsening weather.

With the exception of large resorts or international chains such as the Hard Rock and Marriott, the lowest rates available from abroad are typically those available from the hotels directly. Except for the least expensive, many will handle reservations via email or a web form. Many will expect a deposit, especially during high season, usually by credit card or bank transfer.

While some hotels do not allow working girls to accompany guests to their rooms, the majority of hotels in Pattaya are used to (and even expect) it — though some “upmarket” hotels may charge a “joiner fee” for unregistered visitors as discouragement. In most hotels, security staff will keep hold of visitors’ ID cards until they leave, to help protect the client from possible theft or assault, and to deter prostitutes under 20 years of age from entering the hotel. On leaving, staff will ask the girl if she had any complaints about the client.

For visitors who simply want to sleep soundly, a box of high-grade foam earplugs is a wise investment when staying at many Pattaya hotels. Also be aware that many hotels in Pattaya allow smoking in all rooms. This is nearly universal in the budget range. With the exception of those operated under the auspices of large international chains, those hotels that have dedicated non-smoking rooms will typically only have a few of them. If you are intolerant of tobacco smoke, make sure to inquire directly with the hotels about their policies and the availability of non-smoking rooms.


Budget[edit]

  • Apex Hotel, (Second Rd adjacent to Soi 11), +66 38 42828; +66 38 429233 (fax: +66 38 421 184), [55]. All rooms have air-con, cable TV, fridge/mini-bar, hot shower, security box, and telephone. There’s also a pool (guests-only) and good-value buffet breakfasts/dinners (guests & non-guests welcome) and competitively priced laundry (8 baht for a tee shirt) and motorcycle rental (150 baht/day for a 125 cc) services. There are 9 “first come-first served” rooms at 450 baht (which are clean and functional, but rather well-worn) and 100 more recently renovated rooms at 650 baht. Popular with German tourists. Apex has no Internet or Wi-Fi. Serves all-you-can-eat buffets. American breakfast from 07:00-13:00 (150 baht/adult, 60 baht/child) and dinner from 18:00-22:00 (180 baht/adult, 100 baht/child).  edit
  • Asia Backpackers, soi buakow pattaya, +66874406060, [56]. 54 bed hostel, free wifi, lockers, towels, bar and restaurant from 280 baht per night.  edit
  • Cali-Cafe Pattaya Quality Rooms, 15/225-226 Moo 5, Soi Khoa Noi (Wat Boonsampan Rd), +66 847 834 664, [57]. Affordable suite-quality rooms. All suite rooms have 42″ LCD TV, safes, refrigerators, kitchens, WiFi, wired (30 Mb fibre) Internet, and laundry. Long- or short-stay. A few minutes motorbike ride from Walking Street and Beach Road. Thai/American-run hotel. 500+ baht.  edit
  • Cheap Charlies, 383/64 Moo 9, Soi Chaiyaphum (which connects Soi Buakhao Rd and Third Rd); tel. +66 38 720 452, [58]. Fan rooms with or without balcony from 150 baht.
  • Day & Night Hotel, South Pattaya Rd, offers air-con rooms at 500 baht (low season)/850 baht (high season). Day & Night II Hotel further down the same soi has slightly bigger rooms (same rates). Monthly rates from 3,800 baht.
  • Ice Inn Hotel, M.10 Pattaya 2nd Rd, tel. +66-38720671 / +66-38720672, [59]. All rooms have air-con, cable TV, ‘fridge/minibar, hot shower, and telephone. Very nice and clean rooms, and helpful staff. From 440 baht.
  • Jan’s Guest House, Soi Honey Inn (Saisong Soi 11), tel. +6683-116-0926. Small guest house opened in 2009 above a massage shop in Soi Honey, directly across from Honey Inn, with smart rooms starting at 500 baht per night with air-con, minibar, TV, WiFi (flaky) and some with balcony. Very friendly staff.
  • Jasmine Hotel Pattaya, 547/34 M.10. Soi BJ Walking St tel. +6638-424590 / +6638-412102, (booking@jasminehotel-pattaya.com )[60]. Tranquil, newly refurbished with 62+ tiled rooms, air conditioning and fans. Room facilities include hot water, cooking facilities, fridge with beverages, and satellite TV (55 Channels) and WiFi. Room rates from 700 baht, with a substantial discount for long-term guests.
  • Marin Place, 111/253 M.10 Soi Buakhao, tel. +66 38-429960 (marin_place@hotmail.com ). Small hotel at the southern end of Soi Buakhao, close to the Tue/Fri market. Rooms are 600 baht per night with air-con, minibar, TV and WiFi. There is a small swimming pool. Some rooms have older, noisy air-conditioning units but others have new LG units. Ask to see first.
  • Malee Bar & Guest House, Soi Honey Inn (Saisong Soi 11), tel. +66 38-720607 (malee1959@yahoo.com )[61]. About a dozen rooms above a bar/restaurant in Soi Honey, starting at about 450 baht per night with air-con, minibar, TV/DVD player, WiFi and some with balcony. The restaurant serves Thai and European food.
  • Mangoes Guest House, GPS Lat 12 47 33, Long 100 55 28 32, [62]- 15 km outside of Pattaya, on the road to Khao Chee Chan Buddha Image and close to the beaches and fishing villages of Ban Saray and Ban Amphur. Quiet laid back gardens with a choice of bungalow or room accommodation. All rooms have TV, air conditioning, fan, hot shower and tea making facilities. Long or short term availability. Rooms from 400 baht/night.
  • One For You Guesthouse, Soi 3, tel. +66-38720584 (info@ebonth.com )[63]. Rooms renovated autumn 2006, all rooms have: air-con, fan television, DVD player, refrigerator, kettle, safe. Minutes from Walking St with quiet location and cafe/bar. Rooms 500-700 baht per night or 8,500-12,500 baht per month.
  • Opey De Place, 312/86 M9 Soi Lengkee1, +66 038-424732, [64]. Located near LK Metro, hotel complex with many decent rooms, WiFi, elevator and ground floor swimming pool. Small lockers provided next to reception, but no safe deposit box in the rooms. 800 baht.  edit
  • Queen Victoria Inn, Soi Yodsak (Soi 6); tel. +66-38425418, [65] has rooms ranging from 500 to 800 baht, and a single penthouse suite for 2,100 baht. Free WiFi. Although the rooms themselves are clean and the staff is reasonably friendly, its location – right in the heart of Soi 6 – is downright noisy and the shouting in the street does not subside till early morning.
  • Romeo Palace Hotel, [66] 500/21-22, Pattaya-Naklua Rd. At the tranquil end of north Pattaya, yet only a minute away from all the fun &entertainment of the resort’s centre. It’s only a 5 minute walk to Wonge Amat Beach.
  • Sawasdee Seaview, 2 minutes walk to Pattaya Beach, [67]. A middle range budget hotel located next to Pattaya Beach. Cheap, clean and convenient. CCTV security camera on every floor with 24-hour security guard on duty. Cheaper rooms in the old building are a little bit dingy, superior and deluxe rooms in the new wing are spacious and pleasant, but significantly more expensive.
  • Siam Sawasdee, Soi Buakhao, [68]. Great budget hotel with price start from 750 baht per night. CCTV security camera on each floor with live security guard 24 hour on duty. Hotel facilities include lift, swimming pool, and all room include buffet American breakfast. Value for money.
  • Skytop Guest House, 2nd Rd, near Soi 6, [69]. Australian-owned budget guest house with outdoor bar and Internet cafe, friendly English-speaking staff. Fast, reliable ADSL cable connection (not WiFi) in each room and safe. The guest house will provide you with CAT-cable to get access to Internet. Even if you don’t have Ethernet connection on your laptop you can get access to the net if you have a WiFi router with you. CCTV security camera on every floor. Close to the infamous Soi 6, Alcazar Caberet Show and many restaurants and beer bars nearby. 450 baht per night small fan room (no window), 550 baht for air-con medium room (no window,) and 700 air-con large room.
  • The Stags Head Pattaya Guest House and Bar, 33/77-78 Soi LK Metro,[70], English-owned budget guest house with bar and restaurant. Friendly English-speaking staff. WiFi (spotty), cable TV, and safe in each room. Indoor bar with pool table. Has an outside entrance for those who don’t like taking their overnight companion through the bar. Rates start from 500 baht per night small air-con room
  • Tiya’s Place, Soi Sarita (just left of Soi 12), +66 800 916 669, [71]. Large air-con fully furnished studios with side sea view. Suitable for independent travellers wanting large budget-priced accommodation in a quiet area. Price range 8,000-11,000 baht/month inclusive of water, WiFi, weekly cleaning/bedding change, and cable TV..  edit
  • Wonderful Bar, on the corner of Second Rd and Soi Yamoto (Soi 13/1), tel. +66 38 425 640. Has very basic rooms with air-con, TV, hot shower. Clean and tidy but old and well-worn, and not so quiet in the evenings—but nevertheless often fully booked. Small rooms 300-350 baht, larger rooms 350-400 baht. Pay upfront for a few days in advance to get the lower rates.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Areca Lodge, 198/23 Moo 9 Soi Diana Inn, +66 38 410123, [72]. Convenient location on Soi Diana Inn across from Soi LK Metro. Large ground-level pool. The Areca Lodge will reliably book non-smoking rooms. 1,650 baht, low season.  edit
  • Citin Garden Resort, 148/232, South Pattaya Soi 2 (A 10 min drive to Pattaya Beach), +66 38 374747 (, fax: +66 38 374752), [73]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: noon. Offers a convenient & comfortable hotel rooms and features contemporary furnishings. Each room comes with a private bathroom, balcony, LCD TV and more. Facilities include a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, pool bar, a meeting room, laundry service, 24-hour reception, and security. The Gazebo Café serves a delicious array of local favourites or light snacks including salads, soups, and sandwiches.  edit
  • Citin Loft Pattaya, 177/3 Moo 9 Nongprue, Pattaya Klang Soi 12 (A 15 min walk to Pattaya Beach), +66 38 489499 (, fax: +66 38 489498). checkin: 14:00; checkout: noon. All rooms come with Thai-style furnishings and modern amenities such as private balconies, complimentary wireless Internet, in-room safes, and a choice of king- or queen-sized beds. There’s a free shuttle service from the hotel to Tops Supermarket and more.  edit
  • Dynasty Inn, [74] has two locations in Pattaya: Dynasty Inn, Soi 13, South Pattaya; tel. +66 38 415941 and Dynasty Resort, Buddha Hill; tel. +66 38 250721. Free minibus transfers between the Pattaya locations and Dynasty Inn Bangkok (Sukhumvit, Soi Nana) for guests. Dynasty Inn was built in 2003, and is in the central shopping area, close to the main night life areas; Dynasty Resort is further south, a short songthaew ride from the main tourist areas. Regular rate is 1480 baht for a standard room at the Soi 13 Inn, although some discounts may apply. The Dynasty properties will reliably book non-smoking rooms.
  • Flipper House Hotel, 213/2 Soi 7, Pattaya Beach Rd (Soi 7), +66 83 61667, [75]. Located in the heart of the best known cluster of beer bars in Pattaya. rooms starting at 1200 baht.  edit
  • Flipper Lodge Hotel, 520/1 Soi 8, Pattaya Beach Rd (Soi 8), +66 38 426401, [76]. Located in the heart of the best known cluster of beer bars in Pattaya, a stones throw from its sister hotel.  edit
  • Green Hotel Pattaya, 217/10 Pattaya Beach Rd Soi 9 [77] Room amenities: air conditioning, bathtub, shower, IDD telephone, mini-bar, satellite/cable TV. Hotel facilities: bar/lounge, barber/beauty salon, coffee shop, Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool. Room rates are between 871 baht (low season) and 1,331 baht (high season).
  • Green Park Resort, 240/5 Moo 5 Soi Ping Pa, (), [78]. A friendly, clean, safe, good value. All rooms have air-con, cable TV, fridge/mini-bar, hot shower, security box, telephone, swimming pool. The hotel has 80 rooms and suites, some rooms have private balconies, set in lush gardens. Starting at 750 baht.  edit
  • Horseshoe Point, 100 Moo 9, Tambon Pong, Amphur Banglamung Chonburi, +66 38 735 050 / +66 (38) 253 500, [79]. On a sprawling, tree-lined estate 15 km from Pattaya. Rooms come in varied sizes but share the same features: air-conditioning, cable TV, mini-bar, refrigerator, hair dryer, and safe. Start at 1,800 baht.  edit
  • J&P Court, 312/87 Soi Lengkee, off Pattaya 3 Rd; tel. +66 38 414808. Has a swimming pool and is reasonably priced at less than 1,000 baht per night. Standard and deluxe rooms available.
  • Lek Hotel, 284/5 Soi 13, Pattaya Rd; tel. +66 38 425550 (lek_hotel@hotmail.com). Pool(guests only) and serves buffet breakfasts/dinners (guests & non-guests welcome). Standard rooms in the semi-hi-rise new building cost 1,200 baht and rooms in the old building are 750 baht. All rooms allow smoking. Restaurant serves Thai and international favourites and is open to non-guests. The buffet breakfast (07:00-13:00, 150 baht/adult, 80 baht/child) is especially popular, and the buffet dinner (17:00-22:30, 250 baht/adult, 150 baht/child) also draws a crowd.
  • New Nikom Court, 312/90 Moo 9, Soi Lengkee, Pattaya 3 Rd; tel. +66 38 488600, 488601 ([80]). Big, clean rooms from 850 baht.
  • Pailin House, 312/91 Moo 9, Soi Lengkee, Pattaya 3 Rd; tel. +66 38 488538. ([81]). Relatively clean but old rooms from 600 baht.
  • Pattaya Centre Hotel, Soi 12, [82]. This high-rise hotel is popular and conveniently located for the central shopping areas. Rooms are spacious and have very nice views. Has been hit or miss for non-smoking rooms in the past; prices have escalated significantly with the recent refurbishment. From 1,900 baht.
  • Penthouse Hotel, Soi Pattayaland 2 (Soi 13/4), tel. +66 95 441430 [83]. Marketed as an “adult fantasy” hotel featuring “theme rooms” and located right in very centre of the main go-go district and directly attached to a go-go bar, it’s an older property that’s somewhat the worse for wear. Rooms from 700 baht, suites from 2,300 baht.
  • The Residence Garden, [84]. This is a popular out-of-the-way location, a short walk from the intersection of South Pattaya Rd and Pattaya Second Rd, and is a good choice for those looking for somewhere quieter. It has relatively new facilities, with 1 and 2 bedroom suites from 1,600 baht directly; discounted lower rates are sometimes available through other sources.
  • Room Club The Bed Suite, 318/79 Grand Condotel (on Dongtan Beach), Thappraya Rd, Nongprue Banglamung, +66 38 251461, [85]. All rooms are equipped with free wireless ADSL Internet, DVD player, mini-bar and TV with 40 channels which includes BBC, CNN, RAI, Deutsche Welle, BVN and many other international channels. Facilities and services: restaurant, bar, smoking area, coffee shop, Jacuzzi, outdoor pool, car park, spa, Wi-Fi in public areas, airport transfer, room service, and laundry service/dry cleaning. Start at 1,800 baht.  edit
  • Sawasdee Pattaya 367 Moo 10 Soi 13, Pattaya 2 Rd [86], The hotel provide 24 hours CCTV security camera and a security guard on duty. Other features like Internet cafe, Thai, & International cuisine restaurant and room service.
  • Sawasdee Sabai (Sawasdee Court) 501/27 Soi 10, Pattaya 2nd Rd [87], Sawasdee Sabai (Sawasdee Court) is a colonial Thai-style hotel. The hotel provide 24 hours CCTV security camera and a security guard on duty. Other features like Internet cafe, Thai, & International cuisine restaurant and room service.
  • Sawasdee Sunshine or Sawasdee Mansion 502/1 Moo 10 Soi 11, Pattaya 2nd Rd [88], The hotel provides 24 hours CCTV security camera and a security guard on duty. Other features like Internet cafe, Thai, & international cuisine restaurant and room service.
  • Sunshine 217/1 Moo 10, Beach Rd Soi 8. [89], Email:rsvn@sunshinepattaya.com. Located in the centre of Soi 8. All rooms have air-con, shower or bath tub with hot/cool water, cable TV, fridge with mini-bar. Rooms starting from 1,000 baht.
  • Sabai Group operates a pair of hotels on opposite sides of Soi 2, the Sabai Lodge [90] and the Sabai Inn [91], both of which offer a wide range of room classes between 700 and 3,000 baht.
  • Sandy Spring Hotel, Soi 13, [92]. This is a new moderately priced hotel. Located in the central shopping area, close to the main night life areas. Also has a sister hotel Summer Spring situated on Soi 1.
  • Sunbeam Hotel Pattaya Beach Soi 8 [93], tel. +66 38 427120-9 One of the coziest centrally located hotels close to the beach and shopping arcades.
  • Vik house, 154/ 54-56 thappraya soi 5 (residential area east of the Budha hill, between Pattaya and Jomtien), 081-435.47.50 (). checkout: 12. Quiet and convenient location. Pool, fridge and tv, simple modern design, terrace, 500 (week)-800 (night).  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • 4 BR Private Villa (Pattaya Group Vacation Rental), [94]. checkin: 12:00 pm (noon); checkout: 2 pm. This is a 4 Bedroom private villa suitable for those traveling as a group. Facilities include a private pool, open space living, dining and kitchen and a jet massager.The villa is only minutes away from the beach and five kilometres from Khao Chee Chan and the famous golden Buddha. 451 USD.  edit
  • Amari Nova Suites Pattaya 254 M.9, Soi Petchtrakool, Tel. +66 38 489 488 [95] In the heart of central Pattaya, 2 km from Walking St. It offers a rooftop pool and rooms with fully-equipped kitchens. Free WiFi.
  • Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, 240 Moo 5, Pattaya-Naklua Rd, tel. +66 38 418 418 [96]. Northern end of Pattaya Bay, 5 minutes from entertainment areas. One lap pool and one free form. Large rooms with LCD TVs and open bathroom concept. Expect to pay upwards of 5,000 baht/ night. Also have Garden Wing costing around 3500 baht/ night.
  • Club Aviva, 100 Moo 9, Tambon Pong (20 minutes inland from Pattaya, free pickup on request), tel. +66 38 735 050 [97]. Part of Horseshoe Point and intended primarily for riders; also has a tennis court, swimming pool and basic spa. The buildings and grounds are decorated in a faux-Spanish style with all expected facilities, including two decent restaurants. Doubles with breakfast from 2300 baht.
  • Hard Rock Hotel, 429 Moo 9, Pattaya Beach Resort (between Central Pattaya Rd and Beach Rd, just south of Soi Yodsak (Soi 6)), +66 38 428 755, [98]. Extensive private grounds, a 2,000 square metre outdoor pool with an imitation beach, and an outdoor rock climbing wall. 3,399-35,000 baht.  edit
  • Hotel iDYLL The Boutique Pattaya Beach Soi 7 Tel. +66 38 423683-7 [99] The ultimate conjunction of Victorian and contemporary architecture forms a boutique gallery hotel.
  • Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, 218/2-4 Moo 10, Beach Rd tel. +66 38412120 [100]. Adjacent to Royal Garden Plaza, in the heart of the central shopping district, convenient to entertainment areas.
  • Royal Cliff Hotels Group. 353 Phra Tamnuk Rd, tel. +66 38 250 421 [101]. Occupies a 64 acre estate along with a beautiful beach. This is the only resort in Thailand to be elevated to the TTG Travel Hall of Fame. The resort consists of four hotels each with its own style and ambiance.
  • Sheraton Pattaya Resort (เชอราตัน พัทยา รีสอร์ท), 437 Phra Tamnak Road, Pattaya, 20150 (Pattatasainueng road past Royal Cliff on right), +66 (38) 259-888 (, fax: +66 (38) 259-800), [102]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. This is a 5 star Starwood branded resort with amenities and facilities including private rooms and suites, 5 restaurants, in-room jacuzzis, outdoor pools including infinity pool, conference and business centers, on-site spa, all <5 minutes’ walk to the resort’s private beach or 3 km taxi to downtown. 5100-5500 THB (U$180-220). (12.925097,100.86196) edit

Stay safe[edit]

Traffic[edit]

For most people, the most hazardous aspect of visiting Pattaya is the traffic. The top three accident black spots are:

  • Dolphin Roundabout (intersection of Beach Rd, Second Rd, North Pattaya Rd and Naklua Rd)
  • junction of Beach Rd and Central Pattaya Rd
  • junction of Beach Rd / Walking St and South Pattaya Rd

Most accidents in Pattaya involve motorbikes, and are especially common late at night and in the early hours of the morning, when drunk driving is a significant problem. Be careful on the roads, even if you’re just crossing one on foot (and be equally careful both on and off pedestrian crossings, as Thai drivers generally ignore them, and many foreigners seem to approach them with the hope of scoring double points); be careful on the pavements too. Obstacles apparently purpose-engineered to trip up as many people as possible are commonplace, and motorcyclists use footpaths as short cuts with impunity. When riding in the back of an otherwise empty songthaew, it’s probably safest to sit directly behind the cab.
In the event of an accident, the injured are usually bundled into the back of the next available songthaew.

A completely different genre of traffic-related accident was highlighted by a fatality in January 2006 when a surfacing diver was hit by a speedboat propeller near Ko Laan. Unfortunately, the popularity of Pattaya’s beaches combined with a relatively relaxed attitude to safety concerns in general means that swimmers and divers (and even sunbathers on the beach!) being struck by speedboats and jet skis is not such a rare occurrence.

