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What you can do with $30 dollars a day in Pattaya

This article is Part 4 in a 5 part Pattaya series that covers the following topics

  1. Planning your trip to Pattaya
  2. What to do with 1 week in Pattaya
  3. What you can do with $200 hundred dollars a day in Pattaya
  4. What you can do with $30 dollars a day in Pattaya
  5. Cheap hotels in Pattaya with free WiFi

I must have been on vacation to Pattaya maybe 30 times over the past 15 years, more so recently. Since I live in Thailand now I can't go all out and spend 200 dollars a day in Pattaya. When I vacation to Pattaya now my budget is about $30 dollars a day, and I still have a great time!

The trick to having a cheap holiday to Pattaya is your ability to downsize and downgrade on what you spend your money on, be it a hotel in Pattaya, a Pattaya girl and even the food you eat. You must be willing to make sacrifices in order to get away with having an awesome time for $30 dollars a day in Pattaya.

At the writing of this article $30USD equates to about 900 baht.

Cheap hotel In Pattaya

Cheap hotel In Pattaya

Your budget is only 30 dollars a day and many of the hotels in Pattaya cost more than that, so your going to have to economize and get a cheaper hotel. Most of your budget is going to go to the hotel though because you still want it in central Pattaya so you don't have to pay for transport. Now you can stay at the Gino Guesthouse for only 425 baht per night! This is almost half of your daily budget however the location is perfect in Soi 8 Pattaya and best of all it has free WiFi so you can save on paying for Internet.

Beer Bars Pattaya

beer bars pattaya

Forget the go go bars because you don't have much money left to do all that, you want to find a good Beer Bar in Pattaya that serves cheap drinks. Often Beer bars have special on house beer, it's not that good but it does the job and you get to chat with the ladies for free. Let's say the house beer is about 45 baht, this means you can have about 4 beers before you run out of money. A good way to get a few beers for free is from free wheeling tourists. Me I'll go to a bar that has a few blokes that look quite affable. Sit next to them and order a beer. Make friends with them explain your budget situation and often they'll shout you a beer. Sounds desperate I know, but you don't go out of your way to do this. Many blokes who come to Pattaya know how expensive it can get and can understand your situation especially if they don't live in Thailand. I've been drunk heaps of times in Pattaya all from blokes shouting me beers. If you speak Thai it's a lot easier because if you do a bit of translations for some of the tourists, simply ask for a beer in return. One time i did this and the guys offered to take me out to nightclubs, massage parlours, and all just so I would help translate stuff for them.

Cheap Eats in Pattaya

Pig on spit pattaya

Now it's possible to eat for free in Pattay, yes that's right free! Not entirely though. I'll explain how, but first you need to eat breakfast, some 10 baht fruit, cornflakes and some milk from 7 eleven and you'll be set back about 35 baht. For lunch buy noodles or some rice off the side of the road and should cost you a further 30 baht. For dinner though this is where you want to stock up. Many beer bars in Pattaya often have free eats. You can find these pretty easily, most beer bars when they offer free food (often for birthdays of the owners of the bar) they strong up balloons at the bar to let everyone know that they have free food. Do a strong around Pattaya to find the bars with balloons strung, order a beer and eat as much as you can for free. The food isn't 5 star but you can get a few plates and fill up have a beer and make some new friends, total amount you can spend on food doing this is about 120 baht.

Getting girls for free in Pattaya

Let's face it, your pretty exhausted now for funds and if you've spent on your budget you should have a few hundred baht left. 200 baht in Pattaya might get you a hand job at a Thai Massage shop but getting anything else your options are quite limited unless you don't mind a ladyboy! Let's just say your not into Ladyboy's, ok so how you going to hook up with chicks in Pattaya with only 200 baht in your pocket! Well this is where planning a trip to Pattaya comes into play. If you have done your groundwork before you came to Pattaya you should have landed a number of phone numbers and contacts for when your in Pattaya, now 200 baht should be enough to buy a coffee or something with the girl before retiring to your bedroom for some FREE fun. If you meet a Thai girl online in Pattaya you have a 95% chance that you can get her into your bedroom for free and within hours of meeting her! All you have to do is sign up to this Thai Dating Site and start getting your list going.

You need to Learn Thai Language

Learn Thai Language

In order to do Pattaya on the cheap, it really helps to learn Thai. The more Thai you know the better deals you can get. You can line up girls for free, find and eat cheaper food, get deals on hotel rooms and even talk a girl into paying for you (it can happen). Bottom line is if you can learn to speak thai you can save a lot of money and have more fun in the meantime.

