Most Bangkok bar girls come from the Isaan region of northeast Thailand; a largely rural, poor area. They have darker skin than the typical Bangkokian lass and also come with a typically sexy, sultry body.
Bangkok bar girls are the most laidback of Thailand’s prostitutes; other categories being go go girls, escort agencies, massage parlours, and freelancers on the street.
Don’t expect riveting conversation from these girls; if current affairs, geology or cosmology is your thing, keep it under wraps or you’ll bore her to tears. Thais are big into fun and anything serious is a downer, particularly for those girls in this industry. In any case, the comparison with your typical European prostitute is night and day in both looks and outlook.
How it works
It’s all very easy and relaxed. In short, walk into any bar, sit down and order a beer, wait for a girl to sit beside you, buy her a drink, negotiate price, pay bar fine, go to hotel and have sex.
You could do all that in half an hour, though the short form method is hit ‘n miss as you wouldn’t have had time to see her character. It’s best to have a few drinks and check out several girls, or bars.
You’ll almost certainly have to buy any prospective Bangkok bar girl you plan on shagging a drink or three. Girlie drinks are more expensive (plus commission) and are also watered down. If you want to get her pissed, insist she drink a beer with you. If you find this all a bit of a rip-off, you’ll find it tougher to pull the best girls as this is a big part of how they make an income – just look at it as paying for their time.
There is also a bar fine to be paid to the establishment before you can take her out, but before you get to that stage, ask her how much. Don’t be coy, this is a business and thousands of others have popped this little nugget. Your thought that you may embarrass her, or yourself, because of this question – that she may not be on the game – is unfounded; all girls in the bar are there for one reason only!
Besides, it’s best to get the price established rather than wait for a nasty surprise in the morning. A bar girl looking for more money than you thought is tough to get rid of. Prices range from 1,000-2,000 baht for short time (one or two hours) to as much as 4,000 for the belle of the bar for an all-nighter. Forget a blowjob in the bar toilet, they won’t do that, though there are some places with short-time rooms onsite to save you having to take her back to the hotel.
For some perspective, freelancers can be had for 1,000 baht short time (2,000 all night if you’re lucky); go go girls 2,000 baht short-time; and escort girls as much as 6,000 baht short-time. That’s US$200 for a two-hour (if you’re lucky) shag! If you really like the bar girl, you could ask her how much for a few days, or even a week. Many visitors do this and whisk them away for a trip.
The bar fine for Bangkok bar girls ranges from 300 to 600 baht depending on where the venue is, how busy it is, and the quality of the girls. Most of Patpong and Nana is 600 baht. This price is on top of the sex and drinks and goes to the bar as a sort of fine for lost earnings from her drinks.