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    Is anybody happy in Pattaya?

    I have been to Pattaya many, many times over the years (the first time in 1980); and having now just jettisoned my second wife (they both British) and having sold my company I am in a position (despite the crazy Sterling/Baht exchange rate) to see out my final years in comfort, in Pattaya. So, I started my research in earnest, by beginning with YouTube and almost without exception every Expat who's put a video up - moans and bitches about his life there particularly how horrible/terrible/mean/money-grabbing/nasty their little Thai girlfriend/wife has been to them. Now I'm guessing the girl thing is purely low self-esteem on there behalf because I've certainly never had a problem with the ladies. However I'm thinking more about quality of life i.e. friends/sports/hobbies/law/clubs/cars/homes etc; so I ask again - is anybody really happy in Pattaya?
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    ^I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that all these moaning fucks you've seen on YouTube are Poms

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    I've certainly never had a problem with the ladies.
    really. dont two failed marriages count as problems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammers View Post
    is anybody really happy in Pattaya?
    You bet. Have a look at this fella's threads.

    https://teakdoor.com/search.php?searchid=2893672

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    But to answer your question, I'm happy in Pattaya and if I wasn't I'm in a postion to move anywhere I want to. Have a really great girlfriend too for many years, life's good . If you're not sure about living here, give it a 3 to 6 month trial run which would be so easy to do.

    1. Rent a fully furnished house or condo (they're normally all fully furnished anyway, just bring your clothes and toothbrush). In the current market they'll entertain a 3 month lease, no problems.
    2. Rent a car (and/or bike if you're the suicidal type) on a monthly basis, your driver license from home will work or get an International license before leaving home.
    3. Get into whatever sports take your fancy, every sport there is can be played here from ice hockey to skittles and everything in between.
    4. Join some local online FB groups for intel on all matters from dining options to Doctor recommendations to where to get the best massage.
    5. Make friends with others living here who share your interests, which is easy to do because you'll find them in the bars and eateries that you like once you've found them.
    6. If you're too fucking stupid to stop some semen demon with an IQ of 10 and a nett worth of 350 Baht stitch you up, bring a good camera so you can make a YouTube video crying about it.
    7. If after 3 to 6 months living here you find it's not for you, give the keys back to your landlord and vehicle rental company, re-pack your suitcase, and go try somewhere else.

    There's many different levels, standards, accom options, and costs of living in Pattaya. Do your homework well.

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    Thinking about it, you may be correct?

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    They didn't fail they were wonderful. Simply run there course that is all?

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    Now that is the sort of info I have been seeking, thank you (with the exception that I don't do FB)

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    For the most part, yes iam happy in Pattaya.

    In saying that I live in Nongprue (East Pattaya) and 5 days a week from 6am to 6pm iam at work in Amata city so my spare is mainly at home around the pool sinking piss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammers View Post
    (with the exception that I don't do FB)
    Neither do I, but a FB user with a fictitious name and fake profile was created so I could access the groups that have subject matter of interest to me.

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    Vacation: I've always enjoyed Pattaya - when I go there for the beaches - love exiting the hotel, walking across the street, plopping my butt in a lounge chair under an umbrella and having everything delivered to me. Can easily kill a week doing rinse and repeat.

    Living in Patts - six months on the dark side - fine by me. Rented house in luxury Moo Baan anything you want easily available. Happily married so never went to the walking street or go go's - no consequence. Figure I never made myself a target for the cons. Only turn off for me Traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammers View Post
    I have been to Pattaya many, many times over the years (the first time in 1980); and having now just jettisoned my second wife (they both British) and having sold my company I am in a position (despite the crazy Sterling/Baht exchange rate) to see out my final years in comfort, in Pattaya. So, I started my research in earnest, by beginning with YouTube and almost without exception every Expat who's put a video up - moans and bitches about his life there particularly how horrible/terrible/mean/money-grabbing/nasty their little Thai girlfriend/wife has been to them. Now I'm guessing the girl thing is purely low self-esteem on there behalf because I've certainly never had a problem with the ladies. However I'm thinking more about quality of life i.e. friends/sports/hobbies/law/clubs/cars/homes etc; so I ask again - is anybody really happy in Pattaya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    ^I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that all these moaning fucks you've seen on YouTube are Poms
    No they will be guys on a fixed pension who came here because it was cheap and now it is not, although really it never was.

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    Well let me offer my 10,000 ft flyby.

    I split my time between Chonburi (Sattahip area) and BKK for work but have a home in Lampang.

    My Personal assessment of the Pattaya area is its a worn down dump. Its loaded with tourists and traffic nearly year round plus all the negative stuff that goes along with being in a resort area. (Scams, Overpriced items, ripoffs, etc). If you are a beach type then OK I suppose but my opinion is its far more enjoyable to live elsewhere and visit a beach tourist area then to live in it. You couple that with the displayed behavior of many geriatric old men in public it kind of makes you shake your head..

    Yes Pattaya has lots of western comforts type things and food, sure. In the end it all boils down to ones personal expectations. Thankfully I do not live there. Pattaya, probably like Phuket, are very expensive in the big picture. There are far better places to live, even in beach areas, then Pattaya.

    Answering your question, am I happy in the area. Nope. But I do not live here thankfully.

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammers View Post
    having now just jettisoned my second wife (they both British)
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    I've certainly never had a problem with the ladies
    . . . okay . . .

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    FFS dickheads.








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    Again that is helpful. I really didn't fancy living just off Soi half a dozen , so a little further out (but easily accessible to Pattaya), is where I want to be

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    Now you mention it that sounds obvious, and I now wonder why that never occurred to me to do that to access relevant information in the uk?

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    Cool. So I shall investigate Moo Baan as well

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    I take your point, but I am a ('geriatric') beach bum - and to satisfy my particular vision of retirement, I need to be able to walk to a beach - i'm prepared to suffer any additional cost for that privilege. Although again I really am seeking a more chilled area (whilst still having easy access to Suvarnabhumi airport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammers View Post
    They didn't fail they were wonderful. Simply run there course that is all?
    You can simply grow apart without fault. That's what happened to my first marriage, but we are still friends.

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    Lots to do here, all types to meet, so it's down to what you want because almost everything is on the menu.

    Only caveat is get involved with something, otherwise the brain nods off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammers View Post
    I have been to Pattaya many, many times over the years (the first time in 1980); and having now just jettisoned my second wife (they both British) and having sold my company I am in a position (despite the crazy Sterling/Baht exchange rate) to see out my final years in comfort, in Pattaya. So, I started my research in earnest, by beginning with YouTube and almost without exception every Expat who's put a video up - moans and bitches about his life there particularly how horrible/terrible/mean/money-grabbing/nasty their little Thai girlfriend/wife has been to them. Now I'm guessing the girl thing is purely low self-esteem on there behalf because I've certainly never had a problem with the ladies. However I'm thinking more about quality of life i.e. friends/sports/hobbies/law/clubs/cars/homes etc; so I ask again - is anybody really happy in Pattaya?
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    Classic smeg...

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    You could put some people in paradise, and they would still complain that the clouds were too fluffy, the nectar was not quite the right temperature and don't get me started on that effing harp music.

    Pattaya always looked to me to have a fair bit going for it. International standard hospitals, plenty of places to get western food (as provisions or as a meal), reasonable time to the airport. Have a friend who lives there, nice breezy apartment overlooking the water in a low density condo. As far as I can see he is as happy as a pig in shit there.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Classic smeg...
    Looks like it, doesn't it.

    Definitely a troll, whoever it is.

    'I've been there many, many times over the years...every expat living there hates it'.

    Troll 'logic' right there.

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