SattahipEastern Thailand, at the southwest tip of Chonburi Province.
Sattahip is twice as large as the Banglamung district in which Pattaya City is located but it has a much smaller population. The availability of land has resulted in the construction of many large tourist attractions. These are marketed as 'Pattaya attractions' to tourists visiting nearby Pattaya.
There are buses from Bangkok Eastern (Ekamai) bus terminal to Sattahip, but also buses going to Rayong, Chantaburi or Trat can drop you off on Sukhumvit Rd (Hwy 3).
Or to buck the trend big time, go by rail (3rd class, weekdays only) between Bangkok Hualamphong station and Sattahip. The fare for the 4.5 hour train ride is just 37 baht. Departs Bangkok at 06:55 and arrives at Sattahip after 11:00; departs Sattahip 13:35, arrives at Bangkok after 18:15. But don't forget, no trains on Saturdays or Sundays.
White baht buses (songthaews) run along Sukhumvit Rd (Hwy 3) and take you also to Pattaya for 20 baht. They may be adequate if you stay in Na Jomtien or Bang Sa-Re area because the beach and resorts are 0.8-1.4 km (0.5-0.9 mi) from Hwy 3. For points inland and further south you will be struggling without your own transportation.
Anek Kuson Sala (Wihan Sian)phone: +66 38 238367Anek Kuson Sala is an art gallery with high-class Chinese architecture and fine arts constructed in 1987 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s birthday. Inside is an exhibition displaying precious antiques such as the large white jade Bodhisattva Kwan Yin's image, terracotta soldiers and horses from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, an emperor’s golden throne, ancient paintings and pottery.
Hat Nang RamNang Ram beach is about 200 m long. At the tip of the beach stands the shrine of Kromluang Chumphonkhetudomsak, the Father of Royal Thai Navy. The atmosphere is very peaceful with shadowy pine trees and lines of frangipani trees.
Hat Sai Kaeophone: +66 38 436187 (ext 2201-2)A beautiful beach under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy and is near the Naval Ratings School. Accommodation for tourists is provided.
Hat Thian TalayA sandy beach alternating with rocks, covering an length of 900 m. It is a panoramic sightseeing point, with bizarrely shaped cliffs where a view of the sunset on the horizon can be admired. There are various marine plants for study, kayaks for rent, as well as restaurants for food and beverages.
HTMS Chakri Naruebetphone: +66 38 438547-62An offshore patrol helicopter carrier anchored at the Chuk Samet Deep Seaport. The king named the ship "Chakri Naruebet" meaning "Sovereign of the Chakri Dynasty". It was constructed in Spain in 1994. It is an 11-storey ship measuring 182 m in length and 30.5 m in width. It is equipped with modern weapons, as well as long-range surveillance radar. It serves as flagship of the fleet, controlling and commanding the fleet at sea, as well as an aircraft carrier and air defence mission. International visitors must write a letter to the Commander of the Royal Thai Fleet, Sattahip, Chonburi, 20180.
Laser Image of Buddha on the Khao Chi Chan CliffThe image is in the subduing Mara posture, cast by laser beams on the Khao Chi Chan cliff. It is a combination of Sukhothai and Lanna arts with a height of 130 m and width of 70 m at the lap of the image. The image called "Phra Phuttha Maha Wachira Uttamophat Satsada" was constructed in 1996 to honour the king. Inside the chest of the image resides the Lord Buddha’s relic. Moreover, the garden in the compound is decorated for relaxation. Under the supervision of the Royal Thai Marines and Navy.
phone: +66 38 429321, +66 38 429958, +66 38 709358-62, +66 2 2521786 (Bangkok)address: 34/1 Moo 7, Na JomtienA sprawling recreational park in a typical Thai setting. Groups of traditional Thai houses and gardens of different plants, for example, an orchid garden, a palm garden, a banana garden, a bonsai garden, a cactus garden and a heliconia garden, are dotted around the beautifully landscaped site. A zoo and a butterfly garden are also in the compound. There are daily cultural and elephant shows. Show times are 09:45, 10:30, 15:00, 15:45 and on holidays at 14:45. The garden provides a tram for touring around costing 20 baht per one round per person.
