Pattaya’s main beaches are popular and busy places for activities. Some of these include banana-boat rides, jet-skiing, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and the like; 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 as well.
Speedboat-towed parachute rides are available along the main beaches, and in Pattaya Bay from several large floating platforms with speedboats ferrying customers out from the shore — typically about 500 baht per flight.
As with most coastal towns in Thailand, Pattaya is a good place for diving. The diving is done mostly on the near islands, Ko Larn, Ko Sak, Ko Krok. Once in a while the dive centers go out to the far islands, Ko Rin and Koh Wichai. The diving off Pattaya is also known for its numerous wrecks: the HTMS Kut, HTMS Kram, the Bremen, and the Harddeep.
Flight of the Gibbon
For those who want adventure combined with the experience of seeing a rain forest canopy, this adventure tour is ideal. It involves ziplining over the forest canopy and getting a thrill that is in a league of its own. The tour operates twice daily: one starting around 07:00 and the other around noon. Total time including travel is about 5 hours of which about 2-3 hours will be spent in the forest. Can be booked through one of the many tour operator shops or on-line at  Cost can vary from 2,100-2,500 baht depending on where you book, your ability to negotiate and the supply-demand situation.
Day-trips to islands
Ko Khrok (or Krok). 2 km east of Ko Laan, is an isolated rocky islet with a single 100 metre stretch of sandy beach to the east, where visitors can see coral reefs. edit
Ko Phai (หมู่เกาะไผ่ or Bamboo Island). Ko Phai, and other islands in the Ko Phai group, Ko Klung Badan (or Krung Badan), Ko Luam (or Leom), Ko Man Wichai and Ko Rin (or Lin) – are preferred destinations for scuba divers, and are also popular for general relaxation, fishing, swimming and snorkeling day trips. This area is controlled by the Royal Thai Navy, and overnight stays are not permitted. For a return speedboat charter from one of the mainland beaches or Bali Hai Pier (approx. 23 km / 2 hours), expect to pay 2,500-4,000 baht; possibly less from Ko Laan.
Pattaya is a thriving Muay Thai destination, with over a dozen Muay Thai camps and gyms located in and around the city. It is also home to three Muay Thai Stadiums; Pattaya Boxing World Stadium located in North Pattaya, MAX Muay Thai Stadium located in central Pattaya and Thepprasit Stadium located in South Pattaya.
Bowling Plus (previously Pattaya Bowl), Second Rd (at the junction with Soi Regent Marina), 10:00-02:00 daily. 20 bowling lanes. Also has 6 pool tables plus 2 full-size snooker tables for 120 baht/hour. Bowling 70-90 baht/person. P.S. Bowling (junction of Central Pattaya Rd and Second Rd, above TOPS Supermarket), P.S. Plaza, 11:00-02:00 daily. 70-90 baht/person.
Go karting at EasyKart PATTAYA (Bali Hai Pier) is not an activity only for professional drivers. Our karts and tracks are adapted also for beginners and young kids! (Beginner track 350m & racing track 800m) No experience is needed. Feel free to come with your friends, family and kids for a few hours of real fun. Our activity is bringing fun and speed in a safe environment to Pattaya. OPENING HOURS: 10am till 1am | 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Pattaya Kart Speedway, Thep Prasit Rd (5 km from the centre of Pattaya to the south), 09:00-18:00 daily. It is a kart racing circuit where there are separate lanes for professionals and amateurs, and there is a separate “off-road” track. 250+ baht/10 mins.
Tiffany’s Shooting Range, GF, Tiffany’s Show Building, 09:00-21:00 daily. The only indoor shooting range in Pattaya 19 lanes. Minimum age 18.
Video games. Video games are a popular pastime in Thailand, hence PlayStation and computer game shops are everywhere in Pattaya. The usual rate is 20 baht/hr, making for pretty cheap entertainment, but expect things to get very crowded and loud in the hours after school lets out. There’s a big shop on Soi Chaiyaphum (right off Soi Buakhao across from Soi Diana Inn) that’s open 24/7 and has more comfortable chairs. 20 baht/hr.
