Paraglide is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft comprised harness and a
fabric wing. The shape of the wing is formed by suspension lines and the
pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. Other instruments
include variometer, radio and GPS unit. Skydiving or parachuting is the activity
of jumping from an airplane at approximately 4,000 metres altitude and
free-falling before activating a parachute to slow the landing.
There are several aerial sport operators in Pattaya.
Aerobics is a form of physical exercise which combines stretching
and strength training routines aiming to improve flexibility, muscular strength
and cardio-vascular fitness. The exercise is usually performed with music and with
different routines to practice different muscles. In Thailand, it has become very
popular in all age groups, in particular older group. It can be done individually
or in group, alone at home, in fitness centre or in the park. Most fitness offers
classes at different levels of intensity and complexity and taught by certified instructor.
Jogging is a form of running at a slow pace. As a sport, it aims to increase
fitness without putting a lot of stress on the body like running. It is a low impact
form of exercise and a great way to burn calories and reduce fat deposits.
Badminton is a racquet sport comprising 2 or 4 players. The players have to pass
the shuttlecock over the net and will have to practice almost every part of the
body in particular arms and legs and move around the court. The basic rules simply,
players score points taken by striking a shuttle with their racquet so that it passes
over the net and drops in the opponent’s court. Some fitness feature badminton courts.
Billiards / Pool / Snooker
Billiards is a cue sport in general including pool, carom billiards and snooker
and sometimes refers to the following games more specifically, pool, carom billiards
and English billiards. English billiards is played with 2 cue balls: white and yellow.
The white and yellow balls are the cue balls of the two opponents. The objective
is to score some set points. The player scoring the set points first wins.
Snooker is a cue sport played on a green baize-covered table with 4 pockets in each
corner. Players use a cue to hit a snooker ball into other balls in order to pot
them. The cue ball, white colour, is used to hit other balls of other colours including
15 red balls and 6 other colours. The player wins the game by scoring points more
than the opponent.
Pool is also known as pocket billiards. It is played with six pockets along the
rails. 8-ball is played with 16 balls including a cue ball, 15 object balls consisting
of 7 striped balls, 7 solid balls and the a black ball.
Bowling is a sport that the players can score points by rolling a bowling ball
on a flat surface into the rows of pins or to get close to a target ball. Since
the sport has been popular in Bangkok and other major cities in Thailand, more and
more shopping complexes feature bowling in their entertainment section. It is not
only beneficial to the body by helping burning calories and work the muscle group
that are not usually exercised, it is also a social sport which people can make
friends and socialise amongst each other while playing.
Bungee jumping is an activity performed by jumping from a tall structure while
the jumper is connected to a large elastic cord. Normally, the structure is fixed
such as bridge, building or crane but jumping from movable object is also possible.
When the jumper jumps off the structure for free-falling, hovering above the ground
and the rebounds, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upward again then falling
back down. Some Bungy jumping offers a jump with a dunk in the water. Pattaya offers
international standard bungy jumping with a view of the lake.
There are 3 cinema theatres in Pattaya, located on different areas of Pattaya
2nd Rd. in shopping and entertainment complexes. They show latest both Thai and
international films. Schedules can be checked through the cinema website or local
newspapers. Aside cinema, Karaoke is also popular activities. It is a form of interactive
entertainment which one can sing along a recorded music using a microphone. The
lyrics are displayed on the screen.
Cycling & Mountain Biking
Cycling or biking is an activity performed on a bicycle, unicycle, trycicle or
quadracycle as sport, leisure or race. It normally takes place on paved surfaces.
Bicycles for rent in Pattaya are available in bicycle renting shops. Some hotels
also offer such service for their guests.
Mountain biking is riding a bicycle offroad and rough terrain. The bicycle used
for mountain biking is specially designed to enhance durability and performance.
Knowledge of some technical skills like ascending, descending, dirt jumping or aerial
maneuvers are required. The bikers may need special gears such as protective gears
including helmet, body armour and pad, gloves, pump, etc.
Dancing classes focus on creativity, choreography, technique, performance. There
are different types of dance such as Ballet, ballroom, Jazz, Spanish Dance, Contemporary
Dance, Hip Hop, Swing and more. There are courses for both children and adults available
from beginners to advanced levels. Private and group training are also available.
Fishing techniques includes hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping.
Fishing could also include catching other aquatic animals such as shellfish, crustaceans
and echinoderms in the sea or lake. Pattaya offers opportunities to go fishing in
the deep water as well as freshwater. Fishing gear shops are available throughout.
Boat services to the sea can be arranged through sport club or tour agencies.
Fitness generally mean the state of health and well-being. Physical fitness is
also considered a measure of body's ability to function efficiently and effectively.
There are a number of fitness centres providing trainings to general health and
specific part of the body. They offer body training with equipments such as treadmills,
rowing machines, weights and cardio equipments. Some also offer aerobic dance classes.
Fitness centres in Pattaya are located in convenient locations with a good number
of them in hotels and resorts.
Football / Beach Volleyball
Football is a popular sport worldwide played by amateurs, professionals at all
ages. It requires physical strength as it involves running, kicking the ball into
the goal to score. Football in Thailand is known as football or soccer in American
term. Pattaya also has football clubs that run matches on a regular basis as well
as facilities for playing football.
Beach Volleyball is similar to indoor volleyball. They are different in the place
and size of the court, the number of the team members and there are also some rules
that differ. The match is held on the beach with a net set in the middle. Undeniably,
Pattaya is a host of International Beach Volleyball tournament as well as local
ones. Beach volleyball courts are available at some beach resorts as well as a international
standard court in Jomtien.
