Pattaya and Chonburi hotels and travel guide, Thailand. Hotel reservation for Pattaya, Chonburi and surroundings.

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Health care in Pattaya has been improved along with its growth in economy, tourism industry and medical tourism industry in general. There is an array of hospitals providing services and facilities at high standard including international standard. There are also specialty hospitals and clinics available in Pattaya. The price of the treatments is inexpensive comparing to the west. Health packages are also available.

Tropical Diseases
Due to Thailand's tropical climate which is hot and humid, some tropical diseases are prevalent. Health ministries of most countries publish a health brief for travellers visiting foreign countries. Some types of inoculations may be suggested but not required before arriving Thailand. Some doctors might suggest vaccinations or boosters against polio, tetanus, typhoid, diphtheria and hepatitis A. There is a risk of malaria mainly in rural amd forested areas including areas along the borders with Burma, Lao and Cambodia. The only anti-malarial drugs that are currently likely to be effective in these areas are Doxycycline and Malarone. The disease is carried by mosquitoes that bite from dusk to dawn. Dengue fever is also found in the country especially during and after the rainy season. It is carried by the mosquitoes that bite during the daylight hours. Travellers should consult doctors before travelling.

There are several good pharmacies in Pattaya. Some are open 24 hours. The internation retailed pharmacy, Boost also operate their brances here. One is located at Royal Garden Mall and the other on Walking Street. Other local pharmacies are also reliable. They sell a wide products and medicines. There are also some drugs that may not available in some countries but available here. Common prescriptions from a person's home country can be filled here. Some medicines such as antibiotics or pain killers may be given by pharmacists without a prescription.

There is an array of health care clinics located throughout Pattaya. Most of them specialise in a particular branches of body science. Some are aesthetic and some practitioners. Not all of the clinics operate at international standard.

Pattaya has some good hospitals which provide good health care. There is a wide range of price. State hospitals are less inexpensive but can be overcrowded, poorly equipped and there might be some language barrier. Private hospitals have higher standard and well-equipped but the price may be much higher than the state ones. A lot of doctors and staff are educated abroad. Therefore, the language barrier is diminished. The Pattaya International Hospital and the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital could be good options for foreign tourists.

Health Insurance
Travellers should get proper health insurance before visiting a foreign country, not only Thailand. A variety of health insurance plans are available from different companies. Real worth of the insurance is the amount of the bill covered and pace at which the company provides you service. Therefore, the company and the plan should be chosen with care.

Precautions in Pattaya
The holiday in Pattaya could be hassle-free if you keep in mind these tips.
- Be cautious when selecting tour operators, travel agencies or tour guides. Select the ones with official licenses issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
- If something seems too good to be true, it is best not to risk it.
- Never listen to street touts. Promise on jewellery bargains are nothing but scams. There are many examples when tourists were lured into purchasing a fake gem or they had to pay three times more money than the normal.
- Thai government does not own, operate, subsidise any jewellery stores, except Thailand Duty Free Shops. Authority of Thailand only founded the Jewellery Fest Club and issue logo and certificate to JFC members who are proved to sell high quality, genuine and value for money jelwellery items.
- Do not accept shopping or sightseeing assistance from strangers. They take a big commission on a high surcharged price.
- Never indulge in gambling or drugging in Thailand. Penalties for these actions are very severe.
- Purchase tickets from the bus terminal. In case you purchase the ticket from agencies, be sure to obtain all necessary information before making a purchase.

Best Time to Visit Pattaya
Timing the visit to any country is very important. Learn about a country's seasons and possible weather conditions so you can experience the best of the country. It is always advisable to get some basic details about the proper timing of visiting a country. You would then be capable of taking the right decision. Pattaya can be visited all year round but to avoid the rain during July and October which could mar your beach holiday,the best time is between December to May for the best weather.

Tropical Climate
Thailand has tropical climate. You could visit the place any time throughout the year. Save the rainy season, which is from July to October. However, travelling during the rainy season could not be all bad. In Thailand, it could rain cats and dogs and goes. Although, it is hard to predict in some areas. In summer, Thailand is quite hot and humid in particular in April. November to February is the coolest time of the year. There is less humidity. The rain is quite rare comparatively to the rest of the year.

Central and Eastern Thailand
Different parts of Thailand can be visited in different season. Central and eastern Thailand is at their best in November to March. The rain comes around the end of May and goes on until October.

North and Northeast Thailand
The best season to visit these regions is dry season which lasts from November to February. The weather is dry and cool. Flowers are in bloom. The mountainous region in particular gets very cold when the night falls.

South Thailand
There are only two seasons in this region, summer and rainy. The weather does not get so dry as it is on the coast. Best time to visit is during November to March. Avoid visiting the islands in monsoon season. It could be dangerous. The east of the peninsula on the Gulf of Thailand is best visited from December to June. The west side such as Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi is during November to April and if you would like to travel to both sides, the best time is from December to April.

