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Pattaya

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See our most recent article on Pattaya, fully updated, at Guidemag.com, with photos and map -- or click the bar at the top of this page. Some information in text below is outdated.

The beach resort of Pattaya is a two-hour drive from Bangkok. Air- conditioned coaches from Bangkok's Eastern Bus Station cost only a few dollars and depart every half hour. Limos and taxis cost about $40.

Pattaya's Baht Buses are less than a dollar for "in route" trips; a tour will cost a couple of bucks. Motorcycle taxis are inexpensive, but have correct change handy and agree on the price before leaving.

American soldiers on R&R from Vietnam helped transform this small fishing village into a sprawling resort dedicated to pleasure. Long after they left, the city still thrives by providing sensual comforts.

Most of the gay scene is in South Pattaya. It's joked that bars change their names when the toilet paper runs out, but numbers remain fairly constant. Dancers and waiters are available, and ladyboy mamasans help with arrangements. Each bar has its own style, ambience, and customer types; stage shows can be graphic. Some have rooms for private or group frolic.

Saunas, restaurants and dozens of massage shops are interspersed among the many bars and nightclubs. Pattayaland and Sunee Plaza have the majority of gay businesses. Not only in the bars but throughout the gay districts there are many young men seeking your company for sex; most are commercial. To play it safe, ask for ID (and remember the Thai calendar is diffent); 18 is legal. Tourists found with someone underage can face heavy penalties, both here and at home.

A gay scene has also developed around Jomtien Complex, a taxi ride away. At the nearby Jomtien gay beach, vendors offer souvenirs, food and massage. Look for the rainbow flag at Tui's Place, the only gay hotel here abouts. Rent two deck chairs with your umbrella and you won't wait long. Not far away, Rainbow, or Dongtan, Beach is splendid and has a gay ambience and plenty of amenities.

Local Media
It requires the local media to keep up the almost 150, often changeable gay businesses here. Some once reliable websites found in google searches can be very outdated. Better than average English-language sites include: Suneeplaza.info, Gay Affairs Pattaya and the new blog from a young Thai with an insider perspective, Nicky's Gay Pattaya. Each of these has maps, reviews, photos and event info for all of Pattaya's gay scene.
Pattaya Hot Male and Pattaya Gay TV are other good locals.
Spice and Thai Puan are magazine websites with news and features in English about gay life in Pattaya and other Thai cities.

Pride
The Pattaya Pride street party is to be held December 1st 2010, but other events take place throughout the year. See Pattayapride.com for details.

