Thai Hooker Prices
(Negotiation & Safety)

Before delving into the whole Thai hooker prices, ethics and safety thing, let me start by stating that you will easily be able to find great value for all your adult pleasures if you know how to behave… and you'll get it without any undue safety risks.

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On the other hand, if you ignore local sense and sensibilities and behave like an irresponsible drunken moron, then sooner or later you will run into someone who you'll wish you hadn't.

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Thai Hooker Prices

In the majority of cases where trouble has erupted for a western visitor, it is because that visitor has unwittingly stirred up some resentment and anger for something that would have gone unpunished in his/her own country.

This is not always the case, sometimes innocent victims land themselves in trouble just as they do in any country, but in Thailand it is relatively easy to cause offense without intending it.

Your first instinct might be that cultural differences shouldn’t matter all that much, but just look at it for a moment from the Thai perspective.

I personally don’t mind admitting that in my own country I get quite annoyed when foreign immigrants disregard British culture.

Lack of respect for the local culture is made worse when these foreigners refuse to speak English, fail to integrate into society, and replace British values and customs with their own.

Now, I can imagine that I might feel a whole lot worse about these people if they were also substantially wealthier than the British and then used their wealth to employ the services of slim, young British women...


Being seen with some Thai girls is unlikely to raise anyone’s blood pressure, but it still makes sense to behave respectfully when in their company. Don’t go grabbing their curvy bits or planting kisses on them when in public.Thais hate this sort of thing.


Always pay her what’s owed when the time comes to part ways, and if you begin to suspect that a lady might have a jealous boyfriend lingering around in the background (and yes, despite what they might tell you, many Thai hookers do have Thai boyfriends), cut her loose and don’t see her again.

You should also do your utmost to keep your Thai prostitutes away from each other, because they can get very jealous. Believe it or not, you can land yourself in an awkward situation if one of your regular ladies 'loses face' amongst her colleagues because you have been seen with another girl...

I’ve written all about the benefits of regular Thai girls and how to impress them on other pages, but for guys who have no interest in any sort of lasting relationship the working girls do have a lot to offer.

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For expats in Thailand the single life tends to lose its appeal after a while, and endless nights of drinking and partying pose a serious threat to your long-term health, not to mention your finances.

If you are retired in Thailand then, at some point, you’re going to need to learn how to live a normal life here rather than trying to maintain a constant holiday experience. When this point comes, it’s all too easy to move into a semi-serious relationship with a lady whom you had previously paid by the hour… and you really should try to avoid that!

Thai Hooker Prices

Okay, I’ve got no doubt whatsoever that some guys who have partaken in the joys of the P4P industry in Thailand will be looking over the price list below in some disagreement. That is because the costs are baseline amounts, and only give a general idea of costs.

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Thai prostitute prices in any given situation are not the same, and what you will actually pay might be different because:

  • The price list is based on Pattaya costs. Prices will be similar in cheap destinations like Chiang Mai and Hua Hin, but higher in more upmarket destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, and Koh Samui (in general, add about 50% to the prices for these areas).
  • The prices are typical of the holiday season but on particularly busy days, like the Christmas to New Year period, things will cost more. Conversely, in the low season prices will be more negotiable.
  • As indicated, short-time rooms might be needed. This might not apply if you are staying in a cheap to mid-range hotel where there is no ‘joiner-fee’ for bringing ladies to your hotel room.
  • The bar-fine may be as low as 300 baht in some beer-bars, but more like 1,000 in the gogo bars. Gogo bars sometimes run on a two-tariff rate whereby you pay more before midnight, but less thereafter.
  • I haven't included the cost of any lady-drinks in the calculations but most guys will end up paying for at least one. In other cases a bar-girl will not leave with you until you’ve bought her 3 or 4…
  • No two girls are the same and some will be more agreeable to a negotiation. Unfortunately, the better looking girls in their early to mid-twenties have more options and will be less likely to negotiate.
  • You might be better at negotiating than other guys (see below for my top tips on negotiation). Similarly, if you are a more attractive guy than typical, you’ll be offered a better deal than a walrus with poor hygiene…
  • The prices shown are for ‘short-time’ services. If you want a lady for a whole month during the low season then you will get a much cheaper rate. Even an overnight arrangement is way cheaper if you work it out by the hour.
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Top Tips for Negotiating Prices

If you approach a girl who quotes a price that is too high, let her know how much you are prepared to pay and leave your phone number with her. She’ll call you when she’s ready so long as you don’t offer too small a payment. Make sure that you do this in a nice & friendly way, assholes will not be tolerated...

