Updated 9 months ago

Pattaya may not be as idyllic as some of Thailand's other beach destinations, but it is still one of the most popular thanks to the wide variety of activities, accommodation and pulsating nightlife options that it offers. Located a mere 150km south-east of Bangkok, its easy access makes it a well-frequented beach resort and many expats living in the capital head to Pattaya to windsurf, waterski, play golf, snorkel, or sail to nearby islands. Due to the high number of expatriates living in Pattaya, there is also an excellent selection of authentic foreign eateries.

Types of jobs

The main jobs for foreigners in Pattaya are in education and hospitality. For both sectors, you will need to have a strong command of English, and a working knowledge of Thai will be to your benefit. Many people choose to retire in Pattaya and teach on the side to earn a bit of money, and this does mean there's some competition for younger foreigners.

Pattaya is also a good place from which to work on a freelance basis, as the cost of living there is likely to be quite low, compared to your home country, and slightly cheaper than in Bangkok. So if you earn a foreign currency for working remotely, this could provide you with a more comfortable standard of living than a teaching job.

Pattaya continues to have a booming real estate market and, due to the abundance of property, you may well be able to find work in the real estate sector if you have the knowledge and experience.

Due to Pattaya's popularity on the tourist circuit, there is a wide range of hotels, bars and restaurants. So if you have qualifications, experience and sought-after skills, you may well be a desirable candidate in this sector — particularly in high profile or management positions.

You might also consider running your own bar, restaurant or guesthouse in Pattaya. So long as it's in the right location and purchased at the right price, this could be a way to earn a sufficient living in Pattaya. Just be aware that you'll probably not make a fortune this way, and most of your money will probably be earned in the high season. If you do wish to go down the route of starting your own business in Pattaya, then it's advisable to come with enough money to financially sustain yourself in the event of the business not succeeding. It is also important to do thorough research and due diligence as to legalities and expenses before you make any decisions, as there are known to be scams.

Job-hunting in Pattaya

Meeting people and networking in Pattaya is probably one of the best ways to find job opportunities and get a feel for what's available. This is particularly the case if you are looking for work in the hospitality industry. The plethora of sports activities and nightlife options available in Pattaya will mean that you shouldn't have a problem making contacts easily.

It's also a good idea to browse through job websites and local newspapers to see what jobs are available. If you work in the hospitality industry and there are a few high-end hotels that pique your interest in Pattaya, then keep an eye on their websites for vacancies and send them your CV.

  Useful link:

Ministry of Employment in Thailand
Pattaya Job Centre
Job Pattaya
Best Pattaya Jobs
Pattaya Daily News
Pattaya Trader
Pattaya Investments

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