Scams[edit]

Some of the scams to be wary of:

  • Jet-skiing rentals are available along all the popular beaches, with rates starting around 600 baht for 30 minutes. A common scam involves some operators attempting to collect surcharges for supposed damage – call the Tourist Police (1155) if necessary.
  • Be careful with doing relatively small purchases with 1,000 baht notes, particularly in bars and nightlife venues. A common scam is that a waiter will give you back insufficient change, insisting that you paid with a 500 baht note. It’s your word against the waiter’s, so it is nearly impossible to prove that you in fact paid with a 1,000 baht note. You can try to get the manager involved, but he/she generally plays along. To avoid this, you can explicitly let the waiter state that you are paying with a 1,000 baht note beforehand, but it’s probably wiser to avoid paying with 1,000 baht notes at all.

Police[edit]

The main police station is on Beach Road (at the corner of Soi 9); dial 191, or ☎ +66 38 420-802(-5). For Bang Lamung Police Station, dial ☎ +66 38 221-331.

The Tourist Police (☎ 1155, [103]) relocated from Second Road to new purpose-built offices on Pratamnak Road — they are now located next door to the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) Information Office, exactly 1 km south of the junction of Second Road and South Pattaya Road — proceed along Pratamnak Road, continue straight up the hill, and where the road bears sharp right part way up, turn sharp left into the small side-soi. Alternatively, their mobile minivan office which sets up every evening at the junction of Walking Street, South Pattaya Road, and Beach Road is much easier to reach.

The Pattaya Tourist Police advise that in theory foreigners should carry their passports with them at all times, however they also suggest that in practice a good photocopy (personal details page, visa and entry stamp pages, and TM card) is acceptable.

Crime[edit]

Like most of Thailand, Pattaya is generally safe for tourists and violent crime such as mugging or robbery is unusual, with the exception of jewellery and bag snatching (usually with the thieves on motorcycles, and often with the victims on motorcycles too) which is endemic.

Beware of lady boys approaching you with questions (“Where you from?”) and later she and/or her friend try to kiss you just in order to snatch your jewellery. In fact leave all your gold and valuables at the room safe or even at home.

Watch out when doing water sports at the beach areas. There is a common tourist trap where tourists going for jet ski-ing are being forced to pay for equipment damages (which are not caused by the tourists) amounting up to 100K baht. Even after negotiations and intervention from the related embassies and agencies, a payment of around 10K baht is still required for the damages. Thus, you must exercise extreme caution when doing equipment loans or doing sports on vehicles provided by the shops.

Swindles and pickpocketing are more commonly encountered by tourists. It is very inadvisable not to tell anyone that it is your first visit to Thailand, since you will then be marked down as an ‘easy touch’.

The nightlife/entertainment areas have a lot of activity and are generally very safe, however pickpockets are a problem, especially on Walking Street when it’s crowded, despite the official Tourist Police patrolling the area at night. For this reason, a visitor should not carry a passport and/or credit card with them, especially at night. These should be left in the safe at your hotel along with the bulk of your cash, or if they must be carried then they should be securely concealed. If you have been pick pocketed and then you actually spot the likely pickpocket departing, do not follow. You could be mistaken, and you almost certainly will be accused of being mistaken. Just put it down to experience, and leave the immediate area.

Never ever ‘pick a fight’ in any circumstance, no matter how much you have had to drink. Never try to intervene, even verbally, in an argument between two or more Thai people.

No matter how much you are being pestered, just smile and walk on. In cash payments, disputes over the value of notes and the amount of change can be avoided by carrying smaller notes and trying to give near enough the exact amount.

The beach side of Beach Road used to be worth avoiding late at night, however the entire length of both the promenade and beach are now floodlit, and although it’s still a popular haunt for “freelance” working girls, it’s now much busier from dusk through until dawn and by no means a “no-go” area.

Visitors should not visit entertainment venues that do not display a long-standing fixed sign outside, or which appear to be very poorly lit inside. Also, one or two of the hundreds of seemingly bright and established venues may actually be operating as a ‘clip joint’, offering free admission and then refusing to allow visitors to leave until they have settled a faked bill for non-existent drinks. Again, it is wisest simply pay up, leave and put it down to experience.

As always, travellers should take extra care in all poorly lit or more remote areas, and very late at night. This is especially the case if one has had too much to drink.

Most reputable hotels will require the presentation of ID cards by guests. Throughout Pattaya guests will not be admitted to hotel rooms if they are under the age of 20. This is a useful way for tourists to guarantee that their new-found friend is actually the age he/she says she is, and thus avoid possible police attention.

Drugs: as in all of Thailand, the penalties for possession and/or distribution of drugs are harsh.

Gambling: is illegal in Thailand, and the local press reports Pattaya Police as having a “zero tolerance” policy for gambling offences.

Drinking[edit]

The legal minimum age for customers in drinking establishments and discos is 20. In Pattaya this is rarely enforced for foreigners, but is frequently enforced for Thais, including those accompanying foreigners. Pattaya police conduct raids to check for underage employees (especially in “indoor” and go-go bars) and patrons (especially in discos) from time to time, and less frequently to enforce closing times. Foreign tourists are not the targets of these raids and are usually asked to produce ID (photocopy of photo/ID page of passport will normally suffice) and then allowed to leave, but are sometimes tested for drugs via an on-the-spot urine sample.

Contact[edit]

Internet[edit]

Internet access is widely available in Pattaya, and speed and reliability of the connection is generally good; however, as is the case throughout Thailand, quality varies. The majority of Internet shops tend to open late and close late, but many are open 24/7; prices range from 120 baht/hr down to 20 baht/hr. One baht/min is typical for predominantly tourist-oriented shops, many of which also offer lower rates for pre-paid blocks of time. It’s not difficult to find well-equipped, quiet, air-conditioned Internet cafés that charge 30 baht/hr if you shop around a little; likewise shops that can accommodate users who want to hook up their own laptops can easily be found. Printing (black/white) is usually 10 baht/page (30 baht/page for colour).

Many Internet cafés and photo-processing shops have facilities for off-loading digital photos from memory cards and burning them to a CD, for which the going rate is 100 baht per CD. As always, carefully verify the integrity of the images on the CD before re-formatting the memory card, and consider having two copies burned to CD — one CD to send home by mail, the other CD to take home in your luggage as a backup.

Telephone[edit]

The area code for Pattaya is 038. You only need to dial the 0 if you’re calling from within Thailand. Overseas calls can be made from many agencies and Internet shops, as well as guest houses and hotels — most advertise a rate of 10 baht/min (or 20 baht/min to mobile phones). Using local SIM card may be a cheaper and more convenient alternative.

Pattaya Telecommunications Centre (183/44 Soi Post Office (opposite side to the Post Office, about 6 shops east, M-Sa 10:00-18:00). Outside, in the 24/7 payphones booth, there’s an International Operator Direct Connection (IODC/Home Country Direct) service phone which provides one button press connections (suitable for making collect calls) to operators in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines (Philcom and PLDT), Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States (AT&T, MCI, and Sprint).

Post[edit]

Pattaya has several post offices, the most central of which can be found (believe it or not) halfway along Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2). As well as the usual postal services, it handles Western Union transactions and hosts a large number of post/security boxes. On weekdays (except public holidays) it’s open 08:30-16:30, and on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays it’s open 09:00-12:00; ☎ +66 38 429-340(-1). One-stop-shops that handle DHL, EMS, FedEx, TNT, and UPS are relatively common. Try:

  • Pattaya Postal Service, 524/26 Moo 10, Soi Buakhao, +66 38 720-418. M-Sa 10:30-18:00.  edit
  • PAWS Post Service, Pattaya New Plaza, 329/10 Moo 9 (off Second Road), +66 38 720-957. M-Sa 10:30-18:00.  edit

Money Transfer[edit]

If you need money sent to you urgently then there are many Western Union agents located throughout Pattaya. If you regularly visit Thailand or for extended periods then it might be worth opening a local bank account to avoid the high ATM charges for International bank cards as well as fluctuating exchange rates.

Cope[edit]

Publications[edit]

Pattaya has several foreign language newspapers; most come out weekly. The English newspapers include Pattaya Times, Pattaya Today, Pattaya Mail, and Pattaya People Weekly. Additionally, there are French, Norwegian, German, Russian and Japanese publications. There are also several tourist magazines and nightlife, most of them coming out monthly.

  • L’indicateur Magazine, [104]. A monthly magazine and a business directory in French. FREE.  edit
  • Pattaya Blatt, [105]. A weekly newspaper in German. 25 baht.  edit
  • Pattaya Mail, [106]. A weekly newspaper in English. 25 baht.  edit
  • Pattaya People (Pattaya Aktuell), [107]. This weekly newspaper is mainly written in English with some German and a little Thai. 25 baht.  edit
  • Pattaya Today, [108]. This English-language newspaper is published semi-monthly. 20 baht.  edit

Consulates[edit]

  • Da-flag.png Denmark, 384/22 Moo 12, Jomthien Garden House #52, Sub-soi 11, Jomtien Beach Rd, +66 38 231-630, [109]. M 09:00-11:30, 14:00-17:00, Tu, F 09:00-11:30.  edit
  • Fr-flag.png France (Honorary), La Fontaine, 280/3 Beach Rd, +55 38 710-800(-2). W, F 14:00-16:00.  edit
  • Hu-flag.png Hungary, 42/15 Sabaijai Village, Sukhumvit Rd, +66 38 373-056.  edit
  • No-flag.png Norway, 384/22 Moo 12, Jomthien Garden House #52, Sub-soi 11, Jomtien Beach Rd, +66 38 231-630, [110]. M 09:00-11:30, 14:00-17:00, Tu, F 09:00-11:30.  edit
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, This is now closed and you have to go to Bangkok, [111].  edit

Immigration office[edit]

The Pattaya Immigration Office [112] is now housed in new premises near the inland end of Soi 5, Jomtien Beach Road. Opening hours are 08:30-16:30 weekdays, 08:30-12:00 (extentions/notifications only) on Saturdays (☎ +66 38 252-750); casual but smart attire is OK, however entry in swimwear or without a shirt is not permitted.

Entry permit extensions are processed on a same day (if applied for before noon — collect after 15:00) or next working day (if applied for after noon). On Saturdays, previous applications can be collected, and new applications can be submitted (for collection next working day). For most nationalities, a 30 day entry permit stamp will usually be extended to 45 days (whereas in Bangkok only an additional 10 days will be given) and a 60 day entry permit stamp will usually be extended to 90 days (further extensions beyond 90 days are also possible). In all cases, the entry permit extension fee is 1,900 baht, and two passport photos must be supplied. Photocopies (5 baht) and photos (100 baht for two) are available from a shop inside the immigration office compound (these prices are about four times as much as can easily be found elsewhere). Note that entry permit extensions are discretionary, and must be applied for in person. Shorter extensions are likely to be issued to nationalities who do not qualify for “visa free” entry; longer extensions are issued in certain circumstances.

Airline offices[edit]

Various online and print resources give Pattaya addresses for Kuwait Airways, Orient Thai/Orient Express/One-Two-Go, and Thai Russian Air Service — however all these offices have been closed. The following airlines still have offices in place:

  • Bangkok Airways, 75/8 Moo 9, Second Rd, +66 38 412-382, [113]. 08:00-12:00, 13:00-17:30 (ticketing closes at 17:00.  edit
  • Thai Airways International, Dusit Resort Hotel, 240/2 Beach Rd (near the Dolphin Roundabout), +66 38 420-995(-97), [114]. M-Sa 09:00-17:00.  edit

Laundry[edit]

Small laundry services abound, charging by the piece. Prices start at 5 baht/underwear, 8 baht/shirt, 10 baht/trousers,15 baht/jeans; if you have a lot, a few will charger larger loads by weight. All hotels and guesthouses worth their salt also cater for this, although prices tend to be higher — starting about double the above at inexpensive places, running up to international chains and similar large splurge properties where it can run well above 100 baht/piece.

In smaller and more informally managed accommodation, the maid who cleans your room will probably welcome the opportunity to boost her meager salary and do your laundry by hand, typically for a few baht more than an outside laundry service. Usually it’s a next day service, but might take a little longer if it rains.

  • Kittana Laundry, Soi Yume 13 (located between Foodland and Carrefour, off Central Road), +66 8 1300-6803, [115]. Pick-up and delivery service in the Pattaya-area.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Rayong Vans drive along Sukhumvit towards Rayong and further to Trat. Easy and fast, but some drivers are little cow-boys hunting for clients and forgetting there are in the traffic. Give preference to the big buses when possible.

Nearby destinations suitable for day trips include:

  • Bang Saen
  • Chonburi
  • Jomtien — officially a part of Pattaya, this beach front is more mellow and popular among families and expats. The most northern part is especially (but not exclusively) popular among gays. Songtaews drive along Thap Phraya road along Jomtien beach road (10 bahts pp).
  • Ko Laan — small island close to Pattaya
  • Ko Sak — small island just north of Ko Laan
  • Ko Samet — quiet white beaches
  • Ko Si Chang — small nearby island, not focused on beach life
  • Laem Chabang
  • Si Racha


Routes through Pattaya
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Varadero, Cuba – Travel Guide

Varadero, Cuba – Travel Guide

 

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Varadero beach

Varadero is a relatively exclusive part of Cuba, abundant with private hotels, gorgeous beaches and the country’s only full golf course. The fantastic beaches with clear turquoise warm water makes this an island lovers paradise.

Get in[edit]

Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport [1]. Many package tours fly directly to Varadero from Canada and from Europe. There is a currency exchange booth only in the departures hall. The booth in the arrivals hall is now closed, but there is one on the outside of the airport across from the passanger pick-up. There is also one past security in the waiting hall.

  • Taxi from airport to the town (about 10km) costs about 25-30CUC. It may be possible to bargain the fare to about 20CUC, but not much less.

Alternately you can walk out to the airport parking lot and tip (5-10CUC) one of the tour bus drivers to hitch a ride to your hotel/resort – this always works out cheaper than taxi if you travel solo.

  • Hiring a car is also possible in the Varadero Airport or through various hotels.

It may also be possible to get to Havana on a hotel transfer bus for about 10CUC by negotiating with the driver.

There are no trains.

Get around[edit]

Many visitors do not stray far from their package tour hotel. Depending on how close to the town of Varadero your hotel is located, many opportunities to explore either on foot or with a vehicle are present. Visitors staying at Varadero beach hotels (pretty much from the Internacional Hotel or past) end up walking the beach. Any trip to town will require a ride. Those staying in Varadero town have many options on foot.

By bus

There is a double-decker open-on-top bus that runs on a regular schedule from the tip of the peninsula (up by the Blau Marina Hotel and Princessa del Mar) all the way into the town of Varadero, with stops at the International Centre (shopping mall with about 100 stores, and restaurants), the open-air marketplace, and most major hotels. Look for the blue sign-posts to indicate stops, routing, and schedules. 5cuc gets you a day pass that you can use as much as you want goes along the whole peninsula. Watch out for the palm tree branches when sitting on the open top, the branches may whack you in the head.

By taxi

All hotels will have a taxi stand. Fares are either metered or set by distance. Some hotels, mostly the better ones, have car rentals available right at the hotel. There are also several rental outlets in Varadero.

Other

In town, there are motorized trikes with a round enclosure (think of a car-sized orange) that are available for hire, either for sightseeing or point-to-point travel. These are referred to as Coco Taxi.

There are also horse-drawn caleches (carriages) available for hire. They are more prevalent in town, but any hotel concierge or front desk can arrange one upon request. Mopeds are readily for hire throughout town at a cost of 9CUC for one hour, 12CUC for two hours or 20CUC for twenty four hours. You’ll need a drivers licence to rent one, even a learners one will do.

See and Do[edit]

  • Parque Josone — A park in the middle of Varadero filled with birds, vendors, music and camel rides for the kids. It cannot be missed, as it is located in the very centric 1st Avenue and 56th street where almost all visitors will eventually drive or walk in their stay in the beautiful beach destination. Parque Josone is a special place with fabulous botanical gardens, miniature violets, lakes and bridges, parrots, flamingos and more. The park is fruit of the creation of a romantic couple: Jose and Onelia whose combined names give origin to the parks name Josone.
  • Tropicana Matanzas — Visit the newest Tropicana, the most famous cabaret of Cuba. An artistic production featuring Cuban dance, music and history. W-Su, 5 hours duration, 49CUC.
  • Seafari Cayo Blanco — Excursion by Catamaran, snorkeling in a coral barrier reef, entertainment, music, lunch and open bar with Cuban cocktails in Cayo Blanco. There is the option to either swim with the dolphins or visit the dolphin show at Delfinario and enjoy a sunset party. M-Su (7 hours duration). 75CUC for the sunset party and dolphin show trip. 85CUC for the chance to swim with dolphins instead.
  • Delfinario — A dolphin show with the option to actually swim with the dolphins, 15CUC for the show and 85CUC for the show + swim.
  • Bellamar Caves — Visit the oldest tourist attraction in Cuba, open to visitors since the 1860s. The caves are extensive and impressive. There are quite a few steps down into the cave and it is slightly damp and rough underfoot, and also very warm.
  • Villa Du Pont Once the residence of Irénée Du Pont, the green-roofed hacienda style building built in 1928 is today the headquarters of the Varadero Golf Club. The golf course, just a few steps away, features 18 holes, the largest in Cuba. The visitor has the opportunity to admire the splendor of its mahogany furniture, floors made out the finest Italian marble, bronze candelabra and oil paintings. The basement offers Varadero´s most luxurious and expensive restaurant, “Las Américas”. On the first floor there are 5 finely decorated and equipped guest rooms, plus a presidential suite. A few steps higher on the second floor, an attractive bar “Mirador” (open 24 hours), product of a mixture between art deco and Moorish style, will surely keep you there sipping tasty Cuban cocktails at sunset.

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Currency

In tourist facilities and other service units, prices are set in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). In Varadero, Cayo Largo del Sur, Jardines del Rey (Coco and Guillermo Keys), Santa Lucía Beach, Covarrubias Beach, and Holguín province, you can also pay in euros.
Credit Cards (except those issued by US banks or their branches in other countries) can be used in most Varadaro shops but it is more useful to take cash (CUCs) to the markets.

Currency Exchange

In Cuba , there are two different currencies: Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) and Cuban Pesos (CUP). (1 CUC=24 CUP).

You may exchange Euros, Canadian dollars, Pounds, Swiss francs, and others for Cuban Convertible Pesos. The exchange rates for those currencies are set in accord with the exchange rates on the international market. You can acquire ‘pesos convertibles’ at the airport, banks and at the Money Exchange Offices, called “CADECA” (you can find these offices everywhere in the country). You can obtain Cuban Pesos also in the CADECAs or at any local bank or at the front desk of your resort.

Make sure you count your change at CADECA before leaving the booth. The exchange booth at the Varadero Airport is known to short-change tourists by trimming it to the nearest 10CUC, which is never a practise throughout the country as they’re supposed to give change to the nearest 5 centavos (0.05 CUC).

Shopping

Beach Vendors are abundant on the beaches bracketing the resorts. Their “carts” are built up from a bicycle with many shelves and hooks to display their wares while easily rolling along the beach. Haggling is not as common in Cuba as it is in the Dominican but it can be done.

The usual items that people shop for in Cuba are rum, cigars, coffee and jewelry.

Rum is best purchased at the Casa de Ron, this shop has the best selection. Though other small grocery stores and hotel gift shops stock the favorites.

Across the street from the Casa de Ron is the cigar shop. Again, the selection is enormous and the prices are better than in some of the hotel gift shops.

Periodicals[edit]

Granma is the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba and is also available in English.
Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth), the official periodical of Cuba’s Union of Young Communists is also available in English.

United States periodicals are not available.

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Many packages are “all-inclusive” at major resorts, especially those further up the peninsula. These cater primarily to North American tourists, who make up the bulk of visitors. Some of them do offer room/hotel packages (EP, or European Plan), but they are becoming harder to find. Most hotels past the golf course are all-inclusive by circumstance, as there are few nearby restaurants. There is a very good restaurant at the Marina, and several at the International Shopping Centre. The clubhouse at the Varadero Golf Course (this was the old Dupont Mansion) has an extensive menu and a lovely setting overlooking the ocean on one side, the golf course on the other.

In the town of Varadero, there is everything from open-air marketplace-type food stalls to the local version of fast food. In town you can find: Pollo Loco (pronounced Po-Yo Lo-Ko, or crazy chickens), hamburguesas con queso (cheeseburgers), sandwiches (surprisingly, pressed Cuban sandwiches are hard to find), and the odd pizza joint. There are also a few restaurants serving sit-down dinners and lunches. Chicken, pork and fish are the most frequent items, but beef is not hard to find. Menus are usually posted outside.

Visitors staying at any of the hotels in town have many choices. Many of these hotels are older and nowhere near as fancy as the beach resorts, and they cater to a different clientele.

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The Mojito is Cuba’s signature drink. Made with freshly crushed mint, lime juice and white rum it is a unique delicious flavour. Second to the Mojito is the Cuba Libre, a combination of rum, cola and lime juice.

Cristal beer can be had for a dollar a can. It is a good tasting light pilsner. Mayabe is another good beer, not as light at Cristal and not as heavy as the much stronger Bucanero or Bucanero Fuerte. Most all inclusive resorts stock both Cristal and Bucanero.

Caney is made in the former Bacardi factory on the east end of the island. It is Cuba’s premium brand of rum. It’s available in Carta Blanca (white), or traditionally darker varieties of differing aging quality. Rum is called “Ron” in Cuba and “Ron Mulatta” is a cheaper brand often supplied to inclusive hotels (it tastes just as good). If you don’t drink Rum you might want to stop into the duty free store on the way down and bring your favorite drink. Low quality Russian Vodka can be obtained in Havana, but high quality spirits are hard to find and expensive as it caters to Cuba’s tourists.

Wine made in Cuba is very sweet and not all that far from grape juice. It has its charms but true wine lovers may want to bring a bottle from home or the duty free shop.

