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 

Shifting sand to Pattaya beach.

Work in progress, more to follow.

Houston, we have a problem.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project July 26 after a fair bit of rain in the last 2 weeks.

Storm damage August 4th

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

All the knockers will sit back as say “I told you so”. However I don’t think you can ever stop the storm water rushing down Pattaya Nua, + nearby Soi 1 & others that slope towards the sea.  Just accept the fact ongoing maintenance is required after every heavy downpour & don’t get your knickers in a knot. 🙂

August 10 2018

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project The Pattaya Beach Restoration Project has reached Soi 6 with about 75% of the beach to go.

Lets put it in perspective

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project It’s a long way before they reach Walking St.

August 29 2018

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project They really seem to be making progress.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project Lots of heavy equipment on the job.

Certainly making progress

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project October 11 2018 & they are now beyond Pattaya Klang or Center Road.

Heavy rains in September & October.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project Damage is inevitable at the bottom of Soi 6 but to their credit they repaired it 2 or 3 weeks later. 

November 1 2018 & the work continues.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project They have said the job will be complete by the end of the year but I seriously doubt it.

What are these strange things I hear you ask?

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project They are to assist with draining off the water during a storm.

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Pattaya Beach Restoration Project We will have to wait for the wet season to see how effective they are.

Only small sections of the beach.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectI’m not convinced there will be enough in place to be totally effective.

Rock breakwater at north end.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project Lets hope these rocks will do the trick.

Covering the rocks with wire mesh

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project OK, so I’m a little confused regarding to overall plan here. 🙂 So lets give them the benefit of doubt & just wait & see.

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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.