Pattaya Beach road is a small section of road near the sea.,But for many Pattaya’s reputation is far darker than just a party city. Pattaya has become synonymous with sex and the sex industry and for some Pattaya is little more than one big red light area.
This reputation is quite flawed as there are some beautiful places in the region and in the city itself there are plenty of great restaurants, bars, cinemas, shopping malls and venues to cater for anything you could wish for.
But a reputation once gained is pretty hard to shake off. Pattaya nightlife until a few years back was just a small fishing village then the US Navy moved in and things rapidly changed. Now the US Navy have left but have left behind something quite different.
It is true there is plenty of sex about and quite often, and please excuse the pun, but it is right in your face. Most of the bars and clubs are well regulated and the Thai girls are looked after but it is the seedier side of the sex industry in Pattaya that the city has gained it’s reputation for.
As with everything in life, if somebody has a good idea then somebody else will steal it. If somebody has a good business then somebody will set competition up. Here the business was sex and the freelancers have stepped in.
Beach Road Pattaya
Beach Road is the central hub of the city and everything permeates from it. From swanky hotels to lavish shopping malls it has it all.
It runs from the Dusit Hotel at one end right down to Pattaya Walking Street more than 4km long. On one side is Pattaya Bay and a less than desirable beach, but on the other hundreds of bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.
There literally is everything you could possibly want in one area. Nothing is missing to cater for everybody’s taste and the variety of options is baffling.
Tourists flock here by the coach load, Chinese, Korean, Russian and people from all over the globe and not just to seek sex. Also throw in to this melee a large resident Thai expat community and you can see that there is plenty of money to be thrown around.
But with success also it brings in competition and some not of the welcome kind.
At night Pattaya Beach Road changes dramatically and it transforms into an adult’s Disneyland. Most of the activity is centered at the Walking Street end but there are plenty of bars crammed into the little Soi’s running off the main drag (read more about Pattaya Soi 6 here).
Here things are run with guidelines and a certain amount of control under the eyes of the Tourist Police. But it is the area along Beach Road Pattaya leading up to Walking Street that is most notorious.
Between the palm trees and propped up along the pavement scores of illegal hookers gather to sell their wares.
This is a dangerous place, numerous argument and fights break out. Robberies and muggings are common and daily rip off’s occur. This is all illegal street soliciting and the punters as well as the hookers are breaking the law.
The police regularly round up all the hookers and take them to the police station. But after a couple of hours they are all released with a 100 Baht fine. It is more of a public relations exercise to show they are in control.
But the reality is that there are so many illegal hookers that they can’t stem the influx. Just walking along the pavement here you will be accosted and sometimes quite violently to sample what is on sale. It is a place quite frankly to stay well away from.
But who are these hookers? Where do they come from?
Where do Pattaya Beach girls come from?
Many of the prostitutes on Pattaya Beach Road are illegal immigrants from all over South East Asia and some are now coming from Russia and Eastern Europe. Many are Thai women from the countryside where things are harsh and there is little money is about.
A hooker on Beach Road Pattaya if she is lucky can make more in one night to a month working in the fields so it is little wonder why so many girls are attracted to the business.
When I say “girls” I must qualify that expression. It is very common that many of these hookers are Katoey’s or ladyboys, some are also men looking for gay clients.
Beach Road Pattaya girls are a hots pot mix of nationalities and sexual orientation. You just have not got a clue which chocolate is in which wrapper. You pay your money and take a big chance.
Dangers of Beach Road
Apart from possible trouble with the authorities and the risk of spending a night behind bars, there are many other considerations to take into account before venturing into such an activity.
Most of the girls on Beach Road do not follow the guidelines for safer sex. It is doubtful that any have taken a blood test and the risk of contracting sexual diseases and even Hepatitis or HIV is high. They have no regular medical attention and are basically ticking time bombs.
Security is another big risk, you just don’t know who these hookers are. Some even dope their clients when they get back to the hotel and rob them. There is no bar or club you have recourse to go back to and complain.
The regulated sex bars all have records of their working girls. Who they are, how old, medical history. And if you have a problem the mamasan can help you sort it out. It is in their interest to do so to keep the reputation of the bar.
Many of the hookers are also on drugs, Yabba and Ice being the most popular. So their behavior is not always rational and that is how many fights and arguments break out. The Thai police are very strict with illegal drugs it is not just deportation that you face if you are caught.
The life of a Pattaya Beach Road girl is hard and dangerous. Some are driven to it by poverty and some just drift into it as a source of easy cash. It is as dangerous for the girls as the clients and all in all is rather a pitiful scene.