If there is one game that Pattaya bar girls like to play, it’s Connect Four. That’s right; I’m talking about that silly game that most of us played as children. Connect Four is widely used in Pattaya bars as a means to communicate across the cultural divide that exists between Western men and Pattaya girls.
In case you’ve forgotten, the game is kind of like a three dimensional version of tic-tac-toe. It’s played on a vertical board that is seven spaces across and six spaces high. Players use “men” that are similar to checkers. The men are colored red and black and each player starts with 21 men.
The board is similar to a cage. Players alternate dropping their men, one by one, though slots in the top of the cage. The object of the game is to be the first player to get four men placed in a row. The four-in-a-row can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal.
There is hardly a bar in Pattaya, Thailand that doesn’t have this game available. I’ve seen it in every bar I ever visited in this part of the country. It’s popular because it allows the girls to communicate with customers in spite of the language barrier.
You see, Western men flock to Pattaya because of its reputation as a destination for sex tourism. Most of the boys who arrive in town, however, don’t speak a bit of Thai and the bar girls that they seek don’t speak English. That’s where Connect Four comes into play.
Somewhere along the line, an enterprising bar owner introduced this game and it has become a Pattaya institution ever since. The couples that you see playing are smiling, laughing, drinking, and having a great time together in spite of the fact that they don’t speak the same language. Connect Four is their common language.
Some of the girls in Pattaya have become quite skilled at the game. I never realized how technical the game really was until I performed a search on Google. There are strategies that are quite complex and at least one mathematician has written his entire master’s thesis about the game. Some of the girls know the strategy and they like to play for free drinks.
One friend of mine who lives full time in Pattaya swears that it’s an erotic game as well. He claims to have been smitten by a beautiful Pattaya girl with eyes as deep and beautiful as a crystal ball. This girl has devised a variation of the game whereby you’re not allowed to look at the board as you play.
According to her rules, each player may only look into the eyes of the other player as their tokens are put into play. You must guess the position of the tokens by the look in your opponent’s eyes. Apparently, this girl is hypnotic because my friend just can’t stop talking about how beautiful she is and he won’t let anyone else know where she works.
Regardless of the variation being played, this simple children’s game has become an indispensable language tool in the life of Pattaya bar girls and their Western boyfriends. If you’re planning a trip to Pattaya, you should definitely learn how to play Connect Four before you travel.