But don’t just listen to the moaners and groaners – Pattaya is still the world’s central hub of raunchy nightlife and “adult entertainment” unrivaled anywhere across the globe; a virtual “Disneyland for adults” where a man can materialize his secret dream of sexy exotic women at relatively affordable prices; not forgetting the infrastructure and general safety provided for tourists – aspects where aspiring destinations like Cambodia or the Philippines simply lag light-years behind Pattaya.Men come to Pattaya for sex – the core service that bar girls provide.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?
Then again, have these efforts been really successful?(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.The obligation to not only support their kids financially but also their parents or other family members who look after the children, certainly adds to the financial pressure bar girls have to cope with. While a more serious relationship may always be on the horizon, as a tourist “dating” bar girls in Pattaya, please accept one fundamental fact: In the first place, you’re just another customer paying for their girlfriend-like services and are nowhere near the top of their priority list. Thai women with more romantic ambitions increasingly hook up with foreign guys on social networking and dating sites rather than work in a bar in Pattaya, which not so long ago was virtually the only platform where Thai girls from the countryside could hook up with love-starved Western guys.Pattaya is no longer as cheap as it once was either.Prices, not just for drinks and women, have increased substantially in recent years, while the “quality” of the bar girls and their “service-mindedness” have certainly somewhat declined – at least compared with the “good old days” when mass tourism was in its infancy and “everything was less commercialized”.