Pattaya will open a new pier next year. According to Ronakit Ekasingh, Pattaya’s deputy mayor, the new facility will cost 733 million baht and is currently under construction.

It is located in South Pattaya at Laem Bali Hai, next to the present Bali Hai pier where visitors board ferries to Koh Lan. The new pier will be like a marina where floating docks can accommodate up to 360 boats. It will also have a large car park for up to 400 vehicles.

“This is an effort by Pattaya City Hall to manage all public boat operators and meet international standards,” he said, adding that speedboats to Koh Lan and nearby islands must dock in the new marina instead of using the beachfront area.

In addition, City Hall will also work with the Marine Department to regulate jet skis and will apply a zoning system to improve tourist safety.