American soldiers who came looking for rest and relaxation during the Vietnam War helped transform what had been a small fishing village, into the sprawling resort dedicated to pleasure of today. The city still thrives by providing travelers with sensual comforts, along with water sports, fishing, deep sea diving, or simple walks in tropical gardens or taking time out for the beach.
Gorgeous beaches they are too, set along the beautiful bay and extending some distance beyond. Many luxury hotels have opened here in the past few years, but the city still has the feel of a frontier boomtown, with narrow street that bustle with pedestrians, food-sellers, motor bikes, tourist-oriented bars, clubs, and services of all kinds.
Most of the gay scene is in South Pattaya. It's joked that bars change their names when the toilet paper runs out, but the number of venues remains fairly constant. Each bar varies a bit in style, ambience, and performers. Many have explicit stage shows - sometimes more, sometimes less erotic, depending on political winds. Some have rooms for private or group frolics with dancers, who are also up for a romp chez vous (with a "tip" to the house).
Economic downturns in the West, and political turmoil in Bangkok meant fewer tourists this past season, but only a few businesses closed. Things are stabilizing, but the effects of increased competition created good prices for visitors, so it's a great time to visit. November through February, when the weather is warm and dry, are the most comfortable months.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the new airport about 20 miles east of Bangkok, has been taking over all international flights from the old Don Muang Airport. The Airport Rail Link began operations in August 2010, offering local service every 15 minutes, and express departures every half hour, 6am to midnight. There are eight stops throughout Bangkok between Phaya Thai and Suvarnabhumi, taking 15-30 minute trip for the full distance, depending on the line. From Phaya Thai there is a Skytrain connction to Ekkamai, the Eastern Bus Station.
PattayaBus departs from this and other Bangkok stations with air-conditioned coaches, costing only a few dollars, departing every half hour. Limos and taxis cost are another option. Pattaya is a two-hour drive from Bangkok, but only 90 minutes from Suvarnabhumi should you rent a car. In Thailand, as in neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia, they drive on the left side of the road, like British, Australian and Japanese drivers.
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.
In South Pattaya, the neighborhoods of Pattayaland and Sunee Plaza are home to the majority of gay businesses. A gay scene has also developed around Jomtien Complex, a taxi ride away. At the nearby Dongtan gay beach, vendors ply the sand offering souvenirs, food and massage. Rent two deck chairs with your umbrella and you won't wait long for company.
Media and resources
It’s hard work keeping track of all the gay businesses in Pattaya. Several English-language sites can help: Nicky's Gay Pattaya, a website guide by a local with the insider's perspective is probably the best and most recently updated site, with useful comments, maps, reviews, photos and event listings.
Other local gay sites include Pattaya Hot Male, and GayPattaya.de, a German language site. Dreaded Ned's has guide listings for five Thai cities, and personals ads to. GayTingTong also has a chat forum and listings.
Out in Thailand, and Thai Puan are magazine-style websites with news and features about gay life in Thailand.
Travel Gay Asia and Utopia websites have gay listings for South, Southeast and East Asia, with good coverage of Thai destinations, including Pattaya.
PattayaCityExpats website and monthly newsletter has many tips on living in Thailand, both the good things to enjoy, and potential problems to avoid.
Pattaya People and Pattaya Today are local English-language general public newspaper websites.
For locations and website links to businesses listed below, see our Pattaya gay map & listings pages.
Language note: the variety of spellings for business, place, or street names may confuse you. With no standard transliteration for Thai words, they are written in many different ways in our Roman alphabet. You'll soon get the hang of it.
Gay rights and Pride
Pattaya Pride celebrations have taken place in recent years, with gala dinners and events continuing throughout the year, but things appear to have been on hold since 2012. Check this and other local websites for updates.
Western concepts of gay identity are changing this society, but traditional beliefs persist. In a world of troubles, one sexuality or another just isn't such a big deal in Buddhist beliefs. The role of lady boys and the obvious bonds of affection between males don't fit western definitions of sexual "orientation." Freedom might disorient foreigners who binge with only a few days of opportunity, while locals might say euphemistically, if hungry one should eat, but modestly. For Thais this remains a deeply personal, and family matter.
