But let’s face it, Pattaya’s nightlife and “bar girl industry” are still thriving – and remain the top draw for a large percentage of visitors to Funtown.
Here’s a thought experiment: Simply imagine a completely redesigned “clean” Pattaya without its hundreds of bars and Go Go clubs and their 20,000 or so bar ladies, lightly-dressed coyote dancers and ladyboys – how many tourists do you think would still opt for Pattaya as a holiday destination?
When an Isaan village girl has made up her mind to seek a job as a “sex worker” in Pattaya she has basically two choices: a) work as a hostess in a beer bar (low base wages, long shifts), or b) seek a job as dancer in a Go Go bar (high base wages, less working hours).
The latter option will certainly only be available to girls who aren’t too shy to exhibit their body in front of a large male audience and are sufficiently “easy on the eye”.
certainly also means that they’re often expected to financially support their less fortunate relatives who usually struggle to make a living in their day labourer jobs.