Pattaya is the best place in Thailand for prostitutes. Its reputation has been built on the industry of sex for sale and there are probably more hookers in Pattaya per head than anywhere else, anywhere. As well as having girls in abundance, Pattaya is also cheaper for both sex and for accommodation than all the other major destinations, including Bangkok, Phuket or Samui.
Pattaya prostitutes can mainly be found at the bottom end of Beach Road, which leads onto the infamous Walking Street, and associated side streets. There are bars galore here and each one is stuffed with prostitutes ready to give you a good time for about US$50 (1,500 baht). It is with this that Pattaya draws in more single males than anywhere else in the kingdom.
Hookers in Pattaya mainly work in bars; both the standard beer bar kind (which open onto the street) and the go go bar kind, which does not. The other differences between these two is that go go bars have more expensive drinks and girls and they tend to be prettier.
The other main type of Pattaya prostitutes are the freelancers, which you will find bumbling around the streets and picking up guys in discos. Massage parlours and escort agencies also have hookers, although are less numerous than in Bangkok or Phuket.
Walking Street is great when the sun goes down. It is packed out with punters, couples, and, of course, prostitutes every night of the week. There are all types of entertainment options here, with discos, live music venues, strip clubs and standard pubs mingling with the mass of beer bars and go go bars. The other major areas to find hookers in Pattaya are the streets at the start of Walking Street, as well as Soi Yamato, Soi Post Office and Soi 6 (farther north), Soi Buakhao in Central Pattaya, and the upper end of Jomtien.
Pattaya prostitutes – how it works
The hooker scene in Thailand is quite casual and is essentially meeting up with companions in a bar setting than anything abjectly sleazy. She then sells a service (herself) or bounces up and down on your knee. Some places are tatty and have disinterested, drunken, tattooed girls, but most of it is all pretty harmless. You simply walk into any one of these places and relax with a beer, watch sports on TV or play pool.
The girls will actually make all the effort and come up to you. They will invariably ask for a drink, which may seem a bit of a cheek but is ultimately a way for them to make money. If you do buy them a drink, they’ll sit by you for a time and bounce on your knee. If you feel apprehensive about asking for sex, don’t! This is what they’re there for and they will say yes immediately. The only thing you need to discuss is how much. Prices go from 1,000 to 4,000 baht depending on how long for, what she looks like, what you look like and if it’s a go go bar or beer bar.
You then pay what is called a ‘bar fine’ (200-500 baht) which lets her leave. The main options for sex are short-time and all night. The former means one or two hours and she will then scoot on back to the bar for more. A standard Pattaya prostitute from a normal beer bar should be from 500-1,000 baht short-time and 1,500 to 2,000 all night. ‘Soapy’ massage parlour sex is similarly priced, while go go girls can be double, escorts more again.
The cheapest sex with hookers in Pattaya can be had with freelancers. These girls (and guys – ladyboys) will hang around the streets that have the most action and will happily go back with you. The big plus is there are no drinks to buy or bar fine to pay, plus they are also cheaper by the hour – from 500 baht for all night, but usually more. Just be careful with them, though, and make sure they leave their ID card number with hotel reception as visitors have been drugged and robbed by freelancers.
Massage parlours provide more discretion and are all short-time places. There are a few of them in town, labelled either as ‘massage parlour’ or ‘soapy massage’. The soapy bit refers to them lathering you down (before sex) and sliding all over you; very erotic and has many first-timers blowing before bedtime action, if it is done right! You pick girls from a group that sit behind a large pain of glass (known as the ‘fishbowl’).
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.