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Well Larry, there's soi 22 with plenty of bars that would like your business. Give it a chance. Having said that, if you're ready for it you could always try Saphan Kwai or a lesser known Thai area. If you can speak some basic Thai and have a good attitude you can have quite a good time working out the different way of doing things. There's more lookers in the Thai scene too, though there's more meth heads as well.

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Street of Shame.....and part of the reason I love Suk Rd is NOT just the p4p, but there is always something going on, be it shop/market stalls / non p4p girls walking around looking fantastic and enjo

Can't say that I know much about Thonglor. I do know that it does cater to the middle class, at least in terms of condos and probably entertainment, and that there are a lot of Japanese expats living

I love Sukhumvit Road. If for nothing else, just to observe.

Well Larry, there's soi 22 with plenty of bars that would like your business. Give it a chance. Having said that, if you're ready for it you could always try Saphan Kwai or a lesser known Thai area. If you can speak some basic Thai and have a good attitude you can have quite a good time working out the different way of doing things. There's more lookers in the Thai scene too, though there's more meth heads as well.

Thanks Slowdive. I like soi 22. It seems just a little pedestrian if you catch my drift. It seems to service the local hotels, but isn't a draw as such. Thinking about Thonglor£, but seems very middle class Thai kids? Any advice?

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Can't say that I know much about Thonglor. I do know that it does cater to the middle class, at least in terms of condos and probably entertainment, and that there are a lot of Japanese expats living in that area... and where the Japanese go so do the higher prices. I would imagine as far as the Thais are concerned it would be a younger, upwardly mobile crowd.

 

I reckon if you're thinking of Thonglor in some respects you're just switching one rich foreigner ghetto for another. There's also Ratchada. These kinds of places are mostly mainstream entertainment zones. Try Bang Kapi as well. If you want to get with the girlies though and can speak some Thai, have a good attitude, are brave or have the right wingman you can have a great time in the Thai scene but it works much differently. A good way to find where to go is simply keep your eye peeled whilst in a taxi at night for places lit up with Xmas lights. There are often karaoke bars where you can eat, drink or sing if you want. The ladies are sometimes available or otherwise can choose to go with you if you get along.

 

Usually, in a place where the ladies go with you as part of their job you will pay everything upfront to the bar and it will probably only be for short time. This short time generalisation is not always the case though. Be aware if you go into a thai place you'll be paying for the girl's time to sit with you rather than her earning from lady drinks. One street me and my mate go to where there's a number of establishments, they can sometimes charge 240 baht for an hour of her time sitting with you. It's her choice if she leaves with you. This is more of a hostess role. In a place like this they may discourage the use of the words 'mamasan' or 'papasan' and use some other term. Another place along the road has an official mamasan and they don't always charge for the girl's time to sit with you, particularly if you have a few beers then take her off to a short or long time. Nearly all the girls along this particular road are meth heads though, and there are Thai mafia about so I wouldn't recommend it publicly. That's probably why they are willing to go long time, 'cos they can try and smoke meth at the hotel which gets them all energetic and horny but has a number of issues involved where girls doing drugs in hotels are concerned.

 

If you are based in BKK it's not difficult to find alternative places to go than Sukhumvit but it can take a bit more effort to find a good spot. My mate has discovered an amazing, top quality fish bowl/restaurant + rooms in Bang Na or somewhere, I forget exactly, but I'm supposed to be going along the weekend after next payday so maybe I'll make some kind of a report if it's worth it or I remember.

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The place is a fun palace to me, I love the street life, always have since hitching to London every chance I got from aged 16, hanging around soho and later tottenham court and kings road.

 

It's kinda like that but with much friendlier people, and enough of them to make you feel safe, certainly less crime. I'd rather be overcharged for service than pure robbed - at least you get something for it lol.

 

The unpredictability despite the predictable, never knowing who you will meet or end up with from one hour to the next.

 

Makes normal life seem exactly that - you know you're alive when you are trekking the Suk :)

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The most special thing for me because my favorite custom tailor Toms Fashion located here.

Your favorite tailor or your business? You've made 3 posts on here and all three mention this place. Why not just admit you're promoting your business?

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