Saturday, November 13, 2010

When the Sun Goes Down

Jomtien Complex
When the sun goes down, the action in Jomtien moves from the sandy beaches to the Bars and Nightclubs, most notably in Jomtien Complex.

As you you travel south from Pattaya on Thapraya Road, shortly after you pass the traffic light at Theprasit Road, a large complex of shop-houses comes into view on the right hand side of the road. This is known as Jomtien Complex.

Here you will find a wide array of Bars, Restaurants and Guesthouses, primarily marketing themselves to the gay market.

Among the most popular establishments are the Question Mark Bar, The Venue, Dolce Vita and Ganymede. Other gay bars in the complex are the L&N Bar, Two Faces, Sugar & Spice and Festival Boys.

The show at The Venue is a must see. There is no cover charge and the show begins around 10pm nightly. Great dancing and beautiful costumes.

The ever popular Question Mark Bar recently expanded next door and opened the Q.M.Bar.

Ganymede Bar & Residence is currently undergoing a major expansion adding a Sauna (with indoor pool) as well as a Karaoke Lounge next door. Both are anticipated to be open in December 2010 (we'll update you as they open).

You can either pub crawl your way through the complex or settle into one bar and watch the world go by. As they say in Thailand - "Up to You".

You'll find a wide range of dining options ranging from Antz Restaurant, where you can get a good meal for under 100 baht (about $3 USD) to the upscale dining experience of Pagoda.

Within walking distance, you'll find Thai Food, Italian, French,German,  American, Mexican and traditional Fish & Chips. Of course, you can also indulge in food from the street carts that pass by for about a dollar.

If massage is your thing, you'll not be disappointed. You can opt for a "traditional" Thai massage at the Thai Blind Massage Institute, where an hour session will run you about 170 baht ($6 USD) or if you prefer, the more "exotic" experience can be found at many bars in the complex.

You find that the staff in the bars are very friendly without being too pushy, the drinks are generally cheaper than in some other parts of town and unlike some areas there are not a lot of underage kids hanging around.

Accomodations in Gay Guesthouses range from basic to luxurious, depending on your budget. Among the Guesthouses in the area are Ganymede Residence, Haus Mewie, Two Faces,The Venue and Poseidon.

Boys Playing Pool at Ganymede Bar
And, if you can't find enough to keep you occupied in Jomtien, you can always hop on a baht bus and be in Boyztown or Sunee Plaza in a matter of minutes.