These tips would come handy while shopping in Pattaya. This shopping advice is based on what has been discussed with us by seasoned Pattaya tourists.

Thailand has a plenty of products that are worth buying before leaving back home. Some of the products that are preferred choice are silk products, leather products, wood products, ceramics and silverware. These items are available at department stores at fixed price and ones at local stores can be bargained. Even though some of the mentioned products are not indigenous in Chonburi, they can be found throughout the city as they are bought from the original region and some are produced in the Chonburi itself. Should ones would like to buy the indigenous products of the province, there are a lot of fruit and food products which may not be very practical to bring overseas. There are also stone products from Ang Sila and wickerwork that is quite famous in this province.

Jewelry and Gemstones
Jewellry and gemstones are popular choices as souvenir due to its high quality, style, cutting and polishing especially those from eastern region. To make sure that the products are authentic, you should buy from the retailers with the government's JFC seal affixed in front of JFC member outlets. The JFC logo represents a ruby ring with the names TGJTA and Jewel Fest Club. There is a record of every purchase made. A certificate of the detailed transaction will be issued. The certification identifies the nature and price of the product and it will also guarantee a refund less 10% if you return the merchandise to the point of sale within 30 days. A refund less 20% is guaranteed if the items are returned after 30 days but within 45 days of purchase.

Touting taxi drivers and tour guides who offer to take you to exclusive places for shopping will cost heftily. They will also receive commissions for bringing tourists to the coordinating shops.

Antique Artifacts
It is prohibited to take images of Buddha, deities and antique artifacts from the country without prior approval from the Fine Arts Department in Bangkok.

A little smile could help getting cheaper price. The nature of Thai people are smiley and easy-going and they like people who share the same.

In most markets of Pattaya and Jomtien, the prices could be twice higher than the real price. Therefore, to get a reasonable price, the bargain skills should be applied when purchasing goods. The start of the bargain could be at half price of the seller's offer and then go up if your offer is not dealt. Goods and products in department stores and malls are at fixed prices.

Credit Cards
Visa and Mastercard are the two most accepted in Thailand while American Express and others can be accepted at some places. Most hotels, established restaurants and department stores in the city welcome major credit cards. It is always best to carry some cash when going to budget restaurants or small outlets. Before departing the home country, you should inform the credit card company that you are travelling to Thailand or any other countries that you are travelling to. Be reminded that many banks now assess 1 - 3% transaction fee on all charges incurred abroad and be careful when you use the credit cards anywhere in the country.

