How to get the best possible hotel deals on Thai beaches?
Book directly with the hotel – by cutting out middlemen you save the hotel cash, and some turn part of that back to guests as discounts – and we take no commission.
We identify hotels that GUARANTEE, in writing, the best discounts for guests who book the hotel directly. See the guarantee list by the Thailand map, then contact hotels via the e-mail box on each hotel page.
DISCOUNT ROOM VOUCHERS – the very cheapest rooms on Thai beaches – are also available here for some hotels, but they are limited. See the list of Top Deals in the Thailand marketplace. Or e-mail Jade for help: jadebeachfront@gmail.com
For a more comprehensive look at Pattaya beaches, and related topics, see other guide pages within this site:

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Out of dozens of hotels here, only a few are right on Wongamat Beach

With no beachfront hotels on Pattaya Beach what-so-ever, all of our qualified beach resorts here are found on either of the two headlands, north and south of Pattaya's central beach.
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Wongamat Beach is the portion of this headland facing directly west. Here the beachfront hotels offer a quiet sanctuary from the bluster of Pattaya's attractions, nightlife and noise, allowing guests to indulge in whatever activities they like, day or night, then retire to a peaceful night's sleep on a quiet beach.
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The beachfront hotels here are generally 4-star and 5-star, and sometimes highrise, while just two have expansive grounds. The Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort has a whole water park within, and that includes swimming pools, children’s pool, an infinity pool, lap pool, large free-form pool, lazy river, water slides, waterfalls and other aquatic activities. This is a child's dream beach resort, while parents can find beach bars and seaview restaurants for relaxation and entertainment. See our photos.
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Naklua Bay lies on the far side of this northern headland, and is a quiet area with a narrow beach that's not suitable for swimming at all. The back of Naklua is a busy Thai community, though there is none of the razzamatazz and nightlife that defines Pattaya Beach. The impressive and quirky Sanctuary of Truth sits on the point where is overlooks both parts of the coastline.
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The Dusit Thani Pattaya is the second spacious resort on Womgamat. Built on south end of the headland, this is the only hotel that gives direct access to Pattaya's main beach without crossing a major, busy road.
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Sand
Like the sand on all Pattaya beaches, here it is quite fine and pleasant. The sand here is also reasonably wide, so there is some left dry at high tide. Only the spring high tides completely submerge the beach, and they come only occasionally due to the strange tides in the Gulf of Thailand.

Water
The water here is a worry, with the Pollution Control Department having given it very low ratings for many years. Lots of people still swim in the ocean here, but some don’t, particularly those in the know. We recommend that you keep your children in the hotel swimming pool and use the ocean as a beautiful backdrop for sunsets. The entire top of section of the Gulf of Thailand is badly polluted by the rubbish of tens of millions of people living in the central parts of Thailand, washed down to the Gulf in the river systems.
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Tides
The gulf of Thailand experiences very unusual tides. Instead of the global norm of four tides every 25 hours, the Gulf effectively experiences only two, with both high and low tides lasting about 12 hours. Then they stay that way for months at a time. It means you will most likely have high tide all day, or low tide al day.
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Swimming conditions
These vary greatly with the tides. Many of the beaches here are too shallow for swimming when the tide is out. And if low tide lasts all day, you will have to use the hotel pool alone. But if you have high tide all day you can choose. Since the bottom is mostly sandy along this coast swimming conditions can be quite good at high tide.

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Density of use
Wongamat Beach is not as crowded at the main Beach of Pattaya, and it is much nicer in general. However, in peak months there can be a quite lot of people on the beach, though we would not call it a crowd. See the photographs – some show the beach at peak season in January.
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Beach trees, umbrellas & shade
Unfortunately for both the beach and visitors using it, the natural beach trees along here have mostly been replaced by concrete walls and other constructions. It means you will need an umbrella to stay on the beach for any length of time. Or you can fight with the small crowd shown in our photos competing for shade under a patch of trees and bushes near the south end of the beach.
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Suitability for children
Wongamat is just OK for children, with the one drawback being the risk of allowing them to swim in waters that may or may not be polluted. So if coming here with the family, which many do, be sure your hotel has a good pool.
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Noise & tranquillity
Wongamat is quite tranquil compared to Pattaya’s main beach which is abuzz with speed boats coming and going throughout the day. But still there’s quite a bit of activity here and it’s not one of the real chill-out beaches that you find on islands and coastlines further south.
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Beach hawkers
Yes, this beach always has hawkers roaming the sands, some popular (those selling tropical fruits and finger foods) and others non-so-popular (those selling clothing and jewellery). If you completely ignore them they will usually leave you alone.
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Food vendors & stalls
As just mentioned, there are some wandering food cendors,mostly selling chilled tropical fruits, which are popular, and the old favourites from northeastern Isarn; roasted chicken, sticky rice and som tum. These make for a cheap, tasty lunch, and visitors keep the vendors busy pounding their papaya pok-pok with mortal and pestle making som tum.
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Beach games; volleyball, etc
Beach volleyball is about the only game you are likely to find here, and that only happens in a few locations at the end of the day when things cool down. During the quieter, non-peak periods the staff from nearby hotels will sometimes get a football match going, and foreigners are usually welcome to join.
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Jet skis, parasailing, speed boats
Yes, there some of all of these, but not nearly as many as on both Pattaya Beach and Jomtien. During the peak season most guests here are European, most of whom don’t want the noise of motorized sports nearby. Asian tourists, on the other hand, generally love their powered sporting machines, but they concentrate on other beaches.
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Sharks, jellyfish, stingers
Forget the first – the only sharks you will see in the part of the world are those babies being offered in displays of seafood. There are occasionally some small sea stingers here, but they are rarely a problem. The really serious stinging guys, the box jellyfish, have not been recorded around Pattaya, though some tourist fatalities have occurred in other parts of the Gulf of Thailand.
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Surfing, kite boarding, paddle boards
Sorry, there’s no surfing anywhere in the Gulf of Thailand – there are no deep ocean swells and the wind-driven waves are simply too small. Kite boarding, however, has taken off, though only be a few can be seen in the Pattaya area. Thailand’s active kite surfing scene is directly across the Gulf from Pattaya, on the beaches of Hua Hin, where the winds are ideal from November through March. Paddle boards are now available for rent at Pattaya, sometimes at Wong Amat.
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Kayaking, sailing catamarans
Some kayaks are available form resorts, but the straight coastline is rather boring for this sport. Beach sailing cats are available in this area, but only at peak period on Wong Amat. You can always find them further south at Jomtien Beach.
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Sunset & sunrise
Forget sunrise. Almost nobody is awake at this time in Pattaya. And since the coastline faces directly west, everyone is focussed on enjoying the end of day spectacle in the most comfortable spot with a cool drink in hand. Most resorts here do all they can to facilitate relaxing, enjoyable sunset viewing.
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Safety and dangers
While we have a whole page on potential dangers in Pattaya, the beach is generally one of the safest places – unless you still there late at night and somewhat drunk. Use good, common sense and you should be quite safe here. However, it’s also wise to read our full page on how safe, or dangerous is Pattaya for tourists.
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by John Everingham