Pattaya’s nearest airport is U-Tapao International Airport, both an active civil airport and home to the Royal Thai Navy First Air Wing (U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield). During the Vietnam War it was a front-line base of the United States Air Forces.
U-Tapao Airport is situated in the town of Sattahip, about 45 minutes from Pattaya and around 160 km from Bangkok Airport. However, if you are flying into Thailand it makes more economical sense to fly into Bangkok and then take a bus or taxi service to Pattaya which takes around an hour and a half, not a lot longer than travelling from U-Tapao airport to Pattaya. There are also minibuses that go directly from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya at 09.00, 12.00 and 19.00 hours daily. For further information contact Bangkok International Airport (+66 (0) 2535 1111).
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