Pattaya’s beaches are free, popular and busy, especially during high season. Starting from north, they are: Naklua Beach followed by Wongamat Beach, Pattaya Bay , Pratumnak Hill Beach , Jomtien Beach and further south, Na Jomtien Beach. Each one has its own charm and beauty. Whether you want to rest, enjoy water sports or just looking for peaceful day of relax and reading, you will find a beach perfect for your taste.
Sadly, we can’t say anymore that Pattaya’s beaches have crystal- clear water or that are pristine as they were in the past, incredibly not so long ago. Many years of thousands of tourists coming, an unstoppable construction of hotels, resorts, condominiums as well as hundreds of boats, speed boats, jet skies, and ferries going toward the offshore islands, on daily basis, several times per day, have diminished the quality of these waters, and ,as a consequence, the beaches. That doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy them. We do, only with some care.
So, our proposal here is starting from the north of the city going along Naklua Rd, getting off toward Naklua beach, Crescent beach, Palm beach and Wongamat beach, going along Pattaya Beach Road, where Pattaya Bay beach is just on the right, then taking South Pattaya Road up to Second road, turn right at the traffic lights.
Following second road up to Phra Tamnak Hill, taking to the right at the bifurcation , so now is called Phra Tamnak Road, up to where there is a police box on your right, take soi 1 that goes down toward the sea, you will arrive at Cozy beach. Next to it is Phra Tamnak beach where you can walk all the way up to Jomtien Beach along a beautiful – 1,15 km long path , enjoying the view of all Phra Tamnak beaches, ending after seeing Dongtan Beach, at a police box.
The other option would be driving along Phra Tamnak Road up to the traffic lights at the junction with Thappraya Road where you turn right, past the traffic lights at the intersection with Thepprasit Road, turning right again at the next traffic lights, just in front of the statue of Machanu, Hanuman’s son, down to the sea, next to a police box where ends the path coming from Cozy beach and Dongtan beach.
The road that goes to the left, is Jomtien Beach Road and on its right side is Jomtien beach. The end of Jomtien Beach Road means the end of Jomtien beach, and sadly enough, there isn’t any road that connects Jomtien with Na Jomtien, so the only way to get there is turning right and heading towards Sukhumvit Road to get to Na Jomtien Beach.
Lets start visiting Pattaya’s beaches:
The beaches in this northern part of Pattaya are among the finest and cleanest in the city, bested only by those found on the surrounding islands or in Sattahip district. Therefore, as we are not the only ones in thinking this, during the last years, five-star hotel chains and high -rise condominiums have been built in the area, changing dramatically the shore line with its beaches becoming more and more crowded in the process. But it is fair to say that Naklua has still an enchanting feel, where one can hire a beach chair, order delicious food and enjoy reading a book or just looking the wonderful sea view, just getting relaxed.
The beaches in Naklua are not a long bay art is the case of of Jomtien but small bays separated by rocky formations, creating a sense of privacy, if that could be said. Naklua Beach, the main strip, is in the far north, followed by Crescent Moon Beach, Palm beach up to what is called Wongamat Beach, a 3km long beach which occupies the northern tip of Pattaya Bay, but is only accessible from Naklua.
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Pattaya Beach is a 2,9 km long bay. This lively beach is in the centre of the city where pubs, shopping malls, street stalls, restaurants, bars pack the roads. It is the most crowded beach of Pattaya, where one can see hundreds if not thousands, especially in high season, people relaxing, swimming or enjoying various water sports during day time, but it is at at night when this beach looks really alive because of the brightly illuminated streets, pubs and restaurants along the shore.
The downside is that as this beach is the preferred by a great number of tourists especially numerous groups that chose it due to its closeness to the city and who leave behind plastic bags and bottles spread on the whole area what makes difficult to maintain it in good conditions.. Although the local government makes great efforts trying to keep this area clean, it is a truly tough challenge, sometimes with not so lasting results.
