If Disneyland is a virtual world where grown-up men feel like young boys again, yep, “Disneyland” is a suitable description for the teenage-years-revisited experience that Pattaya has on store for adult men who still feel young at heart and like putting their virility to the test.
Of course, things have changed in Pattaya in the last 10 years or so.
Then again, have these efforts been really successful?
Or have the chief strategists of the tourism ministry and the TAT been rather naive and presumptuous with their ambitious new advertising strategies for a “clean” Pattaya?
In “Pattaya speech” this translates to the slogan: “No money, no honey.” Or at least that’s the rule of thumb if you want to start off on the right foot when dating Pattaya bar girls.
True, Pattaya has made immense efforts to upgrade its sleazy image in the past decade – away from its tattered reputation as a receptacle for so-called sex tourists and “sexpats”, towards more “upmarket” and family-friendly “quality” tourism.