Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Baccara Bar in Soi Cowboy Bangkok

One of the best go go bars in Soi Cowboy in my opinion is the Baccara.

They have some of the best looking bar girls with reasonably priced beers and a DJ with great taste in music.

I made a visit there last Monday with a few good friends of mine from the States. For one of them it was their first time ever at a Bangkok go go bar and he couldn't believe that there were so many hot bar girls working their magic.

And to be quite honest, through the years I've been making my go go bar rounds I have noticed that the quality of the ladies employed at Baccara are the top lookers of Soi Cowboy, followed closely by Shark Bar (a report on that soon) right next door. You can find a map of Soi Cowboy bars here.

I particularly like the bar girl with the #242 tag, she's got a cute face and even though she has an obvious nose job I have a big crush on her. At first she can have an icy exterior but when she gets to know you she puts her guard down and is quite a fun girl. Most popular girls in any bar do have an attitude however. It just goes with their territory.

Baccara has two levels. The first floor has a bigger stage with 2 sets of ladies rotating. Remember, the better looking girls are always positioned in the front of the stage, so be sure to grab a seat if you can anywhere in that area. You can see girls dancing on the second floor in school girl uniforms sans panties through the glass ceiling.

Normally I recommend sitting right in front of the bar by the entrance where the prettiest bar girls gather to attract passing punters. However, the best spot in the house is in the back by the bar on the upper right corner.

There are 2 stools only and if you sit on one of them you'll have direct access to check out the girls when they come off and onto the stage to change shifts. Another benefit to sitting on those stools is that the area is so tight that bar girls have to squeeze by and you can feel them brush up against you. The downside is that you'll also be bumping in to guys too. Oh well, you've got to take a bit of the bad with the good too right?

The second floor is the smoking level which I avoid because of the smoke. However, seeing the beautiful ladies dance topless on the second level is enough to make me a smoker. Bar girls on the first floor are always wearing bikinis.

The bar fine fee at Baccara is 600THB. However ther is a 2 lady drink minimum before you can take her out. One lady drink cost 160THB. Short time is the standard 2500THB for the hour and long time rates can range from 4000THB to 6000THB. Beers are reasonable at 150THB.

You have a better chance of getting a lower long time rate by bar fining the bar girl you have an eye on close to closing time which is 3AM.

Baccara is a great bar to hang out in and check out some of the prettiest go go bar girls at Soi Cowboy.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ben Ten Massage in Patpong Bangkok

One of the Few Oil Massage Parlors I visit Near Patpong

Ben Ten Massage is located on Silom soi 6. It's an easy shop to find whether you're coming from the BTS Sala Daeng station or Silom MRT station.

Just an easy straight shot to soi 6 from Silom road right past Patpong's go go bars and night market. There's a big Citibank branch right directly opposite from the entrance of soi 6 so when you see it you'll know you're there.

I've been going to Ben Ten sporadically through the years because I'm not often in the Silom neighborhood but when I am and feel like a need for a rub and tug I'll make my way over there.

The soi has noticeably become busier because I remember just a few years back it was really quiet.

Soi 6 on Silom is not particularly a seedy section of Patpong. There's a mix of legitamate Thai massage shops with a bunch of gay massage parlors closer to the Surawongse side of the soi and then we have Ben Ten which mostly caters to the Japanese customers. But they won't mind the odd foreigner that comes in and welcomed by a very friendly English speaking owner/mamasan.

Now there are many oil massage parlors in Patpong and most of them are legit, meaning no monkey business. Shops that do offer happy endings are quite spread out and limited to providing hand jobs only.

Ben Ten Massage is just one of the few shops that offer up full happy ending service for 1500THB for an hour. Though I typically go for the testicle massage plus hand job which cost 1300THB for an hour. And you only get one shot. Sounds kind of pricey right?

Yeah, compared to Akane where you can get a body scrub + hj with multiple shots for around 900THB, Ben Ten is pricey.

But the quality of the ladies at Ben Ten are marginally better than the massage girls at Akane. Which is one of the reasons why I like Ben Ten. And their rooms are clean and really comfortable. So you won't hear the noises of a customer getting their groove on like you would at Akane with it's simple wall partitions and curtains.

