Your survival guide to living in Pattaya Beach

Going out to the bars

Without a doubt Pattaya Beach has an ample number of bars. Pattaya is in fact world renowned for its bars, with good reason. By my best guess I would say there are at least 3,000.  On any given day there could be as many as 50 new bars opening, with almost an equal number that close each and every day. Each and every bar has it's own personality, some are small and quiet while others are noisey with lots of music blaring away. There are many different types of bars, some are centered around pool leagues, some cater to ex-pats that just want to socialize with friends, while others have friendly staff that are all too happy to make you their new best friend. The bars and nightlife is what attracts a good portion of the expats in the beginning. When you first come here it is like one giant candy store for adults. Over time most people get to where they would rather relax in the evening. Most of the people I know are in a steady relationship or married.

While most people that come to live here have good control over their alcohol consumption others do not. With restrictions on us working some guys turn to booze, it is not uncommon to see people drinking at 9:00 AM. Unfortunately I have seen many expats cir-cum to the alcohol with serious health issues.

I personally don't live in the middle of the bar areas of Pattaya, but still have at least 5 within a very short walk of my apartment. I live on the east side of Pattaya and even as far out as I live there are still many bars.

One of the things that keep me busy is getting out and taking photos

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