- Pattaya is a beachside City on Thailand’s eastern gulf. It is 120 kilometers from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and 40 kilometers from U-Tapao Airport. In 2017, the city saw increased growth in tourism with more than 18 million visitors, up 15% on the previous year according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
- The government is investing in infrastructure and transport projects to expand U-Tapao Airport and a high-speed train service linking Bangkok’s two international airports to U-Tapao will bring even more visitors to the area. The local government has begun work to improve Pattaya’s beaches and the environment in the hope that it can sustain the regions beaches and tourism for the long-term.
- Pattaya offers a full range of business and leisure opportunities and attracts both local and foreign tourists and expats due to its location and low cost of living. There are many visa options for those who want to stay long-term from spouse visas, retirement visas, and the newly introduced SMART visa. Pattaya has one of Thailand’s lower living costs so many Thai’s and foreigners choose to live, work, retire and to have a holiday home located here.
- Pattaya and the surrounding areas offer a wide choice of real estate to suit all budgets from studios for 1 million Baht through to luxury beachfront villas for 45 million Baht. Condominiums in Jomtien have become popular with foreign buyers as with local buyers who want quiet, affordable and accessible weekend getaways from Bangkok. Low to mid-end housing can be found away from the beach areas and sell for a lower price than those with beach views. There are also renovated shop-houses that provide modernized and affordable Homes closer to town.
- Pattaya is famous for its beaches and nightlife and South Pattaya and Walking Street have plenty of entertainment, bars, and restaurants. For quieter and more relaxed beach living, Naklua and North Pattaya are great options and are still close to the action and to Terminal 21, the impressive and newest shopping mall in town.
- Moving south towards Pratumnak Hill, you will get spectacular views of Pattaya and beyond in this elegant neighborhood. Thai culture and religion are more prominent here with the Golden Buddha temple at the top of the hill. Jomtien is the playground of Pattaya, there are so many activities, shows and beaches to take advantage of. The Ramayana Water Park and Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens provide outdoor fun away from the busy Jomtien Beach.
- There is also the famous Buddha Mountain which is a huge golden Buddha image depicted on the mountain and is gold engraved, and next to it is the Silverlake Vineyard which is a highly recommend tour. For 260 THB you will get a scenic drive around the estate, a free bottle of their grape juice and 2 wine tastings.
Living in Pattaya is more affordable than a lot of Thai and South East Asian cities. For those seeking a comparative lifestyle, in May 2019 the Expatistan cost of living index suggests that Pattaya is 12% cheaper than Phuket.