Bangkok has three foreigner-oriented red light districts: Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and Patpong. While 95% of the venues in all of these areas are go go bars, there are some characteristics that are unique to each of BKK’s three red light districts.The prices for drinks in the go go’s are in the 140-200 Baht range, lady drinks similar at 150-200 Baht. Bar fines are at 600-800 Baht and for the girl you have to pay around 2,000-4,000 for short time. The bars have no dress code and generally no cover charge, the exception being ping pong shows in Patpong starting at 500 Baht – be careful, lots of tourist scams.
Soi Cowboy is Bangkok’s brightest street, a small Soi packed with about 30 go go bars. It is located in the Asoke district, connecting Sukhumvit Soi 23 and Ratchadapisek road. The bright lights of this small Soi and everything going on there daily from around 7pm that make Soi Cowboy one of BKK’s most famous streets. Soi Cowboy is located right outside the Sukhumvit MRT / Asoke BTS station.
While this 3-story sex complex easily gets beaten by Walking Street in Pattaya, this is still one of Bangkok’s 3 big red-light districts. It is located right in the heart of one of BKK’s most popular nightlife areas, Nana, which has tons of international restaurants, luxury hotels, clubs and bars but is mainly known for is bustling nightlife, most of the venues are packed with hookers.Nana Plaza is packed with 30 and more go go’s, and quite a few of them are ladyboy bars. In fact, if you’re out for a Thai ladyboy, you probably love it here as the street (Soi 4) right at the entrance of Nana Plaza is also full of ladyboy street hookers.The action and madness at Nana Plaza, the world’s largest “sex complex”, starts daily at around 7pm.Nana Plaza can easily reached by public transport, just get off Nana BTS station – it’s a 5-10 minute walk from there.
Patpong is Bangkok’s oldest red light district. About a dozen go go bars are located on two parallel streets surrounded by Patpong nightmarket – which is catering to foreigners as well.Patpong is located in the Silom district which is mainly a business area, though pretty well accessible by public transport (Silom MRT / Sala Daeng BTS). Compared to Sukhumvit a few miles north, Silom still tries to catch up with exciting nightlife spots but Patpong and Boyz Town, the town’s gay strip right across the street, are what Silom is famous for after sunset.Beware of ping pong show scams in Patpong. It is not unlikely that you will be approached by two or three different Thai guys carrying ads in their hands and asking if you are interested in watching a ping pong show for only 500 Baht (or so). Usually that’s a scam and you may find yourself paying not just 500 Baht for the entrance but also totally overpriced drinks (300 Baht and up) plus forced to take some lady and buy her lady drinks for even higher prices.
Tips & Tricks
Do not carry unnecessary valuables on your person, especially something that will catch attention as watches , bling, etc.
Patpong Scam – The good old Patpong scam still works just a smoothly as it did twenty years ago, taking advantage of the naughty curiosity of unsecured male tourists, especially those with that obvious guilty look.
Lady drinks – Don’t offer a drink as the girls sit with you. First, let her earn the drink by pleasing you. Always ask the price before you order.
Avoid fighting – Thai people are peaceful. Avoid any type of confrontation, you are not going to win a fight.
Drugs on the street – If you get caught, you might face 20+ years in one of the worst prisons in the world. Avoid at all cost any type of drugs, it isn’t worth it.
General Scams – Bangkok attract million of tourist every year, and like most of the tourist destinations, there are plenty of scammers.
Most scam are innocent and they try to get few hundred Thai Bahts from you mostly involve gem shops, tuk tuks, and tailors.