Vacation Stuff :
Tell the old crone you flew 20 hours to take your childhood seashell collection to a new level. Make her bow to you at the airport when you return.
Golf Courses :
There are 18 golf courses throughout Pattaya.
Laem Chabang International Country Club
The creme de la creme, only 30 minutes out of town. Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, the course is one of the best in Thailand with 27 holes against a mountainous backdrop and plenty of water and sand hazards to challenge any golf enthusiast.
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Siam Country Club
Another old favorite is the over 30 year old Siam Country Club, just 20 minutes from central Pattaya. The 18-hole fairways are lined with big mature trees and there are plans to upgrade the greens. 865 Rama 1 Rd, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Thailand Tel. 215-3334 ( www.siamcountryclub.com )
Phoenix Golf and Country Club
The scenic 27-hole course never ceases to dazzle golfers with its dramatic sea views at the last 9 holes of the Ocean course. The 10-year-old course is not for the faint-hearted and promises some exciting and extraordinary holes. Note that it is worth trying to tee off on weekdays to avoid the avid golfers coming from Bangkok.
Ocean Fishing :
Thailand takes great pride in it’s deep-sea sport fishing. In fact, the most expensive rods in the world are made in Chiangmai, Thailand, which is also the home of 10 trout fly companies. In Pattaya, there are plenty of trophy catches to be made, featuring sailfish, marlin, Mahi Mahi, Dorado, tuna, and other species. Shallow island reefs are home to many species of light-tackle game fish including sea bass, barracuda, giant trevally, quccnfish,
and mangrove jack. Pelagic species like black marlin and sailfish, as well as king mackerel and tiger sharks are found in Blue water. Late November is a good time to go after marlin, tuna and any number of other fighting fish. Larger black marlin, up to 300kg, also found are yellowfin tuna (20kg), Wahoo (40kg) and numerous barracuda, Dorado and skipjack tuna. Sharks like tiger, hammerhead, bull and the occasional Mako shark take the bait during day or night-fishing trips.
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Gambling is illegal in Thailand. Guess they have high standards here. Of course, girls shooting darts 10 feet from their pussies and popping balloons are perfectly acceptable behavior.
Diving and Snorkeling :
There are several pristine islands with incredible coral reefs. The most popular is Koh Larn, about 8 kilometres away or 45 minutes by boat. The island is host to many white sandy beaches, the most tranquil being the 700-metre Laem Thian beach in the southwestern side followed by the lively 750-metre Ta Waen Beach in the north. In addition to the usual water activities like parasailing and jet-skiing, glass bottom boats reveal bejeweled treasures of colorful corals.
The adjacent rocky island of Ko Krok has a small beach and is one of the best spots for snorkeling. There is a string of islands about 20-30 kilometres away or 2 hours by boat from Pattaya known as the “Far Islands.” They have untouched beaches and extraordinary dive sites. The islands include Koh Rin, Koh Man Wichai, Koh Keung Badaan, Koh Hu Chang and Koh Pai. The Mermaid Dive Centre offers trips to explore the underwater landscape and a chance to catch a glimpse of barracudas, tunas, stingrays and moray eels.
Shipwreck Dives take adventurers to the final resting place of ships like The Hardeep, which is a cargo ship that sunk during World War II. Other wrecks include the Petchburi Bremen, an old freighter and now a hiding place for groupers and barracudas.