Phra Tumnak Beach
This is the headland that cuts the southern end of Pattaya Beach. It has a series of short beaches that host a wide range of beachfront hotels., from 5-star international resorts to budget beach cottages and sea view rooms catering to the Thai market from Bangkok.
The beaches here are small and narrow, and not special, though they fill one super important function – provide peace & quiet from the hustle and noise of Pattaya city. Guests here can venture out night or day to enjoy the many activities that have made Pattaya so famous – good restaurants, entertainment, conferences, sporting activities, family attractions, golf, shopping, bars or wild nightlife – then retire to the tranquillity of the beachfront resorts here.
The huge Royal Cliff Resort has been here so long the area is named after it. This is a whole complex with multiple facilities. The Sheraton Pattaya opened recently as a villa & spa resort close to the convention centre. Asia Pattaya is another resort that arrived early and bought up an expansive area for beach gardens. The quaint Birds & Bees Resort, built by the famous condom king of Thailand, offers beach cottages that slumber in a lush tropical forest. Golden Cliff House is a distinctly Thai beach hotel, somewhat off-beat, and suitable for... well, those who like it.
All here offer the opportunity to enjoy sunset drinks while watching the sun dip into the ocean. And the opportunity to be close to high-energy attractions of Pattaya, while sleeping in tranquillity, not traffic.
by John Everingham