Pattaya is a great place for a golf holiday with more than 25 golf courses suitable for international golfers. Pattaya is very accessible and is around 90 minutes from Suvarnabhumi international airport and it takes about 30 minutes longer from the centre of Bangkok. It also has its own airport at Uttapao which was originally built by the Americans during the Vietnam war and has now opened up as a commercial airport serving more and more regional carriers. It is also possible to take a ferry from Hua Hin and we can now offer some interesting golf packages combining both these destinations.
We have many different golf packages available and our Best of Pattaya golf holiday includes six nights accommodation and five rounds, which leaves you one rest day in the middle to explore or relax on the beach. For those of you who have less time or are perhaps visiting Pattaya at the weekend, we recommend our Pattaya Golf Break which includes two nights and two rounds. We also have a number of other Pattaya holiday combinations combining Pattaya and Bangkok and also linking Pattaya with Hua Hin. If you don’t want to stay in a hotel, then try our Pattaya Golf Villa package where you can stay in your own 4-bed private villa with a full-time maid, and driver to take you to the golf course and also take you out in the evening.
If you would really like to do something different, then we strongly recommend you spend a couple of nights at the Chatrium Resort Soi Dao Highlands which is located in a beautiful valley near Chantiburi and surrounded by a spectacular golf course which many of our customers have rated as being the best in Thailand.
Pattaya is now a huge and growing city and you need to take care when choosing where to stay on a golf holiday in Pattaya as some parts of the city are not ideal for golf tourists and you may end up staying far from the main tourist areas. Fortunately, Pattaya can cater to the tastes of most people as some golfers will want to be in the thick of the nightlife whilst others prefer some peace and quiet and a good night’s sleep. To help you choose where to stay we have given some guidance below:
Staying Near Walking Street
If you want to spend your evenings exploring the nightlife in Walking Street then staying close by would allow you to avoid the traffic and crowded streets that block the entrance to Walking Street every evening. Not far from Walking Street heading northward back up Beach Road there are some market stalls selling a variety of goods including inexpensive clothing, cheap electrical goods and souvenirs. Also close by is the large Royal Garden shopping and entertainment building which has some good quality shops and one floor dedicated to some famous food franchises such as McDonalds, Burger King and KFC. On the top floor is a cinema multiplex that shows both the latest Thai and western movies.
Central Pattaya Beach
Pattaya’s Beach Road, which stretches over 3km is wall-to-wall hotels, bars, shops and restaurants but the middle part of the beach near the streets of Soi 7 and Soi 8 is very popular with golfers. As well as being the location of Central Festival Pattaya Beach which is a huge shopping and entertainment complex it is also home to some of the wildest nightlife. Soi 7 and Soi 8 have become a popular alternative entertainment area to Walking Street with generally cheaper drink prices and it remains one of the busiest party spots in town.
North Pattaya Beach
This is the place to stay if you don’t want to be near the really noisy nightlife and with the “baht” shuttlebus service it’s really easy to reach other parts of the city. The area has been significantly enhanced by the opening of the massive Terminal 21 shopping centre which has hundreds of shopping outlets including most major brands and two floors of restaurants serving every food imaginable. Lots of hotels to choose from here and there is accommodation to suit most budgets. Another great advantage for golfers is that it gives easy access to all of the golf courses as the highway is only 10 minutes away.
Soi Buakhao, Soi Diana & Soi LK
Sometimes overlooked by first-time visitors this is a preferred location of many repeat visitors to Pattaya who come back here so that they can avoid paying inflated tourist prices as the cost of most things here are much lower than Pattaya’s other tourist areas. Bars and restaurants are located along most of Soi Buakhao but it’s the area where it connects with Soi Diana where most of the action is. Soi Diana, which leads to Second Road, has plenty of bars which also continue into Soi LK.
With its local night-time attractions, inexpensive prices and easy access to other entertainment areas this part of Pattaya region has lots to recommend it.
There are so many golf courses in Pattaya that it is quite easy to put together a golf package to suit most budgets. Most people want to play the best courses such as Siam Country Club, Laem Chabang and Chee Chan, but many of the cheaper golf courses in Pattaya are in great condition and whilst the clubhouse and facilities may not be up to the standard of the premium courses, you will not be disappointed.
The best time to visit Pattaya to enjoy the best weather is from November through April when you are pretty much guaranteed continuous sunshine and very little rain. During the rest of the year, the weather is still hot, but you will get more rain although the rain showers tend to come in short bursts and it is very unusual to be totally rained off. The big advantage of travelling to Pattaya for a golf holiday during the summer season is that golf prices are around 30 – 40% cheaper.