Before I became a Pattaya resident, I didn’t really say a lot of great things about Pattaya, I was always guilty of saying it’s ‘Blackpool with better weather.’
For many reasons I am now a Pattaya resident, I have had more than a few days to actually discover the better parts of the area I have been very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the beaches, Sure Pattaya main beach on its own is not that great to look at when you compare it to many other beaches of the world, but like anywhere local knowledge will lead you to better unspoiled beaches and here are our favourites:
Just north of the main beach area, this is and a great place to relax. Naklua Beach is also a centre for windsurfers and windsurfing equipment can be hired from the beach. There is a good restaurant, sun loungers as well as deck chairs, and it is a smaller, cleaner beach than many I have been to, with some bars, restaurants, massage parlours, shops, especially along Soi 18.
Naklua Beach is roughly 800 meters long, at its northern point it meets Wongamat Beach, at its southern point a headland separates it from Pattaya Beach.
How to get to Naklua Beach:
You get to Naklua Beach from Naklua Soi 24, Soi 22 or Soi 20, or access it on foot directly from Pattaya Beach or Wongamat Beach.
2.Wong Amat Beach
You won’t see jet-skis or banana boats here, but you will find really good powdery sand underfoot, and better outlets for quieter, more relaxed entertainment. It is located very close to Pattaya beach, just to the north. It is a good family option.
nestling in a crescent shaped bay, Pattaya’s Wongamat Beach has everything to offer. Wongamat Beach is probably a little bigger than Cosy Beach and it’s South Pattaya neighbor, Asia Beach, but it has the same laid back and tranquil atmosphere.
Long straight beach that stretches for about 6 or 7km, this is a good alternative to the main beach during daylight hours. Jomtien during the day is more of a family destination than Pattaya and the beach is cleaner and quieter. Swimming and snorkeling with the kids is a good option due to the clean water.
Apart from the beauty of the beach, Jomtien also showcases the cultural side of Thailand. From Thai cuisine restaurants to elegant cabaret shows, you will find a plethora of activities near Jomtien beach.
You can visit the Floating Market Pattaya and shop for some souvenirs or you can plan a romantic dinner at The Glass House and end your day by enjoying the cabaret show at the Colosseum Show.
If you would like to get away from the mainland hustle and bustle Koh Larn is your answer. with a very cheap ferry that takes about 45 minutes from the mainland. Getting to Koh Larn is easy by either shared speedboat or wooden passenger ferry. Both leave from Bali Hai pier at the south end of Pattaya beach. If you aren’t staying within walking distance of the pier then you’ll have to hop on a pick up truck taxi (Baht bus) to get there.
Koh Larn is the largest island destination in this region and generally a motorbike when you get there is your best bet to get around
On the island there are 7 beaches, mostly on the western side of the island It has lots of different beaches that are ideal for those that like to explore. My personal favourite on the island was:
5.Koh Larn; Samae Beach
This is a medium sized beach with a range of bar/restaurants to choose from. The colour of the sea is bluer than its beach competitors in the region. For photos opportunities there is a viewpoint where you can walk to on one of the hilltops at the northern point of the beach.
The beach has two distinctive features which are the result of a foray into supplying green energy. The solar paneled ‘ray building’ at the north end of the beach and the wind farm on the hill overlooking the south end of the beach. It’s possible to hike up to the viewpoint at the windfarm and get awesome panoramic views across the beach.
6. Tien Beach.
Tien Beach is a mid-sized beach here on Koh Larn Island. In as far as blue ocean and white sand this is the best. The atmosphere here, well seems very relaxed and quiet. The people that visit here seem to come in smaller groups and there for not as much chatter that you would find amongst larger groups. This bay is heavenly! Things are still quiet here, perhaps because you cannot reach this dream beach directly by taxi. A 5-minute walk along the coast leads to the beach via a small footbridge. Once you are there, you will enjoy a wonderful panorama, the crystal-clear sea and plenty of space.
So, these are my favourite beaches in the area you need to stay here more than your average holiday time can afford to be able to visit them all.
So now you have seen the glory of the coastline and you want to live by one of these amazing beaches!
Can I Live in Thailand Permanently?It is possible for a foreigner to live permanently in Thailand. The official way would be to obtain permanent residency, whilst this takes years. Most over 50’s have a retirement visas, if you are younger than this you can look at opening a business working with a non-immigrant visa and permit. There are certainly several ways of remaining in Thailand permanently, but prior planning and arranging documentation are needed.