Phra Tumnak Hill Beaches
Cozy Beach, Phra Tamnak Beach, Pattaya Park Beach and Dongtan Beach:
Cozy Beach is located in a quiet, little bay at the northern end of Phra Tamnak Hill, at the bottom of a small cliff, and accessible only via steps down its side. One of its advantages is that is quite extensive, especially at low tide, and is special for families with children.
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Phra Tannak Beach in the southern part of Pratumnak Hill, is quite spacious and one of the cleanest beaches in Pattaya, another of those “hidden gems” for families with children. One important detail to have in mind, is that there is a well maintained – 1,15 km long footpath that links this beach with Pattaya Park and Dongtan beaches and extends all the way to Jomtien Beach. So it is accessible from Jomtien beach, along the footpath or just coming down along Phra Tamnak Soi 5
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Following this footpath along the shore, heading south, the next beach is Pattaya Park Beach, and next to it, Dongtan Beach. These are two of the most serene beaches of Pattaya, and there isn’t really anything which divides them.
Dongtan Beach does have a reputation for being Pattaya’s gay beach, but one can only notice it because there the masseurs are male, without exception, and yes, there are more same- sex couples than in other beaches, but it is still very much a family beach. Pine trees line the shore making it an excellent place to idle around.
There are many different options at the time of choosing a restaurant or bar, or just to have a calming, reinvigorating massage. Along the footpath there are beautiful resorts and residential complexes with direct access to the beach.
Dongtan Beach is the first one coming from Jomtien, along the footpath that starts at the small police station, because traffic is not allowed during day time, giving an extra plus to the area.
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Jomtien Beach is a straight, sandy shoreline some 6 km long which is very popular among Thai families, a fact easily to observe because one can see beach umbrellas literally roofing sections of the beach. Its distance from the main city, makes the accommodation a little bit cheaper and more family oriented.
Regular beach activities include swimming and jet ski, banana boats, rubber rings for hire. There are many safe swimming zones free of boat traffic and jet skis making it ideal for children. Also, Jomtien beach regularly hosts beach football and beach volleyball events.
Numerous hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants are located along Jomtien Beach Road, as well as seafood restaurants at its south end – very popular among Thais and tourists.
Also, if you wish to buy fresh seafood , just go early in the morning, to south along Jomtien Beach Road until to find the traffic lights at the junction with Chayiapruk Road, you will see a police and Tourist information boxes. There are two or three points where small boats come to be moored , full of their night catch , and choose whatever you like.
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Na Jomtien Beach
Jomtien beach is the last of Pattaya city’s beaches that can be reached going along the city’s roads, as we have said. So, if you wish to go to Na Jomtien beach and further south, you should go back to Sukhumvit Road, and take the second U turn after passing the traffic lights at Hua Yai intersection, getting on to Na Jomtien soi 10 until the end, or just keep going along Sukhumvit Road, and left onto Na Jomtien soi 8.
Following this soi, you will pass Pinnacle Hotel, turn right always following the narrow soi that ends at the round cemented area and promenade. On your way back, you always could stop at the seafood restaurant that adding to its air-conditioned salon also has tables on the beach on the right side of the soi, for having a delicious dinner while enjoying the sunset.
This beach is some 2.9 km long and located south of Jomtien , sub district of Na Jomtien. What distinguishes this beach from the others in the city, is the fact that there is not a busy road or promenade along it. So hotels, resorts, restaurants and condominiums are practically on the beach.
Na Jomtien Beach on the whole is not very congested, only tends to be crowded around the resorts which provide their own loungers for guests, and restaurants where deck chairs and umbrellas are available for hire. So, you just walk a little more and it is easy to find isolated tree-lined areas ideal for taking your own beach mats and a picnic.