Thai culture has traditionally been open to fluid sexual and gender expressions. Thai men, as appreciative of youth, vitality and bodies beautiful as anyone, can be less obsessed with body types or age than their Europe and American counterparts. Sodomy was decriminalized in 1956, and gay and transgendered people have been able to serve in the armed forces since 2005. There is not total equality, however. Sex among men is not particularly remarkable, but self-identified gay men may not become monks and there are no same-sex marriages or partnership rights. Rural people are less hospitable to gay-identified men than urbanites or those in coastal resort towns, but it is "identity" that most clearly differentiates East/West and city/country perspectives. Prostitution is technically illegal, but widely tolerated, and an important part of the economy - but only for those over 18. Officially the age of consent is 15 among Thais, but visitors should be consider it to be 18, since gifts are usually a part of most encounters and home country laws can be invoked.
Throughout the gay districts you’ll notice many young men seeking your company for sex; most are commercial. To play it safe, ask for identification. Undercover tourist police do keep an eye on things, and visitors found with someone who is underage can face heavy legal penalties, both here and at home on your return. See Squirt.org for more specific information, and locals' reports on cruising areas.
Lodgings options here can start at as little as $15-20 per night for a clean but simple room in Sunee Plaza, to something on the beach for between $20-60. British, German or Dutch managements may provide home comforts from full English breakfasts or German beer, to cable TV channels, books or DVD movies in various languages. Many have kitchenettes, and supermarkets and 7-11 convenience stores are usually nearby with familiar provisions. At top ranges you can live a life of luxury in the finest of facilities, waited on hand and foot, for a fraction of the cost at comparable European or North American establishments.
Ambiance Hotel (Pattayaland soi 3; 38-424-099) affluent feel, quiet rooms, penthouse suite, Thai and international 24-hour restaurant. Associated with the Ambience,
Boyz Boyz Boyz (Pattayaland soi 3; 38-424-099), has hotel suites with balconies, plus gym with sauna and masseurs.
Beachpropertiesthailand.com (38-303-920), has 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), rooms overlooking Gulf of Thailand, terrace bar, bingo and entertainment, a few minutes walk from beach and Jomtien nightlife.
Le Cafe Royale Hotel (Pattayaland; 38-423-515), rooms, suites, penthouses, apartments at heart of Boyztown nightlife, restaurants, cabaret, show/boy bars, and sauna complex.
Casabella (Pratumnak Rd; 38-306-065 ) between Buddha Hill and Dongtan Beach, a casual, friendly, international gay family guesthouse, with roof garden patio, comfortable and inexpensive rooms, hot showers, a.c., fans, TV and video.
Copa Hotel (325/106-109 Pattayaland Soi 3; 38 488-694/5), quality full-service rooms and suites/ kitchenettes at good prices at center of Boyztown, penthouse apartment, massage.
Double Dutch Inn (410/46-48-50 Moo 12; 38-232-995), 16 bright modern double rooms, Danish ambience restaurant/bar, near Dongtan Beach and clubs/restaurants of Jomtien Complex. Billiard table, free WiFi
Don Plaza Guesthouse / Hotel Elephant Plaza (273/74-76 Moo 10, Sunee Plaza; 38-713-840), large, comfortable, inexpensive rooms and suites, standard and deluxe, swimming pool, international restaurant/bar with patio until 3am.
East Suites (413/51-53 Thappraya Rd, Jomtien Complex) serviced suites and loft residences near Dongton Beach; in-house Pagoda restaurant, kitchenettes, WiFi, video gizmos, and easy access to gay nightlife.
Eldorado Guesthouse (273/84-85 soi VC, Sunee Plaza; 38-713-259) small, compfortable ten room guesthouse and restaurant with a Swiss accent, at the center of Sunee nightlife.
Flamingo Hotel (20/182 Soi Day/Night; 38-427-1613), small inexpensive hotel, 26 rooms in central location, many with balconies.
Ganymede (413/85,86 Moo 12, Jomtien Complex; 38-38-304-037) 74-room resort, and spa complex with all the amenities, pool bar/cafe; near the beach at budget prices. Recent change in ownership made them less gay, more family-oriented.
Haus Mewie (Jomtien Complex; 87-148-0382) German pension, rooms and apartments, garden terrace, balconies, computer, entertainment and kitchen amenities, close to beach and nightlife, good price for value.
Double Dutch (Jomtien Beach Road 344, Moo 12; 38-232-368) Dutch guesthouse and restaurant in Jomtien, studio apartments, all amenities, internet bar, moped rentals, good Dutch food.
Hotel Ibis Pattaya (463/79 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Rd; 2659-2888) big, bright, colorful and modern euro-style hotel, 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.
