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5 Simple Tips for a Positive Experience with the Bar Girls of Thailand


During my recent trip to Thailand, I experienced the ‘Beer Bars’ of Patpong and Bangla Road.  My experience of these bars along with the infamous Bar Girls was a positive one and I had a lot of fun!

Prior to my trip I read about the potential dangers of these places and also met people who had negative experiences.  Drawing on my experience of the Beer Bars and Bar Girls, I came up with these 5 simple tips to ensure that you have great time!

Know what you’re there for…

Whether you’re at the beer bar for a few social drinks with friends, to be entertained by the friendly bar girls or explicitly there for a ‘good time,’ make sure you’ve got a clear idea of what you’re there for.  The girls are experts at leading interactions meaning you could set out for a couple of drinks and end up with a lot more than you bargained for and also out of pocket! If you are there to meet a girl for short time* or long time** make sure you know the process before you get to the bar to avoid any surprises that may leave you with a negative experience.

Bangla Road Patong

One of the many fine establishments…

Understand you’re just another customer…

At the end of the day, like at any bar in your native country, you are ‘just another customer.’  The Thai people are well mannered and good natured in general and this is especially true in the tourism industry. The girls that work in the bars will be extremely friendly and flirty towards you in order to engage you on a personal level.  Whilst the sex trade in many tourist parts of Thailand is rife, don’t assume that the girls working in the bars are there for that reason.  Many of the girls that work in the bars are honest and hard working and can make a good living from tips.  Accept that the girls are there above all else to earn a living and try not to fall in love…

Bangla Road Patong

You’re not a female body inspector!

Be prepared to lose…

As mentioned before, the girls are experts at engaging you on a personal level.  One way they do this is by playing games with you.  Typical games include Connect 4, Jenga, Shut the Box and hammering a nail into a block of wood.  The girl will normally play you for a drink i.e. if you win the game she will buy you a drink and if you lose the game you must buy her a drink.  The drink you buy the girl is called a ‘lady drink’ and is around 150baht, which is much more expensive than a normal drink.  The girls make commission from these drinks and as such are extremely good at the games.  The whole time I was in Thailand, I never won one game of Connect 4.  Make sure you go into the bar with only money you’re willing to spend, as it’s highly likely you’ll lose the games!

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I lost. A lot!

Know when to leave…

When the drinks are flowing and you’re having fun playing games with the girls, time will fly and your funds will diminish!  Unless you’re there to meet a girl for the night, make sure you have an escape strategy.  The girls can be very persuasive and make it hard for you to leave, one girl literally hung off my arm as I walked away!  By having an escape strategy, you’ll leave the bar with a positive experience and have enough money to continue your adventure on into the night!

Have fun!

If you’ve got a clear idea of what you’re at the bar for, an idea of how much money you’re happy to spend and an escape strategy, the only thing left to do is have fun!  I had great fun playing Connect 4 against the bar girls, granted I sucked and lost every game but I knew how much I could afford to lose and knew when enough was enough!  If you follow the tips above then I’m certain you’ll also have a really positive experience with the bar girls of Thailand!

Bangla Road Patong

Above all, have fun!

*Short Time – Bars that offer ‘short time’ generally have a room in the back that the girl takes the customer to once the customer has paid the bar fine (a fee to cover the girls absence from the bar). The customer then pays the girl for her time and once finished the girl will go back to work.

**Long Time – Again the customer will pay the bar fine but instead of a room on the premises; the customer will take the girl back to their hotel.  Some hotels aren’t okay with this but many will charge the customer for an extra guest for the night.



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