Cubans also drink plenty of coffee, and they like to brew it strong. Order café espresso for a straight shot, or café con leche if you’d like it mixed with warm milk. Ask for café americano if you want a milder brew.

You can drink the water in Cuba but it is recommended that you purchase bottled water, which is available throughout the island in hotels and resorts. Another option is to buy a big bottle of water on your first days and keep refilling it at the resort drink fountains where water, cola and other soft drinks are dispensed.

  • Paladar de la 31, Calle 31. Very extense menu with Cuban specialities, incredibly tasty pastas, sushi, salads, stews and a lot of dishes that you won’t normally find in Varadero. Excellent food, friendly service.  edit


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Varadero Internacional

Varadero has by far the biggest diversity of hotels in Cuba, you will find whole range of accommodation from little hotels to well known international chains like Melia, Sandals, Iberostar or the local Cubanacan.

Cubans can be found staying in Hotels of the Islazul or Horizontes brand. These hotels can be quite spartan if affordable. The experience may well be worth the inconvenience, although mingling is officially discouraged. The horseshoe shaped Hotel Islazul Herradura is a fine example.

  • Hotel Varadero Internacional, Ave las Americas, Km 1, [3]. With 162 rooms, at 30km from the Airport, it is one of the classic hotels in Varadero. All included modality, with a great view of the beach. Prices starting at €160  edit

Make sure when you get into any of these hotels, ask for a mosquito net or a room that is located higher up in the building.

  • El Caney, Varadero Beach (right in the sand). Best views of the beach while digging into local fresh seafood and meat grills. Traditionally Cuban.  edit

Since 2012, casa particulares which can legally host foreigners have been in operation in Varadero. Apparently there is a wide variety in terms of the quality of the casas, from perfectly clean, nice and adequate to concrete blocks in the back of someone’s house. Try to get a recommendation of a good casa particular from a trusted source. One casa particular which apparently has consistently good reviews from travellers is:

  • Casa Kenia on Calle 56 y Playa, located in the same street as the Varadero Museum. There are three, clean bedrooms rented, with air conditioning, TV and private bathroom. The casa is located right beside a nice piece of beach. Price per night is 30 CUC but is negotiable especially in low season and when the guest wants to stay for 3+ nights. Kenia’s mother sometimes runs a restaurant, but when this is closed, Kenia and her husband will sometimes let you use their own kitchen facilities.

Stay safe[edit]

Cuba in general, and Varadero in particular, are very safe places for travellers. Varadero is pretty strictly a tourist enclave, with limited access for locals, and routinely policed. Elsewhere in Cuba is much different. It is, however, arguably the safest country in the Caribbean for travelers, including single females. Use your common sense and you’ll be fine.

Credit card scam at Varadero Airport — This scam involves storekeepers in small shops taking out a purchase as a cash advance on your credit card. When the victim tries to purchase, the shopkeeper says ‘one moment’ and goes to an accomplice working at the CADECA cash exchange counter to give the amount of the cash advance and the card number. The CADECA teller then processes the cash advance, and the storekeeper asks the victim to return to show passport and sign. The receipt appears like a sale as it is written ‘VENTA’. The bank teller gives the cash directly to the shopkeeper. In addition, the shopkeeper can easily give a box of fake cigars from a bag or other source. Because the receipt comes from the bank counter and the client has signed for what is supposedly a cash advance, credit card companies (i.e. MasterCard) are reluctant to refund or complain against this particular (and very lucrative) merchant. The lesson for the tourist is to never let one’s credit card out of one’s hands, and even then in many places it is better to pay cash. Also, shops are less expensive after Customs than in the pre-checkin lounge. CAVEAT EMPTOR!

Beach Safety — The flag system on the beaches is simple to learn and will keep you safe while enjoying your vacation. Red flag, no swimming. Yellow flag, be cautious. Green flag, go swim. Remember that strong tides can pull you out further than you intended to go and then keep you out there. Life guards often can be seen patrolling wearing Red Cross symbols on their shirts.

Get out[edit]

There is no money exchange booth (Cadeca) in the Arrivals Hall. The only Cadeca at the airport is in the departure area where there are many duty free shops catering to Cuban rum, cigars, artwork and other merchandise.

There is a 25CUC departure tax in the airport. This can be paid in the main lobby of the airport, after you check in for your flight. It is payable only in cash and only in CUC’s



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Thredbo Village, Kosciuszko National Park, Australia – Travel Guide

Thredbo Village, Kosciuszko National Park, Australia – Travel Guide

 

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Thredbo [1] is a ski resort within Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the Alpine Way road and is 1380 metres above sea level.

Understand[edit]

Thredbo is is probably the closest thing Australia has to an alpine village. It lies just on the snowline, and has a variety of accommodation, ski lodges, restaurants, and even a heated swimming pool. Accommodation is just a short walk or shuttle bus ride to the ski lifts in the winter, and the town is still alive during the summer months, with bushwalks, mountain biking, and even some snowplay well into summer. By comparison Perisher Valley is a large ski resort, with more lifts and more skiing area during winter. However it is not a summer destination, and all you will see there is a large carpark. There is some accommodation there also, but little alpine village atmosphere.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • The nearest airport with scheduled services is Canberra. From there you can hire a car or get a coach to Thredbo.

By car[edit]

  • Thredbo is about 2.5 hours drive from Canberra, and 1 hour from Cooma, and around 6 hours drive from Sydney. The drive from Melbourne is also around 6 hours via the Alpine Way. A nice drive during summer, but can be subject to snow and ice during winter. Check road conditions.

National park entry fees apply to vehicles and are payable at entrance stations on roads into the park and other locations. There is also a fee for bus passengers. The fee for a car in winter is $27 per 24 hours. In summer it is $16 per vehicle per day. Drive-through (non-stop) passes for the Alpine Way are free.

Chains must be carried during winter, and you must know how to fit them. If chains are required, signs will be placed in the appropriate chain fitting bays, however quite often chains are not required.

By bus[edit]

During the ski season many bus companies offer ad-hoc trips to the snow. Transborder Express offers year-round service once daily between Canberra and Thredbo.

Get around[edit]

A free shuttle buses run between Friday Flat, the carparks, and the Village during winter. Parking can be difficult in the village, even during the busier periods in summer. Roads run around the village however are narrow and get snowed in at times so be causous of oncoming traffic.

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Mt Kosciusko

Thredbo Histroical Museum

Alpine Wildflowers

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Winter[edit]

The entire resort is open to both skiers and snowboarders. There are beginner and all-mountain lift passes available for 1, 3 or 5 days.

The resort has the highest Australian lift and Restaurant. It caters for all levels from Friday Flats for beginners, Central Spur for intermediates and Crankenback for experts. there is usually snow from June to October with the best snow of around 2 metres during August. There are 15 Lifts in operation.

Summer[edit]

  • Climb Mount Kosciuszko Australia’s highest mountain. Take the year-round chairlift (adult $25 return, $19.50 one way; child $12.50 return, $11 one way) up to Crackenback. From there it is a gradual 6.5 km walk with a gradual incline, mostly on metal walkways, to the 2,228m summit of Mt Kosciuszko. There are few continents where the highest peak is so accessible, and a person of moderate fitness can do the return walk easily in a day. Keen hikers can continue to Mt Townsend, the second highest peak, but there is no formed track and it is not such an easy climb so you need to be confident of your hiking and navigation skills. Mt Kosciuszko can also be climbed from Charlotte Pass, where you can park your car, and avoid the lift fees.
  • Bushwalking
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Bobsled. There is a metal half tube.
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming. There is a 50m heated lap pool.
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater rafting

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Rip Curl Thredbo

Supermarket

Thredbo Newsagents

Hotshots Photography

Thredbo Post Office

All are in the village square shopping area at the heart of the village

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Eagles Nest – Australia’s highest restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch and is located at the top of the Main Chair.

Sante Churrasco – A Brazilian BBQ banquet open for dinner.

T-Bar- Family friendly bistro style pub.

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Wildbrumby Distillery – Located towards Jindabyne try the homemade brew.

Schuss Bar – Best alpine bar with live music nightly from 10pm.

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Thredbo Alpine Hotel – A full service hotel in the village.

Ski in Ski Out – Right on the super trail these self contained apartments are 5-Star

The official NSW Tourism site, VisitNSW.com, lists a large range of Thredbo Accommodation options – including lodges, cabins, hotels and hostels.

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavarian Alps, Bavaria, Germany – Travel Guide

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The Zugspitze is the highest point in Germany.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen [1] is in Bavaria.

Understand[edit]

Garmisch-Partenkirchen was founded by uniting the two towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen by a decree of Adolf Hitler to bring the 1936 Winter Olympics to Germany. The International Olympic Committee was going to pass over Germany as the host, because there were not enough hotel rooms in the host town, so Hitler forced the unification of Garmisch and Partenkirchen to create a larger town, which would be more appealing to the IOC.

Get in[edit]

Garmisch is less than an hour by car from Munich, and the ride is a beautiful stretch of Autobahn, unfortunately not the whole way. Expect to drive up to three hours on weekends and public holidays.

Also, trains leave to and from Munich every hour, and the (beautiful) ride lasts roughly 80-90 minutes on the local and 60 minutes on the express.

It is also a great end to a Romantic Road day trip beginning in Rothenburg, driving down the Romantic Road stopping at the various recommended heritage towns and ending in Garmisch for an overnight stay; or better still, a few days as it is a great base to drive out and back to Fussen [King Ludwig's castles] and Innsbruck along some of the most spectacular mountain drives you will ever see.

Get around[edit]

Public buses in Garmisch-Partenkirchen area very efficient. Lines #1 and #2 run every 20 minutes (30 minutes on weekends) and head from the Klinikum(hospital) via Bahnhof(trainstation) to Kreuzeck(ski area) or Breitenau(US-facilities). Lines #3, #4 and #5 run in opposite circles from the neighbouring villages of Farchant and Burgrain via Bahnhof and Marienplatz back to their origins. Fares are 1,50€ per trip or you can buy a weekly or monthly pass. Those who stay in hotels in town receive passes for free bus usage during their stay.
The blue line (Eibseebus) connects Garmisch every hour with Grainau and the Eibsee. This bus is helpful for hikers starting or ending trips along the valley trails and lifts.

Beside the train station is the terminus of the cogwheel train (Zugspitzbahn). The cogwheel train takes you up to the Zugspitze mountain. The ride takes 1hr 20min.

Main stops for all lines are Rathaus(townhall), Bahnhof(trainstation) and Marienplatz(center of town)
There is also a busstop of the RVO(orange buses) at the trainstation. Those buses connect Garmisch with Oberammergau/Füssen, Mittenwald and Krün/Kochel

Taxi ranks can be found outside the Trainstation(ph:08821-1616) and at the Marienplatz(ph:08821-2408) right in front of McDonalds

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Partnachklamm[edit]

The river Partnach flows through this gorge. Though it is very touristy and often crowded it is well worth a visit. After 700m the path chiselled in the rock end and you can continue your walk to one of the surrounding huts. If you arrive by car follow the signs to the Skistation or Olympic Stadium. (fee for parking depending on how long you stay). The entrance fee to the Klamm is 3 € per person, however the gorge should be opened all times, before or after opening hours it is free (at your own risk). Torch is useful. It takes about 30 minutes walking to get from the parking to the gorge entry, and some 15 minutes to get through (each way). Go early to avoid crowds.

Homes[edit]

Just walking around the town is a real treat. Take the time to walk down any street and you will be amazed at the paintings on the outside of the homes. The Bavarians have a long history of decorating the exteriors of their houses and businesses with both religious and historic paintings. The structure of the homes are also amazing. Go at the right time of the year and you can enjoy the beautiful flowers trellising down off the picturesque balconies.

Hiking and mountain views[edit]

During the winter the slopes surrounding the town are amazing for skiers and sightseers alike. During the summer months hours can be spent hiking the many trails and enjoying the panoramic views. There is a cogwheel train trip up to the top of the Zugspitze mountain which is an event in itself and a cable car descent with amazing views.

Außerfernbahn[edit]

It is a romantic train ride between Garmisch and Kempten (via Reutte in Austria) through picturesque Alpine valleys and cute towns. The Neuschwanstein Castle, at Füssen, is also along this stretch. Bayern Ticket covers this route. Lindau, at Lake Constance (Bodensee), is around 1:15 hours from Kempten by regional trains.

View of Eibsee and the Zugspitze

Zugspitze[edit]

  • Zugspitz-Zahnradbahn from Partenkirchen to Zugspitzplatt and with the Seilbahn to Zugspitze.
    Ticket: Zugspitz-Rundreise: 50,- €, young people 16-18 years.: 35,- € , children 6-15 y.: 29,- €, family with 1 children: 109,- €, 2 children: 118,- €, 3 children: 127,- €. (sommer 2013)

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Alpine Sports[edit]

Garmisch-Partenkirchen boasts some of the best skiing in Germany. Located at the base of the country’s tallest mountain, year round glacial snow is guaranteed. The “Happy Ski Pass” can be purchased for use of four ski areas in that area in both Austria and Germany: Seefeld(Seefeld is currently(2012) off the list – but this seems to change from season to season so best to check), Mittenwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the region “Tiroler Zugspitz Arena”. The pass starts at 88 € and offers 3 to 21 days of skiing, 4 of 6 days and 5 of 10.

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  • Isi’s Goldener Engel, Bankgasse 5. In Garmisch itself there is a wonderful restaurant with good bavarian food (very nice price-quality relationship – a dinner for 3 persons including beer will cost nearly €50) and friendly staff  edit
  • Bei Marcus, Zugspitzstraße 2, +49 (08821) 79 8000. Just up the road a short ways towards Ehrwald is the small town of Grainau where you can find the Zugspitze cafe. This is a wonderful family owned restaurant with the best bavarian food around.  edit
  • RestaurantDOLOMITI, (On post at Artillery Kaserne, campgrounds), 08821 – 7502609. M-F 11AM-2PM, 5PM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM. A family restaurant recommended for US military and civilians; the best burgers in town, pizza and pasta, etc., large beergarden, cozy loft upstairs, awesome music, service with a smile. Large groups need to make reservations. You also need to be able to get onto the base now. Since 2008, the customs rules have changed and civillians without a sponsor cannot get on post. (US Dollars or Euros accepted).  edit

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  • Irish Pub, rathaus platz 8., +49-8821-3938. W-Sa 8PM. friendly bilingual waiting staff serves cold Guinness and cold Bavarian lagers to a mixed crowd of locals, ex-pats and tourists. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Beer garden out front in the summer and winter months and 3 big-screen TV’s with live coverage of any major sports event.  edit
  • Schwarze Gams, Rathausplatz 9 (near Marienplatz), +49-8821-4651. Located in the center of town is this underground venue. Augustiner Bier on tab or from the bottle.  edit
  • Peaches Cocktailbar and Music Cafe, Marienplatz 17, +49-8821-95-77-0, [2]. Bar: 7PM-3AM, Pizzeria: Su-Th 6PM-12AM, F-Sa 6PM-1AM, Music Cafe: Th-Sa 10PM. Three venues in one, a lively bar (Peaches), Italian restaurant (Pizzeria), and dance club (Music Cafe) inhabit a building at the head of the Marienplatz in the heart of Garmisch. On Mondays the restaurant offers every pizza half-off, Tuesdays are “American Pay Day” where $1 U.S. equals 1 Euro, and on Thursdays the Music Cafe dance club serves up two-for-one cocktails all night long. They also have a casino downstairs.  edit
  • The Local Cure Bar, Zugspitzstraße 70, +49-08821-512-82. The English-speaking waiting staff make this a favorite amongst local ex-pats and American and British tourists.  edit
  • Creation Fromage, Alpspitzstrasse 4, 015209553744. 09:30-18:30. A small Fromagerie (cheese shop) offering the best in regional/Alpine Cheeses, Stilton,Cheddar, Brie de Meaux, amongst ca. 80 varieties. The friendly staff is competent & helpful. French wines, foodstuffs, and small bakery items are also offered. The Croissants, Baguette, and Pain Au Chocolat are the best in town. English speakers always welcome! Medium.  edit

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen has big variety of lodging. If you want to camp, stay at the Youth hostel, a bed and breakfast or a 4 star hotel, you can find it all.
The tourist information Am Kurpark is open 7 days a week and can help you find a room.

Ferienwohnungen[edit]

Ferienwohnungen are holiday apartments available for rent which include furniture and generall full kitchens. Perfect for 2+ people who are staying several days or even longer. You can often find single floors of a house unit, or entire houses for rent.

  • Ferienwohnungen Schalmeiweg (Holiday Apartments), Schalmeiweg 13, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 0049 8821 7814500, [3]. Ferienwohnungen Schalmeiweg are newly built holiday apartments near the historic center of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the famous Ludwigstrasse. The apartments offer stunning views on the Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain. 1 to 10 people can sleep in one of the ten different apartments. Starts at 50 Euros.  edit
  • Ferienwohnung Bertignol (Holiday Apartments), Varies, [4]. Bertignol rent out holiday apartments for up to ten people in Garmisch. Prices start at 30 Euros and increase with luxury and the number of people sleeping there 30 – 150.  edit

Budget[edit]

  • Naturfreundehaus, Schalmeiweg 21, +49 8821-4322.  edit
  • Jugendherberge Burgrain (DJH), Jochstr. 10, +49 0 88 21/9 67 05-0 (, fax: 0 88 21/9 67 05-27), [5]. Very college dorm-like youth hostel located at the outskirts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Affiliated with Die Jugendherberge (DJH) and Hosteling International (HI), so it’s cheaper with an HI card. Breakfast provided. €20-€30 person..  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Haus Hohe Tannen, Zoeppritzstr. 13, +49 08821/54647. A B&B in a quiet neighbourhood only a 5 minute walk from the center. €28-€41 person..  edit
  • Haus Maria, Zoeppritzstr. 20, +49 08821/9434430. Another B&B just across the road in the same neighbourhood. €31-€38 per person..  edit
  • Haus Nicole, Loisachstr. 33, +49 08821/58219. B&B right next to the Loisach River. €23-€38 per person..  edit
  • Haus Hohenzollern, Alpspitzstr. 6, +49 08821/9669080. A small hotel a block away from Marienplatz (center of town). €32-€35 per person..  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Boarlehof, Brauhausstr. 9, +49 08821/95910. Rooms for 2,4 and 6 people in various apartments. €34-€77 per apartment per night..  edit
  • Hotel Brunnthaler, Klammstr. 31, +49 08821/58066. A hotel garni between the pedestrian area and the public pool. €40-€59 per person..  edit
  • Hotel Garmischer Hof, Chamonixstr. 10, +49 08821/911-0. Centrally located between the train station and the pedestrian area. €45-€70 per person..  edit
  • Hotel & Gasthof Schatten, Sonnenbergstr. 10-12, +49 08821/943089-0. Two years old with Bavarian restaurant on the ground floor. €42-€65 per person..  edit
  • Post-Hotel Partenkirchen, Ludwigstr. 49, +49 08821/9363 0 (, fax: +49 08821/9363 2222), [6]. A historic, beautifully decorated hotel in the Partenkirchen district of the city. €51-€81 per single room, €71-€153 per double room..  edit
  • Wittelsbacherhof Swiss Quality Hotel, Von Brugstrasse 24, D-82467, (, fax: +49 (0)8821 573 12). Four star hotel situated 300m away from the railway station, 200m from the city center and 140km from the airport Munich. Single room from €70, double room from €110 (low season of April 2009).  edit

Other[edit]

  • Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, St. Martin Strasse 120, +49 08821-9440, [7]. A large resort at the base of the Zugspitze exclusively for members of the United States military and associated government officials.  edit

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Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada – Travel Guide

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada – Travel Guide

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Mont-Tremblant in the summer

Mont-Tremblant [1] is a small village in Quebec, Canada, known for the famous Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort. Located in the Laurentian mountain range, Mont-Tremblant (“Trembling mountain” in French) is surrounded by lush boreal forest and breathtaking views, standing at 875 meters (2871 feet).

Despite being a ski resort, in recent years, Mont-Tremblant has become a popular getaway for tourist and locals alike, whether in winter or in summer.


The bright colors of the lower village after heavy snowfall

Understand[edit]

Mont-Tremblant is divided into two parts. The original village of Mont-Tremblant now goes by the name of The Village, but these days it’s The Resort (aka the Pedestrian Village), some 13 km away directly at the foot of the mountain, where the action is. Built by Intrawest (the company behind Whistler) starting in 1992, the Resort is a somewhat Disneyland-y concoction of pretty pastel houses, but it looks improbably idyllic in winter with a light (or, not uncommonly, heavy) dusting of snow, maple logs on the fire and lights twinkling in the windows. Vehicles are strictly prohibited — hence the name — and many hotels can be reached directly on ski. A free gondola connects the lower hotels to the ski lifts.

Surrounding the inhabited areas is Mont-Tremblant National Park (Parc national du Mont-Tremblant), the biggest park in the SEPAQ network and the first national park to have been created in Québec.

There are also other areas besides The Village of Mont Tremblant that visitors and locals can live in. Domaine de la Forêt offers direct access to the ski trails and is nestled along the mountainside. Domaine Nansen area is a private, peaceful area that consists of a small cluster of homes hidden in forested south side. Le Domaine du Géant area features luxurious condos in a peaceful setting not too far from the village. Domaine du Diable area include luxurious homes featured next to the golf course. Versant Soleil is the newest addition to homeowners settling in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Mont Tremblant International Airport (IATA: YTM) [2]
has seasonal direct flights to and from several US cities, such as Philadelphia and Dallas. Continental Airlines operates scheduled service to Mont Tremblant airport from Newark, and Porter Airlines from Toronto.

The nearest major airport is in Montreal.