It’s a perfect place to go enjoy a long day on the beach, especially for families. Although the sea water is not as clear and clean as it could be found on the islands or in Sattahip area, but it is clearer than in Pattaya city and it is safe for swimming or for any water sport, as kite boarding, wind surfing and sailing or just coast fishing.
This is a long beach, and in days of low tide, Jomtien and Na Jomtien beaches become only one long beach. It is special for enjoying a healthy stroll along the shore, from Jomtien beach toward south up to the very end of Na Jomtien beach, at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club harbor that forms a natural boundary. It won’t be a short walk, but it is very much enjoyable, especially in the early mornings.
There is a fishing village along a canal which runs down towards the sea, passing Na Jomtien Yacht Club, and View Talay Marine residences, that gives a special ‘touch’ to this area. It is really enjoyable going early in the morning just to see boats coming back from the night fishing, mooring all along this canal where fishermen clean the nets for another night at sea. It is a dream spot for photographers and a great opportunity to have a glance of a traditional way of Thai life.
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Islands Around Pattaya
Koh Larn is a wonderful little island just about 7km off the coast of Pattaya Beach. The terrain is mostly mountainous which is covered in most parts with heavy vegetation.
Koh Larn has six main beaches and a few smaller ones, all of them are of white sand and clear, flat swimming pool-like azure waters, marking a huge contrast with the quality of waters that we could find on any of Pattaya ‘s beaches. You can find facilities such as bathrooms, showers on these beaches and it is really easy to find restaurants that serve delicious fresh seafood or just any other dish you may desire.
You can get to all parts of the island by songtaeow, or motorbike taxi. Touring this small island from one beach to the other is so much fun and gives you the opportunity to choose your favorite beach.
The last few years, this tiny island became more popular among locals during weekends and public holidays. As a consequence, there are many more options to stay, ranging from budget rooms to luxury resorts with all kind of bungalows in between. It is well worth the experience of spending the night on the island, or as some people who have discovered Koh Larn’s charming life, are staying for extended periods.
Surrounding Na Ban pier has grown a picturesque, charming little town very easy to walk around along its narrow, winding roads where, for the delight of shoppers, there are plenty choices of clothes and souvenirs shops among bars and restaurants.
Staying in this small village offers the possibility of being immersed in daily Thai life, so difficult to find in Pattaya these days. The Saturday market, a meeting point for locals, is on the esplanade in front of the temple, some meters from Na Ban pier to the left, is just priceless. During these nights the place is much alive, and strolling among the food stalls, enjoying Thai food having the amazing view of Pattaya coast as background, is a real gift, very worth trying.
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- At the time of deciding how to go to Koh Larn, two possibilities pop up: the speed boats are a good option for groups, because the fare, that is much more expensive than the ferry’s, will be shared . But have in mind that traveling by the ferry boats, not only the fare is much more cheaper but the experience in itself is just worth trying.
- At Bali Hai Pier, the ferry boats are docked at the end of the pier. The ferry going to Twaen Beach on Koh Larn is just to the left and the ferry going to Na ban or the main Village on the right, but it is advisable to ask when paying the fare, just before boarding .
- The fare for the Koh Larn ferry to both destinations on the island is around only 30 Baht, , for each way. If someone asks you to pay more than that , then you are probably not at the right boat.
- If you are thinking in staying a night in Koh Larn, have in mind that there are a huge range of bungalows to choose from, but none of them is on the beach. There are plenty in the little town surrounding Na Ban pier. As you won’t be able to take your car, be prepared to travel by baht buses or on motorbike taxi, or rent a motorbike.
- If you rent a motorbike, be sure that you are used to driving one, there are lots of motorbikes and vehicles going along Koh Larn’ s narrow and windy roads, and in any direction, making a short drive a huge challenge.
- You could rent a motorbike at Na Ban pier, as soon as you get out the ferry, but have in mind that nearly all resorts have motorbikes for rent, so the easiest way, if you are thinking in staying more than one day, is just rent the motorbike there.
