Your survival guide to living in Pattaya Beach

Electrolyte powder mixes are refreshing and very inexpensive. A great way to quench your thirst for about 4 Baht, Pattaya is a very hot place   More

NEW!    Get one free month of rent every year by following this money saving tip! more...

Get the new 10 year retirement visa coming in...  more info......

Social Security and living in Thailand on low benefits. Some people didn't pay much into the system and don't receive much income. Check out my living on 500 dollars a month.

Visa Overstay Hell, do not overstay your visa. My visit to the immigration detention center in Bangkok

Updated   May 05, 2018

   The next American Embassy Outreach is scheduled for  June 6, 2018  they don't give an exact location at this time. They also told me they may only come to Pattaya 2 times a year from now on. Here is a direct link to the American Embassy outreach schedule.

The 75 Dollar a month apartment challenge, do they really exist, find out here

The 2018 Burapha Bike week Pattaya was bigger and better than before, too bad it is only on for two days. Don't go away I will be posting more photos in a special album.

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

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.

My internet work space

Digital Nomad work place

Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Lately there has been a lot of talk of the Digital Nomad lifestyles and I would like to add some of my opinions. While Thailand is a perfect country to be a so called Digital Nomad I wouldn't sell the farm and come to Thailand just yet. Before coming out the first thing you should consider, is an exit strategy. Be sure you have funds or access to funds to get back to your safe haven should things go tits up. I have seen in my time here people coming to Thailand to live a new life only to be severely let down and some even becoming destitute.

A good test would be to see if you could do all of your work from your home without ever leaving your home. If your cyber job includes meeting people or going to certain locations in order to do your job, then it isn't 100 percent cyber.  Another hurdle is time zones, getting up at 2AM to talk to clients is no fun at all. Sometimes the timezones can work in your favor but usually not. MORE

Some photos from around Pattaya

The Pattaya skyline at night, photo by Russ Thorne

A night time shot of Pattaya from the Balihai pier

New photo works by Russ Thorne, art prints on sale now!

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Fishing boats near Pattaya Beach, Thailand

Burapha Bike Week

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

Tien Beach
Vespa Pattaya Beach, Thailand, vespa club
Thai fishing Boat near pattaya Beach, Thailand
Baht bus transportation in Pattaya Beach, Thailand, photo by Russ Thorne


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

Boeing 747 abandone in a field in Thailand, photo by Russ Thorne
Golf in Pattaya

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