If you’re a group, a family, or you just want an easy and uncomplicated way to reach remote places and attractions in Pattaya, chartering ( hiring ) a vehicle and driver for your own private use is both practical, and relatively cheap.
There are several ways to arrange a chartered vehicle inclusive of driver in Pattaya. They include the use of a baht bus, Uber or GrabTaxi, a private taxi, or a mini van/bus.
NOTE: Full and half day charter rates are usually for local area use only.
Ask for Charter Rates of Pattaya Taxi Services
Although they don’t usually display the rates on their websites, if you inquire, most Pattaya based taxi services will offer you a full day rate for either a car or mini bus with driver for local use. I got a quote ( February 18th 2017 ) of 2,200 baht for 8 hours, car with driver from Nam’s taxi service. I think that’s a very reasonable rate, and one you can use as a benchmark against quotes from other companies and services, including Klook, baht buses, and GrabTaxi or Uber.
Klook offer chartered car and mini bus services inclusive of driver, at half day and full day rates. Klook’s rates are very reasonable, and if you don’t know already, they also offer discounted tours and entry tickets to numerous activities, shows and day trips around Pattaya. As an incentive, they allow you to earn credit, which basically means, book a chartered vehicle from Klook and you get a discount on your next booking.
At an additional cost, Klook also offer the use of an English or Chinese speaking guide.
Charter a Baht Bus in Pattaya
It’s not something I’ve done recently, but in the past I used to charter a baht bus quite frequently. There’s a couple of ways to charter a baht bus in Pattaya. On most occasions I just took pot luck, flagged down a passing baht bus, told the driver where we wanted to go and how long we required his services, then negotiated a price.
I recommend you do it the day before, give the driver your details, and exchange phone numbers. I managed to find a very pleasant baht bus driver who spoke reasonable English, and a telephone call the night before was usually good enough to secure his services the next day.
I do have the benefit of a Thai speaking wife, and if you have a Thai friend willing to do the talking for you, it makes the deal so much easier.
When chartering a baht bus you must be very clear, and certain that both you and the driver understand the arrangement. Be clear about your destination or multiple destinations, and exactly how long you wish to use his services.
How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Baht Bus in Pattaya?
Unlike the fixed rates when using a baht bus as a hop on hop off service to get around Pattaya, there is no fixed rate when it comes to chartering. The rate is entirely negotiable, so I would advise you to compare the rates against those of taxi services ( above ) or klook.
Charter a Uber or Grabtaxi in Pattaya
You may already have telephone numbers of Uber and Grab drivers. Otherwise, you may take a chance and order a ride to your first destination, then try and negotiate a deal for the continued use the driver’s service, or contact him before he arrives. Remember though, there is a chance he might not be available.
I like Uber, they are a little cheaper than Grabtaxi, but there’s a chance the Uber driver is not based in Pattaya, and therefore does not have the same local knowledge as a GrabTaxi driver.