Your survival guide to living in Pattaya Beach

Grocery shopping tips

Thailand is a very developed country and in most parts of Thailand you will find modern shopping centers. However you can still get your food at an outdoor old style  market if you want to. You don't have to give up modern conveniences to live in Thailand.

Introduction to Retirement in Pattaya

My Brief introduction to Retirement and Ex-pat life in Pattaya or any place in Thailand for that matter. Retirement isn't meant to be  a prision sentence but to many retirees it almost is. It dosen't have to be dull and boring just because you have limited income. I am in my retirement years and I believe as long as my health is good that these are my best years. I am an ex-pat retiree living in Pattaya Beach Thailand

American Embassy outreach for Pattaya for Friday, October 28, 2016 has come and gone. This time I went in the afternoon and there was no waiting at all. In the past I have always gone in the morning and it would take one to two hours to complete my business, because of the large number of other ex-pats. This time the whole thing from parking my motorbike to riding away took a mere 10 minutes flat. I think the best time to get there would be just after 12:00 PM but no later than 1:00 PM as they may just pack up and leave early. Also beware of a new outreach policy: No Cash Accepted, BANK DRAFT ONLY no other form of payment will be accepted whatsoever. More info on the map page.

Google Map Here


Here is my guide to getting visas. You need to know what the different types are and which one is right for you.

Transportation to Pattaya From the Airport

It can get a little overwhelming flagging down a taxi at the airport. Here's advice on the different modes of getting to Pattaya and what you should pay.

Getting to Thailand

Airfares can be a major hurdle for some as it is a fairly significant cost. I have put together some money saving tips to help you save some of your hard earned cash that will leave you with more to spend when you get here.


How to get around Pattaya. So many different ways, from walking, riding a motorbike, driving a car or taking a ride on a song thaow. Getting around Pattaya is easy and cheap.

Jobs or making a living

As foreigners most of us are strictly prohibited from working unless we obtain a work permit. But with the internet there are things we can do. I have put together a list of some of my ideas on how to make some extra money without getting into trouble. Whether If you are an artist, photographer, or a book keeper, these are among the many jobs you can do on-line.  I like Photography and albeit my main income doesn't come exclusively from shooting and processing of photos much it does.

Health Care

Thailand has great health care, while it cost much less than in your home country it still isn't free. You need to be prepared for the worst. From five star hospitals to small neighborhood clinics it's all here.

Cost of Living

How much does it cost to live in Pattaya or in Thailand in general. I have some money tips to help you stretch your hard earned money.

My 500 dollar a month challenge

Can you live in Pattaya on 500 dollars a month. Look here to get the answer.

Renting or Buying a House or Condo

By far renting or buying an apartment or house cost much less here than in the west. Knowing how and where to look can save you a bundle. My guide can help you avoid some of the mistakes I made when I first got here.

Banking And ATM's

If you live in Thailand for extended periods of time then it makes perfect sense to open a Thailand bank account.

Things To Do

You don't want to travel half way around the world to sit in a box and watch TV, or sit on a bar stool all the time, We all need things to do and I may have just the thing for you.


Internet in Thailand is both fast and affordable. Now days there are many more choices than when I first came to Thailand. My internet guide can help you get started.

Night Life

Pattaya has a well earned reputation for in your face seedy nightlife and I have to admit it can be real fun. After a time most people settle back into a regular life routine and occasionally indulge in Papaya's nightlife.

Food and Dining

Restaurants and places to eat are everywhere. Chances are that no matter where you live in Pattaya you would be within less than a five minute walk from something to eat.


I list sixteen golf courses within an hour driving time. Pattaya attracts many golfers as the golf courses are lush and green. Green fees can be very low here without sacrificing quality of the courses. Golf tours are formed everywhere.


Pattaya is located in a tropical region and it is pretty warm all year round. Like anywhere else there are seasons, but here it has more to do with the rain.

My Photos

I have been shooting photos in and around Pattaya for more than ten years. Like most Photographers I love to share my work for the enjoyment of others. If you would like to use them on a blog or website, I only ask that you leave my watermarks intact, if you leave a link back to this website I would appreciate it tremendously. Please enjoy.

Pattaya Slang words

Learn some of the slang words used by expats as well as Thai people. When you see 55555-5555 it means the same as LOL, see why.

Dating and Relationships

Thailand is a wonderful place to start a new relationship. There can be very successful relationships and then some can be a tragedy.

Getting a Thailand Drivers License

If you stay in Thailand for an extended period you may want the convenience of being able to drive yourself. Also many attractions may give you the local persons price.

Pattaya Retired Links

I have put together what I think can be useful resources for retirement in Pattaya. These links are great for expats too.


Burapha Bike Week

Thousands of participants display their custom bikes and other vehicles at this event during mid February. Admission and parking are free.

Comments and Questions are welcome here on Pattaya Retired

Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Form received.

All photography and web design by Russ Thorne

Copyright 2009-2016 Pattaya Retired dot Com