Hotels in and around the areas of Sukhumvit in the city of Bangkok are one of the most popular areas for hotel stay. Why? Because Sukhumvit road runs through two of Bangkok's most well known red light districts, Soi Cowboy and Nana.
Soi Cowboy is a neon light filled street with many of Bangkok's most well known go go bars like Long Gun and Rawhide. Nana is most famous for a building with 4 floors of go go bars surrounding an open bar area called Nana Entertainment Plaza. Both of these red light districts are popular pick up joints for millions of male tourist who visit there each year.
So if you're into visiting Soi Cowboy and Nana then most likely you're looking to stay in a "Guest Friendly" hotel. A guest friendly hotel is a term for hotels in Bangkok that do not charge their guest a joiner fee for bringing a companion, usually a prostitute back to their rooms. You may have heard of the term "Girl Friendly" but that would not cover the fact that there are men and transsexuals in Bangkok catering to gay male clients. So in most cases "Guest Friendly" basically covers it all.
The majority of Bangkok's guest friendly hotels are centered around Sukhumvit. Their price ranges vary greatly, from 5 star international hotels to low priced budget guest houses. Non guest friendly hotels typically charge a join fee of 500THB up to 1500THB. So as you can see if anyone is planning to bring a companion back to their rooms for their own stay in a non guest friendly hotel, a joiner fee could really hurt the pocket book.
And now here's what you've been waiting for. Below are 5 popular guest hotels in Bangkok.
- Nana Hotel
- Ambassador Hotel
- Swiss Park Hotel
- Royal Asia Lodge
- Majestic Grande
There are many more guest friendly hotels in Bangkok of course and all of them are conveniently located between Nana and Soi Cowboy.
For your safety, in any hotel in Bangkok, make sure your company hands over their Thai ID card to security. Usually it's the guards who ask but just in case they do not, you know what to do. Doing this will give you some sort of protection just in case your companion of the night decides to go through your wallet when you're sleeping or showering.