It might not be the first thing that would come to mind, but water sports and activities for kids are plentiful around the city of Pattaya, Thailand. Located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, this beautiful vacation destination is the perfect spot for the whole family, providing a little something for everyone from morning into the night. The gorgeous blue waters surrounding the entire area provide a great backdrop for a variety of water sports that are available for kids of all ages and sizes.
The Vimantaitalay Tourist Submarine
The opportunity to take the kids on a real submarine adventure happens once in a lifetime. After a short ferry boat ride from South Pattaya Pier to the loading destination in Koh Sak, the kids will enter an underwater world for the first time. For 30-45 captivating minutes, the kids will get a chance to see all the residential, marine life that is native to the area from inside a secure submarine.
Pattaya Park Beach Resort Water Park
Located in Jomtien Beach area of Pattaya, the Pattaya Park Beach Resort Water Park is one of the most exciting water sports attractions in all of Thailand. It’s more than a water park; it’s a kingdom of outdoor/indoor entertainment. While the kids enjoy multiple water slides, wave pools and splashing around in one of the many swimming areas, parents can relax in the beach-side whirlpool with a cocktail in hand.
The two best beaches in Pattaya are Jomtien Beach and Koh Larn (Coral Island). These two beaches are known around the world for its pristine shores and crystal blue water plus featuring an abundance water sports, jet skis, parasailing, and scuba diving. Instructors are available to teach the children proper form and safety procedures.
Koh Larn – Coral Island is an island destination located offshore from Pattaya Beach, approximately 7.5 kilometers from Pattaya City. There is a total of six major beach areas of which Tawaen Beach is the most popular and engaging. Kids can enjoy a full day of water sports activities that are both exciting and affordable. Popular water activities include snorkeling, parasailing, jet skis, surfing, and swimming. For the whole family, a ride on one of the banana or glass bottom boats gives everyone a chance to view some of the most beautiful coral formations and sea life in the area.
For older children, the recommended activities involve snorkeling or if they are experienced enough, try scuba diving by the coast. There’s a vast stretch of beautiful and undisturbed coral around Koh Larn featuring a multitude of coral types, fishes and other marine life in the surrounding areas.
However as a safety reminder, when snorkeling or scuba diving around the said area, it is best to remind yourself to not take anything from the sea!
Underwater World Pattaya
This spectacle offers a peak at the region’s marine life from the best possible position, underwater. The attraction features a 100 meter long tunnel built underwater to educate children about marine life and ocean preservation. For kids who enjoy interactive learning, Underwater World is happy to provide the opportunity to swim and dive with many marine creatures as a part of a hands-on learning program.
For other attractions, children can use the facilities’ Touch Pool Zone. The Touch Pool Zone is an excellent experience to get hands-on with intertidal marine creatures such as starfish, coral, crabs, and shells. Visitors may even get the chance to interact with seahorses, turtles, fishes and so forth. It’s a great learning experience for both children and adults alike.
Underwater World Pattaya not only serves to be a place of wonders, but it serves to also be a place great learning too!
Other Activities in Pattaya
If the family is looking for other exciting adventures in Pattaya, there are several other attractions worth mentioning. These include:
- Pattaya Kart Speedway in Jomtien
- Horseback-riding at Horseshoe Point Riding Academy
- Pattaya Bottle Museum
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not at the Royal Garden amusement facility
- Fishing in some of the country’s most famous fishing spots
It’s important to note the activities listed above are but a snapshot of the activities available for kids. If you are looking for the perfect vacation destination for the entire family, you would be hard-pressed to find a better location that Pattaya, Thailand.
Many of these great activities and ocean wonders are located very close to Holiday Inn Pattaya; traveling to and from the hotel to the intended destinations are easy, convenient and ultimately, hassle-free.