After a long, hard low season, Pattaya’s beach masseuses are eager for the return of foreign tourists.
Withep Tuanthong, chairwoman of the Pattaya Beach Thai Traditional Massage Club, said the last six months have not been good ones for her members, many of whom have had to take part-time jobs to make ends meet.
Pattaya’s low seasons has seen many Chinese tour groups and occasional bursts of Thai tourists on holiday weekends, but it’s the western tourists they expect to lift their fortunes during the coming high season.
She said many beach workers hope to start seeing Russians, Scandinavians and Europeans start arriving by month’s end, with the main group of international visitors arriving in December.
The massage club currently has 155 members who wear yellow shirts with badges showing their surname and member number.