American soldiers who came looking for rest and relaxation during the Vietnam War helped to transform what had been a small fishing village, into the sprawling resort dedicated to pleasure of today. The city thrives providing travelers with some basic human comforts that still lie beyond the pale in many societies. Visitors arrive in their millions each year to experience such delights, along with a variety of other diversions such as water sports, fishing, and deep sea diving, taking walks through ancient temple grounds, tropical gardens, or busy marketplaces, or just enjoying lazy time on 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 to be found in South Pattaya. It's joked that bars change their names when the toilet paper runs out, but the number of venues had remained fairly constant until recently. Each bar varies a bit in style, ambience, and performers. Some have explicit stage shows - sometimes more, sometimes less erotic, depending on the political winds of the day. Some provide rooms for private or group frolics with dancers, who will also agree to a romp chez vous, with a tip to the house known as an “off” charge.
Economic downturns in the West, and political turmoil in Bangkok have meant fewer tourists in recent seasons, and some businesses have closed. Things stabilized somewhat, but as Nicky’s Guide noted before it too closed, of a dozen or so entertainment bars in Sunee Plaza just five years ago, only four or five now remain. November through February are the most comfortable months, when the weather is warm and dry.
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; not a problem for British, Australian or 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, Sunee Plaza and Jomtien Beach are home to the majority of gay businesses. At Dongtan Gay Beach, near Jomtien Complex, 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
Thai Puan is a magazine-style website with news and features about gay life in Thailand.
PattayaCityExpats website and monthly newsletter has many tips on living in Thailand, both the good things to enjoy, and potential problems to avoid.
Canterbury Tales Cafe has used books for sale, many in English; also food and drinks, guesthouse rooms, plus legal services and general information.
The Jomtien Language School, on Thappraya Road near the beach, has classes in Thai, English and French.
The Jomtien Dive Center offers snorkeling day trips and courses in SCUBA diving, including the extreme side of diving, to greater depths and rarely-seen realms.
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 as much of a big deal to Buddhists. The role of lady boys and displays of affection between males don't quite fit western definitions of sexual "orientation," and the sudden freedom to indulge can disorientsome foreigners who binge, having only a few days of opportunity. Locals might say euphemistically: if hungry one should eat - but in moderation, as in all things. For most Thais sexuality remains a deeply personal affair, and importantly, a family matter.
Traditionally Thai culture has been open to more fluid sexual and gender expressions. Thai men, while as appreciative of youth, vitality and bodies beautiful as anyone, seem 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. People in rural areas 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.
Throughout the gay districts you’ll notice many young men who seek your company for sex; most are commercial. 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 consider it to be 18, since gifts are usually a part of most encounters. Undercover tourist police do keep an eye on things, and visitors found with someone underage can face heavy legal penalties, both here and at home on your return. To play it safe, alwaysask for identification. See Squirt.org for more specific information, and locals' reports on cruising areas. Recreational drug use is another, best avoided area of danger.
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.
The Agate Hotel Pattaya Boutique Resort (413/93-96 Moo 12, Jomtien 2nd Rd; 38-250-797-8), gay-friendly luxury resort rooms and suites, two swimming pools, fitness center spa/massage, restaurant.
Ambiance Hotel (Pattayaland soi 3; 38-424-099), affluent feel, quiet rooms, penthouse suite, Thai and international 24-hour restaurant, bar/lounge, massage services. Gay nightclub next door.
Baan Dok Mai (20/248-249 Day Night; 38-723-364), small affordable gay owned/operated guesthouse and coffeehouse.
Baan Souy Resort (308/3 Moo 10, Nongprue; 38-364-580), gay and straight-friendly suites and apartments, lush tropical gardens, roof deck, swimming pool and Jacuzzzi, café and bar. Tuk-Tuk shuttles to Dongtan Beach, Jomtien Complex and Boyztown; airport limo transfers.
Beachpropertiesthailand.com (38-303-920), has a big range of properties, assistance with purchases, rentals, and condos.
Le Cafe Royale Hotel (325/102-105 Pattayaland soi 3.Pattayaland; 38-423-515), rooms, suites, penthouses, apartments at heart of Boyztown nightlife, restaurants, cabaret, show/boy bars, and sauna complex.
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.
DD Inn (410/46-48-50 Moo 12, Dongtan Beach; 38-232-995), 16 clean, basic, inexpensive gay-friendly rooms at the beach; TV, AC, WiFi, fridge, restaurant and bar, plus billiards table, library, guest laundry. Overnight guest (with ID) may stay free of charge.
Double Dutch Inn (334/3 Moo 12, Jomtien Beach; 846-777-014), 8 bright modern double rooms 50 meters from Dongtan Beach; Danish ambience restaurant/bar, near clubs/restaurants of Jomtien Complex. Moped rentals, billiard table, free WiFi.
East Suites (413/51-53 Thappraya Rd, Jomtien Complex; 89 005-0012) 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.
Elephant Plaza Hotel (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 open 24 hours/day.