By car[edit]

Mont-Tremblant is most easily reached via Autoroute 15 North from Montreal to Sainte-Agathe, where it merges with 117 for the last 30 km (still four-laned highway). Take exit 119 (Montée Ryan) to Chemin Duplessis and follow indications for Tremblant Resort. The trip takes about 90 minutes.

From the west (Ottawa and Toronto), it’s possible to use smaller roads to shave a few kilometers off the journey, but the roads are very small at times and may be snowed in during the winter. Detouring via Montreal is thus, in all likelihood, the faster option.

If you are driving in the winter remember Snow Tyres are now Law in Quebec! (Only mandatory for vehicles registered in Quebec.)

Car Rental really is essential if your looking to maintain your independence in and out of the resort, but prices vary dramatically between operators so do your homework on price comparisons.

By bus[edit]

Two intercity bus lines provide service into Mont-Tremblant. The primary service is operated by Groupe Galland [3] between Montreal, Mont-Tremblant, and Mont-Laurier. There are generally six trips daily between Montreal and the St-Jovite section of Mont-Tremblant; some trips provide direct or connecting service to the Mont-Tremblant resort. Two of the trips continue beyond Mont-Tremblant to Mont-Laurier. Autobus Maheux [4] also provides service to the St-Jovite section of Mont-Tremblant, but the service is restricted to carrying passengers only to points north of Mont-Laurier (local transportation to points between Montreal and Mont-Laurier is provided exclusively by Groupe Galland). During the winter ski season, Skyport [5] provides direct service between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and the Mont-Tremblant resort.

Most bus travelers from Ontario and points west travel first to Montreal, then to Mont-Tremblant. However, it may be possible to save some travel time by going through Ottawa instead of Montreal. Voyageur [6] operates one bus daily (two buses on Fridays and Sundays) between Ottawa and Grand-Remous, with a connection in Grand-Remous to Autobus Maheux [7] for service to and from Mont-Tremblant. Check schedules carefully before travel.

Regional transit bus service is provided by Transport collectif intermunicipal Laurentides [8]. There are eight weekday and three weekend trips that provide service to all points between the St-Jovite section of Mont-Tremblant and Saint-Jérôme. There are also two weekday services to all points between Mont-Tremblant and L’Assomption. At Saint-Jérôme, connections may be made with the rush hour only commuter trains between Saint-Jérôme and Montreal, operated by Agence métropolitaine de transport [9]; and also bus #9 between Saint-Jérôme and the Montmorency Métro [10] station in Laval, operated by C.I.T. Laurentides [11]. Using the regional transit services, it is possible to travel from downtown Montreal to Mont-Tremblant for just $12.25, considerably less that the fare on one of the intercity carriers which are not that much faster, though are more comfortable.

Within Mont-Tremblant, transit service is available between the St-Jovite section and the Mont-Tremblant resort operated by a contractor to the local Chamber of Commerce. [12]

See[edit][add listing]

Aside from mildly iconic clocktower in the lower village, there are no historic sights in Mont Tremblant. But what it lacks in history it makes up for in the surrounding natural beauty. Mountains, lakes and forests provide an idylic setting – especially in the more rustic northern side.


  • Mont Tremblant is a part of the Laurentian mountain range. Its elevation is 875 meters/ 2,871 feet and has a south side vertical drop of 645 meters/ 2,116 feet. The ski resort’s includes 654 acres of skiable terrain with 465 acres of artificial snow coverage. It has a massive snow system powering 1,037 snow guns that produces snow from November to April. Mont Tremblant contains plenty trails with its total trail length being 78.9 km/ 49 miles. The mountain is designated to handle 27,230 skiers per hour because of its 14 express ski lifts. The trails cover 17% beginner, 33% intermediate and 50% expert level. This beautiful mountain transports thousands of skiers hourly by their two gondolas, one cabriolet, five high-speed 4-passenger lifts, one 4-passenger chairlift and two 3-passenger chairlifts.

Do[edit][add listing]

Mont Tremblant is an internationally-renowned and multi award winning ski destination. It doesn’t come cheap though: your basic day pass costs $70/day, plus possible high season surcharges. However, this is competitive to European resorts thanks to favorable exchange rates.

If you visit in the summer, the resort on the south side of the mountain is a great starting point for activities. As well as mountain activities there is cycle hire and an indoor pool, ‘Aqua Club de Source’. Try mini-golf or walk down to the shore of Lac Tremblant for water sports. At the top of the resort there is an ‘Activity Centre’ where you can book a huge variety of activities. [13]

Nearby, Parc de Mont Tremblant is one of the major parks listed in the Parcs Quebec network and features camping, canoe-camping, well-maintained hiking trails, canoe rental. See the SEPAQ website (in French and English) [14] for more information and rates.

If you are looking for a more convenient Ski experience try the north side of the resort – not only does it have the best runs, but also an abundance of free parking that makes your walk to the ski lifts both shorter and easier. The North side also benefits from catering and equipment rental – great if you simply want to focus on what you came for and maximise your time on the slopes.

It’s nice to soak your bones in a hot tub after hitting the slopes all day, either in a locally rented home (if your lucky enough) or in one of the half dozen or so spas in Mont-Tremblant.

  • Aquaclub La Source, [15]. Family-friendy spa and gym complex in the center of the pedestrian village, you can’t miss the blue outdoor whirlpool from the gondola. Adult one-day pass to pool and gym $24.10, various discounts and multi-day packages available.  edit

Winter activities[edit]

Mont Tremblant Resort gives you free unlimited access to sliding activities. They also give you the opportunity to experience First Tracks, which allows one to be on the slopes 30 minutes before anyone else. Casino de Mont-Tremblant is a new friendly casino that is open 7 days a week. It is accessible via gondola running between Versant Soleil and the Versant Sud. Ice Skating is available at the exterior rink right next to the chapel and guests who stay at the hotels can receive free rentals. The Snow Parks attract experienced snowboarders and skiers with 18 acres of extreme park. Cross Country Skiing in 65 km of fresh powder and ice climbing are available with no experience necessary. Many spa and massages allow guests to relax in the dry sauna, Norwegian steam bath, outdoor hot baths and thermal and Nordic waterfalls. Experience pampering in the two spas in the resort for massages, body treatment, esthetic treatment or special spa packages. They also have helicopter rides which is a unique way to discover Tremblant. Ten and twenty minute panoramic flights are offered seeing the Diable River and Village, Lake Quimet, Gray Rockers, St-Jovite village, Iroquois falls and much more. If you don’t ski or snowboard, there is a snow tubing park that consists of 8 trails and the activity is included in lodging. There are many other activities to get involved in during the winter at your stay in Tremblant such as snowshoeing, dog sledding, paint balling, snowmobiling and horse back riding through the snow covered fields. If a guest gets sick of the cold weather, they can engage in the only golf simulator in the region.

Summer Activities[edit]

Mont Tremblant offers just as many activities during the warmer months, being known as the Most Animated 4 Seasons Resort in Canada. Gondola rides offer a spectacular view of the Laurentians. Kids of all ages can enjoy themselves at Pirates Water Park experiencing organized games. Families can play mini-golf at the Mini-golf Le Petit Géant or try Alpine Luge, which is a gravity ride on a 3-wheel cart. This resort has tons of outdoor activities such as bicycling, mountain biking, rafting down the Rouge River and horseback riding through the Laurentian Mountains. With 10 different paintball playgrounds and Eurobungy-Trampolines, there is always something exhilarating going on at Mont Tremblant. Mont Tremblant offers an aerial forest adventure, Acrobranche, that includes zip lines, Tarzan ropes, monkey bridges and many other challenges. Mont-Tremblant National Park allows one to experience the stunning beauty by foot. If one loves the water, Centre Nautique Pierre Plouffe has plenty of water sports available or aboard The Grand Manitou for a 70-minute cruise. Adventurous people can participate in Dune Buggy Tours or ATV rides through the backcountry trails. Helicopter, airplane and Caleche rides are available for people to explore and admire this beautiful area. For a different perspective of Mont Tremblant, experience The Diable Via Ferratta, a walking and climbing course built onto the face of one of the Parks most magnificent cliff faces.

Golf[edit]

For the most famous and well-known reason to visit Mont Tremblant during the summer, this resort gives you an incomparable golfing experience. These two courses make you choose between what they called, The Devil or The Giant.

Le Diable
This 7,056-yard course designed by Master Architects Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry will make you drive for your passion. With a par of 71 and an 18-hole championship course, there is no question why it was rated the Best Golf Destination outside of Ontario in 2008 by Toronto Sun.

Le Géant
This 6,838-yard course designed by Thomas McBroom in 1995 makes it hard to concentrate by the aesthetic view of the Laurentians. After one experiences this course, he or she will realize why it was rated Best Golf Resort in Canada by ScoreGolf magazine in 2005.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Pedestrian village at dusk

The pedestrian village has a good selection of stores, with a predictable emphasis on high-end winter clothing, winter sports goods and maple syrup-themed souvenirs. There is also one smallish supermarket and several convenience stores for daily necessities. Prices for such convenience can be on the high side though, and you may be able to save quite a bit by visiting the original village or stocking up at nearby St Jovite instead.

Mont Tremblant offers plenty of shops for guests to enjoy. From sporting goods stores to get the latest gear to art galleries, there is always something fun to do.

Clothing and Sporting Goods

Boutique Adrénaline: Vieux Tremblant, Inn (819) 681-5501

Boutique Aventure: Promenade Deslauriers (819) 681-4535

Boutique Burton@Tremblant: Place Saint-Bernard (819) 681-5802

Columbia@Tremblant: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-3000 #46729

Boutique Salomon™: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-5502

Clothing

Boutique Rodin: Rue des Remparts (819) 425-2121

Boutique Chamonix: Place Saint-Bernard (819) 681-5715

Boutique Hors-Piste: Base of the Gondola (819) 681-3000 #46728

Les Saisons de Tremblant: Place Saint-Bernard (819) 681-4504

Roots: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-4505

Tremblant Etc: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-3000 #45518

Gift Shops

Le Studio Créatif: Place des Voyageurs 819-429-5599

Univers Toutou / Plush Factory: Place Saint-Bernard 819-681-4881

Les Trésors sur le Lac: Place Saint-Bernard 819-681-4599

Accessories & Perfume Shops

Joaillerie St-Onge: Promenade Deslauriers (819) 681-4646

Les Cuirs Tour Eiffel: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-4646

Grocery, Liquor Store and Speciality Shops

Magasin Général: Vieux-Tremblant(819) 681-3000 # 46735

Maison de la Presse: Place Saint-Bernard (819) 681-4614

Société des Alcools du Québec: Promenade Deslauriers(819) 681-4548

Photo Center

Le Photo Shoppe: Promenade Deslauriers (819) 681-4999

Art Galleries

Galerie Côté Créations: Promenade Deslauriers (819) 421-1888 and (819) 425-3660

Galerie Soutana: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-4550

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of delicious places to eat in Mont Tremblant. From international dishes to rich fondue, there is something for everyone’s taste buds.

  • Le Bernardin, 1900 chemin du Village (Hotel Mont-Tremblant), (819) 425-3232, [16]. Notionally Mediterranean hotel restaurant, popular with the locals for its set lunches: under $15 gets you soup or salad, the main dish of the day and coffee/tea. Don’t miss the bison on Thursdays.  edit
  • La Savoie, 115 chemin Kandahar (Vieux-Tremblant), (819) 681-4573. A small Swiss cabin tucked away in a corner of the village, this restaurant offers Savoyard fare like fondues and raclette. Expensive, but tasty. $50.  edit
  • Trattoria Di Lago, +1-819-425-5557. Winner 2 years in a row of the “Best Restaurant in Mont Tremblant”. The trattoria is on the shores of Lake Maskinonge, a few minutes from the Resort. Table d’hote and 7-course prix fixe. An extensive Italian wine list, and valet service to your door. $20-45.  edit

Bistros & Cafés

  • Au Grain de Café: Promenade Deslauriers (819) 681-4567
  • Brûlerie Saint-Denis: Place des Voyageurs (819) 681-CAFE (2233)
  • Fluide Juice Bar: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-4681
  • Lounge du Westin: Le Westin Resort & Spa 819 681-4144
  • La Chouquetterie: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-4509

Sweet Shops & Crêperies

  • Sugar Shack: Place des Voyageurs (819) 681-4995
  • Chocolate Factory: Place Saint-Bernard (819) 681-4545
  • Crème de la Crème: Vieux-Tremblant (819) 681-4540
  • Crêperie Catherine: Vieux-Tremblant (819) 681-4888

Asian Cusine

  • Yamada: Promenade Deslauriers 819 681-4141
  • Ô-wok: Vieux-Tremblant 819 681-4455

Continental Cuisine & Local

  • Le Shack: Le Saint-Bernard (819) 681-4700
  • Le Chalet du Smoked Meat: Place des Voyageurs (819) 681-4664

French Cuisine

  • Aux Truffes: Promenade Deslauriers (819) 681-4544
  • L’Avalanche: Vieux-Tremblant (819) 681-4727
  • Les Artistes: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-4606

International Cuisine

  • Fat Mardi’s: Place St-Bernard 819-681-2439
  • Plus Minus Café: Vieux-Tremblant (819) 681-4994
  • Pita Express: Place des Voyageurs (819) 681-4949
  • Windigo: Fairmont Tremblant 819-681-7685

Italian Cuisine

  • Coco Pazzo: Promenade Deslauriers (819) 681-4774
  • Pizzatéria: Rue des Remparts (819) 681-4522
  • Ya’oooo Pizza Bar: Vieux-Tremblant (819) 681-4616

Fondue & Rachlette

  • La Savoie: Vieux-Tremblant (819) 681-4573

Grill

  • Bullseye Bar & Steak House: Place Saint-Bernard (819) 681-2855
  • Resto-bar Casey’s: Vieux-Tremblant (819) 681-4601
  • La Forge Bar & Grill: Place Saint-Bernard (819) 681-4900

Resto-Pubs

  • Microbrasserie La Diable: Vieux-Tremblant (819) 681-4546

Cafeterias

There are a number of places to eat while on the mountain during your exciting ski days.

  • Café Johannsen: 
Located at the Base Télécabine. Enjoy coffee, baked good and sandwiches. Internet service is available.
  • Grand Manitou
: Located at the Summit allowing yourself to eat with a 360 degree view of the entire region.
  • Chalet de Voyageurs
: Located at the Chalet des Voyageurs with easy access at the entry of the village.
  • Fourchette du Diable
: Located at the Versant Nord, it offers a various menu for the whole family. Direct access to the slopes.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Le Diable. Popular local microbrewery with half a dozen of their own brews, plus hearty portions of fare like ribs and sausages.
  • Le P’tit Caribou. Dancing and mingling! A great party place.
  • Le Shack. Right at the foot of the ski-lifts and a popular spot for apres-ski.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Accommodation prices in Mont-Tremblant are highly seasonal: the same room that goes for under $100 on a rainy weekday in the fall may shoot up to over $400 on a holiday weekend in the winter. Book early!

  • Crystal-Inn Bed and Breakfast, 100 Joseph Thibault, (819) 681-7775, [17]. Inn with 4 large rooms, in a quiet pine forest. King-size beds, fireplaces, private bathrooms, generous breakfasts. Hosts arrange packages for skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, spa and helicopter tours.  edit
  • Le Grand Lodge, 2396 rue Labelle, [18]. A four season family resort on the shores of Lake Ouimet – just a few minutes from the base of the Mont Tremblant Ski area. Studios through 3 bedroom apartments are available. Their strong point is their location right on the lake and near a multitude of great golf courses. They have organized family activities and programs just for the children.
  • Residence Inn Mont Tremblant, 170 chemin Cure Deslauriers, 1 819 681 4000 (fax: 1 819 681 4099), [19]. checkin: 4 PM; checkout: noon. Giant Marriott-brand hotel right in the middle of the pedestrian village, directly accessible by both ski and car, but it still manages to retain some rustic charm. The two-floor two-bedroom suites that can easily squeeze in four or even six people are a good deal. In addition to the usual breakfast buffet, free drinks, soup and snacks are served on weekday afternoons. $175.  edit
  • Fairmont Tremblant, 3045 Chemin de la Chapelle, (819) 681-7000, [20]. checkin: 4pm; checkout: 12pm. The 5-star Fairmont Tremblant hotel offers warm hospitality with 314 guest rooms, including 62 suites. Amenities include a spa, international and regional cuisine.  edit
  • Tremblant Sunstar, 144 Chemin Des Voyageurs, 1-888-221-1411, [21]. Offers over 200 condominium, hotel & chalet rental accommodations featuring a low price guarantee.  edit
  • Le Westin Resort & Spa, 100 Chemin Kandahar, 1-866-716-8101, [22]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Offers kitchenettes in each room, as well as a ten-layer bed.  edit
  • HI-Mont-Tremblant Hostel, 2213 chemin du village, 1-819-425-6008, [23]. With only 70 beds and a lovely fireplace, the HI-Mont-Tremblant hostel is warm and cosy. It offers shared and private rooms, a cafe-bar on-site which serves microbrewery beers, a common kitchen, free wifi access, bike rental and different organized activities. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive to the guest needs, offering detailed information on any questions that may occur during your stay. $24.75-$81.75. (46.197656,74.617556) edit
  • Le Lupin, 127 Pinoteau, Mont-Tremblant, Québec J8E 1G2, 1-877-425-5474, [24]. Le Lupin B&B Inn is located just 1 km from Tremblant resort with shops, restaurants, ski and golf facilities. A bike path, hiking and cross country trails are at the door step. $85-$162. (46°12.403,74°35.986) edit


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Vail, Colorado, United States – Travel Guide

Vail, Colorado, United States – Travel Guide

 

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Two emblems of the Vail Valley — the Clock Tower with the Gore Range in the background

Vail [1] is a U.S. ski resort town set in the Rocky Mountains. Vail is located in the Northwestern region of the state of Colorado. It is 100 miles west of Denver and 35 miles (56 km) east of Eagle.

Understand[edit]

Roughly Vail is divided into four zones; West Vail, Vail Village, Lionshead, and East Vail.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

I-70 is a direct route into Vail. It’s exactly 100 miles from Denver, and about 130 miles from Denver International Airport.

During peak times, I-70 can get very congested and it is not unheard of for a trip from Vail to Denver to take 3 hours or more. Peak times are weekend afternoons (2pm-6pm) both in the summer and winter. Plan accordingly and either leave in the morning, or leave Vail after 5pm in the winter. If you do leave after dusk, however, be warned that road conditions can get icy. If you are from a major metropolitan area, the drive may also seem very dark to you with virtually no highway lighting and no reflectors on the roadway. Due to the darkness, high beam laws are often ignored. You can get a snapshot of travel conditions on the Colorado Highway Patrol web site [2].

If you are not experienced with winter driving conditions, you may want to think twice about traveling to Vail by rental car. Although most of the time you’ll find the highway dry and perfectly fine, when it snows the road can get nasty. The ride from Denver takes you from 5,280′ to the Eisenhower pass/tunnel at over 11,000′. After a steep drop to Silverthorne at 8,750′ I-70 winds through Officer’s Gulch which is notorious for black ice conditions, high winds and white out conditions when the weather is severe. I-70 then climbs over Vail Pass at 10,650′ before the drop to the Vail Valley floor at 8,120′. If you are uncomfortable driving in the severe conditions that may occur on this drive, it is recommended that you spend a little extra money and employ one of the private charter services available in the Vail Valley. Note that although some Denver based companies also offered chartered service to Vail, their drivers often have limited experience in severe weather. Many Denver charter companies also use all season tires in the winter. If you do a little research, you should be able to find a reputable Vail based company that uses studded snow tires during the winter.

Scheduled and chartered services are available from Denver International Airport and Eagle County Regional Airport.

Champagne Powder Day on Vail Mountain

By plane[edit]

Fly into Vail/Eagle County Airport (IATA EGE)or Denver International Airport (IATA DEN). Note: Vail/Eagle County Airport is still about 35 miles from Vail, a shared ride in a Van from there to Vail will cost you about $70 per person. If you are traveling with your family or in a group, there are a number of private charter services that are also available. These are often more convenient than a shared ride service since they transport you door to door. Although you might think about renting a car, parking is expensive in Vail and most everything is in walking distance or a short ride away on the town’s extensive free bus system. If you fly into Denver, you might think about renting a car, but you should be warned that the 100+ mile trip from Denver takes you over 2 mountain passes at elevations of 11,000 and 10,600 feet. The safest way to get from Denver Airport to Vail is to take a private chartered service such as All Mountain Transportation that employs experienced drivers that are familiar with the drive and road conditions.

Another Option from Eagle Airport is to use the county bus system (ECO). This is difficult to find: Exit the airport out the front door, make a right and walk about 100 feet to the bus stop. The bus takes about 80 minutes. The bus runs from Eagle airport through most of the towns and goes to the Vail Transportation Center. The cost in 2011 was $4 each way.

Most private “transport companies” quote prices of $120 to $180 each way for a trip into Vail.

By bus[edit]

Several carriers offer limo, van, or bus service to and from Aspen, Denver, and other cities in Colorado ($300 one-way), or the Eagle Vail airport ($100 one-way). Greyhound will be the cheapest at $26-38 one-way with advance purchase.

Get around[edit]

If you are staying in Vail or Lionshead, having a car will be more hindrance (parking fees) than a value. The town is set up so you can walk between most places and the slopes. There is also a free shuttle that will take you to the immediate surroundings as well as up to Beaver Creek.

By car[edit]

A Cassin’s Finch clings to a feeder at the Vail Nature Center in Ford Park.

If you are coming from somewhere else and skiing, you can park on site. It will cost about $25 (2010) per day. Best advice arrive early (before 9am) on busy days and you won’t have problems. There are two parking garages, one in Vail and one in Lionshead. The Lionshead garage is the shortest walk to the slopes.