Accommodations
Ambiance Hotel (Pattayaland soi 3; 38-424-099) affluent feel, quiet rooms, penthouse suite, national and international 24-hour restaurant.
Boyz Boyz Boyz (Pattayaland soi 3; 38-424-099) hotel suites with balconies, gym with sauna and masseurs, a part of Ambience Hotel.
Beachpropertiesthailand.com (38-303-920), with a big range of properties, can help with purchases, rentals, and condos.
Bondi Beach Bar & Guest House (Dongtan Beach Road at Jomtien Beach; 80-630-7314) has rooms overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, and terrace bar a few minutes walk from the beach and close to Jomtien nightlife.
Le Cafe Royale Hotel (Pattayaland; 38-423-515) has rooms, suites, penthouses and apartments at the heart of Boyz Town nightlife with restaurants, cabaret, show/boy bars, and a sauna complex nearby.
Casabella (Pratumnak Road; 38-306-065 ) between Buddha Hill and Dongtan Beach, a casual and friendly guesthouse with roof garden patio, comfortable rooms, hot showers, a.c., fans, TV and video, starting at just US$16.
Don Plaza Guesthouse (soi VC, Sunee; 38-713-840) has large and comfortable rooms and suites, inexpensive rates, all at Sunee central.
East Suites serviced suites and loft Jomtien Complex residences near Dongton Beach, with in-house Pagoda restaurant, kitchenettes, WiFi, video gizmos, and easy access to gay nightlife.
Eldorado Guesthouse (Sunee Plaza; 38-713 259) small but compfortable ten room guesthouse and restaurant with a Swiss accent, at the center of all the Sunee nightlife.
Ganymede (Jomtien Complex; 38-303-731) twelve room residence, boybar and sauna complex with all the amenities, near the beach, starting at just US$18 per night.
Haus Mewie (Jomtien Complex; 66-87-148-0382) German pension with rooms and apartments, garden terrace, balconies, computer, entertainment and kitchen amenities, close to beach and nightlife, starting at just US$15/night.
Hotel Ibis Pattaya (Pattaya 2nd Rd; 66-2659-2888) big, bright, colorful and modern euro-style hotel with pool, balconies overlooking beach, restaurant, bar, shopping/nightclub district nearby. When in Koh Samui check their sister hotel on Bophut Beach, the Ibis Samui Bophut.
Howard's Guesthouse & Bar (soi VC Hotel; 38- 713-664) a local institution at the entrance to Sunee Plaza bars, shops and restaurants. Comfortable modern rooms, reasonable prices, charming staff. Their lobby bar has cheap beer and is frequented by young freelancers.
Mangoes Guesthouse (Sattahip; 38-238-519) small bungalow guesthouse in village just outside Pattaya, near Wat Yansangwararam. Bikes and motorcycles rented here for exploring local fishing village beaches.
Marina Inn Plaza (273/13-15 Soi Yensabai, Sunee Plaza; 38-429-232) newly renovated rooms ranging from budget to spacious suites just at the edge of all the Sunee action.
Palm Grove Resort (Sukhumvit Rd, Najomtien; 38-709-444) luxury resort, with private beach, chauffeur services. Pool Villas Suites include fully equipped units, and personal chefs.
Poseidon Guest House (Jomtien Complex; 38-425-512) German and English speaking gay hotel with rooms, studio apartments and suites, near gay beach, bars, with in-house gourmet restaurant and four-star service at inexpensive prices.
Rabbit Resort (Jomtien Beach; 38-251-730) a village of Thai beach bungalows on 4 acres of Dongtan Beach frontage, with lush gardens around two pools. Promotions begin at just US$90 per double.
Room-Club Hotel (Jomtien Beach; 38-251-461) bar, rooms and deluxe suites and penthouse, right on gay beach, some with seafront balconies, open-air showers. Also restaurant dining, in-house massage and spa, private open-air lounges.
Sansuk Sauna & Guesthouse (Thappraya Rd; 38-364-356) 19 room guesthouse between Jomtien Beach and Boyztown. Guests receive free pass to their large sauna and pool facility, plus computer access, and poolside breakfast at the restaurant. wi-fi.
Tui's Place Bar and Restaurant (Jomtien Beach; 38-251-432) small comfortable gay seaside guesthouse at north end of the gay beach. Located within the Greand Conotel complex at the end of soi Thep Prasit.
Two Guys Guesthouse (Soi Yensabai, South Pattaya; 38-713-652) homey and gay-friendly guesthouse near Sunee Plaza, a short walk to Boyz Town. Well-equipped rooms, and restaurant serving all-day breakfast from 7am.
The Venue Residence (Jomtien Complex; 38-303-787), a gay-owned, straight-friendly boutique hotel and cabaret near the gay beach, with three rooms categories, all with Japanese-style large shower bathrooms, and other first class extras.

Nightlife, Pattayaland
One of the three major gay nightlife districts are centered on and around three streets or "soi" 1, 2, and 3. On soi 3, most are a part of the Boyz Town hotel, sauna, massage, and nightclub group, with a community website for individual business links.

