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Is it worth coming to Pattaya for a semi-long (6-months) living situation, or is it a hassle getting food or going out for a beer?

 

I usually live in Jomtein or Pratamnak half the year. Party maybe once a week. Living on the darkside or away from the ocean is not an option for me.

 

Just want things to be relatively normal and not just everything shut down or people acting weird enough that staying becomes an issue. Opinions?

 

Is there anyone living there now in the central area who is carrying more or less as normal, or are expats just waiting to get out?

 

Is that construction nightmare along the main ocean drag finished yet?

 

 

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Plenty of places open for food and beer, both cheap and expensive and thousands of foreigners are living here and have no issues whatsoever. When you will go out for party (assuming your wallet is plenty full), you will be VERY welcome, as the party places that ARE open do not have too many customers, so you will be given proper attention 😀. However: Don't expect all places to be open, the mood is pretty down with many empty/closed bars and shops and Walking Street nothing it was before.

 

That said.. you just don't know what is going to happen within the next 6 months, bar closures etc. can happen within days, if the virus situation again gets out of control - but that is the same everywhere now.

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57 minutes ago, DerbyDan said:

Is it worth coming to Pattaya for a semi-long (6-months) living situation, or is it a hassle getting food or going out for a beer?

There is no hassle getting food nor beer......apart from the silly alcohol sale timings for supermarkets and convenience stores. 

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No worries. Mostly everything open (except the ones that had to permanently close). Drink and food no problem at all. Of course, if you ever have been here in normal "high season" you might find it quite different. Very few farangs around, you might sit alone in a restaurant or with very few people in a bar, but the service is friendlier and more efficient accordingly.

There is also a curfew, the closing times changes frequently. At present it is midnight I believe.

The usual street vendors are in abundance, traffic is much better than it used to be.

For the time being you should wear a mask when out and about; definitely in department stores and 7-11's.

Whilst it may not be mandatory, for the sake of your fellow inhabitants/visitors you are expected to do so.

Of course no need to wear masks in the restaurant or in the bar.

In some stores you may have to scan a code on your phone when entering or write down your name on a pad provided.

Welcome to peaceful Pattaya and enjoy it!

 

thaisabai

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56 minutes ago, thaisabai said:

There is also a curfew, the closing times changes frequently. At present it is midnight I believe.

I think you are mistaken as there is no curfew.

 

Officially bars/restaurants are currently supposed to stop serving alcohol at 11pm.  However someone I know was saying they were in a bar until 2am the other night.......

 

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Its almost normal except its much quieter, not so many folks around in Jomtien. Food and beer available as normal, except all bars and restaurants, and everything else,  close at 11.00pm officially and the police do check!

There is still some construction going on in Thuppraya road near the beach, but almost finishes I think!

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12 hours ago, DerbyDan said:

Is it worth coming to Pattaya for a semi-long (6-months) living situation, or is it a hassle getting food or going out for a beer?

 

I usually live in Jomtein or Pratamnak half the year. Party maybe once a week. Living on the darkside or away from the ocean is not an option for me.

 

Just want things to be relatively normal and not just everything shut down or people acting weird enough that staying becomes an issue. Opinions?

 

Is there anyone living there now in the central area who is carrying more or less as normal, or are expats just waiting to get out?

 

Is that construction nightmare along the main ocean drag finished yet?

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, DerbyDan said:

or are expats just waiting to get out?

 

Where on earth would we go, 555?

We're blessed to be here, one of the safest places on the planet at the moment.

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Just now, Box fighter said:

 

I have been here nearly13 months now, was a pain when covid was on and lockdown with it 

I am on a 2 month holiday ( tourist) visa and with the pools opened up I am not bored I do not drink but get around on my bike ok 

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Life is fairly normal for older residents who do not "party". More and more bars and small restaurants are closing and have "For Rent" or "For Sale" signs on the shuttered premises. Food vendors along Jomtien Beach Road seem to be operating normally, and branded coffee shops (Amazon ex.) are open. It's not the bustling bar and party scene that it used to be, but those of us here for the long-term like the lack of Chinese tour buses or Russian tour groups. The air quality of late is bad due to prevailing winds from the N. that bring Bangkok pollution and smoke from burning fields, so there's that. My condo pool is open, and walks along Jomtien Dongtan Beach keep me happy. But If I were not already here, I wouldn't bother. There are better places than here. 

