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Jomtien Beach

Located to the south of Pattaya, you will find a 6km stretch of sand known as Jomtien Beach. Jomtien is regarded as being far quieter than Pattaya, certainly in terms of its nightlife but that definitely doesn’t mean that you will be short of things to do. Jomtien’s beach is far tidier than those you will find in Pattaya with the sea also being cleaner as less cluttered with boats. There are also far fewer vendors which is a welcome relief although you will find a small selection wandering around selling cheap seafood snacks and the such like.

Some people find that lazing on the beach all day just isn’t for them but this is definitely not a problem as there is still plenty to keep you occupied. Close by you will find a wide selection of waterparks including Ramayana, Cartoon Network Amazone and Pattaya Park. Slightly further out you will also find the famous Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, the Floating Market, Silverlake Vineyard and number of other religious and cultural attractions. Jomtien and the surrounding area also have an abundance of quality restaurants and a great choice of hotels that cover all budgets and tastes.

For either a place to live or a place to visit on holiday, Jomtien Beach is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Pattaya and being just 2km away from Walking Street, you are not too far away should you wish to visit the bright lights. You could be forgiven for expecting Jomtien to be very much like Pattaya when you initially see the high-rise condominiums and large hotels. However, you will find the area has a far more sedate feel with friendly locals, Bangkokians visiting for a short break, plenty of families as well as retired expats.

Things To Do

Jomtien has been a spot for those who enjoy tranquility and would like to escape from the hustle and bustle of the entertainment area. In addition to some of the activities that we have already mentioned you may want to consider some of the other options. Within an hour’s drive of Jomtien, you will find over 20 excellent golf courses with Phoenix being probably the closest. On the Sukhumvit Road, close to the Soi Chaiyaphruek junction you will find the Underwater World Aquarium, Floating Market and Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens that are all excellent places to visit for a family day out. Jomtien Beach boasts the largest amount of beachfront restaurants and cafes most of which offer fresh seafood, live music and fantastic sunset views over the ocean. In the last few years, the entire beach walk promenade has been completely rebuilt and improved with palm trees now strategically placed rather than having something of an ad-hoc feel as they had in the past.

Location

There are plenty of quality restaurants in the area and here you will find some of the best in the whole area such as the Glasshouse and Baco Beach Italian restaurant. The nightlife is nothing like that in neighboring Pattaya and goes by at a far slower pace and is more easy-going than some of the hardcore, frenetic bars you will find to the north. The area generally attracts older, more sophisticated patrons, so the majority of the venues match this by offering a classy, more dignified experience. There is a wide a selection of bars catering for all tastes along with other leisure activities and clubs so enjoying a lively night out is definitely an option.

If you are into water sports this is the area that you want to be in. Here, along the beachfront, you can participate in a whole host of activities such as kite surfing, parasailing and windsurfing to name just a few. Jet-ski rentals are available in many locations along the beachfront. If you feel like venturing further out into the sea, you could always charter a boat visit some of the outlying islands, often referred to as the ’far islands’ and enjoy a spot of fishing, snorkeling or diving. If you are an experienced scuba diving or considering taking up the sport, you will find a number of reputable companies offering this option.

Location

Dongtan Beach is found at the northern end of Jomtien and is well-maintained, 1.5 km area of golden sand with plenty of shade available from coconut trees and other plants with broad foliage. Essentially, it connects Pratamnak Soi 5 with the beginning of Jomtien Beach.

The atmosphere is noticeably calmer here and the sound of traffic fades into the background, thanks to the ‘pedestrian only’ rule along the shaded beach promenade. A few quality restaurants and cafe are located along the beach and popular among the locals, family travelers and retired expats.

One of many good things about this beach is that it has the largest area set aside for swimming, and does not have the constant roar and sand churning of the speedboats which are part of the Pattaya Beach scene and increasingly so with the main Jomtien beach. Other activities available in this area include walking, running, cycling and beach volleyball.