Pattaya is an easy place for transport. Traffic can get quite busy on holidays or Thai weekends but you can get around swiftly.
There is no requirement to have personal transport whilst on the internship. All of the transport for the diving is laid on – we have a suite of minibuses that transport us between the ports and boats. Any special days out for the training will have transport included. The dive intern accommodation is 30 seconds walk from the dive centre and hence no transport is required.
You have everything that you could need immediately at hand – immediately or a short walk away. Near the dive centre and intern accommodation there are bundles of convenience shops selling milk, tea, coffee, sandwiches, water, toilet roll, lotions etc – there are restaurants lining the street and a stone throw from the intern accommodation. There are clothes shops, money changers, cafes, bars, open markets (offering so much), Pharmacies, dentists … If you only walk, then you still have everything to hand,
Pattaya has a route that works itself around the city and therefore has transport that runs that route (and many arteries between). To get any where in the city a ‘baht bus’ can be used. These are plentiful and you’ll never have to wait more than a few seconds to flag one down. They are open backed pickups that have bench rows off seats. A Baht Bus ride is inexpensive at around 20 baht to the heart of the city from the dive centre.
You simply jump on a Baht Bus heading in the right direction. When you’re close to your destination simply ring a bell adorned on the wall and the bus will stop. They let you get off and then make payment. Price can be bartered yet the costs are usually already reasonable.
If you wish to rent a motorcycle for your duration in town you can. A motorcycle is approximately 3000 baht per month. 100 baht of fuel usually lasts a week or so. They are incredibly efficient. Having a bike allows you to get out further and explore along the beach fronts and out into the paddies. Even Baht Buses will give you a rate to visit an area and then return you to the intern accommodation for example.