Besides sandy beaches, shopping centres and night-time
entertainments, Pattaya also offers a great number of
interesting sports and other activities for visitors,
especially those who plan to have a long stay in Pattaya.
Here are some of them.
Pattaya is the nearest and most convenient diving location
from Bangkok. Although it may not be interesting enough
to most advanced divers, it is a very suitable place
for beginners. There are many scuba diving shops in
Pattaya that offer PADI or NAUI certificate courses
with competitive prices. And 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 quite reasonable
For accomplished divers, the outer islands of Ko Man
Wichai and Ko Rin which have better visibility are offered.
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 considered
the most interesting dive site in this area.
Jomtien Beach is the chief centre for windsurfing. Board
competitions are organized regularly by the Pattaya
Windsurf Club. The best period for windsurfing is from
October to June, when the water and wind conditions
are very good.
The most popular spots are the northern and southern
parts of Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach. Besides, water
skiing on fresh water is also available.
Pattaya and Chon Buri boast an abundance of Championship
class golf courses, some of them are designed by renowned
golfers. Golfing holidays in Pattaya have become more
and more popular due to the low cost, good quality service
and large choices of accommodation.
Located off the Siam Country Club Road at Km. 12, the
Horseshoe Point Resort & Country Club offers several
kinds of riding for all levels, including dressage,
trail riding, jumping, polo and pony club riding for
Outdoor Riding Stables Pattaya is located at Km. 11
on Highway 36 in the mountainous area east of Pattaya.
It provides excursions on horse back for experienced
riders and beginners as well.
Among several bowling alleys with international standard
in Pattaya, Pattaya Bowl and PS Bowl are popular with
both locals and foreign tourists. Pattaya Bowl is located
on Pattaya 2 Road and PS Bowl is on the third floor
of the PS Plaza at the corner of the Central Pattaya
Road and Pattaya 2 Road.
Other sports and activities which can be enjoyed in
Pattaya include tennis, squash, badminton, bungee jump,
shooting, archery, sailing, parasailing, gamefishing,
Interested persons should contact the hotel information
desk for details. Besides sports, fitness centres are
available in many hotels and health clubs can be found
easily in this city.
Traditional Thai Massage & Foot Massage
Thai massage is famous for its therapeutic efficacy
in relieving muscular pain and stiffness. For foot massage,
its benefit is curing backaches and stimulating the
circulation of blood throughout the body. If you are
tired or stressed, you are recommended to have a try
to relieve your tension and pressure. Or you may even
learn the beneficial massage techniques at numerous
resorts and spas or teaching establishments.
Like other major tourist cities in Thailand, Pattaya
offers a good opportunity to enjoy a variety of spa
treatments. There are many quality spas and hotel spas
around the city and most of them also provide beauty
Learning Thai Cooking
Thai food is not only delicious, it is also very healthy
as its main ingredients are herbs and spices. You can
learn this culinary art at cooking schools or Thai restaurants
in any major hotel.
Learning the Thai Language and Culture
For long-stay travellers who are interested in Thai
culture and ways of life, learning Thai language and
culture is another inviting activity which will certainly
make your stay more amusing and meaningful.
For more information about these activities, please
consult Thaiways' advertisers or your hotel or travel
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