The Red Light Guide

The definitive guide to the Worlds Red Light districts

World Best Red Light Destinations 2020

Discover the World Best Red Light Districts for 2020 bringing you many of the famous, infamous and some area’s which you may not yet of visited. What to expect, how much to pay and what to watch out for! we have it all, so pack those bags and enjoy the adventure.

The Red Light Guide 2020

1 Bangkok – Thailand

Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza & Patpong, Bangkok, Thailand​
What to expect: Bangkok is a very popular choice for anyone wishing to visit the red light districts as Bangkok’s are also key tourist attractions who wish to view the other side of life. Patpong is the oldest Red Light district in Bangkok however over the years its neons have faded to more popular locations such as Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy. Nana Plaza is a 3 storey haven for Red Light bars, Go-Go’s and clubs. A mix of females and ladyboys mingle amongst the crowd in this open plan shopping centre style layout. Nana Plaza calls itself the worlds largest adult playground and with so many bargirls working you will find someone who matches your dream girl- even if its just for the night. Soi Cowboy is not a government-designated “leisure zone,” so it’s one of the seedier red light districts in Thailand. Although like the country’s other Red Light Districts such as; Patpong and Nana Plaza. Sex shows are the main draw here in Soi Cowboy and its bright neons are a visual marvel in their own right. While prostitution (and nude dancing) is illegal in Thailand, it’s tolerated and partially regulated. Most of the women working in the go-go bars (including the bartenders and waitresses) are available for a price; whether they say yes or not depends on a lot of factors — namely, how many lady drinks and how much is being negotiated for the services you wish to buy. It’s customary to buy a drink for a lady if you’re interested, so don’t just enter and think you will be out the door in 5 minutes.

What it’ll cost: If you leave the go-go bar with one of its employees, you have to pay a “bar fine,” usually around $15. From there you negotiate a rate directly with the woman for her services. Rates start around $45 for up to an hour but can extend to $125, you know, if you’d like her to stay the night and cuddle, or talk about why your GF left (go figure), or why you didn’t get that big promotion at work. Between the price of drinks, the bar fine, and the hourly rate, you’re looking at about $75 minimum.

Be aware: Whilst a bar fine system is in place that does not mean that a girl will leave the bar. The girls are usually self-employed and paid per shift and a performance based commission on drinks so each girl usually reserves the right to decide. Disrespect in the bars will usually not be tolerated and those who abuse the girls will rarely be welcomed back.

Did you know: Nightlife columnist Bernard Trink gave Soi its name, after the late T. G. “Cowboy” Edwards. He was a retired American airman who, in addition to often sporting a cowboy hat, opened one of the first bars there in 1977.


2 Angeles City- Philippines

Walking Street, Fields Avenue, Perimeter Road and Friendship, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines​
What to expect: Whilst most people will have heard of Bangkok and a few other destinations the Philippines and specifically Angeles City will not often come to mind. Located north of Manila near the old US Air Force base of Clark, Angeles City is a huge Red Light industry with a 4km. stretch of Bars, Clubs and Massage to suit every taste. Its Walking Street and Fields Avenue Area’s are home to most of the biggest bars and clubs and also its the main location for some of the best hotels near to the numerous bars. Perimeter Road itself has rarely changed since the time of the Vietnam War and therefore the bars which can be found in this area are small, darker more intimate venues which are open usually from lunchtime until the early hours of the morning. Friendship which is located at the far north-eastern end of the strip is the area which is particularly famed for KTV’s, Massage and Korean and Japanese orientated bars and is particularly popular with Korean tourists who come in their thousands each week. The Angeles City Red Light District is a big draw for beautiful women from all over the Philippines and particularly the poorer provinces of Samar, Leyte and most of Mindanao.

What it’ll cost: If you leave the bikini bar or KTV with one of its employees, you have to pay a “bar fine,” which varies from one bar to another. Angeles City unlike many others will offer an all-in package which will include the bar-fine and also the tip for the lady you have chosen however it is customary to also provide and additional tip for the lady when she is ready to leave your hotel and go home. The prices for the bar-fine in Angeles City vary depending on where on the strip you are drinking, usually around $30 is charges in bars located on Perimeter Road with fee’s increasing to $90 when you meet a girl from one of the bars in Walking Street or at the numerous KTV’s in Friendship. From there you negotiate a rate directly with the woman for her services. Additional fee’s are charged for long time in some of the bars which will usually involve and overnight stay. Between the price of drinks, the bar fine, and the hourly rate, you’re looking at about $45 minimum to $115 depending on the bar you have frequented. There are also a large number of freelancers working in High-Society and Stytraxxx Nightclubs, these will charge usually a little less that what you will find in the bars.

