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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Where 'the boys' stay to hunt?

There are quite a few options in Pattaya as to where to stay for a really good time, particularly during the Nov/March ‘tourist season’. The season never actually stops but the hot and wet weather during some summer months deters many people.

Presuming you are not checking-out the four and five star hotels to stay at, and perhaps something a little ‘earthier’ is what you’re really looking for, ‘around 2nd Road and Beach Road and just off Walking Street’, is the answer.

Whether you are in a group or you are here by yourself there is an instant camaraderie between foreign people on holiday here, no matter where you are from. You may come from all over the world, but you are all in someone else’s country.

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Lots of the bars in the sois (small streets) between the beach and 2nd Road, particularly from Soi 6 all the way to Walking Street, are also guesthouses of different sorts. Some are like a B&B over a busy pub in England, and, between some smarter hotels, are some seriously cheap rooms rented from the bar downstairs and are usually the haunt of ‘the boys’.

‘The boys” are the “single” blokes who have come here to have a lot of fun, a lot of drink, a lot of girls and whatever else they want, preferably for as little money as possible. Practically 24 hour sports are on the numerous TV’s (the bargirls are all watching Thai ‘soaps’ on a portable), drinks and girls are everywhere, and you feel as though you have “arrived” in heaven.

There are quite a few lodgings to be had on Soi 6 but next door, particularly if it is a go-go bar or whatever, will successfully prevent any early nights during your stay.

However you will also possibly discover the kathoeys (amazingly realistic to the untutored eye, lady-boys), who are ever present on this particular soi and in Pattayaland and Walking Street. As a first time visitor you would certainly not be the first, or indeed the last man to be caught-out in your hotel room THAT EVENING! So don’t panic. Just make sure your ‘preliminary tests’ are up to ‘scratch’ next time you take a lady ‘home’, and make sure they don’t nick anything. They are good at that.

Pattaya Walking Street
Walking Street, Pattaya

There is lots of action all the way down and through Walking Street all the way along.

Sois 7&8 have loads of hotels and guesthouses to suite any nationality, the entertainment happening downstairs and perhaps upstairs too, is why most single men have come here.

From the bottom of the soi a very short walk down the beach towards Walking Street will get you to the popular Sois 13, Yamoto and Post Office, which are full of bars and entertainments and also have a lot have accommodation above.

On, in the same direction, to Pattayaland and Boyztown where accommodation is available for any sex, and you will find yourself in Walking Street.

The International Meeting Place has many small, and some larger hotels in the little moos ( lanes) leading off it. The further you walk away from Walking Street the cheaper the hotels and guesthouses get. The Arab quarter of Pattaya is about half way up on the left, and at the end, just before Bali Hi, a couple of cheap French places cater for ex-pats and visitors alike.

If you like to be with ‘the boys’, particularly if you’re on holiday, without ‘the trouble and strife’ around, you could do a lot worse than head for Sois 6,7,8,13,etc to have the holiday of a lifetime.

Soi Boukhaow (variously spelt because it is unpronounceable to we English speakers) also has a good variety of cheaper ‘billets’ for the many ex-pats in the area as well as tourists, and, being parallel to 2nd Road is only a 7 minute walk from the beach. European food abounds in this Soi, from fish and chips to ‘European style Chinese’; from a really decent curry (40 baht/50pence/75cents), to steak and kidney pudding, from a whole roast chicken (100 baht) to pizza or pasta and much more.