If the garages do fill up, you may to park on the road. The problem being that they don’t let you park on the road until BOTH garages are filled. So say you drop your friends off at Golden Peak (so they can put their kids in child care) then go back to the Vail parking lot, its full, so you then have to go park in Lionshead and take a bus back to catch your friends.

For those doing child care there is also a ($25/day) valet parking at Golden Peak, cheaper to park at the main Vail garage and walk (5 mins). Most Hotels in Vail, (see: upscale) will provide you with a free shuttle, just ask before you arrive.

Most major car-rental firms are located in Denver and Vail airports.
Motion Rent A Car is located in Eagle-Vail Airport (EGE) Phone: (970) 376-4885 Visit: [3]

There a many free buses going throughout the Vail valley. For current schedules see: [4] .

See[edit][add listing]

  • Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, [5] – Might be interesting.
  • Vail Transit, [6]. Its completely free and the buses go from East Vail to West Vail every 40min or so. The best part is that it’s they run til 2am everyday. Free.  edit
  • 10th Mountain Limo, LLC (Mountain Valley Transportation), 2121 N. Frontage Rd. W. #103 Vail, CO, 81657, [7]. 24/7. Providing visitors and locals reliable and friendly transportation to and from Denver International Airport (DIA ) ,Eagle Regional Airport (EGE) , and the Vail Valley Jet Center. Taking care of any transport needs you may have to ensure your vacation in Vail is one-of-a-kind. Varies.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

The Eagle Bahn Gondola transports people to the top of Vail Mountain summer and winter.

Winter Sports[edit]

Ski/Snowboard

  • Tickets $116 (2012 prices) a day too steep? Want to save some money? Well there ARE a couple of ways, but they are not easy:

    • Use of the snow.com or vail.com website has seven day advance internet purchases with highly discounted rates.
    • Epic Pass – The Epic Pass provides unlimited slope access at Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin, as well as 10 days’ access to the lifts at Vail or Beaver Creek. The Epic Pass costs around $500. It is blocked out on certain dates and must be bought at the beginning of the season.
    • Ebay – Friends swear by this. Typically for $10 you can buy a 2 for 1 coupon that was issued somewhere in the country. There have been counterfeits so your mileage may vary.
    • Grocery Stores – Discounted tickets for Vail are no longer available at grocery stores in Denver as they once were.
    • Locals – If you have friends in Vail, and they have a season pass, they get 5 “Buddy Passes” that allow you to ski for ~$80 a day, so make some friends, and ski for less.

Avoid the Lines
If you can get on the mountain a little earlier (before 9:30 am) than everyone else you can stay ahead of the crowds and never wait in a line more than 5 minutes. Here are some suggested starting routes:

  • Favorite: Start at golden peak, and take the lift past the first drop off to the top. Get off and take lift 11 (Northwoods) to the very top of the Mt. From there drop into China Bowl or go off to Blue Sky basin. Come back to the front after noon and you’ll see a lot of the mountain.
  • Staring at Vail Village. If the Vista-Bahn is really full, take the little two seater chair up. * They do not run the two seater chair, except for races.* Ski over to Golden Peak and follow along above.

Lionshead – Don’t wait for the gondola, take the quad chair. Ski over to the far side (the far side can be LOTS shorter) of lift 2 and up.

Avoid: Chair 4 from mid-Vail. Always crowded. Chair 11 can get crowded. Check the status boards for the back bowl lift and game creek bowl lifts before going into each as they can fill up and there is only one chair in each bowl.

Ski & Snowboard Equipment Rental
Vail resort has a huge range of ski and snowboard rental options. Vail’s village is spread over a huge area from Lionshead, Vail Village and Golden Peak, so it is best to source your ski or snowboard rental close to your hotel or even better close to the lifts.

Located at the base of the ski slopes, Pirate Ship Park has delighted generations of children in Vail.

Here are just a few of the many ski rental stores found in Vail.

  • Aalta Sports‎
  • Breeze Ski Rentals (Lionshead Vail)
  • Black Tie Ski Rentals
  • Charter Sports
  • Christy Sports
  • Double Diamond Ski Shop (Lionshead)
  • Gravity Jones Ski Werks‎
  • Pepi Sports‎
  • Ski Base Inc‎
  • Troy’s Ski Shop‎
  • Vail Mountain Adventure Center‎
  • Vail Sports
  • Rentskis
  • Burton – Arrabelle (snowboards)
  • One Track Mind (snowboards)

You can also book your Vail ski or snowboard rental online before you leave possibly saving you time in the rental store and even some money as most offer discounts for pre-booking. Here are the main ski rentals stores that offer online booking service;

  • Black Tie – Which also offer full delivery service to your accommodation
  • Breeze Rentals
  • Charter Sports
  • Christy Sports
  • Double Diamond Ski Shop
  • Premier Ski Dilivery – Also offers full delivery service to your accommodation
  • Rentskis
  • Vail Ski Rentals

Child Care
Vail has an excellent child-care center for all ages of kids. For babies to toddlers, the nursery provides great, on mountain, care. As young as 3 years old the Ski School can really teach your kids to ski and give them a fun day too (and free you up to ski with your spouse). All this does not come cheap, but you get a good quality product and don’t have to worry about your kids.

One note: book early (like a month before you get there) for the nursery. They do fill up.

Ride the Gondola
The Gondola is free for foot traffic after 3:30pm. Before 3:30pm the ticket price is $30 for adults and $19 for children(2013). It is the only way to get the non-skiers and the kids up to the top before 3:30.

Adventure Ridge
A fun place to bring kids or friends who don’t like to ski! Activities include: ski-biking, kid’s snowmobile track and tubing.

Vail Snowmobiling Tours & Rentals [8] Take a guided snowmobiling tour in Vail’s Back-country or set out atop Vail Pass on an unguided snowmobile rental.

Summer[edit]

Condos and shops in Lionshead. Designers work hard to maintain a European aesthetic to the resort

Mountain Bike In the off season, Mountain Bike rentals and lift tickets are available for a reasonable cost. Ride the lift up to the top and bike your way down, taking in thrills, scenery, and encounters with wildlife. Trails are rated by difficulty and are well-maintained. It is certainly easy and fun to ride the gondola up and ride the bike down.

  • Vail Bike Tech [9] is located on the Lionshead Mall and offers mountain bike (and ski) rentals.
  • Venture Sports [10] Located in Avon, Full service bike 970-949-1318
  • Mountain Pedaler of Vail [11] is a great bike pro shop.
  • Trail Action Group, [12]. is a great trail (for biking and hiking] maintenance group. A great way to help build trails and meet local folks.  edit

Rocky Mountain Scavenger Hunts [13] Get a group of 10 or more people for a scavenger hunt on bike, on foot, or even with the great turtle bus. Available in any season, for any occasion, and any age group. 970.445.8885 for more information.

Gondola Ride
As of summer of 2005 it was $17 to ride the Gondola to the top of the mountain. At the top there is an outside bar with the worlds greatest view, and a pretty pricey grill (check times). You can get a $15 discount at the grill with a $5 coupon. The burger is excellent.

Hint: If you want a work out and want to save the $17 walk up to the top. The Gondola is always a free ride down! The hike will take you about 1-2 hours (depending on fitness). Take the Berry Picker trail from Lionshead.
Piney Lake
A gorgeous view awaits you if you brave the 12 mile dirt road up to the Piney Lake. You can also grab some grub or rent a boat at the Piney River Ranch [14].

Rafting

Vail is a great location to plan some rafting adventures. The Eagle River runs through the Vail Valley — it offers outstanding rafting during its short season (typically May & June, sometimes into July). The Colorado River is just down-valley and offers ample opportunity, especially during summer months, because it has such a reliable water source. The stretch above and through Glenwood Springs is a favorite hot-weather summer family ride. The Arkansas River is about an hour away, and offers several famous whitewater stretches as well.

In the Vail Valley

  • Lakota Guides [15] is a world class outfit based in Vail and offers rafting on the Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas River. Door-to-door transportation from your hotel is usually included. Also offers UniMog off-road tours and night vision raft trips on the Upper Colorado. ph. 970-845-RAFT.
  • Nova Guides [16] is based between Vail and Leadville and offers trips on the Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas River. Door-to-door transportation from your hotel is usually included. Also offers jeep tours, and winter activities.
  • Timberline Tours [17] is based in the town of Eagle and offers trips on the Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas River. Door-to-door transportation from your hotel is usually included. Also offers jeep tours. Timverline Tours also offers group chartered transportation services. Since the company uses its buses during the day for rafting trips, their seats may often be wet for early evening movements.

Summer horseback riding at Piney River Ranch.

Out of Valley:

  • Whitewater Rafting, LLC [18] is located on the Colorado River down valley in Glenwood Springs.
  • Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting, ph. 800-507-7703, [19] is in the Frisco-Dillon area and runs the Arkansas, Eagle, and Colorado Rive.
  • Colorado River Runs, ph. 800-826-1081, [20] Vail area outfit.
  • Rock Gardens Rafting, [21] they specialize in family float trips down the milder waters of the Colorado or Roaring Fork Rivers. They also offer fun jeep tours on the nearby flat-tops.
  • Dvorak Expeditions, [22] Specializes in longer and multi-day trips in rivers across Colorado. They do really neat Yoga, classical music (a raft with a quartet goes along] and fly-fishing multi-day trips.

Golf

The Vail Valley has half a dozen nice golf courses.

Eagle Ranch Golf Course, [23]. Eagle Ranch Golf Course is an Arnold Palmer Signature Design. The course plays through the Brush Creek Valley and offers panoramic views of the Colorado Rockies on every hole.

Cotton Ranch Golf Club, [24]. Cotton Ranch is a golf community that welcomes the public. There is a restaurant that serves lunch every day and dinner nightly.

Dude Ranches

The Vail area has many places to ride a horse.

Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch, [25]. Week long all inclusive vacations living on a full service Texas Longhorn cattle ranch north of Vail.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Vail has all your typical resort shops.
The one thing that is uniquely Vail is the The Golden Bear [26], a jewelry store known for its line of jewelry featuring a (duh) Golden Bear.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Best value on the mountain is the Combo at the Wildwood shelter. $11 for a great barbeque beef or pork sandwich, soup and side. Plus Wildwood is much smaller than most of the other places on mountain so you can find your group. And there is a good view.
  • Two Elk – This place has beautiful architecture (a giant log structure) nice furniture, but has expensive, average food. See it once then head to Wildwood for your next meal.
  • Grill your own burgers or hot dogs at the free public bbq at Blue Sky Basin

There are also many options to eat in both Vail Village and Lionshead. Another good idea is to stop in at a place like The French Deli in Lionshead, order a sandwich to go and pack it up for lunch.

  • Vail Grocery Delivery, Inside City Market Vail, [27]. Offers pre-arrival grocery delivery for guests staying in Vail and Beaver Creek.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • The Westside Cafe, [28]. a Vail Restaurants staple. Do not miss this classic local’s place.  edit
  • Bart & Yetis. a favorite and a great place to find 3rd generation locals. Bart & Yetis is located in Lionshead Village, a short intown bus ride from the covered bridge.  edit
  • Pazzo’s Pizza, [29]. A famous pizza joint in Vail.  edit
  • The Tap Room at Bridge Street, [30]. Located on the second floor of the Vista Bahn Building, the Tap Room is a must for apres ski! Not only is it a nice place to go for a beer, but the food is worth a stop as well. Pretty inexpensive, the Tap Room typically has specials during the week such as all-you-can-eat wings–check the free local paper, The Vail Daily, for details.  edit
  • Vendetta’s Italian Restaurant, [31]. Typical Italian food for about $20 a plate. This place has been in Vail for 20+ years, so it must be doing something right.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Restaurant Kelly Liken, 12 Vail Rd., Suite 100, 970.479.0175, [32]. American Cuisine featuring ingredients that are harvested locally and in season.
  • Game Creek Restaurant. Typically, at a place with great views and the requirement to take a snow cat (winter) or (Suburban) to get there you would dismiss it as a tourist-trap, pay for the view type of place. Well the Game Creek Restaurant is not, it actually has the food and service to back it up. It is a great dinner, in a very nice (if you like modern-Bavarian style) setting, with a great view.
  • La Tour, 122 East Meadow Dr., 970-476-4403, [33]. Great French food, consistently excellent.
  • Larkspur Restaurant, [34]. Contemporary American cuisine, potato croutons highly recommended
  • The Savory Inn, 2405 Elliott Ranch Road, 970-476-1304, [35]. For a great time, eat amazing food and learn some new culinary techniques. (And drink some vino!) Vail’s best kept secret!
  • Sweet Basil, 193 Gore Creek Dr, (970) 476-0125, [36]. Consistent quality. Service is impeccable. Great food.

Near Vail[edit]

If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the town of Vail (well sort of, you’ll still have to wait but at least you see something a little more local) then try some of these spots:

Eagle-Vail[edit]

  • Route 6 Cafe, 41290 US HWY 6, Avon, CO 81620, United States (Eagle-Vail area, after the west Vail exit, take exit 171 off 1-70, turn left on route 6 for 1 mile, this is between Beaver Creek and Vail), [37]. Great local breakfast and lunch place, also a gas station. On weekends the place fills up by 9AM, weekdays are usually no problem.  edit

Minturn[edit]

  • Minturn Saloon, 146 Main Street, Minturn, CO 81645, United States, [38]. Tremendous atmosphere Mexican restaurant in a town called Minturn about 15 minutes drive from Vail. Prepare to wait for dinner, but thats OK cause the bar has a fireplace and serves margaritas (of course).  edit

Edwards[edit]

  • Gas House, 34129 Highway 6, Edwards, Phone: (970) 926-3613. In Edwards Colorado, another 10 minutes west of Minturn. Want meat, go here! Lots of animal heads on the wall.
  • Gore Range Brewery, [39]. Gore Range is a fun place to eat– lively atmosphere, excellent beer and food to match.
  • Larkburger, [40]. Larkburger has a very limited menu, but they are good at what they do. A very casual, order-at-the-counter burger joint, kids as well as adults will be happy with the food. Fries are highly recommended!

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Club, (top of Bridge St.), +1-970-479-0556. Think fraternity party, that’s the club.  edit
  • Garfinkel’s, (at the base of the gondola in Lionshead). Great deck to enjoy the afternoon sun.  edit
  • The George, (at the Covered Bridge, Vail Village). Good Irish style pub.  edit
  • The Red Lion, [41]. THE place for apres ski in Vail. Get there early for an outside table.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Destination Resorts Vail, 610 West Lionshead Circle, +1-970-476-1350 (, fax: +1-970-476-1617), [42]. Offers ski lodging options including condo and vacation rentals, and amenities include skiing, biking, golf, shopping, and dining.  edit
  • Manor Vail Lodge, 595 East Vail Valley Drive, +1-800-950-8245, [43]. Offers ski lodging accommodations including rooms, suites and condos, plus venues for weddings & meetings, dining facilities & vacation packages.  edit
  • Lion Square Lodge at The Gondola, 660 West Lionshead Place, +1-800-525-1943, [44]. Property has hotel rooms, 1, 2, 3 and 5 bedroom condominiums. Many choose Lion Square Lodge because of its ski-in/ski-out accommodations. It offers a pool, hot tubs, a sauna, fitness center and free high-speed Internet.  edit
  • Montaneros Condominiums, 641 West Lionshead Circle, +1-800-525-1891, [45]. Property has 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom condominiums with full kitchens, a living room, a private balcony and a fireplace.  edit
  • Antlers Condominiums and Conference Center, 680 West Lionshead Place, +1-800-843-8245, [46]. 150 yards from ski lifts. Studios up to 4 Bedroom condominiums. Pets accepted in some units, free high-speed internet, free underground parking.  edit
  • Evergreen Lodge, 250 S. Frontage Road, +1-800-284-VAIL, [47]. Between Lionshead and Vail Village. Free high speed internet.  edit
  • Gore Creek Properties Vail, 3971 Bighorn Road, +1-800-967-3500, [48]. Condominium, private home, and townhouse rentals in Vail. Variety of price ranges.  edit
  • Lodge at Lionshead, [49]. Condominiums near gondola and ski school. Features heated outdoor pools, hot tub, saunas, fitness center, concierge services & free Wi-Fi.  edit
  • The Savory Inn & Cooking School of Vail, [50]. Gourmet breakfasts, hot tub, romantic rooms.  edit
  • Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, 1300 Westhaven Drive (at the base of Vail Mountain along the banks of Gore Creek), (toll free: +1-800-282-4183), [51]. AAA Four-Diamond ski resort that features ski-in/ski-out accommodations, private condos, and vacation rentals. Other amenities and services include a spa, meeting facilities, and fine dining options.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • The Lodge at Vail, 174 East Gore Creek Dr (at the base of Vail Mountain), +1-970-476-5011, [52]. If you have more money than you know what to do with, you can stay here. The Lodge at Vail combines the elegance of an alpine inn with the amenities and service you’d normally expect at modern high-end hotels. The AAA Four Diamond lodge features two restaurants, a 7,725-square-foot spa, exercise room, outdoor pool, piano bar, ski rental and ski storage.  edit
  • The Sebastian – Vail, 16 Vail Road (Exit 176 from Interstate 70, Take Vail Road from the round-a-bout. The hotel is the first building on the left), 970-477-8000, [53]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. A recently built hotel and private residence club. Formerly the Vail Plaza Hotel, this hotel’s amenities include flat screen HDLCD TV with premium channels, iPod/iPad docking station, DVD/Blu-Ray players, a mini refrigerator, individually controlled HVAC and high speed wireless internet access. On-site are a spa and three restaurants. $605+ (winter rates). (39.642718357021394,-106.37815296649933) edit
  • Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, 352 E. Meadow Dr (near the Covered Bridge), +1-970-476-0700, [54]. A cozy, beautiful boutique hotel with 20 lodge rooms and seven two and three bedroom condominiums. Each lodge room features free wifi, a feather king bed or two feather queen beds, iPod docking station, a gas fireplace, heated stone tile floor in the bathroom, a large soaking tub and separate glass shower, and free AVEDA products. Condominiums are equipped with washer/dryer, sleeper sofa, spacious kitchens with premium appliances, and balconies for mountain-view units. You can enjoy free access to the Vail Athletic Club [55], an 18,000 square foot state-of-the-art private facility within the hotel that includes a yoga studio, a pilates studio, cardio equipment, weights, Vail’s only indoor climbing wall, steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi. Also available are two co-ed outdoor jacuzzis overlooking Gore Creek and the ski mountain. Also on property is the Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge [56], a full-service facility offering facials, massages, unique signature treatments, natural nail services and other scrubs and wraps. Additionally, there is The Vitality Center [57], a new wellness center with medical experts. One of Vail’s top restaurants, Terra Bistro [58], is also located in the hotel and provides a large free breakfast to hotel guests during peak seasons (winter and summer).  edit
  • Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, 715 West Lionshead Circle, 970-476-4444, [59]. A Vail Resorts property, the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, welcomes guests with the charm of a European chateau. Our Vail, Colorado hotel is steps from Eagle-Bahn gondola and features a quaint spa, ski and bike rental shop, dining and two heated swimming pools. (39.642743,-106.391559) edit

Get out[edit]

  • See above in the EATS section for some towns near Vail.
  • Beaver Creek Beaver Creek is right down the valley.
  • Glenwood Springs – A beautiful 1 hour drive from Vail and you can enjoy their famous Hot Springs when you arrive.
  • Aspen – A 1.25 hour drive away.
  • Colorado’s Wine Country – Colorado is home to over 70 wineries and its own indigenous vineyards. Wine lovers can enjoy several scenic day trips from Vail to many of the small towns that grow their own grapes. These lovely little communities include Montrose, Palisade, Paonia and Hotchkiss, as well as the city of Grand Junction.
Routes through Vail
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Whistler, Canada – Travel Guide

Whistler, Canada – Travel Guide

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Whistler[1] is in the province of British Columbia in Canada. Boasting the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near Vancouver. The official name for the municipality is the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

The Coastal Mountains during ski season in Whistler

Whistler has nurtured Olympic hopes since 1960.

Understand[edit]

Before the skiers and boarders came, Whistler was a logging town with the name Alta Lake. The area was known for its snow and a group of investors hatched a plan to build a ski resort in the hopes of attracting the 1968 Winter Olympics. The Olympic dream didn’t come through immediately, but the first ski resort opened in what is now the Creekside area in 1967 and a second resort opened on Blackcomb mountain in 1980. The two merged in 1988 and full-scale development of Whistler Village began shortly after.

Whistler got its Olympic wishes in 2010, as it hosted the sliding & some of the ski events for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Climate[edit]

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 0 3 7 12 16 19 23 24 19 11 3 0
Nightly lows (°C) -6 -4 -2 0 4 7 9 9 5 1 -2 -6
Precipitation (mm) 157 120 96 75 66 58 48 48 64 147 188 162

See the Whistler 7 day forecast at Environment Canada

Not surprisingly for a ski resort, Whistler gets its fair share of snow and cold weather. Typical Winter temperatures average about 0°C during the day and -6°C overnight in the Village, but on rare occasions it approaches -40 Below F° /C°. Snow typically on the ground from Dec into April. Summers days can be quite warm, with temperatures reaching the high 20s C°- 70 F° , but nights tend to be cool. As with the nearby Fraser Valley or Lower Mainland, there is significantly more precipitation from Nov through April than other times of the year. Warm wet air from the Lower Mainland makes its way to Whistler along the Old Squamish Highway along the back side of Seymour Mt., Grouse Mt., & Cypress Bowl Vancouver Ski Areas. The later another Vancouver Whistler 2010 Olympic ski venue . At the Garibaldi Range(s) the warm damp air cannot make it up & over the mountains, so it forms snow over the southern Slopes but precipitates out on the western slopes of the Caldera on Whistler & Blackcomb because of air pressure dropping as the wind blows over the Bowls.

