In short, Thai bar girls are prostitutes and a major part of the tourism industry in the big resorts and towns. Though the powers that be wouldn’t admit it, bar girls are part of why the Thai economy is, relatively, so good. The best thing about it, apart from Thai bar girls being very cute, is that if you have money it doesn’t really matter what you like as they are easy to meet, easy to chat to, and easy to bed.
Western men tend to fall over Thai girls in this respect and it’s easy to get carried away with it all and believe everything they say. Just remember that this is their job and you’re paying for a service. No need to get attached and start buying cars and houses in their name, just enjoy your time and move on.
Thai bar girls differ from prostitutes that walk the streets in that they are attached to the bar in question and, thus, present a bit of security for the customer – there’s greater potential of being cheated and robbed by a freelance prostitute. Go go girls are another entity again. Although they are also attached to bars, they take their clothes off on stage and dance for the customers. Go go girls are also more expensive than bar girls, though they are generally hotter.
How it works
Out of Thai bar girls, go go girls and freelancers, bar girls are easiest to meet. There’s nothing more casual than popping into a bar and sitting down to a beer while a pretty girl comes over for a chat without you having to bat an eyelid. Although go go bars are similar, the atmosphere is a bit more intense and set up so that you spend more money. Freelancers may be easy, too, but it’s all a bit dodgy pulling women off the street.
While sitting with you, Thai bar girls will ask for a drink (girlie drinks are always more expensive) and then she will no doubt get onto the subject of going back to your hotel. You can either do that, or do it onsite if they have ‘short-time’ rooms. This means an hour or two of sex and is cheaper than all night. Once you’ve established you’d like to take her, agree on the price and then pay the ‘bar fine’. This is a fee to the bar for releasing the girl.
As to prices, Thai bar girls are midrange; cheaper than go gos and escorts, more expensive than freelancers. Bangkok has the most expensive bar girls (usually 1,500 baht short-time, 3,000 baht all night); while places like Kanchanaburi and Hat Yai have some of the cheapest (as low as 500 baht short-time and from 1,000 all night). Phuket, Samui and Pattaya are somewhere in between.
Where to look for Thai bar girls
Bangkok and Pattaya have the biggest and best selection of bar girls, followed by Phuket, Samui, Chiang Mai, and others. In fact, all towns and resorts have sex for sale in one form or another, though Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket do it best. Bars are open from roughly late morning to late at night and the girls are available for the duration. It’s best to get in their early (though not so early that all girls haven’t arrived) to pick the best ones and also before other men have been through them.
Thai bar girls in Phuket
Bangla Road in central Patong is the best bet for nightlife and Thai bar girls in Phuket. It is one of the best areas in all of Thailand to meet girls and have fun, with several sois going off this pedestrianised road (at night) in each direction. They include Soi Eric, Soi Seadragon and Soi Tiger.
Karon and Kata are also good for Thai bar girls, particularly the former near Karon Circle (the roundabout). Prices for bar girls in Phuket are usually 1,000-1,500 baht for short-time and 1,500-3,000 all night. Bar fine is up to 500 baht. More on Phuket bar girls.
Thai bar girls in Bangkok
There are three red light districts in Bangkok: Patpong, Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy. Patpong is notorious and has been around since the 1960s, best known for its go go bars and sex shows. You will actually find better value Thai bar girls in the arcade known as Nana Plaza. It is at the top of Sukhumvit Soi 4 and is pumping every night. Soi Cowboy is farther down Sukhumvit between sois 21-23.
Bangkok has the priciest bar girls, ranging from 1,000 baht (usually 1,500) short-time to 3-4,000 baht all night for the beauties. Bar fine prices in Bangkok are usually 500 or 600 baht and are non-negotiable, though you can try and negotiate the girl’s fee. If you’re somewhat of a handsome fellow and it’s a slow night, you’ll have better chance. More on Bangkok bar girls.
Thai bar girls in Pattaya
Pattaya is better for bar girls than Bangkok as there are more of them in given areas, prices are cheaper and there is also a beach. The main collection of bars is on Walking Street in South Pattaya, where you could stay for a year and not visit them all. This area is quite touristy, but lots of fun. Other popular streets are Pattayaland, Soi Buakaow and Soi 6.
You can pick up a bar girl in Pattaya for 1,000 baht all night, while the bar fine is only 200 or 300 baht – go go girls more. Consequently, short-time is generally also cheaper here than Bangkok. The Beach Road area at night is strewn with freelancers and is best avoided. More on Pattaya bar girls.
Thai bar girls in Samui
Samui is a lot more laidback than these places, yet is still pumping with bar girls. They are best found in Central Chaweng and in Lamai on the east coast. Chaweng tends to have the prettier girls of the two, though is slightly more expensive. Look at paying between 1,500 and 3,000 baht for short-time and all night respectively. More on Koh Samui bar girls.