Thai women with tattoos

December 13, 2017 - Reading time: 3 minutes

On our website we list tattoos as a warning sign when getting involved with a Thai lady. On the face of it this may seem judgmental, but it is not without very good reason.

Thai women with tattoos

Tattoos in western countries are now firmly a part of pop culture. The days when tattoos were only seen on bikers, sailors and criminals are now long gone. In the west, tattoos are no longer a cause of stigma, they can be found on people from all walks of life and positions in society. Many high profile celebrities wear tattoos, and it’s not uncommon for those in respected positions to have tattoos in the USA and Europe.

In Thailand the situation is very different. Traditional Thai culture is quite reserved and conservative… You would be forgiven for thinking otherwise after spending a few nights drinking in Pattaya or any other tourist geared party area of the country. Older generations of Thai people frown on tattoos. The exception to this being sak yant, also known as “magic tattoos”, which are believed to offer the wearer protection and good fortune. These are seen much differently than images which have no religious significance.

However, sak yant tattoos are traditionally seen on Thai men. You will struggle to find sak yant , or any type of tattoo on an elderly Thai woman in the massive rural areas of Thailand.

Fashion tattoos, or any imagery aside from sak yant, are absolutely frowned on by most elderly people in Thailand. If you’re talking about a young Thai girl, this is likely to include her parents, grandparents and extended family. She has potentially isolated members of her family by getting tattooed.

Whilst we can’t demonstrate this statistically, we know from experience that a huge bulk of women with ink have previously been involved with the sex industry. These two things seem to go at least somewhat hand in hand in Thailand.

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The sex industry is stigmatized in Thai culture. It is not an acceptable occupation in Thailand and the lowest possible step of the social class ladder. Ask yourself, why would a Thai lady tattoo herself, when in doing so she permanently marks an involvement with the sex industry?

The attitude towards non-religious tattoos in Thailand is gradually shifting. Younger generations are becoming more and more tolerant of the practice as they’re exposed to it through western media, the internet, and meeting tattooed foreigners in person. There are Thai ladies with ink out there that have never been involved with the sex trade and simply enjoy this style of art work. However, this type of woman is in the minority.

For the time being at least, tattoos are largely stigmatized by older generations of Thais. While we wouldn’t suggest condemning someone based solely on their appearance, the presence of tattoos can be a contributing factor when judging the character of a Thai lady.

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If you're starting to get involved with a Thai lady, all is not lost. If you have suspicions that she may be sleeping with other men while you're out of the country, or that she is already in another relationship, get in touch with us. We can put your mind at ease and probably for cheaper than you might think. Simply send us a message with the details of your situation and we'll reply to you with a free, no obligation quote. Our detectives work in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and across Thailand.

Licensed private investigators in Thailand

December 6, 2017 - Reading time: 1 minutes

There is no licensing system for private investigators in Thailand. We are aware that certain “PIs” are claiming to be licensed; these claims are misleading and frankly untrue. While a company is able to be the member of an association or group, for example the Investigations WorldWide Association; this in itself does not amount to any type of license being issued, nor does it grant any special privileges to that company. It would be a matter of semantics to argue that the membership of an association amounts to being licensed… We believe this is very straightforward and that to claim you are licensed, when there is no licensing system in place, is misleading. We at PattayaPI would welcome the introduction of a licensing system for private investigators; this would regulate the industry and stop just anyone from claiming to be a PI. It would also (likely) give those with licenses access to government databases, otherwise off-limits to the public, which would be extremely useful to us and our clients in many different circumstances. Many western countries do not have a licensing system and we are doubtful that the Thai government will decide to regulate this industry in the near future. For the moment at least, you need to rely on your own judgment when deciding who to hire. We think that if someone is claiming to hold a license that they in fact do not, this should act as a massive red flag when making your decision.

Involved with a Thai lady? Should you hire a private investigator?

November 28, 2017 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Are you involved with a Thai lady and considering hiring a private investigator? We understand the sort of dilemma you're facing. Here are some things we think you should consider.

