Pattaya Soi 6 is one of sin-city’s destinations that probably doesn't need an introduction. If you have been here before, you'll know about it already. If have never been near it before, you've still probably heard all about it.
This little Soi is infamous the world over. If Pattaya is famous for its naughty nightlife attractions, this place has a larger concentration of these attractions than anywhere else in the city, and trust me when I tell you that it will make an impression on you…
This place really sticks in your mind once you've seen it!
Soi Yodsak, as it is also known, offers something of an... erm.... unique experience with lots of sexy Pattaya girls waiting to meet up with you. It is not the sort of holiday destination that is popular with families - that's for sure.
Pattaya Soi 6 is very much made for customers of the adult entertainment scene. The family outings that are becoming increasingly common in other areas of the city are nowhere to be seen here. Given the nature of the business here, I'd say that that's how it should be!
Many of the bars are indoor venues. They often have darkened windows or curtains in place so that passers-by cannot see what’s going on inside. This soi is one of the most popular Pattaya nightlife destinations, but it is also popular during daylight hours, any time after about 3 o'clock in the afternoon will be busy.
During my first ever trip to a bar on Soi 6, I and a friend of mine had the misfortune to witness an overweight old man receiving an oral service from one of the bar girls. This was done downstairs in a small alcove of the bar area. We didn't see any flesh, I'm happy to say, but the movements where clear as day for all to see.
The customer and the girl involved didn't seem to care at all that two other people had wandered into the bar, and they certainly didn't stop what they were doing!
This gives a measure of what this soi is all about, so steer well clear of it if this sort of thing is not for you. You won't be welcomed there unless you have a very liberal mind and, if you don't, this is not the sort of place to go to start trying to convince people of the error of their ways.
Each to their own…
Soi 6 is sometimes simply called Soi short-time. The phrase 'short-time' refers to the length of time that you arrange to spend with a lady - at most 2 hours, but usually only until you are finished consummating your love... Long-time means overnight, but it is unusual to come to this soi in search of a long-time relationship, hence the nickname 'soi short-time'.
All in all, if you want a completely uncomplicated no-strings attached private appointment with a working lady, Pattaya Soi 6 is the best place to head for in the afternoon. It is perfectly safe there, you won't get drugged or robbed, and the service standard is usually not bad.
There is nowhere else in Pattaya where you can more easily, or more cheaply, get a pay-for-pleasure service with the quality and choice offered here. The Soi is a bit of a walk away from the busiest south and central tourist areas, so there is the added advantage here of a little discretion because there a fewer of the Chinese hordes and other camera crews wandering around.
You are a bit less likely to be seen by anyone other than people who are there for the same things as you. You won't see too many people who are just innocently passing through, and if they are walking down the soi then the chances are that they are either looking for action or sizing the place up for a more meaningful visit later on.
The standard of the Pattaya girls here in terms of physical beauty is generally about average, but if you take your time you will easily unearth a nugget of gold, you just need to dig around a little. If you are looking for a more meaningful relationship with a Thai lady than that offered by the girls on Soi 6, give my online dating strategy a go.
People tend to either love Pattaya Soi 6 or hate it. There's no denying that it is located on the more sleazy side of the spectrum, but then this is Pattaya, sleazy has never been a problem before.
This particular venue caters for a certain audience and it always has done; it is not a place for families, and if you do choose to venture along it you should be prepared for what you encounter.
One last thing worth mentioning about the girls working on Soi 6 is that many of them will be wearing a costume of one sort or another. Quite a few of the bars are themed in terms of costume so, depending on which bar you choose, the girls will all be wearing a school uniform, nurse’s outfit, French-maid outfit or whatever.
Soi 6,1 which runs down the side of Soi 6, is home to a number of ladyboys. There are also ladyboys working on the soi itself. I made the mistake of wandering down Soi 6,1 on one occasion, before I knew what it specializes in. The ladyboys had taken up positions as though they all had their own patch of concrete. As I walked past, each of them in turn attached themselves to my arm.
A simple no thanks is not of much use…
They put their arms through mine and walked with me for a few yards until they realized that they were not going to make a sale. This is fairly tame by ladyboy standards and some of the more insistent amongst them can make a grab for your junk – especially a bit later on in the day when they might have fueled themselves up on alcohol.
I could have taken a more aggressive stance in my refusal of their services, but that is usually a bad choice. It would have caused some loss of face to the ladyboy and that’s a dangerous thing in Thailand, and almost always the next step to some violence.
These ladyboys might look frail, but they are a lot stronger than they look and they’re used to standing up for themselves. I’ve heard a story about an altercation between ‘Tim Sharky’ (a former loan shark who is built like a tank) and a ladyboy on Walking Street. I don’t know what led to the bust up, but Tim wrestled the ladyboy to the floor and stood on her hair to keep her in place – it didn’t work. She started trying to bite him through his shoe!
