Here we would like to give an overview of attractions available in and around Pattaya
Island and Beach
The Koh Lan Group
of Islands is comprised Koh Lan, Koh Khrok and Koh Sak.
Koh Larn is a wonderful little island in the Gulf of Thailand, tourist can enjoy with many activities
such as para sailing, snorkeling, jet ski, banana boat, swimming in tropical waters, and there is even
a shooting range located here. Because the island is mountainous there are also some spectacular
views for those that like to take a few snapshots. Koh Larn is also very suited for bicycling and
hiking, many bicycling events have been held here. Many movie production companies have used
the island for movie shoots.
The Island is about 4km long and about 2km wide and has about a thousand residents most of whom live
in the main village called Naban. Most of the people that live here also work and go to school
on the island. Any of the everyday necessities are here including a police force and
a small medical facility. There are about six beaches on the island that boast white sand
and clear blue water. Koh Larn is a lush green tropical island which has an abundant amount
of rain fall each year during monsoon. The terrain is mostly mountainous which is covered
in most part with heavy vegetation, jungle if you will. Monkeys naturally inhabit the island
as well as other wildlife. Infrastructure here in most part consist of narrow roadways covered
with brick pavers.
How to get there
Koh Larn is located about 7km off the coast of Pattaya Beach of which is about two hours drive south of Bangkok.
Approximately 8 kilometers off of Pattaya Beach is Ko Khrok, an isle 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. (As this is a private island, permission to enter must be obtained beforehand)
some 10 kilometers west of Pattaya Strait or 600 meters away
from Ko Lan. Ko Sak is another small island shaped like a horse
shoe with an area of 0.05 square kilometers. It has two beaches,
one on the northern cover 250 meters in length, an area in which
boats usually stop for tourists to swim and another one on the
southern part of the island opposite the first island, with
a pathway linking the two beaches, a small beach 80 meters in
length. A coral reef is found at the area in front of the beach.
Skin-diving is also possible in this vicinity.
Koh Phai Group of Islands
Koh Phai Group
are comprised of Ko Phai, Ko Manwichai, Ko Luam, Ko Klung Badan,
and etc., Ko Phai being the largest. The islands are presently under the supervision
of the Royal Navy. The Ko Phai group of islands are situated
at a distance about 13 kilometers from Pattaya and takes 2 hours
to reach by boat. There is a light house on top of a hill at
Ko Phai. Visitors can enjoy relaxing-moments, swimming, fishing
and diving down to view the coral.
in visiting all the island mentioned here can arrange to hire
boats from the promenade or pier at South Pattaya. Large boats
can carry between 20-80 passengers, speed boats carry 10-15
passengers. Rental fees cost between 1,000-5,000 Baht, depending
on the spot one intends to visit as well as the size and type
Pattaya Beach is situated along the central city in close proximity to shopping, hotels and bars.
The beaches are popular and busy places. For the thrill-seekers, activities include banana-boat rides,
jet-skiing, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and the like and anyone who just wants to enjoy
a simple swim or a good splash around with a frisbee or rented inner tube will always find themselves
with plenty of company. However, while in and beyond the surf, a wary eye does need to be kept
on the more frenetic elements of the passing traffic.
How to get there
From Bangkok, take Motor Way (Bangkok-Chonburi Rd.), drive along Sukhumvit Rd., pass Si Racha
and Banglamung districts until km 147 marker. You will reach the route to South Pattaya.
Jomtien Beach is about 6 kilometers long with clean and quite beach. The Beach is fringed
with pine trees, quite narrow and has a small slope into the sea. Most of tourists both Thai
and foreigner like to do many activities along the Jomtien Beach such as Banana Boat, Jet Ski etc.
There are restaurants and cafes along the beach for tourists to enjoy fresh seafood and drinks
while looking out into the sea. Entertainment and leisure activities are ample to
enjoy a lively nigh tout. A galore of water sports are available including kite surf,
para sail, jet ski and windsurf.
How to go there
The beach located about 2 km from South Pattaya and 4 km from Pattaya City.
Daily 24 hrs.
Free (Price are subject to change)
Tel. 0 3842 7667 (TAT)
Wong Phrachan Beach
Situated on the northern side of Pattaya Bay, this 1-kilometer beach shares
the same entrance as the Central Wong Amart Hotel. It is a quiet spot,
good for swimming and relaxation.
Khao Pattaya or Khao Phra Bat
This is a small hill to the south of Pattaya Beach. It is accessible by an asphalt road,
which leads up to the hilltop. Khao Pattaya is now the site of the Naval Radio Station
where the monument of Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the Father of Royal Thai Navy,
is situated. A sacred Buddha image is also enshrined on the hilltop. The viewpoint
on the hilltop offers a panoramic view of Pattaya City and Pattaya Bay.