Flamingo Hotel (20/182 Soi Day/Night; 38-427-1613), small inexpensive hotel, 26 rooms in central location, many with balconies.
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.
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; 81-929-2536), 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 (413/3-5 Moo 12, Thappraya Rd, 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.
Zing Resort (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. Former Ganymede - change in ownership made them less gay, more family-oriented.
CLOSED: Bondi Beach Bar & Guest House (Dongtan Beach Road at Jomtien Beach; 80-630-7314), rooms overlooking Gulf of Thailand, terrace bar, restaurant, bingo and entertainment, near beach and Jomtien nightlife.
In the gay club scene the dancers and waiters are usually available to spend some time alone with you, should they strike your fancy. Ladyboy mamasans will often 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.
A-Bomb Boys (soi 2), with stage entertainment, tends to feature bigger, more muscular and mature go-go dancers than some other clubs.
Boyz Boyz Boyz (Pattayaland soi 3), among best established Boyztown bars, features spectacular cabaret and go-go shows, with dancers of all kinds and body types offering provocative "close-ups." They also offer a chill-out terrace and a back bar for conversations.
Castro Bar (325/106-109 Pattayaland soi 3), ladyboy show bar and cabaret acts, male hosts and performers, swim tank shows, food, WiFi and terrace. Occupies the former Copa Showbar space.
Cupidol Bar (244/15 Pattayaland soi 3), animated go-go dancers, older but lively hosts, special show events. Moved to the old Castro Bar location as they moved to the Copa site.
Dream Boys (325/44-45 Pattayaland soi 1), large gay entertainment club, go-go boys on stage, erotic shows, mixed ages and types.
Funny Boys (soi 3), low-key "living room" casual atmosphere, many dancers, variety of ages and body types, intimate stage, sexy underwear modeling night. The club is up for sale, so their status is uncertain from day to day.
Kawaii Boys (soi 1), younger go-go dancer, on-stage "jiggle shows."
Toy Boys (soi 3) large club, varied dancers, comfortable seating, central stage, laid-back pace.
Vassa Boys (between Pattayaland Soi 1 and 2), boy go-go dancer entertainent bar with an energetic scene.
X-Boys (325/44-45 Moo 10), more mature go-go boys in underwear do erotic shows, three shows a night; a quieter atmosphere than most.
CLOSED: Wild West Boys (Pattayaland soi 2), energetic go-go boys, erotic dancer shows and special events.
Pattayaland host bars and restaurants
Ambiance Bistro (325/89 Pattayaland Soi 3), breakfast - English or Continental - 8am to 2am, with soups, sandwiches, burgers, authentic Thai meals; bar terrace
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 (325/109 Pattayaland soi 3), 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 many bars, restaurants and hotels where the action spills out into the streets around the blocks just off Soi VC. Beer bars and cafes are more laid-back where staff are available for companionship, but not so aggressively. At the entertainment nightclubs the dancers are more focused on one basic imperative -- hooking up with you as quickly as possilbe. Some, for a small tip, get frisky, flash the goods, or allow curious customers' hands to wander and caress.
Down from eight not long ago, there were just three clubs at last report in Sunee Plaza with go-go boys on stage: Eros Boys; Nice Boys; and Power Boys. Note that most websites for the clubs have gone dark as of January 2017 - soon after recent changes in Thai law concerning the internet.
Host and karaoke bars include: All of Me; Colonial Bar; Come In; Diamond Bar; Double Shot; Duc's Bar/Coffeeshop; Eden; Eldorado Guesthouse restaurant/bar; €uroboy$; Forest House; Good Boys; Marina Guesthouse restaurant/bar; Nak’s Blue Chilli; New Queens; Ouds Cafe/Bar; Rainbow Bar; Sky Bar/Restaurant; Sunee Plaza Bar; Swimming Pool Bar; The One Bar (former Lek's), and Ting Tong Red cafe/bar and guest rooms.
CLOSED: Happy Boys; Jasmine; JoJo Bar; Krazy Dragon; and Sunny Boys.
Sunee Plaza cafes and restaurants
Eldorado (273/84-85 soi VC), small guesthouse, bar, international restaurant, prix fixe meals prepared with a Swiss touch.
Elephant Plaza (273/74-76 Moo 10, Soi Sunee Plaza), 24-hour restaurant, good, affordable International cuisine, full meals, snacks, German beer and gemuetlichkeit; wines, breakfast cafe, bakery, take-out. Also hotel rooms.
Oud's Cafe full bar and cafe, sandwiches and burgers, snacks, shakes, comfortable indoor or outside terrace seats.
Sanong, good Belgian restaurant at the Yensabai edge of Sunee, breakfast through late evening snacks, Thai and international set-menu lunch bargains.
Two Guys (504/497 Soi Yensabi, Moo 10, Pratamak Rd), small, popular 8 room guesthouse short walk from Sunee, restaurant withz all-day breakfast, good food, good value.
Volterra Restaurant (504/517 soi 17, Moo 10), 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 of over 20 bars, clubs and restaurants thrives around Jomtien Complex, a taxi ride away from the older and 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.
