Let me tell you something about where I work. I’m the Marketing Manager of a 5-star hotel located between Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy. If you have been in Bangkok before, you know what that means. If not, let me explain. Nana Plaza is a 3 storey red-light district building which is rumoured to be the largest sex complex in the world. Soi Cowboy is a short (150 meter long) street with some 40, mostly go-go bars, similar to Nana Plaza. Finding prostitutes in Bangkok is easy. Which is why most sex tourists love to visit Bangkok. Because most of the pay for play scenes are confined in certain areas of the city that are easy to access through the BTS Sky Train or MRT subway systems. And Bangkok is a very tourist friendly city with plenty of English signs clearly marking destinations.
So here I am, between Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy. A unique location which brings out some strange stories. One night we had a mid-40 Japanese woman sitting for hours in our lobby. When we asked her how we can help she just said she’s waiting for her husband. Well okay, it was 3 am by that time so we just let her sit and wait. One hour later the doors of the elevator opened and a drunken Japanese men came out – together with 2 Thai hookers. He gave them money, went to the woman and took her upstairs. Without saying anything. It was just silent. It turned out she was his wife waiting for him to finish his “adventure”.
The other day a motorbike stopped in front of our hotel, at about 2 am. He carried a naked passenger, a drunken business man who stayed with us for more than a week. It turned out he had no money left so we paid his motorbike. When he turned around all Thai people started laughing. Why? Someone wrote on his back in Thai “I’m gay and I have no money”.
Nearly every week we have complains from guests who take hookers to their room. Okay, no problem here. Let them have fun, it’s a free world. But after some minutes, they realize that the beautiful and attractive girl actually has a penis. And then they call the hotel to complain. And yes, we have to smooth down differences. Thumbs up to our night audit team, I think they really do a good job here.
I could continue with those stories for hours. And please don’t get me wrong, I love Bangkok and I think sex tourism is an important part of this city. Most of these girls may have come from the farm in poorest regions of the country but they are not stupid and will try to make the most money they can in the shortest amount of time. Most sex tourists wouldn’t think of describing themselves as such. They see themselves as men of the world, visitors to an exotic country where young, beautiful girls treat them for gods. But in my view, ninety percent of men who visit Bangkok without a female companion are sex tourists. Upps, did I say this? I always found it interesting, that for farangs, back where they’re from, beeing a hooker is a sinful thing, something to be ashamed of. But here, in Bangkok, they walk around with a girl half as their age. If anything they are proud of the fact. Look at me, they are saying, I have a young beautiful girl next to me. I can only laugh and wish them fun.