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No,it is not worth coming at the moment. It is a sad boring desolate place at present.The air is terrible,there is noisy renovation work all over the place the roads are are all having pipes laid etc.I am bored and miserable here and can't wait to go off somewhere else after this corona virus had subdued.

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15 hours ago, thaisabai said:

No worries. Mostly everything open (except the ones that had to permanently close). Drink and food no problem at all. Of course, if you ever have been here in normal "high season" you might find it quite different. Very few farangs around, you might sit alone in a restaurant or with very few people in a bar, but the service is friendlier and more efficient accordingly.

There is also a curfew, the closing times changes frequently. At present it is midnight I believe.

The usual street vendors are in abundance, traffic is much better than it used to be.

For the time being you should wear a mask when out and about; definitely in department stores and 7-11's.

Whilst it may not be mandatory, for the sake of your fellow inhabitants/visitors you are expected to do so.

Of course no need to wear masks in the restaurant or in the bar.

In some stores you may have to scan a code on your phone when entering or write down your name on a pad provided.

Welcome to peaceful Pattaya and enjoy it!

 

thaisabai

you have to id at some stores now? that's pretty crazy. what's that checking for?

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12 hours ago, KannikaP said:

Which is where a lot of Covid transmission occurs!

What Covid transmission is that? In Thailand it seems to be all contained in the Burmese worker factories and living accommodation. I somehow don't see there being restaurants and bars there. 

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On 2/6/2021 at 6:29 AM, jacko45k said:

There is no hassle getting food nor beer......apart from the silly alcohol sale timings for supermarkets and convenience stores. 

Go to the off-licence shops, no hassle with hours...

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4 hours ago, DerbyDan said:

you have to id at some stores now? that's pretty crazy. what's that checking for?

Where did you get that??? You have to register, either with one of the Apps or handwritten. This WOULD allow a positive cases follow up in order to avoid further spread and make containment easier.... SO what's so crazy about it??????

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16 hours ago, KannikaP said:

Which is where a lot of Covid transmission occurs!

 

16 hours ago, Guderian said:

 

Where on earth would we go, 555?

We're blessed to be here, one of the safest places on the planet at the moment.

Hmmm

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Its' got non crowded bars, restaurants, beaches and streets.  Plenty of women.  Rents are cheap. 

BUT early official closing and alcohol rules of 11pm...

Noted that all places do not adhere to that.  That's a gamble if you are there the night owner isn't on time with his special license payment.

AND it seems to be one of the quickest to lockdown if someone in the country sneezes.

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8 hours ago, DerbyDan said:

you have to id at some stores now? that's pretty crazy. what's that checking for?

It's the contact tracing scheme. Either scan a QR code or write name and phone number in a notebook so they can contact you if someone tests positive who visited or works at the store/shop/venue. 

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1 hour ago, sghanchey said:

It's the contact tracing scheme. Either scan a QR code or write name and phone number in a notebook so they can contact you if someone tests positive who visited or works at the store/shop/venue. 

 

Im actually amazed that the Question was asked ! You mean theres places in the world that dont think making contact tracing easy  is a good idea ?

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7 hours ago, jomtienisgood said:

Go to the off-licence shops, no hassle with hours...

I have a distributor place near me where I can buy  a case or few bottles  anytime... but there is a brand of beer I like  that  I get from BIG-CX  or a 7-11... so often I am getting the timings wrong.

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17 hours ago, jacko45k said:

I have a distributor place near me where I can buy  a case or few bottles  anytime... but there is a brand of beer I like  that  I get from BIG-CX  or a 7-11... so often I am getting the timings wrong.

11am - 1pm;  17-11pm( now...)

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17 hours ago, jomtienisgood said:

11am - 1pm;  17-11pm( now...)

I believe it is 2pm. Then 5pm to 11 ... (not sure about the last time. usually not shopping then)!

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8 hours ago, jacko45k said:

I believe it is 2pm. Then 5pm to 11 ... (not sure about the last time. usually not shopping then)!

Yes, correct... Forgot 1 hour as I buy alcohol in other road shops....

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21 minutes ago, jomtienisgood said:

Yes, correct... Forgot 1 hour as I buy alcohol in other road shops....

If only you just bought it ... You drink it too!  5555555

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