Pattaya Beaches in Thailand are among the best that Asia has to offer. Due in part to their convenient location; being located within the Bang Lamung District, or the Chonburi Province which is only 160 kilometres south of Bangkok in eastern Thailand. Along with a vibrant beach-side community which until the 1960s was a sleepy little fishing village, its popularity began to increase as Bangkok's wealthy started to visit Pattaya as a weekend getaway.
However it was during the Vietnam war with the influx of foreign visitors that Pattaya developed into the town that it is today and became known for its bars, nightclubs and sex tourism which can be experienced along the Pattaya Walking Street.
Today though the city is doing all it can to change that image and attract holidaying families to the area to enjoy the beaches and other attractions such as the small fishing village at Naklua Bay which has remained unspoilt, along with boating excursions and crocodile farms. One of the latest family friendly attractions is the Pattaya Teddy Bear Museum which opened in October of 2013.
In regard to its beaches, they are renowned for having powder white sand and providing plenty of sunshine (average yearly temperatures average between 22-32 degrees Celsius) overhead. Combined with an abundance of fun activities, it is little wonder that Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches are the most visited within the Pattaya area. Indeed, Pattaya is the most visited part of Thailand second only to Bangkok.
Pattaya Beach which is adjacent to Pattaya city centre is defined by it's crescent shaped 4 kilometre stretch of pristine white sand that looks out over the surrounding Pattaya Bay, taking advantage of the cool soothing sea breezes.
This is a very busy beach that is covered with banana lounges and large shady umbrella's (which can be rented daily between the hours of 7 AM and 6 PM) along with numbers of tour operators that rent and operate watercraft. This beach is also the gateway to the nearby islands of Koh Sak, Koh Krok and Koh Sak making it a hub for day trippers out to these islands.
The most popular activities on this beach include swimming, sailing, snorkeling, wind-surfing, para-gliding and jet-skiing along with sun baking.
While the central and southern end of Pattaya beach tends to be dominated by tour operators, hotels, shops, bars and nightclubs, the northern end of the beach is somewhat quieter and more relaxed.
Located along the southern end of Pattaya Bay is the pretty Jomtien Beach. This former coconut growing area which is situated a mere 3 kilometres south of Pattaya city centre, has a pristine 6 kilometre stretch of beautiful white sand. This beach provides a more relaxed beach experience (than its larger sister at Pattaya), even though the coastline has been developed and contains a number of beach-side restaurants, bars and highrise condominiums and a fun park.
Despite a 265 metre section of Jomtien Beach (which is also called Dongtan Beach) being a popular seaside location for Thailand's gay community, Jomtien Beach is a family friendly destination that doesn't have the high concentration of noisy go-go bars and other adult-orientated destinations as found in Pattaya.
The beach itself which includes some shady areas for those wishing to avoid the sun also contains a number of venders selling food (including spring rolls, prawns, crab claws and corn on the cob) and drinks (including coconut milk in the shell), and you can even have a beach massage. If you feel sleepy after lunch you can rent a banana lounge and take a a quiet afternoon nap.
Most of the popular water-sports are available at Jomtien including swimming, jet-skiing, para-sailing and banana-boat riding, although you can also get a massage along the beach from a number of different masseurs.
However, apart from these activities the beach also incorporates the Pattaya Park Beach Resort (Fun Park and Water Park ) which opens daily from 10 AM until 7 PM. It has a has a number of rides including the Tower Shot, Salalom Roller Coaster, Musical Carousel, Demolition Derby, and Monorail.
This water park also has a number of water-slides and pools. The Pattaya Park Beach Resort (Fun Park and Water Park) is located at 345 Jomtien Beach, Pattaya City, Chonburi 20150 within eastern Thailand.
The best way to travel to Pattaya is by taking an air-conditioned bus from Bangkok Ekkamai bus terminal (or Suvarnabhumi International Airport) as there is no airport located in Pattaya (the nearest is the U-Tapao International Airport which is located in the town of Sattahip which is 45 minutes away).
Pattaya Beaches are in walking distance to the majority of beach side hotels and are adjacent to the main Beach Road.