586 million baht project to expand Jomtien Beach to solve erosion issues continues

Jomtien, Pattaya, Chonburi-

The Pattaya Marine Department is adding more sand on Jomtien beach with a 586 million baht budget to solve beach erosion problems.

An update meeting was held yesterday in Jomtien and was led by the Marine Department Director-General Wittaya Yamuang and the Pattaya Deputy Mayor Banlue Kunlawanich.

Mr. Wittaya told The Pattaya News, “After a feasibility study was conducted, increasing more sand is the best way to renovate the beach and preventing beach erosion in Jomtien.”

“For the first phase which is 3.5 kilometers along Jomtien Beach on the Na Jomtien Southern End we have a 586,047,000 baht budget.”

“We have hired an Italian-Thai development public company to do this project. The project contract has started from May 30th, 2020 until November 15th, 2022 and is in total 900 days.”

“Sand is being taken from Rang Kwean Island which is about 15 kilometers from Jomtien beach. It is the same sand as we took for Pattaya Beach. The goal is to have a similar beach size for Jomtien Beach as Pattaya Beach was expanded to.”

“When the project is complete, the beach will be about 50 meters wide.”

“The success of the beach renovation by increasing sand along 2.8 kilometers on Pattaya beach drove positive feedback overall and we hope to have the same for Jomtien. Tourists, beach operators and vendors are happy with this solution.” Wittaya continued.

“This way we aim to support the future tourism industry in Pattaya. We have estimated about at least nine million tourists per year will visit Pattaya and Jomtien when the Covid-19 situation completely subsides which will generate more than 60,000 million baht per year.” Wittaya said, noting that Pattaya welcomed over nine million tourists in 2019 and was the nineteenth most visited city in the world.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.