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    The karaoke bars/girls of Ratchada.

    Never gone into one. What is the story with these places? Not the massive massage parlours of the main road, but all the small little bars in the sub-sois with the girls outside and empty couches inside. The neon lights glowing from deep inside the doorway. The waft of sleaze gently floating over the sewer covers.

    Anyone gone in for a beer and a root?

    What's the story/protocol?

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    I saw a couple of farangs headed into Club Nude in Meng Jai the other night but I have not been myself. The girls lingering outside look fantastic. Some friends of mine have been and they say the routine is pretty much the same as everywhere else only their English skills are poorer.

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    That's okay, I'm a relatively fluent speaker of de lingo.

    Anyone gone into one?

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    ^Portuguese won't get you far in there.

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    its not a bad place to go to,if you go further up the road there are a lot more bars and clubs there, and the girls are a lot better,head pasthuaw kwang bts station and there are many down that way

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    please post some photos! or at least a bit of Detail, I haven been to BKK for at least 3 weeks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Master Cool
    What's the story/protocol?
    Go in. Pick out a "hostess" of your choice. You will then be taken to a karaoke lounge by your hostess. You will be given a drink menu which normally ends with you buying a bottle of spirit of your choice. Your hostess will make sure your glass is kept full and queue up songs of your choice on the karaoke machine. When you are ready to go, a rather large bill will have to be paid for the room rental and drink. Hostess will expect a tip as well. Not very exciting so don't set expectations high.
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    ^ Good description mate and your likely to run into some drunk off duty police with their guns on the table or be beaten up by some pissed off drunken Thai boyfirend (along with his drugged up mates) who is looking for his girlfriend from Nakhon Nowhere.......

    A complete and utter waste of time and money..............

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    Used to go to them in the 90's with my Thai work colleagues at the time. Pricier than a night out in the 'farang places' and a shag would generally cost much higher. It's very much a Thai thing and I was usually bored out of my mind.
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    Me and a mate were once on holiday in Trang, and not far from our hotel there was a karaoke place with black glass windows neon lights and some sexy girls hanging around outside.

    After about four nights of finding nothing else to do except eat, we gave in to the temptation. We went inside, and it was ice cold. Pitch black decor, with black sofas and black tables. A hostess showed us to a corner with some comfy armchairs, and we ordered a couple of beers. As we got used to the darkness, we began to see that there were a few other punters leafing through menus and singing along to DVDs playing on TVs dotted around.

    I got up and went for a slash, and rejoined my mate a couple of minutes later. The singing stopped, and our hostess appeared at our table with a torch and a cordless microphone. My mate indicated in my direction, and a song from the Carpenters came on the TV.

    Bastard, my mate is.

    Well after a couple more beers and several rousing renditions of my favourite Carpenters songs, we paid the bill and left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    It's very much a Thai thing and I was usually bored out of my mind.
    I had a membership at The Pegusus just off Soi 23 and what a rip-off waste of time that period of my life was although I did pick up a number of orders from the Chinese and Japanese customers I took there.

    A business occupational hazard in Asia and not the place to go for your own pleasure.

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    Yep, Remember Pegasus well. havent been there for over 10 years, but I remember then the 'inclusive fee' for a girl was around 10K. Definitely a business only type night out, or for people with more money than sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    Definitely a business only type night out, or for people with more money than sense.
    I paid something like 100,000 Baht and it got you something like 20 bottles of JW Black Label plus mixers and 20 girls of your choice with 5 visits to the exclusive rooms which to be fair was very nice. When the knocking rooms were full at the Club they had a deal going with the Tai Ping Hotel just down the Soi.

    I just got sick and tired of sitting there listening to old Japanese and Chinese men singing really badly and then waiting for them to finish their shag.

    Yes it was good for business but after a while I felt like a two bob pimp.

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    Bit off topic but...

    Quite a while back a friend came to visit me in the village I was living in 25K out of Khon Kaen. He wanted some horizontal action so we jumped on the Honda and went into town. At that time there were only a couple of massage parlours in town and they were both a bit pricey so I asked a Samlor cyclist if there were any cheaper alternatives.
    Ten minutes later we turned up at a very dark and quiet Kareoke place in the middle of nowhere. My friend started to back peddle a bit but having been dragged away from home, I was determined to check the place out for future refernce even if I wasn't horny at the time.
    Inside, there were two girls visible. Ms very adverage and an absolute stunner. Before my friend could ' Erm.... ? ' his misgivings, I was around the back with said stunner performing a very abbreviated karma sutra.

    Will never forget that bird until I see something better.

    Conclusion : There are kareoke bars and there are kareokedoky bars. The latter is by far the better, especially if you can't sing a shit.

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    Went a few times in 2003, nothing to shout about really, stunning girls, NOT bargirls from Isarn, that's for sure.

    But all she'll do is top up your glass, hover around with a menu and line up karaoke songs.

    On the occasions I went the girl spent most of the evening avoiding me after I groped her breasts and found that she has a wire framed bra on. Not fun at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    the girl spent most of the evening avoiding me after I groped her breasts
    Stupid girl obviously doesn't recognise class when she sees it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    the girl spent most of the evening avoiding me after I groped her breasts
    Stupid girl obviously doesn't recognise class when she sees it.

    It was her loss, and I think she realised that when I left without looking back at her.

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    Pegasus sounds like your sort of place Master Cool.

    It keeps you in Sukhumvit too, so you don't get a nosebleed having to visit Ratchada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
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    the girl spent most of the evening avoiding me after I groped her breasts
    Stupid girl obviously doesn't recognise class when she sees it.

    It was her loss, and I think she realised that when I left without looking back at her.
    Damn, I bet you broke her heart by not saying goodbye to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Master Cool View Post
    Never gone into one. What is the story with these places? Not the massive massage parlours of the main road, but all the small little bars in the sub-sois with the girls outside and empty couches inside. The neon lights glowing from deep inside the doorway. The waft of sleaze gently floating over the sewer covers.

    Anyone gone in for a beer and a root?

    What's the story/protocol?
    Went into one of those with a thai friend, only thai songs, quite expensive, quite boring, oh and did I mention, quite expensive.

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