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 Hotel (273/13-15 Soi Yensabai, Sunee Plaza; 38-429-232) newly renovated rooms, budget rooms to spacious suites just at edge of all the Sunee action, pool, restaurant lounge/bar.
Orchid Guest House (403/62 Moo 12 Jomtien Beach; 88 738-4338), 4 room guesthouse, near beach and Jomtien nightlife; TV and DVD player, books and DVD libraries. Was gay, now mixed.
Palm Grove Resort (Sukhumvit Rd, Najomtien; 38-709-444) luxury resort 15 minutes south of Pattaya, private beach, chauffeur services. Pool Villas Suites here include fully equipped units, and personal chefs.
Poseidon Hotel (Jomtien Complex; 38-303-698) German and English speaking gay boutique hotel with rooms, studio apartments and suites, near gay beach, bars; in-house bistro restaurant, pool, sauna, inexpensive rates.
Rabbit Resort (Grand Conotel, Dongtan Beach; 38-251-730), tranquil village of Thai beach bungalows on 4 acres of Dongtan Beach frontage, lush gardens around two pools. Very affordable doubles promotion prices.
Room-Club Hotel (318/79 Grand Condotel, Jomtien Beach; 38-251-461), rooms, deluxe suites and penthouse, right at gay beach, some with seafront balconies, open-air showers. Also restaurant dining, lounge bar, 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 the large sauna and pool facility, plus computer access, poolside breakfast at the restaurant, Wi-Fi.
Siam House (413/6 Thappraya Rd; 88-2156-866), Jomtian Complex modern guesthouse, en-suite rooms, private balconies courtyards, WiFi, DVD and book libraries, affordable rates.
Three Elephants Bungalow Park (403/93 Jomtien Palace, Moo 12; 38 303-056), quiet gay-friendly units, each with private terrace, breakfast area, open-air kitchen, lounge chairs and Jacuzzi, stereo DVD system, WiFi.
Tui's Place (318/77-78 Thap Praya Rd, Moo 12, Jomtien Beach; 38-251-432) small comfortable gay seaside guesthouse at north end of the gay beach, bar/restaurant. Located within the Grand Conotel complex at the beach end of soi Thep Prasit.
Two Guys Guesthouse (Soi Yensabai, South Pattaya; 38-713-652), homey, gay-friendly guesthouse near Sunee Plaza, short walk to Boyz Town. Well-equipped rooms, restaurant serving all-day breakfast from 7am.
The Venue Residence (413/24-28 Jomtien Complex; 38-303-787), gay-owned, straight-friendly boutique hotel and cabaret show bar near gay beach, three room categories, all with Japanese-style large shower bathrooms, and first class extras.
Most of the gay scene is in the South Pattaya neigborhoods of Pattayaland and Sunee Plaza. Dancers and waiters are available should they strike your fancy, and ladyboy mamasans will help with the arrangements. Each bar has its own style, and ambience. Some have rooms in back or upstairs, for private or group frolics. Saunas, restaurants, and massage shops by the dozens are interspersed among the many bars and nightclubs.
Going Out, Pattayaland
One of the three major gay nightlife districts are centered on and around three streets or "soi" 1, 2, and 3 between the beach and Pattaya 2nd Road. On soi 3, most are a part of the Boyztown-Pattaya hotel, sauna, massage, and nightclub group. See our maps and listings tab for locations and website links to businesses listed here, plus other clubs and restaurants.
A-Bomb Boys (soi 2), bigger, more muscular and mature go-go dancers.
Boyz Boyz Boyz (Pattayaland soi 3), among best established Boyztown bars, spectacular cabaret, go-go shows, dancers of all kinds and body types, provocative "close-ups;" also chill-out terrace and back bar for conversations.
Copa Showbar (Pattayaland soi 3) young men with well-toned torsos swim in glass tank in lascivious underwater shows, classy showtune cabaret acts, ready-to-go guys just waiting for a nod. Also with Terrace Bar from noon daily.
Cupidol Bar (soi 1) animated go-go dancers, older but lively hosts, special show events, black marble interior.
Funny Boys (soi 3), low-key "living room" casual atmosphere, many dancers, variety of ages and body types, intimate stage, sexy underwear modeling nights.
Happy Place (soi 2), new club, variety of go-go dancer types, cabaret shows, elaborate sound and llights systems.
Kawaii Boys (soi 1), younger go-go dancers, on-stage "jiggle shows."
