One of Bangkok’s more obvious attractions is its prostitutes. Bangkok may have plenty of fine tourist attractions, excellent shopping, restaurants and the like, but many tourists come just for the hookers, and they are seldom disappointed. More than 10,000 girls are reckoned to be working the trade in Bangkok, and large numbers of them are easy to pick up in bars in some tourist areas.
Bangkok prostitutes are better known as bar girls, and they are lots of fun and easy to find. These hookers in Bangkok are restricted to certain areas where prostitution is tolerated – red light districts, but without the red lights. In Thailand, including Bangkok, prostitutes don’t crawl curb sides or display themselves in cubicles under red lights. You simply relax in one of the bars full of these beauties and take one back to your hotel room.
These bar girls are sexy, speak some English and like a bit of fun. It’s hard to think of them as prostitutes when in Bangkok; they feel more like a holiday romance or discreet companion and will spend all evening with you, or even the week if you agree on a fee. They have all the soft-hearted, easy-going attributes of Thais, but they are in it for the money and can easily turn sour if you are not generous.
All the same, the cost of Bangkok prostitutes ranges from 1,000 baht (short-time) to 6,000 baht (US$200), if you take one of the real beauties from an escort agency.
This is the original red light district. It is two parallel lanes off Silom Road (Sala Daeng BTS Station) that have become touristy and include a night market famous for fake goods. The girls here are sexy, but expensive, and a bit jaded. It’s all very touristy, and you should beware the forceful tactics of the ‘sex shows’ upstairs. There’s also a ‘Japanese-only’ lane full of karaoke hookers farther along Silom road, known as Soi Thaniya.
The busiest area for Bangkok prostitutes, Nana is also the biggest of the girlie bar areas. It’s on Soi (lane) 4, off Sukhumvit Road and near Nana BTS Station. Inside the arcade are numerous bars, both open-air and discreetly closed, where you can relax over a drink and choose from many girls.
There are also many freelancers on the streets nearby, and other bars down Soi 4. Across Sukhumvit Road on Soi 3 is a similar, but more discreet, section popular with Middle Eastern clientele. Here, Arab men can enjoy alcohol-free bars and even meet European hookers in Bangkok (Arabic speaking Russian girls).
The newest of the three is a lane off Asoke Road, near Sukhumvit Road (Asoke BTS Station), not far from Nana. This is a little less touristy and the hookers are more down-to-earth. Mostly you will find go-go bars here, which are not as informal as the girlie bars, but they do have the sexiest girls – sometimes topless or even naked. It’s one contained strip of neon-covered go-gos on a pedestrianised street.
How it works?
Finding prostitutes when in Bangkok is not difficult, embarrassing or dangerous. Visiting any one of the areas above you will discover a carefree party atmosphere where you can dance, sing (karaoke), drink, eat and meet girls as if you were in your hometown disco.
Girls might approach you, but you can sit alone and choose or move on at will. It’s a good idea to get to know the prostitutes; to be sure you enjoy the company of the one you eventually take home. The hookers will happily party with you, if you buy them drinks (slightly more expensive as they include a commission for the girl). When you are ready to take one of the prostitutes home, you will have to pay a bar fine, which is from 300 -600 baht depending on the establishment. If you’ve behaved badly, though, the girl might turn down your bar fine.
Once your bill is settled the two of you are free to leave. From there it’s entirely up to you – a disco, restaurant, your hotel room, a short-time hotel room – but you should first agree a fee with the hooker (before the bar fine). How much depends on; how much you want her, how beautiful she thinks she is, how busy/slow it is, and whether you want her for ‘short time’ or all night. Your looks may also make a difference on price and availability.
In Bangkok, prostitutes can also be found in the massage parlours, which are a more discreet and traditional Thai venue for sex. There are plenty of these, mostly servicing Thais, and here you can find hookers for a quick and private session. Most tuk-tuk drivers will eagerly take you to one, and inside you’ll find a large selection of ladies. Choose one and then she’ll take you off for a ‘soapy massage’ in a hot bath, and sex, for about 1,500 baht. These girls are less friendly, might not speak English and go with many more men during a week’s work.
There is also the option to use escort agencies to find prostitutes in Bangkok. These are advertised online, where you can book a girl in advance to come to your hotel, in case you don’t like trawling the bars. They are more ‘high-class’, generally go with fewer men, and are often professional girls (apparently) who do this part time for extra cash.
Escorts are far more expensive, however (minimum 5,000 baht for ‘short time’), and though they might be professional at giving you a good time, there is no chance to know beforehand if she’s a fun character. Unless you are shy or new to all this, you’re better off meeting and partying first with a girl in a go-go bar, where the whole night out including drinks and bar fine for a Bangkok hooker will be less than 3,000 baht (US$100).