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Phuket is more scenic, but generally a huge hassle to get around and do day to day stuff, unless all you do is drink and go to the beach.  Fewer long term expats, although some.  Notoriously aggressiv

Depends.   Pattaya - Better bar scene.                  Cheaper food.                  Cheaper equivalent properties.                  Convenient to get to Bangkok.  

PHUKET hands down, Lived in Pattaya back in 84-85 and than moved to phuket, expect for 97/98 and 2008/09 been here..and still love it here   Pattaya is a city with all that brings and c

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+1 and +1 to both previous posts, if you like beaches, great scenery and places to visit in short distances, even not far off the island, Phuket wins...

 

Need to learn to avoid tourist traps and inflated prices a bit, and cope with hordes of Chinese groups - though no sign of them, very quiet and cut prices lately, some benefits of Covid19...! 

 

 

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I would say they are both fantastic if you like that sort of thing and both terrible if you don't.  Personally I much prefer Hua Hin / Cha Am/ Kancahanabhuri / Krabi.

 

When I first came here I would have chosen Phuket, however we ended up in Nonthabhuri which is really lacking (eg. beaches are rubbish) in many ways to Phuket and Pattaya but then it's nice to visit those places for the different atmosphere.  I just couldn't live in either of them permanently.

 

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On 1/6/2021 at 9:33 AM, KarenBravo said:

Depends.

 

Pattaya - Better bar scene.

                 Cheaper food.

                 Cheaper equivalent properties.

                 Convenient to get to Bangkok.

 

Phuket - Better scenery.

                Much better beaches.

                Cheaper rents (from what I've seen) on houses.

                Has a better reputation (Pattaya is seen as one big whore-house by   Europeans.

                Many people that live in Pattaya tell others they live in Chonburi because of this).

Or Jomtien 

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Pattaya, Phuket, or anywhere else in Thailand, depends on your life-style, preferences, expectations, and in some degree also the content in your pockets.

 

Personally I would prefer Phuket for Pattaya, because Pattaya is too much big city for me, whilst Phuket is more like a life-long vacation. Furthermore there is a bit about that with reputation, when saying that "I live in Pattaya".

 

I however settled on a smaller island than Phuket, and is still happy for that choice...🙂

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Personally I would prefer Phuket for Pattaya, because Pattaya is too much big city for me, whilst Phuket is more like a life-long vacation. Furthermore there is a bit about that with reputation, when saying that "I live in Pattaya".

 

 

That's a yes from him and a yes from me.

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Unfortunately the reputation of both precedes them, Phuket for its mafia & extortionate Tuk Tuk, taxi & prices in general, Pattaya mainly for its red light areas, I live out on the Darkside of Pattaya, rarely do I venture into town except for shopping but we have peace, quiet & a relaxing way of life, so Pattaya for me.

 

Sorry forgot to include Phuket's horrendous road deaths.

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