The Pratumnak Hill area of Pattaya City is a great residential area is among locals also known as the Beverly Hills of Pattaya, and rightly so, as it is primarily on Pratumnak that you find the big mansions and exclusive beachfront villas but Pratumnak also has a wide variety of condominium developments. Pratumnak is ideally located if you want to be close to all the action of Pattaya but do not want to live right in the middle of it. Pratumnak is the area between south Pattaya and Jomtien and both downtown Pattaya and Jomtien are just 5 minutes away.
Places to visit on Pratumnak
As Pratumnak primarily is a residential area you would think that there would not be a lot of things to do for entertainment. Well, there are not hundreds of options but there are a few good ones. In Pratumnak soi 4 by the Asia Pattaya hotel, you find a very nice par 9 golf course where you can just pay and play and the golf course is open from 6 am to 6 pm daily.
On Pratumak you find two nice Saunas that are well worth a visit if you enjoy a nice Sauna and Icebath. The Sauna bar is located on Pratumnak soi road 6 and the other Sauna is situated beachfront, just across from Sands Cafe.
Pattaya Park is located on Pratumnak and among its attractions are the Pattaya Park Water, Pattaya Fun Park, and the Pattaya Park Tower. The water park has large water, a whirlpool, and is located beachfront so you can also choose just to relax on the private beach. The Fun Park is a small Tivoli with different fun attractions including the Tower shot which is the first of its kind in Thailand. From the Pattaya Park Tower, you can enjoy great views over the entire Pattaya and Jomtien when dining in one of the revolving restaurants.
Between soi 6 and 7 there is a large night market where you can find many of the same things as on all the other markets but at this market, there also is a live band playing in the evening and the atmosphere is good with many tables for people to eat or enjoy a cold beer while listening to the music. It is well worth a visit.
If you enjoy jogging or long walks Pratumnak will also be perfect as you on the Buddha Mountain have a measured 1,430 meters long jogging track. You can also choose to use the promenade along the beach which stretches for almost 10 kilometers from Pratumnak to Na Jomtien.
Places to eat on Pratumnak
Almost everywhere in Thailand, you will find small Thai restaurants nearby and the same goes for Pratumnak but on Pratumnak there is an especially a Thai restaurant that is worth a visit. It is located between soi 4 and 5 and just across from Star Beach Condotel and is a big favorite among locals. It is rumored that the main chef is cooking for members of the royal family when they visit Pattaya.
When it comes to restaurants serving top international cuisine there are just too many restaurants to mention them all but if you enjoy fine dining Pratumnak is definitely a great place to live.
A long-time favorite among ex-pats in Pattaya is Au Bon Coin that serves French cuisine. It is a must-visit restaurant as the food is outstanding and dining at Au Bon Coin feels more like you are visiting a friend’s home for dinner than a 5-star restaurant. The restaurant is located between soi 5 and 6 and it can very difficult to find as there is only a very small sign out by the street. I personally drove past the place 3 or 4 times before I finally found it.
The developers of Sands Condominium has made their own beachfront restaurant, called Sands Cafe and they serve a wide selection of breakfasts, lunch, and dinner and they have a wide selection of both healthy and not so healthy cocktails which can be enjoyed all days and the unhealthy ones are perhaps best enjoyed watching the sunset.
Other restaurants that are close by are Café Des Amis and Gian’s Restaurant. They are not exactly on Pratumnak but as they are located along Thappraya road they are well worth mentioning. The first two restaurants are by many considered the best restaurants in Pattaya and in my opinion Gian’s Restaurant is up there in the same league.
I don’t think many people ever go to the Royal Cliff Resort to eat in one of their top restaurants. Mostly it is because people are unaware of the restaurants but Royal Cliff has more than 10 very good restaurants including the Italian Rossini restaurant (The godfather’s favorite) which easily is the best Italian restaurant in Pattaya.