Boyz Boyz Boyz (Pattayaland soi 3) one of the best established of Boyztown bars, does spectacular cabaret and has go-go shows with dancers of all kinds and body types doing provocative "close-ups." They also have a chill-out back bar for conversations.
Copa Showbar (Pattayaland soi 3) toned torsos swim around glass tank for lascivious underwater shows, classy showtunes cabaret acts, and ready-to-go young men for the asking.
Oscars (Pattayaland soi 3) a homey cocktail bar with terrace, light meals and entertainment.
Panorama Pub, (Pattayaland soi 3) the perfect place to begin a Boyz Town exploration, with a fun staff and international crowd.
Serene Pub (soi 3) an oasis of quiet host bar, if you need one, amid the maelstrom of the surrounding scene.
Wild West Boys (Pattayaland soi 2) nightclub has very erotic bathtub shows, a wide range of enthusiastic and available dancers performing in extravagant shows and events.
Other Pattayaland go-go favorites include:
A-Bomb Boys (soi 2) older than average dancers; Cupidol Bar (soi 1) animated dancers set against black marble interior; Dream Boys (soi 1) long-time survivor, comfortable vibe, many pleasant dancers and waiters to choose among;
Funny Boys (soi 3) many dancers, varied kinds, intimate stage set-up; Sawadee Boys (soi 1) many dancers perform on large central stage; Star Boys (soi 1) known for Big Cock shows; Kawaii Boys (soi 1) known for on-stage jiggles; Lucky 777 (soi 1) cheap beers and slightly older dancers; Toy Boys (soi 3) large club, varied dancers, comfortable seating around central stage, more laid-back pacing than others; Vassa (between soi 1 & 2) older, less frenetic dancers; and X-Boys (soi 1) quieter club with older dancers on stage. Upstairs Dynamite also less busy, has cinema-style seating and plenty of dancers.

At Amor Restaurant (Pattayaland soi 3) you should book early for American holiday feasts.
New Orleans Restaurant (Soi Pattayaland 2) specializes in ribs and racks, Cajun and Creole, Italian and seafood, with a balcony booth.

Nightlife, Jomtien
Monty's Bar (Jomtien Complex) has sexy cabaret and dancing boy shows.
Lubov Boys, and La Dolce Vita are two more Jomtien Complex host bars with boys who'll offer their company.
Question Mark (Jomtien Complex) a small bar with pool table offers massage by their friendly boys who take you upstairs for private sessions.
Two Faces Bar (Jomtien Complex) a guesthouse, open-air beer bar, and coffee shop where waiters do double duty giving massage exactly as you like.
The Venue (Jomtien Complex) gay hotel cabaret lounge has three nightly full-production ladyboy shows that include a dozen sexy male dancers, from 10pm. Shows change constantly, particularly on Sundays which include Thai Classical numbers.

Jomtien area restaurants include:
Dick's Cafe Jomtien (Jomtien Complex) has an affable unstressed atmosphere near the beach, tasty cocktails and a wide range of foreign and local beers, plus Thai and Western breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks.
Holland House (Jomtien Beach Road 344) is a Dutch restaurant and guesthouse serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, known for their homemade peanut sauce, or sateh. They have Dutch language TV, and speak English too.
Manhattans Restaurant & Bar (Thappraya Rd, Jomtien), renowned for flame-grilled beef steaks and fresh seafood dining, also has fine Thai food and the best "wine by the glass" menu in town. On first Saturdays they feature live jazz music.
Ozz Bar & Cafe (Jomtien Complex) promises relaxation on their romantic terrace, hearty food and drinks, Wi-Fi access, and English language newspapers.
The Pagoda (Jomtien Complex) an al fresco terrace and restaurant serving Mediterranean, European and Thai cuisine, is considered to be one of the best in town, and not too expensive either.
Poseidon Restaurant (Thappraya Rd, Jomtien) hotel bar and terrace, opens 8am to midnight for breakfast, then lunch, and gourmet dining after 6pm with a good list of wines.

Nightlife, Sunee Plaza
This compact district packs dozens of bars, restaurants and a few hotels, just off Soi VC. Beer bars and cafes are more laid-back. Cafe staff are available, but not in your face. At nightclubs they're more focused on the basic imperative of hooking up.

