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WoWasis Book review: ‘Bangkok Haunts’ Bangkok Fiction by John Burdett

Written By: herbrunbridge - Aug• 10•13

BurdettBangkokHauntsBangkok Haunts (2007, ISBN 9780-5930-5544-1) is the third in writer John Burdett’s Detective Sonchai series, in which Sonchai, a colorful character in the Bangkok Fiction genre,  attempts to get to the bottom of the death of an ex-lover, with other-worldly implications. Burdett’s protagonist, a Royal Thai Police detective operating in Bangkok’s District 8, offers up the tale in a first-person narrative, and his life is an amalgam of the crazy world that makes the city so compelling. His mother runs a nightlife bar, and Sonchai operates as a sometime-manager (prostitution, incidentally, is illegal in Thailand). Nok, Sonchai’s police assistant, is a man undergoing gender reassignment. We here at WoWasis appreciate the verisimilitude: It’s common knowledge that Bangkok police are heavily involved in the bar-girl industry. All clubs make payoffs to keep under the legal radar, and one police family-owned bar we know of was actually able to keep the lights on during a recent power outage that covered the entire block. It pays to know people on high (and low) places.

The tale here involves the investigation of a snuff film, and touches on the relationships among a powerful Thai business leader who operates above the law, the police, an international crime syndicate, a non-traditional monk with Cambodian Khmer Rouge links, and the FBI. Sonchai’s insistence on solving the crime is accelerated by the fact that he had a personal relationship with the murdered woman. Burdett introduces the reader to the Thai concept of gatdanyu, ( กตัญญู ) which holds those who have received favors to a lifelong responsibility to protect the interests of those bestowing the favors. Aside from being a riveting, well-written book, Burdett’s references to widely-seen but little-discussed aspects of Bangkok life, including aroma inhalers, motorcycle taxi jackets, and the ancient “elephant game” execution motif add fascinating elements to the story that will please those interested in Thai cultural elements.

ThailandPromoBannerFrom our perspective, the ending requires a suspension of skeptical, atheistic, and free-thought beliefs, and will appeal more to faith-based readers, those who believe in ghosts (virtually the entire Thai population), and Theravada Buddhists. Overall, Burdett’s a cerebral writer that his done his homework. His acknowledgements include a number of important books he cites that cover Thai politics and culture. This is a terrific crime novel that neatly wraps up another Thai saying, som nam naa (สม-น้ำ-น่า  serves you right!). Buy Bangkok Haunts now at the WoWasis eStore.

WoWasis book review: Haruki Murakami’s Japanese novel ‘Norwegian Wood’

Written By: herbrunbridge - Aug• 08•13

MurakamiNorwegianHaruki Murakami is Japan’s best-selling novelist, and he’s a master of description and psychology. Norwegian Wood (1987, ISBN 978-0-099-55454-7) is a masterfully told coming-of-age story in which a number of students attempt to find their way in a complex world, buffeted by personal relationships, hormonal onslaughts, and the complex factors involving transitioning from adolescence to adulthood.

Make no mistake, the characters are practically all emotional trainwrecks, but for us here at WoWasis, it was a bittersweet reading, as it caused us to reflect on our own actions when we were the age of the people who make up most of this narrative. We made many of the same mistakes, especially concerning relationships we’ve had with people that contributed little but sorrow to our lives, and yet, driven by youthful compulsions, were unable to avoid. As Murakami so skillfully writes, those relationships always seemed to have enough blue sky in them that the dark clouds were somehow always overlooked. Mature readers will no doubt look back on their own lives, happy that they’re no longer 20.

The young intellectual Watanabe is the protagonist, and the star-crossed Naoko is his major love interest. He journeys with her through her path to a sanitarium, waylaid along the way by Midori, a self-centered siren who alternately teases and professes her love for him, and Nagasawa, a worldly student on the fast-track to a career in international diplomacy. Plenty of other characters appear along the way, perhaps none as compelling as Reiko, an older woman who shares the room in the country retreat along with Naoko. Reiko’s story of being seduced by her female thirteen year old piano student is chilling.

AsiaPromoBannerThere are plenty of deaths in this tale, and seemingly, no one gets by unscathed. Except perhaps Reiko, who being a decade older than her friends, has, by the time the book ends, appears to be finding her own place in Murakami’s turbulent world. The songs she plays on her guitar include the title song of this book, and her musical acumen provide an arty vehicle through which the action progresses. She was our favorite character. The book is a masterpiece of psychological fiction, and we recommend it. Buy it now at the WoWasis eStore.