Be aware: Angeles City usually operates a Mamasan policy where the girls work for an older lady (but sometimes a man) who manage the girls. The mamasan takes a commission from the bar based on drinks and bar-fines so when you are trying to enjoy some quiet time you might have a old lady also sat on your table encouraging you to take the girl back to your hotel. If you wish for her to leave just politely ask her to leave you in peace.

Did you know: Angeles City is next to the former US Clark Air Force Base and was home to many aircraft and crew the Vietnam War with many area’s of Angeles City becoming home to numerous bars to serve the needs of the 20,000 men stationed there during the height of the war.


3 Pattaya – Thailand

Pattaya, Thailand​
What to expect: Pattaya is a World Famous Red Light District located approximately 1 hours drive south-east of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand. This former sleepy backwater has transformed over the past 50 years to become one of the premier Red Light Districts with a huge selection of Hostess Bars, Go-Go’s, Indoor Go-Go’s, Massage and Nightclubs to fulfill every man (and woman’s) possible desire. Baccara A Go Go is one of the most popular bars on the strip, along with Airport Club, where guests can enjoy regular shows by dancers on their stages. Alcatraz is also a popular bar and, in keeping with its name and the atmosphere of the city, features prison cells and handcuffs that can really get pulses racing.

What it’ll cost: If you leave the go-go bar with one of its employees, you have to pay a “bar fine,” usually around $15. From there you negotiate a rate directly with the woman for her services. Rates start around $45 for up to an hour but can extend to $125, you know, if you’d like her to stay the night. Between the price of drinks, the bar fine, and the hourly rate, you’re looking at about $75 minimum.

Be aware: Everything is available in Thailand and especially in Pattaya. Drugs are traded on the street however steer well clear, Thai police may turn a blind eye to a nude feature dance however being caught with drugs no matter how small the quantity can lead to lengthy time in prison, a huge fine- but most often commonly both.

Did you know: Every night more than 25,000 girls work in Pattaya’s famed Red Light District alone meaning its one of the biggest economic industries in the Pattaya area.


4 Amsterdam – Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands
What to expect: De Wallen is the obvious gold standard for red light districts. Thanks to government regulation, it’s safer, cleaner, and more efficient than most you’ll enter. It’s a huge tourist area, as well, so the streets are packed with pedestrians. The ladies themselves are on display in floor-to-ceiling windows, summoning you to come in as you pass. When you see one that strikes your fancy, negotiate a price at the door. Don’t expect De Wallen to be quiet, day and night it is busy with shoppers, locals, tourists and those wishing to delight and party with some of the many beautiful women working here daily.

What it’ll cost: The starting rate for most women is around $55 (€50) for 15 minutes, although talking your way down to $44 (€40) is not unheard of. You’re on the clock as soon as you enter the room.

Be warned: The negotiation is no time to be coy about your goals, interests, and expectations. The women will take advantage of tourists who are ambiguous, and have been known to tack on extra, hidden charges for unspecified “add-ons,” like changing positions. Be as specific as possible. In Amsterdam no kink is too kinky and most of the women will have heard almost all fetishes.

Did you know: Amsterdam is the only place in the world to have a bronze statue commemorating its sex workers. Titled “Belle,” it depicts a woman in a doorway and the plaque reads, “Respect sex workers all over the world.”


5 Prague – Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic
What to expect: Over the past 20 years the city of Prague has transformed into a party destination for both European and Global travellers. Amongst the millions who visit this city each year is a huge contingent of Bachelor and Stag parties who have transformed this once-sleepy city into a Red Light mecca destination for those looking to participate in the saucier side of Prague’s raucous nightlife. The city is now home to numerous Strip Clubs, Gentlemen’s Clubs and a variety of massage parlours where all types of services are available to those who enter through the beaded curtain. The city is also famous for its cheap nightlife and therefore attracts the more budget conscious traveller who will get more action and drinking time for their Euro’s (€) than in other Western European nations such as Germany and Netherlands. Faraon, Goldfingers and Hot Peppers are favourites of the tourists who visit the city. But wait, there is more than just stripping on offer- in many of the Sex Clubs around the city anything goes and this is a place where either your stamina or credit cards will be maxed out first- you decide!
 
