Earlier in one of my other tips I mentioned that this town isn't excatly thrilling for a female. I cannot stress this enough and after watching a documentary about men coming to meet woman that they hardly knew and marrying them a few days later, shows how desperate some of these guys can get.
If you are a bloke use you bloody common sense, this girl that seems to sweep you off your feet with all your charms is perhaps only using you. She has often got family she is supporting and that can include Mum, Dad, baby, husband (did I say husband) yeah she is probably married.... to think of. Get to know this girl for goodness sakes before signing on the dotted line after you say I do. Spend time with her away from the bars, take her away from her local scene for awhile and really do some research on her and play it safe in the bedroom. Be sure she is telling the truth about her age as there are alot of child prosititutes around Pattaya now.
If you are girl look out too, sometimes there may be the odd occasional Thai guy looking for a western mate, yeah its a little rare but it can happen. Again they too may have a family to support so look out for everything and use your common sense.
Be careful, be wise and be cautious and although Pattaya is a great place to shop, its not a great place if you end up with a hole in your pocket or wind up with someone that took your fancy for a couple of days and then you end up spending the rest of your life paying money to the folks back home. Thailand is still a great place to visit and don't let me put you off coming here but really and truly think about what you are doing while you are there.
Below I have included a few website links I thought may be useful about this sort of thing or even coming to Thailand to live.
Children Lured in to the Thai Sex industry
Expats sharing their views on living in Thailand
All the news from Pattaya
An insiders guide to running a bar in Pattaya
I have lived in Asia for three years and thought I had seen it all, until we brought the family to Pattaya. It is impossible to avoid the go-go bars and scantily clad prostitutes, no matter what streets you are on.
The place is FULL of 50-year-old, viagra fueled divorcees and 20-year-old working girls .... you could make a game out of spotting them.
Board the minibus in the direction you want to go. For e.g. if you want to go to Pattaya beach, flag down a minibus that's going in that direction. DO NOT ask what he'll charge. We asked the first couple of times and were told 100 Baht for a 3-km distance. It was later that we found out that you just board where you want to and get off near the beach, and pay 10 Baht per person.
I walked along the shore at Pattaya and was struck by the number of jellyfish washed up on the beach and the amount of glass. Since beer consumption is the number one industry in Pattaya, it would make sense that broken glass would be a problem. There was a lot of broken glass on the beach and in the water, so be very careful along the shore.
The Lady boys that entertain you can be fun to watch but whatever you do don't take the p**** as they can get nasty, also you may be hassled for a photo with them.........if you do you will have to pay and 2 ladyboys in the photo thats 2 payments.
When you get there, find your spot, rent a chair. Once you get settled... here they come, one by one, trying to sell you shrimps, ice-cream, newspapers, or offering you a massage, manicure, pedicure.. You say no to all of them. You think it's done and now you can relax peacefully. You are wrong. Here comes a second round, third, forth...different and same ones keep floating back to you.
Nah it's not THAT bad. It takes just a few seconds to have each one gone. They dont really stay bugging you for a long time. Simply say "no, thank you" or shake your head is good enough.
Or you can pretend to focus on your readings and not hear whatever gets through your ears. Oh, another good one is just sleep.
Pattaya (+Jomtien) - known by some as "Sleaze by the sea" is a real hell hole of organised crime and prostitution. It's also Thailands "murder capital". Most are reported as "suicide" but two recent murders are reminders to be careful if you visit this overcrowded, polluted brothel. TO FAMILIES JUST DONT GO THERE! It's ok for a couple of days (weekend from Bangkok) but hardly a paradise it''s promoted as. It can be a very violent place. Latest news.......
Two Russian women killed at Jomthien beach
PATTAYA: -- Two Russian women, both tourists, have been shot dead in the Eastern seaboard resort of Jomthien, adjacent to Pattaya, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) southeast of Bangkok, police said.
Tatiana Tsimfer, 30 and Liubov Svirkova, 25 were killed when an unidentified gunman fired four shots from a 9 mm pistol, police said. Their bodies were found lying on the beach while their personal effects were left untouched.
Witnesses reportedly told police that they saw the victims drinking alcohol and swimming earlier.
Initially, police investigators believed that the Russian tourists probably quarreled severely with a beach chair concessionnaire which led to the later violence. Police are searching for the operator to investigate.
