There are many reasons you might choose to visit Thailand. One of the most popular reasons for travellers to visit these days, is the nightlife. Thai nightlife can have such a great atmosphere, and be completely different to anywhere else you’ve been in the world. Many of the events that go on here are world famous. If you’d like to make sure you get the most out of Thai nightlife, use this guide:
Be Prepared To Get Dragged Into Places
Thai people can be pushy. They’ll want you to go into their bars, clubs, and even their suit shops. To get the best out of your Thai nightlife experience, try not to let pushy Thai people put you off. If you don’t want to go into a place, make sure you’re firm with them and move on. In some cases, it might not hurt to go into a place for one drink. Chances are, you will feel pressured into it at times.
In many places in Thailand, it’s possible to take the bar girls out of their bars for a ‘date’. You can do this for either a few hours, or overnight. You’ll be required to pay a barfine for this, on top of the money that the bar girl is requesting. This may not be your thing, but be aware that it’s what most of the Thai girls who approach you will be looking for you to do. They will likely smile at you, and if you smile back you make it look as if you’re interested. It won’t be long before you’re approached, and you’ll be expected to buy ‘lady drinks’ (more expensive drinks) for the Thai girl. Some bar girls are actually freelance, so be more careful here. If you’re not interested, be upfront. They tend to get over it quickly.
Know What You’re Getting Into
Some descriptions of Thai nightlife events are a little vague, so you may not know what you’re getting yourself into before you agree to it. This is why doing your research and knowing what to expect is crucial. For example, there are a variety of different ping pong shows around Thailand. Sound innocent enough, don’t they? Well, they’re not for the weak-stomached. You’ll be surprised and maybe even sickened at what you see here. Some people find them quite funny, but there’s always more to them than meets the eye. Don’t expect the people selling tickets to tell you exactly what they entail. In some cases, entry might be free with the purchase of a drink. Make sure you’re prepared for what you’re going to see if you head to a show like this.
Stay Well Away From Drugs
Make sure you stay well away from all drugs in Thailand. The police will not go easy on you if you’re caught with drugs, and you don’t want to get thrown into a Thai jail when you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself. Even Marijuana isn’t looked upon lightly, so be smart about what you accept and who you decide to spend your time with. It’s crucial you do this when it comes to events like the Full Moon Party. Many backpackers will actively look for drugs, but this is just irresponsible and dangerous. The closest you can come to drugs without getting into a huge amount of trouble, is a Happy Shake. These shakes contain mushrooms and can be purchased in many areas around Thailand, including at the Full Moon Party. Make sure you already feel good before drinking it. Many people recommend drinking one of these at the end of the night, rather than the start, as they can help to relax you.
Many people travel to Thailand alone. In cases such as this, it’s even more important you stay away from drugs, and even drinking to excess. You don’t want to leave yourself vulnerable to predators or susceptible to crime.
Know What You Want From Your Night
Some of the places in Thailand actually offer great, non-seedy entertainment. You can listen to great music, and even live bands in some establishments. Some of the best places can be found along Walking Street Pattaya. However, some bars will simply be places Thai girls look to hook up with ‘rich’ foreign men. Do your research beforehand so you can stay away from the seedy places and enjoy some of the genuine Thai bars out there. They aren’t all the same, so don’t be put off if your experience isn’t that great at first!
These tips will help you to get the best out of Thai nightlife!