How To Find An Apartment In Pattaya
If you’ve rented an apartment in Thailand before, you’ll know that you normally walk door to door, ask if there are any rooms available, have a quick tour, and if you like it – you hand them some cash and usually move in that same day.
At least that’s how I’ve found that most places work in Chiang Mai, as well as the Thai islands.
I got to Pattaya a few days ago and found it is a little bit different here…
If you’re coming to Pattaya for 1 month or longer, let me explain to you how to find accommodation!
Step 1: Book a Hotel
The first thing you’ll need to do is book a hotel to stay in whilst you’re apartment hunting. I’d recommend 3 nights for Pattaya as it seems to take a little longer than other places. In Chiang Mai you should only need 1-2 nights, max!
Step 2: Hit the Streets or Get an Agent
Decide on the area you’d like to live in, and start walking or driving around. Make note of different places you’d like to stay and go ask about rooms in the lobby. Personally, I chose the Jomtien area which is just South of the craziness of Pattaya, and so far it’s been great!
Alternatively, if you can get in contact with an agent directly, then they’ll be able to take you to a number of different places and speed up the process. Keep in mind that this option might end up costing you a little bit more!
Step 3: Make Appointments
What I found was that the staff in the lobby didn’t actually manage the rooms. Almost every apartment was privately owned, and you had to make appointments with an agent to even see the rooms.
In Chiang Mai, almost every place has staff working that can get you a room that same day.
In Pattaya, when I asked about rentals at apartments, the staff got on the phone to an agent and helped me to make an appointment to see the room. This was almost always the following day. That’s what really slows down the process here is making appointments, and trying to fit in as many as you can.
Some smaller places could book you in on the same day. These were mostly small, bed and breakfast looking places. Typically, these places only had a handful of rooms, no kitchen, and if they had a pool it was a small one. These were basic, but not too bad all the same.
I would highly recommend getting a Thai SIM card at the airport when you arrive. It will only cost you a few hundred baht to put some credit on, and that way you’ll be able to call agents and receive calls from them.
Step 4: Choose Your New Place
Now all you have to do is choose a place you like!
Prices vary a lot here. Location is one big factor, but at the same time I noticed some big variances in very similar places right around the corner from each other. Since they are privately owned it really is up to the owner (and agent) as to what they charge you.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate a little and see what kind of a deal you can get.
If you’re staying long-term, you can usually get a much better price than if you were just staying for a single month, like I am.
Personally, I’m paying 11,000 baht a month per month at my new place here in Jomtien. If you’d like to take a look at what 11,000 baht (about $410 AUD) will get you, then watch my apartment tour video below.
I hope that helps. Have fun in Thailand!
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