PARASAILING IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR TOURIST IN PATTAYA AND JOMTIEN – FIND OUT WHY HERE.
IN A NUTSHELL
- BEACH BASED PARASAILING
- PONTOON BASED PARASAILING IN THE BAY
- 600 BAHT FOR 15 MINUTES
PARASAILING IN PATTAYA
At 7 am you can see them, out in Pattaya Bay, 20 -30 of them, being dragged by tow line behind a speedboat, floating high above the water like a graceful albatross, without a care in the world, gliding on the winds of freedom as another beautiful day begins.
Yes it all seems like a tranquil past time but parasailing is actually a high adrenaline sports activity that gets you heart pumping to the max in no time flat, especially if it’s your first time, after that – you’re hooked.
THE TAKE OFF
The take off is the fun bit, where your pulled into the sky high above the water, the height can be from 50 meters above the water to 100 meters as you dangle from the parachute, landing is the important part.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART – THE LANDING
What determines if you’re hurt or not is the landing, it has to be perfectly timed with experience and skill of the boat operator, in the video below shows a textbook landing from a well experienced boat operator who makes it look easy.
The main location for parasailing in Pattaya is out in the bay on one of the 4 big pontoons floating in the water off the beach that can cater for large numbers of people waiting in line for their turn to go for a ride.
Other locations where parasailing activities from the beach can be found –
- Wongamat Beach
- Cosy Beach
- Jomtien Beach
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to the pontoons out in Pattaya bay for a parasailing adventure, you basically have to go by speed boat, you can book through your hotel or travel agent in Pattaya or like many people, talk with the beach hawkers who operate their services to those walking past, along the beach public walking path near Beach Road
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THE DANGERS AND SAFETY
Unfortunately because of poor training and safety standards, injuries and accidents happen in Pattaya and will continue to happen in Pattaya in the future.
Minor injuries as well as fatalities happen to tourist visiting Pattaya every year and the numbers seem to be growing, especially in the tourism sector and water activities, mainly to do with Jet ski’s, speedboats, drowning and yes – parasailing.
Nobody wants to get killed but accidents happen, and a of of accidents happen in Pattaya to tourist, while the majority of people will have a safe, fun and injury free parasailing ride a very small percentage will get hurt and even killed, so please take this into account when considering this activity
VIDEO OF A RECENT PARASAILING FATALITY
The following video is supplied by Pattaya One News and describes the tragic death of a woman who was killed while paragliding.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE VIDEO HAS GRAPHIC IMAGES AND DESCRIPTIONS THAT VIEWERS MAY FIND DISTURBING
YOU HAVE TO WEIGH UP THE RISKS FOR YOURSELF, SIT AND WATCH THE PARASAILING ACTIVITIES IN PATTAYA FOR A WHILE AND IF YOU THINK IT’S SAFE – GO FOR IT, IF YOU DON’T THINK IT’S SAFE – FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO, IT’S YOUR LIFE – HAVE FUN.
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