I understand anyone who thinks that a little aggression is justified if someone makes an unauthorized grab for your man-parts but, if you can’t handle this calmly, you probably shouldn’t be in Pattaya – and least of all Soi 6,1.
In years gone by, a walk down Soi 6 would raise my pulse rate by a few dozen beats per minute; it is a place where a man on a mission can find ample opportunities to accomplish a satisfactory end to that mission in record breaking time.
I stopped by recently to have a look around and see if anything had changed…
The first thing I noticed since my previous visit was that this soi has become less and less a nightspot and more of an afternoon destination. Happily, it has not become a place to stop by for a cup of tea with the vicar – it has retained its raison d’être quite nicely.
I’d say that the best time to visit is something like 2pm until 4pm; at that time the bars on are packed solid with girls, whilst their customers are still loading up on the necessary alcohol needed to provide enough courage to initiate first contact.
The pictures in this report were taken at about 6:30pm; it was noticeably quieter outside than the peak hours I mentioned, but I suspect that things were a bit ‘busier’ indoors! By midnight, there or thereabouts, the Soi is closed. You read that right, darkness and shutters down, it was an unexpected development.
As a side note, I should point out that there have been some police crackdowns in recent years aimed at putting a stop to any romantic liaisons within the premises of the bars themselves.
Apparently such things are not allowed to happen, but have long been over-looked.
If this becomes a serious and permanent crackdown by the authorities then the future existence of Soi Six as it stands today may be called into question. This is worth bearing in mind; if the police were to catch you upstairs in one of these bars then you’ll certainly be fined, and who knows what else.
I didn’t notice too many ‘gawpers’ on my visit to the area and most of the other visitors seemed like serious customers. I can’t rely on this being the case though, I have previously seen a group of Asian (I think Japanese or Korean) tourists all with cameras in hand and firing off pictures of the girls and the men that approach them. Honestly, the nerve of these people… okay, I suppose I’m also guilty as charged on that score, but only so that I can update you!
The girls and the customer in the vest are typical of the sort of thing that you see up and down Soi Six. I suspect that the price of entertainment here has risen, sorry I didn’t get to confirm this, but I think that the price of a short-time liaison is now 1,000 baht (up from 700 the year before), with another 300 baht for the room-charge.
The standard of the girls that you will find in the bars, in terms of physical beauty, has always varied widely and that is still the case. You can find some very attractive girls here but you’ll need to have a good look for them first… and it helps if you arrive early. The best looking girls can get a lot of customers during the course of a day and they spend more and more time occupied as the afternoon wears on.
As a general rule, the customers that congregate in this part of town tend to be a little more hardcore than your average visitor. They are primarily middle-aged guys who have done the rounds, but most are stable and far from dangerous.
However, there is that small contingent of lunatics that manage to find something to get angry about.
In a recent case to hit the headlines, an Australian guy ended up dead after being involved in an altercation with an American. According to reports it was alcohol fueled, but the guy that appears to have thrown most of the punches has a long rap sheet including a previous murder conviction.
Personally I’ve never been involved in or even witnessed any violence here, but I can imagine that this sort of news is going to seriously deter anyone unfamiliar with the place from going there. I’d suggest that a late afternoon stroll will be as safe there as anywhere, so don’t be too put off.
The good news is that you don’t get so many of the Chinese hordes roaming through, buying nothing, and doing nothing except for poking their cameras and noses into other people’s business.
The Jack Tar bar is a long standing bar on Soi 6 and it draws a healthy clientele. Before I point out the obvious relationship between the Jack Tar Bar and the Red Point Bar, have a look at the picture below and see if you can spot any giveaway signs… I’ll give you a clue; both pictures are taken from the same standpoint looking down the soi towards the sea.
Okay, the first thing to notice is that bars are clearly on opposite sides of the soi. Now have a look at the direction in which the ladies and the men are looking. The girls are looking out into the soi as you would expect. Of the Jack Tar patrons, I count six middle-aged men and all but one of them are also looking out into the soi.
The reason for this is that the two bars are located directly opposite each other. Each of the two bars complement each other beautifully; no one wants to walk down the soi and straight into the arms of a sort-time acquaintance, so a lady-free beer bar offers a perfect vantage point from which to weigh up your options!
When you put two girly bars opposite each other with ladies on both sides calling out to guys as they walk by, they can get intimidated and wander off with both girly bars left hanging. If I was the sole owner of Soi 6 Pattaya I think I would line the entire soi with girly bars on one side and beer bars on the other… it’s a winning formula!
Perhaps the most famous of the girly bars on Soi 6 Pattaya is the Red Point Bar; it has been here for quite a while and it has always attracted a sizable clientele. As you can see in the picture, it has a row of seats lined in front of the blacked-out windows upon which are seated its female employees.
