This high season it is really worse than ever. I am talking about the baht bus availability situation going from Jomtien to Pattaya during peak evening hours.
The pattern is with high season and more Russian tourists than ever. The MAJORITY of baht buses going this route during peak evening hours are either EMPTY hustling for a taxi charter or engaged as a taxi charter.
The remaining minority of buses are OVER CAPACITY, people hanging off the rafters. Yes, quite often to the point of being a safety hazard.
People who want a BUS are getting very frustrated. Very long waits for seat availability. I mean seriously, it could be an hour based on how many people in your party and depending on whether you are willing to hang off the bus.
Picture this if you will. Twenty or thirty people hanging around in the same general area hoping for a baht BUS and EMPTY buses passing them. Also occasionally a totally stuffed bus not capable of taking even one more small person, even a daredevil. Walk
a little bit. See ANOTHER twenty or thirty people.
Bottom line the tourists Pattaya is supposedly welcoming to town are NOT being served! Bottom line because of the baht bus driver greedy behavior, there is a MASSIVE under-supply of BUS seats going into Pattaya during peak hours. Tourists (not to mention
residents) deserve a reliable BUS service to get into town and enjoy Pattaya. I am sorry but I think this is a really bad, serious situation.