There are a number of apps and online tools to help you get the most of your trip to Pattaya. Some websites will encourage you to install dodgy things on your phone. A little preparation beforehand can save you a lot of time and effort later when you arrive in Thailand. You could install these at the airport using wifi but since most people have time before they travel to set up, it’s better to do it at home. Obviously you will need a Thai sim card to get internet access, you can buy these at the airport kiosks or at 7/11. Most of the brands such as AIS, Dtac, and True have good coverage throughout Pattaya, although there are often black spots inside certain clubs.
What’s LINE? Have LINE!
Get line here
You probably already have social media accounts. If you come to Pattaya, at a bare minimum you should have a LINE account set up. LINE is the most common and popular chat app in Thailand, even people aged 60+ use it because you can make free voice and video calls with it. It is similar to WhatsApp or any other instant messaging app like Kakaotalk or Wechat. Put a profile photo of yourself up and optionally a few photos on your timeline to show what an awesome person you are. A hand phrase to know is MEE LINE MAI? This literally means, have line no( as in, do you have line?) like in the old days how guys would ask a girl for her number. If she says no it’s not that she doesn’t have a phone, she just doesn’t like you. Five seconds later you will probably see her sending a message to her friends on LINE. You will frequently see people video chatting in bars and clubs, it is likely they are using LINE.
Set up a clean Facebook
If you have a facebook account you probably don’t want a bunch of bar girls on it so you should set up a separate fb ahead of time. there are guides on google on how to make a second facebook profile, it shouldn’t take too long if you plan ahead. Be aware that unlike you, ladies will have real photos of their family and kids on their fb. It might seem weird but that is how it works in Pattaya. The reason to have a fb is that some ladies will become suspicious if you have line but not fb. If you have a clean fb you come off as a good guy. Trust us, the experienced ladies have two or sometimes even three facebook accounts, if you want to play the game then know how it’s played. Make sure you have a reasonable proportion of guys to girls, as having too many Thai ladies on your fb would be a black mark against you. As of August 2018, FB messenger is also increasing in popularity and is a close second to LINE for instant messaging. All the more reason to have a separate FB set up for this purpose.
Research dating sites
A popular site is Thaifriendly.com and if you sign up beforehand you can actually have some leads before you even set foot in Thailand. If they are a working lady then they will open the conversation with terms and conditions whereas ordinary ladies will start off with small talk or explicitly say in their profile they are not a bar girl. This doesn’t mean you can’t make them your holiday girlfriend in exchange for the right remuneration just that it might be harder than simply getting their line and telling them where your hotel is. You might even make a real connection with someone. Again, these sites are aimed at getting you to buy their premium product, decide for yourself if it is worth it because once you are on the ground in Pattaya, it is very easy to meet people. Thai friendly also has an Android and iOS app but there’s no reason not to use the mobile site.
Set up dating apps
In addition to the most famous of dating apps Tinder, and the thaifriendly app, in Thailand there is Beetalk, badoo and wechat that all have location-based matchmaking. There are ios and Android versions. Setting up a profile doesn’t take long and you can recycle your best photos and blurbs. Badoo charges a premium which isn’t really worth it, just find girls near you and send them a message, if they look at your profile and reply then you are good otherwise don’t bother wasting your money. It’s possible to find a lady to come to you without leaving your hotel room without touching your credit card. Badoo has a bad signal to noise ratio. There are lots of people on it but the level of engagement is low and you can send out dozens of messages and not get a response. Also there is a large proportion of ladyboys (katoeys) on badoo, if that is your thing. Tinder you will generally get a response when you match but the matches tend to be biased towards other foreigners as Tinder is more a Western dating app. Tinder also has the same problem of ladyboys, which some people may enjoy. Wechat is more than just a chat application, it is hugely popular in China and with the abundance of Chinese tourists in Pattaya and Thailand generally, the “find people near me” tool will usually show up quite a few Chinese people, rather than local Thais. Unless you speak Chinese, it is unlikely you can connect well with these users.
Thailand has fairly “leaky” internet censorship, that is some sites are censored but the filtering is not sophisticated and usually just changing the url slightly or accessing from another site can bypass it fairly easily. However, if you really must access sites then you should look into a VPN provider. There are many of these and free options will usually be good enough for short use on a holiday, however if you want to download large amounts of video then a premium provider may be necessary.