- Koh Larn gets very busy at weekends and public holidays, when many Bangkok residents, who have rediscovered the island in the last few years, arrive. If you wish to enjoy a peaceful Koh Larn, the best thing to do is going from Monday to Friday. It is amazing to see how life in the little town changes after the last ferry leaves the island.
- Koh Larn could be an excellent option for having a relaxed, different New Year holiday. Enjoying the sight of Pattaya’s shore line ‘getting on fire’ during New Year’s Eve is just amazing.
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Ko Phai Group of Islands is located about 13 km from Pattaya, and they are currently under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy. Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight here, but could enjoy relaxing time and swimming on their tranquil beaches during the daytime, as well as trying scuba diving or snorkeling. You will struggle to find better natural underwater corals and preserved marine life anywhere else in Pattaya.
All the islands are accessible by boat and charters can be arranged negotiating directly with the boat owners or go to Bali Hai pier, pay the fare at the box, just board one of the pleasure boats that holds between 20 to 50 passengers. The fare includes lunch that is served on the beaches.
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- If you decided to enjoy a day on these beautiful little islands, have in mind that there is no accommodation or services on the island. Lunch and beverages are provided by the the boat staff. You will enjoy a lovely lunch on these pristine beaches but toilets are on the boat. Having this in mind, it is worth going .
- If you travel independently it is worth noting that not all speed boats carry food, water, and safety equipment, so ask before getting any agreenment done.
- Koh Phai’s most famous attraction could arguably be the World War II Royal Thai Navy vintage ship which was sunk in January 2003. The HTMS Khram was intentionally sunk to rest in 30 meters of water around 0.3 kilometers to the east of Ko Phai. A submerged artificial reef was created to the delight of scuba divers.
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Approximately 8 kilometers off of Pattaya Beach is Kho Krok, so small that we could see that is a dot on the sea, is almost totally surrounded by rock formations. A gap of 100 meters to the east is a stretch of sandy beach where visitors can go and enjoy viewing underwater coral reefs. This island can be reached by chartered boat from South Pattaya.
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As this is a private island, permission to enter must be obtained beforehand
Shaped like a horse-shoe, Koh Sak is another tiny island – just 600 meters away from Koh Larn and about 10 km west of Pattaya. It has two beaches, one on on the northern side and the other on the southern one of the island, with a pathway connecting them. Due to its secluded location, skin-diving to view the coral is popular here.
You could find more information visiting this website: www.bangkok.com/pattaya/islands.htm#
If only I’d known…
When planning a day out to Koh Sak , have in mind that this island is very popular with the large numbers of Asian tourists that come to Pattaya, and the waters can be very busy particularly in the mornings. From midday onwards the tourists tend to depart, leaving the divers and snorkelers to enjoy the beautiful bay and plentiful corals.
You could find more information visiting this website: www.pattayadivers.com/koh-sak/
Admirallica Cruise Pattaya
Admirallica Cruise is a relatively new option to get on the high seas of Pattaya. Board what is Thailand’s first and only pirate ship and enjoy a full day’s cruise around Pattaya Bay every Saturday. The action-packed pirate tour includes breakfast, a buffet lunch and speedboat detours to Koh Rin, Koh Ped and Monkey Island where you’ll enjoy a host of swashbuckling games and activities such as snorkeling, swimming and fishing. There’s even time for a disco foam party in the afternoon as the mighty galleon sets sail back to the shores of Pattaya.
You could find more information about Admirallica Cruise visiting this website: www.bangkok.com/pattaya/activities/admirallica.htm Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You also will find useful information about islands cruise visiting these websites:
Another option, which always gives excellent results, would be asking into social groups, where there are cruises organised from time to time.
Pattaya is a city that you must experience yourself. As we do. Every single day is a new experience, a new challenge. We just hope that you had enjoyed reading this page, and that we had being of help. If you have some comment, please, lets know. In this way, we could keep linking Pattaya together.