Lucky 777 (soi 1) cheap beer, laid back and slightly older dancers, no-pressure atmosphere.
Splash Boys (soi 1), newly reopened club, large group of go-go boys, non-stop music.
Toy Boys (soi 3) large club, varied dancers, comfortable seating, central stage, laid-back pace.
Vassa Boys (between Pattayaland Soi 1 and 2), new boy go-go bar with an energetic scene.
Wild West Boys (Pattayaland soi 2), wild indeed, young, energetic go-go boys, erotic shows, wide range of enthusiastic and available dancers, extravagant shows and special events.
X-Boys (soi 1), more mature go-go boys in underwear, erotic shows, three shows a night, quieter atmosphere than most.
X Boys Land (soi 1), wide variety of dancing boys, all kinds, two sexy shows each night, photo pages on facebook.
Pattayaland host bars and restaurants
Ambiance Bistro (Pattayaland soi 3), all-day breakfast - English or Continental, soups, sandwiches, burgers, authentic Thai meals.
Cafe New Orleans Restaurant (Pattayaland soi 2), steaks, ribs and racks, Cajun and Creole, Italian and seafood, balcony booth.
Cafe Royale (Pattayaland soi 3), 24 hour cafe, piano bar popular with early crowd, piano bar live entertainment, large outdoor terrace, American, European or English breakfast, lunch and full dinners; lots of activities and special parties.
Oscars (Pattayaland, soi 3) a homey cocktail bar with terrace, light meals and entertainment.
Panorama Pub (Pattayaland, soi 3), good place to start, fun staff, international crowd, games, lots of parties.
Serene Pub (Pattayaland, soi 3), laid-back host bar for a time out to escape the maelstrom of the surrounding scene.
Going Out, Sunee Plaza
This compact district packs dozens of bars, restaurants and hotels where the action spills out into the few blocks just off Soi VC. Beer bars and cafes are more laid-back where staff are available for companionship, but not as aggressive. At nightclubs the dancers are more focused on a basic imperative of hooking up with you as quickly as possilbe. Some, for a very small tip, flash the goods, or allow hands of curious customers to wander and caress.
Nightclubs with go-go boys include: Eros Boys; Happy Boys; Krazy Dragon; Nice Boys; and Power Boys.
Host and karaoke bars include: All of Me; Colonial Bar; Come In; Crazy Pub; Diamond Bar; Double Shot; Duc's Bar/Coffeeshop; Eden; Forest House; Good Boys; Hot Fever; Jasmine; Leks Bar; Marina Inn Pool Bar; Ouds Cafe; Rainbow/Redgy's; Sky Bar/Restaurant; Sunee Plaza Bar; and Wan's Place.
Sunee Plaza cafes and restaurants
Don Plaza, good, affordable International cuisine, full meals, snacks, German beer, wines, service to 3am, breakfast cafe, bakery, take-out. Also hotel rooms.
Eldorado, (273/84-85 soi VC), small guesthouse, bar, international restaurant, prix fixe meals with a Swiss touch.
Le Bouchon Thai (Sai 2 soi 17), good European/French and Thai food, cocktails and wine list.
Oud's Cafe, full bar and cafe, sandwiches and burgers, snacks, shakes, comfortable indoor or outside terrace seats.
Po Pot (273/10-11 soi Yensabai), small guesthouse, bar and restaurant, German, International and Thai food.
Sanong, good Belgian restaurant at the Yensabai edge of Sunee, breakfast through late evening snacks, Thai and international set-menu lunch bargains.
Sky Restaurant, cocktail bar and restaurant, East/West cuisines, pool table, friendly staff.
Two Guys, small, popular 8 room guesthouse short walk from Sunee, restaurant withz all-day breakfast, good food, good value.
Volterra Restaurant (504/517 soi VC, M10) Italian pastas, extensive pizza list, cheese, wine, desserts.
There are also dozens of food carts in the streets of Sunee Plaza, most any evening, selling local foods such as pork, chicken, seafood, fried insects, hot dogs, pancakes, sticky rice, fruit, ice cream, tea and more - and cheap too.
Day-Night District cafes and restaurants
Near Sunee, in a cluster of streets between South Pattaya Road and Soi Sip Chet, the area has few bars but boasts a number of restaurants. These include:
Grottino Gourmet Bakery, European cafe food, good prices, blackboard daily specials, breakfast, breads, pastries, Swiss cheese, fondue, cold cuts and sausages.
