Chiang Mai is not as well known for go go bars as it is for regular beer bars. There are a few in town but they’re not easy to stumble upon unless you know where you’re going. If you’re used to the action in Bangkok or Pattaya, you’ll be in for a disappointment, though Chiang Mai go go bars and girls can be a nice surprise for the run of the mill tourist.
There are just three go go bars in Chiang Mai, the best of which is Foxy Lady. It’s up near the Night Bazaar (one street west) and not far from Loi Kroh Road (where most bar girls are at), so is easily got to on foot. The other two are the long-running Spotlight (just down from Thapae Gate) and Star Xix, which is adjacent to the Chiang Mai Entertainment Centre off Loi Kroh.
Go go bars differ from the regular beer bars in that they are always closed to the street (whereas beer bars are open) and the girls dance on stage. Chiang Mai go go bars and girls are also more expensive than beer bar girls, but you normally have the pick of a tastier bunch. They also, generally, go better in bed.
It’s as easy to get hold of go go girls as regular bar girls; you just need to wait until their stint of dancing is over, or put in an order with the mamasan (older Thai woman supervisor). She’ll then sit by you and you can buy her a drink so she’ll stay with you for a bit, though this is not really necessary if the place is quiet.
Note: If you are specifically after smart and sexy girls, it is best to get into the go go bars early on as they get snapped up pretty quick.
The bar fine for Chiang Mai go go girls is typically 500 baht plus a short-time (a few hours) price of 1,500 baht. Figure on 2,500 baht and up for all night with them (minus bar fine). You pay the bar fine direct to the bar on the same bill as your drinks and pay the girl in the morning, or after the short time (though some, like Foxy, may ask for the short time payment before). Make sure you ask ‘how much’ before the bar fine is paid. Many punters take the girls back to their hotel.
Go go bars in Chiang Mai
Spotlight: the busiest go go bar in Chiang Mai, although that is down to its location as it is situated between Thapae Gate and Loi Kroh Road. Features a handful of girls on stage—not as sexy as Foxy Lady—although the price is the same. 47 Kotchasan Road, Tel: (053) 276 012.
Foxy Lady: the best go go bar in town, with sexy girls and a fairly good location behind the D2 hotel, close to the Night Market. Usually has a few girls dancing on stage at any one time, as well as more milling about with customers. Decent amount of seating and a wrap-around bar. Gets busy after 22:00. 80/12 Thapae Soi 1, Night Bazaar, Tel: (080) 674 1121.
Star Xix: the tattiest of the three, this down-at-heel go go is adjacent to the beer bar complex near the Imperial Hotel. Bit dark and dreary, plus there is a cover charge. Similar prices for sex here. Open: nightly; Loi Kroh Soi 3.