Emergency & Information      
Ambulance and Rescue 1554 Naklua Fire Department 038-221-000
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration 1555 Pattaya Fire Department 038-425-943
Crime 1195 Police (General Emergency Call) 191
Emergencies 038-222-474 SOS - Police And Fire Department 199
Highway Police 1193 Time Service 181
Medical Emergency Call 1669 Tourist Assistance 1337, press 9
National Disaster Warning Centre 1860    
Tourism Offices
Kanchanaburi 034-511-200 TAT Call Center 1672
Hua Hin 032-513-885 Tourist Assistance Center 02-281-5051
Pattaya 038-428-750 Trat 039-597-255
Rayong 038-655-420    
Chiangmai 053-248-604 Chiangrai 053-717-433
North-East (Isan):      
Khon Kaen 043-244-498-9 Nakhon Ratchasima 044-213-666
Koh Samui 077-42-0504 Phuket 076-211-036
Krabi 075-622-163    
Tourist Police Stations      
Bangkok (Air port) 0-2535-1053 Kanchanaburi 0-3451-2668
Bangkok (Radio Station) : 1155    
Pattaya 0-3865-1669 Trat 0-3953-8091
Chiang Mai 0-5327-8559 Mae Hong Son 0-5361-1812
Chiang Rai 0-5371-7796    
North-East (Isan):      
Khon Kaen 0-4323-6937-8 Nakhon Ratchasima 0-4434-1777
Koh Samui 0-7742-1281 Phuket 0-7635-5015
Krabi 0-7563-7208    
Travel Agency
Web Sawadee Plc.      
Bangkok Office 02-674-5555 Koh Samui Office 077-429-999
Police Stations
Banglamung Police Station 038-221-800 Pattaya Highway Police 038-425-440
Chonburi Police Station 038-274-401-3 Pattaya Marine Police Station 038-423-666
Dongtan Police Box (Jomtien) 038-232-330 Pattaya Police Station 038-429-325
Highway Police 038-392-001 Pattaya Police Station Soi 9 038-420-802-5
Immigration Police 038-252-750-1 Pattaya Tourist Police station 038-429-371
Aikchol Hospital 038-273-840-7 Nong Yai Hospital 038-219-145
Ao Udom Hospital 038-351-010 Pattaya International Hospital 038-428-374
Arpakorn Kiattiwong Hospital 038-437-172 Pattaya Memorial Hospital 038-488-777
Banbung Hospital 038-444-406 Phanat Nikhom Hospital 038-461-334-7 Ext.166, 168
Bangkok Hospital (Pattaya) 038-259-999 Phantong Hospital 038-932-500-99
Banglamung Hospital 038-429-244-6 Phyathai Sriracha Hospital 038-770-200-8
Bothong Hospital 038-211-289-90 Queen Sirikit Hospital 038-245-700
Chonburi Hospital 038-931-000 Samitivej Sriracha Hospital 038-320-300
Emergency 1719 Sattahip Hospital 038-245-051
Koh Sichang Hospital 038-216-266 Somdej Phra Borom Ratchathewi Hospital 038-311-008
Laemchabang International Hospital 038-491-888    
Blood Transfusion Services
Central Blood Register 02-686-2700 The National Blood Centre 02-252-1601
Credit Cards And Traveller's Cheques
AIG Card 02-697-8300 JCB International 02-256-9151-4
American Express 02-273-5544 Macquarie 02-694-7999
ANZ 02-168-8777-8 Standard Chartered 1595
Citibank 1588 HSBC 02-614-5555
Diners Club 02-238-3660 United Overseas Bank (UOB) 02-285-1555
Post Offices
Banglamung Post Office 038-428-225 Jomtien Post Office 038-231-944
Bangsaen Post Office 038-381-040 Pattaya Post Office 038-429-341
Airport Information
Available Airlines Timetables Suvarnabhumi Airport 02-132-1888
Don Mueang Airport 02-535-1192 U-TapaoIntl Airport (Sattahip) 038-245-595
Bangkok Airways (PG) 1771 PB Air (9Q) 02-261-0222
Nok Air (DD) 1318 Thai Airways (TG) 02-356-1111
One-Two-Go (OG) 1126 Thai Air Asia (FD) 02-515-9999
Boat Rental
Argyle Vickers Co., Ltd. 038-250-123 Max Marine Asia Pattaya 076-617-269
Buzzcats (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 038-235-300 Royal Varuna Yacht Club 038-250-116
Gulf Charters Thailand Co., Ltd. 038-237-752 Sailing Pattaya Thailand Co., Ltd. (English) 081-622-9372
Ihtiander Diving 038-710-208 Sailing Pattaya Thailand Co., Ltd. (Thai) 089-939-1424
Malee Travel Co., Ltd. 038-411-746 Seat Boat 038-252-412-5
Bus Transportation
Available Bus Timetables N.S.V. Transport 038-494-549
Bus Terminal 038-429-877 N.T.P. Transport 038-493-708
Bus Transportation Chonburi-Bangkok 038-284-781 Pattaya Beach Bus 038-757-340
Malee Travel Co., Ltd. 038-420-012    
Airport-Pattaya Bus Service
Bell Services Co. Ltd. 038-370-055-6 Bangkok Southern Bus Station "Sai Tai" 02-391-2504
Bangkok Eastern Bus Station "Ekamai" 02-434-7192 Roong Reuang Coach Co. Ltd. 086-324-2389
Bangkok Northern Bus Station "Morchit" 02-936-2852 Transport Co. Ltd./ Jomtien 038-231-142
Car Rental
Ann Taxi Pattaya 086-795-1181 M.M.T. Service Center Co., Ltd. 038-371-385
Chalee Car Rent 038-720-413 Pattaya Car Rentals 086-336-0080
D.V. Rent - A - Car 081-994-8420 Pattaya City Cars 038-425-849
European Service Center Co., Ltd. 038-638-450 Q Cars Co., Ltd. 038-231-694
Expat Car and Pickup Rental Co., Ltd. 038-252-275 Ron's Internet Cafe 038-757-220
Holiday Rent-A-Car 038-426-203 Taxi & Travel Agency 038-425-991
Kittinant Taxi Service 086-605-7933 Unity Car Rental & Service 038-373-254
Malee Travel Co., Ltd. 038-411-746 VR Carrent and Service 086-336-7799
Motorcycle Rental
Ron's Internet Cafe 038-757-220 Taxi & Travel Agency 038-425-991
Sawake Mobile Shop & Motobike For Rent 038-415-130    
Taxi Services
Ann Taxi Pattaya 086-795-1181 Sea Air Land Tours 038-710-829
Kittinant Taxi Service 086-605-7933 Siam-Service 038-332-095
M.M.T. Service Center Co., Ltd. 038-371-385 Super Travel Pattaya 038-723-871
Malee Travel Co., Ltd. 038-411-746 Taxi & Travel Agency 038-425-991
Opey De Place 038-424-732 The Limo Pattaya 085-739-4949
P.T. Taxi Service 038-724-199    
Available Train Timetables Pattaya Railway Station 038-429-285
Chonburi City Train Station 038-286-655 Siracha Train Station 038-322-504
Lamechabang Train Station 038-494-835 State Railway Of Thailand (SRT) 1690 (24 hours)
Van Services
Malee Travel Co., Ltd. 038-411-746 Taxi & Travel Agency 038-425-991
Sriracha Greenpoint Co., Ltd. 038-372-188