Jomtien, Chom tian or Na ChomTien is a coastal town and a popular tourist destination that lies 3 km south Of Pattaya from Walking Street. Lying 125 km south from Bangkok’s Suvarmabhumhumi (pronounced- Sou-warn-a-poom) Airport. Jomtien is a relaxing and low key alternative to Pattaya’s fast paced go go go hectic energy.
Jomtien’s cool breezes and long sandy beach make it an attractive destination for families and singles alike who enjoy many of the nearby attraction and services Jomtien has to offer. Jomtien is also home to a large expat community and you will find beer bars and restaurants all around Jomtien who are owned and run by people of all nationalities from all around the globe.
In past years, Jomtien was kind of looked upon as Pattaya’s poor and neglected cousin, as Pattaya boomed ahead and got all the attention, Jomtien remained the sleepy beach town and apart from the esplanade, laid undeveloped somewhat, which is now its best asset as it still has abundant open and public space for people to enjoy, whereas Pattaya has reached a critical shortage of public space due to over development and poor management planning. Jomtien is now starting to catch up in the development race with new access roads and infrastructure being built and lots of new Hotels, Resorts, condominiums and apartments now under construction since 2010 to the present.
If you are going to Jomtien from Pattaya, then the most common way is to take a shared Baht bus from 2nd Rd over Thapphraya hill and down to Jomtien and Jomtien Beach for a 10 baht fare. When you see the Hanuman Statue or the Beach umbrellas, you know you are there. Other modes of transport include – Walking, riding a push bike, motor bike, motor bike taxi, car and metered taxi.
From the Airport
If you haven’t already organized your transfers before arriving at the airport, (which, by the way is a bad idea if it’s your first time here) then don’t panic as there are a few ways to get to Jomtien directly from the airport.
A Public Bus runs directly from Suvarmabhumhumi (pronounced- Sou-warn-a-poom) Airport, located downstairs on Level 1(take the elevator down), and walk to the left and keep going to the end, you will find the ticket booth to the Jomtien bus station, buses leave every hour, ticket price is about 126 baht per person, the bus will take you all the way to the Jomtien bus station and is the last stop the bus makes on the journey which takes about 2 hours. From the bus station, you can organize a baht bus (150 – 200 baht) or motorbike taxi (40 – 60 b) to take you to you to your hotel.
Metered Taxi’s and minibuses will also get you from the airport to Jomtien from 800 – 2000 baht.
Hotels in Jomtien and Accommodation
There are many great places to stay In Jomtien and you will find a room to meet your needs whether it is a cheap guesthouse dorm or a 5 star hotel or resort style, luxury penthouse.
Room rates start from a cheap 300 baht up, per night at a guesthouse to 10,000 baht per night for a luxury villa sleeping 4 people.
Again, all accommodation will vary in price and availability according to whether it is high season or low season and booking is essential in advance Between October and January to avoid disappointment.
Jomtien Beach is famous for being a romantic getaway and is perfect for lovers, people in love can often be seen nightly, walking along the beach hand in hand, playing and spending time together, with the gentle waves washing up on the shore, the cool breeze blowing across the water and the moon slowly sinking into the ocean, the scene is set for a wonderful time with your loved one, often easy listening music is being played in the background from the many restaurants and can be heard from the Beach.
Jomtien beach runs about 6 kms in a south-east direction starting at Dongtang Beach and extends further south all the way past Bang Amphur to Bang Saray. Jomtien Beach offers sand, sun, umbrella chairs for 30 baht a day, swimming, relaxation, massages, jet skis, parasailing, banana boat rides, food and drinks, souvenirs, volleyball, markets, beer bars and restaurants.
Attractions and Entertainment
Pattaya Park, Seafood and Thai food restaurants, Bungy jumping, A.T.V. 4 wheel adventure, Floating markets, Underwater world, Go kart racing, Beer bars, Shopping, Elephant village, Wind sailing, Island trips, Scuba diving, Golf tours… the list really goes on and on with the places you can go and things to do.