If you are on holiday in Pattaya or have been here loads of times before, no doubt somewhere within a corner of your sub-conscious mind you would like to come to Pattaya to live. It’s a natural progression for any multiple/serial Pattaya visitor, and why wouldn’t it be? But as the old adage goes: “If it was that easy, everyone would be doing it!” If you are serious about making the big move, there are so many things you need to consider before you take the plunge.
What can of jobs can I work?
Have you noticed how human beings are the only living things who have to pay to live on the planet? Bum deal, right? It doesn’t matter where you live because you need cash to survive. If you are coming to Pattaya to live with a fortune already in the bank, this article isn’t really for you.
Many people come to live in Pattaya with their life savings and set up businesses, many of which are bar, restaurant or real estate related. However, if you are coming here with a comparatively small amount of money, you will need to find a job. All laboring jobs such as handymen, working on construction sites, working in bars or taxi driving are jobs reserved for Thai people.
Jobs in the tourism or hospitality sector are where you need to look. The most popular jobs with foreign expats in Pattaya are English Teaching, Web & IT related jobs, scuba diving instructors, sales, marketing and copywriting. If you have experience, skills or talents in the above criteria, you will find something in Pattaya. Most people get TOEFL certificates to teach English in Thai schools or obtain PADI Scuba Diving instructor certificates. There are choices, but you need to know the market beforehand and to do your research.
Where to live?
It all depends on what you are looking for. If you want to live in a convenient location close to all the tourism, Pattaya, Jomtien, Naklua and Pratumnak Hill are the best locations. You can find apartments in the city from approximately 10,000 THB per month upwards or single rooms/bedsits for a little cheaper. Alternatively, you could live in East Pattaya, located on the opposite side of Sukhumvit Road, where you will be able to find a small bungalow for as little as 7,000 THB per month. It all depends on where you want to live and how much you want to spend. For info on finding a rental property, you can visit: http://magnacarta.co.th/ for more advice.
Sorting out a visa
You will need a visa to stay in the kingdom for any amount of time. Because visa rules and regulations can change quite rapidly, we would suggest seeking out professional advice before you get here to secure the correct visa. Please ensure you visit: www.keyvisathailand.com/ for comprehensive visa advice.
How much does it cost to live in Pattaya?
How long is a piece of string? Some people seem to be happy living here on 30,000 THB per month, and I suppose for a single person that is a good starting point. If you want to actually have a good time without resorting to live in the cheapest accommodation and eating Thai food every day, you will need at least 40,000 per month and maybe even closer to 50,000 THB. But as I said, how long is a piece of string? It all comes down to your lifestyle choice and it can be as cheap or as expensive as your budget allows.
Living and working in Pattaya is not always as dreamlike as it begins, but as long as you have a plan and stick to it, keep your feet on the ground and your eyes wide open, everything in the city is yours for the taking.