Businesses in Thailand generally pay their employees by the month. The rates of pay here in Pattaya for girls employed in the bar industry are, in some cases, extraordinarily high when compared with the average national wage. For example, a first-year university lecturer (no need to go into the details of the amount of education and money needed for a person to reach such a level) will be on a monthly salary of between 5,000-8,000 baht. A police sergeant earns around 10,000-12,000 baht a month. Compare the above figures with some show girls in go-go bars who earn a base salary of up to 20,000 baht a month. Most go-go dancers, especially those who choose to show off most of their anatomy while dancing, are picking up 8,000-12,000 baht a month. Even the average ‘shy’ dancer is in receipt of 5,000-7,000 baht a month. The salaries for dancers in Pattaya are far higher than those in Bangkok for a variety of reasons that are too complex to go into here. Girls in beer bars tend to be the worst paid, picking up 2,500-4,000 baht a month depending on the bar and the hours they work.
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Although prostitution is illegal in Thailand, sex between consenting adults isn’t. After you’ve paid a bar fine to take a girl from a bar, what happens after that is between you and her. Paying a bar fine doesn’t necessarily mean you are going back to have sex, although you will no doubt have ascertained just what you both have planned once you do pay the bar fine. In recent years girls have started expecting quite substantial (by Thai living standards) sums for an hour or an evening of body cavity exploration. Most girls from beer bars used to be quite content with 500 baht for an all night romp; those who are very popular are now looking more towards 1,000 and even as high as 2,000 baht. The go-go dancers tend to look for a minimum of 1,000-1,500 baht for a short time and 2,000-3,000 baht for all night. These figures add new meaning to the word ‘gold digger’.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
This is the biggest sexual risk most foreigners run. I have lost count of the number of guys I know here of all ages and financial situations who try to avoid slipping on a condom and subsequently suffer from all kinds of STDs. Unless you are in a relationship with a girl you really shouldn’t be taking chances and not insisting on a condom.
A contentious issue among foreigners. For Americans, tipping is a part of the drinking and eating experience back in the United States, so they carry on the tradition here in Pattaya. For many Brits, Australians and others, tipping is an almost unnatural situation. The rise in the popularity of table dancing go-go bars has seen the ladies who strut their stuff by exposing the tunnel of love while jiggling a few centimetres from a customer’s face, have their boots filled with 20, 50, and 100 baht notes by beaver-struck customers to the extent they hardly ever want to be bar-fined. The usual situation where you leave a tip is when you’ve paid your drinks bill and are going to leave the bar. If you’ve been happy with the service (smiling waitresses, friendly dancers), then a tip of 5, 10, 20 or more baht is appreciated.
Short Time Bars
These are basically enclosed beer bars where the girls are always trying to entice customers to come upstairs for an inspection and testing of the lying-in facilities. Most of the girls will go out of the bar with a customer for an all-night tryst, but the bulk of their income comes from people visiting the bar and taking them for a short time.
There a host of bars that provide shows of one kind or another, from a couple of very classy lady-boy extravaganza’s (Alcazar and Tiffany’s) to go-go girls performing a range of activities that have little to do with boots and a chrome pole to a couple where razor blades, beer bottles and sundry amphibious and reptilian creatures are involved. If you would like a cheap and cheerful introduction to the lady-boy style of show, then go to the Malibu Bar and Restaurant (corner of Second Road and Soi 13/2). They have a really bad its great show running from around 8:00 pm onwards. The above-mentioned Alcazar and Tiffany’s (both on Second Road, north Pattaya) are far more professional but also far more expensive (about 600 baht) and require reservations for the hour-long performances.
Yes, there are plenty of girls who work the streets and a few bars who are not yet 18 years of age. Most of the underage girls are usually over 16, but there are some who kick off their career in mattress dancing as young as 12 or 13.
If your sexual tastes run to pre-pubescent girls we strongly suggest you avoid coming to Thailand and definitely delete this website from your favourites. Pattaya is awash with dozens of the most beautiful over-18 Asian girls you will ever see. So if you can’t find one, of age, to satisfy your sexual proclivities then you really do have a problem.