Freelance Thai hookers are more likely to be flexible on prices than bar-girls. Bar-girls don’t want to lose face in front of the other girls by accepting a low price, so keep negotiations private if you want a reasonable chance of getting a cheaper deal.

Thai escort prices tend to be non-negotiable, but they do tend to be the same across Thailand which means that you won’t need to pay extra in Bangkok.

During the slower summer months when wealthier western and Japanese customers are in short supply, and the more price conscious Indian visitors arrive in larger numbers, Thai prostitutes will be much more open to negotiation and their initial asking prices may well be lower.

I’ve even heard a young, good-looking, freelance hooker on Pattaya Beach Road quoting a mere 600 baht for her services during the low season – that was during daylight hours when custom is at its lowest point.

Thailand Prostitution Morals & Ethics

Questions about prostitution in Thailand, as regards the morality of engaging in it or not, are impossible to answer conclusively regardless of circumstances... but that has never stopped anyone from forcing their subjective opinions on the world before.

I’m not going to make the same mistake.

I’m not going to try and steer you one way or another, because it's for you to decide. I will, however, to try to clear up some of the common fallacies surrounding the whole thing.

Okay, before continuing lets deal with the legality question first.


Hold on to your hats... prostitution in Thailand may be about as common as spicy food but, technically speaking, it is against the law!

I think it fair to say that, at the current time, this particular law is not exactly being strictly enforced under a zero tolerance policy, but for how long this remains the case is anyone’s guess.


If the current direction of travel with regard to the law is anything to go by then the recent crackdowns on certain naughty bars in Bangkok and Pattaya may herald a very different sort of future.

I think that so long as men are interested in sex, and women are prepared to provide it for financial gain, then there will always be a pay for pleasure industry. I hope that Thailand does not intend to go too far and drive this sort of activity underground, because that has never been in anyone's interest.

Is it exploitation?

Diverging opinions regarding moral & ethical conduct arise from the Thailand prostitution industry, and especially the participation of westerners in that industry. Aspersions are frequently levied by people with an agenda... or an axe to grind.

One of the most common arguments employed against western participants is that they are acting in an immoral manner by using their financial means to exploit local prostitutes in a land where people are not so economically fortunate.

Personally I don’t see why anyone should regard the geographic origins of the men that participate in the sex scene as having any relevance at all.

If the objection is one of differing financial fortunes then what about poor westerners who save up their spare cash all year for a single annual vacation – should they be excused from this objection... and what about wealthy Thai nationals who participate?

Related to the exploitation argument is the mistaken sentiment that the girls involved have other realistic employment options if only they could break free of prostitution. This is nonsense in most cases, Thailand is getting more and more developed, but it is still a poor country by western standards.

Figures from 2017 (the most recent available) show a GDP per capita (average income per person) of less than $6,600. To put that into perspective, the USA enjoys over $59,500 GDP per capita. In the poorest rural areas of Thailand many people work for as little as $10 per day, and that doesn’t go far when you’ve got a family to support.

The girls who enter the P4P industry often do so because it is the only way to raise the necessary cash in order to be able to provide for their parents, siblings or children. I've written an example story about this which you can read here:

There’s little free healthcare, no state retirement fund, and these girls often have no realistic alternative way of earning a sufficient income. In other words, if the Thailand prostitution industry is a bad option for the girls working in it, it may well be that the alternatives are worse.

I've had simpletons criticize me on this point, with the argument that I wouldn't want members of my own family working as hookers. Of course I wouldn't, but that misses the point. I also wouldn't want my own family members to be suffering such hardship that this sort of work is the only realistic way out!

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Thailand Prostitution & Western Values

I have noticed a common factor amongst the naysayers when it comes to participating in the Thai P4P scene – they all exhibit an irresistible compulsion to attach western, Christian values to it.

When you’ve lived your life in a western culture there is no escaping the influence of Christian values, even if your views are secular (non-religious).

These values underlie much of our instinctive feelings towards every day matters e.g. attitudes towards monogamy and the guilt that is attached to promiscuity. It has even verged on the ridiculous... people in some countries, e.g. the Philippines, are still told that contraception is sinful!

This sort of nonsense demonstrates the prudish mentality that runs throughout the west; it’s almost as though the act of sex is a dirty thing that we should be ashamed of. When you step outside of western culture and head to Thailand, you find that people don’t have the same sort of hang-ups about sex, and that includes the P4P scene.

