Bangkok Thailand has the craziest red light districts in the whole of Southeast Asia. Millions of visitors from all over the world have experienced the people, sights and sounds that permeate throughout Bangkok. It’s an indescribable feeling and you’ll only know what I’m talking about as soon as your feet hits the outside pavement of the airport.
It’s obvious that most visitors who come to Bangkok are male. But because of the Thai people’s laid back sensibilities they have no problems at all with gay or lesbian tourist who are now enjoying Bangkok’s red light districts in droves.
The city of Bangkok has three distinct red light districts located relatively close to each other. These establishments sprang up and rapidly became popular during the early 1970’s towards the end of the Vietnam war.
The first and oldest red light district is found on the Sois (or “Street” to us foreigners) of Patpong 1 and Patpong 2. Patpong 1 being the more popular Soi because that’s also where you find the Night Market. Personally if you find something you have to have then bargain hard. Otherwise I’d save my money and shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market. Stuff sold at Patpong’s Night Market are just way expensive. Surrounding the Night Market are the infamous go-go bars and ping pong sex shows that make Patpong so famous. The best hotels to stay in this area are the Montien Hotel, Silom Serene, Bally’s Suite Silom and Siam Heritage Suites. None of these hotels are guest friendly however.
The next two red light districts are found running through Sukhumvit road. The names are Nana and Soi Cowboy. Nana intersects Sukhumvit road and after 7pm you’ll find hordes of freelance prostitutes gathering outside the Nana Hotel parking lot at the entrance of Nana Entertainment Plaza. NEP is a 3 story building filled with the delights of sex and booze. Definitely a must visit.
Soi Cowboy is the smallest red light district but it packs a punch with establishments such as Long Bar and Rawhide. Those two go-go bars have been around for a while and still going strong.
Now most tourist who travel to Bangkok will most likely plan on bringing a companion back to their rooms. If that’s you, then you should book a hotel that is “Guest Friendly Hotel”. You may have heard of other terms such as girl friendly or no joiner fee hotels. Because if you don’t stay in a guest friendly hotel, you will be charged a minimum of 500THB joiner fee by hotel management.
The majority of guest friendly hotels are found in Sukhumvit, conveniently between the red light districts of Nana and Soi Cowboy. Currently there are none in the Patpong area. However, taxis are cheap, so taking one back to your guest friendly hotel in Sukhumvit is definitely cheaper than paying the 500THB joiner fee.