A lack of Thai girls entering the bar industry these days has hit hardest in the big city where alternative work and alternative means of meeting westerners (i.e. online dating) has taken its toll.
It is no easy task to get customers into a gogo bar without a quality line up of ladies!
The relative scarcity of available bar girls has meant that the
prices asked by those that remain has soared in recent years. In
summary, all three of these places still have their charms, but there is
a feeling that some of the fun-factor has been lost.
smiles have not deserted the place but they aren’t as ready as they once
were and worse still, the Thai girls don’t offer the same sort of girlfriend experience that they once did – despite prices rising beyond all recognition.
I think that the last thing anyone would expect of Bangkok bars, given
the “anything goes” perception that people tend to have, is that there
would be closing times. Well, there are closing times, and they are
By 2 o’clock in the morning your night is over unless you
intend to drink in your hotel room; it’s a bit of a disappointment to be
I appreciate that not everyone has quite the same drinking
mentality as myself and my fellow Englishmen, but I reserve the desire
to occasionally drink myself into oblivion. If I don’t wake up from time
to time in a strange bar with absolutely no idea of how I came to be
there, then that dispels the whole “anything goes” illusion for me!
Bangkok red light district survives rather than thrives, that is the
sort of impression that you get these days and especially so when
comparing it to days gone by.
Happily, there is a solution to this
problem… its name is ‘Pattaya’, it’s less than 2-hours away by taxi, the
prices are much lower, the Thai girls much friendlier, and the
nightlife is second to none.
(Many thanks to stickmanbangkok.com for providing the pictures for this article.)