What to Do in Pattaya
There is a long list of activities in Pattaya that promises to keep young and old alike entertained during their stay. The natural place to start is at the beach! Pattaya Beach is great for watersports, and nearby Jomtien Beach one of Thailand's best spots for windsurfing. Be ambitious! Learn to sail or parasail. Ride a boat, go snorkeling to offshore islands.
Away from the beach, Pattaya activities include go-karting, golf and waterparks. With attractions like elephant villages, panoramic viewpoints, orchid farms and quirky museums up its proverbial sleeve, as well as many lush spas, Pattaya is just as fun for those wishing to play the humble sightseer or get pampered. Explore this comprehensive guide and you certainly won’t go short for ideas to keep you busy.
The tiny, uninhabited islands off the coast of Pattaya are anyone’s idea of a tropical paradise. The Far Islands (so named because they are further from Pattaya than the Near Islands), especially, are ringed by perfect sandy beaches, warm tropical seas and vibrant coral reefs. Taking a cruise around Koh Rin, Koh Khram and Monkey Island is a popular itinerary and features sunbathing on a desert island, swimming and snorkelling in the clear water and feeding the friendly macaques, as well as just enjoying the fresh sea breeze. Cruises of the Near Islands depart from Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier, but the trips around the stunning Far Islands are best taken from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Na Jomtien. Prices, in both cases, are around 3,000 baht per person.
- Opening Hours: Most depart at about 09:00 – 10:30
- Location: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Na Jomtien
The waters around Pattaya are absolutely perfect for sailing. They never get particularly rough, there is almost always a breeze to fill your sails, the weather is usually sunny and warm and there are plenty of little islands to explore. It is these kinds of conditions which brings one of the biggest regattas in Asia to these shores every year, along with several other races and events. There are several sailing clubs to choose from, including the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, which sailing classes as well as rental boats in Laser, Hobie, Optimist, RS Quba and RS Vision classes.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
- Location: 286 Moo 12, Phatamnak Road, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 825 0116
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