What it’ll cost: On the street, you’ll pay about $50 for some of the many freelancers who work in the city. For those wishing to visit the strip clubs a drink will typically cost $5 and a dance $15. Prague ranks amongst one of the cheapest destinations in Europe for Red Light action and this major draw means it has made it to our top 10.
 
Be warned: Prague is a location where it is best to ask about all the services you wish to receive and understand the pricing before the action starts, this will avoid awkward situations later when the rate seems to have jumped. Ensure you are frank and honest about all aspects, its not just for avoidance of doubt but also to ensure the woman is happy to participate in such acts for the fee.
 
Did you know: Prague is home to some of the wildest sex clubs in Europe, they are not on the edges of the city but right in the centre and in plain view. Do your research and head over to one to see a kinkier and naughtier side of the Czech republic.


6 Tokyo – Japan

Tokyo, Japan
What to expect: Kabukichō caters almost exclusively to Japanese locals and their passion for odd sexual fantasy; it can be a difficult place for tourists. Clubs are often themed, and filled with sexy secretaries, nurses, maids, dominatrices, you name it — it’s like Halloween year-round! There’s naked karaoke, rentable sex dolls, and even “soap lands” where you’ll get soapy clean before you get dirty. Not to mention hostess clubs, where you pay for companionship. How sweet. While paid sex is illegal in Japan, everything else is fair game — just be sure to pay attention to the clock, as the sex clubs close at midnight. Whilst it may be Japanese orientated there a numerous clubs which welcome foreign tourists who if willing to pay can enjoy some of the hottest and sexiest nightlife in Asia.

What it’ll cost: Prices for host clubs run from about $30-$140 for two hours, depending on the quality of the joint. A pink salon will set you back about $20, while escort services — where the ladies come to your room — start around $250 an hour.

Be warned: Don’t just pop into places to check them out — bouncers are known to hustle tourists with exorbitant, non-negotiable entrance fees.

Did you know: Kabukichō is home to a large region of ladyboys, the local term for transgender individuals who also work the district.


7 Tijuana – Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico
What to expect: Though the late-2000s saw multiple travel advisories about America’s favorite border city, it’s far safer today than it was a few years ago. La Coahuila — the main street of Zona Norte — is a few blocks off Avenida Revolucion and is lined with strip clubs (which, predictably, double as brothels) and young women waiting outside hotels waiting to escort you upstairs.
 
What it’ll cost: On the street, you’ll pay about $25 plus $5 for “the room,” regardless of whether you’ve got a hotel to take them to or not. In the strip clubs, it’ll cost you more — anywhere from $50-$100.
 
Be warned: The police may try to shake you down for a random civic violation that they’ll explain in Spanish (assuming you won’t understand), and then threaten to throw you in a Tijuana jail, so make sure you bring plenty of cash for both the prostitutes and the cops.
 
Did you know: Adelitas, the biggest brothel in Tijuana, is also the largest and oldest brothel in North America.


8 Singapore

Singapore City, Singapore
What to expect: Geyalng is a three-mile-long road with side streets called “lorongs.” The even-numbered ones are filled with “chicken farms:” legal brothels regulated by the government and filled with Thai and Chinese women working as prostitutes. Your sessions are limited to 45 minutes, so maybe don’t opt for the “extended pleasure” condoms and stick to the ribbed for her pleasure. Upon entering you will view the various girls working through a fishtank viewing panel picking your numbered girl for the evening.
 
What it’ll cost: The prostitutes are split up into $40, $80, and $150 varieties, though top-end $200 prostitutes are also available. But $50, on average, can get the job done.
 
Be warned: Ensure you stay on the even lorongs, they are the only ones who are allowed to legally operate. As the only legal Red Light District in Singapore this is a bustling area of town. Any possible sexy entertainment on the odd-numbered lorongs may end up in a run-in with the police for violations which can result in a hefty fine.
 
Did you know: The main street of Geylang is also noted for its food, and the iconic dish of the street is called frog-leg porridge. That’s exactly what it sounds like.


