Earning a living in Pattaya-Impossible?
The 'high' season in Pattaya, which we're in now, ushers in THOUSANDS of dreamers-farangs of all ages, sizes,
Many of whom fantasize of leaving their cold, dreary countries and moving to the area.
Quickly reality bursts their bubble, though.
The question becomes: how do they FINANCE their imagined lifestyle?
And unfortunately for too many, they construct ILLUSIONS of starting a business or finding a job. Convincing themselves of
its ease--as in their home country.
The reality is the following:
1) Work permits are REQUIRED for foreigners to be employed ANYWHERE in Thailand.
--An employer must sponsor and state the UNIQUE skills you possess which NO other Thai citizen posesses. And don't leave
that job without another--your permit is EMPLOYER-SPECIFIC.
2) Wage scales are SIGNIFICANTLY lower in Thailand (especially outside of Bangkok) than the West.
--Could you live on 25 or 30,000B per month?! That's probably what you'll earn in Pattaya.
Assuming no other income, this would not be a happy life for most farangs.
3) Starting a business, in particular a bar, is the most POPULAR income idea-and the most DELUSORY!
--Competition among bars (and their owners) is FIERCE in Pattaya.
Their are literally thousands of bars--Walking Street, for example, has 60+ go-go bars alone!
How will they all survive? They won't.
Unless a bar owner has a UNIQUE niche and A LOT of capital to withstand years(!) of potential losses, they'll probably
Conclusion: Don't move to Pattaya unless you have a GUARANTEED income stream to AT LEAST cover food and shelter. Dreaming
of earning a living here is just that--dreams.