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Ocean Pollution At Pattaya Beach

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I have a travel guide that goes on at some length about the inadvisability of swimming at Pattaya Beach because of sewage pollution. Haven't been able to find anything else confirming or denying that.

Does anyone have information? Is the water really so ppor one should not go in? Thanks!

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Appart from the chance of being killed by a jet ski or speed boat there is also a good chance of literaly swallowing raw sewage. I often find it hard to believe that ferangs swim in the sea in Pattaya. Think Bombay midden and you will be near to the mark :o

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A lot better than it used to be, there is a pumping station near the entrance to Walking St, all I think this does is filter out the solid stuff and pump the rest out to sea, If you go out on a boat at the right time you can see a very brown streak heading towards the private beach of one of Pattaya's top hotels.

Best not to swim Pattaya beach, jomtien is better and for the best beachs get a boat out to Koh Larn for the day.

BB

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At the moment Pattaya and Jomtien are sewage, garbage, dead fish and jellyfish-heaven....i am on the beach daily below the hill and go swimming most of the days, the first hundred yards you will be wading through any kind of refuse you can imagine...never got sick yet...probably acquired immunity over the years..

once in the while i try wongamat, that is usually the best, with most germans and russians..

good swim... :o

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I try get up early and go for an early morning swim(Havent been since mid July)

Park my bike at Soi Post Office, swim 10mins out then back. Cant say that I have

had any problems. Luckily it is still to early for the jet skis(5.30/6am)

Swam in better but and have certainly seen worse than Pattaya(Penang)

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Would you swim in an oversized toilet??? My GI doctor warned me to avoid swimming in there at all times, unless you want a serious stomach infection, leading to the squirts and worse, if not taken care of properly with medication and fluids.

A Visa commercial might look like this.

A swim in Pattaya bay----free

A visit to the local hospital---15,000 ++

A lifetime memory and lesson learned to stay out of the water.....PRICELESS

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Thailand introduced a pollution monitoring scheme in 2002 called Index Quality of the beach" - but I have failed ever to find any info released under this name.

It is very difficult to find exactly how polluted the beaches around the Chonburi coast are.

Hearsay about encounters with turds is all very well, but it fails to get to the root of the problem.

Wind and tides move pollution around and where it comes from is anyones guess. (did you know there was a sewerage outlet on Wong Amat beach?)

It is of course not just raw sewerage one should be worried about.......

Chonburi and Rayong province are some of the most highly industrialised in Thailand and toxic (?) run off from these industries should be of great concern as too is the run off of phosphates etc from agriculture and the various fish farming activities in the rivers estuaries that flow into the gulf of Siam.

pollution is carried around the Gulf....it does not remain in one place.

recently it was JOMTIEN beach NOT Pattaya beach that received a scolding for it's water quality.

As a coda it is worth noting that clear water is not necessarily a sign of PURE water, it means all the algae and micro organisms are dead.....so one needs to know why......

Edited by kedawi

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Plenty of swimming pools in Pattaya better to use the pools.

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This is from The Nation, 2004:

When the Pollution Control Department surveyed Thailand's 14 major tourist beaches earlier this year it found that none of them fully met its stringent criteria on proper management that would otherwise help maintain these natural resources in superb condition.

In measuring the quality of beaches, the department relies on five major yardsticks - coastal water quality (coliform bacteria from sewage and sediment); volume of rubbish (in the water, on the beach and in nearby communities); quality of sand and sand dunes; coastal erosion and quality of coral reefs; and coastal land uses and problems caused by construction work.

The best beaches would have got the highest-possible five stars, but none qualified. Most of them are in the middle rank of four stars: Had Sai Kaew (Samed Island), Hua Hin, Chaweng (Samui Island), Karon (Phuket) and Had Yao (Phi Phi Islands).

Eight other most visited beaches found to have slightly lower quality are given three stars. These are Pattaya, Bang Saen (Chonburi), Cha-am (Petchburi), Wanapa (Rayong), Lamai (Samui), Patong (Phuket), Lo Dalum (Phi Phi) and Ton Sai (Phi Phi).

A big surprise is that Jomthien Beach was found to the worst among the 14 beaches, getting only two stars. Jomthien's low ranking is in contrast to the general public's belief that the beach is relatively cleaner than nearby Pattaya beach in terms of seawater quality.

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Go and take at look at the water in Pattaya Beach.

It is filthy and polluted in common with most/all beaches at or around Pattaya/Jontiem.

So can you now answer your own question(s) OP?

Edited by R123

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I try get up early and go for an early morning swim(Havent been since mid July)

Park my bike at Soi Post Office, swim 10mins out then back. Cant say that I have

had any problems. Luckily it is still to early for the jet skis(5.30/6am)

Swam in better but and have certainly seen worse than Pattaya(Penang)

But you do know that it is a toxic toilet :o

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Here is the latest Beach index I could find, 2006.

Pattaya Beach has the same rating as Patong beach in Phuket and the beaches on Koh Samet. Jomtien beach gets the lowest rating.

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A lot better than it used to be, there is a pumping station near the entrance to Walking St, all I think this does is filter out the solid stuff and pump the rest out to sea, If you go out on a boat at the right time you can see a very brown streak heading towards the private beach of one of Pattaya's top hotels.

Best not to swim Pattaya beach, jomtien is better and for the best beachs get a boat out to Koh Larn for the day.

BB

Lived in Pattaya for about a year '93-'94 before moving on to my next debacles in BKK and now CM. One of my favorite things to get me out of the bars, etc. was a good book to take on the boat, spend a day at Koh Larn. Cleaner, and the water's generally cooler and more refreshing. Great day trip. Other than that, never liked the beach at Pattaya Tai or Jomtien, would go down to Sattahip.

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Plenty of swimming pools in Pattaya better to use the pools.

Yes, there are loads of hotels that have a private pool, also many that do not have a pool at all, please tell use where there is a public pool?

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