Phuket is one of the hotspots for bar girls in Thailand; in fact, it is the most visited place as a holiday destination for foreign tourists. Phuket bar girls can be found at each beach resort, with most of them on the west coast including the ever burgeoning Patong. This place is manic and features hundreds of pubs and Phuket bar girls.
Prostitution is illegal in Thailand, but is one of those things that the authorities turn a blind eye to, largely because everyone’s at it anyway (Thais more so than foreigners) so that it’s a big money-spinner. If there were a crackdown on prostitution tomorrow, far fewer tourists would be visit Thailand. In addition, there are designated ‘entertainment areas’ in Phuket where beer bars and go go bars are allowed to open for longer hours.
Patong Beach is king when it comes to Phuket bar girls. They tend to be more expensive here than other areas of the island, but there is so much choice. Most bar girls, as with other tourist areas of Thailand, come from the rural northeast. While pretty and having nice bodies, these women can also look a bit samey. Phuket also has a good deal of local, southern Phuket bar girls, who tend to have smoother features and are just as good in bed.
Bangla Road (called ‘Soi Bangla’ at night, when it becomes pedestrianised) holds most of the action. There are open-air bars galore running down both sides of the road, with sois (alleys) going off it that are also full of bars and bar girls. This is the best place, and the most fun, to find a bit of sex for the night as it has myriad beer bars, upstairs go go bars and some standard pubs and pumping clubs.
Nearby Karon and Kata are also fun beaches to pick up bar girls, with Karon (next to Patong) featuring a growing number of cheaper beer bars at the top end near the Circle. Kata (south again) is much more laidback, while off to the north, parts of Kamala also boast clusters of bars. You can also have fun in Chalong (east), Rawai and Nai Harn (south), and Surin (northwest).
Inside Phuket girlie bars
The bar girl scene in Phuket is informal and casual as with most other places in Thailand. It’s a lot more relaxed than Bangkok and Patong’s Bangla Road is on par with Pattaya’s Walking Street. You can waltz from one bar to the next with ease and check out as many girls as you like; there’s no real pressure. Most bars are open to the street apart from the go go bars, which are usually behind a curtain or upstairs.
All girls not already taken will check you out as soon as you sit down, or even when walking past a bar. Virtually all will also be available for you to take home to your hotel, but it’s best to have a beer or two first and see the lay of the land. There’s no need to buy bar girls drinks, but they are pressured by the owners to ask and will also spend time with you rather than chat to others.
To take Phuket bar girls home with you, you’ll need to pay what is called a ‘bar fine’ to release her from the bar. This if for the bar, not her; her fee for sex is separate and between the two of you. It’s a must to get this price established before you pay the bar fine. The bar fine price is usually between 300 and 500 baht, while sex is about 1,000-1,500 baht for a couple of hours (known as ‘short-time’) to 1,500-3,000 for all night.
The girls working in beer bars are cheaper than the go go girls, who are generally prettier and give better sex (subjective). Drinking in go go bars is also more expensive (as is the bar fine) because you also pay to watch them do their thing on stage, no matter how bad the show might actually be.
Tips: If you’re really after some sex, pick up a bar girl earlier on (you can take them out any time) as they’ll have more energy and won’t go to sleep so easily. Also get them to leave their ID card number with your hotel reception – many hotels in Phuket don’t mind you bringing back Phuket bar girls for the night. If you don’t want to bring them back, ask the bar if they have short-time rooms onsite.