I have made an attempt in these pages to describe Hat Yai accurately.
I do not believe in being politically correct or trying to sanitise something when all that will do is create a false impression.
For short time liaisons there are bath and massage places, and for long time liaisons the girls are normally picked up in Karaoke bars. for top men One area of town, Thai Akarn Road to be precise (Map 4), caters for boys who like boys - and also girls who like boys.
When people think about the sex industry in Thailand they normally think about foreign men using the services of Thai girls, or sometimes boys.
If you are a gay man or straight woman wanting to find some Thai male company you might want to try Top Man Pub or Buddy Men Club.
The compromise solution appears to be let it continue but to get rid of the really sleazy places and to make the rest of the industry a little lower key. The girls can still make a living; men can still satisfy their urges; and respectable Thais bringing up children don't need to feel they are living in a big brothel.
Return to top of page With a few exceptions, Thamanoonvithee Road is the place to go for bars.
I don't think the boys on sale worry about what gender their customers are as long as they pay their money.
Thai boys - in fact, boys from anywhere - have never done much for me, therefore this is not an area of Hat Yai's nightlife I have explored very much.