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Jomtien Beach Pattaya
Jomtien has experienced a construction boom in the past several years, with many new condominiums and housing developments built in the area. Jomtien has become very popular with Bangkok residents seeking a second home, as well as with foreign retirees.
Jomtien Complex is an important real estate development located a block from the beach, and includes a large group of shophouses, restaurants, bars and stores. A recent trend has been the opening of many upscale restaurants along Thappraya Road, the main thoroughfare connecting Pattaya and Jomtien. In addition, Second Road (running parallel to Beach Road about 400 meters inland), was completed in the last few years and now features many new developments. Jomtien Market, located adjacent to another complex of about 60+ open-air bars, is now another focal point for beach-goers.
A large number of Russian and Scandinavian nationals visit or live in the area. In particular there are 2 large Norwegian colonies, called Nordic and New Nordic on the Pratumnak Hill.
Jomtien Beach is known for its water sports, including jet skis, para-sailing, scuba diving, and for several annual sponsored sports events, such as a Jet Ski World Cup event, and festivals, attracting visitors from around the world.
Jomtien Beach is about 1-1/2 hours, or 120 km by road from Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Bangkok international hub. By road, it is accessed from Sukhumvit Road and Motorway 7 from Bangkok. There is a new airport bus service terminal located on Thappraya Road just north of the Thepprasit Road intersection. South of Jomtien Beach, the U-Tapao International Airport (UTP) is open to air traffic, it is about 50 min drive, or 40 km by road.