These ladies are all available for short-time liaisons with patrons of the bar and in this regard the Red Point Bar is not all that different from countless other girly bars that run up and down the soi.
So what is it about this particular bar that draws a better than usual clientele? My money is on the trade that it gets from the Jack Tar customers once they’ve downed enough Chang beer to lower their inhibitions…
Over the years, Pattaya Soi 6 has entertained and thrilled the masses with its vibrant nightlife and pleasure-seeking activities. It remains the naughtiest venue in Southeast Asia, but I do wonder how long this place will be tolerated by the authorities.
The direction of travel regarding local law enforcement in Thailand’s red light areas has not been favorable and, as mentioned, it has been the target of various police crackdowns.
I wonder how much influence the mainstream media in the west is having on the Thai authorities – western media considers Soi 6 the seediest cesspit imaginable...
That is, of course, a completely unfair categorization, but the mainstream rags have their left-wing, progressive, feminist, politically correct, flock of sheep to attend to, and it needs to be fed its daily dose of fake outrage.
What goes on here is between consenting adults, if that was different then clearly it would be totally unacceptable by any standard and should be severely punished, but Soi 6 is not about that. What angers some is the brazen openness of what sometimes goes on. As I mentioned at the beginning of the report, it’s not unknown for a girl to sit you down inside her bar and start going to work on you orally… unless you ask for the privacy of a room upstairs.
Pattaya Soi 6 is a place where western guys go to enjoy brief encounters with some sexy Thai girls, and these encounters usually start and end on the premises of the particular bar in question. That has been the source of the main problem to date i.e. the Thai authorities do not like these interactions taking place on the premises.
Now, you might wonder why on Earth anyone would care about the particular location at which these P4P delights are served up. If a customer pays a bar-fine (a bar girl’s release fee) he can take her out of the bar straight to his hotel room and get up to whatever the couple agree to… but if you use a room at the bar it’s different...
I think it all comes down to what is regarded as prostitution and what is not. Prostitution is illegal, but where you and I might think that this means payment for sex, it’s a little less clear where exactly the line is drawn if you take the girl off the premises.
Suppose for example that a bar girl and customer decide to spend a week together (which is very common in most areas of Pattaya), at what point are they allowed to make a claim that they have formed a genuine affection for each other and want to enjoy normal adult relations? And so what if the guy wants to help his girl out with some financial assistance...
You can see how it might be difficult to make a legal case stick in these circumstances.
I’m no lawyer, and I offer no advice as to what is technically legal and what is not, but I do believe that the police have so far been primarily concerned with ‘short-time’ acquaintances that are carried out on the premises. Most Soi 6 bars are, after all, undeniably straight forward brothels in all but name.
With regard to the actual girls that work on Soi 6 Pattaya, it’s hard to imagine what draws them to prefer working here rather than on one of the less infamous venues. It may be that there is more money to be made here but I have my doubts. Finding customers is not difficult for the good looking girls on the soi, but they would also easily find work in any of the alternative places in town, although the action does start earlier here.
It remains to be seen how the daytime trade on Soi 6 will be affected long-term, but the selling of alcohol until late afternoon is another thing that the police have cracked down on. I have to question the logic of this given that alcohol is readily available at all hours in just about every other crevice of the city.
I don’t wish to dwell on the somewhat strange actions of the local law enforcement, but their crackdown on dartboards is another strong contender in the Pattaya WTF moment of the century awards.
The girls fit the same profile as the girls in other areas i.e. same age group, same mix of beauties and uglies, and everything in between. It’s a good idea to watch your bar-bill (check-bin as it is called in Thailand) because a lot of the cashiers that work on the Soi are regularly fired for theft and other misdemeanors.
Make sure you know what’s in your wallet too, assuming that you venture upstairs, because you’ll need to take a shower meaning that your wallet will be left unattended. Also make sure that your lady-friend knows that you know how much money is inside it (be subtle – don’t suggest to her that she’s untrustworthy).
Soi 6 Pattaya will certainly not suit every taste but it is worthy of further inspection. When it gets busy there it gives a sense of fun that reminds me of years past in Pattaya.
Many of the bars are actually owned and managed by western guys and that helps to make things work. As I understand it, the ‘Night Wish’ group of bars are owned by the founder of the Pattaya Addicts online forum, and he’s a guy that comes across as a decent fellow. If you think you are well suited to work as a bar manager then he’s worth contacting, apparently it’s not easy to find good managers and vacancies come up fairly frequently.
As with most of the P4P industry in Pattaya, I do wonder how long Soi 6 will survive. It occupies a stretch of land that leads right to Beach Road, so it’s prime real estate. Throw in the unhelpful attention that it is getting from the authorities and you’ve got a recipe for closure at some point.
If/when that time arrives, I for one will lament the loss of Pattaya Soi 6… it is one of the city’s jewels as far as the long-term visitors to sin-city are concerned.
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