Home to stunning beaches, wild forests and dozens of offshore islands, Sattahip is a small fishing village on the gulf coast of eastern Thailand. Tucked away on a crescent-shaped bay, Sattahip attracts nature lovers and sunseekers looking to unwind in a tropical paradise.
Things to do in Sattahip
Witness the magnificent Buddha Mountain, one of Sattahip’s most recognisable landmarks. A 130-metre-tall Buddha is carved into the chiselled north face of Khao Chi Chan. Wander around a garden filled with lotus pools, temples and open pavilions.
Keen to meet the local sea life? Visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, where you can learn about the Royal Thai Navy’s efforts to protect the turtle population and see the hatchlings in the nursery pools. Visit during spring to help release them into the ocean.
Take a boat to Koh Kham and relax on the white-sand beaches of this eco-friendly island. Explore the diverse marine life and colourful corals on a snorkelling adventure or glass-bottomed boat tour. For a physical challenge, follow the hiking trail on the east end of the island or rent a kayak and explore the island’s hidden coves.
Discover the tropical oasis of Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens, spanning 200 hectares. Nong Nooch features over 20 individually-themed gardens and a spectacular array of plant and animal species from around the world, from bonsais and succulents to colourful flamingos.
Getting around Sattahip
Sattahip is a 20-minute taxi ride or private shuttle bus from U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport. Regular buses run between Sattahip and Pattaya in 25 minutes, as well as Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat. Ferries, local buses, taxis and rental cars are all available for exploring the region.