Pattaya Bay area is one of Asia's largest beach resorts and the second most visited city in Thailand, after Bangkok. The image above overlooks Bali Hai pier and the core of the city. Pattaya Beach is parallel to the city centre and runs from Pattaya Nuea south to Walking Street then a long Beach Road accompanied by restaurants, shopping areas, and night attractions.
A paradise in its own right, and unlike any other place to visit, or to stay. Pattaya leaves an impression on visitors, with an urge to return.
I am a prime example of someone coming here for the first time and to discover this paradise that we call Pattaya.
I have been coming to Pattaya since 1998 and I retired from the UK in 2015, this website is primarily based on a collection of my experiences, opinions and factual research, I hope you will find it both interesting and helpful. I love the lifestyle, climate and options I now have while living here.
Millions of international tourists around the world choose Pattaya every year, including families, couples and single holiday makers, no-doubt for their unique culture and there friendly laid back attitude with that simple life style, also the hot weather climate wouldn't go with a miss to go with those exotic sandy beaches.
Pattaya is worldly renown and a popular place for their many bars, night clubs, go-go bars, massage parlours and many activities of all kinds.
Facts; About Pattaya
Pattaya (Thai: พัทยา, Phatthaya, Thai pronunciation: [pʰát.tʰā.jāː]). Pattaya is approximately 160 kilometres (99 miles) south of the city of Bangkok within the Bang Lamung District and has a massive population inflow from tourism, with its 2000 hotels and 136,000 rooms available as of 2015. Most of the officially registered Pattaya residents are of Thai-Chinese ancestry.
Pattaya in Thailand is a self-governing municipal area which covers the whole tambon Nong Prue and Na Klua and parts of Huai Yai and Nong Pla Lai. The city is in the industrial Eastern Seaboard zone, along with Si Racha, Laem Chabang, and Chonburi.
Pratumnak is situated on top of a small mountain often called "buddha hill" south side of Pattaya and is very popular for the temple (Wat Phra Yai), also for the amazing views of Pattaya Bay and the city. At the south end of Pratumnak is Pattaya Park with its Pattaya tower, as for the north end of Pratumnak you will find the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall. In recent years, Pratumnak has become more popular with international tourist because of its more quieter and natural environment, with nicer beaches, and its convenient location between Jomtien and Pattaya city.
Pattaya city has been administered under a special autonomous system since 1978. It has a status comparable to a municipality and is separately administered by the mayor of Pattaya city who is responsible for making policies. The name Pattaya evolved from the march of Phraya Tak (later King Taksin) and his army from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi, which took place before the fall of the former capital to Burmese invaders in 1767. When his army arrived in the vicinity of what is now Pattaya, Phraya Tak encountered the troops of a local leader named Nai Klom, who tried to intercept him. When the two met face to face, Nai Klom was impressed by Phraya Tak's dignified manner and his army's strict discipline. He surrendered without a fight and joined his forces. The place the armies confronted each other was thereafter known as "Thap Phraya", which means the "army of the Phraya". This later became Pattaya, the name of the wind blowing from the south-west to the north-east at the beginning of the rainy season. There is a fast-growing community of foreign (or farang known by Thai) retirees living in Pattaya including myself. Thailand immigration has a special visa category for foreigners that are the age of 50 or over who wish to retire in Thailand. Pattaya attracts many retirees from other countries not only because of the hot exotic weather, and easy laid back lifestyle, but also because the living costs are much lower than in their country. Read more.... Facts About Pattaya
Jomtien or on road signs and road maps often written Chom Tian, is a resort town on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand about 165 km south-east of Bangkok in Chonburi Province and about 3 km south of Pattaya. Jomtien is home to high-rise condominiums, beach side hotels and many International restaurants, and international tourists that aren’t interested in late-night partying find it a preferred alternative from the nightlife in Pattaya. In 2015 Jomtien's promenade was revamped with a successful facelift and in 2016 had an ongoing process in planting a few hundred palm trees, there are some a certain type of palm tree that are loaded with large coconuts, I suggest you take some caution and never sit under one, if by an odd chance a coconut would happen to fall and strike you on the head then this could lead to serious injury; when it could have been easily avoided, please use your initiative and enjoy your stay.
The main attraction of Jomtien has proven to be the beach itself and with a coastline of 6 kilometres is the ideal place for lounging in the sun while vendors bring snacks and drinks to you, the beach appeals to the Thai population; mainly at the weekends when they travel far and wide. As an alternative, you can choose one of the many water-sport activities, which include jet skiing, windsurfing and parascending from the beach.
