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No getting away from the fact – Pattaya is cleaning up its act (and I love it!)

Everywhere I look in Pattaya I am seeing positive development and it is making for a very desirable tourist location. I am genuinely very impressed with the changes.

Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the lad environment when I first started coming to Pattaya over a decade ago but firstly, it gets boring after a few years and secondly, I now have a family. I needed to move on, and in fairness so did Pattaya. And it has.

The issue for many of us is due to the tourist dynamic shift, namely the sheer volume of Chinese visitors. I have to admit it bothered me and was a factor, along with a couple of other things, that convinced me I was now a minority and I was better off going elsewhere.

But I am changing my tune. I think it is quite possible to still live in Pattaya away from the Chinese invasion. There are certainly lots of coaches on the road but City Hall has managed this quite well in fairness to them.

Visible Improvements

New Map Ta Phut bypass

1. Infrastructure – In terms of infrastructure first we had the underpass built on the Sukhumvit Road and next, we will have the soon to be opened Map Ta Phut bypass from highway 7 to Na Jomtien. This will make a big difference with traffic.

2. Shopping – Terminal 21 shopping centre is a positive inclusion to the landscape in Naklua and absolutely tourist-centric. For me as an Expat, unless I am eating, I would still choose the Central Festival shopping centre. But, the dynamics of shopping are changing and moving online so shopping centres are more akin to experience and visitors these days in Thailand anyway. So it is a big thumbs up for Terminal 1 arriving in Pattaya.

3. Overhead cables being removed – Pattaya Klang no longer has ugly cables that have all been moved underground, it will be a matter of time before the rest of the town follows suit.

4. Beaches and Promenades – I have never been a fan of the beaches in and around Pattaya, but now that has changed. Pattaya beach is wider and the promenade is lovely. In Pratamumank from Pratamank Soi 5, along Dong Tarn beach and to Jomtien both the promenade walk and beaches look great. I would still never swim in the sea as it looks dirty and I don’t like walking on the mud base, but we cannot have everything.

5. Good guys in, bad guys out – Immigrations strapline is well known in expat circles, but I think it is working. I want to live in an area with my family where it is safer and has fewer expat alcoholics. I think there has been an improvement over the years. If we can clean the bar scene up I think it goes hand in hand with reducing the bad foreign and Thais that tend to be associated. Pattaya has some cracking, very decent bars and restaurants now – much better than the ageing beer bar set up we had before.

Pattaya Beach – A huge improvement

If you are looking to retire somewhere nice, you need to look at Pattaya

Previously if anyone said they wanted to live in a decent area in Thailand, didn’t like sitting in bars and they had a nice retirement income behind them I would not recommend Pattaya. But I would now.

This blog has been provided by Dan About Thailand BLOG for Inspire.

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31mar(mar 31)00:0030nov(nov 30)23:59The ‘Formula One Race’ Starts at Hooters Exciting F1 Games

01sepalldayTerre Et Mer at Caprice Restaurant Royal Cliff PattayaBeef. Lamb. Monkfish. Or a fancy plate of Bouillabaisse, We are serving them all at Caprice – A Taste Of Riviera.

01sep08:4631dec(dec 31)08:46Premium Cuts at Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar Royal Cliff PattayaEnjoy our butcher’s premium selections at Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar – Excellence & Heritage!

01sep08:5631dec(dec 31)23:56Exotic BBQ Skewers at Breezeo Royal Cliff PattayaTry our new Exotic BBQ Skewers and enjoy our chef’s special menus that are grilled to thrill!

01sep09:0731dec(dec 31)09:07Special Prime Beef Teppanyaki at Chamu Royal Cliff PattayaShowcasing one of the most popular dishes in Japan, try our new Teppanyaki promotion and let us bring Japan to you at Chamu – Japanese Corner.

01sep09:2031dec(dec 31)23:20Silk Road to Huang Chao at Huang Chao Royal Cliff PattayaDiscover Marco Polo’s favorite noodle dishes at Huang Chao – Royal Cantonese Cuisine

01sep09:5631dec(dec 31)23:56Flavours of Siam at Larn Thong Royal Cliff PattayaWe are serving world class cuisine from the 4 regions of Thailand at Larn Thong – Authentic Thai Traditions. This is your opportunity to explore the famous dishes from each region without ever leaving Pattaya!

01sep10:0631dec(dec 31)23:06Gold Medal Cocktails at The Bars of the Royal Cliff PattayaLife is good, especially on the weekend. Drop by and enjoy breath-taking views while you sip and savour our new refreshing cocktails.

01sep10:1931dec(dec 31)23:19World of Cupcakes at Café Royal Royal Cliff Beach HotelEnjoy the most adorable selection of cupcakes at our Café Royal located at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel!

29oct(oct 29)18:0030nov(nov 30)23:00Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2019Back again with the International Firework Festival Marvel at the spectacular fireworks display.

13nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

14nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

15novalldayA Taste of Santa Carolina Chilean Wine Dinner at deVine Wine Club Royal Cliff HotelWe are delighted to invite you to our next deVine Club wine dinner, ” A Taste of Santa Carolina Chilean Wine Dinner“, which is due to take place on Friday, 15 November 2019.

15nov18:3021:00Multi Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking at ANA ANAN Resort & Villas PattayaMembers and friends in Samutprakarn, Chacheongsao, Chonburi, Rayong and those who have a business meeting in the area, please join us at this one of the best networking event of November!

15nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

16nov(nov 16)06:0022(nov 22)23:59World’s Premier Seniors’ Tennis Tournament ITF Grade A Returns to Fitz Club Top-level Tennis tournament returns to Pattaya on November 16-22 2019 with the Thailand Seniors Championship (ITF Grade A).

16nov18:3022:30Saturday Seafood Bonanza, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort PattayaSeafood lovers will enjoy the wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley. The buffet line also features shrimp on ice, freshly rolled sushi, Thai noodles, Italian pasta, pizza, local Thai dishes, mouthwatering dessert corner and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ per person with half price for children from 6-12 years.

16nov18:3022:00Yves Baron Tenor under the Stars at Centara Grand PratumnakOn Saturday 16th November 2019 Kick off Buffet and Live Music at Centara Grand Pratumnak.

16nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

16nov19:0022:00International Wine & Dine at Patrick’s Steak House PattayaA 6 Course menu with 6 International wines to taste

17novallday70’s Night at Scooters Bar Soi 6Its “70’s Night at Scooters Soi 6, come and join the Fun

17nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

18nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

19nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

20nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

21nov(nov 21)11:0024(nov 24)21:00Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2019 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, PattayaOcean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2019 is Thailand’s Biggest Boating, Lifestyle, and Leisure Show.

21nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

22nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

23novalldayElton John Tribute Night at Scooters Bar Soi BuakhaoA musical experience at Scooters Soi Buakhao

23nov(nov 23)07:0024(nov 24)18:00Bangkok Bank CycleFest 2019 at Siam Country Club Old CourseA cycling and lifestyle event that celebrates the joy of mobility on two wheels, the Bangkok Bank CycleFest 2019 will see riders take part in a variety of ride categories over the two days.

23nov18:3022:30Saturday Seafood Bonanza, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort PattayaSeafood lovers will enjoy the wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley. The buffet line also features shrimp on ice, freshly rolled sushi, Thai noodles, Italian pasta, pizza, local Thai dishes, mouthwatering dessert corner and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ per person with half price for children from 6-12 years.

23nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

24nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

25nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

26nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

27nov08:0021:00Pattaya Amateur Golf Series at Eastern StarPrice includes green fee, caddy fee plus FREE BBQ from 7pm at Hemingways Jomtien – Prize Presentation 8pm.

27nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

28nov09:2623:26Thanksgiving Celebration at The Sportsman PubOur annual Thanksgiving set menu

28nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

29novalldayPattaya International Firework Festival at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort PattayaPattaya International Firework Festival 2019

29nov(nov 29)01:0030(nov 30)23:00Pattaya International Fireworks Festival at Hard Rock Cafe PattayaJoin us for watching fireworks dance across the night sky to music. 2 nights only.

29nov(nov 29)07:0930(nov 30)23:09Pattaya International Fireworks Buffet at Dusit Thani PattayaWhat a better way to enjoy the Pattaya International Fireworks than to dine at The Bay Terrace & The Point, the magnificent view of Pattaya Bay.

29nov(nov 29)17:0030(nov 30)23:55Pattaya International Fireworks November 2019 at Sky Bar – Siam At Siam Design Hotel PattayaGet the best spot ready for Pattaya International Fireworks Festival on Friday 29 & Saturday 30 November 2019 on our Sky Bar rooftop, one of the best rooftops in Pattaya! Many packages from [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya for you to enjoy the fireworks!

29nov(nov 29)18:0030(nov 30)23:00Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2019 at Hilton PattayaEnjoy the fireworks display over the bay from the prime location, Hilton Pattaya. Choices of dining venues are available with exclusive views.

29nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

30nov18:3022:30Saturday Seafood Bonanza, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort PattayaSeafood lovers will enjoy the wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley. The buffet line also features shrimp on ice, freshly rolled sushi, Thai noodles, Italian pasta, pizza, local Thai dishes, mouthwatering dessert corner and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ per person with half price for children from 6-12 years.

30nov19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

30nov01decPIPPA Presents HUGO at PIPPA RestaurantOne of the most iconic artists, Hugo – Chulachak Chakrabongse is known for challenging Thai conventional norms through music, blending in the influences of Psychedelic Rock infused with Alternative Folk from the 60s.

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