The attractive resort of Jomtien Beach curves around a tree-shaded bay on the shores of the Bay of Bangkok. Relax on golden sand and admire dramatic sunsets. Try watersports and enjoy family-friendly fun at a waterpark. Dine in waterfront restaurants and watch a fascinating Thai cultural performance. Jomtien Beach is a 3.7-mile (6-kilometre) long stretch of beach that offers a quieter alternative to the bustling Pattaya Beach.
The crescent-shaped beach presents a thin strip of golden sand framed by swaying palm trees. Find sun loungers and umbrellas to rent almost the entire length of the beach. Otherwise, look for a quiet spot to lay down a towel and gaze out across the bay. Sample plates of fresh seafood at the waterfront restaurants or purchase succulent fruits and snacks from the beach hawkers. Arrive in the evening to watch picture-perfect sunsets.
Those feeling energetic might want to try their hand at watersports such as Jet Skiing, windsurfing and parasailing. Situated at various points on the beach are schools, which offer windsurfing classes with trained instructors.
Away from the beach, the waterslides and whirlpool at Pattaya Park Water World are great for an afternoon of family amusement. Alternatively, take a taxi or songthaew (shared taxi) to Khao Pattaya View Point at Pratmnak Hill. Look south over the beach or north to the vibrant Pattaya Beach and Pattaya Beach Road. While here, check out the Wat Khao Phra Bat, a temple said to enshrine a relic of Lord Buddha.
Don’t miss the chance to watch a traditional cultural show at the Thai Alangkarn Theatre. Marvel at the demonstrations of Thai dance and martial arts accompanied by sound, light and pyrotechnic shows. There’s also a range of cabaret bars, pubs and restaurants set along the beach road. Prices tend to be lower than at Pattaya Beach.
Situated a short drive south from Pattaya Beach Road, Jomtien Beach is easily reachable via public transportation. Public buses, songthaews and taxis are all readily available. Consistently balmy temperatures make Jomtien Beach a busy year-round resort. Expect heavy downpours and thunderstorms in September and October.