As a world-class resort, Pattaya is well know around the world and you can get plenty information about what to do and where to go. Therefore, in this section we will not repeat the well-known tourist information and try to describe Pattaya City and its sub districts from the property-related angle.
First, let us deal with the general geography. Pattaya is located on the Eastern Seaboard of the Gulf of Siam (or as it’s now known Thailand), about 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. Strictly speaking, only the central part of the resort (three kilometers of the coast) could be formally named “Pattaya” – as a small fishing village placed here before. This area includes present-day districts: Central Pattaya, South Pattaya and Pratamnak Hill. At the same time, Greater Pattaya (or Pattaya City) is a conglomerate of several districts and stretches for 30 kilometers of coastline. It is curious that when you buy or rent a property here, you probably will not find the word “Pattaya” in your address. The fact is that Pattaya is an independent administrative region that combines geographic areas such as Naklua, Nongprue and parts of Huay Yai and Nong Pla Lai. Therefore, it is more likely that you will see these names in the chain of your address. Anyway, addresses in Thailand are really something.
An important line of demarcation of the resort is the main highway of the city – Sukhumvit Road, which has a length of more than 400 kilometers and on its way from Bangkok to the south eastern province of Trat, passes through Pattaya.
Thus, Pattaya can be divided into four conventional areas, which will help with its geography: Central (historic center), Northern part, South part and Eastern part. This is relatively conditional division because each area includes several districts. The major reference points are Central Pattaya (all the other areas are situated either on the north or on south from the central part) and Sukhumvit Road (eastern areas are located to the east of Sukhumvit).
If you are looking for privacy and harmony with nature – this place is definitely not for you. The main motto here is movement! Beach-road together with the famous Walking-street (located next to the South Pattaya area) are the “Epicenter” of nightlife. There are several large shopping centers in Central Pattaya, as well as countless bars, restaurants, various shops, massage parlors and other entertainments. Perhaps this is the most populous area of Pattaya with constant traffic on the streets and throngs of people until the early hours of the morning.
This area is probably not the best place to relax in the sun as the beach here is a fairly noisy and crowded. However, this disadvantage is completely replaced by the quantity and quality of other attractions that are within walking distance, which in turn, makes it unnecessary to use your own vehicles.
There is very limited high-end housing stock In Central Pattaya save a few condominiums and there is very little new residential construction. There are however numerous luxury branded hotels and, at the same time, one can discover large quantities of cheap guesthouses and small hotels with an inexpensive daily rent.
Central Pattaya is probably most suited to people coming here for a lively holiday, preferring to spend here a short fun filled vacation. We can also recommend the area to expats who need to live close to work. Due to the high demand for short-term lease (including the low season), Central Pattaya is ideal for investment property purchase.
South Pattaya can be divided into a part adjacent to the shoreline (near South Pattaya Road), the eastern part (near Thepprasit Road), and part on the border with Pratamnak (Thappraya Road). The coastal part, where Walking Street and the major tourist gateway to the sea – Bali Hai Pier are located, it is very similar to Central Pattaya by real estate characteristics.
Thepprasit Road and all of South Pattaya adjacent to the Sukhumvit, is a “working” area inhabited mostly by Thai people working in the area, there are though, a liberal sprinkling of long term expats. There are less activities for tourists, but, many offices and various retail outlets (shops, stores), useful for those who come to Pattaya not as a tourist. This is a bit lower down the scale on the investment scale currently however, there are some major projects in the planning so definitely one to watch for the future.
However, this cannot be said about the Road that divides South Pattaya and Pratamnak – Thappraya road. Despite the fact that this area is further from the coastline, its main advantage is its unique location. Tourist hustle and bustle there seems to be left out, but still it is a stone’s throw away to the beach and Walking Street, and to the beautiful parks of Pratamnak Hill, and to Jomtien (in fact a continuation south on Thappraya Road on the recently built Jomtien 2nd Road and to the shopping malls of Sukhumvit. This is probably the only place in Pattaya, with such a quick and easy access to a variety of points of the resort.
It is no coincidence Thappraya became a place of intense development of new condominiums, positioning itself as inner city resorts. It can be seen that the population here is a little different: the absence of large hotel complexes (the majority are located in Central Pattaya) causes a smaller number of “tour-packagers” (those who came for a couple of weeks on the tour package). The main inhabitants of Thappraya are more likely to be a “winterer” (someone who regularly and individually comes to Thailand to spend a few months in a year). In contrast to the “coastal” strip of South Pattaya, this place is more favorable for older couples and families with children but also those who want to be close to the nightlife but just far away enough for peaceful living. Investment attractiveness of this area is high.
Pratumnak Hill is often referred to as the Beverly Hills of Pattaya. The attentive traveler will notice that around Thailand, there is usually a hill (elevation), with a Buddhist temple (Wat) near any village in Thailand. Of course, there is the Golden Buddha place in Pattaya, and it is situated on Pratamnak (though, in fairness, it should be noted that the construction of a giant statue of Buddha in Pattaya began only in 1977).
In short, Pratamnak is:
The most green and clean area of Pattaya: Rising 120-meters from sea-level, nature changing before your eyes.
The most beautiful park in Pattaya.
The most beautiful views of the city (the central part, Jomtien) and the bay.
Here is the residence of a member of the revered Thai Royal Family, therefore this is the most protected and safe area of Pattaya.
Clean and quiet beaches.