Jomtien Beach, Pattaya
What used to be paddy fields has turned into a thriving beach. The 6-kilometre long Jomtien beach, largely straight, is located some 4 kilometres south of Pattaya and is ideal for those seeking for a quieter environment. This is the most notable of several beaches south of the resort due to its proximity and length.
Cleaner than in Pattaya, the beach is popular with windsurfers and watersports enthusiasts, largely because the area enjoys brisk and fresh breezes sweeping island from the Thai Gulf, and because the seas are less congested with boats than in the Pattaya Bay.
Jomtien Beach is also a major residential area with beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, condominiums and restaurants. If you need challenge, try Paintball and Bungee Jump at Jomtien Palm Beach.
Jomtien Fishing Park is a fun attraction, with in house rods to rent at 200 Baht. Fishing guides are at hand to help you if this is your first time, and a barbecue is available in case you want to cook your catch on the spot. Thai food and drinks are also available if you just can't wait. Every Friday and Saturday at 3pm, you can take part in the Jomtien fishing contest. There are prizes for the biggest catch.
There is also a small pond for families. Fishes inside the pond consist of Pacu, Tilapia, Giant Mekong Catfish, Carp, Snakehead, Red Tilapia, Catfish and Sucker Fish. You can use your personal rod to fish or the house rod, which is only a long bamboo rod with a line. Fishing in this small pond is free EXCEPT that the fishes you want to bring home are charged at 80 Baht per kilogram of fishes regardless of whatever fishes you get.
If you're particularly interested in fish, take a trip to Koh Chang for a weekend break and go snorkeling. See the fish, and experience the delights of the tropical Gulf of Siam waters. There's also the Pattaya aquarium nearby for a day trip in the deep.
And while we're talking about fish, Jomtien Beach is well lined with top seafood restaurants. Although these restaurants are predominantly Thai, there are some that will serve your fish and shrimp international style – French fish dishes, Scandinavian style fish dishes, and even Canadian fish dishes.
Jomtien Beach villas
Villas in Jomtien Beach cater for the family and couples holiday maker, looking to enjoy the entertainment extravaganza that is Pattaya, without being too overwhelmed by its proximity. The beach is fine for relaxing, far better than Pattaya Beach, and the local environs are fun if you don't feel like venturing too far beyond. Most villas are self contained and well situated near the beach.