Alcazar show in Pattaya
Pattaya is well known for its katoey cabaret (aka ladyboy or transvestite) shows. Two of the best known (expect busloads of Asian tourists) are:
Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya 2 Rd (across from Soi 5). Showtime 18:30, 20:00, 21:30. A VIP seat closer to the front costs 200 baht extra. Directly after the show the performers come outside for a few minutes photo session. 40 baht per photo with each performer of your choice or 200 baht for an instant Polaroid photo taken by their own photographer. 600-800 baht.
Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya 2 Rd. Showtime 18:00, 19:30, 21:00. Tiffany’s is a family-friendly ladyboy cabaret show. The 19:30 show is generally deemed to be the best of the night. After the show there the ladyboys would gather outside available for photos sessions with interested audience. However, be aware that taking photos with the ladyboy means you are obligated to give the ladyboy tips as much as 40 baht to 100 baht depending on the rank of the ladyboy (front row ladyboys are more costly to take photos with than the back rows). Some ladyboys offers free photos session though. In May Tiffany’s Show hosts the annual Miss Tiffany’s Universe Pageant beauty queen competition, for contestants born as men.
Cinemas in Thailand tend to be severely air conditioned – bring a long sleeve shirt, or jacket, or both! Otherwise, the four large mall cinemas in Pattaya are mostly up to Western standards. Some (but by no means all) Thai-language films are subtitled in English (check the billing at the theatre) and some films will have both subtitled and non-subtitled showings. Visitors must stand up during the King’s anthem.
Major Cineplex, The Avenue (second road across from Soi 13).
SF Cinema City, Central (Big-C). This cinema has six theatres with ticket prices around 90 baht, slightly more at weekends; this has increasingly been showing Thai-soundtrack-only films (including dubbed versions of foreign films and no-English-subtitle releases of Thai films).
SFX Cinema, Central Pattaya Beach. Brand new multiplex with 10 theatres. Regular ticket for 120 baht (100 baht on wednesdays), sofa seat 500. One theatre has first class seats 600 baht (including popcorn and a soft drink).
The Golf Club, Soi L.K. Metro (near Soi Diana and Soi Buakhao, about 100 yards from the Areca Lodge). A popular sports bar & restaurant that runs regular golf competitions on M, Tu, Th, and F. They have contracts with the local courses and offer highly discounted green fees either through the Pattaya Sports Club or they can book your private tour of up to 120 golfers. They are the only bar golf society with a TAT License. Transportation, club rentals, free Wi-Fi and golf lockers are available. Have 4 rooms available to golfers and non-golfers alike, from 600-900 baht depending on room and season.
The Mini Golf Pub, Thappraya Rd (on the left just past the flyover when headed to Jomtien). 10:00-23:00 daily. 18 holes, refreshments available; their cat sometimes acts as a self-propelled obstacle. 100 baht/person.
Pattaya City Golf, (at the Nova Lodge Hotel on Beach Road, next to the junction with Pattaya Central Road). 09:00-01:00 daily. 18 holes, plus chipping, driving and putting areas for the more serious golfer; refreshments served at the waterfront bar; Caddy service available. 140 baht/person.
Solar Golf, (Located in Tara Court on Pratumnak Road between Jomtien and Pattaya City), . 09:00-18:00 Mon-Sat. Golf travel agents who provide trips for groups and individuals to all the top golf courses around Pattaya Ranges.
Euro Club Pattaya, (Located Chaiyapruk2 Road 3 km from Jomtien beach). 08:00-23:00 Mon-Sat. 5 badminton courts, Swimming pool and restaurant 120 Baht/hour/court.
Whether you’re a veteran spa and wellness traveler or simply a tourist with a few aches and pains, Pattaya has a place for you. Spa centers and massage shops of all kinds are peppered throughout Thailand’s favorite seaside resort.
Just a few examples of what’s available: all types of massages, including aromatherapy massage, Thai herbal compress massage, Thai foot massage, Ayurvedic massage, hot stone massage and many others; then there’s body scrubs, detoxification and colonics, body wraps, water treatments, waxing, and facial treatments. A short drive from the bustling capital and you can be pampered for any length of time, and then relax on the beach afterwards.
