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Butch

Jomtien vs Pattaya

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For a retiree, is Jomtien a better option for budgets?

Do you get more value with regards to accomodation and general everyday expenses?.

If I ever were to retire in Pattaya, Jomtien (or slightly out of town from jomtien but in that direction) would be my first choice, avoiding the localised pollution, traffic and noise. Transport into town (Pattaya) wouldn't be too difficult, there's always Grab or Uber, failing that I'd drive myself (unless going on the piss, I'd just hire a cheap room for the night).

I'd prefer the Jomtien area, better coastline, beach, easier to walk around, cleaner at the cost of fewer bars and restaurants.

Who knows, mnaybe we will see an increase in businesses opening up as Pattaya prices itself out of the market.

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Pattaya itself doesn't have to be expensive, although you're right, Jomtien is less crowded, less polluted, and has less traffic.  Like Pattaya, you can find accommodation in all price ranges.  

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Jomtien is quieter than Pattaya for sure but the sea and main beach are not that much cleaner. You need to go further south before you will see any real benefits. Jomtien Beach also  seems to be very popular with Thai visitors on weekends and holidays so traffic can also be heavy.

Living costs probably aren't that much cheaper than Pattaya either. With so much surplus accommodation in the area there are deals available everywhere if you look hard enough.

The bars are more like local bars than party bars, great for a few quiet beers but not particularly exciting. Beer prices are pretty similar to the Buakhau area, happy hour beers around 55-65 baht, regular priced beers generally around 70-80 baht give or take a few baht here and there. Lady drinks tend to be in the 100-120 baht range but there may be some exceptions I am not aware of. 

More so even than Pattaya I think the bars struggle for customers and are dying a slow death, so I wonder how many will still be around in years to come.

On a more positive note there are a few Gentlemens Clubs in the area if you are looking for a diversion in the afternoon.

There is a good selection of restaurants but the market is not as competitive as Pattaya so prices might be marginally higher.

Have you thought about Pratumnak? Much more residential than Jomtien, prices are fairly similar, some nice beaches at the bottom of the Sois and enough bars and restaurants to satisfy day to day needs for a retiree. The main downside is getting into and out of town as it's not on the baht bus route. Plenty of motorbikes and taxis around but costs build up if you use them on a regular basis.

Hope this helps.

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5 minutes ago, tallguy said:

Jomtien is quieter than Pattaya for sure but the sea and main beach are not that much cleaner. You need to go further south before you will see any real benefits. Jomtien Beach also  seems to be very popular with Thai visitors on weekends and holidays so traffic can also be heavy.

Living costs probably aren't that much cheaper than Pattaya either. With so much surplus accommodation in the area there are deals available everywhere if you look hard enough.

The bars are more like local bars than party bars, great for a few quiet beers but not particularly exciting. Beer prices are pretty similar to the Buakhau area, happy hour beers around 55-65 baht, regular priced beers generally around 70-80 baht give or take a few baht here and there. Lady drinks tend to be in the 100-120 baht range but there may be some exceptions I am not aware of. 

More so even than Pattaya I think the bars struggle for customers and are dying a slow death, so I wonder how many will still be around in years to come.

On a more positive note there are a few Gentlemens Clubs in the area if you are looking for a diversion in the afternoon.

There is a good selection of restaurants but the market is not as competitive as Pattaya so prices might be marginally higher.

Have you thought about Pratumnak? Much more residential than Jomtien, prices are fairly similar, some nice beaches at the bottom of the Sois and enough bars and restaurants to satisfy day to day needs for a retiree. The main downside is getting into and out of town as it's not on the baht bus route. Plenty of motorbikes and taxis around but costs build up if you use them on a regular basis.

Hope this helps.

This is a really good assessment - the only thing I would add is that Jomtien is much nicer for walking around as the sidewalks are generally much quieter and wide in the newer parts, with the exception of the first few blocks of Beach Rd....you generally don't have the hordes of Chinese and Indians cluttering up the walkways. I like the Pratamnak area too but have never stayed there for the same reason, the lack of baht buses.....I should add that it  can be difficult sometimes  getting on the main route baht buses to Pattaya at night time during December/January - they  fill up quickly.

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13 minutes ago, maipenrai said:

This is a really good assessment - the only thing I would add is that Jomtien is much nicer for walking around as the sidewalks are generally much quieter and wide in the newer parts, with the exception of the first few blocks of Beach Rd....you generally don't have the hordes of Chinese and Indians cluttering up the walkways. I like the Pratamnak area too but have never stayed there for the same reason, the lack of baht buses.....I should add that it  can be difficult sometimes  getting on the main route baht buses to Pattaya at night time during December/January - they  fill up quickly.

Agree about Jomtien being better for walking along the beach. The beachside path is very good.

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