The massage mattress @ Ben Ten

I took a picture of the massage room at Ben Ten but my iPhone 4's camera did a piss poor job of capturing the entire room. But take my word for it, their rooms are clean. And their shower rooms, which are located on a different section of the floor are clean too.

So every time I go to Ben Ten I always choose their 1 hour oil massage + testicle massage + hj for 1300THB. I've never tried tried their 1500THB full service which on their menu reads "The Golden Course".   Because not all of the girls employed their do full service. And the ones that do are usually in their early to late 30's.

Ladies in the early to mid 20's are the girls that provide hj services. Typically, whichever course you choose the mamasan will call out the available girl which are all in the same room on the ground floor behind a partition watching Thai soap operas on the television. So you can check out any available ladies, just ask the mamasan.

The best time to pay a visit to Ben Ten in my experience is around 6pm. Anytime later all the better looking girls are probably up in the rooms. Their hours are from 12pm to 12am.

Ben Ten is heavily advertised in Japan especially in a magazine called G Diary, which is a directory of adult entertainment establishments. So they do have a lot of Japanese clientele.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Two Really Nice Hotels in Central Pattaya with Discounts

Whenever I am in Pattaya I always recommend staying right in central Pattaya, preferably right around the Soi Diana and Soi LK Metro area.

And now I've spotted two guest friendly hotels in Pattaya to stay in that have 30% discounts. And both properties are in the LK hotel chain so you know you're getting a good quality rooms.

The first hotel is LK Renaissance right near the entrance of Soi Diana from Second Road.

So what's the big deal about this LK. How about a 60 square meter room all for around 2800THB with a full buffet breakfast. That's a massive sized room and it's the cheapest one too or what they call the superior rooms!

And the location is opposite from a cluster of beer bars and one of my favorite go go bar called Papa Go Go.

Check rates for your travel dates and read more guests reviews for LK Renaissance Pattaya.

Then further down right in the heart of Soi LK Metro is the LK Metropole Hotel. No surprise that the guy who owns the hotel also owns the plot of land surrounding the hotel with very popular go go bar names like Champagne A Go Go, The Office and another of my new favorite bars, Showgirls.

A standard room at the Metro cost around 2100THB with breakfast too. And though a room is not as big as the Renaissance you still get a 36 square meter room which is still roomy.

Check rates for your travel dates and read more guest reviews for LK Metropole Pattaya.

Both are highly recommend bar girl friendly hotels in prime location!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Dawin Hotel Bangkok

Dawin Bangkok Hotel Sukhumvit soi 4
The Dawin Bangkok Hotel is located halfway down on Sukhumvit soi 4, just where it begins to quiet down from all the noise and crowds of hookers and punters associated around Nana Plaza. So the Dawin is an ideal place to stay in when you don't want to be less than a 5 minute walk from bar girls, street hookers and cold beers.

I've been recommending the Dawin since it first opened in 2008 to all of my friends who wanted a clean modern hotel room. But it hasn't quite made it to my Top 5 Nana Hotel list because there are other places to stay on and around soi 4 that are a better value. That's not to say that the Dawin is not worth the money. Compared to the hotels I've stayed in the West within the same price range, the Dawin is an excellent value.

However, what might be off putting to some is that their cheapest rooms which are called the standard rooms are small at 23 square meters. Sure for one or 2 guests that's not bad. But considering that the price of their standard room cost about 1950THB plus taxes and no breakfast is a major reason why they are not on my favorite Nana hotel list. And you can get good rates for a room at the Dawin through our partner reservation here.

A standard room at Dawin
And it doesn't help that their superior rooms which is the next grade up is only 27 square meter and cost a few hundred Baht more.

Despite the fact I know a lot of guys who I have recommended the Dawin to consistently go back. They enjoy the hotels service and friendly staff and most importantly the location and proximity to Nana's nightlife.

One final note I have to add is you might have read on Tripadvisor from a member that the Dawin charged a joiner fee. But if you look at the end of the comment you'll see that the member traveled as a couple.