Case study: John Doe

John Doe is just a regular guy. He works a nine to five job and pays his bills. Bored with the monotony of everyday life, John visited Thailand... He may have had no intention of flying to the land of smiles to meet a woman, most often this is the case. To cut a long story short, John is now supporting his Thai spouse and sending money to her every month, every week, or whenever she needs it.

There is nothing wrong with being involved with a Thai woman; even a lady that has had dealings with the sex industry. It can work, and it has worked for thousands of men. Please see the older posts on this blog for more insight into this.

Back to our friend John… He's now sending an average of 30,000 Thai baht per month to his girlfriend in Pattaya. If this woman is loyal to John, there is nothing wrong with this. He is supporting someone he loves and she is enjoying a more comfortable life as a result.

John has suspicions about his Thai girlfriend. He loves her, and doesn't want to believe these suspicions, but they exist nonetheless. He decides to hire PattayaPI to conduct a sting operation. He pays 6,000 baht for this investigation to go ahead. It does and unfortunately John discovers his girlfriend is open to spending time in other men's hotel rooms.

Ask yourself this: Has John wasted money by hiring us for an investigation? After he discovers his girlfriend is not loyal to him, he stops sending her 30,000 baht per month. After only one week the investigation has paid for itself. After one year John has saved $11,000 US dollars.

On the other hand, if the result of our investigation went in his girlfriend's favor, he has bought himself peace of mind that his relationship will not turn into another Thai horror story he has heard so much about. Our clients tell us that the reassurance this gives them is priceless, and vital for making life changing decisions.

We offer free quotes for all work. You can decide for yourself if it makes sense financially to hire us. It has made sense for hundreds of our past clients and we are proud to have saved them huge amounts of money. On an emotional level, the sooner you learn the truth about someone, the easier it will be to cut ties with that person. We always recommend that if you are having doubts to address them immediately, rather than continue on with a potentially disastrous relationship for months or even years.

Do you need to investigate a cheating Thai lady?

October 5, 2017 - Reading time: 1 minutes

PattayaPI is a leading detective agency based in Thailand has helped countless people with infidelity investigations. In 2017 alone, PattayaPI investigated hundeds of suspected cheating spouses in Thailand.

The knowledge and techniques we have learnt and continue to hone put us at the forefront of the PI industry. Our skills and experience can help you discover the truth quickly and efficiently.

At PattayaPI we are able to lead investigations into social media use and analyzing a target's digital footprint, these skills can be useful in missing persons investigations as well as infidelity investigations; as much information can be gained through learning about a targets' internet and social media activity.

Most people that consider hiring a private investigator are simply searching for the truth. We aim to deliver the truth to our clients quickly and cost efficiently. Because we offer fixed prices on work and no obligation quotes, the direction of investigations is controlled by our clients.

Have you been scammed in Thailand?

July 31, 2017 - Reading time: 1 minutes

Unfortunately Thailand has long established a reputation of being a hub for fraudsters and scam artists. Many different scams are committed in Thailand by organized criminals. From gold investment scams to stock trading scams, property scams, 419 scams and timeshare scams... The list seems to be endless and we urge foreigners to be vigilant with their financial affairs in Thailand.

The problem of fraud in Thailand is often made worse by the perception that the Thai police are reluctant to get involved with matters of finance; in fact they often are. International insurer AGCS has said that Thailand is the world’s second worst country when it comes to cybercrime. Nearly 20% of cybercrime victims reported losses of US $100,000 and over in 2015.

If you have been the victim of fraud in Thailand, what are your options? If the police are reluctant to get involved, who can you turn to? Thai lawyers often speak poor English and it can be difficult to articulate your problem to them.

PattayaPI will investigate any matter of fraud in Thailand and working together with our friends at JaCogLaw, help you get a successful result in court. JaCogLaw was founded by Jason Coghlan, who has a passion for helping people pursue litigation in foreign countries. As a native English speaker, he will be able to fully understand your problem and instruct Thai lawyers on your behalf.

Help us to help you fight back against fraudsters; get in touch with us and see how we can help.