Pattaya is very well known for its large transgender community, or ‘ladyboys’ as the world has come to know them. Aside from the family-friendly cabaret shows, there is an impressive amount of more strictly adult-themed beer bars and go-gos dedicated to women who used to be (or, in some cases, still are) men. The range of venues is as diverse as the range of ladyboys you are likely to find in them and include everything from cool and relaxing bars which just happen to have mostly ladyboy staff to strip clubs and go-gos.
There are specific streets in Pattaya which are almost exclusively dedicated to transgender haunts, including Soi 6/1 and Soi 13/1 (also known as Soi Yamata) off Beach Road as well as a short stretch of Soi Buakhao, close to Soi LK Metro. Our list of the 10 Ladyboy Bars in Pattaya shows the most popular picks.
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An institution in ladyboy circles in Pattaya, Lita Bar is not especially big or rowdy, but is nonetheless the best of its kind in the city. The lady behind it all is known for having run some of the most popular and successful establishments in town and, despite being relatively new to the scene, this bar is continuing that trend. The pool table they’ve just about managed to squeeze into the small space is great for breaking the ice in this discreet venue.
- Location: Soi BJ, off Walking Street, South Pattaya
Sensations is amongst the most popular ladyboy bars in Pattaya, boasting a chilled-out vibe, a pool table and glamourous, beautiful staff. Opened in 2012, it is run by Englishman Scott and his girlfriend Paeng, who were made famous by their appearance on a Sky documentary on the subject of ladyboys. Being a beer bar and right on the corner of an extremely busy road, it is not particularly discreet, but it is friendly and known for throwing great parties.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:00
- Location: 111/304 Action Street, Soi Buakhao, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)87 141 9039
This is probably one of the best-known ladyboy bars in Pattaya simply because it is impossible to miss. A combination of guesthouse, beer bar and go-go, the dancers are right at the front of the shop, practically on the street itself. Naturally, this makes it also one of the least discreet venues on our list of the most popular ladyboy bars in Pattaya. Being a guesthouse, the bar is open (with staff beckoning passing punters) all day and is a friendly, lively spot.
- Opening Hours: All day
- Location: 210/31-32 Soi Buakhao, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 872 0858
Stringfellows is quite a small, intimate go-go bar. An extremely popular and long-running establishment, its wild and flirtatious atmosphere is probably best suited to those who are confident and comfortable among Pattaya ladyboys
- Opening Hours: until 02:00
- Location: 219/72 Soi 13/1, Beach Road, South Pattaya
Sometimes known as “Hot Tuna” because it is right next to the live rock music bar of that name, this small ladyboy bar on Walking Street looks like just another among hundreds of its kind, but is known as one of the best ladyboy bars. Particularly lively in the early hours of the morning, it is right on Walking Street and therefore not especially discreet. There are other places around it – including Linda Bar and Marine Disco – which are known for their popularity with ladyboys, but My Way is said to be the best on Walking Street.
- Location: Walking Street, South Pattaya
A long-running ladyboy establishment, this small, discreet bar has a classy look and a laid-back atmosphere. Run by well-respected ladyboy, Nok, it has comfy chairs, soft lighting and music which isn’t trying to deafen you.
- Location: Soi 13/1, Beach Road, South Pattaya
Having the same name as the place we have as #3 in our list of the 10 best ladyboy bars in Pattaya is no coincidence as this is the Soi 6 sister venue. Unlike many other bars to carry the title of ‘a go-go’, Pook is wide open with no front wall or door, making it one of the least discreet of our list. However, a staff of up to 30 makes it one of the most popular places on a street where there is a lot of competition. The bar also has four televisions and three pool tables and is known for its great parties.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – late
- Location: Soi 6/1, Beach Road, North Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 7533
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/PookBarSoi6
Another fairly small go-go, Baby Boom's staff are notably friendly and fun. Being down a side-road, it is a very discreet location and the European owner is very accommodating, willing to arrange parties at short notice or change the music if you ask nicely.
- Location: 420/18 Soi Buakhao, South Pattaya
Opening in July 2013, The House is a ladyboy bar dedicated to house music, thereby combining the two things the French owners love most. Love Time Inn guesthouse is directly above the bar and is accessible either from the bar or a dedicated outside entrance. With such devotion to two specific themes, this is naturally a great place for parties. Before opening, the entire building was fully renovated, making it one of the freshest bars in town, though it is also one of the smallest.
- Location: 219/17 Soi 13/1, Beach Road, South Pattaya
Not only is Obsessions part of the neighbouring (non-ladyboy) Kitten Club, but is also connected to the nearby Penthouse Hotel. The two go-gos, despite having separate entrances, are actually the same building once you get inside, but the distinction between fully female and transgender staff is usually clear thanks to colour-coded bikinis. With a forest of chrome poles and a Jacuzzi in the middle of the spacious room, it has a lot going for it. However, a reputation for pushy staff and expensive drinks seriously hinders its popularity.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: 325/61 Moo 10, Beach Road Soi 13/4, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 871 0917