Go-karting is an open-wheel motor sport. It is a smaller scale of car-racing
and considered a first step to serious motor car racing. The kart has simple, small
four-wheels with kart or gearbox. The circuits are scaled-down from motor-racing
circuits. The track or speedway is normally asphalt, clay oval track with
sharp and wide corners. Pattaya caters speed-lovers at all ages.
Health services in Thailand in general is excellent with good value for money.
Pattaya itself also offers a high standard of services. There are clinics, state-run
and private hospitals providing great facilities and latest medical technology.
Special promotions and packages are also on offer. The private hospitals may have
less language barriers to those of state-run.
Horse Racing & Riding
Horse racing is an equestrian sport. Its type and distance of racing vary by
country. The track is normally in oval shape and the race is based on speed and
stamina. Horse racing is the only legal gamble allowed in Thailand. It began in
Thailand 100 years ago. In Pattaya, there are some sport clubs offering
horse-riding as well as training for first-timers before taking the horse for a
stroll on the beach or on the track.
A hustle and bustle of the city may have influence ones to seek the serenity
and peace. Different religions have their form and way to practice it. It is the
disciplines involving invoking and cultivating internal state, a very effective
means to be at peace. Pattaya as a festive leisure and entertainment town, on
the contrary offers meditation retreats located in peaceful surroundings of
temple, fitness centres and hotels. Most of practices are based on Buddhism. It can be
done by one self or guided by teachers at the centres. Courses are also available. Local and
tourists of all ages and religions are welcome.
Muay Thai or Thai kickboxing is a martial art and the national sport of Thailand
that has been practiced by generation after generation. Muay Thai also refers to
Art of 8 Limbs. The fighters use punches, kicks, elbows, kicking, knees,
foot-thrust, clinch and neck wrestling to wear down and knock out their
opponent. It can be practiced as martial art as well as sport. It is one of the
popular sports watched and practiced in Pattaya. There are several boxing
schools and fitness centre offer classes from beginner to professional levels and
open for all ages, male and female.
Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport which requires strength
of the body in particular hands and arms to support the weight and ascend a steep
object, natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. It also requires endurance,
balance and agility. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of climbing techniques
as well as equipment usage is very important.
Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving which has become very popular.
Scuba divers need take their own source of breathing gas contained in a tank into underwater which allows driver to have more freedom /
flexible while stay underwater. Swimfins are used to help divers swim. There are
many types of scuba diving nowadays such as open water diving which is the most
common one, wreck diving, nitrox diving, recue diving etc. Dive centres are
located throughout Pattaya. PADI dive training courses are available at all
levels from amateur divers to diving instructor. Pattaya is a year- round diving
destination with similar temperature, visibility and diversity of dive sites
from shallow coral dive to wreck dive. There are 4 wreck dive sites and many
small nearby islands to explore.
Shooting / Paintball
Shooting sport is a test of accuracy as well as speed. Several types of guns
are used in the game such as rifle, handgun and shortgun. The targets can be
still target sheets, moving targets or live shooting as in hunting. Pattaya is a
popular venue for shooting sport.
Paintball can be played in teams and individually by hitting the opponents
with capsules containing paints from a paintball marker in indoor or outdoor
environment n urban or wood set up. The equipments include paintball marker,
paintballs, mask or goggle. The setup of the venue and rules can vary. Paintball
in Pattaya is popular amongst the local residents, Bangkokians as well as
tourists. Pattaya is also a host of international paintball championship.
Swimming pools are also a spot where a lot of people choose to unwind. If
ones choose to sunbath, sip a cocktails and enjoy freshwater, there are swimming
pools in most hotels and resorts as well as in condominiums in Pattaya even though some of them are
available to only their guests and some allow non-guests for daily rate.
Swimming pools at both hotel and sport clubs are normally well-maintained. There
are many types of pool for many preferences, lap pool, free-form pool, infinity
pool, olympic-sized pool or pool with jacuzzi and facilities for kids, etc.
Tennis & Squash
Tennis and squash are both racquet sports. Tennis can be played indoor
and outdoor between 2 players or 4 players in a match. Players strike the ball
to the opponent over the net and try to win by hitting the ball to fall on the
opponent's court. There are 4 types of tennis courts, clay, hard, grass and
Squash is also a racquet sport but played indoor. It can be played alone or in
pair in a four-wall court with a rubber ball. Pattaya has Tennis and Squash
courts at convenient locations in the city centre, mostly located in fitness
centres, hotels as well as university.
Thai Cooking Course
Thai cuisine has been internationally well-known of its delicacies. As its popularity,
people are more interested in cooking it, not only eating it. Thai cooking
classes are available throughout the Kingdom including Pattaya. There are schools
specialised in Thai cooking. Cooking classes are also run in hotels, resort as
well as language schools. The length of the course varies from a wrap-up 2-3
hours course to 2 weeks course or more.
Thai Language School
Thai language is a national and official language of Thailand. Even though
English is understood by people in touristic cities, learning the language is a
way to learn more about the culture, way of life. It acts as an access to more
profound understanding of the nation and helps travelling easier. Thai language
classes are offered in most main cities in Thailand. There are crash courses for
tourists, more in-depth for expatriates or full courses for linguists or
Watersports, a general term for sport activities performed in, under or on
water. Pattaya is abound with watersport activities due to the location, weather
and facilities. Examples of watersports available in Pattaya are diving,
snorkeling, sailing, jet ski, windsurfing and yachting, etc.
Yoga is a practice of mind, body and spirit involving physical postures and
poses aiming to create balance of the mind and body. It needs the practice of
movements, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and meditation. Fitness
centres have adopted the practice into their programmes. Hotels and resorts also
offer classes and facilities.