Pattaya is the closest and most convenient diving location from Bangkok. Although it may not be interesting enough for most advanced divers, it is a very suitable place for beginners
. There are many scuba diving shops in Pattaya that offer PADI
certificate courses and competitive prices. The trips are centred around Ko Lan
, Ko Sak
and Ko Khrok
. One-day and half-day excursions to these islands are also available at reasonable prices.
For accomplished divers, the outer islands of Ko Man Wichai and Ko Rin which have better visibility are worth a trip. Also worth visiting are the several wrecks off Pattaya’s shore, especially The Hardeep and The Bremen.The Hardeep, a 420-metre long ship that sank in 1942, is the most interesting dive site in this area.
Jomtien Beach is the centre for windsurfing. Board competitions are organized by the Pattaya Windsurf Club. The best times for windsurfing is from October to June, when the water and wind conditions are very good.
The more popular spots are the northern and southern parts of Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach. Besides, water skiing on fresh water is available.
Pattaya Water Park
The ideal outing for family relaxation, with gigantic water slides, jacuzzi, whirlpools and a large pool for children. The beach is directly accessible. Telephone.: (038) 251201-8, 364110-20.
Suan Chalermprakiat (Fitness Park)
At the foot of Pattaya hill on Phra Tamnak Road. This small park has winding trails for walking or jogging and exercise facilities. The gardens of the park have a wide variety of flowering plants.
Pattaya and Chon Buri have an abundance of Championship class golf courses, some of them designed by renowned golfers. Golfing holidays in Pattaya have become more popular due to the low cost, good quality service and large choices of accommodation.
Located at Reo Park Ranch, Kao Camin Mountains. Rides or visit are by appointment only. Western management. Open from 06:30am to 6:30pm. Jungle rides and romantic moonlight Trail. Telephone: 251 984 (mobile: 01-942 2409).
This is an anglers paradise, less than 5km from Pattaya, on Siam Country Club road. The park is equipped with fishing gear and a well-stocked fishing pond. Bungalow accommodations, restaurant, jogging, cycling paths, boating and water-cycling.
The fishing village of Bang Saray
Around 16 Kilometers to the south of Pattaya (after Nong Nooch Tropical Garden) offers deep-sea fishing.
Pattaya Park Tower
Between South Pattaya and Jomtien, is a tower with a revolving restaurant. You can try the Free Tower Jump (170 meters high), or the Sky Shuttle, included in the ticket. International restaurant with seafood dishes on the 52nd and the 53rd floor.
Siam Karting Circuit
Go-Karting for all ages. Open from 09:00am to 09:00 pm. Children-kart 6-9 years. 2 speed karts. Telephone: (038) 727 410, Fax: 727 411.
On Thepprasit road. Separate tracks are allotted for professional and amateur drivers. The 400-meter track is suitable for adults and children, with a choice of 80cc go-karts for the children & 120cc karts for adults. Telephone.: (038) 300 347-9.
Pattaya Kart Speedway
On Theprasit road. Telephone.: (038) 422 044, Fax: (038) 422 041.
Located inside Pattaya Kart Speedway. You can have a Bungee Jump. Telephone: (038) 300608. Fax: (038) 426 243.
Paintball Air America/Sniper Park
Thepprasit road, next to Tommy Drive Golf. Telephone.: (038) 422 240, 01-628 6502.
The Bhira International Circuit
At Km14 on state highway 36 Pattaya-Rayong, home to the the motorcar and bike community. International motor and motorcycle racing on the week-ends. The 2.4 kilometers circuit is good for pickups and formula 3 races. New 1080-meter track is available only for professional racers. Open everyday.
Lakeland Water Cable Ski
5 km south of Pattaya. Fresh water lake for cable skiing. Open daily. Telephone: (038) 232 690-2.
Bamrung Sailing and Paramotor Centre
At Huai Sak Nok Reservoir, this place offers different varieties of aquatic sports. Certificated courses are offered for sailing, windsurfing, paramotors, and para-gliders. Canoes, catamarans and kayaks are available for rent. The reservoir is also a stop for migratory birds between November and February.