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About Chris

Chris founded LivingThai.org in 2011 and has received over 3 million visitors. He has lived here for over 10 years and speaks reads and writes very good Thai.

17 Responses to What you can do with $30 dollars a day in Pattaya

  1. Phil Maxted December 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Some great tips here Chris am over in LOS from 30th December so will put some of your suggestions into practice.

    • Chris January 27, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Have Fun!

    • vince March 24, 2015 at 6:49 am #

      You really found that helpful. I’m sure these suggestions ruined your trip.

  2. marcel August 27, 2014 at 1:51 am #


  3. MongerPlanet September 15, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    Man, if you only have a budget of $30 a day you should be concentrating on getting a career, with money comes pussy.

    • Chris September 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      I’d agree if you said you “only make $30 a day”. The point of this article was to show what you can do with $30 a day budget. Some days i’ll spend $30 other days $300. All depends, to get an idea of what you could do on $30 this is the article to read, thanks for your comment and good luck with your site.

  4. osahon October 6, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    hey thanks for the explanation im trying to go to thailand. can you tell me a littler bit more like how much money can i take fi i plinning to stay for a months. this is my email [email protected]

  5. Coconut October 29, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Hey, some good tips for eating cheap there. However, the 95% chance of getting a Thai girl you’ve just met back to your hotel room for free sounds too good to be true… I mean, if the girl is willing to come back to a farangs hotel room on the first date and not make any in the process, she must be either extremely naive or just… well, a little stupid… right? What would motivate her to do that? I can see how it could make a difference if you’re living in Thailand and are looking for something serious, as opposed to if you’re just some tourist who’s staying for a couple of weeks, but even then it doesn’t make any sense for her to jump in bed for free on the first date… Would love to hear an explanation to this! 🙂

    • Chris October 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Why? There’s two reasons, first she wants to try make you partners, second maybe she’s just looking for some fun. Especially on the weekends when many Thai’s come to Pattaya, they are away from home, and looking for a fun time. it happens.

  6. daman May 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    This is retarded. You won’t find free pussy in pattaya. Nothing is free in the worlds biggest brothel. Budget your 1000 for pussy and you can sleep on the beach and eat out of the cans.

  7. BatuKeras July 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Boys, if you don’t agree with the author, don’t just bag the shit out of him! He may happen to know some things you haven’t discovered yet. I am not tall, young or have a full head of hair. I still find there are so many strikingly attractive ladies in Asia who want to spend time with me, it makes me realise I am wasting too much time in my home country. Think about this. They are generally small, brown skinned and find our language difficult. To the locals, we are exotic, same as THEY are to us. Do you want to meet some one you find exotic? Of course you do! Why shouldn’t they? Add that thought to your mind set, and have a great time. Remember to ALWAYS respect the locals. You are in their country, their culture, their rules. If you have problems, slow down and ask some one. I have always found if you show respect for the local people, they will try their best to help you.


  8. shauny October 23, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    A stupid article made solely for the purpose of inserting an affiliate link to that dating site. Great idea meeting fake Thais on a site, tell them all about yourself and when you’re travelling ovrt so they can come and meet you, you certainly will get fucked for free, but not the type of fuck you wanted…

  9. Ajay July 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    Beware of sexually transmitted diseases which is a big risk in all sexual ventures. Better safety than indiscriminate savings.

  10. ABHIJIT GHOSH July 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

    Hello Chris, Thank you very much for your nice write-up. I’ve gone through the articles in detail. I’m planning a trip to Pattaya on 29th Oct’16 with one of my friend. The budget is around 12000 Baht for 5 nights. Would you please be bothered to send me a customized “What-to-do” list showing how optimally I can make use of that money. I wanna go about exploring sex drive from all corners in Pattaya. Thank you in advance.

    • R.GOPI September 21, 2016 at 11:29 am #

      5 nights room rent 5000 bahts inclusive of all smenities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner cost 5000 bahts for 5 days. Balance 2000 bahts will not be enough for drinks, lady drinks,bar fine, tips etc.

  11. R.GOPI September 21, 2016 at 12:12 am #

    What you said is unbelivable.e.g. Free fucks, free dinner and so on. I intend to visit pattaya first time 3 months later and will stay there for a maximun of 5 to 7 days. I know only english (not thai language). Now you tell me the budget amount in bahts for 7 days including hotel , beer, lady drinks, bar fine and boom boom.

  12. Johan van Hooff October 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    It is good practice to keep to a budget. WeChat can be used to connect with people and negotiate before hand and confirm when meet up.
    I’m also working on cheap meet ups but I have many contacts from 26+ trips and friends.
    This isn’t about explotation as not all women are chasing money, just company and fun.

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