May 2, 2014
Pattaya V Chang Mai
Where is the most inexpensive place to stay in Thailand?
I was reading with some interest the claims of some quarters that Chang Mai was the cheapest place in Thailand for backpackers, the suggestion is that you could live on 500-600 Baht per day, this claim sounded vague to me so I decided to put it to the test and try the same study in Pattaya.
Accommodation & Sustenance:
You can stay in Asia BackPackers in Soi Baukow, Pattaya’s one and only true hostel for as little as 200 Baht per night when staying for 3 nights, eating in Thailand is a real pleasure and you can eat from any of the street sellers for less than 30 Baht per meal add to this the necessity to drink water then your total daily cost is approx. 400 Baht per day, sounds fine but surely if you are travelling the real aim is to do something not just survive! What therefore can you do here in Pattaya for cheap or better still for free.
Here are my suggestions:
Visit the beaches; Pattaya Beach is a short walk from the hostel or a little bit longer to the smaller beaches of Nakula or a baht bus ride to Jomtien, if you like your beaches less commercialized then spend a few more Baht and go to the beaches in Sattahip. Most are free
Visit the Pattaya Floating Market Entrance costs: 200 baht add 20 baht each way on the 2 hourly buses from beach road. Why not simply go for free to Soi Baukow Market just a few hundred metres from the hostel, if you have never been to a Thai market then you should, the heat, noise, sound and smell of a market is great fun and a must, even if for only a short time.
Visit Soi 6 the original and still the noisiest Girly Bar Soi in the city for nothing, the noise and colour assaults the ears and eyes but it is worth the walk
Watch the lady boys leave their respective shows at Tiffany Show or Alcazar Cabaret in their full regalia for the paying guests to take pictures, it’s for free if you do not want pictures with any of the performers
Watch the sunset and a 360 degree view of Pattaya from the top floor of the Markland Beach View hotel situated on Soi 1 Beach road, take the glass lift to the roof garden and see the whole city, great picture opportunity.
Muay Thai boxing just before Walking Street (beach entrance) take in the sounds and atmosphere for a while for the cost of a drink or stand at the road for nothing.
Walking Street, Pattaya’s famous night life is shown here in all its glory so much going on blink and you will miss something, Chang Mai may have its own but it’s not a touch on Pattaya. Take in music from any of the literally hundreds of live bands my favourite the Blues Factory off of Walking Street good live music and not just Blues all for the price of just a drink.
Siriporn Orchid Entrance fee: 20 Baht
Wat Phra Yai (big Buddha Hill) Entrance fee: free
Koh Larn Island 60 return ferry costs.
Koh Loy (Island) Entrance fee: free
Join in our Darts or pool leagues with every game comes free food and the chance of a free beer (if your team wins the beer leg) and all for just taking part.
Or you could simply Sit in the Z bar in the hostel and watch the world drift by or catch up with friends around the world with free WI-FI……….. Priceless
And they say Chang Mai is inexpensive! In my opinion it has nothing on Pattaya