In “Pattaya speech” this translates to the slogan: “No money, no honey.” Or at least that’s the rule of thumb if you want to start off on the right foot when dating Pattaya bar girls.
True, Pattaya has made immense efforts to upgrade its sleazy image in the past decade – away from its tattered reputation as a receptacle for so-called sex tourists and “sexpats”, towards more “upmarket” and family-friendly “quality” tourism.
Then again, have these efforts been really successful?
But let’s face it, Pattaya’s nightlife and “bar girl industry” are still thriving – and remain the top draw for a large percentage of visitors to Funtown.Here’s a thought experiment: Simply imagine a completely redesigned “clean” Pattaya without its hundreds of bars and Go Go clubs and their 20,000 or so bar ladies, lightly-dressed coyote dancers and ladyboys – how many tourists do you think would still opt for Pattaya as a holiday destination?As a single male, you probably won’t just easily spot them there but will sooner rather than later get chatted up by one anyway. (“Normal” Thai women that don’t work in the bar industry would as good as never chat up or date foreign guys in Pattaya.And even if you get to pull one, money or some form of financial compensation is usually still involved or expected in return for granting sexual favours.) Obviously you won’t be required to pay a “bar fine” when inviting a freelancer back to your room.Other girls soon get tired of long regular working hours or the bossy behaviour of a bar owner and decide to ply their trade as freelancers.
These ladies will then be roaming Pattaya Beach Road after dark, always in search of a potential customer, or hang about in bars and nightclubs, mostly in the Walking Street area, that are notorious for their large clientele of freelancers (and an equally large clientele of men looking to hook up with one) and even attract them with discounted drinks.) also looks back onto an unhappy history of at least one broken marriage and some hapless affairs with local men, who eventually transpired to be either alcoholics, wife-beaters and gamblers, or were simply too lazy to work.(At least that’s the girls’ version.) Nearly all bar girls you’ll meet in Pattaya – we’d say probably more than 95% – have also given birth to at least one child that has usually been entrusted in their parents’ or grandparents’ care.Other girls again might still have regular jobs in bars, or might not even be working in the sex trade, and simply seek to earn some extra cash after work.You can pick up freelancer hookers most easily along the Pattaya beach promenade or in one of the notorious late-night bars and dance clubs on Walking Street that are essentially pick-up joints for freelancers, for example, JP Bar on Soi Lucky Star, Insomnia, Marine Disco, Lucifer’s or Tony’s.And well, if it ain’t broke, you wouldn’t fix it, would you? To start with, you need to realize that the vast majority of working girls in Pattaya’s bars and Go Go clubs don’t actually come from Pattaya but hail from Thailand’s rural northeastern region commonly known as Isaan (or Isan, Esarn).