Canadian, American, & EU media roasted Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch for referring to Whistler as the Rockies. Which ironically the Media all erroneously called the alternate names Coast or Cascade Range. The Garibaldi Range(s)including Whistler & Blackcomb are surrounded by the Coast/Cascade Range but are much younger Volcanoes thrust up through it. The greater Range was traditionally named the Rainer Range but has been re-named the Cascade Volcanoes (a way to falsely create out of date text books in order to sell replacements). The Range extends from Northern California’s Crater Lake, through Oregon`s Mount Hood, Washington`s: mostly cratered, shadow of its former self Mount St. Helens, Mount Shasta, Rainer, Baker, & BC`s Whistler/Garibaldi & Vancouver Island‘s Mount Washington.

Get in[edit]

Blackcomb Whistler

Inukshuk watching over Whistler village.

By car[edit]

Whistler is connected to the rest of British Columbia by the Sea To Sky Highway (Highway 99), a beautiful but windy and, at times narrow, road. The highway was significantly upgraded and widened prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics and is now much safer compared to the past, when it had a slightly dangerous reputation, but care should still be taken when driving, especially in winter conditions. The section along Howe Sound between Vancouver and Squamish is probably one of the most scenic routes to be found anywhere. Typical driving time from Vancouver is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. There are a number of rideshare sites available [2] where you can find people to share the drive or find a ride for anything from $0 to $20.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound Canada, 1-800-661-8747, [3] offers coach service from their Vancouver bus depot at Pacific Central station (1150 Station Street, near Main Street-Science World SkyTrain). Greyhound allows bicycles unboxed on this route. They charge $10 for a bicycle. A bus ride generally takes 2-2.5 hours each way. $28 one-way.
  • Pacific Coach Lines, 1-888-403-4727, [4]. Runs direct from airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler SkyLynx service. 12 daily departures in winter and 7 other times. $70/$31 one-way (adult/child).
  • Snowbus, 604-331-7850, [5]. Stops in Richmond, Vancouver and Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver. Provides movies as in-bus entertainment. $30.95/$20.00 one-way from Vancouver (adult/student). $56.19/$34.29 Round Trip (Adult/Student).
  • Perimeter Bus, 1-604-717-6600, [6]. Runs direct from YVR airport to Whistler with their YVR-Whistler Express service. 6 daily departures in winter. 5 daily departures at other times. $84 single trip.
  • Party Bus, Squamish BC, [7]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish.  edit
  • Landsea Tours & Charters (Vancouver Tours), 680 Industrial Ave. Vancouver, BC, V6A 2P3 (Can also book them through many Whistler Hotels), 604-255-7272 (toll free: 1-877-669-2277, ), [8]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish. >  edit

By taxi[edit]

Whistler Resort Cabs, +1 604-938-1515, [9], provides taxi service from Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport to Whistler for $255.

RideBooker.com operates shuttles between between Vancouver International Airport and Whistler.

If a number of people are travelling together it is possible to go by Limo for $350-400 with room for between 6 and 10 people.

By Plane or Air[edit]

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the nearest major airport; from there, you can rent a car ( In winter always request snow tires & inspect vehicle to confirm they were installed) take a bus or book one of the Whistler shuttles. Tickets for Snowbus (Tourism BC Visitor Centre) and Pacific Coach Lines (SkyLynx counter) can be purchased in the arrivals hall.

Visitors arriving from the United States may find flying domestically to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) & Bellingham International Airport (BLI) and taking bus services across the border to be a cheaper option. The bus journey will be upwards of 5 hours. Quick Shuttle [10] offers bus services. Cheaper flights also fly into Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) near Vancouver[11].

  • Air: Helicopters & Sea Planes (land at both nearby Whistler’s Heliport & Whistler Airport). (50.15,-122.96667) edit
  • Whistler Heliport: Helijet, 9960 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9, (toll free: 1-800-665-4354, ), [12]. $200/person 1 way. (50.100436,-122.540354) edit Scheduled flights to & from downtown Vancouver Harbour Heliport, YVR / Vancouver International Airport, & Victoria Harbour Heliport Helijet.
  • Whistler Heliport: Blackcomb Aviation:, 9990 Heliport Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9. Mail:PO 1241, Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B, 604-938-1700 (toll free: 1 800-330-4354, ), [13]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment. (50.100436,-122.540354) edit
  • Whistler Airport: YWS (Harbour Air / Whistler Air), 8069 Nicklaus N Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8 (at Nicklaus North on the South end of Green Lake), 604 932-6615 (toll free: 1 800 665 0212 Canada & US), [14]. (50.15,-122.96667) edit

Direct Flights to Vancouver & Victoria. See Whistler for details about connections Bus/Air via Whistler, Vancouver, or Seattle.

  • Pemberton Areodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS: Heli-Skiing, Charter Prop & Jet Planes & Helicopters. (Web Cam), (45 min North), [15].  edit
  • Pemberton Areodrome, Pemberton Airport: CYPS (local airport, regional airport), (45 min North), 604 894-6135, [16]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment. (50.3025,-122.7378) edit

Tie-down Accommodation Fees:
Aircraft Weight < 2,000 kg 2,000 to 5,000 kg
Day $7 $10
Month $60 $70
Year $260 $320

Landing Fees – For Commercial Uses Only:
Landings Per Months Fees
1 to 10 $25
11 to 30 $22
30+ $20
Annual Rates for aircraft < 2,000 $600″

  • Coast Range Heliskiing Ltd, Head Offices, PO 16, 1641 Airport Road, Pemberton BC, V0N 2L0, Booking Office [[Whistler]], 218-4293 Mountain Square (Booking Office [[Whistler]]by Gondola), 604.894.1144 (toll free: 800.701.8744 Canada & US, ), [17].  edit
  • Blackcomb Aviation: (Prop, Jet & helicopters), 1850 Airport Road, Pemberton, BC, Canada. Mail:PO 1241, Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B, 604-894-5153 (toll free: 1 800-330-4354, ), [18]. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm or by appointment.  edit

By train[edit]

  • Whistler Mountaineer, 1-888-687-7245 (), [19]. Once daily train service between North Vancouver and Whistler between May and October. This is not the fastest or the cheapest option, as the train travels slowly so passengers can take in the view, but possibly the most relaxing and scenic. One-way tickets cost $120 for economy and $200 for the Glacier Dome car.  edit

Get around[edit]

The town of Whistler sprawls out around the valley, but the heart of the Whistler experience focuses on the European-style villages built around the base of the gondolas. Most of the accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and the Blackcomb and Whistler gondolas are in Whistler Creekside (Old Alpha Lake), Whistler Village and the Upper Village, at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb. Village North (Blackcomb Village), built around the old base of Blackcomb, is smaller but still has a number of restaurants and hotels. Whistler Creekside is built around the original gondola on the south side of Whistler Mountain. There is a new Southern town site at the former Olympic Village Site called Cheackamus location of the Whistler Hostel, 20 min from Whistler Village. Pemberton is only 20 min.to the north of the Whistler town limits and is a quieter bedroom community for a large number of the Whistler Workers.

The easiest way to get around most of Whistler is by foot. Whistler Village and the Upper Village are mostly pedestrian walkways and small enough that you can walk anywhere. A short trail (5-10 minutes) links it with Village North and there is also an extensive system of trails that links Whistler Village with many of the parks, golf courses and beaches in other parts of the valley. Whistler transit or Cars are best used if you’re trying to reach some of the outlying areas. If you do use a car, the main road through town is Highway 99.

By bus[edit]

Operated by BC Transit, the WAVE, (604) 932-4020, [20] is Whistler’s public transit system and is considered very good for a city of its size. It runs regularly from 5:30AM to 3AM all year. Commuter services are also offered to Pemberton. Flat fares are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for seniors over 65 and students up to grade 12, free from Whistler Village to Upper Village & Village North. A book of ten adult tickets can be purchased for $20, or a day pass for $7, from the visitor centre and other authorized outlets like 7-11 . A transfer is available on request from the driver for connecting buses, only good for 1 way trip. Being that Pemberton is a bedroom community of Whistler it is tied into the Whistler transit system too; fares $4.50. Greyhound Commuter to Pemberton $8- $13 on weekends & Holidays.

By bike[edit]

In the summer months there are many bike rental outfits. A valley trail connects 99% of all areas within and around Whistler. This is a paved 2 way – 1 lane trail system that is very pleasant and fast to get around on, yield to Pedestrians & wildlife including bears. More advanced trails head north to Pemberton and south to Squamish,for those who may be more adventurous and experienced. End of Summer Grand Fondo: 7000 plus riders, runs from Vancouver to Whistler.
Transit will carry the 1st 2 bikes on the front bumper – Whistler Transit bus drivers have refused to allow boarding with even a very small child’s bike or scooter (even when folded. On Greyhound bikes below for an additional fee, even though its a commuter service…from Vancouver they usually demand the bike be boxed.

By taxi[edit]

  • Whistler Taxi 604-932-3333
  • Whistler Resort Cabs 604-938-1515
  • Pemberton Taxi 604-894-1111 Has a mini bus that can seat 12 +.

All the taxi services have small Vans that can seat up to 6. So a big trip to or from the outlying area can be split 6 ways if you request a van.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Take in the view from the top of the mountain. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run daily almost year-round (they are closed for maintenance during October-early November). The views from the top are quite spectacular. Sightseeing tickets cost $40.
  • Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, Hwy 99 (11 km (7 miles) south of Whistler), [21]. A 70 m waterfall and subsequent canyon along Brandywine Creek. From the parking lot, it is a 10-15 minute walk along a good trail to the viewing platform. (50.03563,-123.11862) edit
  • Party Bus, from Squamish BC, [22]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service $$.  edit
  • Landsea Tours & Charters (Vancouver Tours), 680 Industrial Ave. Vancouver, BC, V6A 2P3 (Can also book them through many Whistler Hotels), 604-255-7272 (toll free: 1-877-669-2277, ), [23]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, Vancouver International Airport – YVR service. Stop & see the sights on the way to & from the YVR airport. $$.  edit
  • Pemberton Taxi Service Pemberton Taxi service charters small buses, to and From Pemberton and Whistler : tel 604 894-1111. $$

Do[edit][add listing]

Whistler-Blackcomb[edit]

Excellent skiing

View from the Roundhouse Lodge terminal for the Whistler Mountain Gondola

If skiing or boarding is your thing, it’s hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb, 1-800-766-0449 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134, [24]. With 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs on two mountains and a vertical drop of over 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), Whistler-Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and consistently ranks as one of the top three ski destinations in North America. The variety of terrain is huge — ranging from beginner areas to chutes and trees and groomed cruising runs to alpine bowls heaped with powder after a fresh snow fall — so there should be something to suit everyone. On the freestyle side of things, it has four terrain parks, a snow cross track and a superpipe.

If you are staying in Whistler Village or are parked in the day lots, the closest access point for both mountains is the two gondolas from Skiers Plaza in Whistler Village. The ride up takes 20-25 minutes and lineups can be long during the morning. Whistler Creekside has a gondola that accesses the southwest side of Whistler Mountain. This is a long walk from the Main Village so if you are are staying in the Creekside area have a car, use the transit system, or you are be an avid biker. Village North has a couple of lifts that access Blackcomb Mountain and a beginners area. The gondolas start operation at 8:30AM and stop between 3PM and 4PM, depending on the time of the year. Snow conditions are available from the Snow Phone at 1-800-766-0449.

Both mountains open the fourth weekend of November and the main season runs until late April. Conditions permitting, the resort will keep one of the mountains open until early June for spring skiing. An adult lift ticket costs $89 at peak times of the year (typically over Christmas and during March), with slightly cheaper rates at other times. Spring skiing tickets are cheaper at $47. You can also purchase your lift tickets at the 7-11 convenience store in Squamish (on the drive up from Vancouver), where they are sold at a small discount.

The Blackcomb Glacier opens for a few hours a day from mid-June to early August, but the number of runs are limited as most of it is used by summer ski and snowboard camps.

Other activities[edit]

Alpine hiking delights

Lost Lake

  • Backcountry skiing and cross country skiing are popular in Whistler as well. There is cross country skiing around Lost Lake, including night skiing if the conditions are right, and Backcountry Skiing throughout the valley, particularly off of the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb. The Callaghan Valley is just south of Whistler (turn left before Function Junction) and will host the Nordic Skiing events for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Callaghan Country hosts guided ski touring, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing tours in this region. Heliskiing is an expensive but worthwhile endeavor if you crave making tracks where few others do. Several operators make Whistler’s miles of backcountry terrain available to visitors. Warning: You should not be in the backcountry or out of bounds without Avalanche Safety & First Aid Courses. You must also have proper equipment such as shovels & transponders. Talk to locals – find out about local conditions & always check and follow the avalanche reports: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/latest.
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park, access from Skiers Plaza, 1-866-218.9690 (toll-free) or +1 604-904-8134. 10AM – 5PM daily mid-May to mid-Oct. Open until 8PM during summer. During summer, the skiing paradise turns into a biker’s paradise with a handful of lifts carrying bikers and bikes up the mountain. There are over 50 runs and 4,900 feet of vertical catering to all skill levels. Tracks include single trails and fast race tracks with spectacular jumps and some Northshore elements have been built. Bikes can be rented at the base of the Whistler gondola. Lift tickets regularly $51, $44 early season.  edit
  • Lost Lake Park, turn-off near the end of Blackcomb Way. Lost Lake is a great place to relax in the summer and is a popular spot with the locals. There’s a beach, the water is warmer than the other lakes in the valley and there are miles of trails for walking or cycling. It’s also a popular spot for cross-country skiing in the winter. (50.12669,-122.93553) edit
  • Golf is a popular activity in Whistler and it has a driving Range and three championship caliber courses, and two more courses to the north in Pemberton.

    • Nicklaus North, 8080 Nicklaus North Blvd, 1-800-938-9898 (), [26].  edit
    • Chateau Whistler, 4612 Blackcomb Way, +1 877 938-2092 (, fax: +1 604 938-0368).  edit
    • Whistler Golf Club, 4001 Whistler Way, 1-800-376-1777 (toll-free), [27].  edit
    • Pemberton Meadows: par 72 course with full service club house,Golf Shop,and Black Squirrel Restaurant., 1730 Airport Rd (38 min.s North just before Pemberton Airport.), tel. 1.800.390.4653 (toll-free) (), [28]. $$.  edit Map:[29]
    • Big Sky Golf and Country Club with Fescues Restaurant., 1690 Airport Road (38 min.s North just before Pemberton Airport.), tel. 604-894-6106) (, fax: 604-894-5545), [30]. $$.  edit


  • There are a number of hiking trails in and around Whistler. For the casual walker looking for a pleasant walk through an ancient grove of cedar trees, Cougar Mountain provides an easy hour loop. More aggressive day hikers might head to Brandywine Meadows, a six hour trip up much steeper terrain. And multi-day backpackers also have a variety of options including the Helm Creek trail to Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk. Of course, the ski lifts and gondolas of Whistler Blackcomb operate in the summer to offer hikers a relaxing short cut into back country. Remember your in the mountains and conditions change rapidly. Dress in layers. Take the legs that zip on to those summer shorts and a water proof windbreaker.
  • Whistler also offers some excellent sport and trad/gear rock climbing. Within the city limits there are several small, single pitch crags collectively known as Nordic Rock. The area offers 23 vertical routes, most of them sport, up to 20m long ranging in difficulty from 5.8 – 5.13a (French: 5 – 7c+). For more information on the routes in Whistler and area, check out any of the quality guide books describing the climbing in the Sea to Sky corridor.
  • There are a number of companies that specialize in outdoor adventure travel such as whitewater rafting, fly fishing, ATV (all terrain vehicle) tours, snowmobiling, dog sledding and many other types of activities. Depending on your particular tastes, some or all of these can be extremely entertaining and are generally professionally run. Tour operators include:

    • Valley Fishing Guides Ltd., 1-877-858-7688, [31]
    • Canadian Outback, 1-800-565-8735, [32]
    • Whistler Backcountry Adventure, 1-888-297-2222, [33]
    • Activity Bookers [34]
  • Whistler Tennis Club, [35]. Rates start at $32/hour for indoor courts to $16/hour for outdoor courts.

Learn[edit]

  • Tamwood International College, 301 – 4204 Village Square, 604-938-9843, [36]. Tamwood International operates a number of carefully designed and managed English Language schools, Camp programs and Work Experience programs across Canada.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

As is common to tourist-centric villages and towns, Whistler village has a number of shops awaiting you. In general, the shopping is better and you’ll find more variety in nearby Vancouver, so if you’re on a budget, your money is likely to go farther in Vancouver. On the other hand, many of the stores in Whistler village are a pleasure to visit and the outdoor setting makes browsing (or shopping) more enjoyable than the large malls found in Vancouver.

  • Whistler Ski Butlers Rental Delivery, Learn to ski or snowboard or re-visit the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb mountains again in style with this equipment rental service company. , [37]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Whistler village has a variety of restaurants ranging from very cheap fast food to expensive, and covering a number of styles. Regardless of what type of food you’re looking for, the best way to find good food in Whistler is to take a walk around the village.

Whistler’s on-slope food is surprisingly good and varied. Though you’ll pay a small premium for the high altitude service, your udon bowl ($10) or salmon steak ($12) is similarly priced to the village below and though the seating arrangements may be less comfortable than what you’ll find in the village, the dining views can’t be beat. One special on-hill treat is the enormous waffles topped with berries, cream, and chocolate at the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain.

Budget[edit]

  • Ciao-Thyme Cafe. 8AM-5PM. Serves breakfast and lunch with a bit more flair than the usual bacon, eggs and toast. The Bob breakfast sandwiches are recommended. $5-15.  edit
  • Lift Coffee Company, (next to Whistler Village Gondola). Coffee shop with a good selection of fresh salads, soups and sandwiches, also offers Whistler Brewing Company beers. The patio is great on a sunny day. approx $12.  edit
  • Mogul’s Coffee. Tasty paninis and sandwiches like Chicken Cranberry, as well as small items like samosas and baked goods. $3-9.  edit
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory, Whistler Village, close to Lulu Lemon. An old fashioned Italian restaurant, serves meals with a free loaf of bread per table, and tasty big dishes ranging from $12 to $20. The food is delightful, not to be missed. Serves lunch and dinner.  edit

Midrange[edit]

  • The Brewhouse, 4355 Blackcomb Way (near the Fire Hall), 604-905-2739, [38]. 11:30AM – midnight Su-Th, 11:30AM – 1AM F-Sa.  edit
  • Caramba!, 12-4314 Main St, 604-938-1879, [39]. Medditerrean inspired dishes with local flavour. The pizzas are recommended. (50.11717,-122.95494) edit
  • Citta, 7-4154 Village Green, 604-932-4177, [40]. Popular spot to hang out with its patio on Village Square with decent pub fare.  edit
  • earls, 200-4295 Blackcomb Way, 604-935-3222. One of a large chain of restaurants. Serves a lot of good appetizers and decent cocktails, in an average price range.  edit
  • Kypriaki Norte, 4122 Village Green, 604-932-0600, [41]. Medditerrean and seafood. $20-$30.  edit
  • Mongolie Grill, 201-4295 Blackcomb Way, 604-938-9416, [42]. A unique and delicious stir fry restaurant. Pick from a wide variety of ingredients, customize your sauce, and watch them stir fry it up in front of you. Although it depends largely on how much you pick out, prices are usually in the mid-range. Beware of your eyes being bigger than your stomach though, as it adds up quickly!  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Araxi, 4222 Village Square, 604-932-4540, [43]. Italian and seafood. Reviewers found the food was good, although expensive, and recommended the wine list. Mains $25-40. (50.11483,-122.95596) edit
  • Monk’s Grill, 4555 Blackcomb Way, 604-932-9677, [44]. Upscale restaurant with steaks and seafood.  edit
  • Teppan Village, 301-4293 Mountain Square, 604-932-2223, [45]. 5:30PM – 10PM daily. Japanese teppanyaki.  edit
  • Whistler Tasting Tours (Whistler Restaurant Tours), 4111 Golfers Approach Suite #201, 604-902-8687, [46]. 9AM-7PM Daily. Walk-about dining tours, guiding groups to several gourmet Whistler restaurants for a delicious multi-course dinner paired with fine BC wines.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

One of the true joys of Whistler is to go to one of the many bars after a long day of skiing or outdoor activities. The bars are where many of the visitors gather and the atmosphere is laid back and easygoing.

You’ll find almost any type of drink at the many bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs in Whistler. If you like beer, try a local “micro-brewery” beer at one of the pubs in the village.

