Thailand’s premier and most successful beach resort, Pattaya warmly welcomes pleasure-seeking visitors to enjoy an exotic beach vacation full of fun and entertainment. A sleepy little village some fifty years ago, today Pattaya is one of the top visited tourist destinations, where travelers are always wondering what to see and what to skip. Other than nighttime entertainment, sandy beaches and shopping centers, Pattaya also offers a great number of interesting water sports, among which scuba diving is of special importance.
If you’re seeking a dive destination near Bangkok, Pattaya is an ideal getaway with bountiful dive sites that will keep you occupied for a few days. Another advantage is that diving in this beautiful spot is available all year round. Any dive shop will help you choose from a range of dive sites around the near and far Islands in the Gulf of Siam that will suit all levels, no matter you are a complete novice or a certified diver.
Koh Sark, Koh Khrok and Koh Larn are around six km from Pattaya, featuring plenty of hard coral formations and reef fish, while Koh Phai and Koh Rin are among the ‘Far’ islands, some 15 kilometers from the shore that have amazing colorful marine life sure to delight.
Pattaya is also best known as Thailand’s ‘wreck diving capital,’ with 3 shipwrecks in 26-31 meters below water – the newest HTMS Kood; the 2003 HTMS Khram resting in off Koh Phai and the storied Hardeep wreck in Samae San waiting to be explored by recreational divers every day of the week.
From enjoying the warmth of the crystal clear turquoise waters to interacting with giant sea turtles to exploring more-challenging wrecks and deep spots in Laem Tong, Pattaya diving offers unrivaled experiences worth a try!