Misjudging matters in Thailand due to different cultural preconception is common even for expats, as the story below demonstrates:

I’m not saying that the Thailand prostitution industry is regarded as being a respectable career choice for young women, it isn’t, but it has nothing to do with the exchange of cash.

The extent of the P4P industry and its facility with western men is particularly grating for some people due to their moral objection to the purchasing of flesh. In their eyes this is simply wrong on any level, but in Thailand this sort of thinking simply doesn’t exist.

Paying for sex is not looked down on for its own sake; the reason why prostitutes in Thailand are seen in an unfavorable light is because it runs counter to the Thai perception of what decent women are. A good woman in Thai culture is deemed to be someone who is very reserved, shy and pure.

It’s the over-familiarity of prostitutes and the way that they solicit themselves in order to get customers that causes disgust. Sex workers are seen as being the antithesis of what a good, decent, virtuous woman should be.


Now, I've no doubt that the gender-neutral left-wing morons in the west who argue that everything is a social construct will have plenty to say about the woes of attaching roles to what women should be, and how 'toxic masculinity' and the 'patriarchy' are to blame for it all...


My suggestion to these fools is to at least try to cast an objective eye at the Thai people, and then ask themselves who are the happier - your average Thai girl or your average 'liberated' western girl?

In a nutshell, if you feel that it is wrong to exchange cash for sex, then don’t do it, but accept that your feelings are not universally shared and that they certainly aren’t shared by the girls working in the Thailand P4P industry.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not stating that Thai people have an anything goes attitude towards sex, regular people are usually very conservative in their views, but the exchange of cash for sex is not reviled in the way it usually is in the west.

Psychological damage

The last objection to the whole P4P scene is, in my opinion, the most difficult to dismiss. There’s no doubt that many of the women who enter into this sort of work do so with a naïve idea about quickly meeting a rich benefactor who will marry them and provide financial security for their family.

This dream only comes true for a very small number of sex-workers.

It’s unclear whether or not the low self-esteem and psychological issues that afflict some of the girls are due to spending a lengthy period of time working in the prostitution industry or whether those issues were there to begin with.

Much of a person’s feeling of self-worth is developed in childhood; sex-work might be the symptom rather than the cause of poor mental health.

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I would encourage anyone who is considering a liaison with a working-girl to consider whether or not the lady seems to be of a healthy mental disposition. If you get the impression that something is not quite right then perhaps it would be best to look elsewhere.

Thai Hooker Dangers

Obviously there are sexually transmitted diseases in Thailand that should never be ignored, but I’m not going to write much about these because we all know what they are and what the consequences may be.

You need to exercise a great deal of self-discipline here… it’s quite easy to take silly risks after a night out on the town, especially if there’s a significant amount of alcohol in your bloodstream.

There have been numerous reports about the dangers posed by street-freelancers; most frequently with regard to theft.

The risk level of a hooker behaving badly towards you is more or less inversely related to the prices they ask. Freelance girls are the most risky because they can’t be traced back to a place of employment. Agency girls are safest because online reports often have a scoring system based on the girl’s behavior and performance.

Thai ladyboy hookers are known for crotch-grabbing as they try to tempt you into their bars. You shouldn't get your knickers in a twist about this in Thailand. My opinion is that anyone who can’t handle this sort of thing should not be out in the Thai nightlife scene in the first place...

Of course, there seems to be a growing movement amongst some westerners to be offended at every opportunity. That's your choice - let me know how that works out for you!

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The dangers posed by those girls who work as freelance hookers (particularly street-freelancers) is worth restating. The possibility of being drugged and robbed is much higher because she will know that she cannot easily be found were you to register a complaint with the police.

The local police aren't going to be able to do much if you don't know the offender or their whereabouts.

It is rare for serious crimes to happen, but I recall one case where a guy had his drink spiked and was overdosed, which actually caused his death, so be aware of this risk. If you stick to short-time encounters during the daytime when you aren’t drinking, then you should be much safer with freelancers.

Interestingly, disco freelancers are usually much safer for some reason.

As I've written elsewhere, most of the danger in the naughty nightlife areas comes from other tourists and, if a fight breaks out, Thai hookers will usually do their best to break it up.

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Final Thoughts about Thai Hookers

If you are sensible you'll be very unlikely to have any trouble with a Thai hooker. Most of them lead a very non-confrontational sort of existence and will only turn nasty if severely provoked.

