Pattaya has many excellent beaches, most of which are busy, full of activity and serviced by public transport. However, Cosy Beach is one that unless you know about it, you are unlikely to stumble upon it.
Firstly, there are no baht buses that pass it every minute of the day. In fact, it isn’t even visible from the roadside. To gain access, you first have to find your way to Pratamnuk Hill, where the entrance is to Big Buddha and the Pattaya City sign. But instead of heading up the hill towards there two landmarks, travel downhill on a road shown as Kasetsin on Google Maps.
Follow this road right to the bottom, where it veers to the right. A few hundred metres on, it turns right again. You should stop here and park either on the roadside or make use of the small car park to your left.
Even now, you cannot see Cosy Beach and it is not evident where it is but if you keep to the right of the car park area, there is a stepped tree lined path leading down the steep hill to the beach.
The path is not ideally suited for disabled people or anyone unsteady on their feet. The steps, vary in size and incline and are easier to go down than they are to come up.
However, the trek is worth it, once you reach sea level. As you escape from the shade of the trees, the sandy beach lies ahead.
It is a typical bay shaped shore line, with a rocky area on your left, which if you are careful, can be crossed, where another beach lies. But there is no need for you to wander away, for you are in an idyllic, tranquil location, offering a quiet spot for you to enjoy the hot sun, mild waters and serenity.
As you leave the woods you can find a couple of tree swings for the kids.
Head to your right and follow the curved shore towards the large hotels in the distance. The water is odd colour, like a mixture of air-force blue and ash grey. It is deep enough to swim in, without venturing too far out and there is a secure swimming zone, marked off with the standard orange floating boxes.
On your right, over a distance of around 600 metres are deckchair vendors that you can hire.
Should you wish, there are girls along the beach, who provide massages to anyone who desires to sit in the shade and be pampered. And of course, it wouldn’t be a beach venue without the traders who sell cold soft drinks, including delicious fresh coconut milk.
At the extreme end of the sand are locales where hotels have built up special sunbathing platforms for their guests.
You will see a handful of speedboats in the water. These can be hired by tourists who wish to go further afield, like one of the islands or a tour of the Pattaya coastline for example. Prices are negotiable and depends on how many are travelling, how long for and the size of the boat. If you are not happy with the first quote try one of the others. They also advertise their services at the top of the hill, before you descend to the beach.
Once you have decided it is time to move on and scale the steps back to the roadside, it is worth checking out some of the shops and eating places, a few hundred metres further along the road as you head up the hill.
The Chocolate Factory is a fine dining experience offering an indoor air conditioned restaurant and two outdoor sections, with superb sea views. You can enjoy fresh seafood or Thai cuisine, along with items such as ribs and pastas.
In keeping with their name, they also offer a variety of chocolates made fresh from imported ingredients.
There are speciality shops trading in swimwear, fashion accessories and gifts. As you begin to climb up the rising hilly road, there are a number of cafes and small businesses.
Do you fancy something completely different? Then checkout the excellent Reader’s Cafe right at the very top of the hill on the right.
Cosy Beach offers peace and tranquillity in comparison to the larger more popular beaches in Pattaya. There will always be people around but it is a wonderful alternative to Jomtien, Dongtan or the main Pattaya beach