Bangkok v Pattaya – Two big cities go head to head!
Bangkok v Pattaya is a battle that will never end. People living in Bangkok believe they live in the best city in the world and not just in Thailand. Pattaya on the other hand has many aspects away from what it is more commonly know for.
Bangkok v Pattaya – Eating out in restaurants.
When you go to a new city, no matter if it is on a vacation or for relocation, you expect to have at least a fair share of places where you can hang around for a meal. It may be after a long day visiting or a long day at work. But there must be at least one place nearby where you can taste some excellent cuisine.
Bangkok is the one that is relatively famous for this, mainly because the place is swarming with diners and restaurants. There are so many places for you to choose from that it’s actually ridiculous. The best part is that most of them are actually great cuisine. Considering that it is the capital of Thailand, it has a reputation to maintain, after all. If you are looking for Thai food, this is the city that you want to
go for. Bangkok is also packed with places where you can enjoy some nice international food. No matter if you are looking for sushi, steaks, hamburgers, and other common dishes like that, each area in Bangkok will have a place like that nearby.
However, while Bangkok is packed with restaurants galore, this does not mean that Pattaya does not have its fair share as well. There are many great restaurants out there, and it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get tired of the food there. In Pattaya, you may go for anything from seafood restaurants to British and European cuisine, all of which will taste exquisitely. The only issue is that Pattaya does not have as many restaurants as Bangkok – which is why Bangkok wins this category.
Shopping in Bangkok v Pattaya
Both places are clad in shops where you can go for souvenirs and unique items. However, if you are short on time, Bangkok is certainly the place to go to. Shops where you can find bags, clothing, and pretty much everything are everywhere in Bangkok. You also have a very large mall where you can do your shopping. All at once, without much walking around. All you will need is a fat wallet.
Pattaya is not known to be the Mecca for shoppers, particularly if you are short on time. Granted, there are enough places where you can do your shopping in Pattaya as well. But they are not as close to one another as they are in Bangkok. Simply put, you will have to walk a fair distance from one place to another. And if you have some specific things in mind that you wish to buy, you will have to conduct some fair research.
Otherwise, you might end up in a shop, only to find out that your items of choice are not even close to what you can find in the store.
However, the prices are lower in Pattaya. So, it should not be ruled out all the way. If you have time on your hand and a tight budget, then you might actually give Pattaya some consideration. It might not even be as inconvenient if you are planning to move there.
However, bear in mind that there are some narrow streets between shops in Pattaya. Which is why it is not recommended that you go shopping alone there. You’ll risk bringing unwanted attention to yourself. Let’s face it, it’s not easy to carry all that weight by yourself.
Public Transportation in Bangkok v Pattaya
No matter if you are a tourist or someone planning to become local, you will want to know that you have the means of getting around. In this respect, neither Pattaya nor Bangkok will leave you stranded. Pattaya is a lot smaller compared to Bangkok. Which is why it is much easier for you to get around. You have the “baht bus,” which also goes under the name of Songteow. It is practically a vehicle in a pickup truck style that has seating in the back. They can be found all over Pattaya, and they generally go over popular routes.
If the baht bus is not your thing and you dislike waiting on it, you can also go for the motorbike taxis. They have a decent price – and considering that the traffic in Pattaya is fairly good, it will be easy for you to go from point A from point B.
Bangkok, on the other hand, has the BTS Skytrain system and the subway. Plus, it has taxis all over – but considering the traffic in Bangkok, you’ll probably get to the destination easier if you choose to go by foot. In this case, the subway and the BTS should be your go to.
Tourist Attractions – where is the best place?
Bangkok is the “consummate Thai city”, so obviously, it will be packed with a lot of tourist attractions. However, it will depend on what you are looking for. Pattaya, packed with beaches and great views. Allowing you to enjoy a nice and relaxing day. Plus, you can also spend your days by visiting places such as the Sanctuary of Truth, the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, or the Coral Island (Koh Larn).
Bangkok, on the other hand, is a metropolis that is packed with all kinds of tourist attractions. You have the Grand Palace, the Giant Swing, the Lumpini Park, the Floating Market, the Temple of Dawn, Chinatown, sea world, jungle worlds. In other words, you won’t run out of attractions if you decide to go there. You will only need the days to spare, because you’ll have a lot to visit.
When it comes to tourist attractions, both Pattaya and Bangkok have a lot to offer. However, considering that Bangkok is the “bigger fish” here, there will be more attractions for you there. Bangkok also has a better nightlife, which is why it is more appropriate for night owls. No matter if they are tourists or people wanting to move there.
So who wins, who is the city that has the most to offer locals and tourists?
In a nutshell, if you are looking for activity, Bangkok is the place for you. It has a very active nightlife, lots of places to shop, restaurants galore – the downside being that it’s not very cheap. However, Pattaya is the choice for those who like the “beach vibe.” It’s very tranquil, and the prices also make it attractive for both tourists and people planning to move there. Still, the downside is that the nightlife is quite boring there – and aside from going to a few bars, there is not much for you to do.
The difference in the cost of living between Pattaya and Bangkok.