The beachfront city of Pattaya, Thailand has long been a center of the commercial sex industry, drawing in people from around the world to sample in its wares. While one big draw is the shear number of commercial sex options on offer, another is the relative low prices for such services. Or at least that’s how it used to be. Along with the continued rise in “regular” tourists has come a rise in the general rates for services. Some go go bars where a guy used to be able to score a quick punt for 2000 Baht ($65) all in only a few years ago now require as much or more as a go in one of the Korean Massage parlors in the United States or redlight rooms in Western Europe.
When you combine the price of getting to Pattaya and staying there for sometime things can quickly add up. At the end, many visitors will find they spent a lot more per session than they would of at home. For those who enjoy the atmosphere and wide available of women in Pattaya, this won’t be much of a problem. For those who travel on a budget or who live in Pattaya for part or all of the year it can be more of an issue.
While cheap sex isn’t as easy to find as it used to be in Pattaya, there is still plenty around. I’ve already made a post covering the sex scene in Pattaya in general, and given even more attention in my book “How to Pay to Get Laid,” but neither of those focused specifically on the lowest priced action still in existence. Here’s a rundown of some of what’s out there for the Cheap Charlies among you.
Beach Road: Also commonly referred to by foreigners as the “Coconut Bar,” Beach Road is as the name would indicate the road that runs along the beach in Pattaya. The walking path on the beach side of the road has long been a haunt of working women who for whatever reason can’t or don’t want to take up employment in one of the various commercial sex shops in the city. Women are available at basically any time of the day or night, but the largest concentration appears from dusk to midnight or a little later.
Be forewarned that not every woman standing on this stretch of street is a prostitute. Many are not. It’s not too tough to find out who is. Women standing around doing nothing other than making eye contact with passing men and perhaps saying hello are probably on the job. Women walking around or selling things most certainly are not.
There are a lot of less desirable looking women on this stretch, along with a fare amount of ladyboys. Scattered in the mix are a few more attractive women, including a handful of 19-21 year-olds. Finding a gem can take a lot of time and walking, and sometimes there is just nothing there for your tastes. Luckily, Beach Road also leads to Walking Street, Soi 8 and plenty of other streets filled with more reliable action (though at an increased cost).
Nowadays women who set up shop on the walkway may ask for anywhere from 700 to 1000 to start though all but the most stubborn among them will still join you in your hotel or a short time room for 500 Baht ($16), which has been the standard price for quite a while. Payment is delivered after the act. Tipping is optional but certainly not required.
Law enforcement seems to have a contradictory attitude toward the action on Beach Road. I think they could wipe it out completely if they wanted to, but instead they just carry out sweeps every once in a while to round up and fine many of the ladies plying their trade there. A day or even a few hours later, the action is back on. Foreigners are never swept up in these raids.
There are a few dangers associated with the Beach Road stroll. The main one is pick pocketing. Beware of women who want to grope you out in the open. This is not normal and is probably about getting to your wallet more than getting to your amazing cock that they just must have. Most say ladyboys are more likely to commit this act than “regular girls,” but I hate to paint a whole population with one brush like that. Keep your valuables in a safe place and only carry what you need and keep strangers hands out of your pockets and you should have no problem.
There’s also an increased chance of theft in room or other problems since the women who work the Beach Road aren’t associated with any establishment. If you have an issue like that, there is no one to go running to. A woman from a go go bar works in a set place where you can contact her employer. A street walker does not. Keep this in mind and take the necessary precautions if you decide to partake.
Those who are capable of keeping their wits probably won’t have any problems, but these issues are worth noting.
Soi 6: Soi 6 is an infamous street in Pattaya lined from one end to the other with various short time bars and shortime bars that double as blowjob bars. “Regular” shops offering things like food and a place to spend a whole night are few and far between in this little strip. Guys who are timid or new to the scene can be easily intimidated by the rows and rows of women waiting outside the bars trying to beckon customers inside, but there’s really no reason for that. Relaxation and remembering why you are there are key.
Other than the compact nature, lower prices and more explicit focus on sexual services than more popular walks like Walking Street, Soi 6 also has a very low number of “regular” tourists, which is something a lot of guys seem to like.
The set up in Soi 6 is pretty straight forward. Find a woman you like, enter the bar with her, have a drink if you’d like, then ask to go upstairs for a short romp. It should be 1000 Baht ($32) inclusive of everything except any drinks you may have. Some say they’re being asked as much as 1350 Baht for everything now at a few places on the Soi, but there’s no need to accept that. Politely decline and head to another of the dozens of shops on the street where the price is still standard.
Be aware that there are a few ladyboy bars on this strip, though they are easy to avoid if that’s not something you are into.
Off-the-radar Massage Parlors: Pattaya and tourist areas of Thailand in general are literally covered in massage parlors. Some like EZ Massage or Honey are of the obviously sexual type. Others are “normal” massage parlors where extras may or may not be offered depending on the service provider and the client. Action can go cheap in those places but it’s so hit and miss that it’s hard to say anything specific.
Soi 11 (also known as Soi Honey) is home to a number of shops that look a lot like regular massage parlors but are more oriented toward the male customer. I have already reviewed PP Massage but there are plenty of others. The available women will be waiting outside, calling out to passing men. The perfunctory massage combined with full service should come out to 1000 Baht, which is equivalent to the rate at Soi 6.
There are plenty more massage shops on Soi Chaiyapoon. Most of these places look a bit worse than the Soi Honey shops but the women are at least at the same level. Massages are mostly terrible and short with the real action being negotiated for quickly after things begin. A romp may be quoted for as much as 1000 Baht or more, but most service providers will accept counter offers of 500 Baht. That is the same as the going rate at Beach Road. You have to pay another 300 Baht to the shop for the massage but it all evens out since you would have to get a room for a Beach Road girl anyway. As an added bonus, the providers here are tied to a specific shop and so are less likely to pull any stunts on you.
There you have it.