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Pattaya Sports

Besides sandy beaches, shopping centres and nighttime 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.


Diving

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 prices.

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.

Windsurfing
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.
windsurfing pattaya
Water skiing
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.
Golfing
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.
Horse riding
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 children.
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.
Bowling
There are two bowling alleys in Pattaya with international standard. 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.
Paintball
Paintball ground is located on Thep Prasit Road, about 20 minutes' drive from Pattaya city. A game played in a model battlefield in an enclosed spacious area to create the atmosphere of a real fight. All players are provided with safety dresses and masks to protect them from any bodily harm. Air guns filled with plastic shots driven by the pressure of carbon dioxide inside are used as weapons. A shot will burst into colour water when hitting a victim. The players are divided into two teams, each trying to seize the flag of the other team and bring it back safely to their base before the other. Excitement is what the game never fails to offer.
Go Kart Racing
Situated near Paintball, here is ideal for speed lovers who will be provided with a small racing Go Kart with an incredible speed of almost 100 kilometres per hour. Drivers can show their ability in controlling the speedy car in a full flung on a racing field.
pattaya go karting
Laser Trek
This place is part of Ripley's in Royal Garden Plaza. Here players are dramatically engaged in a simulated star war. Firing laser guns at the rivals and set targets are the excitement of the game, of which the objective is to make the highest scores counted according to the number of targets hit.
Other sports
Other sports and activities which can be enjoyed in Pattaya include tennis, squash, badminton, bungee jump, shooting, archery, sailing, parasailing, gamefishing, etc.
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.

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