Lots of white guys descend on Patong to rent the local bar girls. It's shocking if you haven't seen it before, but I have no problem with prostitution (except in cases where the sex workers are physically or emotionally abused or exploited). Thailand is in a rough place right now, and sex tourism brings in a lot of money they wouldn't otherwise have. And honestly the bar girls in Phuket are a blast to party with for men or women, gay or straight (even without the sex). Yes, the older white guys with the young Thai girls is a cliche, and there are SO many of them, but whatever... It's not much different from Vegas, Paris, Amsterdam, etc. (I should say that the white kid could have been with his baby sitter... it was just funny to me seeing him on that particular strip).