The Pattaya skyline. Photo: Claudia Hinterseer

From Pattaya with love: forget sex trainers, meet the real Russians of Thailand’s party town

  • The arrest of two ‘sex trainers’ – one claiming to have inside info on Trump’s election – has shone an unwanted spotlight on the Thai city’s Russian community
  • Most Russians visit briefly but thousands have stayed, buying homes and starting businesses
Topic |   Thailand

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The Pattaya skyline. Photo: Claudia Hinterseer
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A Chinese tourist at Tiffany’s in Pattaya, Thailand. Photo: Claudia Hinterseer

In Pattaya, a new breed of Chinese tourist emerges: meet the FITs

  • Once known for decadence, the Thai city attracts a new generation of Chinese tourists: Free, Independent Travellers
  • They are younger, wealthier, more adventurous – and unlikely to head to a factory to buy souvenirs they don’t need
Topic |   Chinese tourists

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A Chinese tourist at Tiffany’s in Pattaya, Thailand. Photo: Claudia Hinterseer
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