There’s plenty to do in Pattaya for active residents—and those wishing to become more active! Today, we’ll begin this series with details about walking and hiking, horse riding, flying, watersports.
Walking and Hiking
The National Parks in Thailand are good for hiking and walking. They have camp sites and bungalows, and tents are usually available for rent. The Thai National Parks website allows a search by activity or province. The North of Thailand is the most popular region for trekking because of the cooler temperatures; Tak province and the Doi Inthanon national park near Chiang Mai are both popular regions and there are companies that can arrange short or long treks.
There are many companies that organise walking tours in Thailand and some specialise in areas where wildlife or bird watching is especially good.
The National Parks website has information on trekking.
There are a number of private flying clubs in Thailand that offer flying lessons in a variety of craft: balloons, ultra-lights and bigger aircraft.
The coastal resorts of Pattaya and Hua Hin have facilities for all the watersports usually found at seaside holiday destinations – water skiing, parasailing, jet skiing, sailing and diving, to name a few.
For information, refer to the TAT website (select country and then refer to "things to do")
Diving is especially popular in Thailand because of the warm water and abundant sea life. Pattaya has numerous dive shops offering day and live-aboard dive trips to the surrounding islands. Snorkelling is also possible. In Jomtien, close to Pattaya, there are marinas that offer a range of sailing options.
A few commercial companies offer stabling or horse riding lessons in Bangkok and Pattaya.
There are also a number of polo clubs. For further details: Click here
Fishing in Pattaya
There are a number of good freshwater fishing spots for carp and barb around Pattaya, while in the north of the gulf off the coast of Pattaya and near Trat and Koh Kut there are large sailfish.
Pattaya Sports Club promotes sports and supports local charities. It organises game fishing tours.
Pattaya Sports Club (Fishing)At: 3/197 M-6, Pattaya 3rd Road, Banglamung, Choniburi 20150 Tel: 03 836 1167 Fax: 03 836 1929
Regional Fishing in Chonburi and Rayong
Although sea fishing off Pattaya and Rayong is not yet well-established there are a number of boats and companies that organise day trips. Skates, queenfish, grouper, snapper, barracuda and occasionally sailfish or sharks can be caught. There is more information about the types of fish found in the Gulf of Thailand on the Pattaya Sports Club website.
Bang Saray is a popular destination for deep sea fishing.
Bang Saray Fishing Lodge At: 42 Mu 5, Bang Sa-re, Sattahip, Chon Buri 20251 Tel: 038 436 757 / 038 436 680-2
There are also a few lakes and fishing parks for freshwater fishing, these include:
Jomtien Fishing Park At: Jomtien Beach Road Soi 14
Panarak Park: Situated 5 Km from Pattaya on the road to Siam Country Club golf course. Fishing tackle is available. Tel: 038 249 605
Pattaya Fishing Park At: Sukumvit Road, Jomtien
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