In Pattaya there are apartments for as little as 10 dollars a month, yes there really are. Ten dollars a month is as cheap as it gets, you are really talking bottom dweller digs for that much money. I think the old saying goes you get what you pay for applies. But 75 dollar a month apartments in east Pattaya are pretty common and very livable for westerners wanting to live in Pattaya on a strict budget. You can get a 30 to 40 square meter studio apartments that are clean and partially furnished. More than likely it will not have air-conditioning or stuff to cook with. It may or may not have a refrigerator either, many owners will rent you one. For what you pay renting a refrigerator you could buy one in a years time.
You won't find these lesser expensive apartments advertised on the web very much, you just have to look for them street by street. When you see an apartment building you think you may like, then look for a posted phone number and call. Most of the time the person answering will speak little to no English, this is where speaking even a little Thai will go a long way. If you have a friend that speaks Thai it might be a good idea to draft them onto helping you with both communication and negotiation. If you call and you only speak English you may end up with higher prices being quoted than with a person that speaks native Thai. This dual pricing is all too common in Thailand, my best advice is to not put too much thought into it, it is just the way it is. Below are some things you may want to ask.
Apartments in central Pattaya for 2,500 Baht or 75 dollars are rare, but a comparable one may be found for about 4,000 Baht (125 dollars) a month.
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Not all expats need or want luxury digs it may also be they cannot aford the more costly places to live. That said I also have a page for the little more upscale places to live. They start at 600 dollars a month up to 1,000 a month (20,000 to 32,000 Baht). You could spend as much as you like here, there is no shortage of properties selling for a million dollars.
Here is my 600 dollar a month apartment guide.
Jobs for expats in Thailand
Cost of housing in Pattaya
Buying a home in Pattaya
Cost of living in Pattaya Housing
Living in Thailand on 500 dollars a month
75 dollar a month apartments
600 to 1,000 dollar a month apartments
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