Pattaya has a reputation as a party destination with its go-go bars and red light district. However, if you are settling here, it is not all about the nightlife as you will also find there are some very upmarket areas in the northern part of the city (Pattaya Neua), with plush apartments and big name hotels.
The city has attracted tourists since the 1960s; in fact, it was one Thailand's first ever beach destinations. Less than 100 miles from Bangkok, it not only attracts expats to settle, it has also become a popular weekend destination for Thais and foreigners who want a relaxing beach getaway, far removed from hectic life in the capital.
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Moving to Pattaya, Thailand: About Pattaya
Pattaya, which lies on the eastern coast of Thailand, is the country's 11th largest city and has a population of just over 100,000 people. It lies on the Gulf of Thailand and is situated around a sweeping, crescent shaped bay offering water sports such as jet-skiing, kayaking and sail boating, and there are plenty of islands off the coast that you can visit either by speedboat or passenger ferry.
The city attracts over 4 million tourists a year, and is home to more than 10,000 expats. It is keen to clean up the seedier side of its reputation and promote itself as a family destination. It offers a more relaxed way of life than the capital and as well as its beautiful beaches – Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach are the most popular – it also offers a slower pace of life and a high standard of living where you can live a comfortable life on only £750 a month.
Many expats choose removals to Thailand to retire and there is sizeable population of over 50's who have decided to settle in Pattaya because of its low cost standard of living and easy paced lifestyle. Where else can you enjoy friendly smiles and welcomes wherever you go, a stress free lifestyle, delicious food for next to nothing, and excellent standards of healthcare and dental care? Not forgetting the beautiful scenery and all the wonderful places to visit nearby such as the temples, Elephant Park, museums and waterparks.
Moving to Pattaya, Thailand: Living in Pattaya
You can enjoy low cost living in Pattaya and the choices are wide from a room in a luxury or budget hotel, a room to rent, condominiums, to houses. You can rent a room from £70 to £90 a month, or a condominium for between £150 - £270 monthly, although you will need to sign at least a six month contract in advance.
That said, if you do move to Pattaya, there are plenty of things to do. There's some great shopping centres (Pattaya lays claim to the continent's largest beachfront shopping centre) as well as many markets selling fresh fruit, vegetables, and seafood, with Threpprasit the busiest market. If you are a lover of good food, there are plenty of good restaurants – or you could even try out your skills at one of the many Thai cookery classes!
Of course, Pattaya offers a very exciting nightlife and Walking Street is the place to head for, if only for an eye opener. However, if you prefer cultural activities and sight-seeing, there is plenty of that too, as Pattaya has numerous art galleries and lots of festivals going on throughout the year, including the Chinese New Year festival, the Songkran Festival in April and the Classical Guitar Festival in October.
Out and about there is the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden where you can also see animals such as elephants, tigers and chimpanzees. If you like to see the joys of marine life, Underwater World is the place to head for where you can see sharks and stingrays. Mini Siam, a model village, is also worth a visit. Here you will see miniatures of all sorts of famous landmarks, including the Emerald Buddha, as well as many European attractions such as Tower Bridge and The Eiffel Tower.