The city we love to hate

The city we love to hate

Nov 16, 2018

Pattaya is maybe one of the cities in the world that it is the most popular to hate. I see Pattaya as one of the cities in Thailand with the most potential.

Pattaya is one of these cities that people love to talk about with a negative slur – mostly by those who have never been to the city to discover it for themselves. The media headlines focus on party and Walking Street – elements that of course are a part of the city, as found in many other big cities as well. However, it is important to note that it is only that: one part of the second biggest city in Thailand.

I saw a big potential in Pattaya when I first came here 10 years ago, and I still see a big potential here today. The city is already the second biggest city in the country and it is only 1,5 hours away from the capital – perfect for a weekend trip for Bangkokers. It is also on the right side of Bangkok compared to Suvarnabhumi Airport ensuring that you do not have to beat Bangkok traffic to get to Pattaya from the airport. Here are a few of the things Pattaya has going for it:

  • Very good climate throughout the year. Even during the rainy season, Pattaya is one of the cities in Thailand that still have mostly good wheather - unlike other areas where it can pour down for weeks.
  • Pattaya is often considered the golf capital of Asia with over 20 golf courses within a one hour drive. The courses have amazing scenery, making it a beautiful experience.
  • An amazing food scene. In Pattaya you can get everything from amazing Thai dishes at a local market to high-end restaurants from most corners of the world. 
  • Three international shopping malls. Terminal 21 was a 6 billion baht project and opened this year with 500 shops, hotel, cinama and water park (read here).
  • Pattaya has U-Tapao Airport in Rayong as its neighbour. The government of Thailand has commited to 200 billion Baht project to expand the airport with a new terminal to increase their capacity from 3 to 15 million passengers. Already this year the number of arrivals is expected to double from last year (read here).
  • A government project to connect U-Tapao Aiport, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport via a rail link, making it one of the largest transport projects in its history!
  • Closely connected to the Eastern Economic Corridor project of Thailand, with 1,5 trillion baht committed to develop the three eastern provinces of Thailand, including Chonburi, to make it a reowned economic zone with increased and improved infrastructure, business and innovation hub, tourism and creation of new cities by smart urban planning (read here).
  • Great opportunities for children with a lot of entertainment parks, big water parks and amazing international schools.
  • A range of activities from day-trips to nearby islands or more quiet towns in Rayong to markets, Thai temples, amazing Sanctuary of Truth, bowling, and more.
  • Pattaya remains one of the cheapest destinations in Thailand, ensuring that you get the most value for your money.

The government of Thailand has initiated several projects to clean up the negative aspects of the city, and believing that location is still key: Pattaya is a destination put in between two of the country's biggest airports, the capital city, beautiful islands and the EEC region. It has fantastic climate and activities for the whole family both in the run and during rainy days. I believe we are only starting to see the great potential Pattaya has as an amazing city to visit and live in.

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