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How to work in Pattaya

Posted on 04 January 2015 by ABPC

There are an increasing number of visitors coming to Pattaya each year, especially those of working age it is little surprise that many wish to stay here and work.  Working in Pattaya may be everyone’s dream but sadly it may not be quite as straight forward as many people may think.  There are a number of restrictions surrounding work permits in Thailand that may stop you doing the trade that perhaps you do at home or what you would like to do here.  Basically, to cut a long story short, you can’t do a job that could be done by a Thai National.


Working here without the correct visa or work permit is certainly ill advised with serious consequences for anyone breaking these rules.  The Immigration and Labour Departments are clamping down on this with increasing regularity.  Many people in Pattaya tend to work in real estate sector as there are fewer restrictions here with potentially good rewards for those that are good at their job.  Other people who have more of a forte for graphic design may also see opportunities become available although they will require proof of qualifications.

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As with many things in life, word of mouth and actually getting out there and meeting people seems one of the easiest ways to find work in Pattaya.  Go around many of the local expat haunts and you are sure to find people who are already working in Pattaya or the surrounding area.  Although these people may not be in a position to offer you a job directly, they may know people who would and their advice is sure to prove invaluable in the long term.  A good tip is to be confident but not too pushy.  Many of these expats will have been here along time and seen no end of people come and go.  Prove that you are sensible and capable of listening and doing the job.  No one wants to recommend anyone who may prove to be a liability further down the track!


If you feel that getting out there and meeting people is not your scene, you could always try the tried and trusted method of looking through the classified advertisements.   These could be in the local press or on the internet.  Many people chose to advertise for staff on forums such as Thai Visa or Craigslist.  The old adage that ‘if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is’ would be a good piece of advice to follow in these circumstances, as some people who advertise are maybe not as honest as they could be.  Care should certainly be taken.

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