Jomtien Beach is Thailand's No.1 centre for windsurfing. Tuition is widely available for beginners, so anyone can try. The Pattaya Windsurfing Club on Jomtien Beach regularly stages competitions. October to June are the best months, when ideal water and wind create the best conditions.
The most popular venues are the northern and southern parts of Pattaya Beach, Jomtien Beach and Ko Lan island. Freshwater water-skiing is available at the Lakeland Cable Water Ski on Sukhumvit Highway (see below)
Lakeland Water Cable Ski
Cable ski around an enormous fresh water lake. Practise your tricks or learn to water-ski, a sport that is quickly gaining popularity. Open daily from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Admission: 300 Baht per person (for around 2 hours) Restaurant services available.
Located on Sukhumvit Highway, about 5 kilometres from Pattaya City. Contact (038)232690-2.
The most popular boats for hire are small Lasers, Prindles and Hobie Cats, which can be rented by the hour. You can sail year round in Pattaya's waters. For further information regarding charter, boat hire and weather conditions, contact the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.
There arealso a number of sailing dinghy and catamaran rental outlets on most beaches in the area. Better still, just a few kms south of Jomtien, is the world class Ocean Marina Yacht club where you can find everything up to the big ocean going yachts and catamarans. Click here for more information from their website
Pattaya Water Park
On Thappraya Road, at the top of Jomtien Beach, this fun water park includes gigantic slides and also has an amusement park and Jacuzzi. Ideal for families. Admission: 100 Baht for adults and 50 Baht for children.
For a quiet afternoon, you can fish in a local fishing parks; ponds or lakes well stocked with local fish, where you can hire equipment. The fishing parks charge around 80 Baht per day and extra for rod hire, bait, etc., (Some parks also charge for fish caught by the kilo, if you want to take your fish away)
If you prefer to go for the big one! The waters around Manwichai, Rin and Kram islands are popular for marlin, king mackerel and barracuda. Offshore fishing trips are organised by many local operators. Enquire at the tour shops.
is another high-flying sport. Done here with the aid of a powerboat, this is definitely a ‘bigger’ boys and girls activity. Operators for these high-flying views can be found along most of the west coast beaches from November to April. Do check the gear though and remember it’s your life or that of your children’s at stake should anything go wrong.
are plentiful in Jomtien and Pattaya. If your kids get tired of building ordinary sand castles then there are many other activities such as volley ball, beach cricket and the like to entertain everyone. There are simply so many things one can do on a beach besides shell collecting and catching a tan.