One of the many interesting things that
Thailand offers is called P4P (Pay 4
Pleasure). Let us face the fact that most
visitors to this website already have or
plan to visit the country with this goal
more or less in mind. For this reason, this
topic will be addressed in some detail.
Detailed information about prices is not
within the scope of this guide. Prices
change over time and also vary by location.
Besides, prices are often negotiable and
therefore an individual matter.
See also: P4P
Pricing: As was just mentioned, local
web forums and discussion boards are
excellent sources of information about the
"going rates". You can join those forums and
ask questions of more seasoned members.
However, be aware that there are many and
different opinions about prices in the p4p
scene. Some people have made their own rules
much to pay, and they will tell newbies that
they should follow their advice. Other
members of the discussion boards do not
believe in telling others how much to pay,
all they can do is provide general
guidelines. Regardless of what you believe,
knowing the so-called going rates is a good
starting point. If you donít feel like
joining any discussion forums, there is
another option. There are many seasoned
travelers and ex-pats that regularly visit
bars and other entertainment venues in the
major cities. Many of them will welcome an
opportunity to answer your questions and be
of assistance. If is not hard to find them
around in the bars. You might find a beer to
be good investment under such circumstances.
Failing this, you can simply ask the lady
you fancy how much ST or LT costs (see Abbreviations)
and more often than not you will get a fair
answer. Obviously this leaves an opportunity
to take advantage of the customer especially
if the lady of the night believes that you
are a rookie.
It is not uncommon for a lady to allow you
to barfine her and take her to your room
without ever discussing money. She may do so
if she trusts that you are seasoned and know
how much a reasonable compensation is, or
she may do so if she is too shy to ask you.
Either way this implies a bit of knowledge
and responsibility on behalf of the customer
and is not recommended for newbie's. Some
would say that it is not recommended for
anyone. So before paying the barfine, make
sure there is an understanding between you
about the amount you are going to pay.
Before you start talking price with a lady,
you should be clear about how much you would
be willing to pay her. Whether you ask her
directly or not, be careful not to negotiate
downwards too much. She may agree, but then
you can also be sure that she has lost some
of her motivation and that may affect your
experience negatively. Put simply, if she
thinks you are a cheapskate, she will also
give you cheap service. If you do not like
the price she quotes then you can always say
no thanks and go elsewhere or perhaps
realize that you expectations were too high.
Lastly, it is important to note that some
ladies will quote you a ridicules price in
case she does not want to go with you for
any reason. This is simply her way of saying
no while saving her own and your face.