Na Jomtien, Sattahip-
In a story that many of our regular readers will remember has been a recurring problem, Na Jomtien residents have raised concerns to the Thai media, police, and local government officials about encroachment by various businesses onto the beach, noise pollution, fireworks, and homemade bars open until all hours of the night.
This certainly isn’t the first time these issues have been concerns, as we have covered this story several times over the past few years. To be fair, after getting publicity the problem is usually resolved with joint efforts by local officials and law enforcement, but unfortunately doesn’t seem to be a permanent or long term solution, say local concerned citizens.
The area specifically in question is located at the very end of Jomtien Beach in the jurisdiction of Na Jomtien, which falls under Sattahip authorities and not Pattaya. This is near several popular Thai seafood restaurants.
The area just recently in the past few years has had their beach expanded after erosion previously nearly completely eradicated the sand. While local residents are pleased with the new beach and happy for people to enjoy it, they are also concerned about actions that are making life difficult for thousands of residents of nearby condos and tourists staying in hotels in what has traditionally been a “quiet” nighttime area, especially compared to Pattaya Beach.
Additionally, this area has only one narrow road without many lanes which although some proposals have been made to expand the road, as it stands now, the area simply cannot handle large amounts of traffic.
According to local concerned citizens, the current problems are multiple, including extremely large fireworks going off nightly, often between 2-3AM making it impossible for residents to sleep, bars open well past the legal closing time of Midnight (This area is NOT a 4 AM zone like Central Pattaya), some venues putting chairs and tables on the beach which has been forbidden in this area previously by officials, and overall noise and litter pollution.
Na Jomtien Beach Residents say they have made many recent complaints to law enforcement and local municipality authorities but have not seen the results they are looking for.
The residents told the Pattaya News that they are not looking for any sort of ban for people to be on the beach at night, curfews, or things along those lines but simply want regular law enforcement patrols ensuring there is no late night noise pollution, no illegal sales and usage of fireworks, and no encroachment on the beach.
They are hoping local authorities take action as soon as possible. TPN media will continue to monitor and update this story as needed.