When it comes to fun destinations to travel to, Pattaya makes the cut with aplomb. Vibrant, coastal and forever energetic, Pattaya is a place where there’s plenty to see and do. And we absolutely mean every word of it – there are splendid beaches to relax and enjoy at, shopping here can be quite interesting, and the nightlife is simply electric!
One of the best ways to soak in its atmosphere is definitely at the beaches. Let’s get to where all the fun is: –
1. Pattaya Beach
4-km-long, the crescent-shaped Pattaya beach is among the funkier and livelier beaches within the city. The sunny and mild weather out here is perfect for activities like boating and enjoying watersports.
Also one of the prettiest beaches in Pattaya, it has numerous cafes and restaurants located nearby. The most famous ones that can prepare your favourite Thai dishes beachside are Surf & Turf Beach Club & Restaurants, The Beach Club Pattaya, The Kitchen Beach Road & Trattoria Pizzeria Toscana.
Other things you should definitely explore include jet-skiing, banana boating, sunbathing, foot massages, parasailing, and swimming. In addition to that, there are tourist-y places to visit here like the Big Buddha and the Pattaya viewpoint on Pratumnak hill.
2. Jomtien Beach
Just 4 kilometers down Pattaya city, Jomtien Beach (also known as the Chom Thian), is located in the south and is a perfect location for those who seek a quieter and subdued atmosphere. This beach is surrounded by restaurants & convenience stores with beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and hawker food for tourists to sit and relax by the clear water waves of the sea. For those who love water activities, Jomtien Beach offers rides such as banana boats, jet skis, windsurfing, sailing, and parasailing.
Although one can visit Jomtien Beach throughout the year, the best time to visit ensuring a pleasant sightseeing experience would be between the months of November – April, as the climate is dry and not so hot during this time of year.
Jomtien Beach also offers some of the largest and most spectacular religious sites in the whole country, including the Viharn Sien, Buddha Mountain, and Wat Yansangwararam.
With excellent stay options for all budgets including hostels in Pattaya, Jomtien Beach should be a must-visit in your itinerary if you are looking for a pleasant and calm getaway experience.
3. Naklua Beach
Situated immediate north of Pattaya Beach, the Naklua Beach (roughly 800 meters long) starting just behind the Dusit Thani Hotel and extending all the way, finishing at Wongamat Beach. Nestled in a residential part of Pattaya, Naklua Beach is quiet and known for its scenic beauty and serene environment. Since the renourishment of Pattaya Beach, Naklua Beach is now easily accessible from Pattaya Beach. The area showcases Thai culture but is mostly family-friendly. The good water quality of this beach makes it the most popular area for tourists. Relatively less crowded and highly diverse, this beautiful beach allows you to indulge in calm contemplation and meditation which allows you to find solitude.
The area’s main attraction is the famous Sanctuary of Truth – an unfinished museum that is constructed entirely out of wood. The construction of this hybrid of a temple and a castle began in 1981 and it has been ongoing ever since.
4. Wong Amat Beach
Another little jewel of a beach is the Wong Amat Beach. Nestling in a crescent-shaped bay, Pattaya’s Wong Amat Beach has the same laid-back and tranquil atmosphere. Picturesque and well-maintained with clean sand, Wong Amat Beach has plentiful to offer. There are some very classy 5-star hotels on Wong Amat Beach, including the Loma Resort, Long Beach Garden Hotel, Centara Grand, Garden Cliff Resort, and the Asiawan. With no water sports on Wong Amat, this beach is a way better place for swimmers.
5. Koh Larn
Located just 4 miles off the coast of South Pattaya, Koh Larn Beach is an escape to the tropical paradise.
Also known as Ko Lan or Coral Island, this wonderful little island with white sand and clear azure waters is extremely popular with day-trippers from Pattaya. The island offers six quiet, hidden beaches namely Samae Beach, Tawaen Beach, Tien Beach, Nual Beach, Tonglang Beach, and Tayaiy Beach, each having a different feel to it. Each of the beaches offers many water sports and activities like snorkelling, hiking, scuba diving, sunbathing, gift shopping, shooting range & whatnot. Food services restrooms and showers are easily available at all beaches.
Away from the noise of the city, Koh Larn can be a very relaxing experience. To add to the good vibes, restaurants here serve delicious and fresh seafood or any other dish you may desire. You can also bring along your own food and drinks in case you rent Beach chairs a 100 Baht running around at most places. Ferry service is also available, runs around 400 Baht by Some of the taxi drivers to have a short look, at each beach or one could opt to rent a motorbike for 300 Baht a day.
6. Bang Saray Beach
Located in the Sattahip district of Chon Buri province of Thailand, Bang Saray is one of the best beaches in the area. Even in the peak season, this place has a very local feel. Fresh seafood is served at many small restaurants around the beach.
You’ll witness one of the finest stretches of sand at this beach in Thailand. This gently sloping beach is perfect for families, couples, and diving enthusiasts. Tourists usually visit here as it is a low-key alternative to other beaches in Pattaya. The nightlife here is quite easy-going, making it one of the pleasant beaches of Pattaya. On rare occasions, you can even spot whale sharks in the seawater around the beach.
7. Dongtan Beach
Dongtan Beach is situated in the northernmost part of Jomtien. This beach is adjacent to a small landscaped park which makes it different from the rest of Jomtien Beach. Rows of sunbeds can be easily seen here during the peak season. Most people consider this beach to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Pattaya, and a great place to watch the sunset – a raised square has been created to do just that and includes parking spaces for travellers. If you wish to enjoy the calm waters and a laidback vibe, then this place is perfect for you.
7-Eleven is nearby and a lot of vendors sell drinks, fruits, and other snacks on the beach. You can also get a traditional Thai massage at Dongtan Beach.
8. Cosy Beach (Kasetsin Beach)
Also known as Kasetsin Beach, this is a small beach located between Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach and is just about a 10-minute drive from Pattaya Beach. Cosy Beach is an excellent choice for rejuvenation as it is located in a beautiful little bay with plenty of shade. You can rent sunbeds and lay your weary head. Cosy Beach offers a family-friendly environment and is surrounded by great restaurants like Ninja BBQ Buffet Restaurant, Amporn Seafood, and Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ and also has attractions such as Pattaya Hill Top and Pattaya City Sign – Viewpoint.
Nearby attractions include Art in Paradise Pattaya, Frost Magical Ice of Siam, and Love Art Park. To enjoy the best of Pattaya, Cosy Beach is a must-visit place on your next trip to Pattaya.
9. Bamboo Beach
Bamboo Beach is located in the north of Pattaya. It’s a nice little bay with numerous restaurants and clubs where you can rent sunbeds and relax. Enjoy light cultural entertainment with colourful cocktails & Jamaican hospitality. When you walk down Bamboo Beach in the northern direction, you come to a concrete pier which is a perfect place to watch the sunset.
10. Paradise Beach (Pratumnak Beach)
The 500-meters-long Paradise Beach is also known as Pratumnak Beach, and is located just below Cosy Beach. You can rent out beach chairs at the Birds and Bees Resort where you can also enjoy the nice seaside terrace.
Nearby attractions include Ban Amphur Beach and Huay Yai Temple. Conveniently located restaurants include 609 Kitchen, Pebbles Bar and Grill, and Rimpa Lapin. This beach has everything you need for a rejuvenating retreat for both the body and spirit.
Beach-hopping and sightseeing in Pattaya keep getting better and better with every stop; no wonder it’s one of the most scenic places to visit when in Thailand. Time to put on your beach shorts and tropical print shirts to get into the Pattaya mode and plan a vacation to this mesmerizing destination!