When wading through or swimming in the green-blue ocean-water you could possibly contact a jellyfish. Especially in rainy season (July to September) please, do avoid at any costs the JELLYFISH. While in the water you would not be prepared for that slightly stinging sensation.
Sometimes you may see the sea-creatures, which are brown or white. But the white one just suddenly show up! Touching this sea-creature you will be allergic and not that many know how to use a basic treatment. That is the use of the smashing "Morning Glory" leave. Ask Thai about ... but donot touch them!
In a spiritual as well physical way the feet are the lowest part of the body. That means you better do not put your feet on a table to slouch in a chair. Also donot point your feet to people's direction around you. And Thais believe in the same context, the head is regarded as the highest part of the body; the most sacred part of the body! So, refrain from touching the head, even not ruffling their hair!
That's why it is strange to see people (tourists ofcourse ...) touching the head for some luck of the famous fat Buddha statues. Mostly located in museums these images can be in parks, too. I saw locals do touch the feet, or his belly and, preferred to do the same. I really do not know where the luck will come from ... ;-)
Pattaya's image is no longer the sleepy fishing village it was 50 years ago. Pattaya is a late riser and the city comes to life after dark. Sex tourists appear to run the streets and, whatever their tastes, they will doubtless find something to keep the midnight oil burning. For sure!
There is also a prominent gay sex-for-sale scene in Pattaya. Prostitutes from as far as Romania, Russia and Nigeria can all be had in Pattaya. The saying "No Money - No Honey!" is trend and, it is time to take really great care when having sex in Pattaya! Taking precoutions is greet need! Even Pattaya itself stays alert and you can go for a serious test.
Don't Run Risks!
What to do when the forerunner or the tailpiece of a real typhon hits the mainland
where you're enjoying the weather???
Away! Out of the way there!
It happened on a clear day when a tailpiece of a huge Vietnam-typhon turned off to the Southeastern part of Thailand and hid JomTien, Thailand. On the sudden grey-black clouds overshadowed the beach area, followed by heavy gusts of wind like in a hurricane. The umbrellas got smashed to the air, which is quite dangerous because of the sharp pedestals.
A typhon is not a monsoon wind with heavy rains. Typhons can appear with bad weather above the Chinese Southern Ocean. Again and again you are not used to these sudden climatic events and the best to do is "OUT OF THE WAY THERE!".
We did ... ... ...
In recent months Pattaya has seen a serious increase of incidents of shootouts and fighting between competing juvenile gangs. These gangs come mostly from outside Pattaya City, from areas like Banampheur, Huayyai, Bangsaray and Sattahip. They come on motorcycles in groups of about 10. They rob people, make burglaries, sell drugs and do other crimes. When they go out drinking together they make problems for innocent people and they start fights with other gangs.
We have seen incidents with gangs driving by bars and shooting their guns indiscriminately at anyone sitting in that bar. We have had many people complaining about having been harassed by these gangs when driving on Sukhumvit Road or Jomtien Beach Road, many times guns have been pointed at people in the traffic.
The owner of our guesthouse warned us that we would be approached by many people offering a variety of "shows".... some even for free. Even if for some reason you are interested in viewing one of these "shows", he told us that most don't even exist. They are used just a bait and switch tactic to get you into a bar and charge you an exhorbitant amount for drinks. You'll see guys such show lists everywhere in Pattaya (see pic)..... so beware.
Pattaya started as an R and R center for US troops during the Vietnam war. Today there are, maybe 1000 bars and clubs that cater mostly to men looking for women. Clearly this is not a family destination, unless you stay in the big hotels and only go to a few markets.
The beach water is dirty. The sewage plant has changed the color from brown to nearly clear over the past 4 years, but it is still not safe for bathing.
The surrounding Beach Road is a pickup area for street walkers during the day. So don't go there for sunny days on the beach.
Walking street at night is full of bars with women (in some cases men) for sale! If you think you can go through that without your kids catching on go there, otherwise stay away.
Beware of druggings in Soi Pattayaland 2. The streets there are populated by drug dealers selling Ya-Ba and their girlfriends working in the Go-Go bars are in possession of this drug.
Currently, there is a struggle between rival drug gangs in this area fighting for control of Sales and distribution. Often, the Thai drug dealers are armed.
Your newly found 'friend' in this area may be in possession of a class 1 substance. You could be implicated by the Thai authority if you associate with these girls, or any Bar Owners in this area.
Extremely dangerous area that must be avoided at all costs.