WoWasis book review: ‘Confessions of a Yakuza’ by Junichi Saga

Written By: herbrunbridge - Aug• 07•13

ConfessionsYakuzaAt one point, former Yakuza Ijichi Eiji came into physician-writer Junichi Saga’s world as a patient, and thus began a series of conversations than turned into the memoirs  that became the remarkable book Confessions of a Yakuza: a Life in Japan’s Underworld (1991, ISBN 978-4-7700-1948-6). The narratives detail the path taken by Eiji to become an underworld gambling boss. Along the way, we meet his colleagues, enemies, and women, and learn the code under which he lived.

Most of the action here occurs in pre-WWII Japan, although his tale of the looting of war stores after the allied takeover is interesting in itself. There are many memorable tales and elements discussed in the book. The pre-war flophouses where unfortunates eked out a meager existence; the ethics of gambling, police interrogation techniques, including the use of triangular sticks upon which the prisoner was forced to sit while weight was applied. The story about intimidating his future wife’s mother into giving her permission is outstanding, as are the several pages recounting how the evening’s gambling profits were divvied up among Yakuza bosses and their underlings. Particularly fascinating to us here at WoWasis was the story of how men would broker off their wives to brothels to gain money to gamble.

AsiaPromoBannerThe book holds special appeal to students of Yakuza, the underworld, and Japanese culture, but is highly recommended to anyone desirous of reading a fascinating tale of adventure centered on a world with which few are familiar.  Buy this book here at the WoWasis eStore!

WoWasis Book review: ‘38 Million Dollar Smile’ / ‘Bangkok Free Fall’ by Richard Stevenson

Written By: herbrunbridge - Aug• 04•13

Stevenson38MillionLargeRichard Stevenson is the nom de plume of Richard Lipez, an American author best known for his series of novels involving the world of private eye Don Strachey. Here at WoWasis, we’re always looking at new twists on the Bangkok Fiction genre. The ‘bar girl meets western man’ theme has been covered in dozens of books, so Stevenson’s 38 Million Dollar Smile (2009, ISBN 978-981-08-6409-5) is a refreshing difference. In fact, there’s not a bar girl in this Bangkok-based novel. The main protagonists — like the author himself — are gay. And instead of the classic Bangkok target adult venues such as Nana Plaza or Soi Cowboy, they visit Dream Boys, a well-known gay boy show club on Soi Twilight, adjacent to Patpong Road. The book, incidentally, was also published under the title Bangkok Free Fall in 2010 for distribution in Asia.

The story involves a wealthy Eastern U.S. family and their wayward son, who seems ready to abscond with the family fortune and donate it to a somewhat shady Thai group that has promised to build a large Buddhist center near Suvarnabhumi airport. The family hires Strachey to visit Thailand, meet with the son and figure out what’s really going on. In standard Thai fashion, though, people are “committing suicide” by being thrown off high-rise buildings, some influential police figures are involved, and Strachey and his partner Timothy are imperiled virtually as soon as they arrive.

ThailandPromoBannerThe book is a fun read, with plenty of gay banter, lots of inside references to arty material (“It’s Chinatown, Jake”), a ladyboy associate, and a witty wisecracking Thai private eye, Rufus Pugh, our favorite character. The book will appeal to anyone willing to enjoy a departure from traditional Bangkok fiction. Much of the dialogue is reminiscent of what you’ll hear in drag shows in the United States, so be prepared for something really different, humor-wise. We found it ultimately to be an enchanting, wonderful take on Thai crime and culture. Buy 38 Million Dollar Smile now at the WoWasis eStore.

WoWasis book review: Fumitori Nakamura’s Japanese novel ‘The Thief’

Written By: herbrunbridge - Aug• 03•13

NakamuraThiefNishimura, the lifelong pickpocket in Fumitori Nakamura’s novel The Thief (2009, ISBN 978-1-47210-695-7) is the embodiment of nihilism, to such an extent that his name appears fewer than ten times in the book. He loves no one and compulsively plies his trade in return for the small amount of joy it gives him. The one person he ends up caring for, a young boy with a worthless mother, he befriends by first teaching him how to be a more effective shoplifter. Eventually he makes an attempt at moralizing to him, then creates a situation in which he can succeed in a foster home.

Nakamura’s terse style of writing is well-translated by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates, and many of the most compelling passages detail the sartorial aspects of the perfect shoplifter, from the prosperous-looking clothes to the secret pockets sewn into coats. The author leaves out nothing in terms of pickpocketing technique.

