Jomtien Beach has a beautiful 6 km coastline of sand and pristine water flanked by pine groves. Lying just a short bus ride to the south of Pattaya beach, it is not as crowded or noisy, unlike its northern neighbor. With many sunbeds and massage services, Jomtien beach is ideal for those looking to laze under the sun. A highlight of this beach is the excellent views of the sunsets it offers.
Things to Do - Sunbeds, Massages, Watch the Sunset, Jetskiing, Swimming, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding.
Pattaya Beach is close to central Pattaya, making it the most easily accessible beach in the city. Running parallel to Pattaya Beach road, the crescent-shaped beach sees large crowds both day and night. Among the beaches in Pattaya, this is not the most pretty. But it makes up for it by offering a plethora of watersports and numerous cafes and restaurants located nearby. Pattaya Walking Street, which is towards the beach's southern end, is famous as the best party hotspot in Pattaya.
Things to Do - Jetskiing, Banana Boating, Sunbathing, FootMassages, Parasailing, Swimming.
Wong Amat Beach is located north of Pattaya beach and is a short ride away by bus. Situated right on the peninsula of Naklua Bay, the place can be easy to identify by the tall buildings and towers. Devoid of large crowds even during the high season, it is best visited for some sunbathing. Many high-end restaurants can be found near the beach, ideal for those looking for international cuisines.
Things to Do - Sunbathing, Picnics, Swimming.
Bang Saen beach lies to the north of Pattaya city and is ideal for a day trip away from the city. Usually frequented by locals, most tourists throng to this beach during the weekends. One can find a whole lot of sunbeds, cafes, restaurants nearby. Although not in plenty, some operators offer watersports as well who cater mainly to the families who visit the beach. It gets decently crowded near the beach at the bars and restaurants, where one is likely to see college students. A good thing about the nightlife near the beach is that does not get too crowded nor sleazy as it does in central Pattaya.
Things to Do - Sunbathing, Watersports, Cafes, Restaurants.
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Among all the Pattaya beaches, Samae beach is arguably one of the liveliest from sunrise to sunset. Located in the western part of Coral Island (Koh Larn), the powdery white sand set against dense tropical trees and hills makes it the prettiest among all the beaches in Pattaya. Speedboats from the mainland ferry tourists to and from Coral Island. At this beach, swimming and snorkeling are popular activities as the waters are crystal clear and home to colorful fish and small corals. One can also hike through the trails near the beach further into Coral Island. Khao Na Yok lookout is an excellent viewpoint that offers panoramic views of the beach and beyond.
Things to Do - Swimming, Snorkelling, Hiking, Sunbeds.
Not as idyllic as its western siblings on Coral Island, Tawaen beach sees many tourists ferried by speedboats throughout the day until late afternoon. If you enjoy large crowds, this is the beach you want to be in. It can get challenging to find a spot in one of the cafes, restaurants, or a sunbed for rent due to the large number of visitors. Ideally, one should visit this tour early in the morning to this beach. Many activities are available, such as para-sailing, jetskiing, banana boating, etc.
Things to Do - Swimming, JetSkiing, Sunbathing, Banana Boating, Souvenir Shopping,
Situated on the southern end of Coral Island, Nual Beach is also locally known as Monkey beach due to being inhabited by monkeys who interact with tourists. Accessible by both boats and roads within Coral Island, this is one of the beaches in Pattaya, which is excellent during the winter months. The waters are shallow enough so beginners and non-swimmers can comfortably waddle around. In recent times, the monkeys are lesser in number due to increasing tourism and can only be found further inland from the beach.
Things to Do - Sunbathing, Swimming, Interact with the Monkeys.
Dong Tan Beach is the northern end of Jomtien beach and is known to be a gay-friendly beach. The beach is usually crowded on weekends but is surprisingly pleasant on weekdays. Traffic near the beachside is also minimum, which keeps the noise levels low. Watersports like para-sailing and windsurfing are popular here. Tourists can also indulge in fishing and have their catches cooked by beachside vendors. Expect also to be constantly greeted by walking vendors carrying fresh fruit.
Things to Do - Para-Sailing, Windsurfing, Fishing
Along with Samae beach, Tien beach lying to its north, along the west coast sees the highest number of tourists. Reaching the beach involves a short walk from the parking lot, as there is no direct ferry or speedboat access to the beach. Among all the beaches in Pattaya, Tien beach is the epitome of a relaxing and peaceful beachside getaway. There are no sunbeds here, and one will find tourists with their own sheets and blankets basking under the sun. The white sand and crystal blue waters during winter make for the best photographs. The small cafes and souvenir shops also make for a great pastime before heading back to the mainland.
Things to Do - Souvenir Shopping, Swimming, Sunbathing.
Tucked away some 21 KM offshore to the west of Pattaya city, Ko Phai is a cluster of islands that is celebrated for its pristine beaches. Ko Klung Badan, Ko Luam Ko Manwichai, and Ko Rin are some of the few islands among the group of Ko Phai. The unique archipelago is a retreat for sunbathers and beach lovers. Remember that you can visit Ko Phai during the daytime, but have to leave the shores before the evening sun wears off. Speedboats ferry visitors to and from the islands of mainland Pattaya.
Things to Do - Hiking, Swimming, Sunbathing.
Naklua Beach is a tranquil holiday destination juxtaposed to the north of Pattaya Beach. This family-friendly tropical headland is perfect for swimming, kayaking, watching sunsets, renting a seafront condo at a resort, and trying out Thai seafood. Apart from three ocean-view bars, the beach has plenty of shady picnic spots. An iconic landmark on Naklua Beach is the Sanctuary of Truth.
Bang Saray Beach is located in the Sattahip district of Chon Buri province of Thailand. It is one of the pleasant beaches in Pattaya, which is a low-key alternative to other over-crowded beaches in the region. The small quaint town and beach have facilities like outdoor gyms, parks, souvenir shops, and a handful of pubs, bars, and restaurants. There are few hotels or high-end accommodation options, so the beach ideally serves a day trip from Pattaya.
Things to Do - Street Shopping, Outdoor Gyms, Excellent and affordable street food, Scuba Diving.
Ko Si Chang is a district of Chonburi Province, Thailand. It consists of the island of Ko Si Chang and its adjoining islands. It is in the Gulf of Thailand, 12 kilometers off the shore of Si Racha District. Being a fishing village, the beach has a relaxed atmosphere and a slow-paced lifestyle. The place is filled with multiple attractions, such as the footprints of Buddha, the royal palace, boating, kayaking, and more.
Kratinglai Beach is a relaxed, palm-lined sandy stretch with a seaside promenade, a skateboarding park, and a pier towards Banglamung. Watch fishermen wading their nets through the azure water, dive in for a swim yourself, or sunbathe beside picturesque tropical groves. Kratinglai is perfect for those seeking the beauty of Pattaya or Jomtien beach without boisterous crowds and vendors.
Set against the turquoise Gulf of Thailand, Cosy Beach is a quiet bay before Jomtien. Ideal for swimming and lounging with family and friends, the beach is tucked beneath a lush cliff with neatly manicured gardens, while a rocky outcrop borders the southern tip. Cosy Beach’s namesake hotel is home to a luxurious spa and a rooftop restaurant-cum-bar.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your swimsuits and sunscreen and get ready to work on that tan at any of these beautiful beaches in Pattaya!
This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer
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