Pattaya is stocked full of women, and the vast majority of them are ‘available’. Although there is more to Pattaya than Pattaya freelance prostitutes, the notion of buying sex is the resort’s main draw by a long shot; the beach and other attractions are a distant second.
Aside from freelancers (girls, and ladyboys, working the streets), there are innumerable beer bars (with bar girls), go go bars, and massage parlours; all of which are there for sex.
Although you shouldn’t automatically assume that any girl on the street is a freelance prostitute – Thailand’s women are actually quite conservative – the permissive attitude towards prostitution here since the visit of American GIs during the Vietnam War has lead to Pattaya being a major sex fest.
Women flocked to Pattaya from all across the country as it grew from a humble fishing village to Thailand’s main resort area. These girls mainly came in from the poor Isaan region of northern Thailand specifically to make money from foreign men by selling themselves. As well as beer bar hostesses, go go dancers, masseuses, and escorts, a great many also work as freelancers.
Just because these girls are down on their luck and forced to entertain strangers doesn’t mean that they do not deserve a little respect. Most Pattaya freelancers are very friendly and many are surprisingly intelligent.
How it works
You will save money by going with Pattaya freelance prostitutes, but a word of warning; be on your guard. They generally have a bad reputation (anywhere in Thailand) due to some of them drugging and robbing foreigners. This would typically happen back at the hotel – pills slipped into glass of water, substance rubbed on breasts, et cetera. Rough ladyboys may even pick your pockets on the street.
Just go with your nose and if it seems fishy, simply move on. Try and avoid taking those from the quieter sois (alleys) and take them off Beach Road. Also avoid walking into groups of ladies. Ask how much before you go back to your room (shouldn’t be more than 1,000 for all night) and always make sure they show their ID card to reception should there be a problem. You should also check her ID card yourself to make sure she’s at least 18 years old.
Where to find freelancers
They are all over, but mainly along Beach Road, towards the bottom end near Walking Street. You will see them wandering about by day, but they come out to play at night in droves. Freelancers are also always found in the main discos, such as Marine, Lucifers, and Club Illusion. Having sex with a freelancer is the same as with girls working in the bars and go gos, though there is more of a potential risk.
Most Pattaya freelance prostitutes just don’t want to work in a bar scene with other girls, where they have a hard time if they don’t get on. It can also be more limiting owing to the competition of the other girls in the bar, plus they have to turn up for work every day or risk having to pay the bar fine for themselves, which comes out of their wages at the end of the month. Free spirits find this a downer.
Other reasons may include them being underage or not being as good looking as working in a bar would warrant, although that is of course totally subjective. Some girls are also part-timers, or have just arrived in Pattaya (usually from the northeast) and are trying their luck to earn fast money – working in a factory 12 hours a day for 300 baht (the norm for an unskilled youngster) is not much fun.
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.