Pattaya is a major sex tourist destination and while there is much more to the resort than that, the Pattaya bar girls scene is the main attraction. It is loaded with bars full of sexy girls and has long been the ‘naughty’ centre of tourism in Thailand, attracting a large number of visitors purely for Pattaya bar girls. Though relaxed and not entirely sleazy, it is certainly not discreet.
The bottom end of Beach Road (especially along Walking Street) is the crux and it is full of Pattaya bar girls waiting for customers. Hundreds of venues also line the beachfront and side streets (sois), so that wherever you look there will be bar girls of some sort. The ladies are forthcoming and confident, often very pretty, although many of the bars are pretty rough, with girls sitting around getting drunk and smoking.
Bar girls mostly come from the Isaan (northeast) region of Thailand and many are very sexy. They are here to make money first and foremost, but will also help you to have a good time and enjoy your company. It’s pretty casual and open – no pimps, bouncers, or cover charges – but the girls do deserve a measure of respect.
There are also many go go bars in Pattaya, where a number of girls dance on stage and slither down a pole to loud music. These are not as laid-back as the beer bars, but usually have prettier girls and are better for when you’ve had a few drinks. The big clubs in the centre of Walking Street are also jammed with Pattaya bar girls late at night, mainly from the joints that have already closed. They are now working as ‘freelancers’. More on freelancers.
The main concentration of bars and bar girls in Pattaya is around Walking Street (South Pattaya) and the streets off Beach Road, such as Soi 6. Pattaya Second Road also has many bars, as does Soi Buakaow. South of Pattaya is Jomtien Beach, which has open-air bars and plenty of bar girls at its northern end.
Bar girls in Pattaya – how it works
You will need to pay a fine to the bar (‘bar fine’) if you decide to take the girl home with you. It’s around 300 baht at standard beer bars and as much as 500 baht at the better go gos (1,000 baht over Christmas). You can then take her home, but be sure to negotiate her sex fee before you do all this, though don’t be too tight. ‘Short-time’ (one or two hours) can be had for as little as 500 baht in Pattaya, while all night is generally 1,500 and up. This is roughly half of Bangkok.
All up, you’ll probably spend about 3,000 baht for an all-nighter, which would include the buying of drinks, bar fine and sex fee. Try and make it as fun as possible and not get too serious. Thais, in general, and especially Thai bar girls, are pretty simple and enjoy nothing more than simply having fun. Don’t go for the ‘give me tip’ for your second innings, though, as some will want to wrap it up and get back to the bar once you cum.
If you really like her and fancy her as a tour guide as well, or even to whisk her off to another place, this can be done, but will (generally) cost you. You’ll need to cover for the daily bar fine and her fee. Thai girls also really like to shop and will expect you to buy things at will, plus all meals and drinks for the duration. It does work, but can be a real hassle.
Note! Although all bar girls in girlie bars should be over 18, some Thai-run bars hire girls as young as 16. The age of consent in Thailand is 15, but for those girls who are on the game, it is 18. Sex with underage Pattaya bar girls is a serious crime here and can land you in jail. If you’re unsure, ask to see her ID card, which will have the age according to the Buddhist calendar. The year in 2013 is 2556 (plus 543 years), so an 18-year-old should have a DOB of 2537/8.
There are various sexually-transmitted diseases in Pattaya and HIV is still a genuine threat. Although safe sex is practiced by most girls, some do not so always carry, and use, condoms. There are many smaller complaints too, like herpes, which can be uncomfortable and may end up spoiling your time here. Always use precautions and be vigilant when going down. Pattaya has English-speaking doctors, such as Dr Belen (off Second Road) near soi 6, while the pharmacists are very useful (they’ve seen it all before). More on Health in Pattaya.