Misadventures of a Pattaya Bar-Owner primarily relates the often humorous, yet telling experiences of a Western beer-bar proprietor as he interacts with his bar-girls and customers. It also tells the tale from the Thai and foreign bar-girls’ perspective, as well as recounting some of the antics of the customers. It jocularly strips the Pattaya bar-scene bare, revealing how frequently prospective bar-owners are taken for a ride and often bamboozled into buying a pig-in-a-poke, but how when they come to sell, frequently having lost their investments, they, too, fall into the same mould and hoodwink the next unfortunate, or at least delegate the task to one of their Thai minions.
The book is a semi-fictionalized account based on the author’s in-depth study of the dynamics of Pattaya beer-bars from both sides of the bar over many years, augmented with true-to-life accounts drawn from the author’s experiences as a journalist in what he refers to, tongue-in-cheek, as the Sex Centre of the Universe aka Viagra Ville, due to the predominance in the city of artificially stimulated, priapic Western ‘young geriatrics’ or greying baby-boomers and their romantic close encounters with the bar-girls.
The book depicts the bar-girls as being either stereotypical gold diggers, or those with hearts of gold, both of which actually form the majority of female sex-workers in Fun City aka Pattaya. It also recounts, in a more serious vein, how these sisters-in-charms perform a valuable service in helping to support familial pyramids in a developing country lacking a welfare state.
Once again, as with the author’s other works, it could be taken as a guide book to the follies of life in Pattaya and will prepare the prospective beer or go-go bar-owner for the likely traps he will encounter if he wishes to enter the sex-trade in Thailand as a proprietor therein.