To be especially safe, just follow the advice given here and behave yourself. The key safety nets are to:

  • Avoid romantic attachment
  • Stay calm and polite at all times
  • Use condoms
  • Avoid freelance hookers
  • Always pay what’s owed
  • Keep your lady-friends separated
  • Stay away from the girls with jealous boyfriends

I’ve never even heard of anyone getting into any trouble at all relating to a Thai hooker if they’ve followed these guidelines, let alone witnessed any trouble.

All in all, you’re much more likely to get into a road traffic accident than a prostitute related incident... then again, that’s not much of a statement since the traffic in Thailand is verging on suicidal :)

I do agree that there are a lot of extremely tragic stories that come to an untimely end in Thailand, and it very often involves a woman from the wrong side of the tracks.

In most cases the end doesn’t come from being murdered, it seems more often that a guy chooses to end it all once his supposed sweetheart walks out, usually immediately after his money runs out!

Pattaya seems to be the favorite choice for skydivers, Koh Samui and the surrounding islands seem to be the most notorious for killings.

It's better to be worth more alive than dead, and the western guys in Koh Samui and other south Thailand destinations tend to be more cashed up. Westerners in Pattaya are more typically baht-stretchers, so there’s little chance of inheriting a fortune after the demise of a westerner there.

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On my page about avoiding Thai gold-diggers I've mentioned a few of the warning signs to look out for with regard to untrustworthy ladies, and the reason why I’ve done that is because it’s actually very easy to get snared.

Whilst I have managed to escape the clutches of any really bad girls, I do admit that in my early days in Thailand I got involved with bar-girl.

When it comes to a Thai prostitute, you will be doing really well if you can learn from the mistakes of others, but that's not an easy trick to pull. The majority of us just convince ourselves that 'my girl' is different... until she isn't!

Don't go thinking that the less physically attractive girls are any more trustworthy than the stunners. I've never detected any link in Thailand between a woman's beauty and her trustworthiness. If she works in a bar, there's something like a 99% chance that she is completely untrustworthy regardless of what she looks like.

My own learning experience came a good few years ago during my early 20's. I was as green and naive about the whole industry as it is possible to be... I knew nothing at that time.

The girl who worked her magic on me hadn’t spoken more than 20 words to me before her first lie came out. She lied that she was 21 years old when she was actually only 18. A friend of mine who was already a Pattaya veteran had her cards marked within a few minutes, and he warned me not to believe anything she said.

The signs were there right from the word go, and I duly ignored them!

Firstly, she was quite a confident outgoing sort of girl. Nothing like the quiet, shy, and reserved sort of character that most good girls in Thailand have.

Second, she liked a drink and a smoke. She had no concerns over what she was drinking or the cost to me either... Tequila was her favourite, and lots of it. With regard to smoking, she didn't like cigarettes but she was a big fan of shisha (this was back before shisha was banned).

I remember asking her to open a bottle of beer for me on one occasion, thinking she would head off to find a bottle opener. No need, she just leant it against a stone wall and hit the top with the palm of her hand. I mean, despite her tender age this girl had obviously spent some time around the bars.

Third, she really enjoyed the nightlife. She liked bars and discotheques. This one is not that much of a red-flag, but the kind of discos that the good girls usually like to go to are not popular with Westerners, they usually pull in other Thais, and they play Thai music.

Fourth, she had a tattoo on her back. No way would a good Thai girl wear such a thing. Regular Thais regard them as 'tramp stamps'.

Thai Prostitute Lies

Try not to let a Thai girl get away with an obvious and unnecessary lie.

You don't need to show them to be liars (that would be equally bad as it would cause a loss of face), but you do need to show them that you are no fool, and that you won't tolerate any disrespect.

The biggest lie she told me, after 2-weeks together, was that she was completely in love with me... I was amazed at the time at how effortlessly she was able to turn on the water-works and cry like a baby at the mere thought of my departure.

That's quite a talent really, and lots of these vixens have mastered it.

Pay for Pleasure Predictions

The openness of the pay for pleasure scene is something that regular Thai people do not like; they cannot understand why a man would allow himself to be seen in the company of someone that he has clearly paid to be with him.

Thai men are very careful to keep such things secret, and the distaste for the openness seen in the tourist areas may well lead to a big crackdown by the authorities in the not too distant future.

The authorities have already made moves to clean up naughty areas of the country, and police raids of various premises to check that girls are of legal age to be working in bars are becoming more and more frequent. Many places have been forced to shut down their premises for breaching the rules, and some never reopen.

The online scene on the other hand is booming.

The discretion that it offers is a much better fit with Thai sense and sensibilities about such matters, and I suspect that the trend for meeting Thai hookers will move more and more towards the regular dating sites and to online escort services.


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