  • Buffalo Bills, 4122 Village Green (across from the Telus Conference Center), 604-932-6613, [47]. 3PM-2AM M-Sa, 3PM-12AM Su. Restaurant and nightclub with pool tables, big screen TVs and a large dance floor. (50.11447,-122.95695) edit
  • Dubh Linn Gate Pub, 170-4320 Sundial Cres, 1-800-387-3311, [48]. 7AM – 1AM daily. Irish-style pub with good food and live music nightly after 8PM.  edit
  • Dusty’s Bar and BBQ, 2040 London Lane (near the bottom of the Creekside Gondola), +1 604-905-2146. Bar and restaurant with the feel of a big cabin, features great barbeque and rock music. Popular for après. Meal $15-$30.  edit
  • Garfinkel’s, 4308 Main Street (Whistler Village), +1 604 932-2323. Nightclub located in the village  edit
  • Garibaldi Lift Co., 4165 Springs Ln (above the bottom of the Whistler gondola), +1 604-905-2220. Open daily until 1AM. Popular spot for apres ski with its patio looking out at the base of the mountain and Skiers Plaza.  edit
  • Merlins, 4545 Blackcomb Way (Upper Village near the bottom of Wizard chair), +1 604-938-7700. Your run-of-the-mill pub, with darts and table hockey.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Art’s Hostel, 2113 Nordic Drive, +1 604-932-4660 (), [49]. In “Nordic Estates”, about 4km from Whistler Village. Walking distance to a bus stop which goes to Whistler Village. Sanitary, but minimally maintained in proportion to the rock-bottom price. $15-25 for a dorm room.  edit
  • AMS voted to Close: AMS UBC Lodge, Nordic Drive, 604-932-6604, [50]. This hostel is about another 200m up the hill from Art’s Hostel and has a hot tub, plus a large lounge area with a cozy, rustic feel. Priority and better rates are given to UBC students so be sure to call for availability – & to verify its open!!!- before just showing up. $30/$40 (summer/winter) for a dorm room.  edit
  • Hostelling International Whistler, 1035 Legacy Way (In Whistler’s former Athlete’s Village or Olympic Village,now officially renamed, Cheakamus Crossing . Across from Function Junction), +1 604-962-0025 (), [51]. checkin: 4PM-10PM; checkout: 11AM. Great, clean, modern facility opened July 1st, 2010. Staff are super friendly and there are daily activities organized by the hostel. Regular and frequent bus service from 5am to 3am. Taxi fare from the village is around $20. Dorms start at $30, Private Rooms start at $85.  edit
  • Pemberton (Pemby), Highway 99 (Quiet Whistler Bedroom community 20 minutes North of Whistler Village on Hwy99), +1 604-894-6175(Summer) (, fax: 604 894-5571), [52]. Pemberton has 1 Old Hotel & 2 small modern Hotels & many B&Bs – much more Quiet than Whistler proper. Travel time from Pemberton to Whistler Village is about the same as from Whistler’s Athlete’s Village / Olympic Village / Cheakamus Crossing Neighbourhood. Regular bus service (see “Bus” above)> $$: Moderate.Rooms start at $99 +tax.  edit
  • Southside Lodge, Highway 99, +1 604-932-3644, [53]. Well situated about 300m from the Creekside gondola station (Whistler Mountain) and commercial area. While Creekside is a small Village with its own a Grocier, shops and restaurants and ski lifts within walking distance, the main larger village area is a 40 minute walk, however the area is served by buses which come every 15 minutes (high season), or 30 minutes (low season). If staying at this hostel be sure to eat at the Southside diner, which occupies the ground floor and is one of the very few remaining establishments from the pre-Intrawest pre-Whistler Alpha Lake Era. $30-$40 for a dorm room, more during ski season.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Adara Hotel, 4122 Village Green, 1.866.502.3272, [54]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Affordable comfort and luxury in the heart of Whistler Village, walking distance to everything, pet friendly, hot tub and pool. $89 and up depending on season.  edit
  • Delta Whistler Village Suites, 4308 Main St, 1-888-299-3987 (toll-free) or +1 604-905-3987, [55]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. The Delta offers 1 and 2 bedroom suites with full kitchen and laundry facilities as standard. $229 and up in peak season.  edit
  • Whistler Vacation Rentals by Owner, 4819 Glacier Lane, 1-888-205-0649 (toll-free), [56]. Assortment of vacation rentals by owner including studio condos, right up to full chalets. $109 and up in peak season.  edit
  • Mountainside Lodge, 4417 Sundial Place, 1-877-607-3337 (toll-free) or +1 604-932-4511, [57]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. A lodge with studios, lofts, and one-bedroom suites. Heated pool and tub. Onsite Italian restaurant Trattoria di Umberto. $139 and up during peak season. Parking is $16/night extra.  edit
  • Summit Lodge and Spa, 4359 Main St, 1-888-913-8811 (toll-free), [58]. Boutique hotel with on-site spa. Has Deluxe and Executive studios and one bedroom suites. $200 and up in peak season.  edit
  • Whistler Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, 4295 Blackcomb Way, 1-800-229-3188 (toll-free) or +1 604-938-0878, [59]. Hotel is in the heart of Whistler Village. Studios and suites with kitchenettes. $200 and up in peak season.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • The FireRock Lounge, 4090 Whistler Way (Located on the Westin Shops level), +1 604-935-4345, [60]. checkin: 11am; checkout: 1am. This quintessential mountain lounge is your cozy and intimate getaway. Located inside the Westin Resort & Spa, the low leather couches, stone fireplace, dim lighting, eclectic music, great ambiance and service will keep you relaxed all day & night. $6 – $40.  edit
  • Four Seasons Resort Whistler, 4591 Blackcomb Way, 1 888-935-2460 (toll-free) or +1 604-935-3400, [61]. Located in the Upper Village, walking distance to Blackcomb Wizard lift and to main village. $395 and up in high season.  edit
  • Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, 4050 Whistler Way, +1 604-932-1982, [62]. checkin: 4:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Located in Whistler Village, the Hilton is one long block from the Whistler gondola. $279 and up in high season.  edit
  • The Idylwood Inn, 8725 Idylwood Place, [63]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. The Idylwood Inn is a large chalet split up into two and three bedroom units. $225-$250 for 2bdrm and $475-$545 for 3bdrm in peak season.  edit
  • Pan Pacific Whistler Hotel Mountainside, 4320 Sundial Cres, 1-888-905-9995 (toll-free) or +1 604-905-2999, [64]. The Pan Pacific is located at the base of Whistler, a few steps from the Blackcomb gondola and right in the middle of the apres ski action. $300 and up in peak season.  edit
  • Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler (the former Residence Inn by Marriott – Whistler), 4899 Painted Cliff Rd, 1-888-905-3400 (toll-free) or +1 604-905-3400, [65]. Luxury all-suite lodging, slopeside on Blackcomb Mountain. Ski-in ski-out access. Has a large hot tub. $460 and up during peak season (Feb/Mar).  edit
  • Whistler Vacation Rentals by Owner (Whistler Vacation Rentals by Owner), 100 to choose from, 1-888-205-0649 (toll-free, [66]. From budget to luxury, ski-in ski-out, golf course, Upper Village to Creekside. Many rentals with hot tubs. $99 and up, depending on season and length of stay.  edit

Apartments[edit]

  • Whistler Home Holidays, 3114 Tyrol Cres, 1-888-644-7444 (toll-free N. America), 800 967 997 (toll-free HK), 0800 917 0478 (toll-free UK) or +1 604-938-9256, [67]. Provider of 2 to 5 bedroom luxury Whistler home rentals. Can also book ski and golf packages. Prices start at $795 to $1,195.00/night for 4-5 BR condo..  edit
  • Whiski Jack Whistler Accommodation, 4319 Main St. Whistler BC, 1-888-944-7545 ext. 1 (toll-free N. America)604-932-6500, [68]. The best prices on the best quality properties. Studios to multi-bedroom units. Units in 17 of Whistler’s best buildings. Self-contained, fully-equipped units.  edit
  • Whistler Superior Properties, 4355 Northlands Blvd., 1-877-535-8282 (toll-free) or +1 604-932-3510 (fax: +1 604-932-3517), [69]. A good range of vacation rentals to suit the needs of all kinds of travellers. Prices vary based on date, from $99/night (Studio – shoulder season) to $1,500/night (3 – 4 bedroom luxury chalets – holiday winter season)..  edit
  • Lodging Ovations, 2036 London Lane, 1-800-320-0896 (toll-free N. America) or +1 604-990-6610 (International and Local) (fax: +1 604-938-9699), [70]. A collection of luxury ski-in, ski-out properties at the base of the Whistler Creekside Gondola. Prices vary based on date and type, from $129 (one bedroom, shoulder season) to $1,500 (four bedroom luxury condo, holiday winter season).  edit
  • Acer Vacation Rentals, 4905 Spearhead Place, 1-877-489-7669 (toll-free N. America)or +1 604-905-7788, [71]. Provides one, two, and 3 bedroom ski-in ski-out accommodation in Whistler for families. Prices start at $150 to $1,057.00/night for 1-3 BR condo..  edit

Camping[edit]

Whistler only has a few places to camp. Most of those that exist are outside of town:

  • Cal-Chek Forest Service Campground, 604 902-0510. Cool cable suspension bridge across the Cheakamus River.
  • Nairn Falls Provincial Campground, 20 miles (30km) north of Whistler and 2 miles (3 km) south of Pemberton off Highway 99, [72].
  • Riverside Resort [73] is located only 1.5 kilometers from Whistler Village and offers tent camping, RV sites, rustic yurts & cozy log cabins. 604-905-5533 Open year round!

Contact[edit]

  • Cyber Web Internet Cafe, #6, 4340 Sundial Crescent, +1-604-905-1280, [74]. Open every day, summer 09:00-22:30h, winter 08:00-22:00h. Internet access at terminals and wireless. Plus related services like CD burning, photocopying, and fax service. Free local calls on courtesy phone. Also various espresso and cold drinks, and snacks. Look for 10% discount cards on the reception table. Located right on skier’s plaza at the foot of both gondolas, next to Black’s Pub, tucked into the Sundial Hotel. Internet $10/hr.  edit
  • Whistler Public Library, 4329 Main Street, +1-604-932-5564 (, fax: +1-604-932-0664), [75]. Monday through Saturday 11AM – 7PM, Sunday 11AM – 4PM, closed holidays. Offers free internet access, in addition to the usual library services. Located on the opposite side of Village Gate Blvd from the plaza at the base of Whistler mountain.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Heading North on Highway 99 will take you past
  • Heading South on Highway 99 will take you past
  • Squamish, the self-styled Adventure Capital of Canada, is 45 minutes from both Vancouver & Whistler on Highway 99.
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park, which has many hiking and backcountry camping opportunities, has access points north and south of town off Highway 99.


Routes through Whistler
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San Diego, California, United States – Travel Guide

San Diego, California, United States – Travel Guide

 

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San Diego is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them.

San Diego skyline at night

San Diego [1] is a large coastal city in California. Located on the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, it is home to 1.3 million citizens and is the second-largest city in the state. San Diego has many universities, picturesque beaches. It is also known for its ideal climate, bio technologies, communications technologies, long history, nightlife, outdoor culture and ethnic diversity. The city sits just north of the Mexican border, across from Tijuana. Though a large city, San Diego has a somewhat slower paced atmosphere and when visiting, some may find it provides a soothing break from the typical hustle-bustle of a city of its size.

Districts[edit]

San Diego is seamlessly divided into districts comprising each of charming individual neighborhoods.

This list of districts is by no means an official breakdown of the city, but one that is meant to make sense from the standpoint of a visitor, based on the number of attractions the average visitor will find in each area.

San Diego

Downtown
Situated on the bay, downtown is a hub of business and nightlife. It also has many tourist attractions amongst its gleaming office and hotel towers.
Balboa Park-Hillcrest
Located in the heart of the city, Balboa Park is the second largest urban park in the world. It is home to many amazing museums and the renowned San Diego Zoo. Next door is Hillcrest, a happening urban neighborhood. Or for a quieter experience there are cute cafés and some renown drinking establishments in South Park.
Old Town-Mission Valley
The site of the first Spanish settlement in California, Old Town today is a historic district popular with tourists and locals for sampling the Mexican culture.
Point Loma-Ocean Beach
Located on a scenic peninsula curving around the bay, this area offers gorgeous views of San Diego, and it’s beautiful coastline. Ocean Beach is a quiet, laid-back beach neighborhood. It’s hippie roots show on its beaches, organic food market and reggae clubs.
Mission Beach-Pacific Beach
Two extremely popular beach communities with plenty of shops, restaurants, and nightlife, alongside a man-made inlet known as Mission Bay with its variety of water sports including kayaking, sailing, kite surfing. It is home to Sea World.
La Jolla
An elegant beach community and the home of some of the most picturesque coastline and lovely beaches around, the exceptional. Birch aquariums, the Scripps institute, the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), the La Jolla playhouse, Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, Torrey Pines golf course, natural reserve and glider port. The downtown area houses many art galleries, restaurants, souvenir and coffee shops.
Mid-City
A set of neighborhoods in the heights east of Balboa Park. There isn’t much in the way of tourist attractions out here, but one can find trendy districts with locally-oriented restaurants, shops, and theaters. To get a sample of the local life, from university students to shopkeepers and young professionals, this is where you can sample them all in one neighborhood.
Northeastern
A large region of the city composed of many suburban neighborhoods stretching far inland to the hills of the north, with few tourist attractions and schools, Cal State San Marcos and the popular Safari Park.
San Ysidro
Home to the world’s busiest land border crossing, where one can travel between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

In addition, there are many communities and suburbs in the San Diego area that are not actually part of San Diego (such as Coronado). See the San Diego County article.

Understand[edit]

A view of downtown San Diego

History[edit]

The area was long inhabited by the native Kumeyaay people (also known as the Diegueño by the later Spanish settlers), who lived off the land and created a proud culture. The first time a European visited the region was in 1542, when Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, sailing under the Spanish Flag, claimed the bay for the Spanish Empire and named the site San Miguel.

In November of 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent to map the California coast. Arriving with his flagship “San Diego”, Vizcaíno surveyed the harbor and what is now Mission Bay and Point Loma, renaming the area for the Spanish Catholic Saint, St. Didacus (more commonly known as San Diego).

San Diego was established in 1769 as the first Spanish mission in California, at the present site of Old Town. However, due to the poor nature of soils in the Old Town area, the mission was eventually relocated about five miles up river in Mission Valley.

In the 19th century, San Diego passed from Spanish to Mexican to American hands. In 1850, a few years after the United States gained control of California, San Diego was officially designated a city. But with much of the westward expansion to California centered on the gold rush and San Francisco, American influences were slow to come to San Diego. Eventually they did, however, and in the later decades of the 19th century the railroad came to San Diego, resulting in further growth of the city and the establishment of Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The U.S. Navy discovered San Diego in the early 20th century, and constructed a coaling station on Point Loma in 1907. Ten years later, the Naval Air Station on Coronado island was established, and in later years the Navy would take on an increasingly important role in the city’s economy. Today San Diego is home to the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, and is a favorite leave location for sailors.

San Diego has 1.3 million people and serves as a hub for bio technologies and communication tech. San Diego’s also benefits from tourism and conventions. The city is also becoming a favorite for those who are looking to take advantage of the climate for athleticism, and using a bicycle as a means of transportation,
see By Bike section.

Climate[edit]

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 63 62 64 65 66 68 76 80 80 75 73 70
Nightly lows (°F) 46 51 54 56 60 63 66 70 66 61 54 49
Precipitation (in) 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Check San Diego’s 7 day forecast at NOAA

The San Diego area can be an incredible place to visit almost any time of the year, with its mild Mediterranean climate. With coastal temperatures around 75 degrees (24°C) most of the time, the weather is ideal, with very low humidity. The climate of Southern California is rather complex, however, and temperatures change rapidly as one travels from the coast eastward. In the summer during the day, the temperature might increase as much as one degree Fahrenheit for each mile going east. In the winter, especially at night, eastern areas are usually relatively cooler. Some valleys and other areas have significantly different weather due to terrain and other factors. These are often referred to as “micro-climates”.

If you’re coming to San Diego expecting sunny weather, avoid coming in May or June, when San Diego is covered in clouds most days, a phenomenon referred to by the locals as “May Grey” or “June Gloom”. September is usually the hottest month of the year in the daytime. Mid-September through October are labeled as the most at-risk months for wildfires, because of the long absence of any substantial rainfall. Along the beach during the warmer half of the year, it can get surprisingly cool after dark, even when it’s not too cold a short distance inland. The months of March and April typically see the strongest winds. Along the coast, fog is most common September through April; it is not uncommon to experience 3-7 foggy days per month.

During the late summer and fall there is a reversal of the usual climate conditions, when hot, dry air blows from the desert to the coast. These winds are called the Santa Ana winds. Milder Santa Ana winds can result in excellent dry air conditions, but powerful ones can last days on end, significantly raising temperatures, creating tremendous fire danger, and making the outdoors unpleasant.

Visitor information[edit]

  • International Visitor Information Center, 1040 1/3 West Broadway (at Harbor Drive), +1 619 236-1212, [2]. Daily 9AM-5PM (June-September). Daily 9AM-4PM (October-May).  edit
  • La Jolla Visitor Center, 7966 Herschel Ave (at Prospect), +1 619 236-1212, [3]. Daily 10AM-6PM (June-August). M-Th 11AM-4PM, F 11AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 10AM-4PM (November-March). M-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 10AM-4PM (September-October and April-May).  edit

Get in[edit]

San Diego Overview Map

By plane[edit]

San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN) [4] is less than 10 minutes from downtown San Diego. The descent into the airport from the east is remarkably close to downtown buildings, which can be a bit alarming for first-time visitors. It is served by legacy carriers such as American Airlines [5], Delta Airlines [6], United Airlines [7], and US Airways [8], as well as major low fare carriers including JetBlue [9] and Southwest Airlines [10]. The only international flights from the airport go to Mexico and Canada, plus one daily flight on British Airways and Japan Airlines to London Heathrow and Tokyo’s Narita. Otherwise, visitors from other countries would most likely travel through Los Angeles or San Francisco. Non-stops to Honolulu and Maui are also available.

Beware that even discounted coach airfares between San Diego and Los Angeles (about 120 miles/190 km) can cost nearly as much as a trip to the east coast. Flying will usually be greatly discounted or even free for connecting flights if it’s part of the overall routing, but you must leave LAX within four hours for domestic flights or 24 hours international. Fixed point ground transportation between LAX and San Diego is extremely limited and taxi/van service is more costly than flying (except for groups of about six or more). If arriving at Los Angeles Airport, always know the method and cost of how you’re getting to San Diego in advance. Many Angelenos, making San Diego a weekend get-a-way, opt for Amtrak (see below). Transportation options between LAX and Los Angeles Union Station (LA’s major Amtrak station which is 16 miles/26 km away) can be found here.

There are a number of airport shuttle companies that handle transportation to and from the airport. They cost around $15 per person. Metro bus #992 The Flyer ($2.25) travels 10 minutes to the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego, where you can connect to the Coaster commuter train, the Trolley, and Amtrak.

Driving out of the airport can be a little confusing. Unless you’re headed to Point Loma or Harbor Island, you want to go east towards downtown. The first left turn after the airport is Laurel Street to Balboa Park. The second one is Grape Street, and this has access to the I-5 freeway. For the I-5 north freeway, stay in the left lane of Grape St., or the right lane for I-5 south. The 163 north and 94 east freeways are via I-5 south (remain in the right freeway lanes for the 163 and 94 as these exits will come very quickly). If going downtown, just stay on Harbor Drive from the airport.

McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad (IATA: CLD) is just north of the city of San Diego and provides the other commercial passenger airport in the county. Commercial operations are limited to one commuter airline, United Express, which provide service to Los Angeles. The airport is in the city of Carlsbad, located about 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. Exiting the airport by car, turn right onto Palomar Airport Road and proceed onto Interstate 5 southbound to reach San Diego proper. There is an AVIS car rental facility on-site.

Tijuana International Airport (IATA: TIJ) in Mexico is within the vicinity of San Diego, and may be an option as it offers numerous flights and recently additionally long-haul service from Shanghai and Tokyo. This allows many tourists from the Pacific Rim the option of bypassing the Los Angeles or San Francisco airports and putting them closer to San Diego or to transit from the Pacific Rim to Latin America to avoid the extra bureaucratic hassles associated with entering the U.S. (which is required to even transit). However, closer is not necessarily easier. As this airport is not in the United States, travelers need to make sure that they have the proper documentation such as passports or visas for their respective nationality to traverse through Mexico into the United States. Also, one should be aware that border crossing by vehicle from Tijuana to the United States involves very lengthy waiting lines. As such, changing planes in Los Angeles or San Francisco then continuing on to San Diego is the easier option for travel.

Private pilots will prefer the nearby general aviation airports, Montgomery Field (ICAO: KMYF) in Clairemont Mesa, Gillespie Field (ICAO: KSEE) in El Cajon, or Brown Field (ICAO: KSDM) east of San Ysidro. There are several more in the North County. If flying to the San Diego area from the east, be aware of the 5,722 foot (1,744 m) Volcan Mountain near Julian. Private aircraft have flown straight into the mountain at night, often with deadly results. Some air taxi and air charter firms offer specials to the San Diego area from local airports, including from many smaller Los Angeles airports and from the San Luis Obispo area.

By train[edit]

Santa Fe Depot

Amtrak, Santa Fe Depot @ 1050 Kettner Blvd, +1 800 872-7245, [11]. Amtrak operates from the historic Santa Fe Depot, located in downtown at 1050 Kettner Blvd. The station is the southern terminus of Amtrak’s frequent Pacific Surfliner [12] route, which runs north to Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. The depot is within walking distance of downtown hotels and situated near San Diego Bay. The city operates a bus line (Route 992, the “Airport Flyer”) between the train depot and San Diego International Airport.  edit

There is also a secondary rail station located at the Old Town San Diego Historic Park. It is used mainly for travel within San Diego County, although Amtrak also serves it on weekends and holidays.

The other rail service is COASTER, ☎ +1 800 262-7837, [13], a commuter train that runs north from downtown along the coast through northern San Diego County all the way to Oceanside where it meets the Metrolink (Orange County Line) rail service from Los Angeles and the Sprinter [14] rail service from Escondido. Service is mostly limited to the weekday rush hours, with limited service on Saturdays, and none on Sundays. Fares are based on how far you ride; a one-way fare will be in the range of $4-$5.50. Tickets must be purchased from the ticket vending machines located at each station.

The Blue Line Trolley [15] goes between downtown and the US/Mexican border in San Ysidro via National City & Chula Vista. SENTRI pass (for locals who cross everyday)helps you bypass the lines. All others have to wait in line to get through immigration. The stop for the Blue & yellow Line Trolley is across the street (Kettner Blvd) at the American Plaza. The Green Line Trolley going northeast to Santee and southeast to PetCo Field stops along the other trains at the Santa Fe Depot.

By car[edit]

San Diego is easily accessible by car using any one of the three major interstate roadways, the 5, 8, and 15 Freeways.

