Discover the best beaches within one hour of Pattaya.
Pattaya is a fantastic place to live and has so many different things to offer residents and tourists alike. There is an abundance of bars, quality restaurants as well as numerous activities to take part in. However, one of the things that often gets overlooked by expats at least is the excellent beaches that can be found in and around the city. Here, we have just seven of the best beaches that are all within an hour of downtown Pattaya.
Cozy Beach is arguably the best beach within Pattaya and can be found in the Pratamnak area. The beach is in a small bay with steps down the hillside for access. This is a tranquil spot that is largely unspoilt with visitors experiencing fewer beach sellers than they would find in other locations. The waters are far cleaner than at Pattaya Beach with very few speedboats causing any sort of disturbance. This is a fantastic place to relax and unwind.
Located at the northern end of Pattaya and is a well-maintained beach which is overlooked by some of the top hotels and condominiums in the area. Overall, the beach is fairly quiet and you can find some excellent beachfront restaurants in the area such as the Glasshouse Wongamat and Surf and Turf. The waters are fairly clean especially if you head to the most northerly end.
Located south of Pattaya, Jomtien Beach offers a long stretch of golden sand starting at Dong Tan Beach to the north to almost Na Jomtien in the south. The beach is lined with palm trees that provide excellent shade from the fierce sun. Water sports are available with the beach being well-maintained and clean. There is an abundance of shops, restaurant and bars.
Na Jomtien is the area to the south immediately after Jomtien. There are plenty of similarities between Na Jomtien and Bang Saray such as the fact that the sea is much cleaner than in the city and that there is plenty of natural shade. There are a number of restaurants on the beachfront that make an ideal location to take in the fantastic sunset with a loved one.
Bang Saray can be found to the south of Jomtien and is a village that is increasing in size and popularity on an annual basis. Luckily, the beaches have remained serene and lined with mature palm trees. The waters are very clean and the sand is golden making it almost the picture postcard setting. Close by you will find a wide selection of excellent restaurants that are fairly priced.
If you look across the bay you will see a large island known as Koh Larn. The island can be reached by speedboat or ferry and is hugely popular with tourists due to its excellent beaches. There are seven beaches on the island but Samae and Tawaen Beach are the ones that are the most popular. The waters are clear, warm and fairly shallow with gentle shelving making it safe for young children. A selection of restaurants and shops available.
Bang Saen Beach is 50km north of Pattaya City. There is plenty of green coastal vegetation surrounding the beach that helps to create a very relaxing ambience. Bang Saen is popular with Thai nationals and you will find it possible to rent loungers and umbrellas. You can also rent bikes and tandem bikes to cycle along the esplanade. At the northern end of the beach is Laem Taen cape which is a public park that is a great place for taking a gentle stroll.