Pattaya, located on the Gulf of Thailand, about 150 kms from southeast of Bangkok, is one of Southeast Asia’s most famous beach resorts. This no-holds-barred party hub has something for everyone – from those looking for a wild night out to those interested in some great family fun. The resort town has its own stretch of beach with a variety of water sports, scuba diving and several day trip opportunities. One of the most developed resorts in Thailand, Pattaya attracts hordes of visitors to its shores.
The main beach is Hat Pattaya around the Bay of Pattaya. Apart from lounging under the umbrellas that dot the beach, visitors can indulge in a host of activities including windsurfing, water skiing, swimming, snorkelling, sailing, Bungee jumping and sky diving. There are numerous things to see and do nearby. The beach is full of vendors selling knick knacks, food and drinks and offering massage services. Besides, there are several food stalls, bars and shops where you can buy souvenirs. Jomtien beach, to the south, also has the same facilities but is a relatively quieter option. Naklua beach to the north is the most family-friendly beach in Pattaya.
Beyond the beach
For more adventurous water activities, you can try out scuba diving. There are several options available including PADI diving courses for beginners. The more experienced divers can explore wreck dives. On land, you can visit the Pattaya Elephant Village where you can enjoy an elephant show and even ride a ride on one of the pachyderms.
Pattaya Elephant Village apart, Ripley’s Believe it or Not is another venue for both adults and kids. The museums house several intriguing collection of artefacts, puzzles, and objects that affirm that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. The museum has ten theme galleries housing over 300 artefacts and mysterious objects including ancient torture machines.
From Pattaya, you can also opt for day trips to the islands of Ko Larn, Ko Krok and Ko Sak. You can opt for organized trips provided by tour operators or go on your own on one of the boats that regularly service these islands from Pattaya. The islands provide the much needed rest for the bustling streets of Pattaya. Snorkelling is a favourite activity on these islands.
Pattaya is famous for its local sea food. There are several places where you can savour fresh catch of the day along the beaches in the street stalls. Besides, there are several good restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic dinner.
There are several accommodation options available including beachfront Thailand villas with all possible amenities including private pool. Those on a budget can also find rooms to suit their needs.