Living With Disabilities in Pattaya, Thailand

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The Internet is wonderful -- but my sense of timing is not always what it should be to take advantage of all the resources there!

Regularly I meet extraordinary people like Pete Mills of the Pataya Expats Club through Internet research. Unfortunately, I only met him via email several days after I returned.

With all the momentum we have built toward a long-term campaign for Inclusive Tourism in Pattaya I intend to answer Pete's call for travel info for PwD tourists and expats in his article, "Living with Disabilities in Pattaya."

Thanks, Pete (Khob Khun Mak Krab, in Thai) for the support of our community!

From Pete's article:

...if I were disabled in any way, there is no place I would rather be than in Pattaya. And perhaps those of you out there, with various forms of disabilities, would like to e-mail to me your opinion on this, as your personal experiences would carry more weight than my observations.

So why do I think that Pattaya is the place to be, even though there are no laws to ensure that disabled people are able to enjoy their lives to the full?

First, it is the friendliness of the Thai people towards visitors, young and old, that attracts many of us to Thailand in the first place. Several of my disabled friends have beautiful, caring girl friends and boy friends, and their partners make sure that they enjoy the good life in Pattaya. Much fuller and more independent lives than they could possibly live in the USA or the United Kingdom for instance.

And then there is the cost of any care a disabled person may need. For approximately US$1,000 a month (less than most US Social Security retirement incomes), you can live a very comfortable life in Pattaya, and this is true whether you are disabled or not.

It is not unusual to see foreigners with a variety of disabilities, accompanied by their partners and enjoying all of the attractions of the resort – the beaches, swimming, night clubs, restaurants and all manner of sports. I have a friend who has Multiple Sclerosis, which has been getting worse over the years. However, he is able to live a very full and enjoyable life in Pattaya.

I realize that this article, at the moment, is short on specific businesses that cater to the disabled, but through the feedback from our Club, and folks like yourself, we hope to build a good database for anyone with disabilities visiting or residing in Pattaya.

Please email Pete at info@pattayaexpatsclub.com with up to date information on the businesses in Pattaya that provide good access for the disabled. Together we can perhaps raise the level of awareness for the disabled in Pattaya

In another story, Day al-Mohamed has a news bit about OPwD in Thailand in her post here:

http://www.mysinchew.com/node/4285?tid=4

And also:

Vietnamese photographer wins International Day of Disabled Persons photographic competition


http://www.ilo.org/public/english/region/asro/bangkok/public/releases/yr2007/pr07_39.htm

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