By Axel (from Prachuap)
The first thing to know about Hat Yai girls is that they don’t see too many western men; which makes us a bit of a novelty. Most tourists hail from Malaysia or Singapore due to their proximity (about 40 km from the Malaysian border).
The city, the largest in South Thailand with a population of around 800,000 is not really on the western tourist's map, but it should be in my opinion.
The Hat Yai nightlife scene reflects the preferences of its foreign visitors by being dominated by Karaoke bars (with waitresses available for take out). That’s not really my sort of thing, so my story here won’t go into that, but that’s not to say that I was celibate during my time there…
There is only a very small number of Hat Yai escort girls to be found online and getting any information on the local prices for their services is also difficult. I suspect that given the small number of escorts in Hat Yai that prices will vary widely. All in all, I think you’ll have more success with online working girls if you look for them on a regular dating site such as ThaiFriendly.com
There is a significant number of prostitutes working in the city, and most work in bars or as freelancers. Hat Yai bar girls are usually available if they work in the bars popular with tourists.
Your other commercial Hat Yai sex option is to find a suitable massage parlour. Happy ending massage in Hat Yai is not as widely available as in other areas of Thailand, but it does exist... including the all-important soapy massage!
There isn’t much of dedicated red light district in Hat Yai, but there is a larger concentration of bar girls and freelancers to be found close to the night market.
I first paid the city a visit during a journey from Bangkok to Butterworth, in Malaysia. The overnight train arrived around 6 in the morning and I checked into a guesthouse near the train station. I would just spend the night in Hat Yai and continue my travels the following morning.
The guesthouse was a large run-down hotel that had been converted into budget accommodation, and was popular amongst backpackers. The establishment had a lot of staff: Several receptionists, 3-4 cleaners, 2 in the kitchen, 2 in the travel agency and the manager, who was the only male. There were plenty of Hat Yai girls under that roof, and I suspect that the manager had a somewhat unusual recruitment policy!
Since I had taken a liking to the guesthouse I came back on subsequent visits again and again. I usually ended up staying for 10 days each time and I got to know the manager and all the Hat Yai girls that worked there.
There was a pleasant woman in the kitchen named Pong. She was quite short, had a normal build and wavy hair that was tied back. She came across as having a slightly low or troubled by life.
Pong was really keen on practicing her English. Whenever she waited tables, she usually engaged in small talk. Unlike most Thais, she wasn't that shy or worried about making mistakes. Her English skills were quite basic, but it was easy enough to understand her.
One day she asked me if I could teach her English. I could tell by the look on her face, she blushed and smiled at the same time, that it would mean a lot to her so I agreed to help her out in exchange for some Thai lessons.
Generally speaking, Hat Yai girls speak less English than you find in the western tourist focussed areas, but many of the girls there are keen to learn when the opportunity presents itself. We arranged to meet in the restaurant the next day, after she had finished cleaning up the kitchen.
Pong's cousin, Mem, worked in the travel agency downstairs. She was short and skinny, full of energy and quite hot-tempered. Mem did speak really good English and I had just learned that she had a Japanese boyfriend. The two Hat Yai girls shared a room in the centre of town.
I was looking forward to the first lesson. Pong was running a bit late and came up to me in the common room to ask if she could go home quickly to shower and change. Before she dashed off with a big grin on her face, I told her, "Don't forget to bring a notebook and a pen."
When she returned, one of the older cleaners teased Pong and called her teacher. I hardly recognized her; I was used to seeing her in plain work clothing and an apron. Now, she was wearing nice clothes, bright red lipstick and makeup, rings and earrings, a thin necklace and a racy blouse that exposed the better part of her chest.
As you can imagine, I started wondering if these lessons might turn out to be more fun than I’d expected…
First we worked on her English for about an hour. She was really eager to learn and took plenty of notes. Then I asked her to help me with my Thai for 30 minutes or so. Pong had brought a Thai-English dictionary, and I used it to look up English words for her whenever she didn't understand what I said.
Throughout the lesson my attention was drawn to her cleavage, again and again, it was hard not to look. The revealing blouse did the job. Before wrapping up, I gave her some homework and we scheduled another lesson.
Once I had closed the door to my room, I lied down on my bed and went over what had happened. Pong was clearly after a foreign boyfriend, or phrased differently, she wanted to improve her English and have a foreign boyfriend. What's more, I reckoned that her cousin, Mem, had encouraged her to dress up like that.
Pong was not the feminine type, so the bright red lipstick and the makeup wasn't her, she looked much better without it. I had never expected the Hat Yai girls to set me up like that. What a pleasant surprise.
We continued to meet in the restaurant, after she had finished work, about 2-3 times a week. Pong did her homework and her English improved steadily. After some time she started to dress causally, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, without the makeup and the rest of it.
As we got to know each other better it got more relaxed. We had a lot of fun during the lessons. One time she started to laugh out of the blue at my western facial expression, while I was trying to remember a Thai word. Sometimes a grimace is all it takes to entertain a Thai woman!
Every time I stayed at the guesthouse, Pong and I continued with our Thai-English language exchange. The staff had gotten used to our lessons and had stopped teasing her. The first time I asked if she cared to join me for dinner, she shone like the sun and smiled. I took her to a funky jazz bar, where we listened to live music and had good food. It was a relief to get away from the guesthouse scene, and to be alone with her.
She smiled a lot, and so did I. Pong was curious about Europe and the US. She always asked lots of questions and tried to understand what life was like in the west. I could tell by the look on her face that she tried to take in all the new information, and piece together a mental image of what the west was like.
Before we left the jazz bar I handed her a large banknote and told her to buy some nice clothes. Her reaction reminded me of a little kid who was meeting Santa.
We continued with the lessons, even after we became a couple.
All in all, if you get the chance to travel down south somewhere a little off the beaten path, I recommend the Hat Yai girls and the simple way of life in the city.
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