Bars girls are as available in Koh Samui as they are in Phuket, Pattaya and Bangkok. They are sexy and can be bought for the night for sex at around 2,000 baht. The difference with the likes of Pattaya and Bangkok is that it is more relaxed and casual in Samui.
Prostitution is illegal in Thailand. However, the law turns a blind eye for fear of upsetting the lucrative tourist applecart. Besides, underground Thai prostitution (for locals) is way bigger than anything you’d see in a tourist setting.
Most of the Koh Samui bar girls are from the rural northeast of Thailand known as Isaan. These girls have a similar look about them and are not everyone’s cup of tea, yet they are smiling and open. You’ll also find some Bangkok Thai girls working the bars as well as Samui natives.
The sex tourism on Samui is pretty obvious in the main beach resorts of Chaweng and Lamai, with both areas having reams of girlie bars with available bar girls. Although quite low-key, it’s all very obvious as each girlie bar will have several Koh Samui bar girls selling their bodies.
These resorts also have more upmarket clubs (Dream Girls, Soi Green Mango) and pubs, as well as discos (freelancers), more discreet go go bars and massage parlours. Koh Samui bar girls are easier to get, though, being much more approachable and with better choice.
Many guys also come to Samui with their bar girl picked up elsewhere, usually from Bangkok, for a holiday. There is also a sizeable expat population on Samui with Thai wives, so not all Thai girls you see with foreign men have been picked up from bars here – be careful with off-the-cuff remarks in restaurants, hotels, on the beach.
As well as Samui bar girls are the freelancers (and off-duty bar girls) that cruise the discos. You wouldn’t be the first to find yourself lucky to be going home with a pretty girl on your arm only to find out in the morning she wants paying. If you’re unsure in such a scenario, always ask. Typically, an everyday Thai lady would rarely approach a foreigner in such a place unless she were on the game.
Bar girls in Samui – how it works
Mostly, bar girls in Samui are in it for the fun, as well as making money. Many of them are mums or have been sent down by their family from Isaan to earn a crust. Others would prefer the relatively easy work over planting rice in paddy fields or working in a laborious, low-paid factory job. They are typically regular girls.
To pick up a Samui bar girl, it’s nothing like the process of pulling a bird back home. You simply enter a bar, sit down and buy a drink and, before you know it, there’ll be a bar girl sat beside you. They’ll usually ask for you to buy them a drink (more expensive and usually watered down). You don’t have to, but things will go more smoothly if you do (the owners put pressure on them to do so); just look at it as paying for their time.
Of course, you don’t have to do any drinking at all; you could waltz in there, choose a girl you like the look of, pay the ‘bar fine’ and take her home. However, it is best to have a drink and see how easygoing she is, plus you can ask her what she will and won’t do. Don’t feel awkward about doing this; it’s a business deal and you need to know what you’re getting.
The price is between 1,500 and 3,000 baht, depending on short time (an hour or two) or all night, though you may find a girl on a slow night for 1,000 baht. The bar fine is up to 500 baht and goes direct to the bar.
Note: If you are young and handsome, you have a better chance in obtaining a lower price for bar girls in Samui.