A redlight district in Thailand is an area where there are several adult venues close together. It could be a plaza, a small street, or a major road with a concentration of many sex shops.
Needless to say, there are red-light neighborhoods all over Bangkok, and each an eye-opening experience for farangs wanting to learn about Thailand’s infamous sex tourism.
The venues in these tourist areas include go-go bars, strip bars, brothels, sex shows, massage parlors, and each is full of working girls offering sex for money.
The girls include street prostitutes, strippers, call-girls, and call-girls working in disguise at a massage parlor. But one thing is for sure, they all want to have sex, working in the world’s oldest profession.
Nana Plaza Worlds Largest Adult Playground
Nana Plaza is the biggest of all Bangkok’s redlight streets, with over thirty bars on three floors.
It’s only 300 meters from BTS Nana station and the largest in the county.
Men go there with a goal in mind – meet beautiful Thai girls for sexual pleasure.
We recommend Angelwitch as it’s famous for its lap dance shows.
On the ground floor, you will find a few beer bars full of bar girls.
And area immediately surrounding Nana is well known for dozens of freelancers, hand job bars, and blow job bars.
If you want to stay away from the ladyboys, don’t go to Obsession, Casanova, Temptations, or Straps.
Otherwise, you’ll be in for a nasty surprise!
Nana Plaza has three short-time hotels on the third floor.
When you find a girl, you don’t have to go far for a fun time.
Soi Cowboy Red Light District (Go Go Bars)
Soi Cowboy has been called Bangkok’s smallest Red Light District, but it’s still a “big” attraction.
It’s only 150 meters long but packed into that 150 meters are over 40 beer bars and go-go bars.
Soi Cowboy has a definite carnival vibe and is a must thing to see on your 1st visit to Bangkok.
Each go-go is colorful and brightly lit, with loud music blaring out of their open doors.
On weekends, Soi Cowboy has a bustling atmosphere, and it’s hard to get a seat at their two most popular bars: Crazy House and Baccara.
This is where most of the expats go to release.
Suzie Wongs has the most erotic shows, including a free ping pong show and a lesbian “girl on girl” show.
On the other hand, avoid the Cockatoo bar if you’re not into ladyboys.
Soi Cowboy is only a short walk from both BTS Asoke station and the MRT Sukhumvit station.
Patpong Red Light District (Go Go Bars)
Created just after the Vietnam war, many bars in Patpong created sex tourism on two parallel streets surrounded by the city’s central business district.
Patpong is still considered the birthplace of the go gos and, and set the trend in Thailand for foreign tourists, even before Pattaya.
Patpong 1 and Patpong 2’s are lined with many types of bars, including gogos, a BDSM fetish club, and few beer bars.
Bada Bing and Black Pagoda are the newest and most popular venues today.
But the area was actually founded and built up by King’s Castle, a group of three famous go go bars.
Patpong is home to the first ping pong shows in the country.
These are shows where girls perform tricks with ping pong balls using their nether regions.
Just make sure the show is in a well-lit, reputable business on the main street.
We suggest you stay away from the night market which is full of fake products, scams and fraud.
Surawongse just one street over houses dozens of neon-lit shophouses, with girls dancing all night and many types of naughty shows.
And for some reason, there are not any ladyboy bars in Patpong. For ladyboys, the best place to go is Nana Plaza.
Patpong was definitely a leader in the sex tourism industry, and learn more about the development of this red light district over time, check out the Patpong Museum.
Patpong is within walking distance to both the BTS Sala Daeng station and the MRT Silom station, and all newcomers to the city should visit the Patpong night market, at least once.
For more information on more expensive bars, nightclubs, and fine dining in the neighborhood, check our full report about Silom Nightlife.
Sukhumvit 24 Happy Ending Massage (Brothels)
The massage shops on Sukhumvit 24 and 24/1 are known as the oil and special massage parlors.
Sukhumvit 24/1 has over eight of these parlors and they provide more than just normal Thai Massage.
The two most popular are Cherry Massage and EZ Massage.
The massage shops all offer a Thai oil massage followed by a special service of your choice.
The special services can be a handjob, blowjob, full service, or any combination of the three.
Drinks are served!
Oil massages start at 400 baht, and sex cost anywhere from 500 to 1000, depending on the level.
Most of these shops are open by early afternoon and have a great lineup of pretty girls to choose from.
Make sure to use have safe sex, using quality condoms provided by the girls.
To get here, Sukhumvit 24 is only 100 meters from BTS Phrom Phong station.
Phetchaburi Body to Body Sex Massage (Brothels)
Petchaburi Road offers a different type of red light experience.
