These pages form a guide to living in Pattaya, one of Asia’s most dynamic cities.
Pattaya is located only a hundred kilometres southeast of Bangkok and bordering the north end of the Gulf of Thailand. It is surrounded by the sea, natural landscapes and agricultural farmland.
Over the past 20 years, the city has developed rapidly with and Pattaya has become a leading location for both manufacturing and service industries in Thailand. It is also widely known as Asia’s playground, a city famed for its entertainment options and a leading international tourist destination.
In the 1960s, Pattaya once a small fishing village began to grow as a beachside recreation destination within easy travelling distance of Bangkok. In the decades since, Pattaya has developed into a prime location and is now visited by over six million holidaymakers every year. The city has grown into an international metropolis of over 1.5 million people from all over Thailand and the world. Since the 1960s there have been international residents in Pattaya and the community of foreign residents has grown with the expanding city remaining very much part of its commercial and social fabric.
In recent years Pattaya has evolved into a high-end lifestyle destination, with the development of facilities to cater to the increasingly more refined tastes of both residents and visitors. Modern style, high quality restaurants and shopping centres have been established in convenient locations throughout the city and there have been considerable advances in the city infrastructure. Today Pattaya is a thriving modern metropolis with reliable electric supply, clean water supply a modern communications network and an ever improving transport system.
Pattaya is easy to reach from any international destination; it is less than two hours’ drive from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumhi airport and its international links to destinations across the globe. The city has many international schools for a high quality, English language education for children and standards of medical care that would find few equals anywhere.
Situated next to the sea, it is possible to enjoy a great beach lifestyle and there is no shortage of things to do whatever your interest. Lovers of sports, culture, music and shopping are all well catered to.
The following pages provide a guide to living in Pattaya so enjoy browsing and finding out more about this fascinating city.