AsiaPromoBannerEventually, the protagonist falls into the omniscient clutches of Kizaki, a mastermind criminal, a political killer well-beyond the purvey of street-level Yakuza. Kizaki is the éminence grisewho determines Nishimura’s fate, which involves two elaborate schemes, and a wild Japanese sex club. In an interesting and somewhat subtle twist, a robbery is conducted by Japanese gangsters pretending they’re Chinese, right down to fake accents and disguised jackets laden with body odor. Could this be a cultural statement? After all, Japanese are known for their bathing habits. In Japan, do Chinese have a reputation for being hygienically not up to snuff?

The book is a masterpiece of crime fiction, and we recommend it. Buy it now at the WoWasis eStore.

WoWasis Book review: ‘Stage IV’: cancer and death in Thailand by Erich Sysak

Written By: herbrunbridge - Aug• 02•13

SysakStageIVHere at WoWasis, we’re always looking at new twists on the Bangkok Fiction literary genre. The ‘bar girl meets western man’ theme has been covered in dozens of books, so Erich R. Sysak’s Stage IV (2011, ISBN 978-981-08-5435-5) really caught our eye. It’s not often a guy dying from cancer gets to be a book’s hero. And truly, Lawson Banks, Sysak’s protagonist, must set a record in fiction for most vomits, pusses (not ‘pussies’) bleeding sores, and cancer-related what-not, per 223 pages, the length of this book.

The action takes place primarily in the Thai seaside towns of Pattaya and Hua Hin, revolving around Banks, who has essentially come to Thailand because of its proximity to inexpensive drugs that will keep him alive, prohibitively expensive in the United States. His love interest is Benz, a Thai woman whose familial problem have come to involve a crooked Thai policeman, eventually ending up in her emptying Lawson’s bank account. Sysak does know his cancer, incidentally:  small details like PowerPorts embedded in the chest that prevent veins from being destroyed by noxious anti-cancer agents give him instant “cancer cred.”

The nastiest twist to the story involves a viatical settlement, a term used to describe a situation in which an insured who is terminally or chronically ill sells his or her existing life insurance policy to a third party for more than its cash surrender value, but less than its net death benefit. The original policy owner with a lump sum, while the third party becomes the new owner of the policy, pays the monthly premiums, and receives the full benefit of the policy when the insured dies.

ThailandPromoBannerIn this novel, Lawson has sold his policy, lived beyond his predicted two years, and as a result, the nefarious group that bought his policy determined it would be in its best financial interest to kill him. But he’d gone off the rails and disappeared, so they’d have to find him first.

Sysak delivers a whole range of bad guys, some interesting elements of Thai village culture, and a plot that moves well. It’s not a book without flaws, particularly in the manner in which the author handles flashbacks, which he moves in and out of without asterisk or subchapter breaks, and instead just continues the text with a new paragraph describing past action. This frustrating element of the book caused us to stop and re-read to ensure we doze off and miss something. A good editor would have caught and fixed it.

Nevertheless, Stage IV is a good read, and a pleasant break from much of the recent “bar girl and detective” fare that’s been distributed out of Southeast Asia. Buy Stage IV now at the WoWasis eStore.

Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on rude Western women and weak Western men

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jul• 31•13

BachBKKLKee1cI just returned from my twice a year pilgrimage to the gates of hell (United States) and the jet lag lingers on and on.  It’s amazing that I lived my first 43 years in the USA and I still feel like an outsider when I return to visit.  Let me tell you that those poor clueless bastards (I am referring to the men) there are being led around by the nose by the domineering women.  Never in my life have I seen so many weak, desperate, pathetic men.  I really am surprised any of them can even get an erection they are so lacking in masculinity and self-esteem. 

My friend Jim who I have known for 40 years was supposed to pick me up at the airport, but upon my arrival there was no one to greet me.  When I phoned him he was stuttering on the line and said something like “err my girlfriend doesn’t like it when I go places without her, and she isn’t here at the moment so I never left the house.”  What a pathetic wimp. He then went on to explain that if he ever does something to piss her off, he has to sleep on the couch for a week.  I told him to f*ck off in no uncertain terms and paid for the $70 taxi ride to my home.  Yes, both cars and fuel are cheaper in the USA than they are in Thailand, but a 15 mile taxi fare is $70 there and $7 in Bangkok.  Welcome home you schmuck is what I was thinking at the time. 

