Though I have been to Thailand many times in the past this was the first time I spent my entire vacation in Pattaya. I wish I should have done this on previous visists.
I stayed at one of the popular hotels down Boystown. Amazing experience with the new management at the hotel, the service and facilities can be compared to 5 star service.
Though it was at the tail end of the high season, the bars were fairly packed not good as the BKK ones, but when it came to the selection of guys it was far better than Soi Twilight in BKK. It was surprising to note that Pattaya bars attract guys from all parts of Thailand. So the market has variety to offer from the popular Isan, Cheng Mai, Cheng Rai. Laos, Cambodia, Rayong, Nong Kai and you name it. The guys were much cleaner, cute, handsome, attractive, interactive, friendly, outgoing, spoke enough english to keep company. Also noticed a exodus of guys coming from BKK mostly during the weekends, mainly frequenting at Funny Boys. Also what I was able to observe is that most of the guys do not work as regular at the bars and the bars too have accepted this working arrangements given the current flow of gay tourist and the market conditions. While this suits the business needs from the customers point of view you may have to visit these bars over couple of days to find the right match you are looking for.
Me and my friends spent much of our time and money at the Funny Boys as it had the most selection and the variety. May be given their popularity and demand the guys tend to me more on the negative side, with attitute and indifferent to customers. As a result what I observed was that many customers came and walked out without taking the guys. Most of the nights the guys went back home without customers. The bar need to work more on customer service and friendly side of the business. I am sure if they can improve on that side of the business they will do well both for the guys and the bar.
David Bar though not known much, has the best selection of guys. The atmosphere is excellent and the service is good. There are are clean, tall, cute more on the fair side of the skin. There are few cuties that you should not miss.
Kawaii is very popular amonst the Asian customer base as their selection tend to be more on the fem side. Mamasan is friendly and entertaining. The staff are well educated to take good care of the customers and thats why they have mostly return customers and the guys are popular. The guys provide such a good service, most of them find farang boy friends from this bar and looked after by them. Not much in numbers but the guys are worth a peep-in
Shooting Star ...... the place to watch is Lucky 7. Has an excellent selection and specially the one they have from Laos and Cambodia. Angels of the gay world. Since they all run visa boarder crossing every month, timing is your luck to find that cutie. The general feedback is that not only they are cuties they are sex bombs too. I have a Laos guy from BKK and from him I know if Thai guys are sex horses laos guys are sex bulls.
Enoyed the shows at Wildwsest boys and Cuopa. Worth the money spent and the time. Dancers are Angels, but most of them conduct themselves in a very professional manner. They dont linger around after the shows and they are nowhere to be seen to make any headway. They worth a million dollar.
Versa Bar (May be I am not sure of the word) is hidden in a corner, but a place to watch out. Good few cuties hidding in this bar and they are sex bombs as well.
In general the gay industry is dying and unless someone would start a good pub-disco style veneue around the Boystown area, there is nothing much to keep the gay tourist engaged throughout the night of enjoyment. In terms of entertainment the bars have nothing to offer much. Once they pick up the guys they have nowhere to go except to Dave or NAB that too they have to wait till mid-night. I predicted 3 years ago that Soi Twilight in BKK will get wiped out of the market, it has happened now. Unless the Pattaya gay business community will change and find ways and means to keep the gay tourist engaged and entertained the entire night and cater to the Technology Generation, most of the business will not survive in the next 2-3 years. Let us change the way we would cater to the new generation of gays than sticking to the baby-boomers generation of retired and laidback concept. You need to compete with the stright tourist industry and see what they have to offer to those tourist. Walking street buinesses are booming and we are dooming. We dont want to change. A change is needed.