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Pattaya Beaches

Pattaya's main attraction is its long curving beach. At the north end, the Dusit Resort occupies a small promontory. Beyond the Dusit is a series of small bays, each with its own hotel. At the southern end, a hill rises and extends well into the sea. At the top of the hill is a temple with a large seated Buddha at the crown. There's a good view of all of Pattaya bay from the temple.

Pattaya Area Map
Pattaya area beaches

Beyond the hill, south of Pattaya, is Jomtien beach, another long stretch of sand. The beach is slightly deeper than Pattaya, and the section just south of the hill is very popular with Thais. There are many sections here where you can rent a beach chair and order food and drinks from staff serving that section. Numerous vendors also pass by offering fruit, ice cream and many other things, including massages.

There are several islands off the coast of Pattaya. One of the largest is called Koh Larn, or "Coral Island." The island is a popular destination for day trips, and even has some modests accommodations for overnight visitors. You can book a day trip to Coral Island in advance.


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