9 Nevada- United States

Nevada, United States of America
What to expect: Despite the appearance of Las Vegas, prostitution is in fact illegal in Sin-City however obviously continues under the radar. Nevada however is the only U.S. state where prostitution is legally permitted in some form. Strictly regulated brothels operate legally in mainly isolated rural areas, away from the majority of Nevada’s population. However, prostitution is not legal in all of Nevada, and is illegal in the counties of Clark (which contains Las Vegas), Douglas, Eureka County, Lincoln, Pershing County and Washoe (which contains Reno). Prostitution is also illegal in Nevada’s capital, Carson City. The rest of Nevada’s counties are permitted by state law to license brothels, but currently only seven counties have active brothels. As of December 2019, there are 21 brothels in Nevada. The legal brothels however are much more sexual hedonistic resorts than simply a room and bed. Most have bars, pools, sauna’s and some have longer stay residences for those who wish to have parties which fulfil every sexual wish spreading over many days and often with multiple different sexual partners.
 
What it’ll cost:  At the legal brothels the prices are an opaque function of services performed—certain sex acts cost more—and the amount of time the service will take, anywhere between 15 minutes and several days. Prices vary widely depending on the provider and what’s involved. The average party, a quick (less than an hour) purely sexual encounter typically costs about $400. For those who wish to stay longer (much longer in some cases) then you will expect to pay into the thousands of dollars for that special party. Depending on how many girls, what desires you have and how long will depend on the rate quoted- a $10,000 special party isn’t unheard of for those with deep pockets and staying power.
 
Be warned:  It’s a common misconception that prostitution is legal in Las Vegas. It’s not! Nevada, however, has over 20 legal brothels, and the most famous is the Moonlite BunnyRanch, six miles east of the state’s capital, Carson City. 
 
Did you know: There is no more Playboy Club at the Palms Hotel. Sadly this institution which was World Famous and one of the best bars not just in Vegas but probably in the US closed its doors in 2012 and is unlikely to return.


10 Phuket – Thailand

Patong Soi Bangla (Walking Street), Phuket, Thailand​
What to expect: Patong is one of the major red light districts of Thailand and attracts a huge number of tourists each year. Over recent years the area of Soi Bangla / Walking Street has transformed into a popular tourist attraction with thousands of tourists walking the length of the Bangla taking in the girls displaying Go-Go dances and attending the various Ping Pong Shows. Whilst this tourist friendly side of Patong welcomes many, those who wish to participate in the sexier side of Patong will find a number of Go-Go’s such as Suzy Wongs, Goddess and Harem which are indoor bars which are some of the most hardcore clubs not just in Phuket but in Thailand. For those wishing to pick up a beautiful bargirl then Soi Freedom is a much quieter Soi with less tourists allowing you to party and discuss whichever sexual fantasy you have with the woman of your choice.

Whilst nudity is illegal in Thailand the red light district of Soi Bangla is heavily regulated by the local Govt. offices and multiple branches of the police. The Bars in Patong are well managed and offer barfine services to those girls who wish to leave the bar with the customer. If you don’t wish to leave the bar with the girl however still wish to partake in some sexy fun then Harem and Goddess have rooms available for short time fun with some of the girls for an additional charge. Indeed Goddess Go-Go is a hotel so if you wish to have accommodation in a Go-Go then this is available to book just like a normal hotel. The rooms are kitted out with a small Go-Go stage, poles. lighting and music systems to ensure you can continue your party whatever the time of the day!

What it’ll cost:  The costs of drinks in Patong range from bar to bar however typically $4 for a beer and $7 for a spirit and mixer is common. Some of the indoor bars charge more however provide a atmosphere and entertainment which is much wilder than any bar on the street. If you leave the go-go bar with one of its employees, you have to pay a “bar fine,” usually around $15. From there you negotiate a rate directly with the woman for her services. Rates start around $45 for up to an hour but can extend to $125 for a longer duration. Multiple day bar fine are common as many will take one or more girls to travel with them around the islands whilst also providing a tour guide service unlike any other! Between the price of drinks, the bar fine, and the hourly rate, you’re looking at about $75 minimum.

Be warned: Taking photos in the indoor Go-Go’s is strictly forbidden and is fined at a minimum of 3000 baht ($90) plus a request to delete the photo. In the outdoor area’s of Soi Bangla you are welcome to take photos and video of the various entertainment on offer.

Did you know: There is a free ladyboy cabaret taking place every night on Soi Freedom located half way up the Bangla Road Walking Street. Taking place regularly from 9pm every night.

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