If you are planning your first trip to Thailand, then you are probably wondering what to expect as a black man.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand where you will find the most black expats currently living.
Pattaya is a tropical beach resort located 1 hour away from Bangkok that is well known for its vibrant nightlife and relaxing weather.
In this article, I’m going to give my personal experience as a black man living in both these cities.
Bangkok: Great for Modern Luxuries, Food and Women
Bangkok is the most popular tourist destination in Thailand for a good reason: It offers the biggest bang for your buck in the entire country.
You’ll have access to everything you have back home: modern apartments/hotels, fast food, WIFI, restaurants, nightlife, and a city full of single women.
Bangkok residents are welcoming to black tourists because the city is already full of black people living there: mostly Africans.
You are treated just like any other foreign who Thai people sometimes view as a “walking wallet.” This is because Southeast Asia has a lot of poverty and people look up to foreigners who are seen as “rich” and “successful.”
Thai women, especially the darker skinned ones, will give plenty of eye contact if you dress nice and look like a foreigner. The darker skinned women come from poorer provinces outside of Bangkok so that’s why Thai people often associate darker skin as being lower class.
If you are black, then you don’t really have to worry about this because they know you are a foreigner with money.
Pattaya: Great for Weather and Women
I can still remember walking past many bars, restaurants and massage parlors in Pattaya hearing things like:
“Oh, Hello Chocolate man!”
“Hi, Come here!”
Pattaya is well known as a red light district beach town of mostly male tourists, however the image has slowly changed a bit since my last visit. I’ve been to Pattaya twice and each time my experience has been different.
More black men are visiting Pattaya since I barely saw any black people during my first trip back in 2011. I saw and talked to many African American men who decided to come to Thailand and see what it offered.
Being black in Thailand feels completely different from living in most western countries. I didn’t have to worry about violence, guns or the police.
You experience a certain peacefulness that cannot be explained by words. All you have to worry about is staying under your financial budget during the trip.
Most Thai people cared more about my money than my skin color. It was easy to meet Thai women and hook up with them. There are plenty of Thai women in Pattaya looking for western men to provide financial support because salaries are very low in Pattaya.
I also saw quite a few black men walking hand in hand with beautiful Pattaya women. If you are financially secure, then you should have no problems meeting and dating Thai girls.
I did experience some racism on my most recent trip from mostly European and Indian tourists in Pattaya. I think they feel jealous of black men because Thai women view black men as sexually aggressive and “good in bed.”
One European tourist kept complaining that I was getting all the attention because of my hair. Many racists have deep emotional wounds.
Being black in Thailand is similar to most Asian cities as long as you take care of yourself, bring plenty of cash, and stay away from unnecessary trouble.