There are several excellent golf courses in the Pattaya area, among the best known arc:
Asia Pattaya Beach Hotel
Tel: 0 3825 0577, 0 3825 0401-11, 0 3825 0602-6 Fax: 0 3825 0496
Bangpra International Golf Club
Tel: 0 3834 1149
Burapha Golf Club
Tel. 0 3837 2700-1
Khao Kheow Golf Club
Tel: 0 3829 8224-7
Laemchabang International Country Club
Tel: 0 3837 2273
Natural Park Hill Golf Club
Tel: 0 3839 3001-8
Natural Park Resort Golf Course
Tel: 0 3834 9370
Website: www.nparkgolf.com to-
Noble Place Golf Course
Tel: 0 3826 3158-60
Pattaya Country Club
Tel: 0 3842 3718-9, 0 3826 3445-7 Fax: 0 3842 3719 Website: www.pattayacountryclub.net
Phoenix Golf and CountlyClub
Tel: 0 3823 9391
Royal Lake Side Golf Course Resort
Tel: 0 3857 3275-9
Siam Comity Club
Tel: 0 3824 9381-6 Fax: 0 3824 9387
Sriracha International Golf Course
Tel: 0 3833 8375 Fax: 0 3833 8379
Treasure Hill Golf and Country Club
Tel: 0 3842 0766 Fax: 0 3842 0767
Motor RacingThe Bira International Circuit on HighwayNo. 34 and Highway No. 36 (Pattaya-Rayong) 15 km. away from Pattaya town periodically holds international motor and motorcycle races, while there are daily opportunities for speed enthusiasts to drive their own two-or four-wheeled vehicles around the challenging track.
Tel. 0 2971 6450, 0 2522 1731-8 or mobile phone 0 1782 1441
An air-conditioned handgun and rifle range is located at Tiffany's on Pattaya II Road. Open daily 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. Tel. 0 3842 1700-5, 0 3842 9642
Available at Jojo Horse Club at Marina Inn Hotel
Tel: 0 3822 5149, open daily 7.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m., and Horseshoe Point Resort, located 10 km. from Pattaya, open daily 8.30 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.
Tel. 0 3873 5050
Paintball is a game of skill, strategy and challenge normally played outdoors in a woodland setting. Available at Paint Ball Park on Thepprasit Road. Open daily 9.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. Tel: 0 3830 0608
The Pattaya Bungee Jump has been running for 9 years and during that time many hundreds of jumpers have experienced the adrenaline rush only bungee jumping can provide. Also available at Paint Ball Park on Thepprasit Road. Open daily 10.00 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Tel. 0 3830 0608
Muai Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army. Muai Thai is unique in having a splendid opening ritual, known as Wai Khru, a ceremony paying homage to the fighters teacher and guardian spirits before fighting. This shows gratitude for knowledge imparted and asks for victory in the fight ahead. Boxing venues are available on Thepprasit Road. Sityodthong Boxing Camp, Tambon Nong Prue. open daily 8.00 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.in. Tel: 0 3824 9018, 0 3873 0079
Pattaya International Muai Thai Training School, open daily 5.30 a.m. - 9.00 p.in. Tel: 0 3841 0111
Tennis courts are available at many of Pattaya's leading hotels. Courts are normally open to all, but guests are given preference.
Squash can be played at major hotels where facilities are also available for visitors' convenience.
Dusit Resort Pattaya
Tel: 0 3842 5611-7
Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel Tel: 0-3825-5501-40 Ext: 115-6 Website: www.amtel.co.th/pattaya/index.html
The Pattaya Badminton Court on Soi 17 is open 24 hours a day.
Pattaya has three bowling alleys of international standard.
Pattaya Bowl on Pattaya 11 Road in North Pattaya. Open daily 10.00 a.m.- 2.00 a.m. Tel: 0 3842 9466
Wave Bowl on the first floor of Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel and Resort on Jomtien Beach Road
Tel: 0 3823 1350-67
P.S. Bowl on the 3"' floor of P.S. Plaza in Central Pattaya. Open daily 11.00 a.m.-2.00 a.m.
Tel: 0 3842 0965-6
There is a jogging track at Suan Chaloem Phra Kiat. Jogging is also pleasant along the promenade facing Pattaya Bay.
Go-Karts are available at the 400- and 700-metre tracks on Thepprasit Road.
Pattaya Kart Speedway
Tel. 0 3842 2044
K.R. Go-Kart Grand Prix, open for both professional and amateur drivers daily from 9.30 h:m.- 6.30 p.m.
Tel. 0 3830 0347
Siam Karting Circuit
Tel. 0 3872 7410
Best at Hat Jomtien, where tuition is available for beginners. October through June are the best months, with ideal water and wind conditions for windsurfing.
Sailing is a year-round sport in Pattaya's waters, and the most popular craft to rent are Lasers, Prindles and Hobie Cats. For more information, visitors should contact their hotel travel desk or the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.
Tel. 0 3825 0116, 0 3830 6290
Water Skiing The most popular venues are the northern and southern parts of Pattaya Beach, Jomtren Beach and Ko Lan, while freshwater skiing is available at Lakeland Cable Ski at the 150.5 km. marker on Sukhumvit Road. Open daily 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. Tel: 0 3823 2690-2
Expeditions arc organised by many operators, with the waters around Ko Manwichai, Ko Rin and Ko Khram popular for the pursuit of marlin, king mackerel and barracuda.
Parasailing This sport is widely available throughout the resort.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
Both sports are popular around Pattaya's offshore islands. The resort has several dive shops, and beginners can take PADI open water certification courses.
Major hotels operate gourmet restaurants, cocktail lounges, discotheques and nightclubs, and such establishments are well suited to family entertainment. Nightlife beyond Pattaya's hotels is more liberated, with discotheques, transvestite cabarets, nightclubs, karaoke bars and open-air bars. Most of these attractions are located along Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya II Road, and in South Pattaya. Pattaya is famous for its transvestite cabarets: Alcazar and Tiffany both on Pattaya Road.
• Alcazar Tel: 0 3841 0225, 0 3841 0224-7
• Tiffany Tel: 0 3842 9642