As you can see from the email below they will charge a joiner fee if you bring in a third lady, ladyboy or whatever you will be charged 500THB. Check out my threesome hotel blog post if you want to find out which places let you allow more than one bar girl to a room with no hassles.

For your reference here is an email confirmation from Dawin Hotel stating their guest friendly policy:
Dear Sir; 
Thank you so much for your interest in our hotel, and we would like to inform you that the room maximum for 2 persons, this mean you can bring one guest no charge, additional adult 500 baht would be charge. And also she must leave ID card at the main desk.
Look forward to hearing from you to continue booking 
Best regards,
KanokwanReservation officer
Check rates and read guests reviews for Dawin Hotel.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bangkok Nightlife: Q&A

Questions and Answers About Bangkok's Playgrounds

Here are some common questions I've received through the years that I have compiled together and think would make a good post. There are many nonchalant questions but I've selected ones that I think are worth posting here.

Like how much one should budget for nights in the red light districts of Bangkok to something as important as HIV and safety. Speaking about HIV, you'll read about once freaky experience I've been through and would never forget.

I figured that if these types of questions come up often they must be of some type of significance for those visiting the city's nightlife

I've chosen 5 questions and answered them the best I could based on my experience. But my answers are not set in stone and everybody's experience into the city's nightlife can vary greatly.

How many days in Bangkok is enough to do (almost) everything?

Personally I think 1 full week is enough time. Which is about what most guys have available for taking off from work. With 7 days you can also make a side trip to Pattaya for at least a few days at the end or in between, since Pattaya is only 2 hours away by bus. You can still enjoy the company of Thai working girls even if you only have 1 night in Bangkok or at least 6 hours but of course that's not enough time to cover all the places for a well rounded experience.

The best thing about Bangkok's nightlife is that everything is close to everything. The city's train system the BTS Sky Train and MRT subway are steps away from many adult oriented establishments. And taxis are affordable. If you're traveling with friends, say about 3 to 4 people it's actually cheaper to take a taxi then ride the train if you're getting around central Bangkok. However, in most instances the city's public train systems will get you from one nightlife hot spot to the next the quickest.

Bangkok's adult entertainment industry basically revolves around 3 go go bar locations in the city; Patpong in the Silom district then Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy that are both in the Sukhumvit district.

From Nana Plaza you can walk to Soi Cowboy since the two are the closest to each other in Sukhumvit. And in between those two nightlife centers are many beer bars, a couple of soapy massage parlors and a handful of popular clubs. 15 minutes is all it takes to get from one to the other.

Which is why it's a wise decision to select a hotel anywhere between Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy. There are many budget Sukhumvit hotels and 5 star hotels that allow guests to invite one hooker at a time to their room. If you're planning on inviting more ladies to a room at one time consider these hotels for threesomes that are all in the Sukhumvit area.

While Patpong is still near Sukhumvit the distance still requires a short taxi ride or a ride on the BTS Sky Train or MRT subway trains. While I have nothing against Patpong, it's the red light district with the fewest choices of gf hotels to pick from.

Where you're staying in Bangkok is important if you're planning to party hard. Because if you're solely relying on taxis to get around you risk ending up stuck in traffic. And even if taxis are cheap, precious time wasted on the commute is not a good start to the night.

So if you want to maximize the days you have in Bangkok, I strongly advise to not pick a hotel near the old historic part of the city which includes Chinatown and Grand Palace because they are far from Sukhumvit. You really don't want to deal with that commute. Staying at a hotel in Khao San Road is far too though there are working girls in the area but your options for getting laid are limited.

And as a reminder that just because a hotel has they policy of letting guests bring hookers to their rooms doesn't mean that management provides call girls. So you'll either have to scavenge the sois and go go bars of Bangkok or use the services of an escort agency or order up out-call massage services.

Better yet you can stay at a hotel near Thai prostitute hang out spots so you never have to step out too far away from the comforts of your hotel.

How Much Money is Enough for 1 Week in Bangkok's Red Light Districts?

Well this is really up to each man's libido and especially how rich you are. A lot of other factors come into play to such as how much one can drink because beer and hard liquor for yourself and the ladies can add up quickly.