It is home to several soapy massage parlors.
Some featured in our article about the cheapest soapy massages in Sukhumvit.
These soapies offer sensual soapy massages, including happy endings and full service.
Rates start at 1,300 baht for two hours.
Some of the more popular soapy parlors here are Nancy Soapy Massage, Avita Massage, Biwa, Angelina Massage, and Meree Massage.
Many of these soapies are within walking distance of each other.
So finding a girl you like will be easy.
Most of the soapies are close to Phra Ram 9 MRT station and Airport link (Ramkamheng or Phetburi).
This makes it a very convenient layover if you’re stopping in Bangkok.
Huai Khwang Soapy Massage (Brothels)
Huai Khwang is home to the highest concentration of soapy massage parlors in Bangkok. These brothels are the closest thing find to a sex club, hardcore prostitution.
They are one point of the visit and that’s the have sex with good-looking Thai girls.
The soapies in Huai Khwang are more upscale and more expensive than the ones on Petchaburi Rd.
Urged by the United Nations in 2015, there was a crackdown by authorities on child prostitution (underage girls)
But the good news is that you can still time some amazing cute girls only 18 years old.
Poseidon and Black Caviar are the most popular soapy massage parlors.
Both are located in Huai Khwang Ratchadapisek Rd.
The sidelines at these clubs feature former models as masseuses and offer their clients sensual soapy massages and lots of extra services.
The rates at these types of places are higher than the Happy Ending Massage Shops in Sukhumvit.
You can buy 90-minutes for the girls starting at 4000 to 5000 baht.
Soapy massages are not the only adult entertainment available in Huai Khwang.
You’ll also find freelance prostitutes and many Sidelines which are available for discrete incalls.
Huai Khwang is easily accessible via BTS or MRT.
Both BTS station Huai Khwang and MRT station Pha Ram are just minutes away.
And for more information on how these places work see our Complete Guide to Soapy Massage in Thailand.
Saphan Kwai Red Light District (Go Go Bars)
If you thought Bangkok’s only go-go bars were located in Nana, Soi Cowboy, or Patpong, think again.
Saphan Kwai has a long history in Thailand nightlife.
This area was created about the same time as Patpong to cater to local Thai housed at the Suthisan Army base.
And now this local go go zone with 8 or 9 bars spread out over 100 to 150 meters.
The largest and most popular go-go is T-Ded 99, but Harlem and Rainbow are also well known.
Some of the bars have a second stage where they feature topless and nude dancers.
There are no lady drinks or bar fines.
A short time is 1500 to 1600 baht and 500 more for a long time.
Saphan Kwai is easily accessible via BTS/Skytrain station Saphan Kwai station.
Most of the staff and customers are Thai.
Westerners are welcome, but always be respectful and behave appropriately.
Bangkok’s Red Light Districts Map
Is this too much to explore?
You sure can read pages of Stickman to read every ins and outs of these districts. Or maybe you’re feeling lazy and just want a hot girl.
Or maybe you want to know where the best parlors are.
These guides will help you get some action in Bangkok at night:
What are the most prominent red light districts?
The best and biggest red-light district in Bangkok is Nana Plaza also known as the world’s largest adult playground.
And it’s certainly Bangkok’s brightest street.
There are over 30 go-go bars and clubs on all three floors full of prostitutes.
The streets around Nana are also full of action.
Yes, it’s easy to get laid in all Bangkok’s red-light districts.
Are red light districts in Bangkok safe?
Yes, all red light districts in Bangkok are friendly and safe.
You’re not likely to run into trouble as long as you use common sense. Don’t make yourself a target.
Pay your bills with small denomination baht bills, and don’t flash large amounts of cash.
Nana Plaza is designated a tourist safety zone by Bangkok Police. Patpong has a tourist police station in the middle of the district.
The important thing is always to be aware of where you are and what’s going on around you.
To avoid problems, leave your valuables in your hotel room. Stay on the main streets and don’t venture into the back roads with the promise of free shows.
Prostitution in Thailand is illegal, but all of Bangkok’s red-light districts are safe.
Lastly, always be aware of your surroundings, especially if you’ve had too much to drink.
It will make you less of a target.
|Red Light Districts||Venues|
|Nana Plaza||Go Go Bars|
Blow Job Bars
|Soi Cowboy||Go Go Bars|
Ping Pong Show
|Patpong||Go Go Bars|
Ping Pong Shows
|Petchaburi Road||Soapy Massage Parlors|
|Soapy Massage Parlors|
|Sukhumvit 24||Special Service Massage|
|Saphan Kwai||Go Go Bars|
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