Although Pattaya has it’s own beach right on it’s doorstep, it is far from the best that Thailand offers! Pattaya Beach suffers from many problems including floating debris, rampant development behind the beach, speed boats coming and going, run off from roads and drains during the wet season, murky water, beach erosion, deck chair vendors who take over most of the beach, over zealous beach vendors, the busy beach road….. the list can go on and Jomtien Beach is not much better! However there are some great beach options within easy travelling distance of Pattaya, Many will hop over to the nice beaches on Koh Larn but Hat Sai Kaew in Satahip is a great alternative!
Sai Kaew Beach is not a public beach but lies in the grounds of the Satahip Naval Base. For foreigners to gain entrance to the beach they will need to deposit their passport at the entrance to the naval base in exchange for a pass. The beach is situated in a sheltered bay and is around 500 meters long. Deck-chairs are available for rent from vendors behind the beach and there are plenty of shady trees for those who do not want to be out in the sun all day. There is very little speed boat traffic and thankfully the little there is is limited to the southern end of the beach, most of the beach is sectioned off for swimming only. There are a few food vendors behind the beach and one small bungalow operation. The water here is usually very clear and clean here!
Hat Sai Kaew Entrance fee
As Sai Kaew Beach is not public the naval base charges an entrance fee here. Foreigners are charged 100 baht and Thai’s are charged 50 baht
Getting to Sai Kaew Beach
If you have you own transport then head south out of Pattaya on the Sukhumwit Road in a southerly direction for around 20km, look out for the Satahip Naval Base main entrance on your right which is right on the main Sukhumwit Road. On entering the main gate you will need to report to the visitors office on your left hand side (about 20 meters inside the gate) and pick up a pass. Foreigners will need to leave their passports. Continue following the road into the naval base and follow the signs to the beach. Around 2 km in you will need to stop at a further office to pay the entrance fee to the beach, before continuing a further 2km or so to the beach.
Sai Kaew Beach Pattaya Map