Suan Chunlakan Sathit Sathan Banphachon Siamaddress: Moo 1, Phlu Ta LuangA park built for Admiral Prince Krommaluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak in 1995. At a shrine with statues of Prince Krommaluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak and other significant persons in Thai history, as well as revered Buddhist monks.
phone: +66 38 431477 (ext 1035-6), +66 38 245760 (ext 066-3809)The Royal Thai Navy is a source of knowledge on the biology of the sea turtle life cycle for governmental agencies and groups of visitors. Visitors can admire the sea turtles in nursery ponds. The objective is to breed turtles and to increase awareness of the precarious future of Thai sea turtles.
Wat Sattahip or Wat Luang Pho IIts back side is next to the sea. It was constructed during the reign of King Rama V by Luangpho I or Phrakhru Worawet Muni who possessed knowledge of meditation and comforted locals in difficult times. In gratitude, they cast an life-size statue of him residing inside the ubosot. Lines of toei trees (Pandanus kaida Kurz) on the 200 m crescent beach add to the tranquility of the atmosphere. The northern side of the beach has a naval museum and monument. Toei Ngam Beach is under the navy’s supervision.
Wat Yanasangwararam WoramahawihanIt was constructed in 1976 for Somdet Phra Yanasangwon, the present Supreme Patriarch, and later was supported by His Majesty the King. At the entrance are situated international pavilions presenting each country’s national architectural style around the pond. Within the compound of the temple are the mondop where a replica of the Buddha’s footprint is enshrined, a large chedi containing the relics of the Lord Buddha, as well as, his enlightened followers, and Wihan Phra Yanaret. It is open from 08:00-16:00 For more information, Tel.+66 38 237506. Moreover, there is a place where the Royal Project for Agricultural Training Centre and Wildlife Preservation Area are located.
phone: +66 99 239-3642address: 23/4 Moo 2, Soi Najomtien 14has provided paddle board and windsurfing equipment rental, storage and lessons since 1978.
Bang Sa-reA fishing village. South of Bang Sa-re is a deep bay suitable for angling. To the north are accommodations and dining facilities along the beach.
phone: +66 33 004-999address: 888 Moo 8, Na JomtienA heavily branded water park featuring 13 different water slide attractions and shows with dancers and Cartoon Network animation characters.
Chong Samaesan VillageChong Samaesan is a village offering good fishing opportunities. There are bungalow-type accommodations and tourists can charter boats to enjoy fishing the nearby islands. These small islands are under the jurisdiction of the navy.
Hat Nang RongIt is a 200 m beach with pine trees, suitable for swimming and relaxation. There are various beach accessories for rent such as a hammock for 30 baht, a football for 20 baht. It is open every Saturday and Sunday and public holidays.
phone: +66 899 321 045address: Ocean Marina Yacht ClubYacht Charter, Day Trips, Sunset Cruises & Party Boat Hire.
phone: +66 3300-5929address: 9 Moo 7, Na JomtienWith a total size of more than 18 ha (45 acres / 102 rai), this is one of Asia’s biggest water parks. The park, which is designed as a modern water park built on an antique Asian city, offers 21 water slides, two dedicated children’s zones, a 600 m long lazy river and a double wave pool with a 150 m wide beach as well as relaxation and activity pools. The park, which is has natural lakes and islands in and around the park, and also includes attractions like a floating market, real elephants, and a maze.
phone: +66 38 237318(-9)address: 28/19-20 Moo 2, Na JomtienA shopping mall masquerading as an antique French village. Offers lots of gimmicky photo opportunities without and with staff wearing European fancy dress. A ladyboy show as an additional attraction.
address: 5/22 Moo 2, Na JomtienBeautifully designed restaurant on the beach.