Soi Cowboy is no doubt the most famous red light district in Thailand. Situated between Sukhumvit Soi 21 (also known as Soi Asoke) and Sukhumvit Soi 23, it’s close to MRT station Sukhumvit and BTS Station Asoke.
Clubs & Hotels at Soi Cowboy
Just like Nana Plaza, Soi Cowboy is home to a total of around 30 strip clubs, all of them situated on the ground floor of the street. Soi Cowboy is approximately around 150 metres long and therefore it’s quite a short experience if you just walk through without stopping at one of the bars for a beer.
Unlike Nana Plaza all the clubs at Soi Cowboy have a “public area” in front of the actual strip club where usually a bunch of hardly dressed girls is trying to get your attention to get you inside the establishment, and where you can just sit and grab a beer without actually watching the strip shows.
Also Soi Cowboy doesn’t have any short time hotels in it, making it a bit more difficult for customers to find a place to enjoy the services most of the girls are willing to provide upon payment of a so called barfine and obviously a fee for the girls services.
Location & Reachability
As Mentioned in the first paragraph, Soi Cowboy is located close to MRT station Sukhumvit. From there is around 50 metre walk to the entry. Compared to Nana Plaza it’s quite inconspicuous, but still hard to miss as there are always a lot of TukTuk and taxi drivers waiting to scam trusting tourists.
POIs in the Area
Since Soi Cowbay is situated very close to Sukhumvit main road there is a lot of different streets and venues to go to once you’ve had enough of Thailand’s number one redlight district. You may simply just start walking towards Soi 11 and even further or take the BTS along Sukhumvit road to explore other parts of the city.
Sukhumvit Soi 11 probably going to be your best option, with it’s endless number of bars and clubs. Obviously you should be aware that most places around Sukhumvit are frequented by tourists and therefore prices may be a bit higher than in other areas, but compared to back “home” it should still be quite affordable.
Soi Cowboy Review
To sum everything up, same as Nana Plaza I’m not a big fan of Soi Cowboy either, but do consider it a must see for every first time visitor. Prices for beer are 40 to 60 percent higher than in other bars in the Sukhumvit area. Most of the girls are average looking at best and don’t put a lot of effort into their performance on stage. Also considering the bar fine you’d have to pay if you’d want to take advantage of one of the girls services, there is probably a lot of better options to pickup a girl in Thailand. So unless you are already drunk or just don’t care what the girls look like there are many better locations to spent your time at, while you are in Bangkok.
So, now tell me your opinion. Have you been to Thailand already, and if so did you Visit Soi Cowboy?