After a week of hard work wrapping up my consulting project in Vietnam, I decided to kick off my trip in Thailand by getting baked on Pattaya Beach. It's a popular destination for tourists and expats, but quite a drive and a boat ride away from where I was staying.
On the way to the beach, I made a pit stop at a dock in the middle of the ocean. It was clearly a tourist trap. The dock had a small gift shop for sarongs and sun block, beach bags and flip flops. You could also go parasailing off the ship, which gave you all of two minutes in the sky.
Pattaya Beach would have made for an amazing getaway if it wasn't so mainstream. There's nothing better than unwinding with the ocean breeze and bubble tea. A majority of my time was spent people-watching under my beach umbrella. Many of the locals who worked there were dressed like ninjas - covered from head to toe in the blazing heat.
Unlike Westerners who aim to get bronzed at almost every chance they get, Asians tend to prefer fairer skin. Culturally, dark skin is associated with the lower class. This notion comes from the belief that if you have dark skin, you're probably poor and have to toil out in the fields to eek a living.
Beware: Horny Men
It was an especially popular for Indian nationals the day I visited Pattaya Beach. After setting foot on the powdery white sand, I almost thought I accidentally took a boat ride to India. Indian men were blatantly gawking at me in front of their wives, sisters and other lady relatives. It was repulsive how obvious their dirty thoughts were. They would walk by just a little tooooo close to me and ask under their breath, "How much?".
Like other men I’ve passed in Thailand, They probably assumed I was a prostitute, a very common and unsubtle profession in Thailand.