Udon Thani Nightlife - Brothels
In addition to the bars, go go bars, freelancers and massage parlours, there is one further option for the paid variety of entertainment, and that is in houses of ill repute, otherwise known as Brothels. These brothels do not officially exist, although most Thai's are well aware of them as these establishments are primarily for Thai's to make use of. They typically have girls from Laos, and sometimes Vietnam waiting for men to walk in and choose them, and it is worth noting that the Vietnamese girls are a little scared or intimidated by western men as they have a strong belief that all western men are bigger than their Vietnamese counterparts when it comes to the trouser snake.
The buildings inside are as basic as they come, with a bench or series of seats with girls dressed in bikini's sitting and waiting, more often than not playing with their mobile phones. You walk in and select a girl, negotiate a price and you are led of to a room in the back. The rooms are also as basic as they come and will typically have a mat on the floor but not much else, then again what more do you need?
The price asked is generally around 600 baht, which is much lower than the girly bars, and priced for the local Thai men, although the men running the operation are more than happy to see western visitors as your money is just as good. Many of the girls that work in these places are illegal immigrants, and rarely leave the premises, so there is almost no chance for you to take one back to your hotel for the night. These girls are here for 'short time' boom boom, and to make as much money as possible, without taking time out to wonder off somewhere with a man.
To find the brothels, Soi 2 and Soi 3 off Adunyadet Road, are normally more 'open' about what is going on behind the doors. Just walk around late at night and look for an open door and/or a light above an open door. Take a look inside, and in most cases where there is an open door, you will find the girls. There are some places on both these Soi's that are a little more discreet but there are normally some Thai men loitering around the entrance, and if they see a lost looking visitor, may well talk to you and offer girls.
Soi 7, (again off the Adunyadet Road), used to be more active but it appears that many of the Laos girls have been sent home but there are still some people that try to operate here. There is one brothel, just near the junction with Adunyadet Road that only allows Thai customers and they are very cagey about what is going on here and can be quite unhelpful. Sometimes the best and only option is to ask a tuk tuk driver, who will happily take you where you want to be, and someone, somehow will get some girls for you to choose from. This really is a case of where there is a will, the Thai's will find a way.
If you are wondering if there is some exploitation going on here, then the answer can only be yes and I would guess the girls would see perhaps 50% of the money handed over to the Papasan. Oh yes, most of these places are run by men, and there will be others you cannot see, so it is wise to not make any problems here or you will be quickly surrounded by a good number of upset Thai's looking to 'sort you out' and remove you from the area.