Retiring In Pattaya
Pattaya, in Chonburi province of Thailand, is one of the most well-known destination in Thailand for foreigners and Thai people alike and is a favorite destination for foreign retirees looking for a change in climate - and lifestyle. Pattaya with it’s 3 beaches – Pattaya, Jomtien, and Naklua – is about 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. Pattaya city developed rapidly during and after the Vietnam War, when the Americans built a naval base and American GIs swarmed the town for “Rest and Recreation”.
Today Pattaya boasts dozens of Five-star hotels, luxurious resorts, and a vibrant nightlife with hundreds of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
Pattaya has a large foreigner expat community, with Americans and Brits topping the list. There’s a sizeable population of assorted Europeans and Australians, as well. Two foreigners’ Clubs organize a host of activities for expats and there’s a variety of activities going on in Pattaya city every day. There are two daily English-language newspapers-The Pattaya Mail and Pattaya Today-and one free bi-weekly Pattaya Expat magazine.
Pattaya is a prime tourist destination for the pleasure-lover, and lies along the gulf of Thailand about 2.5 hours outside of Bangkok. Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi airport (pronounced Suwanabpoom) is built along the Chon Buri highway with excellent access to Pattaya. U-tapao airport in Rayong is also nearby. A taxi to bangkok is about 1,500 - 2,000 Thai baht (50 – 60 USD). Buses and trains are much cheaper and service is virtually continual.
Outside of Pattaya, a drive down the gulf coast brings a person back into contact with Thailand. Sattaheep, Chantaburi and Trat are much more traditional areas and there are many sights to see that are a relaxing escape from the pace of Pattaya.