Surprise result with Pattaya awarded title of world’s most liveable city


In a result that has shocked many commentators, the winner of the 2016 title of world’s most liveable city has been named as the Thai beach resort of Pattaya. Located about 100 kms southeast of Bangkok, Pattaya has a colourful history and is best known for its sex industry, with up to 4 million tourists visiting the city annually and many indulging in visits to host bars, massage parlours and related businesses.

However, in recent years Pattaya has made great progress in cleaning up its act, to the point where its once notoriously sleazy reputation has made way for a focus on more wholesome, family-orientated activities. “10 years ago, Pattaya wouldn’t have made our top 100 list of liveable cities,” admitted one of the judges on the 20 member panel that voted in the 2016 poll. “However, there have been many improvements since we first started coming here.” The judges embarked on a visit to a short-list of ten cities around the world which had been voted into the top 10, including several Asian capitals such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. “All the other cities had several positives, but we felt Pattaya was number one,” revealed the judge.

The award is sure to further enhance Pattaya’s credentials as a leading tourist destination in the region. However, the result has not been without controversy, as many commentators questioned why all 20 members of the panel were European men aged over 60. The group declined to comment, citing an important meeting at a local massage parlour.



  1. I knew it… Pattaya is my #1 city for long term stay in Thailand. Cause it has everything…. you can have fun, you can have nice beaches, great shopping and restaurants and all to affordable prices! You can stay in luxury condos with huge pools for a couple of bucks. And the city is easy to reach in quite a short time from Bangkok. And if you need medical treatment, you find a great variety of english speaking doctors and very good hospitals. Try it 😉

  2. No mention of the large number of tour busses causing traffic gridlock and air pollution .
    Place is getting more and more unliveable if you ask me.

  3. Wonderful news. I’d skip pricey Phuket or Samui and heading straight to Pattaya for a weekend get away for only couple of hours drive from Bangkok. Locals & expats make the city even more excited not to mention first time tourists. The city needs more Music Festivals and Global level events as refreshing as Ibiza in the west.