Of all the Thailand resort areas, Pattaya is best for prostitutes. Its reputation is built on its hookers and bar girl scene, although it’s fair to say there is a lot more to this beachside city, 90 minutes south of Bangkok.
In Pattaya, hookers mainly work in bars, although there are freelancers in the discos and along the promenade of Beach Road at night. Prostitutes working in Pattaya aren’t as sleazy, they don’t occupy small cubicles with red lights or work in massage parlours – although these do exist and are known as soapy massage. All the taxi drivers know where they are and you can use these if you need to be discreet, or can’t be doing with all the hassle of the bar.
Prostitutes in Pattaya number in the thousands and there are literally whole streets, and many more lanes, that are full to the brim of entertainment bars, each of which is bursting with hookers. Known locally as bar girls, they are easy going, work as hostesses, and will go home with you for the whole night for a fee of about US$50. For this reason, Pattaya is known for its naughty nightlife and attracts more single men than anywhere else.
Walking Street is the best known area for finding prostitutes in Pattaya. It’s a curious mix of tourist pedestrian street and beer bars full of sexy ladies enticing you into their bars. These hookers are ready for a party, the atmosphere is friendly and down-to-earth, and you can drink and leave, take a girl with you, or simply relax without obligation.
Pattaya prostitutes – how it works
The whole prostitute scene in Thailand and Pattaya is quite casual. It’s more like meeting a girl in a bar, taking her home and discreetly giving her something for her services. So, calling these girls in Pattaya hookers (in the pure sense of the word) is actually quite inaccurate.
There are plenty of lanes off Beach road, which are similar to Walking Street in that they are open-air, and full of friendly girls. There’s very little pressure, simply choose a bar you like and sit down to a drink. One of the prostitutes might approach you and chat, or you can choose one. Buy them a few drinks (usually lady drinks are a little bit more expensive) and get chatting.
If you like the girl, ask her if she wants to go back to your hotel with you. Mostly these prostitutes in Pattaya will say yes, and you’ll have to pay a ‘bar fine’ of about 200-500 baht for her to leave early. She should also agree a fee with you for her services, which will be between 1,000 and 4,000 baht. This depends on how eager you are to have her, how beautiful she thinks she is, how busy/slow it is, and whether you want her to stay ‘short time’ or all night. More on Pattaya freelancers.
Many of these prostitutes in Pattaya are simple young country girls who have come to earn money there since there is no decently paid work elsewhere. They are often sweet, innocent and will treat you like a holiday romance boyfriend. You might even want to pay them to keep you company all week. As such, you should respect these girls (if it is called for), be generous and kind and remember they are generally only doing this for money and usually return to their normal lives after a year or two.
These are more popular with Thai men, but the sex massage parlours in Pattaya are also full of sexy prostitutes and are more convenient for a ‘quickie’ if you’re short on private time. Usually there will be more than a dozen girls to choose from, but you don’t get any idea of their character obviously. For about 1,500 baht for an hour you will be soaped down in a bath by the girl and then have sex. These girls are a bit more jaded, sometimes don’t speak English and go with many men in a day’s work…more on finding sex massage parlours in Pattaya.