There are scores of excellent spas in Pattaya, with some of the most popular being Spa Silavadee, P.S. Spa, The Cliff Spa – Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Royal Garden Spa – Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, Amburaya Spa – Sheraton Pattaya Resort, Devarana Spa – Dusit Thani Pattaya and Spa Cenvaree – Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.
Mari-Jari Sauna & Spa, Soi Wat Boon Kanjanaram Jomtien 2nd Road (turn Jomtien Rd to Soi Wat Boon near Grand Jomtien Palace, cross Jomtien 2nd). Spa complex in Pattaya with relax and calm atmosphere, great Finnish sauna, Russian steam room (banya), Turkish sauna, hot and ice cold water pools, swimming pool and recreation area. Offers different types of massages, body and face scrubs and masks, wrappings, Spa procedures (Charcot shower, Hydro massage, Circulation shower). Visitors can use healthy food restaurant with exclusive menu and children`s playroom on the Spa complex area.
OneRoyale (Origin of Thai Traditional Massage), Central Rd (across from Leng Kee Restaurant, Central Pattaya Rd). Clean, comfortable, and quiet atmosphere. Body massages include foot, Thai, oil, aroma, head/shoulder, and four hands. Also do body scrubs and sun burn treatment. Special treatments for ladies include: intimate repair treatment, vagina firming treatment, post-birth treatment, firming & anti-cellulite treatment. Water, tea, or coffee afterwards.
Serenity Massage, (across from LK Pavilion, South Pattaya Rd and Third Rd). One of the few massage shops in this section of Pattaya. It offers a clean, comfortable and quiet atmosphere inside, combined with talk and laughter with the girls outside. Massage services include foot, Thai, oil, powder, salt body scrub, aromatherapy, four hands massage and more. Water, tea or coffee afterwards. The overall experience is fun, unrushed, and relaxing.
Spa View, (at the Mark-Land Hotel, Soi 1). One of the largest massage and spa complexes in Pattaya, offering aromatherapy oil massage, herbal steam sauna, skin whitening treatment, body treatment with aloe vera herbal, mineral water treatment, body treatment with milk and honey, milk bath treatment, physical massage, foot massage, and others. Facial treatments include nail care and treatment, hand and foot therapy by soaking with herbal water, foot massage, facial massage, scrub, ozone, fruit skin treatment, lotion, and others.
Pattaya is not only one of Thailand’s prime tourist destinations but also one of its leading medical tourism destinations, and is home to more than a dozen private and government-run hospitals. A myriad of choices, attractions, and options are available for those wanting to create a memorable medical holiday, and you would be hard-pressed to find a better place to relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate.
Visitors to Pattaya’s medical facilities can expect highly trained physicians, many having been educated and certified in Western institutions. This means that you are in professional, experienced hands and have the added benefit of many of them speaking English. Many are surprised to find the equipment is equal to or better than that found in their home countries, and the procedures used are all the latest as well.
Visitors should also be advised that most hospitals will advise patients on all aspects of their medical holiday, and if you can, you should contact them in advance to assist you with finding comfortable, convenient accommodations nearby the center, arranging tours before or after your treatment, and especially in choosing the right packages for your specific needs. All this will reduce your expenses even further than they already are.
As far as large, well-appointed and certified international hospitals go in Pattaya, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital (BPH) stands out as the leader, and comes with Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. Its resources and staff are impressive by any standard: more than one hundred specialists, fully trained nurses and aids, and a team of interpreters fluent in twenty different languages. In short, this hospital is a leader in Asia’s medical tourism facilities.
Of course, there are many other popular hospitals and clinics in Pattaya, and may be more suited to your particular needs, including the Pattaya International Hospital, the Beauty and Aesthetic Center, and the modern Pattaya Royal Beauty Clinic.
You may not have been thinking about getting dental work done on your holiday, but think again. More and more tourists are realizing that this may actually be the best time and place to take care of those dental procedures you’ve been contemplating at home, but had neither the time nor money to attend to. Dentists in Pattaya are very experienced in all the latest dental procedures, and will assist you with any and all of your needs, including crowns, veneers, implants, root canals, extractions, teeth whitening, dentures, fillings, and bridges.