10 Amazing Places To Visit Near Pattaya For Your Bucketlist
Pattaya is surrounded by tonnes of amazing places, as exciting as the city itself. From marveling at religious treasures, relaxing at lavish beach resorts, swimming at mesmerizing beaches, indulging in a shopping spree or just savoring some delicious Thai cuisine – you can do it all. So if you ever need a break from parties, check out these 10 amazing places near Pattaya.
It won’t take you long to realize why Bangkok receives more tourists than any other place in the world. The shimmering temples, the renowned floating markets, the sprawling mega-malls and unique nightlife experiences leave travelers asking for more.
Foodies, its time to buckle up because you are in for an extravagant ride. One of the many highlights of Bangkok is the authentic Thai food served at the street markets – a stroll along them is a must do. As is the mandatory tour of some of the most photographed temples in Thailand.
Shopaholics, do not miss the amazing range of merchandise at the Chatuchak weekend market, one of the largest street markets in the world, with over 15000 stalls. And you obviously cannot leave Bangkok without having a glimpse of its extravagant nightlife, exotic red light areas, and cabaret shows!
How to reach: You can reach Bangkok in 2 – 3 hours from Pattaya by bus.
2. Coral Island
Commonly known as Koh Larn, coral island is located a little off Pattaya, making it an easy day trip. Its glistening white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters lure hardcore beach bums. Offering tonnes of watersports, Coral island is a paradise for adventure seekers.
You can soar in the skies by parasailing over the ocean or walk on the ocean floor amidst rich corals and colorful fishes.Or you could just snorkel off the coast and gaze at the exotic marine life.
How to reach: Plenty of ferries operate from Pattaya at regular intervals that will take you to the coral islands in less than an hour.
3. Koh Samet
The fine sand beaches, the vast turquoise water, the energetic nightlife and an extensive range of water sports make Koh Samet a perfect escape!
It is one of the places where you do nothing more than lying on the beach, enjoying the waves and the relishing the seafood.
One of the best experiences here is getting a beach side massage. With a beautiful beach view and the sound of waves acting as a lullaby, you will find yourself drifting into sleep in no time. For the active ones, there are adventures likes diving, snorkeling and jet skiing.
Koh Samet has no shortage of good stay options, but we recommend pre-booking if you’re visiting during weekends as the place can get pretty crowded.
How to reach: Its a 2 hour bus ride from Pattaya and 40 minute ferry from Ban Phe pier
4. Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai national park is Thailand’s third largest national park and a UNESCO declared world heritage site. One of the largest remaining monsoon forests, its home to a wide range of flora and fauna, amazing waterfalls and with over 300 bird species roaming around, its a paradise for shutterbugs and nature lovers.
With a splendid countryside view, lush forests and the grand Haew Narok waterfall, Khao Yai National Park draws crowds throughout the year.
You can find wild elephants roaming freely on the roads, explore picturesque caves, climb up to the Pa Deo Die cliff, to enjoy the raw beauty of the surroundings and of course to click the perfect selfie!
And it’s not just tropical jungles alone. You can check out Primo Pizza for a true Italian experience without having to fly all the way to Italy! While you’re at it, check out the Khao Yai winery with some of the finest flavors to savor.
For all the Lord of the Rings fans, The Hobbit House is just an hour away from the national park. You will feel like you’re right on the movie’s set while at this resort. Don’t miss this on your trip.
How to reach: You can reach the park in 4 hours by road. You can take either a cab or a bus.
5. Koh Si Chang
A wonderful escape from the bustling city crowd, the beautiful beaches of Koh Si Chang will leave you spell bound. It is one of those places where you spend the entire day on the beach, sunbathing and enjoying the serenity of the place.
Look up Haad Tham Phang beach if you want to enjoy some delectable seafood. Nothing can match a perfect steak with a fine tasting wine while enjoying the sunset on the beaches of Koh Si Chang.
If you are feeling a little adventurous, kayak and discover some abandoned coves. Or you can rent a bicycle and discover pagodas and temples that dot the island’s landscape.
How to reach: Catch a bus for Sriracha pier from where you can get on regular ferries for Koh Si Chang.
6. Koh Talu
A private island, about half an hour from the coast, Koh Talu is a delight to visit! Lush tropical rain forest covers most of the island. Its postcard beaches and lovely shallow reefs are perfect for snorkeling.You can see a great variety of hard corals, parrot fish and wrasse.
This is the perfect island to string up a hammock and just disconnect from the world. But if you ever get bored of doing nothing, you can try hiking and kayaking. Another highlight here is watching turtles come to the beach to lay eggs.
How to reach: Koh Talu is the farthest of all the islands on this list, and can be reached from Hua Hin by boat and van in 2.5 hours. Pattaya to Hua Hin would take about 5 hours by road.
7. Koh Khram
The white sand beaches, the clear sea water, alluring coves and the untouched beauty of the island makes it a must visit!
Controlled by the Thai Royal Marine, the island is uninhabitable. But nothing stops you from doing a day trip. Its crystal clear waters are blessed with exotic marine life and vibrant corals, making it ideal for snorkeling.
How to reach: You can rent a speedboat from Pattaya, grab your food and drinks and make a magical day-trip out of it.
8. Koh Phai
Also known as the Bamboo Island, courtesy green bamboo trees all around the island, Koh Phai is an island that promises tranquility. The palm-fringed island is devoid of crowds and any permanent construction, making it ideal for a day trip.
Colorful corals and World War II vintage shipwrecks at its dive sites make it a popular spot for scuba diving.
How to reach: Ferries and Speedboats are available from Pattaya to take you to Koh Phai.
9. Koh Chang
The crystal clear water and the signature white sand beach of Thailand welcomes you at Koh Chang. The island is covered in jungles, dripping in hidden waterfalls with the bluest pools you can see. Hike on foot or take an elephant trek to discover the island’s secret wonders.
Being a part of the Mu Ko Chang National Marine Park, there are innumerable islands around Koh Chang to be explored. Needless to say, scuba diving in these sparkling blue waters is an incredible experience.
Unlike many remote islands near Pattaya, Koh Chang has the complete range of accommodation, right from trendy hostels and backpacker huts to luxurious resorts.
How to reach: It takes about 4 hours from Pattaya to Trat by road. From trat, take a ferry to Koh Chang.
10. Koh Kood
After an exciting holiday, don’t we all wish to just lie down in quietness before heading home? Let Koh Kood be your last stop! The unspoiled island of Thailand, Koh Kood brings to you the much-needed peace, serenity, and calm.
Take a rental scooter and cruise along the beaches, jungles, glittery waterfalls, coconut plantations and sleepy villages. There are very few bars and restaurants here, making it a perfect escape from the crowds.
How to reach: Ferries from the mainland pier at Trat will take you to Koh Sood. You can take a bus or taxi from Pattaya to Trat.