Thailand Sex Tourism overview; it is a highly disgusting subject for some people, and a much loved activity for others. I guess it all depends on your perspective. Whatever your viewpoint is, there is no denying that sex tourism in Thailand is bigger than in any other country in the world. Within Thailand, just about every town has got a venue where sex is available for money, but there are some stark contrasts between sex tourism i.e. that available for foreigners and 'sex for sale' in general i.e. that which caters for local Thai men.
Places like Nana
Plaza in Bangkok, Bangla Road in Phuket, and just about everywhere in
Pattaya are much more 'in-your-face' than the industry that serves Thai
men. That said, even Pattaya, these days, has got much more to offer
visitors than just the pay-for-pleasure scene.
You could even dispense with it altogether.... there are other options for finding female company. ThaiFriendly.com is a great online dating site that can easily be used to set up some female companionship. If you want to, you can also find a serious love interest there, but I'd advise you to have a read of my 'Thai Dating Advice' before getting into anything serious. You will probably get involved with a gold-digger if you don't understand Thai ladies and their feelings/priorities, so give this section a good read first.
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There are many reasons why Pattaya is the number one sex tourism destination in Thailand (and the world). The first reason relates to its history; US troops taking a break from the Vietnam War were the first sex tourists in Pattaya. The industry here has grown from that time right up to the current time.
Secondly, Pattaya is the closest beach resort to Bangkok. From Bangkok, you can get to Pattaya by car in less than 2 hours. Many Bangkok residents frequently take their breaks in Pattaya. This is also true of Bangkok expats and that adds to the demand for Pattaya ladies. Bangkok itself is more expensive, and the nightlife is more regulated; bars typically close at midnight, Pattaya is just getting going at that time!
Third, there is an extra demand for the industry from expats that have chosen to live in Pattaya. This is a rapidly growing population. Condominium blocks are being constructed all over Pattaya and they are often 70%+ sold out before construction is even completed!
Fourth, most of the girls working in the bars are from the Isaan region of Thailand. This is the poorest region of Thailand which means there are more girls there struggling to provide enough money for the families via any other means. The closest beach resort to Isaan that attracts many sex tourists is Pattaya. This means that Pattaya has access to a greater number of willing ladies. High demand (from international visitors, local expats and Bangkok expats) and high supply (from the nearby willing Isaan ladies) combine to ensure that the biggest Thailand sex tourism destination is located in Pattaya. I can't see this situation being reversed anytime soon.
In part 2, the report concludes with a few words of warning that you really should be aware of. You can land yourself in a lot of trouble in Thailand if you’re not careful; so click Sex Tourism in Thailand Part 2 to protect yourself.
Thailand Sex Tourism; related pages
Thailand Sex Trade Morality; this reports looks at the arguments for against the industry. It goes
on to recommend how to treat the ladies if you do partake.
Thailand Sex Vacation; Pattaya has always attracted a certain type of visitor that enjoys... human interaction! But what does the future hold for this sort of tourism in Pattaya?
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