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Pattaya is set for expansion
The beaches of Pattaya are popular with both tourists and locals. Photo courtesy

Pattaya is set for expansion over the next few years, with new hotels and faster transport links with Bangkok.

The vibrant holiday city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast is renowned for its beaches, water sports and nightlife. And at just under 150kms from Bangkok, it is the capital’s closest major beach resort, as well as a popular holiday destination for international tourists.

Marriott has now revealed that it is set to open two brand new hotels in Pattaya over the next five years. It is anticipated that 2024 will see the launch of a 900-room Marriott Marquis hotel and a 398-room JW Marriott property. Combined, the properties will over 11 food and beverage spaces.

The ‘mixed use destination project’ means the properties will include indoor and outdoor retail spaces, attractions for all age groups and luxury accommodation. The goal for the construction project is to create a new ‘Absolute Center of Pattaya – The Place To Be’. 

The deal for the project has been signed with Thailand-based real estate group, Asset World Corporation (AWC). 

“We look forward to building on our long-standing relationship with AWC with this landmark multi-agreement signing for three new hotels in Pattaya and Phuket,” said a spokesperson for Marriott International Asia Pacific. 

Bullet train

A high-speed bullet train linking Pattaya with Bangkok is scheduled to start operating in 2023. 

The project is part of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative that aims to connect China with the rest of Asia through new transport infrastructure. However, Thailand declined Chinese loans to fund the project.

As part of the project, a massive new rail hub is scheduled to open in 2021, replacing Bangkok’s century-old Hualamphong Station. 

The new line to Pattaya will begin at Dum Mueang airport, passing through Makkasan in central Bangkok, then onto Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Sriracha and Pattaya. It will terminate at U-Tapao Airport near Pattaya. 

The government plans to move around 10% of flights that currently fly into Bangkok to U-Tapao airport to ease congestion.

The journey from Bangkok to Pattaya will take just 45 minutes. Transferring between Bangkok’s airports and the popular resort currently involves a tedious shuttle bus journey of over an hour.


Away from the mainland, Marriott will also be opening a Courtyard by Marriott in Phuket Town, Phuket, in late 2020. The property will be a renovation of the former Metropole Phuket Hotel, which is located amongst the historic Chino-Portuguese buildings in the heart of Phuket Town.