In this series we ask “Som” a lady worker in a popular Pattaya Walking Street venue about life as a dancer.
SOI-6: what drives you to become a dancer in Pattaya
Som: at the time I broke up with my boyfriend and I wanted to drink. So, actually it was good for me because customers will buy me drinks. I don’t have to pay
[Editors note: in some bars, staff have a drinks quota they need to meet, so prefer drinks to cash tips. other types of contract, the lady gets a cut usually 50baht from the drink price. its possible to have both a quota and a commission.]
SOI-6: what do you think about other reasons to come to work in Pattaya
Som: I have a baby son 2 years old. and most lady need to support family or have another reason. (e.g. money to pay for car or home). but mostly, lady is single mom must take care baby
SOI-6: what is your work schedule like?
Som: I have a contract 10 days. actually I work two jobs during the day I work cleaning job and then at 22.30 go to night job. many ladies do this. because not always have a customer.
[Editors note: on soi-6 the most common schedule is 2.00pm – 1.00 or 2.00 am. however some ladies choose to do e.g. 2pm – 8pm and then go to another night job for example at a gogo.]
SOI-6: how long have you been working in Pattaya?
Som: now about 1 year. but sometimes go home to visit family.
SOI-6: where is your hometown?
Som: Saraburi. it’s near Bangkok about 1 hour. People said to me, wow a Saraburi girl …rare to find in Pattaya.
[Editors note: many ladies come from the north east Isaan region, which is rural, eg. the towns of Udon Thani, Korat, Ubon Ratchathani]
SOI-6: how often do you go with customer?
Som: not every night but if I have luck can go 3-4 times per week or everyday. because at the bar have many beautiful ladies.
SOI-6: what is the most drinks you have had?
Som: if customer buy I will drink. customer bought for me 25 tequila, I’m dead. (laughs) but really I can drink a lot. no problem
[Editors note: bars will continue serving until customer and staff alike are totally incapacitated. however if a lady is too drunk she may not be allowed to go out with customer for her own safety].
SOI-6: do you prefer certain nationalities?
Som: all is ok for me, I like anyone if they buy me drinks. some customers come here and only look not buy drink for lady, I don’t like.
[editors note: this obviously varies according to bar. Som’s bar is popular with Asian clientele. and of course ladies will prefer customers who buy drinks so they get commission]
Soi-6: why did you do silicon enhancement?
Som: before, I did not feel confidence, if I have big size, it gives me confidence in myself
Thanks Som and see you next time for Q&A
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