When asked about cities in Thailand, many people know the name Bangkok, but not as many likely are familiar with the name Chonburi. Chonburi is a large province that boasts the town of Pattaya, a well-travelled spot for most visitors to Thailand. Although Pattaya is a great place to visit, there are many other great spots and reasons that make Chonburi a wonderful place to live.
Chonburi Boasts Great Coastal Living
Chonburi province is mostly along the coast—in fact, Chonburi means ‘city of water’—so there are plenty of great spots right along the beach. A single storey house project in Chonburi (known as บ้านชั้นเดียวชลบุรี โครงการใหม่ in Thai) can be found for as little as 15,000 baht a month. Many of these housing projects are safe areas with gated entrances and security guards. Shopping malls and night markets are all within walking distance to make living in these areas more convenient.
Chonburi Boasts an Authentic Thai Lifestyle
Bangkok and Chiang Mai are trendy places for expats to live, but these cities are very westernized, and at times it can feel like you aren’t in Thailand at all. The large shopping malls and international cuisine can leave you feeling like you’ve never left home. This can be comforting at times, but it doesn’t allow an authentic experience.
Chonburi, while still offering western options throughout the province, is a much quieter and slower pace of life. The city areas aren’t as large, and there is a lot more undeveloped land. Streets are much emptier while driving down the road, and the neighbourhoods offer a more easygoing vibe.
Chonburi Has Good Education Options
Whether you are a family with children or a teacher searching for a job, Chonburi has many educational options. There are private schools in Chonburi that offer English programs mixed with a blend of Thai. There are also international schools in the area for expat families that prefer an educational experience that mirrors what they have in their home country. Some of the tuition for these schools is cheaper than it might be in more populated cities. For teachers, salary might run lower than schools in Bangkok, but this is because the cost of living is much more affordable in these areas.
Chonburi is a wonderful option for families, couples, and singles alike. It offers a refreshing and more relaxed way of living, while still offering the comforts and convenience of the bustling cities.