Why Sex Tourism in Thailand is Dying
The good old days of regular sex tourism in Thailand is dying! After just checking the exchange rate for a few currencies no one can call Thailand a very cheap tourist destination let alone a place to buy cheap sex either. Sure it's cheaper than back in the west but for those really trying to get the best bang for their buck people are finding that Cambodia offers better options for those looking for cheap sex.
While the whiners on Thai Visa will say Thailand isn't going anywhere the fact that a minimum of 5000 baht for a decent soapy massage in Bangkok will say that mass Sex Tourism to Thailand is on the wane Thailand it seems is after the HISO sex tourist.
Sex Tourist numbers are being inflated by the massive influx of new tourists to Thailand but the percentage of new sex tourists compared to that of yesteryear is much smaller. This can clearly be seen in Pattaya where you'll see Russian Families sharing the beach right alongside Thai hookers. The regular western monger is being pushed out.
It's not just the Sex Tourists that are on the wane either, Sexpats the typified Thailand expat resident are finding it hard to find their place in Thailand and more and more of them are moving over to Cambodia where they can still use their money for better effect. Retirees are feeling the pinch and can no longer satisfy the retirement laws of Thailand and are also seeking cheaper places to live.
If I was coming to Pattaya the Sex Tourism capital of Thailand on vacation I couldn't think of doing it on less than 10,000 baht a day for a really good time. 15 years ago that would have been 3000 baht. Did your salary go up 3 fold in that time? What about living in Thailand 30,000 baht 15 years ago was OK. These days you'll be spending up to 2/3's of that budget on food and accommodation.
All those guys who made those websites on how to live in Thailand on $500 a month are going to have to start changing that figure soon in fact I remember an article I wrote 2 years ago How to live in Chiang Mai on $10 a day. That's no longer possible.
Cambodia although much less developed and lawless offers mongers a cheaper place for sex tourists to go. As Cambodia develops the next spot will be Myanmar. Even established sex tourist destinations like the Philippines are still cheaper than Thailand.
Those choosing to go on a Sex based holiday are less and less likely to be choosing Thailand as their number one destination. But for those living in Thailand and playing the online game it's a whole different story.
Anyway I'll leave you with a short video documentary about sex tourism in Thailand, you decide.