3,500+

Pick up bars, Go-go’s and Beer bars

5,000,000

Average Number of Short-stay Visits

27,000

Estimated Number of Prostitutes in the City

2,000+

Hotels & Guesthouses

Some of The Challenges

Prostitution

Prostitution in Pattaya is concentrated in areas such as Walking Street, Soi LK Metro, Boys Town, Soi 6 – Pattaya, Jomtien Complex, Soi 7  – Jomtien and Rompo Market, where numerous bars, go-go clubs, and massage parlours operate.

These establishments often employ women or men, known as bar girls or bar boys, respectively, who, more often than not, engage in sexual activities with customers in exchange for money.

However, it’s worth emphasizing that since prostitution is officially illegal in Thailand, the legality of the operations of these establishments can be ambiguous and subject to enforcement actions by the authorities, with some establishments protected by corrupt officials or ‘mafia’ involvement.

It’s essential to approach this topic with sensitivity and respect for the individuals involved.

Prostitution is a complex issue influenced by social, economic, and cultural factors.

It’s crucial to prioritize efforts towards addressing the root causes of prostitution, such as poverty, lack of education, and gender inequality, rather than stigmatizing or further marginalizing those involved.

An Aging Expat Community

Although there are expats from all over the world resident in Pattaya and its surrounding areas, Pattaya Mission is generally approached by British citizens living in Thailand.

To help illustrate one particular need in the parish, the British Honorary Consul in Pattaya recently confirmed that Pre Covid there were about 5,000 British ex-pats in Pattaya…most would be in retirement.

Many people who retired out here would have arrived at times when there were more than 70Thai Baht to the Great British Pound.  Now they get about half that.

The British state pension does not benefit from inflationary increases if retirees live overseas.

The aged population are suffering not just because of the same pressures related to increased costs of living, which is affecting elderly people around the world but have to also deal with the reality that the British Pound is not as strong as it once was, against the dollar or the Thai Baht in particular.

Many are faced with choices where they have to choose between paying their rent or buying medicine.

Many do not have any form of Health Insurance.

Note: Pattaya Mission does not limit its work to any one group and is available to anyone who applies.

An Overview of Pattaya

Pattaya, located on the eastern coast of Thailand, is a vibrant city known for its tourism and entertainment industry. While Pattaya attracts millions of visitors each year and offers numerous opportunities, the local community faces some peculiar challenges.

Here are some of the notable ones:

  • Tourism Dependency: The economy of Pattaya heavily relies on tourism, making it vulnerable to fluctuations in the industry. The community faces challenges related to job insecurity, as many locals work in tourism-related sectors that may experience seasonal variations or be impacted by global events such as pandemics or economic downturns.
  • Infrastructure Strain: Pattaya’s popularity as a tourist destination puts pressure on its infrastructure. The rapid influx of visitors strains transportation networks, water and sewage systems, waste management, and public services. The local community often faces challenges of insufficient infrastructure development to meet the demands of both residents and tourists.
  • Cultural Shifts: Many foreign tourists and expatriates in Pattaya have led to cultural shifts within the local community. The city’s transformation into a global entertainment hub has introduced diverse lifestyles, languages, and customs, which can sometimes clash with traditional Thai values and norms. Balancing cultural preservation with the demands of the tourism industry poses a unique challenge.
  • Rising Cost of Living: The growing popularity of Pattaya has increased the cost of living. Real estate prices, in particular, have surged, making it harder for local residents to afford decent housing. As the city develops further, the community faces the challenge of balancing the benefits of economic growth with the rising cost of necessities.
  • Environmental Impact: The booming tourism industry in Pattaya puts significant pressure on the environment. The increase in waste generation, water consumption, and energy consumption strain local resources. The community faces the challenge of managing environmental sustainability while accommodating the needs of a growing population and tourism sector.
  • Social Issues: Pattaya’s entertainment industry and nightlife scene can give rise to various social issues. Crime, substance abuse, sex tourism and trafficking pose challenges for the local community and law enforcement agencies. Balancing the needs of the tourism industry with the preservation of social values and community well-being becomes a critical challenge.
  • Seasonal Employment: Pattaya experiences a high demand for labour during peak tourist seasons, leading to a significant influx of workers from other regions. This seasonal employment pattern can result in economic instability for Thai residents who may struggle to find stable year-round employment opportunities.
  • Traffic Congestion: Pattaya’s road networks often face heavy traffic congestion due to the number of tourists and vehicles. The community deals with challenges related to limited transportation options, increased commute times, and reduced access to essential services.

Despite these challenges, the community in Pattaya shows resilience and adaptability, finding ways to navigate the peculiarities of living in a popular tourist destination while striving to preserve their cultural heritage and improve their quality of life. Efforts are being made to address these challenges through sustainable development initiatives, infrastructure improvements, and community engagement.