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  • Starving_So-

    Joined Travelfish
    5th March, 2013
    Location United States
    Posts: 32

    So - I finally have my Visa and my tickets and I am bound for Thailand. But I have a conundrum. I have family in Sattahip who asked me why don't I stay with them. That way I won't have to worry about paying rent anywhere. While that's all great and good I also have to give up not only my privacy but also some of my independence. And strange considering - though family - I don't really know my aunts and uncles. Plus - I really want to see what it's like living in a big city like Bangkok - which is where I've been wanting to live.

    They said if anything I could always go to Bangkok - which is 3 hours away - for weeks at a time if I wanted. And there I could also stay with my cousins there. Or get a hotel. They also said Pattya is only 30 minutes away so I can always go there for something to do. I'm not really into that scene there though I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't hit it up a few times anyway. But not necessarily for the bar scene.

    My real question is if anybody can tell me how Sattahip is. Maybe in relation to a city in the US much like I might say Bangkok is like Chicago or New York. Are there a lot of things to do? And what not. I didn't see anything in the forums and probably would have asked anyway just for some current answers if the topics were from years ago.


    #1 Posted: 25/3/2013 - 20:17

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  • LeonardCohe-

    Joined Travelfish
    24th July, 2012
    Posts: 2148
    Total reviews: 11

    Never heard of it before but I found it on google maps and that part of the coast would be quiet and mostly Thai area. I would tell them you want to see many parts of Thailand but you'll visit them for 1 week. They'll be able to show you around that area.




    #2 Posted: 25/3/2013 - 20:18

  • captainbkk

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    16th February, 2012
    Posts: 472

    have passed there once and this is some time ago.
    Its THE Thai MARINE=NAVY town. Long time they exposed a 2nd hand bought submarine-to protect the Thai seas from all those intruding fishers or so, or maybe just a plaything for some general. But they lacked the money to buy fuel for it.It is right that its 2,5-3 hr to BKk or 1/2 to PTY. OR 1 hr to Rayong=east.
    Its not really a 13 in the dozen Thai town-that tipically means a giant market, a very busy area aorund and then thrown here and there the hospital, the highschool and some govt. buildings, with intermittent housing. It is very spread out and lacks a definite centre-maybe thats hidden for the navyguys. There may be areas closed off for non-navy people. utter boring for me. No real sights-bnot even minor ones and also hardly a decent beach-closeby,. A bit further is a giant and polluting industrial area, named Mab Ta Phut (or so).
    I do not know that US of A enough to give a same-same example, plus that i think TH and US compare utter badly- just see the complete ignorance most USAers tend to show about how things work normally.
    Advice of LC is OK as to your relatives: just go-tell them enthusiasticlly you wont to see much more of that beautiful country-and see how it is and what they can offer-and how long you can stand that. BTW- when i innocently told about it to a |Thai guy-many moons ago, he told me STP has a very bad name to Thai-due to that navy and the 2nd wiving that comes with that-seamen etc. But Thai only parrot one another-without every checking facts.

    #3 Posted: 27/3/2013 - 07:58

  • Starving_So-

    Joined Travelfish
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    Location United States
    Posts: 32

    Thanks, guys. Yeah, that makes sense. A bunch of my uncles and aunts were/are in the Navy or Army. Makes sense a few would live there. Still don't know how to tell them. I don't want them to lost face - I know that's a big thing in Thailand.

    #4 Posted: 27/3/2013 - 09:15

  • DLuek

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    Joined Travelfish
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    Location Thailand
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    Love this response by captainbkk -- "the 2nd wiving that comes with that-seamen etc." -- freaking hilarious.

    I agree with Leonard; go visit for a week, but tell them right off that you're going traveling around for a while after that. They know Thailand is a big, beautiful country. Seems that most Thai people are enthusiastic about traveling too. When you're in the area again, stop by and say hi, and don't forget to bring them a gift or two from your travels. Just start a real relationship with them. They won't lose face and neither will you.

    #5 Posted: 30/3/2013 - 08:39

  • boaby

    Joined Travelfish
    26th January, 2011
    Posts: 37

    dont despair all is not lost pattaya is only 35 mins away and bang chan is also close by if you'r into diving there is a good wreck at samy sang called the hardeep in about 30m of water

    regular buses to pattaya or rent a bike and disapear for the day and have a few well earned beers with familly


    #6 Posted: 5/5/2013 - 10:14

  • chrisperter-

    Joined Travelfish
    27th December, 2013
    Posts: 1

    According to m view, Getting somewhere in Sattahip should take at most 30 minutes more than the 1.5-2 hours to Pattaya. The companies offering inexpensive pre-booked taxi rides to Pattaya should be your best option.

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    #7 Posted: 27/12/2013 - 22:35

  • Starving_So-

    Joined Travelfish
    5th March, 2013
    Location United States
    Posts: 32

    Thanks, Chris. I've decided to live in Bangkok and have been here since June. It's great.

    #8 Posted: 28/12/2013 - 22:09

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