Activities for Pattaya visitors cover the whole gamut from lawn bowls to deep-sea scuba-diving. One activity that has caught on in the past few years is parasailing. The many thousands of visitors who have given parasailing a whirl say soaring above the magnificent natural setting of Pattaya Bay provides a cathartic sensation and is a definite holiday highlight.
Most parasailing odysseys in Pattaya begin at Bali Hai Pier. At the last count, there were five floating pontoons a short distance from the pier. Touts offer speedboats out to the platforms. Once at the platform, parasailers are strapped to their contraptions and then their speedboats tow them out to sea and the magical odyssey begins. The trips last an average of five minutes and once over the speedboat deposits the parasailer back at his or her departure pontoon.
The price of parasailing is currently pegged at 500 Baht. Companies such as Pattaya Sea Travel offer parasailing as an optional extra on excursions to Koh Larn or the other Near Islands for 300 Baht. Some boat operators on Pattaya Beach also offer parasailing tours from the same pontoons, but at varying prices which are sure to increase once the forthcoming high season arrives.
This 1Stop Pattaya webpage gives a rundown of the ample things to do when holidaying at Thailand’s favourite beach resort.