Dongtan Beach is a pretty place with paths in the shade of a palm grove, while almost in the center of the city and accessible by transport. This beach is overlooked by the territory of large and good hotels and condos, so the cleanliness here is monitored. The beach is not very crowded and quiet. At least that's the impression.
Although there are people on the beach. These are mainly European retirees. Gay people traditionally rest next to Rabbit Resort; this is a well-known place for their hangouts. There is not a cafe everywhere along the beach, in the part that is adjacent to Jomtien (in the south) they are available, European class and designed for foreigners.
In the north, the beach adjoins Pratumnak beach, where the audience is also calm and rather respectable.
The content of the article
- one Beach description
- 2 Entering the water, depth and waves
- 3 Sun beds and shade
- 4 Beach photo
- five Infrastructure
- 6 Houses and hotels on the beach
- 7 How to find the beach
- eight Beach Map
The beach is 1 kilometer long. This is if we assume that it starts from the police station and 7-Eleven, where Jomtien Beach Road turns at right angles and becomes Thappraya Rd. And stretches to a small promontory just behind Pattaya Park water park..
After the cape begins Pratumnak beach (it stretches for about 700 m more to the stones, beyond which it is impossible to walk along the coast), but, however, the border between these two beaches is purely speculative. Physically, it's all one beach. On the Internet, they are often either confused or merged into one beach..
The width of the Dongtan beach is about 40 m at its widest point, the open sandy part, by the sea, usually about 20 m. There is a conditionally walking path along the entire beach. Actually, both cars and motorcycles ride on it, just singularly, not in large quantities. Although quite often. But it looks like a purely pedestrian zone.
Between the path and the sea, in that part of the beach that is closer to Jomtien, there is a palm grove, along the sand on the beach - a strip of casuarins. These are such tall trees, similar to conifers, only with soft «needles». Small thorny cones are falling from them, and under them the air slightly smells like pine needles.
The entire length of the beach is deliberately clean and tidy. There are buildings with showers and toilets in two places, rubbish bins along the paths, massage on rugs, even a sign was seen «free wi-fi» In one place.
Entering the water, depth and waves
Almost along the entire beach, the swimming area is surrounded by buoys, from above it looks like a huge bracket 900 m long. The part that is opposite the Pattaya Park water park, adjacent to a small cape, with practically no shade and sun loungers, is without buoys. It's like a wild part of Dongtan Beach. At high tide, entry into the water is quite sharp, after a few meters it is already above the belt.
During low tide, especially at its extreme stage, you need to walk ankle-deep in water for a long time, more than ten meters. Strong waves at the end of the season, wind. The bottom is good, without large stones and shells. The sea is mostly calm during the season. During low tides, from the end of February, especially during the hot season, there are often strong winds and waves. Swimming in Dongtan during big waves is difficult.
Sun beds and shade
There are several zones along the beach. After 7-Eleven and the police station, there is a parking lot and a wide palm grove along the beach. Casuarins grow closer to the water. Between the water and the grove, there is little free sand, only a few meters. Under the casuarins there are dense rows of sunbeds and sun loungers under umbrellas. The first row is almost in the surf.
After 350 meters, the trees almost disappear and there is a zone of continuous umbrellas and sunbeds under them, in many rows. Then there is an almost wild beach, closer to the path, casuarines grow, under them there is free sand, you can sit and lie on your rugs. A little further, the trees end, a wide strip of sand without shade and a volleyball court. It is opposite the fence of the Pattaya Park water park. Then the cape begins Pratumnak beach.
In 2017, renovations began in Dongtan. We are waiting for what they will do. But while there is a construction site, it is not worth staying at a hotel here, in my opinion. Although the construction site is only in that part of it, which is adjacent to Jomtien. At the beginning. In the opposite part, which is next to Pattaya Park and Pratamnak, it is calm.
There are no large shops on the beach as such, on the border of the beach with Jomtien there is 7-Eleven, then there are several cafes for Europeans. In the same place, next to the parking lot - outdoor fitness in the evenings.
At the cape, next to Pattaya Park, there is a rental of boards and windsurfing, a beach volleyball court. The rest is standard water activities such as jet skis and bananas. Vendors walk along the beach, stalls with drinks, coconuts and the simplest snack.
The biggest attraction of the beach is Pattaya Park water park and its tower, which offers a breathtaking view of Pattaya. From it you can go down the cable car directly to the beach..
Then you can walk along the sea to Pratumnak beach and then go to 5th street, i.e. be in the Pratumnak area. Between Tappraya Street and Welcome World Resort & Spa is «gay quarter», next to Rabbit Resort, the beach is also considered «them» place.
Houses and hotels on the beach
Closest to Jomtien and Tappraya street there are large condo complexes Vyutalay 7 and Vyutalay 5, here you can rent an apartment for a long time.
Around the same place there is a large hotel complex Welcome World Beach Resort & Spa and Avalon Beach Resort Pattaya. In this part, closer to Jomtien, there are also small guesthouses, but in the interior of the area, without access to the sea. The exception is B.B House, it is small, but it stands right next to the path along the beach.
Closes the series of hotels, whose territories overlook the Rabbit Resort beach, then the wasteland and the territory of the Pattaya Park water park and the Pattaya Park Water World Hotel. After the cape, there are also hotels and condos, but they are more related to Pratumnak beach.
There are no houses for rent right on the beach, at least at affordable prices, you should look for them in the Jomtien area and inland from Dongtan beach, closer to the city center. Several expensive villas by the sea can be seen on the border of Dongtan and Pratumnak Beach.
Hotels in Pattaya>
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For example, here are direct links to the hotels listed above:
- Vyutalay 7
- Vyutalay 5
- Welcome World Beach Resort & Spa
- Avalon Beach Resort Pattaya
- Rabbit Resort
- Pattaya Park Water World Hotel
How to find the beach
Dongtan is between the beaches Pratumnak and Jomtien. I must admit that many call Dongtan Pratumnak beach and vice versa. There is no clear border between these two beaches, physically all these beaches: Pratamnak, Dongtan, Jomtien are one coastline. Moreover, straight, without concavities.
The easiest way to get to Dongtan is from Jomtien - if you walk in a straight line along Beach Road, Dongtan begins behind the police station. The place looks like a sharp turn on Beach Rd. to the right, from the sea, and turning it into Thappraya street. But right, between the police station and 7-Eleven, the path along Dongtan begins..
The other end of the beach is a cape, in front of which there is a long fence of the Pattaya Park water park. Behind the cape, this is Pratamnak beach, which faces the 5th street of the Pratumnak district. Going out on it to the beach and turning left, in 5 minutes we walk to Dongtan.
You can get to the beach by public transport in the same way as to Jomtien. Exit at the corner of Tappraya and First Beach Road Jomtien, near the 7-Eleven store. In the same place, at the beginning of the beach, there is a large parking lot for personal vehicles. Further along the beach - on foot, along the path. True, motorcycles, and cars on it from time to time also ride, but local. It is not only possible to ride a bike here, but it is also very convenient..
Dongtan Beach Map
Dongtan Beach Map: