Thermae Bar Bangkok – Best Spot to Meet Freelance Thai Prostitutes
One of my favorite nightlife spots in Bangkok is a freelancer pickup bar / coffee house called Thermae.
Entrance to Thermae bar & coffee house, Sukhumvit Road
Aka ‘the Thermae‘, there’s no barfine, no overpriced drinks, no obligation to buy lady drinks… you just walk in and pick up one of the waiting prostitutes, who line up in their normal clothes (many of them are ‘girl next door’ types who work day jobs).
No loud music, no cover charge like a disco, no pushy mamasans, no thug bouncers. You don’t even really need to buy a drink (they’re very cheap though so I’d at least buy one).
It’s similar to hooker bar LA Cafe in Manila, just hotter Thai girls and it gets busy a bit earlier.
Thermae Bar Bangkok FAQ
As you walk down the steps to enter Thermae at basement level (it’s under the Ruamchitt hotel on the corner before Sukhumvit Soi 15), you’ll see Thai girls lined up across the left, right, and the back of the room, three sides of a rectangle. These are all freelance prostitutes.
How does it work?
It’s a bit intimidating at first, but how it works is guys get a drink, walk around the room clockwise, pick a girl they like then leave with her. No need to deal with a middleman.
There’s not much other mingling with the girls inside the venue – no buying them drinks and chatting, no lap dances like in a Gogo, no board games like in a beer bar, no dirty dancing like in a club.
You just walk up to a girl you like, and if she agrees to go with you, then you leave right away to your condo or hotel. A more business-like, Asian way of doing things.
Thermae girls lining up
Do you have to take a girl?
No, you can just take a seat in the middle and enjoy the eye candy. Nurse one beer as long as you want.
There’s not much interaction with the girls though unless you’re about to leave with one – they stay in line and just wait to be picked, they don’t approach you like in other bars. Only smile and make eye contact.
Can you get their number?
I sometimes like to visit Thermae with mates just to pre-drink before hitting some Gogo bars, because the drinks are so cheap and it’s an interesting place to start the night.
Often I’ll see a hot Thai girl but not want to take her there and then, so I’ll ask for her Line. In my experience most are fine with giving it out, if you make it clear you’re going to be a customer later.
Some will say no though because this is their double life – in the daytime they’re regular girls working in an office and no one has any idea they moonlight at Thermae. They might only be there once a month, or hardly ever – and they’d rather no one found out.
What an average Thai freelancer in Thermae might look like
Do the girls have to go with you?
No, since they aren’t employed there the girls at Thermae can turn down customers all night if they want.
Some will prefer Asian guys. In the past most of the girls there only went with Koreans / Japanese etc., but since the economy and tourism has dropped a bit I notice they’re more receptive to farang nowadays.
Some Thai girls who like farang and usually work at places like Climax disco, might start the night off at Thermae hoping to get 2500 baht there and then 2000 Baht at the end of the night. I’ve even seen some street walkers trying their luck early there, then after Thermae closes they stand outside and go for ~1500.
How much are the girls at Thermae?
Usually the hotter 20something girls there ask for 2500 baht short time, some 3000. If they do at first say 3000, they will usually come down to 2500. Usually with Thai prostitutes you can cut 500 off what they quote the first time and they’ll say ok (then another 500 every subsequent time you go with them).
There’s no barfine (~700 baht in a Gogo bar), no cover charge, no need to buy them a lady drink (~170 baht), and your drinks are cheaper, so you can end up saving a bit of money.
So an all-in cost of around $70 short time. Usually short time lasts 1-2 hours, sex one time, but it depends on the girl, some will be ok with two times.
Took this with a potato a few years ago
For long time (overnight, sex 2-3 times) if you ask up front they might double the short time rate and say 5000, you can usually negotiate down to 4000 though.
After the first time, all bets are off as far as the prices. It totally depends on how much the girl likes you. Now she knows you’re safe, she might be happy to come directly to your place for 1000 in her free time, or 20000 a month, etc.
Most Thai hookers would rather have a small group of regular customers (luk kaa bpra jam) and/or ‘sponsors’ (kon liang) instead of going with a new guy every time, especially freelancers. Thermae girls aren’t chained to the bar for long hours, have no employment contract etc.
As you walk in the front door there’s a bar on the left with 100 baht beers ($2.85), 80 baht whiskey soda, 60 baht soda water. So about half the price of Gogo bars / hooker discos in Bangkok. They serve coffee too.
Video inside Thermae via King Epic
Unlike other venues there’s no pressure to keep buying drinks, you might be ushered towards the bar to buy the first one but after that you can take your time and enjoy the view.
The waiters (old guys in blue shirts) are polite and not pushy. They look a bit like the Butler in Tomb Raider.
– From novel Genuine Thai Copies
If you just want to quickly get in and out taking one of the girls home you can go in via the back door, which you’ll find if you head to the Ruamchitt hotel lobby then go down the steps by the toilet.
Apparently going in via the toilets used to be norm back in the day when Thermae first started up, around the time of the Vietnam war. The Thermae has a long history.
Short time hotel nearby?
If you don’t want to take the girls back to your condo the Ruamchitt hotel above Thermae does short time rates, if I recall about 600 baht for 2 hours. Or Soi 4 has some for 300 for 1 hour.
It’s a pretty nice 3 star hotel with a rooftop pool, about $35 on Agoda.
Thermae opening hours?
Officially as the sign says on the door Thermae is open from 8pm – 1am but often you’ll see it staying open a bit later.
But not crazy late like LA Cafe in Manila, usually it’s closed by 3am or so. And you need to get there fairly early to find the hottest girls. Around 9-10pm is good.
Can you take the girls out partying?
Once you’re out the door and have confirmed you’re paying them X amount for their time, you don’t have to rush straight to bed.
Thermae girls don’t need to get back to the bar at a certain time, they’re freelancers, so you can go anywhere and do anything if you have the right connection with a girl. I ended up dating one Thermae girl for years, and just giving her money every now and then, I became some blurred mix between a John and a boyfriend, very common in Thailand.
You don’t even need to have sex, if you just want some paid company with a hot Thai girl they won’t complain.
There are large numbers of ladyboys standing outside Thermae, because they’re not allowed in. So bear that in mind. They hang out there because they know tons of horny guys will be walking in and out.
Ladyboys sitting outside on the left via Bangkok 112
Some of the guys go there specifically for the katoeys, but don’t make that mistake if you’re not into that. Mostly it’s girls inside, ladyboys outside on the steps by the Buddhist shrine / by the road. There’ll be some girls outside Thermae too though, waiting for a friend – True SIM cards can’t get signal inside.
Other bars nearby?
To the left up the steps next to Thermae is Bush Bar, just a normal non hooker bar with Pool tables. And above Thermae is another pool bar, Sports Academy.
Around the corner on Sukhumvit Soi 15 is Hooters. Across the street and slightly to the left is ‘Insanity’ afterhours nightclub, which is full of freelance prostitutes as well.
Thermae vs cheaper prostitute options?
A streetwalker on Soi 4 outside the Nana Hotel, or really anywhere up and down Sukhumvit Road between Soi 3/1 and Soi 23, will usually be happy to go with you for 1500 if you look clean and safe, or 1000 if it’s late at night. Many stand around on Soi 11.
African hookers stand around by Soi 5 – 7 and go for around 1000 baht
Or if they’re working at a small massage parlor you can bang them there in the shop for that price, plus sometimes 300 for the room. Or if they’re working at a street bar, anywhere from 1500-2000 plus a 500 barfine to the bar. Sadly at the time of writing the Army have cleared away most of the streetside bars 🙁
Similar prices go for a sleazy disco like Climax near closing time (girls in fancier clubs like Mixx, Levels and Sugar want more).
Or the Soi 7 beergarden has some older Bangkok freelancers. Or blowjob bars are 700-800 baht.
The advantage of Thermae though is the Thai girls there are more beautiful / China doll style and haven’t seen 1000 dicks already.
Girls think of Thermae as a safe place to earn money from time to time with a travelling businessman. The kind of girl that goes to Thermae isn’t going to stand on the street or want to be hit on in a smoky nightclub at 3am. Some are even university students that just need money for tuition costs as a one off thing.
Many of them look like they just got off work at the office
The drivers who park out front of Thermae won’t want to use the meter, instead they’ll ask for flat rates about twice the price or offer a free ride to Insanity / Climax / Spicy / Mixx discos where they get a commission of 100-200 baht per head.
Just walk past them and flag a cab down yourself, it’s a busy road so one should be along shortly (look for the red light in the windscreen that means available).
Even if you do want to go to one of those free ride discos, flag down your own cab to stop these dishonest taxi cartels from getting the commission, let a more honest driver get it instead (they’ll find out when they arrive, if they don’t know already, that the journey is free).
Me and a buddy took these two back to our condo
Overall the Thermae coffee shop / bar is one of the best and most unique places to meet Thai prostitutes in Bangkok, a must-see even if you’re not a sex tourist. I took a “I would never pay for sex” friend from England there, by the end of the second day of his Thailand holiday he had taken one of the girls home long time.
Expect to pay around 2500 baht ($70) the first time at Thermae and then get discounts over time, as freelancers work random hours and want to encourage repeat business.
I find freelance prostitutes seem a bit more ‘human’, closer to the type of girl you might date on ThaiCupid, because they spend more time talking to their customers instead of just dancing on a pole in a bikini in a noisy Gogo bar. Often they work two jobs or are pursuing a university degree.
Click for the Google maps location of Thermae bar, between Asok & Nana BTS. The Thai spelling is เทอร์เม่.
If you’re telling a Thai they pronounce it ‘tur-mair’ instead of ‘fur-mai’. Thai’s don’t understand ‘Th’, when Thor was out in the movies Thai chicks all pronounced it ‘Tor’ 😀
Thermae is Greek for heat.