Thepprasit Night Market is situated beside Thepprasit Road and is the biggest and busiest market in Jomtien Pattaya. It is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from approx. 17.00 to 23.00. However the peak time is from 19.00 to 21.00 and although the market closes at 23.00, stall owners will start packing away there goods at 22.00. The Market is well known for selling a vast variety of items which include branded clothing, shoes, electronic goods, pets, and much more, also there are a good variety of Thai food stalls which not only include traditional Thai food, but they also cater there local specialities like fried insects and scorpions.
Coral Island or (Koh Larn in Thai) is a local Island, a small Paradise beyond the hustle and bustle of Pattaya City itself and only 7.5 kilometres west of Pattaya. At the south end of walking street you will find Bali Hai Pier, where ferries depart for Coral Island from 7am to 6:30pm and the journey takes about 45 minutes. Another alternative would be to rent a speed boat with driver to take you from Pattaya or Jomtien Beach to a beach of your choice on Coral Island, this will take approx. 10-20 minutes depending on what part of the Island you choose. Coral Island is known for its crystal-clear sea water and colourful coral, there are six exotic beaches on the island, and coral island has become more popular over recent years, proving to be a great alternative retreat and a much quieter and more picturesque than the districts of Pattaya and Jomtien beach.
Nual Beach is very popular for those who want to do some snorkeling, a good choice to explore the waters of exotic fish and the colourful coral. Ta Waen Beach is popular for the variety of many water sports; including, windsurfing, jet-skiing, parascending and banana boat riding. Khao Nom has a fascinating view but requires some effort to climb the 200-metre-long stairway to the top of a large hill, at the top there is a small pavilion for sitting and enjoying a drink while looking at the spectacular view of Pattaya City.
For one of the best ways of getting around on the Island is to rent a motorbike (moped) or a small quad bike for approx. 450 baht.
Coral Island is not only a good alternative for a day trip away, but also for an all night stay over, catch the boat early one evening and stay in one of the many beach huts (chalets).
Festivals and events
Chinese New Year varies from late January to early February, the exact dates are calculated from the Chinese Lunar Calendar and marks the first day of the New Year, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Every year is represented by a zodiac animal sign. Pattaya's large Thai-Chinese community get together for an unforgettable Chinese New Year celebration with dragon parades, lion dances, and fireworks.
Burapa Pattaya Bike Week is Thailand's and one of south-east Asia's biggest motorcycle events held for 0ne week all over Thailand each February, drawing motorcycle enthusiasts from abroad and all around south-east Asia. The 2019 event will be held outside on the grounds of a large sports Arena over three days, 14th, 15th & 16th February, located east of Sukhumvit only 2.5 km from Chaiyapruek 2 juntion. During the day, you will get to stroll around to see many amazing motorcycles of all kinds and to checkout some stalls, selling everything from a key-ring to a motorcycle, then into the evening with local Thai and international live music performances, continuing to deliver and turning this event into a great festive warm party atmosphere filled with music, drink and food, which can also get very busy, loud, electrifying and fun, truly a great event that cannot be missed. Click here to see some images taken from the Burapa Pattaya Bike Week event in 2017 and please check my Pattaya Street Map for location.
The Pattaya Songkran festival is locally called Wan Lai, a festival celebrating the traditional Thai New Year and marked by the throwing or sprinkling of water, the water symbolizes cleansing, refreshment of the spirit and all good things associated with life. You may also encounter a person with a small bowl filled with some white powder or pasty substance, this being one of the oldest Songkran traditions where the white paste is placed on your face, it's a sign of protection and promises to ward off any evil. Songkran always takes place early in Pattaya and last several days longer than other Songkran festivals of Thailand, usually starting at the 11th April and finishing on the 19th April, the official dates being the last three days and the last day being the craziest when absolutely everybody joins in on the action, turning this event into a great festive wet party atmosphere that cannot be missed by all. It’s also very traditional to wear a floral shirt, and besides water fights the event includes beauty pageants, musical performances, cultural shows, fireworks, and water sport competitions. The images below are taken from the 2017 event.
Loi Krathong is a light festival held during the full moon of the twelfth month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, usually around November and held all over the country where thai and international people look forward to going out and launching Krathongs on the waters (a small, candle-lit floats made from elaborately folded banana leaves) an annual Thai richual to pay respects to the goddess of water also believing to predict the romance future by the direction the Krathongs float as well as to strengthen relationships. Another tradition is to release khom loi (candle-fired hot air cylinder of paper) into the night sky, although this has been known to be a dangerous event where many have caught on fire and caused serious harm to people, firm restrictions have been put in place and police will now patrol the beaches to try and stop it going ahead.