  • I-5 begins in San Ysidro, at the US-Mexico border crossing, and continues northward through Los Angeles and Central California to Oregon and Washington, terminating in Blaine, Washington at the US-Canadian border crossing. Continues north as BC Hwy 99 into Vancouver.
  • I-8 begins near the coast in Ocean Beach and continues eastward through eastern San Diego and Imperial Counties into Arizona, where it connects with Interstate 10 about half way between Phoenix and Tucson. From the Phoenix area, AZ Hwy 85 to I-8 at Gila Bend is often faster, except from the eastern suburbs. There is a mountain pass of about 4,200 ft. between the desert and coastal area. Closures or restrictions due to snow happen on rare occasion.
  • I-15 begins, from along I-5 at Exit #13A as CA-Hwy 15 just south of downtown. I-15 officially begins at the I-8/15 junction and continues northward into the California deserts, through Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Montana and eventually terminating at the US-Canadian border in northern Montana. Continues north to Lethbridge, Alberta as AB Hwy 4.

Additionally, there are numerous other freeways that crisscross the county, making access to most places in San Diego relatively easy. However, be advised that traffic is frequently congested during the weekday morning and evening commuting hours.

By bus[edit]

Unfortunately, there is no central bus terminal nor are they located next to each other in the same area. Each company have their own stop(s) or station all over the city. In San Ysidro there is a SDMTS transit center & taxi stand (including light rail stop) just north (or after walking out) of the US immigration & customs station. The long distance bus station is behind McDonalds to right (east) when exiting the border station. Major operators include:

  • Greyhound, Crucero USA, Autobus Americanos, 120 W Broadway (Entry is a small door w/ canopy closer to 1st & Broadway), +1 619 515-1100 (toll free: 1-800-231-2222), [16]. Travels primarily on Interstate 5 (San Diego-Los Angeles. Some are direct whiles others stop in Oceanside, Anaheim, &/or Santa Ana going north. Goes south to San Ysidro and Tijuana), 15 (San Diego, Escondido, Temecula, Perris, &/or Riverside to San Bernardino) & 8/10 (San Diego, El Centro, Calexico, Yuma, Tuscon, Lordsburg, and/or Las Cruces to El Paso or from Yuma, a similar route diverts to Gila Bend, Tolleson, & Phoenix from Yuma). Passengers transfer to other buses in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, El Paso, Las Cruces, or Phoenix to get to additional cities in the U.S. and in San Ysidro/Tijuana, Phoenix/Hermosillo; Calexico/Mexicali; or El Paso/Cd. Juarez to get to additional cities in Mexico.  edit
  • Hoang Express, Lucky Seafood @ 9326 Miramesa Blvd, [17]. offers service from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.  edit
  • InterCalifornias, 751-A E San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro CA 92173 (In parking lot behind McDonalds by the US border inspection station), +1 619 428-8259, [18]. goes up to Los Angeles, San Fernando, Bakersfield, Fresno, and San Jose/Stockton. (route splits/joins in Madero)  edit
  • LuxBus, (Various hotel pick up locations on request), 1 800-610-7870, [19]. offers four daily trips to and from Anaheim or Los Angeles. They no longer offer a direct route to Las Vegas  edit
  • Mexicoach, 4570 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173 (Parking lot west of I-5 just before crossing into Mexico), +1 619 428-6200, [20]. Picks up at the parking lot west of I-5 and then go down to their own terminal in downtown Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. Drops off at the US border inspection station going north.  edit
  • Volaris Airlines Shuttle Services [21] operates direct buses to Tijuana’s General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport to connect with onward Volaris flights south. Buses leave from the Greyhound terminal at 120 W Broadway.

By boat[edit]

The Cruise Ship Terminal [22] in downtown San Diego currently only services excursions departing from San Diego to Baja Mexico and Los Angeles. These include dinner cruises, three-day gambling cruises and ‘party excursions’ to the Mexican coastal ports of Baja.

Get around[edit]

Although alternatives are being created, San Diego is Southern California, so renting or having a car available will increase your enjoyment to this city if you really want to cover some distance. If you would like to use public transportation, it can be done somewhat effectively. Some buses run late into the evening, but this doesn’t apply to all routes! Trip planning is advised; read the Bus section below. Taking the bus will also increase the amount of time you spend traveling from place to place however you will be able to get a great feel of this remarkable city by traveling with the locals.

By car[edit]

The San Diego metropolitan area is sprawling. Car travel is the most efficient way of getting around the metro area. Throughout the downtown and beach communities, on-street parking is metered. Parking meters accept coins, pre-paid Parking Meter Cards, and some newer meters accept credit cards. For more information parking meters and enforcement, or to purchase a pre-paid meter card please visit the City of San Diego Parking Administration [23] website. Gas/petrol prices tend to be higher than much of the U.S. The outlying communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, Poway, and Chula Vista are the least expensive in the area for filling your tank.

All the major rental car companies operate at the San Diego Airport, though most require you to take a shuttle which goes behind the terminal and runway (about 2.5 miles). To get to the I-5 freeway, turn right at Sassafras Street, then cross the railroad tracks. Do not mistake the railroad crossing for Kettner Blvd./I-5 south as a few visitors have done (mostly after dark) over the years. These tracks are heavily used by Amtrak and other rail services, and there’s a good chance of being hit by a train if you make a wrong turn.

By public transit[edit]

Bus[edit]

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) [24] operates bus service to large portions of the county, although service in many areas is sparse and infrequent. The weakest points in the transit system are suburb-to-suburb travel and poor links between some of the individual coastal communities, both of which often require long trips to one of the transit hubs, then back out. If you will be mainly in the areas around downtown, the bus may be suitable, but service generally gets weaker the farther you are from the central area.

There is bus service every 15 to 30 minutes or so (at least on weekdays) between downtown San Diego and a number of tourist-oriented destinations. These include the airport, the zoo, and neighborhoods such as Hillcrest, North Park, and La Jolla, check a routing website for timetables. There is adequate service to Sea World from the Old Town Transit Center, where the trolley stops. Service from downtown to Coronado and Ocean Beach is about once every 30 minutes.

The fare is $2.25 for local/neighborhood routes, $2.25 for urban routes, and $2.50 for express routes. Transfers are not available. Day passes (which also include rides on the Trolley and a $2 discount on Coaster fares) cost $5. All downtown buses intersect with Broadway at some point. During the day many locals and tourists alike will be taking the bus. At night some people might feel a little less comfortable, but generally not unsafe on the main parts of downtown. The MTS has offices in downtown, on Broadway.

Trolley (light rail)[edit]

San Diego Trolley

The San Diego Trolley [25] is a light rail system operated by the MTS which mainly serves tourists and people living in the southern and eastern parts of the city that need to get to downtown areas. There are three trolley lines: blue, green, and orange. The Blue Line operates from the US-Mexico border at San Diego/San Ysidro and runs to Old Town, via Chula Vista, National City, and Downtown. The Green Line travels from Old Town east to Santee, via Mission Valley and SDSU. The Orange Line connects the eastern cities of El Cajon and La Mesa with Downtown (generally not as usable for tourists except for getting around parts of downtown). Trains run from at least 5AM-12AM every day. Frequency varies, but the trolley usually runs every 15 minutes, with service reduced to every 30 minutes for late-night, weekend, and holiday service.

Standard one-way fares run from $1.25 to $3 depending on how far you travel. Day passes (which include bus service) run at $5, and there are 2, 3 and 4 day passes available. Tickets have to be purchased from the vending machines at the station before you board the train. The fine $120 for not having a ticket. Although it is not available today, the trolley system will eventually connect with the airport.

By bike[edit]

The weather in San Diego is ideally suited for bicycle riding, and bikes are a good way to explore the beach side communities. Many of the beach side community’s residents use bikes to get around as it is ideal weather and a good way to alleviate finding parking. The beach areas are flat and some beach cruiser rental spots can be found along the boardwalk areas in Mission/Pacific Beach. In other parts of the city, cycling has not been prioritized until the 2030 San Diego regional transportation plan (SDRTP) is implemented, starting [insert date] [26]. Cycling around the greater city area is not recommended for the tourist until the SDRTP has been implemented, but is possible for a habitual cyclist. A bicycle map of San Diego is available.[27]

Talk[edit]

Like much of California and the Southwestern United States, English is the predominant language with Spanish the second most widely spoken. Store signs are written in English or both languages, and many businesses have bilingual employees that speak both English and Spanish.

See[edit][add listing]

See San Diego with children for travelers with children.

A couple of discount passes offer admission to a number of places:

  • Go San Diego Card [28] – This enables free admission and express entry to over 50 attractions, including Sea World, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Universal, and all Balboa Park museums.
  • Southern California CityPass [29] – Gives you one day each at SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo, another day at Universal Studios Hollywood, and a 3 day park hopper ticket for Disneyland.

Cactus Garden, Balboa Park

These are just the most significant sights. More specific information may be found under the individual District articles.

  • Balboa Park – Here you’ll find an expansive campus of museums, parks, gardens and arboretums. Neo-classical Spanish architecture, flowering gardens, a beautiful clock tower and intriguing museums make visiting Balboa Park a must.

    • San Diego Zoo. – Located in Balboa Park. Possibly the premier zoo in North America, the San Diego Zoo encompasses over 100 acres of displays and habitats. Animal shows run constantly, and there are creatures here that aren’t visible in any other zoo on the planet. Definitely worth a visit, but you need a full day to really do it justice.  edit
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park (previously Wild Animal Park). – The sister park to the San Diego Zoo. The park covers 1800 acres and is located about 30 miles north of San Diego near Escondido, in the San Pasqual Valley in Northeastern San Diego.  edit
  • Sea World. – Home of Shamu. Sea World San Diego allows visitors a chance to interact with aquatic animals in an exciting way. Through shows, displays and enclosures people can learn about the world’s oceans and the creatures that inhabit them. See the Mission Beach article.  edit
  • La Jolla – An upscale coastal community of San Diego, La Jolla includes secluded coves, beaches and ocean cliffs to explore. There are dozens of coffee shops, restaurants and high-end shopping outlets to be explored in La Jolla.
    • Harbor seals, Children’s Cove. Originally a small beach built for children, this scenic little spot has become a breeding ground for harbor seals.
    • Birch Aquarium – Fantastic exhibits include physical oceanography, standard aquarium fish, and a massive kelp tank.

Point Loma lighthouse

  • Point Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo National Monument – From the high vantage point of Point Loma visitors can get a panoramic view of the Naval Air Station, downtown San Diego, the Coronado Bridge and the distant mountains. The lighthouse is a short walk and allows stunning sunset views of the Pacific Ocean and off-shore islands. Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s expedition for Spain of California in 1542.
  • Old Town – This area includes preserved buildings and icons of the Spanish heritage of San Diego and the Old West, from 19th century cannons to the haunted Whaley House. Shopping and restaurants dot this historic district and living history performances regularly take place.
  • Downtown – The urban center of the city, with plenty of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
    • San Diego Maritime Museum – Home to a collection of 19th century sailing ships including the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship, as well as a steam ferryboat and a former Soviet Union attack submarine.
    • USS Midway Museum – A former aircraft carrier of the US Navy, it is now open for tours and home to a collection of former naval aircraft housed on her expansive flight deck. Guided tours and displays offer the public a unique look into the life aboard a powerful, old warhorse.
  • Mission San Diego de Alcala. – Located in Mission Valley Mission San Diego is the oldest of the California missions.  edit
  • Hotel Del Coronado. – Located in Coronado, this gorgeous hotel was constructed in the late 1800′s and is located at the beach. Offers high class shops and service on one of San Diego’s most beautiful and clean beaches.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Individual listings can be found in San Diego’s district articles
  • Beaches – Along San Diego’s coast one can find miles of beaches for swimming, surfing, and general beach-going. In the San Diego area, one can find good beaches at Imperial Beach south of San Diego, Coronado, the beach towns of Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and up the coast of Northern San Diego County. Each beach is unique, ranging from popular white sand beaches to harsh surf spots to the clothing-optional Black’s Beach in La Jolla.

    Riding a wave

  • Beer Tasting – San Diego has a bustling microbrewery scene with 44 breweries and growing every month. Some of the breweries feature large restaurants but most are “hole in the wall” micro or nanobreweries located in industrial parks. For a complete listing of breweries go to San Diego Brewery Guide.
  • Surfing – San Diego’s miles of beaches provide excellent opportunities for surfing. Conditions vary by beach. There are also numerous surf schools throughout the San Diego area.
  • SailingMission Bay and San Diego Bay are excellent places for sailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing.
  • Boating – San Diego Bay offers amble opportunities for sailors to enjoy the water, with plenty of anchorages and marinas catering to all boaters (see Point Loma, Downtown, Coronado and Chula Vista for specific places). Boat launch ramps are located at Shelter Island (Point Loma), Coronado, National City and Chula Vista. Some anchorages require a permit, while others do not. If a permit is required, it can be obtained at the Shelter Island Harbor Police Facility, 1401 Shelter Island Drive (Point Loma), +1 619 686-6272. There are also several moorings located throughout the Harbor for vessels ranging from two to 65 feet in length. See the SD Mooring Company Office, 2040 N. Harbor Island Drive (Point Loma), +1 619 291-0916, [30] for a mooring application.
  • Whale-watching – California gray whales migrate south along the coast each February. There are some great places along the coast to view the migration, such as the overlook in Cabrillo National Monument (in Point Loma), and several private companies offer sailing tours during the migration season that bring you much closer to the whales.
  • Scuba diving – San Diego features some great dives including the Yukon, Ruby E and others in Wreck Alley. You’ll see kelp beds and much more. In addition, several dive boat operators have regular runs to the Coronados Islands off the Mexican coast where you can dive with sea lions. Please be aware that diving here is usually considered cold water diving and the visibility is not always the greatest.
  • Hang gliding – At the edge of cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean, the Torrey Pines Glider Port in La Jolla allows anyone to soar over one of the most pristine sections of coastline in southern California. Training and tandem glides with an expert are offered.
  • Golfing – There are many public and private golf courses scattered throughout San Diego that suit nearly every budget. The Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla hosts the PGA Tour Buick Invitational annually in Jan or Feb.
  • Hiking & biking – San Diego’s near perfect climate, unique landscape, and low-crime rate make it one of the most pleasant places in the country to enjoy outdoor exercise. Because of this, visitors and locals alike will have no trouble finding a biking, hiking, or walking trail to suit their needs. There are numerous hiking trails and bike paths to choose from – big and small, highly visible or hidden. Information on some of the most popular individual trails can be found in the district articles.
  • Rock climbing – San Diego offers some unique opportunities for rock climbing both outdoor and indoor. Although San Diego is rarely considered a destination climbing area, specialist climbing companies offer guided rock climbing from professional climbers for the beginner to the experienced climber. All the climbing companies provide all the required equipment such as helmets, shoes and harnesses, and usually require an orientation meeting the week of the climb for all participants. Most good climbing spots are located either in Northeastern San Diego or Inland San Diego County.
  • Kayaking – San Diego Co. has numerous areas to kayak including Mission Bay, Sunset Beach, Kearny Mesa, Oceanside and La Jolla. Kayaking La Jolla Shores is great for all ages. You can see leopard sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions and pelicans. The area is famous for its seven caves and overall beauty.

Sports[edit]

PETCO Park

  • San Diego Chargers – Qualcomm Stadium (in Mission Valley is near the intersection of I-15 and I-8). [31]. San Diego’s professional football team has recently proven to be a fierce competitor. They play in the massive Qualcomm Stadium, located in Mission Valley. Tickets $54-$92.
  • San Diego Padres – PETCO Park (in Downtown, near the Gaslamp district), [32]. See the Major League Baseball Padres play at the brand new PETCO Park in downtown. Price ranges for seats vary widely, from $5 for a spot on the grassy lawn beyond the outfield wall to nearly $50 for a seat behind home plate. $5-$60.
  • San Diego State University Aztecs – Viejas Arena (formerly Cox Arena, in Mid-City; exit I-8 at College Avenue and turn right on Canyon Crest Drive), [33]. The college basketball team plays their home games at the Viejas Arena in the SDSU campus. The Aztecs college baseball team plays at Tony Gwynn Stadium (also on the SDSU campus) and the college football team plays at Qualcomm Stadium.
  • University of San Diego Toreros – Jenny Craig Pavilion (in Mission Valley; exit I-8 at Morena Blvd and turn right on Linda Vista Road), [34]. The Toreros have college basketball, baseball, and football teams which play at facilities located on the USD campus.

Learn[edit]

Universities & military (training) installations in the area:

  • University of California, San Diego [35] – State public university.
  • San Diego State University [36] – State public university.
  • University of San Diego [37] – Private, Catholic university.
  • Point Loma Nazarene [38] – Private, Protestant Christian university
  • California Western School of Law [39] – Private law school.
  • New School of Architecture [40] – Private architecture school.
  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies [41] – Prestigious nonprofit research institute.
  • The Scripps Research Institute [42] – Private research institute.
  • The Scripps Institution of Oceanography [43] – Famous marine biology institute.
  • The Burnham Institute for Medical Research [44] – Private research institute.
  • La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology [45] – Nonprofit research institute.
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law [46] – Private law school.
  • US Marine Corp Recruit Depot [47] – Military. Young men from places west of the Mississippi River are sent here for 11 weeks of Basic Recruit training (boot camp) upon joining the Marines.

Work[edit]

San Diego is a major technology and defense hub of California and the United States. Major industries include defense, telecommunications, technology, biotechnology, computers and scientific research. With five major military bases located within fifty miles of San Diego, defense related services and support are a key part of San Diego’s economy.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Individual listings can be found in San Diego’s district articles

San Diego is dotted with major shopping centers and upscale boutiques catering to nearly every style of dress and expression. The most well-known shopping centers in the area are Horton Plaza in Downtown, Fashion Valley and Westfield Mission Valley in Mission Valley and Westfield UTC near La Jolla. In addition to these, one can find numerous other malls and outlet centers across the city.

If you’re more interested in smaller shops and more local businesses than you’d ordinarily find in your average mall, Downtown, Hillcrest, and the beach neighborhoods (Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, etc.) offer a slightly more unique shopping scene. San Diego county has some unique antique markets, with a treasure trove of high end stores, as well as a host of second hand shops, bric a brac, and vintage stores.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Individual listings can be found in San Diego’s district articles

The district sections of San Diego offer more details on local places to eat. Food representing almost every world cuisine can be found somewhere in the city.

Like other large metropolitan areas, San Diego carries a wide variety of national and international food. Major restaurant chains are found in almost every district.

San Diego is well-known for its craft-brewing scene, with an emphasis on highly-hopped beers. Local brewers of distinction include AleSmith Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Company, Coronado Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, and Port Brewing Company.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Individual listings can be found in San Diego’s district articles

Bars and clubs can stay open past 2AM but are not permitted to sell alcohol after this time. Expect beer bars to be open until midnight and bars and clubs to call last call around 1:30-1:50AM A medium-sized beer generally costs $4-5 in a restaurant. The best bar scenes in San Diego are in the Gaslamp Quarter area of Downtown and in Pacific Beach.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Individual listings can be found in San Diego’s district articles

San Diego offers a wide range of accommodations and a wide range of price levels. If one doesn’t mind splurging, there are a number luxury highrise hotels in Downtown and numerous beachside (and bayside) hotels and lavish resorts along the coast in Coronado, Ocean Beach, Point Loma (along the bayside), Mission Beach/Bay, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla.

There are also many vacation rentals/beach cottages available for the traveler, most of which can be found along the shores of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.

For travelers with a smaller budget, San Diego also has a few downtown hostels and many chain motels scattered across the city. A high concentration of the chain motels are located along Hotel Circle in Mission Valley.

Contact[edit]

The most common area code for San Diego Metropolitan area, including downtown, the southbay and the eastern suburbs is 619. North of I-8/Mission Valley uses 858, and the far northern suburbs (Escondido, Oceanside, Encinitas, etc.) use 760. Be sure to look when dialing a phone number that may be in a different area code. Most public telephones and hotel phones have the area code next to the phone number on the actual device.

There are numerous Wi-Fi hot spots in San Diego, many of which are at internet cafes. The San Diego Public Library system also offers wireless internet at many of its locations [48].

Stay safe[edit]

San Diego is considered to be one of the safest cities in California. Though crime is present, violent crime is on an overall decrease, but property crime still exists. You can now view real time crime reports of the area you plan to visit [49]. One should use the same precautions as you would in any large metropolitan area. Avoid walking in Southeast San Diego or Barrio Logan (near or under the Coronado bridge) at night. If you do or must, avoid walking down dark alleyways or approaching unknown people. Most people do not encounter any problems if they avoid buying illegal drugs or prostitution. In addition, gangs are not as present as they are in Los Angeles, but they still exist.

In an emergency (immediate danger to loss of life or limb), call 911. Be aware that if you call from a cell phone, 911 calls are currently directed to the California Highway Patrol, which can result in delays in contacting city police. (911 calls made from land-line telephones are directed to the appropriate local agency.)

In many cases, when within the city limits, it may be more appropriate to directly dial the San Diego non-emergency number, (619) 531-2000. For example, to report a crime in progress when you are not in direct danger, it is probably best to call the San Diego Police (or other local municipality) directly.

Police[edit]

San Diego is served by a professional police force [50] as well as a county sheriff department. Additional protection is offered on the major highways by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). To report a non-emergency within city limits, call (619) 531-2000 otherwise call 9-1-1 to report am emergency or a crime in progress.

Fire Department[edit]

The city of San Diego fire department offers fire protection, emergency medical care, hazardous waste cleanup, and search and rescue functions. If you dial 911 for an emergency the first responders will be the San Diego Fire Department. Urban brush fires are always a risk during the summer and fall, but rarely affect tourists.

Beach Safety[