While I was a casual visitor all those years ago I budgeted about $200USD a day. I didn't spend that entire amount every night however. Because you can pay the 500THB bar fine, pay a bar girl for 1500THB short time and buy a few drinks all for under 3000THB ( $100 bucks).

And if you're really disciplined with your money and go completely cheap you can get a street hooker for 1500THB ($50 bucks) a night for the hour, though keep in mind you'll only get one shot not unless she agrees to give you more.

There is no silver bullet answer to this question I on several occasions simply tell people just bring as much money as you can. Otherwise 4500THB ($150USD) per night is a good start.

Crime, HIV and other STDs - Should I Be Worried?

Violent crimes against foreigners can happen but they're not random like you would see in other major capitals of the world. From what I know I only hear of foreigners getting the shit kicked out of them because they were being drunk and disrespectful.

Foreigners getting robbed and mugged by locals in heavily traveled sections of Bangkok is not common. But that doesn't mean that it has never happened because I think most victims wouldn't report a crime believing that it's just a waste of time. Bangkok is a safe city but you should use your common sense and stick to areas where there are a lot of people. I wouldn't worry about crime but I never let my guard down either.

HIV and other sexually transmitted nasties is still a huge possibility whenever you're involved with a prostitute in Thailand, especially the ladies that work the streets.

Sure, bar and massage girls have to be tested and deemed disease free before they can work in any establishment. But Thai women working the sex industry can easily get falsified medical documents from the local clinic. So it's really up to their place of employment to keep their ladies clean.

About 5 years ago I was with a massage girl in one of the Teen Massages in Phrom Phong. My condom broke inside of her and I only found out when I already finished. To make things worse somehow there was blood. Not mine but hers. I freaked out and of course she was too. Her face was as white as a sheet and I could tell she was really worried. And I really felt sorry for her. I told her I would go to the hospital and get a test done and show her I'm HIV free and we both agreed to meet up when her shift was over.

So I went to Bumrungrad Hospital and got a HIV test and my results were returned hours later. I then went to a meet up point and showed her proof that I wasn't infected. She assured me that she wasn't infected either and she said she was on the pill in case of an event such as this. I believed her because she actually looked more frightened and worried than I.

Suffice to say I went back to the hospital to get a check up 7 months later to be on the safe side so all is well. Of all the dumb things that has happened in my life that moment totally scared the crap out of me and is one that remained in my record book.

From my experience all bar girls working in go go bars, oil and soapy massage parlors are really careful when they put a condom on me. And they're just as careful taking it off when the deed is done. Which shows they are very cautious and that's always a good sign.

Either way, don't be stupid and always wear a rubber. And if you ever meet a girl suggesting if you pay more money for condom-less sex I would immediately find another lady.

Where Can I Find 200THB an Hour Hookers in Bangkok?

Of all the emails that jam into my inbox this one takes the cake. My question is does anyone really want to be with a prostitute with a price tag that low? Anyways as far as I know there are no super cheap working girls in Bangkok. If there is one it's probably someone that is on the last leg of their career.

Which is what I see in Pattaya's Beach Road where you can find cheap 500THB hookers. All of the girls working that cheap are either old or have some kind of serious health or mental issues.

Besides, you should really be cautious about any working girl offering herself up for that cheap. It could be some kind of scam to get into your room to rob or worst she could be under-aged and working a scheme to get you arrested unless you can come up with a huge sum of money. A little dose of paranoia and skepticism can be healthy.

Where to Find Thai Bi-Sexual Girls?

You'd have to pay Thai call girls to get into lesbian acts if you want some sort of threesome. The Thai variety of lesbians is one female called the 'Tom' which plays the butch role in the relationship and the 'Dee' girl which is the female. Toms would never get into bed with a man and besides, you wouldn't even think of sleeping with a Tom if you seen one.

But I have to give applause to Toms because they have some of the finest Thai girlfriends I have ever seen. Man, I wish I knew their pickup secrets.

Anyways in Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana red light districts you might be hard pressed to find a genuine experienced lesbians. As long as you're paying the girls will get into the act.