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2018
The boat show at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien (Satthahip) is only 12 kilometres south of Pattaya, an annual event held in Nov/Dec. The 7th show 2018 will be held over 4 days from 29th November – 2nd December, starting at 11am each day to 7pm. FREE entry at the Boat Show, you just need to register with your name and email, on entry you will notice some world class luxury boats ranging from sailing to power boats; day vessels to boats suitable for extended cruising; new and pre-owned, also some stalls for boat accessories & equipment, and including services, charter, insurance, marine toys, gadgets, water sports, property guide, food, drink and so much more. For Boat enthusiast like myself this is a great day out, and can be for you too.......
JET SKI WORLD CUP 2018
Scheduled to take place at Jomtien Beach on the 6th to the 9th December 2018. The Jet Ski World Cup event has been receiving great interests from many top professional jet ski riders all over the world, already 30 countries have accepted the invitation to participate.
A popular international tournament, including worldwide racers, Jet Ski Parasailing, Jet Ski Stand-up, Sport / Tricks, and much more.
Many Thai locals have been participating in the world class tournaments to improve their professional skills.
Enjoy these great few days of exhilarating fun, for you and the family.
Buying Land or Property
In Pattaya and Thailand in general a foreigner (farang) cannot own land or a house outright, so therefore one option would be to have the property 100% bought in their Thai spouse or partners name, knowing for sure that they have a stable and solid relationship to someone they can trust and of course this also opens up the options for finance from her Thai bank. However; another option is to set up a private limited company with mixed Thai and foreign ownership, the foreign ownership being 49% or less. Companies are allowed to own land.
The foreign national can control the company by using a legal power of attorney from the Thai shareholders, handing control to the foreign directors, or through assigning greater voting rights to the foreign partner/s. This in fact works and is totally legal, the savvy expat or foreign buyer can and regularly does successfully buy and sell property & land in Thailand. Foreigners have been using this system in Thailand regularly for the last three decades and more and more invest in Thai real estate each year. The help of a lawyer is very recommended.
Alternatively, you can buy a condominium, an individual unit 100% yours (freehold), which is a fairly simple process, you just need a Thai Bank account for the money transfer, and a Thai lawyer. Read more about... Buying a Condo in Thailand
Offshore islands Include three "near islands", Ko Larn being the most popular, Ko Sak, and Ko Krok located 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) from the western shores of Pattaya; Ko Larn, or "Coral Island", Mu Ko Phai; the "far islands", Ko Phai (main island), Ko Man Wichai, Ko Hu Chang and Ko Klung Badan, located offshore further west of the "near islands"; and Ko Rin, offshore to the south-west, south of Mu Ko Phai. Some of the islands in the group are accessible by speedboat in less than 15 minutes or by ferry, about 45 minutes. The names "near islands", "far islands", and "Coral Island" are used for marketing purposes only and do not correspond to any naming conventions of the island groups and are not shown on maritime charts published by the Hydrographic Service of the Royal Thai Navy. Many of the islands have public beaches and offer scuba diving activities.
Via the Bangkok Chonburi Pattaya Motorway (Hwy 7) The motorway is linked with Bangkok's Outer Ring Road., (Hwy 9) and there is also another entrance at Si-Nakharin and Rama IX Junction.
Via Bang Na-Trat Motorway (Hwy 34) From Bang Na, Bang Phli, across the Bang Pakong River to Chonburi there is a Chonburi bypass that meets Sukhumvit Road, (Hwy 3, passing Bang Saen Beach, Bang Phra to Pattaya.
Pattaya 1 Road (Beach Road): runs along by the beach.
Pattaya 2 Road: (Second Road) runs approximately 400 metres inland, parallel to Pattaya 1 Road.
Pattaya 3 Road: (Third Road) this is Pattaya's outer-ring road which connects north, south, and central Pattaya.
Pattaya Tai: (South Pattaya Road) runs from Beach Road to Sukhumvit Highway.
Pattaya Klang: (Central Pattaya Road) runs from Beach Road to Sukhumvit Highway.
Pattaya Nuea: (North Pattaya Road) runs from Beach Road to Sukhumvit Highway.
Tappraya Road: connects Pattaya 2nd road to Jomtien Beach Road.
Thepprasit Road: connects Tappraya Road to Sukhumvit Highway.
Soi Buakaow: connects Pattaya Tai and Pattaya Klang, between Pattaya 2nd Road and Pattaya 3rd Road.