Le Bordeaux (soi Day Night 2, 20/57 Moo 10), French cuisine and wines from Parisian restaurant veterans of 20 years - look behind Tukcom Mall.
La Cuisine Au Beurre (20/38-9, Soi Day-Night, Pattaya South Rd), serving French and Thai cuisine, good value for money, popular breakfast.
La Petit Planete (Pattaya South Rd), three couse French meals, seafood and daily specials, terrace tables, next to Tukcom Mall.
Osaka Japanese Restaurant (soi Day-Night 3, South Pattaya Rd), Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura and other authentic Japanese favorites.
Salt & Pepper (soi Day Night 2), popular Thai and American breakfast-lunch-dinner, large menu; meals, burgers, sandwiches, veggie options.
Going Out, Jomtien
A gay scene also thrives around Jomtien Complex, a taxi ride away from the more established areas. At the north end of the sand, at Dongtan gay beach, vendors offer souvenirs, food and massage. Look for the rainbow flag at Tui's Place. Rent two deck chairs with your umbrella and you won't wait long for company. See the Gay Jomtien blogspot for updates.
Bamboos Soi Two (144/125-127 Moo 12, soi 2), small gay guesthouse, restaurant and bar near the beach.
Bondi Bar & Guesthouse (410/51-52 Dongtan Beach Rd), 24-hour club with nightly entertainment; rooms with sea views; food includes all day English breakfast, Sunday roast,
Dick’s Cafe (413 / 129 Tappraya Rd, Jomtien Complex), Thai and Western food, breakfast/lunch/dinner and snacks, wide range of foreign and local beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, 10am-1am daily.
La Dolce Vita (Jomtien Complex,) host bar with boys, friendly company, German ambience and food, upstairs Haus Mewie guest rooms.
Festival Pub (Jomtien Complex), near Dick's, boys offer their company and services, drinks, terrace seating.
Pig & Whistle (soi 7, Jomtian Complex), girl hosts, TV sports, big breakfasts from 8:30, fish and chips, Guinness on tap.
Pour House (Jomtien Complex), cheap drinks, terrace opposite Ganymede complex, boy hosts, low pressure ambience, theme parties, pool games, restaurant, massage services.
Question Mark / QM (Jomtien Complex), small bar, cabaret shows, pool table, massage by friendly boys who take you upstairs for private sessions; breakfast, sandwiches, burgers and other snack food.
Tam Teng (413/127 Thappraya Rd, Jomtien Complex), open air bar and cafe in the former Duo House location; friendly bar boys, WiFi access.
Two Faces Bar (Jomtien Complex), guesthouse, with open-air beer bar, and coffee shop where waiters do double duty giving massages, exactly as you like.
The Venue Cabaret (Jomtien Complex) cabaret show bar and lounge in gay hotel, open 7 nights a week, three nightly full-production ladyboy shows, sexy male dancers; terrace and poolside seating.
Zen Cocktail Bar (413/22 Jomtien Complex), small bar, upscale but relaxed no-pressure atmosphere. Opens in tourist season.
Thappraya, Jomtien & other area restaurants
Bruno's (Thrappraya Rd, 300m on right from Thepprasit Rd), near Buddha Hill, upscale dining, lavish European and Thai lunch and dinner, extensive wine selection.
Dick's Cafe Jomtien (Jomtien Complex), affable unstressed atmosphere near beach, tasty cocktails, wide range of foreign and local beers; Thai and Western breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night snacks.
Double Dutch (Jomtien Beach Rd 344), Dutch restaurant and guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner, English speaking.
East Tapas Lounge (413/51-53 Thappraya Rd, Jomtien Complex), formerly Pagoda, al fresco terrace, bar/restaurant; Mediterranean/European tapas and Thai cuisine, considered among best in town, not too expensive.
Froggy’s French Bistro (soi Paniad Chang 2, soi Yumen), crepes, quiches, Beef Wellingon, steaks, Egg Cocottes, seafood, pork, chicken, deserts and wines at reasonable prices.
Linda's Restaurant (Jomtien Complex), Norwegian-influenced nouvelle cuisine, fish/seafood, hearty breakfasts
L'Olivier (Jomtien Complex) gay-friendly and popular French/European and Thai restaurant.
Mata Hari (Moo12 Thappraya Rd), innovative menu, traditional European cuisine, exotic influences; steaks, meat and potatoes, pasta, Thai food, wines, terrace seating.
