The ever – popular J O M T I E N B E A C H

Long before Pattaya become a famous destination, Jomtien Beach has already carved a rich of its own – at least among local beachgoers who adored it for its pearly white sand and long straight beach. Albeit a little late, there’s a renewed tourist interest in Jomtien. One an ordinary day, the resort looks like a busy carnival ground.

Colorful umbrellas dot the whole stretch of the beach and sun worshippers in all kinds of swimwear – skimpy or otherwise – spice up the scene. They make interesting foreground to the huge palm leaves that frame the overhead. The gentle breeze completes a trop ical beach tableau. Jomtien was an ole fishing village and a favorite picnic destination among Bangkok residents.

Its white sand beach obviously was the main attraction. It wasn’t the country’s water sport center then. That distinction come much, much later. Today, Jomtien is more popular as a water sport destination. The six-kilometer long, largely straight beach, located around the headland from Pattaya, is popular with waters ports enthusiasts. It is also quieter and more relaxing than Pattaya Beach. Hotels and other accommodation facilities are available along the road that runs parallel to the shore.

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Windsurfing is the beach’s most popular water sports, especially from October through June. These months have the ideal water and wind conditions for windsurfing. Other water sports popular at Jomtien are skydiving, kite boarding, parasailing and water- skiing. These is little in the way of shopping or beer bars one Jomtien, which is essentially a residential area with beachside hotels, bungalow complexes, condominiums and restaurants. Jomtien is also home to Pattaya Park, an entertainment complex with a water park, roller coaster, monorail and children’s activities. The 56-story Pattaya Park tower is a Pattaya landmark and can be seen virtually from anywhere in the city.

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