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Pattaya, Thailand

A Guide to the Best Places to Run in Pattaya and Ko Lan Island

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Pattaya is a resort city on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, located 100 km southeast of Bangkok. Rapidly growing and developing, the place is a mix of beachfront hotels and towers, shopping, and some seedier elements. The best places for running in Pattaya are the wide beach-side paths along Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach. It’s also fun to take a hilly run up Phra Tamnak Mountain and around Buddha Hill to enjoy great views and see the Golden Buddha and Giant Buddha. For a longer off-road run, there’s the 10.8 km loop around Map Prachan Reservoir, a few km inland from the city. We’ve also researched some of the best parks and roads that that are good for running in Pattaya and vicinity. Ko Lan Island, a 45-minute ferry ride from Pattaya, is a popular day trip — and features some nice beach and road running there.

A couple of notes about running in Pattaya: the weather is hot and humid nearly year-round — best to go early! Many of of the roads in Pattaya are congested and don’t have a sidewalk, so please use caution. Also, there can be petty theft, so be careful about carrying money/phone.

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The year-round heat and humidity of Pattaya must be taken into account from a running perspective. Average high temperatures are in the 30-32C (86-91F) range year-round, and nightly lows rarely dip below 24C (77F). There are distinct wet and dry seasons, with little rainfall December-March and abundant rainfall May-October (especially September-October!).

This is a major tourist destination, so there is an abundance of lodging of nearly any stripe. From a running perspective, try to stay within a km or so from the Pattaya Beach or Jomtien Beach waterfront roads/paths.

Since Pattaya is a shopping destination, you’ll be able to find running gear at outlets and factory stores of major shoe/apparel companies: Under Armour, Nike, New Balance, Puma, and more.

Pattaya Marathon. July. More than 10,000 runners in this popular marathon.

Pattaya Trail Half Marathon. June. Fun trail run in neighbourhood, plantation, and through the forested hills of Khao Pai.  12 km from Pattaya.