Many of Joe Lizzerd’s potential customers, and current satisfied customers looking to invest more in the Pattaya property market, ask us about the overall geography of Pattaya, and characteristics of each area, to consider when making their investment decisions. We hope the following overview and descriptions will serve this purpose!
Pattaya is a city located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand about 165 km southeast of Bangkok. It is within, but not under the jurisdiction of amphoe Bang Lamung in the province of Chonburi. The city of Pattaya is a self-governing municipality that covers the whole tambon of Nong Prue, Na Klua, parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. It is located within the heavily industrialized eastern Seaboard zone, along with Sri Racha, Laem Chabang and Chon Buri. It has a population of 556,916 and covers an area of 49.37 Sq km.
Pattaya city occupies most of the coastline of Banglamung (one of the 11 districts that comprise Chonburi Province). It is divided into a larger northern section that spans the areas to the east of Naklua Beach (the northernmost beach) and Pattaya beach (the main beach), plus the Buddha Hill headland (immediately south of Pattaya Beach), and a smaller southern section covering the area to the east of Jomtien Beach, which lies directly south of Buddha Hill.
Pattaya city can be divided into five areas. Below is a brief summary of each area.
1. Wong Amat
This is the area to the north of Pattaya nua and is considered a more peaceful, up-market location and a relatively new setting for condominium development. Wong Amat beach is considered the finest in Pattaya and boasts several of the higher end luxury hotels and condominiums. Limited beachfront land should ensure that prices increase in tandem with the popularity of this area from both Thais and foreigners.
This area is considered as the city centre. The section of beach from Central Road south to the harbour runs adjacent the core of Pattaya’s abundant nightlife area. Pattaya nua and Klang are the areas favoured by Asian visitors, especially Chinese & Korean. A large number of expats employees also prefer this location due to easy access of the main highways. The area of South Pattaya is popular among middle eastern, South Asian and Russian visitors. The area along Soi 15 Second Road is enjoying resurgence in popularity amongst buyers.
Located to the south of Pattaya and bordering Jomtien, Pratumnak is considered a quiet residential area with a mix of luxury villas, high and low rise condominiums. Pratumnak area features two beaches, Cosy Beach and Haad u Thong which are popular with Russian and Scandinavian visitors. Restrictions on condo development, limited availability of land and desirability of the area should ensure that property prices in Pratumnak will steadily rise.
Jomtien beach is about 1 km south of Pratumnak Hill. The locale is home to many high-rise condominiums, beach front hotels, shops and restaurants. The area at the beginning of Jomtien is considered busier, while the area located at the end of this beach known as na Jomtien is considered to be much more peaceful and less congested.
5. Na Jomtien
Na Jomtien Beach is south of Jomtien and partially does not have a beachfront road and is less developed as a result. The main road connection is Sukhumvit Road, which is located between 500–1,000 meters from the beach. This area extends to Ban Amphoe beach in the Sattahip district.
When considering renting or buying property in Pattaya, think about these five Pattaya areas, and whether their distinct characteristics will best serve your needs.