In our previous articles, we stirred the pot of controversy with the claim that Pattaya is in fact the best place to expatriate with your family in Thailand. The first article in the series gives the reader 6 solid reasons to call Pattaya home. Then in the next segment in the series, we added even more reasons that make Pattaya the best choice for you and your family to relocate to SE Asia.
Now we are in the final part to this 3 part series looking at all the things that make Pattaya a family friendly destination. In the first submission, we addressed the safety of Pattaya, the diversity in schools, people and food, as well as the entertainment options and water sports available. We followed up with Muay Thai schools, proximity to the airports, and of course all the fabulous shopping.
Rock star Residences
When you hear people talk about the cost of living in Thailand being low they are most likely referring to basic needs. The cost of housing and food is significantly less in Thailand than other parts of the world. The cost to live in Hawaii is about 6 times that of Koh Samui to give some perspective and comparison; if one was to compare food and housing alone. Now having said that, the cost of a nice condo on the beach like Water’s Edge, in a building already completed and occupied is far less in Thailand than in other beach resort towns in other parts of the world. If you are fortunate enough to get in on buying in a building still under construction you can save a lot of money on the purchase price. Both Skylight and Habitus still have units available for sale now. Both are high-quality properties, with lovely finishes, and oversized floor plans.
World Class Hospitals with Low Wait Times
There are five hospitals in Pattaya to choose from, 2 government run, and 3 that are privately run. Most expats choose to use the private hospitals as the level of care is excellent, comparatively affordable, and there is a high level of English. There is nothing wrong with the government hospitals, however, there will be little to no English, and the wait times will be longer.
The three private hospitals that most expats use in Pattaya are Pattaya International Hospital, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, and Pattaya Memorial Hospital. Pattaya International Hospital has a state of the art intensive care unit, and 14 distinct departments from Orthopedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, OBGYN, Psychiatry, Radiology, and more. Emergency Services at PIH are available 24 hours a day, and they are right on Pattaya 2nd Road, Soi 4. Bangkok Pattaya Hospital is a very modern hospital with 400 beds and has 24-hour emergency services as well as an Intensive Care Unit. Pattaya Memorial Hospital offers ambulance service, dental service, and has a full plastic surgery department. 24-hour emergency service is available at Pattaya Memorial.
Up and Coming World Class Tourist Destination
Pattaya has been working hard on its reputation as an up and coming sports and leisure destination. With half a dozen world-class golf courses, the racing circuit, and the new sports stadium underway Pattaya is well on its way. Pattaya also began an initiative to become a sustainable tourist destination. You may have noticed the construction happening on Sukhumvit Road, and head about the tunnel being installed. It is a by-pass tunnel, the first of 4. It will help the flow of traffic and replace the above ground lanes with greenery and an above-ground park. Construction has also begun on Big Buddha Hill to turn that into a sustainable tourist destination. Plants, animals, and insects are being added. Wheelchair paths are being installed, as well as benches and picnic areas.
Long Term Property Values Will Likely Go Up
It is impossible for anyone to make real estate predictions with absolute accuracy. No claims are being made, however, the chances of property values going up in Pattaya over the long term are very high. Comparatively speaking Pattaya is about the cheapest beach tourist destination on the planet. Since they are already at the bottom, it is likely things will go up. Real Estate as a long term investment anywhere in the world has proven to give positive returns in every 10-period cycle in the last 70 years. There are always ups and down, however, the gains over the long term are much more likely than that. Developers have taken steps to stabilize prices, regardless, of the market and political conditions. For the patient investor, or property owner, this is great news. Be patient, and investing in the Pattaya Property Market will likely yield returns in both the short term and the long term markets.
Infrastructure Hub – Air – Land – Sea – Technology
Late 2015 and 2016 announcements were made throughout Thailand about various infrastructure projects that are being initiated, and Pattaya tends to be a hub, within a hub. New Ferries, with ports in Chonburi, Cha Am, Hua Hin, Rayong, and Koh Samui are in the works. Bali Hai pier is going to be expanded. U-Tapao Airport is currently being expanded from the current 800,000 passengers per year capacity to a whopping 3,000,000 passengers per year. The rail network will also see expansions. Traditional lines will be added to help China reach Pattaya and Bangkok by land, and there is a new high-speed rail link that will connect Bangkok, Chon Buri, and Rayong all together.
With all the infrastructure projects touching Pattaya, many hospitals to choose from, amazing housing prices, and an immense amount of diversity, Pattaya is an up and coming place to expatriate as a single, couple, or family. The city is actively working toward becoming more family friendly and shedding its seedy reputation as the sex capital of the world. Pattaya, an up and coming world class sport and leisure tourist destination.