Pizzeria Italia (Thappraya Rd at Jomtien Complex), pizza, pasta, meatballs, fish and seafood.
Rainbow Gay Beach (Dongtan Beach, by Rabbit Resort) friendly beach boys bring food, drink, offer foot massage, arrange for water sports and other activities.
The Wine Cellar at Poseidon (Thappraya Rd, Jomtien), hotel bar and terrace tables, big breakfasts, lunch, dinner; good wine list (former Bistro Oscar).
Yupin’s Restaurant (Jomtien Complex Soi 1), Thai and European food and wines (former Oleys).
Nightlife, beyond main districts & Late Night Afterhours Clubs
There are several gay-friendly dance clubs and late-night after-hours clubs, with elaborate shows, cayote boy dancers, and dancing. Staff at other gay clubs often end up here after work. Generally more a Thai than tourist crowd, they come and go, wax and wane in popularity. Check with locals for the latest hotspt.
Dave Man Club (Night Out Alley at Pattaya Central Rd), late night weekend disco, mixed gay-popular special events, "Big Banana" dance team and cayote dancer sexy shows.
Guess Club (8 Moo 10 Pattaya Tai), late night gay club, ladyboy and cayote shows.
G-U-Y Club (Walking St), host bar, topless go-go boys, raunchy cabaret shows, look for the shirtless hunks in the street to find it.
ID Men’s Complex (Second Rd Soi 4), large new gay late-night dance and cayote club in funny-looking purple building. The former Idol.
Magazine Club (Second Rd, soi 15), late night gay dance club, sexy cayote dancer shows.
Nab Club (Pattaya Second Rd, Soi 6), late night gay-favorite dance club, lady boys shows and cayote dancers.
Triangle Super Club (Second Rd), new late-night gay dance club, cayote dancer and cabaret shows.
There are plenty of ladyboy shows in each of the three gay Pattaya areas, but two big shows in town have crossed over to pull a broad general public audience of Thais and tourists in droves. Tiffany's is said to have the most beautiful performers, and Alcazar the most elaborate and spectacular shows.
Alcazar (78/14 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Rd) elaborate costumes, talented ladyboys, incredible stage sets, themes and music of many cultures, eras and fantasies.
Tiffany’s Show Pattaya (464 Moo 9, Pattaya 2 Rd) the "original" began as one man show for friends in 1974. Now in a custom built theater, 3 shows nightly, showcasing talents of transvestites and transgender people from all provinces of Thailand.
Saunas and massage
There is no shortage of people offering massage in Pattaya, with scores of small shops all over the gay districts, and even more in the larger, general-public girl scene. Plenty of free-lancers also have good hands. It isn't always about sex, but that's okay too if that's what you want. As most everywhere else there is sex in Saunas here, but the other pleasures, of steam, water, mental relaxation, relief of muscle tension, food and drinks, are no less important.
All of Me Too (273/39-40 Moo 10, Sunee Plaza), foot massage at their host bar or complete full-body job upstairs.
Boyz Sauna Gym (325/93 Pattayaland Soi 3; 38-424-0099) heart of Boyztown, masseurs, open 10am- 10pm.
Copa Body Club (325/106-109 Pattayaland Soi 3) aromatherapy, professional massages for men from men, in-house or hotel room.
Derby Men's Sauna (413/131-132 Thappraya Rd, Jomtien Complex) - CLOSED - gym, sauna, steam room, darkroom, erotic massage.
Sansuk Sauna & Guesthouse (391/49 Moo 10 Soi 11, Thappraya Rd) international crowd, maze, steam room, saunas, gym, pool. Also 19 guest rooms, and restaurant with five-course set meals, or a la carte.
Thai Blind Massage Institute (413/89 Thapprya Rd, Jomtien Complex) Thai therapeutic massage for pain in your back, not the bawdy bits.
Themae Sauna (Jomtien Complex), part of the Ganymede Complex, steam room and sauna, Jacuzzi, massage, bar and cafe.
Floating Market - cuisines of four national regions from floating stalls, also a wood-carving museum.
Pattaya Kombat Village, - serious training camp teaching Muay Thai Boxing, for men, women, kids (8-up).
Pattaya Park Beach - amusement and water park with rollercoaster, cable car and tower jump.
Tiger Zoo - feed baby tigers or see pig races and crocodiles.
See our events tab above for info on annual festivals, and other things going on in Pattaya.