Located on the Gulf of Thailand, just a two-hour drive from Bangkok, Pattaya is one of Thailand’s first and most popular Beach resorts. Pattaya first became popular as a holiday resort, famous for fun and recreation during the early 1960’s, when the first hotels were built and American GI’s would come for recreation during the Vietnam war. Modern day Pattaya offers a myriad of recreational activities for the whole family. Popular activities include windsurfing, water skiing, snorkeling, sailing, or trips to nearby Islands. There is also Bungee jumping, Cycling, skydiving, go-Karting, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), and Paintball. And, of course, the famous Pattaya nightlife remains as popular as ever.
Golfers, both novice and expert, are well catered to as well, with a wide selection of golf courses around Pattaya. ‘Siam Country Club’, ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Laem Chabang’ are some of the best local courses and very reasonably priced. Scuba dive courses are also available from Pattaya for all levels of competency.
For something a little more sedate, check out Jomtien beach and some of the nearby islands. Jomtien beach is just 20 minutes from downtown Pattaya. This quiet six kilometre stretch of beach still has plenty of activities including jet-skiing, kite surfing, parasailing, and windsurfing. The beach front restaurants offer the freshest Thai seafood. Coral Island, one of the most popular day tours from Pattaya, is a 30-minute speed boat ride away, This island (locally known as Koh Larn) is a peaceful escape from tourist-packed Pattaya, where beautiful white beaches and water sports abound. Koh Samet, another small island, is less than an hour drive from Pattaya followed by a 20-minutes ferry ride to the island. The island is famed for its white sandy beaches, exotic coral and crystal clear waters. This unique national marine park is a true tropical oasis.