Pattaya has some excellent places to live such as the superb villages in East Pattaya, the stunning condos in Wongamat and Pratamnak, or something perfectly located for the bright lights and “action” of Pattaya. In reality, if you are coming to live in the city for the first time, there are several things that you will need to consider, and there isn’t a one size fits all answer, and this is probably why Pattaya is so diverse.

If you have never visited the city before, you will want to take your time before settling down, and even if you have been on holiday, you perhaps won’t want to live in the heart of the city but be within easy travelling distance. As it is an individual decision, we have decided to give you some tips on the main factors that you should consider – things that will help us to help you when it comes to finding the right property.

Stay in a hotel first

If you have never visited Pattaya before or only been on holiday, we would recommend that you stay in a hotel first. Everything is likely to be different now, and your objectives will be different. You are planning to live here not be a tourist, and you need to be clear on this very quickly. Have a drive around and explore while keeping in mind that you are looking for a home rather than somewhere just to lay your head at night.

Retired or working

If you are retired or working and if you have a young family or are single are crucial factors when making your decision. Retirees often prefer to be within walking distances of places or things that they like while also selecting something quieter. Although this isn’t always the case, stop in a condo close to a baht bus route or near taxis rather than in the city itself is often a perfect option. Perhaps consider North or South Pattaya, Jomtien, Pratamnak, or Wongamat.

For those working in Pattaya and perhaps with young families, they are likely to want to be somewhere quieter too. The housing developments in East Pattaya are ideal places to bring up families and have a strong expat contingent. They are also well placed for the road links to Pattaya, Rayong, and Bangkok, which is useful for work purposes.


Your interests can also influence where you wish to live. If your hobbies include water sports Ban Amphur might be perfect for you whereas if you still like to hit the bar scene central areas may be better. Likewise, if you want to be close to other expats and western food, central locations are excellent thanks to the indoor bars and pubs where many visit with friends.


If you have your own transport, this will, naturally, give you more options. For those relying on taxis but wanting to come into the city frequently, East Pattaya and places to the south of Jomtien may be ruled out due to distance. Choosing places on or close to a baht bus route will give you far more freedom while also protecting your pocket.


Finally, one fact that will sadly influence where you stay will be your budget. We all want to live in a luxury villa or penthouse, but for most of us, our budget won’t allow this. Be realistic and make a list of the things that are most important to you rather than trying to select something that ticks all the boxes. You are searching for the best option rather than the perfect option.