Nightclubs with go-go boys include: Enjoy Pub; Eros; Euroboys; Good Boys; Happy Boys; Krazy Dragon; Mic My Boys; Nice Boys; Tom Yum; and Wonderland.

Host bars and cafes in Sunee Plaza include: Come In; Corner Bar; Country Club; Crazy Club; CU Bar; Don Club; Duc's Bar; Eden; Forest; Leks/ La Copa; Memories Music Bar; Mike's La Cage; New Queens; Rainbow; Redgy's; Sky Boys; Sundance Bar; Sunee Plaza; Three Zone; Treetz; Uniform Bar; Up2U Bar; Wan's (Place 2B); and Wunderbar.

In the Day & Night area on the Boystown side of Sunee Plaza, there are two more nightclubs with dancers: Number One Boys, and Office Boy.

Sunee Plaza Cafes and restaurants include:
El Dorado guesthouse, bar and restaurant offering prix fixe meals with a Swiss touch;
Don Plaza good and affordable International cuisine for breakfast and dinner, simple to elaborate meals;
Little Mango restaurant and internet shop, high speed internet connections, good, fresh Thai curries as hot and spicy as you like;
Oud's bar wih sandwiches, snacks, comfortable terrace seating;
Po Pot (273/10-11 Soi Yensaba I) small guesthouse with German, International and Thai food; and
Two Guys small, popular guesthouse restaurant with all-day breakfast, good food for good value.
A bit out from Sunee center, Wan's Cafe has nice, relaxed atmosphere, tasty food for reasonable prices.
The White Night Restaurant is gone - now part of a larger Mike's La Cage.
Between Buddha Hill and Sunee Plaza an upscale dining option is Bruno's Restaurant (306/63 Chateau Dale Plaza; 38 364 600-1), serving lavish European and Thai lunch and dinner with an extensive selection of wine.

Nightlife, Late Night Afterhours Clubs
There are five mostly gay or gay-friendly late-night after-hours clubs, busy from about 1am to dawn, with elaborate shows, boy dancers, and dancing. These generally attract a more Thai than tourist crowd.
Dave Man's Club (S Pattaya Rd, soi 16) is a big gay dance club with plenty of cayote dancers in the shows.
Deep Splash @ Dusit Club (2nd Road), and Out-XY (soi 15). Nab (Soi 6 at Second Rd) is the newest, with a sexy late show in North Pattaya, and xZyte Disco (Third Rd at soi 16) is a big and busy club, in a giant black warehouse setting filled with good sound and light shows.

Saunas and massage
Body Club (Pattayaland soi 3; bodyclub- pattaya.com) aromatherapy, professional massage from $10.
Boyz Sauna Gym (325/93 Pattayaland Soi 3; 38-424-0099) heart of Boyztown, masseurs, open 10am- 10pm.
Derby Men's Sauna (413/131-132 Thappraya Rd, Nhongprue) gym, sauna, steam room, darkroom, erotic massage.
Sansuk Sauna & Guesthouse (391/49 Moo 10 Soi 11, Thappraya Rd; 38-364-355) international crowd, maze, steam room, saunas, gym, pool. They also have a restaurant with five-course set meals or a la carte menu.
Thai Blind Massage Institute (413/89 Thapprya Rd, Jomtien) massage for pain in your back, not the bawdy bits.

Events and activities
Floating Market (Floating4market.com) cuisines of four national regions from floating stalls.
Pattaya Pride (Pattayapride.com) events and parties, website has videos of past festivals and contests.
Pattaya Park Beach (Pattayapartk.com) amusement and water park with rollercoaster, cable car and tower jump.
Pattaya Modern Art Centre (Liamsgallery.com) art exhibits, often with erotic overtones.
Tiger Zoo (Tigerzoo.com) feed baby tigers or see pig races and crocodiles.

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