If you’ve got some money in your pocket, getting laid in Pattaya is about as difficult as finding ice in Antarctica. Since there is so much information already online, I’m just going to give you the basic rundown.
The entire city is geared around the sex industry. Although technically illegal, it’s public and prominent and has been for decades. The biggest threat today comes from the hordes of “regular tourism” visitors from Russia and the Indian subcontinent. Why on earth anyone would want to come to Pattaya for “regular tourism” is beyond me, but it’s the reality that it’s happening more and more.
There are a few main kinds of pay for play places in Pattaya.
Sex massage in Pattaya
First are the massage parlors. There are those built only for sex, which are often called “oilies” or “soapies.” There are a lot of these in Bangkok. Here they don’t seem to make much sense. That’s probably why there aren’t nearly as many. Unless you have some issue where you need absolutely guaranteed discretion, I can’t see frequenting these places. They offer everything on premises at higher than market rates. I can’t recommend any in particular because I can’t recommend any.
Next are the regular massage places. You will see these on nearly every block of every street in Pattaya. Officially they don’t allow extras, but what goes inside is often much different. The dozens of women working in each shop receive no wages. They rely completely on massages. Since there are so many of these places, most of them are empty most every day.
Go inside and get an oil massage for a few hundred Baht ($5-10 USD) and they will often ask if you want a hand or oral finish. Especially if there is some privacy or you repeat at the same place. The standard tip for a hand job finale is usually 500 Baht, but it will be negotiated before she finishes you off. Try to think with your big head before all your blood rushes to your nuts. The massage places on Soi 13/3 near Beach Road seem to be most keen to wax your wang, but you can find it anywhere with the right masseuse.
Pattaya go go bars
The bread and butter of Pattaya is the go go bar. The go go bars on Walking Street are in a way the focus of the entire town. The problem now is that Walking Street has become a tourist spot where moms and dads inexplicably take their sons and daughters to pose for photos with prostitutes in the street.
You can still see tits, along with lesbian shoes, bath shows, and the rest in some go go bars like Windmill. But the atmosphere is a lot different and the prices are now through the roof compared to the days of yore. Expect to pay several thousand Baht for sex. And remember that most of these girls only want to do short time. You can find the occasional gem. But now a lot of Pattaya regulars just avoid the place all together now. Of course there still are those appreciate places like Baccara which are home to some “stunners”.
The side streets leading off of Walking Street also have go go bars in them, and these tend to be a lot less crowded. The only people you’ll likely find in here are guys like yourself looking for some action. These go go bars, along with the other scattered around Soi 7, Soi 8 and Soi LK Metro offer the best deals. You will have to sort through some of the more undesirable ladies, but there are a lot of hotties still to be found.
Beer bars and barfines
After the A Go Go’s come the beer bars, and there must be thousands of them in Pattaya. I’m not even going to bother mentioning locations because there are literally everywhere. Just when you think you’ve seen them all, you’ll find another 20 or 30. The game here in these outdoor bars is straight forward. Take a seat, pick a girl, buy her a drink if you’d like. Talk with her, play a game of Connect 4 or pool, then decide if you want to take her out. The usual rate is 300 for the barfine plus whatever you and the woman decide on. My standard offer is 700 short time, 1000 long time. This is rarely refused.
The barfine system in Thailand is more like the one in Cambodia or Vietnam. Whereas in Angeles City the barfine includes everything, here it’s only payment to the bar. You will have to negotiate the rate for the girl directly, before you decide to leave. You pay the barfine before you go, but remember never to pay up front to the girl herself if you don’t want to be ripped off.
It can sometimes be beneficial to ask for short time then upgrade it to long time once in the room if everything goes well. This isn’t a great move in the go gos though as the mamasan might expect them back.
Specialty shops and Soi 6
After the go gos and the beer bars are the in-house specialty places. There are only a few of these. The only one I can really recommend is the Devil’s Den. It’s a lot like Eden in Bangkok but with a better looking staff that is a lot more service oriented. This is where you go to live out your porn star fantasies, as long as it’s not ultra-hardcore German porn. If it was anywhere else in the world, it would really stand out. But with so many options in Pattaya it is just another place on the list. Especially since they charge 3600 Baht ($118 USD) for 90 minutes with two girls.
I also must mention Soi 6. This probably the most hardcore and infamous street in all of Pattaya, and that’s saying something. This little street is filled with dozens of short time and blowjob bars. Girls (and a few ladyboys) will be trying to drag you in their bars as you walk through and pick out the place you want to visit. In some you can kick back and get your cock sucked while you drink a beer for 700 Baht. In others you can go upstairs and plow your new temporary date for 1000 Baht. Long time take out is available throughout. The girls have a reputation as being a a little less attractive here. But I think you can still find plenty of pretty ones.
Beach Road and conclusion
Finally there’s the old favorite: Beach Road, also known as the Coconut Bar. The walking path along the beach here comes alive at night, filled with all sorts of characters, including large numbers of freelance working girls. They’ll try to get your attention when you walk around here. Make eye contact, get the smile, then sit down and chat with them. Negotiate a rate for short time and then either head to your hotel or one of the hundreds of short time places. Rates vary among women but I almost always pay 500 for short time. Beach road girls rarely go long time, which is probably a good thing. In the rare event that a bar or go go girl ripped you off, you could head back to the place you found her. If a Beach Road girl does it, you’re shit out of luck.
There you have it. Pattaya is still geared toward sex shopping, though it is starting to change. If you want to partake, this would be a good time. Stay near the action and you’ll be good. Almost every single hotel will accept as many girls as you’d like to bring. You’ll just introduce them at the front desk. The front desk will hold their ID card until they leave. They’ll call you to make sure everything is okay before releasing the girl’s ID back to her.
And that’s it.
Note: This post was published in 2012. I have since published an updated report on Prostitution in Pattaya.