The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

Shifting whispering sands of Pattaya

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectPattaya Beach Restoration Project has restarted again after many delays. The photo above shows low tide at the beach in 2013. The Dusit Thani hotel is on the point.

2013 beside the Dusit

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThere was a pathway leading to Wongamat around the rock wall, it collapsed over the next couple of years.

Not a very successful solution

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThe experts decided to add sandbags in 2014, as you can clearly see it was not a good idea.

The beach is quite narrow at high tide.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectNot much beach at all at the northern end.

Beginning of February 2018

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectWork begins at last after 2 or 3 years of promises.

Sand is pumped through this pipe.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThe dredge offshore will pump sand through this pipe to begin the process of widening the beach.

More sandbags

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectI have no idea what use these sandbags are when they are pumping sand from the middle of the bay.

February 17 2018

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThe beach is definitely is definitely expanding.

February 20 shows some real progress

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThings are really starting to happen, soon we may have a nice wide beach. 🙂

March 5th, slow progress. week work stopped for 2 or 3 days, thankfully it has started again.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project February 24th 

It’s all happening here in Pattaya folks.

March 14, two diggers on the job.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project Not too sure why they build sand hills & dig lagoons however they are making progress as you can see.

March 28

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

Big changes at Dusit rock wall.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project March 28.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project We are starting to see some real progress.

The mystery has been revealed.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectFor weeks I have wondered why they were digging lagoons now I know. They are laying sand bags before covering with sand. The bags of course will provide a solid base that the tide can’t move.

Working like beavers on April 5th.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectAs you can see they are really moving a lot of sand.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project April 11

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectFour machines still moving sand.

April 12 & work almost stops for Songkran.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectMost of the workers head home to the country for Songkran celebrations.

Sandbags on the Beach April 21

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectWork is in full swing again after Songkran.

The Dusit Thani Hotel May 2nd

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project started in front of the Dusit Thani hotel.

May 5th & it’s full steam ahead.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectA local newspaper reported this week that the project would be completed by August 2018, personally I think it will be more like 2019. 🙂

Pumping sand

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project In comes the sand from the offshore dredge.

May 16 & the focus has moved to the north end.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectI wish I could understand the reason behind the sandcastles. 🙂

Very low tide on May 17

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectNotice how far offshore they are laying sand bags.

A mystery…….

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectWhere do all the bags come from, are they filled by the excavators of trucked in?

You can see how low the tide is.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

A great view of Pattaya Beach from the Dusit Hotel.

June 18

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project Work is focusing around the point.


Pattaya Beach Restoration Project At least they are still hard at it. 🙂 

Phase 2 July 13 2018.

Work in progress, more to follow.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.


  1. David, it looks like they are making a serious attempt to resolve the problem this time. The bulker-bags of sand will likely be used to top dress the dredged material once the beach is finished. Let’s hope this project is more successful than the previous attempts at beach restoration (not to mention flood water mitigation, overhead wires, footpaths, etc). I’m sure the evicted deck chair brigade will already be marking out their territory. Cheers.

    • So far so good Stuart, however I have seen many projects stall when they run out of money. Lets hope this time they go the distance.