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The popular tourist resort city of Pattaya is conveniently located just a 2-hour drive from the capital city of Bangkok and is situated on beautiful scenic beaches that overlook the Gulf of Thailand. It has all the creature comforts of big-city Bangkok at a comparably cheaper cost and without the hassles of Bangkok’s heavy road traffic or air pollution.
Pattaya has long been renowned for its active beaches and plethora of water sports, as well as its vibrant and energizing nightlife and delicious seafood, though there is plenty to do here regardless of what you enjoy. Everything from wild discos to tranquil visits to temples can be found here.
Taxis, motorbike taxis, and buses are all readily accessible throughout the resort, and its main highway runs directly to Bangkok. With a population of approximately 300,000 people (minus tourists), it provides all the fun of Bangkok at a fraction of the size.
Learn more about the Pattaya apartment market through trends and average prices.
Because of its large tourism industry, Pattaya caters to many different tastes and budgets. You will be able to find luxurious upscale apartments in the eight-figure range overlooking the sea, or cost-friendly locations dotted throughout the city for a more modest four-figure sum.
Pattaya offersa choice in everything from studio apartments to large, multi-bedroom options. The most attractive part is that regardless of what type of apartment you’re looking for, the prices here will be assuredly cheaper than similar apartments in Bangkok, Phuket or the islands, and much cheaper when compared to similar properties in the Western world.
● South Pattaya (Walking Street) - For those who enjoy the nightlife, this pulsating area is perhaps the best in the city, filled with assorted restaurants, bars, and clubs. Although Walking Street is just 1 km in length, South Pattaya transforms into a party haven after dark, when only foot traffic is permitted.
● Central Pattaya Beach- Though not quite as wild as Walking Street, this 3 km stretch is renowned for its active nightlife (particularly around Soi 7 and Soi 8) and is located in the Pattaya City. It is also considered to be one of the best spots to do a little daytime shopping, with the Central Festival PB Shopping Complex located close by.
● North Pattaya- Despite being much quieter and more relaxed than its neighbors to the south, North Pattaya still remains quite popular with tourists and serves as an excellent launching point for seeing the rest of the city. It is just a short drive from the more animated sections of Pattaya, while still retaining its own comfortable ambiance in its comparably uncrowded beaches.
● Jomtien Beach- While slightly more expensive than some of the other areas in Pattaya, this beach is a rather popular spot that is just a 15-minute bus ride away from the vibrant nightlife on Walking Street. Located just on the other side of Pratamnak Hill, the 6km stretch of Jomtien Beach has a reputation for being more laid-back and relatively quieter than some of the other beaches in Pattaya and is very scenic. If you are looking for a more peaceful atmosphere (while still having the ability to access the nearby nightlife) then Jomtien Beach just might be for you.
● Soi Buakhao and Soi LK- Somewhat more affordable than other areas in the City, Soi Buakhao and Soi LK make up for their lack of scenery with lots of restaurants and a bustling nightlife. Located just a 10-minute walk from Second Road, there is always something to do in this relatively inexpensive, expat-friendly enclave.
● Pattaya Central- Though not as scenic or vibrant as other areas of the city, Pattaya Central is still close enough to the action to make it a viable choice, given the relatively economical housing options available within this area and is ideal If you are looking for a quieter location close to the city center.
The cost of living not factoring in the cost of rent, an expat could live here on 20,000 Baht per month (around 600 USD). Of course, it goes without saying that the more money one chooses to spend, the higher the standard of living will be.
There is an endless number of options for dining, entertainment, and relaxation. The air quality is considerably better than other larger cities in Southeast Asia and the average maximum temperature is 91.4°F. Due to the humidity, you will feel that the City is much hotter than its actual temperature. Pretty much the entire stretch of beach in the city is open to the public, and there have been a lot of development activities taking place close to the beaches to tap into the growth potential.
1. Affordability- This City Resort is one of the most affordable beachfront hubs of its kind. The affordable cost of living helps to make an investment in Pattaya more attractive than a similar investment in the West.
2. Location- Despite being a beachfront paradise, Pattaya is only a 2-hour drive from Bangkok and a 45-minute drive from the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya airport. This makes it in an excellent location for both Thai and Expats communities.
3. Growth- Pattaya has grown astronomically since the 1960s, and Improvements in infrastructure and connectivity is expected to boost the number of tourists and to help grow ever-expanding real estate market. According to a strategy consulting firm, 52% of the country's labor force was employed in tourism in 2017. Total revenue generated from the industry rose to 2.5 trillion Baht in the same year, with 35.4 million tourists visiting the country.