4T Bar (Jomtien Complex Soi 1), beer host bar, friendly easy-going staff, conversation volume-level music, special theme events.
BC Bar (413/11-12 Jomtien Complex), 4pm-late gay host bar, food, good drinks prices, many guys, from areas throughout the region.
Big Kiss Bar (413/37 Jomtien Complex), popular beer host bar at the edge of Jomtien, friendly and attentive staff.
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.
Festival Pub (Jomtien Complex), near Dick's, boys offer their company and services, drinks, terrace seating.
@Home Bar (413/ 22 Jomtien Complex), friendly gay beer host bar with terrace, free bingo games, WiFi, music entertainment nights, massage services arranged.
Let’s EnJoy (413/38-39 Jomtien Complex), mixed crowd beer bar with friendly hosts, terrace, food.
Mixer Bar & Quiche Café (413/107 Moo 12, Jomtien Complex), cocktail bar and restaurant; host boys, drag cabaret shows, fashion shows.
Pig & Whistle (soi 7, Jomtian Complex), British pub, Guiness on tap, TV sports, restaurant, big breakfasts from 8:30am, fish and chips; guesthouse rooms.
Question Mark / QM (413/15 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.
Tommy’s Boy Bar (413/127 Thappraya Rd, Jomtien Complex), open air terrace bar and cafe; friendly bar boys, ladyboys, food, WiFi access. The former Tam Teng location.
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.
Zing Resort Cafe (413/85,86 Moo 12, Jomtien Complex), coffee shop and restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7am - 10pm daily food and drinks from around the world; mixed gay/straight crowd.
Other local bars include: Man Bar, a gay host bar next to Siam House, with pool games, an air-conditioned glass-enclosed terrace and outdoor tables. Nearby, L & N Bar is mixed but gay-friendly, as is The Pine (Jomtien Complex), a terrace bar and restaurant in front of the Poseidon Hotel.
Gay host bars down at The Venue end of Jomtien include: The Loft, at the former L’Arc Restaurant location; New Life, a small nook with sidewalk seating, Sun, and Your Bar. Further still, Bamboo is a small noon to midnight host bar with somewhat older guys, near the beach on the main Thappraya Road.
CLOSED: Pour House, (Jomtien Complex), cheap drinks, terrace, boy hosts, theme parties, pool games, restaurant, massage services. Find some of the old regulars at @Home Bar. Bondi Bar & Guesthouse (Dongtan Beach Rd), 24-hour club, nightly entertainment; restaurant, all-day English breakfast, Sunday roast,
Thappraya, Jomtien & other area restaurants
Bella Italia (Thappraya Rd at Jomtien Complex), pizza, pasta, meatballs, fish and seafood.
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.
Dolce Vita (413/45-47, Moo 12, Thappraya Rd, Jomtien-Complex), German and French restaurant and terrace host bar at Haus Mewie Guesthouse; weekend all-you-can-eat grill/buffet.
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
Mata Hari (Moo12 Thappraya Rd), innovative menu, traditional European cuisine, exotic influences; steaks, meat and potatoes, pasta, Thai food, wines, terrace seating.
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
The several gay-friendly dance clubs and late-night after-hours venues come and go, with elaborate shows, cayote boy dancers, and dancing. Staff at other gay clubs often end up here after work. Generally more Thai than tourist crowd. Check with locals for the latest hotspot.
Magazine Club (Second Rd, soi 15), late night gay dance club, sexy cayote dancer shows.
Muze (Second Rd Soi 4), large, newly remodled late-night gay/mixed dance club with live bands, shows and male model reviews; formerly ID and Idol clubs.
Nab Men Club (Pattaya Second Rd, Soi 6), late night gay-favorite dance club, lady boys shows, cayote dancers, foam parties.
SoDom Fetish Club (406/26 Third Pattaya Rd), new all-male Fetish Club, first of its kind in Thailand, for the experienced in BDSM along with the curious.
CLOSED: Dave Man Club (off Pattaya Central Rd), late night weekend disco, "Big Banana" dance teams, sexy cayote dancer shows; Guess Club (8 Moo 10 Pattaya Tai), late night gay club, ladyboy and cayote 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.
Magnolia Spa (63/27 Moo 10, Soi LK Grand Living Place), men for men oil massage off South Pattaya Road, full body scrubs, in-house or out calls.
Narcissus Massage (325/39 Pattayaland Soi 13/3), men for men massage, full body scrubs, bar.
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.
Floating Market - cuisines of four national regions from floating stalls, also a wood-carving museum.
Pattaya Elephant Village - the daily life of working elephants and their masters, demonstrations, feedings.
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.
Thai Alangkan Theatre - multi-dimensional presentation of Thai history and culture, pre-historic to modern times; 140 performers.
Tiger Zoo - feed baby tigers or see pig races and crocodiles at Si Racha Zoo, off the Bang Saen Road.
Underwater World Pattaya - acquarium with 100 meter tunnel though tanks; coral, cartilaginous fish, and sunken ship zones.
See our events tab above for info on annual festivals, and other things going on in Pattaya.