Located 100 miles from Bangkok, situated on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Pattaya City can be accessed via bus, taxi, boat and train. We took shared a taxi to Pattaya from Bangkok. Shortly after departing the heavens opened, the typical monsoon weather took over Bangkok but as we were driving east we narrowly escaped it, to be greeted with sunny beaches when we arrived. Driving into the city reminded me of the outskirts of Bangkok. Miles of overhead cables infinitely tangled lining the streets, chop shops and street vendors. The whole city seemed to be dedicated to tourists, hundreds of guesthouses and massage shops spread over a massive area.
Nightlife in Pattaya
Nightlife in Pattaya is mainly focused around the sex industry. Apart from the go go bars and strip clubs they’re are also open air beer bars. At night most of these bars have bands playing. Normally its classic rock with a thai twist, ACDC in a Thai Tinglish accent, but provides good entertainment and gives walking street a cool atmosphere. Regular beer bar activities include connect-four, shut-the-box and pool. These bars are filled with tourists and ex-pats who live in Pattaya.
Go Go Bars
What is a go go bar? Normally they are outdoor or partially outdoor open air drinking bars. Girls in these bars are ‘working girls’, although prostitution is illegal in Thailand it happens everywhere, not just in Pattaya and doesn’t seem to be policed. Tourist are welcomed in these bars but taking photos is normally prohibited. Same same but with a difference. Working girls line up outside the bars and try and entice the tourists/foreigners to come inside and buy a drink. Once inside the girls will get talking, they will receive commission from the drinks you buy them. If you want to take a girl out of the bar (for hire). You will have to pay a bar fine, then you can walk away with the girl for ‘short time’ or ‘long time’ you will agree a price. There are hundreds of go go bars in Pattaya, mainly focused around Walking Street, making the sex industry the main source of income for the city.
Pretty self explanatory pre op and post op transsexuals wonder the Walking Street waiting for the farang (Western Foreigners). Some go go bars advertise their selves as Ladyboy bars. There is also some gay bars around Walking Street that normally have cross dressing men and ladyboys outside.
Walking Street in Central Pattaya has many strip clubs. Theses are not like your typical western strip clubs. They are free to enter and have full nudity.
Let me tell you about my experience in a strip club. I met an expat who took me into one of his favorite clubs. I sat down with a drink and started to watch the show. They have shows every 10 minutes, the girls come out all wearing badges with a number, then start dancing lifelessly on the pole. This lasts for around 10 minutes then the next lot of girls is brought out. There seems to be a never ending chain of girls, all known just by their number. So after one of the shows, I went to the toilet. Just a small toilet that had a big mirror on the wall. About 20 seconds after being in there,
I was just going about my business when the big mirror on the wall opened like a trap door! Inside was a small room with a go go girl trying to entice me in.
I tried not to make eye contact and quickly rushed out. That was an experience I wont forget! – Only at Walking Street, Pattaya. Apart from the night life theirs not much else to see in Pattaya, the beaches are very mediocre. Most tourists who visit Pattaya are either curious too see what the ladyboys look like, or just there for the sex industry.
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