Pattaya, Thailand




Water Sports
Pattaya's main beaches are popular and busy places for various activities. Many vacationers just want to laze on the beach, possibly read a book and enjoy a dip in the sea (foreigners swim with their swim suits but many Thais often get in with their clothes). However, the beaches of Pattaya offer much more with an an array of activities and water sports.

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Popular beach activities include banana-boat rides, jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing and also fishing.

  • Parasailing - Speedboat-towed parachute rides are available along the main beaches of Pattaya from several large floating platforms with speedboats ferrying customers out from the shore - typically about 500 baht per flight.
  • Water skiing - The sport is popular on Pattaya Beach and Jomtein Beach with many operators offering training.
  • Fishing - Pattaya is a popular destination in Thailand for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Fishes caught in the sea include sharks, sting rays, barracuda, tuna and grouper.
  • Sailing - You can hire small boats (yachts and dinghies) from a number of yacht clubs in Jomtein. Sail to one of the many small islands off the coast of Pattaya.
Sail boats in Pattaya by Xufanc

The sea around the islands off the coast of Pattaya are great places for diving. Nearby islands include Ko Laan, Ko Sak and Ko Krok and further away are Ko Rin and Ko Wichai. Diving in Pattaya is also know for it's numerous shipwrecks including the HTMS Kut, HTMS Kram, German-built ship Bremen and Indonesian freighter known as Hard Deep.

There are numerous dive centres and schools located along Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach. One of the oldest dive centres in Pattaya is Aquanauts Dive Center ( located at 437/17 Moo 9, Soi 6/Beach Road. The centre operates a dive school and trips to the nearby islands, further islands and wrecks.

Dive boat by nekidtroll

Pattaya is a popular golf destination in Thailand with more than 20 golf courses, offering some of the best golf courses including championship courses in the country. Many residents from Bangkok come to Pattaya for a weekend of golf (Pattaya is about 2 hours by car from Bangkok) with many staying the night at the hotels and resorts in the area. The Golf Club ( is a popular golf club with 17 courses on its list and most are within 40 minutes drive from the club. The club has contracts with the local courses, offering discounted green fees.

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