Located just 150 km. southeast of Bangkok and facing a wide bay and a long majestic sweep of beach, Pattaya has been groomed for international visitors over more than three decades, and today it boasts the unique distinction of a beach resort with a city status.
This near paradoxical situation holds the key to Pattaya’s rare attraction – it has something for everyone. Whereas most other beach resorts rely simply on natural surroundings for their charm, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of everything in an exhaustive mix of facilities. To the basic ingredient of a superb coastal location, it adds just about every other amenity one can think of for recreation, entertainment, sightseeing and fun.
Colourful and alive with activities, it is unrivalled as a beach resort, offering more attractions in greater profusion than any other single destination in Southeast Asia.
The main beach at Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung, is a majestic 3-km. curve fronted by a road shaded with refreshing tropical
greenery. The northern section of the beach is largely tranquil and is the favoured spot for tourists for swimming, relaxation, and various water sports. The central and southern parts of the beach are packed with hotels, restaurants, department stores, gift shops, nightclubs and various amusement centres.
The 6-km. long, largely straight beach, located around the headland from Pattaya, is popular with windsurfers and water sports enthusiasts. It is also quieter and more relaxing than Pattaya Beach. Hotels and other accommodation facilities are available along the road that runs parallel to the shore.
Hat Wong Phrachan
Situated on the northern side of Pattaya Bay, this one-kilometre beach shares the same entrance as the Central Wong Amat Hotel. It is a quiet spot, good for swimming and relaxation.
Lying about 8 km. off Pattaya, a 45-minute ferry ride or 15 minutes by speed boat, the island measures 2 km. by 5 km. and offers several white sandy beaches, notably Hat Ta Waen, Hat Laem Thian and Hat Thong Long, the latter facing coral reefs.
Visitors can either choose snorkelling or view the coral from glass bottom boats. Ferries to the island takes 45 minutes leaving the South Pattaya Pier every two hours daily from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and from Ko Lan back to Pattaya daily from 6.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Cruises by sailing junks, with lunch provided are also available.
Located 600 metres from Ko Lan, some 10 km. west of Pattaya Strait, Ko Sak is a small island with two sandy beaches. Overnight stays on the island are possible.
Lying about 14 km. west off Pattaya, this small island with a beautiful white sandy beach is located 7 km. away behind Ko Lan. It takes about one hour from inland. Under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy, Ko Phai is one of the most outstanding scuba diving areas in Pattaya with superb coral reefs. Feel free to contact the Ko Phai Tourist Centre at Flipper Lodge Hotel, Central Pattaya.
Tel. 0 3842 6401-2, 0 3841 1655-6