Pattaya generally thought of as being broken up into the following areas; Jomtien, Pratumnak, South, Central, North, and Naklua. It is an area not far from the highway which incorporates the beautiful Wongamat Beach.
Naklua has high-class high-rise residential buildings with many condo units enjoying magnificent sea views. It makes it a popular choice amongst the ex-pat communities who live and work in the city and surrounding areas. Particularly those originating from Japan, Korea, and China who work in the industrial complexes to the north of Pattaya and find access to the main highways particularly useful. The predominant working community who enjoy the chance of being able to enjoy city life whilst still working in the Kingdom are for the most part younger than the mostly retired ex-pat communities found in other parts of Pattaya.
That is not to say that Naklua is not also popular with residents from other parts of the country. Visitors, particularly from Bangkok, are drawn to the five-star hotels and glitzy high-rise condominiums. There is also good quality affordable housing built by the likes of Lumpini, that is attractive to residents who enjoy the chance to live and work in the city. Everyone, of course, enjoys being close to the beautiful area that is Wongamat Beach and all that it has to offer.
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Considered by many to be Pattaya’s best beach, Wongamat certainly looks the part. The coastline is sheltered from the main section of Pattaya Bay, giving it a less cluttered, more exclusive feel. Hotels along the beachfront include the family orientated Centara Grand Mirage. Themed in a tropical style, it is somewhat reminiscent of the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and is quite spectacular. For a long time, the themed water park to the back of the hotel was for guests only, but now the lazy river, little waterfalls, slides, and jungle type walkways can be enjoyed by everyone for just the cost of a daily pass.
The Pullman Hotel & Beach Cub further along the coast has more of a couples vibe with plenty of events such as cocktail nights, themed buffets, and live music around the pool to be enjoyed. Many beautiful restaurants enjoy direct beach access from Soi 16 such as Surf & Turf and Glasshouse Silver. At the weekends, this is a thriving location with a laid back, relaxed Sunday brunch, island living feel.
Pattaya Nua, otherwise known as North Pattaya Road, runs from the Dolphin Roundabout to Sukhumvit road. It is home to many of the city’s main administrative buildings such as the Provincial Electrical Authority and City Hall. It is also where you will find Pattaya’s newest shopping mall Terminal 21. This impressive complex puts world-class shopping on the doorstep, a mall most visitors from Bangkok would expect, without the trouble of having to travel into central Pattaya.
For culture vultures, The Sanctuary of Truth, one of Pattaya’s outstanding attractions situated at the top of Wongamat beach, and it’s a must-see for anybody who visits the area. Generally topping every list of “Things to Do and See in Pattaya” this iconic Thai temple, is a unique wooden structure with a myriad of decorative carvings. They describe the many stories of the Kingdom’s cultural history, mythology, and philosophy. In the surrounding areas, you can also watch artisans at work on wooden carvings as the temple is continuously in need of renovation and repair. Plus there are refreshments to be enjoyed with displays of traditional Thai dance and martial arts performances.
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Naklua is also home to many food, music, and religious festivals. For example, during Chinese New Year, you will find the sois beautifully decorated with hosts of red lanterns and ornate decorations.
Indeed, this northern area of Pattaya and particularly the prestigious Wongamat part give the impression of having resisted the downward trend in prices brought on by the Covid pandemic. Especially when compared to most other areas in the city. The lack of available space to now build must be a contributing factor, alongside the feeling that the beach and the facilities that go with it give the area an upscale feel. Easy access to both Highway 36 and the main motorway to Bangkok is another advantage.
The land is very much at a premium as it has mostly been snapped up already by developers. However, there is still the opportunity to invest in a dazzling new project such as Arom Wongamat which will occupy the last undeveloped beachfront site available. As well as the possibility of purchasing units in Arom, for astute buyers, the current pandemic situation may also provide some opportunities to snap up some quality condos in this area at prices that will be left behind when the recovery comes.
The team at Pattaya Prestige Properties can help you find amazing deals at the most prestigious addresses in the area including The Cove, Northpoint, Saranchol and The Palm. To live in or for sound investment purposes, Naklua has some of the best facilities anywhere in Thailand.
It is well suited to the overall changes coming to Pattaya and when the emphasis turns to more family orientated activities and higher quality hotels and residential projects, it will be well placed to enjoy the benefits. And of course, it has the best beach in the city!