during-late ‘80s to the early ‘90s-golf courses sprouted all over the country from north to south, especially over the six main tourist districts. The golf courses in Thailand are concentrated in Phuket, Hua Hin -Kanchanaburi, Bangna- Trad-Pattaya, Bangkok, Khao Yai-Nakhon Ratchasima, and Chiangmai – Chaingrai areas.
Pattaya may be known as the “Paradise Resort of the East” but it is also a place where some of the nicest golfing greens are found. Pattaya is a golfer’s haven with more than 20 world-class golf courses in and around the Chonburi area. Each golf course is well maintained, equipped with facilities that can only be described as world-class. Players are assured of a delightful tropical climate all year round. If it rains in one area, it doesn’t mean that it also rains in some other parts of Pattaya.
Package tour centers can arrange a place where you can play golf any day of the year, not allowing the wet season to spoil your lawn fun. While the quality of the courses is generally in tip-top international standard, prices for the facilities are not. Visitor green fees on weekdays start from Bt.300 to Bt.700 and during weekends green fees for non club-members range from Bt.800 – Bt.1,200 + Cart rental is Bt.500 – Bt.600, clubs rental Bt.300.-.Bt.500, shoes rental Bt.100-Bt.250 and umbrella rental is Bt.50. Regular stops at the relaxing watering holes encourage peak performance on the curses.
The luxurious clubhouse facilities and services complete a memorable round of golf wherever you play. Plus, at every course, you will be welcomed by ever friendly and courteous a staff characteristic of the Land of Smiles. Indeed it is no hyperbole to claim that hardly any resort in the world can offer so many courses of such high standards at such reasonable prices.
Although Pattaya is busy by Koh Samui or Phuket standards,
that certainly does not mean that it isn’t relaxing!
There is a wealth of ways to relax in Pattaya, so if you’d prefer to be close to Bangkok on your trip to Thailand, check out the luxury villas in Pattaya, nightlife of the town, and famous Thai massages that have made a name for this Bangkok satellite city.
Relaxation for many simply means not having to pick up after yourself, wash your own towels, make your own beds, cook your own food or worry about the state of the benches and floor! In Pattaya there are many of luxury hotels, service apartment and villa offers you relief from all this drudgery, with the daily maid service.
The Pattaya villa has marble floors, entertainment facilities and the feeling of being in a hotel – without crowds of people that you don’t know! It can sleep up to 8 people, and hanging around at this luxury villa in Pattaya, moseying up and down Jomtien beach, cruising around in the free hire car and sampling new taste sensations at the new Thai restaurant nearby are some of our favourite ways to relax in Pattaya.
Thai massage is another of Pattaya’s ultra-relaxing activities, and some masseuses will even come around to your private villa in Pattaya to give you a head, foot or full body massage at unbelievable prices. There are also hundreds of Thai massage shops in Pattaya, and you can even get one on the beach or in the market! They are designed to relieve stress and pressure over the whole body, with over 70,000 pressure points that the practitioners focus on.
They are an absolute delight! If relaxation to you means letting your hair down and partying hard, then Pattaya has some great relaxation opportunities. Pattaya beach road is where you’ll want to head from your luxury Pattaya villa for all the nightlife opportunities, like the exotic cabaret shows, karaoke bars, discotheques and nightclubs. Marine Disco is a great venue for house music from international artists, with free entry, and another free entry option on Walking Street is Tony’s Entertainment Complex.
The Hard Rock Cafe is a well known name in live music that is just as popular in Pattaya as elsewhere in the world – definitely something that you’ll have to leave the quiet comfort of your Pattaya luxury villa for! Golf is another of the best ways to relax in Pattaya – you can work out the kinks in your body and mind, focusing solely on the ball and where it has to go.
The Pattaya hills are known for good golfing, and there are several international class greens within 40 km of the city. The Siam Country Club has one of the most challenging golf courses in the world, if you want to lose yourself in the task at hand, and you can combine a weekend of golf with several choices of luxury villas in Pattaya that have courses on site.
Just off the coast of Chonburi is a perfect island getaway – easy to reach, its sights can be toured in less than a day, leaving one enough time for the beach. Ko Si Chang’s main draw, however, is its sleepy vibe and small-town charm that other Thai islands lost long ago in the drive to attract tourists.
Getting to Si Chang is easy thanks to regular mini-vans to the port of Sri Racha. When you arrive, it’s worth taking a look around. Because of the many Japanese companies based in the area, businesses cater especially to Japanese expats – every second shop is a sushi bar and most signs are in Hiragana. Boats to Si Chang leave hourly and aren’t for the faint-hearted. At first glance, they seem rickety and most are overloaded with day-trippers carrying fishing gear. Sri Racha is close to the Laem Chabang deep sea port, so there’s a lot of shipping and the ferry boats often weave between the bigger vessels.
Jump ashore at Si Chang’s bustling pier and you’ll be offered (in the laid-back island way you’ll learn to appreciate) a Tuk-Tuk. These aren’t the cramped and view-blocking Bangkok versions, but large four-seaters with room to stretch out. It’s cheaper to take the same driver if you want to see the sights. If you’re just here for a beach break, the island’s best spot is the bay of Tham Phang, on the west coast.
There is a nice stretch of sand and sheltered swimming with no annoying jet-skis. I like to spend the day sitting under the beach umbrellas eating fresh crabs or barbequed shrimps, but there are other attractions if you can get out of your deck-chair. And it’s worth exploring Si Chang. Despite being small, the island plays its part in Thai history.
Thailand is justly proud of having never been colonised, but Si Chang was briefly taken over by the French in 1893 during a struggle over control of Laos. Until then, the island had been a getaway for King Rama V the Great, who built his teakwood home here: the Manthatratanarote Royal Mansion.
The small-island charm of Si Chang After the Gallic incursion, the mansion was taken down and rebuilt in Bangkok where it’s now better known as Vimanmek Palace. But the lovely landscaped gardens are still intact and show it must have been a glorious place in its heyday with inviting bathing pools under the trees, made up like natural grottos.
While only the foundations of the palace are still in place, the sturdy teak homes King Rama V the Great built for people to recuperate from illness still stand, with grand views of the Thai coast. Take a walk out on the handsome wooden pier and you can see dozens of international ships at anchor. It seems little has changed since the 17th century when the island was called Amsterdam due to the huge number of vessels belonging to the
Dutch East India Company. Do visit the sprawling Chinese temple on the hill known as San Chao Pho Khao Yai, with its colorful dragons, mystical murals and ancient statues. A cutecable car is there to take you up the hill. Further above the temple is a replica of a Buddha Footprint in its own shrine. The view from the top will take your breath away, if there’s any left, as it’s an exhausting climb. Top tip: there is a back road to the top where your driver can drop you off. The relic was brought from India by Prince Damrong Rajanuphab in 1892 and is now a pilgrimage site.
When staying overnight, enjoy the sunset views from the Tham Phang point before visiting the old town to eat. There are seafood places by the roadside cooking freshly caught produce. There’s no nightlife on the island, other than watching the locals wandering round chatting in their pajamas. It seems a long way from partying Pattaya, down the coast. But this little slice of yesteryear offers the perfect break.