My first night in America I went to a small local bar with a friend who recently sold his software company to Microsoft and is so rich he doesn’t know what to do with all of his cash.  He started explaining to me that there was a really hot new bartender at this place and all the guys in his group had already been shot down in their attempts to get a date with her.  We proceed to grab a couple bar stools and when I look up an over-flowing glacier of a woman is oozing toward us from behind the bar.  Just as I was about to joke with my mate that this couldn’t possibly be the hottie that he was going on and on about but perhaps this monster has eaten her, his face lights up like a Christmas tree and he says “ Khun Nana let me introduce you to Debbie.  Debbie, this is Khun Nana.  He lives in Thailand, but when he is in town he will be hanging out here a lot.”  This beast looks at me with disdain and mumbles to my friend “Are you trying to introduce me to this person?  Listen it’s busy in here so what will you have?”  We give her our drink order and I turn to my friend and ask him why she was so rude to us, and his response was that he didn’t think she was being rude at all!  Yes dear readers, in my lovely hometown of Washington D.C. rich educated guys are chasing and being rejected by fat, rude water buffalos and the poor clueless bastards don’t even know that there is another world out there, a world filled with millions of beautiful, sexy, approachable women who are polite and cherish men.  Why do I ever leave Thailand?

ThailandPromoBannerWe local guys are often the recipients of the free entertainment that results from western men coming on holiday to Thailand and throwing all of their money at the local lasses.  Now it is not my intention to whine about all the free sex I get from gals who have idiots overseas sending them money, or to complain about all the laughs and chuckles I have watching these guys go down in flames.  However, some of these men are ruining their life by flushing needed money down the toilet so I would like to offer the following insights about giving lump sums of money to gals who you barely know:

1) No matter how much money you give a gal she will never like you any more for it. Either she likes you or she doesn’t and no amount of money will change that.

2) If you give her a reasonable sum of money and she asks for more, I guarantee that she doesn’t like or respect you at all.  Thai gals are very aware of the fact that repeated requests for money will be viewed as mercenary and selfish and they will not do it if they want a future with the guy.  If she repeatedly ask for money than she views you only as a customer.

3) You don’t need to “save” her. Believe it or not, most Thais are much happier than westerners and they have a good life here.  If she is working in the naughty nightlife industry then she is already making 3 to 10 times more than all of her non-working peers at home and she doesn’t need your charity.  Don’t think you are doing her a favor trying to move her to the west as 99.9% of Thais would much rather live in Thailand than any other country, and she will consider it a SACRIFICE moving to your country.

4) If you absolutely insist on giving money to some gal in spite of all of the evidence that it is a huge mistake, then do it the way a Thai guy would.  Bring her into your trust slowly.  Give her absolutely no money the first few months and then start to help her a little at a time as you see that she has genuine feelings for you.  If you throw money at her from day 1 then you will NEVER know if she actually cares for you or not. Also Thai women want a strong man for a partner and if you are stupid about throwing money around then she will view you as weak and good for nothing other than money. 

One thing I love about Thais is that unlike westerners, Thais can be very happy while earning little or no money.  I am reminded of a day I was having a beer in a small cocktail lounge in Bangkok a few years before I took the plunge and moved here permanently.  There were 5 gals working and 4 were quite young and one was clearly the oldest.  One of the gals asked me why I would give up a high paying job in the USA in order to move to a poor country like Thailand.  I was still pondering my reply when the oldest gal said “I know why.  Because in America everybody rich and nobody happy, but in Thailand nobody rich and almost everybody happy.”  Yes, that most certainly is the reason and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Read Khun Lee’s other WoWasis columns for more advice on navigating the adult dating scene through the backstreets of Bangkok

Tourist complaints increase in Japan as Nikko’s historic sites are renovated

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jul• 31•13

Toshogu Shrine

Toshogu Shrine

Japan is undergoing renovations of major historical buildings all over the country, but in the eyes of many visitors, it’s most apparent and frustrating in the city of Nikko, two hours north of Tokyo. Shrines and Temples of Nikko is a UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of two Shinto shrines and one Buddhist temple (Futarasan Shrine, Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji Temple) and their surroundings, including 103 buildings, of which nine are classified as National Treasures, and 94 as Important Cultural Properties. Several of the most compelling structures in Nikko are undergoing various forms of renovation, which often involves enclosing an entire historical structure in a steel barn or other opaque coverings.  

In addition to the renovation frustrations, the popular 3-in-1 tourist ticket has been discontinued, meaning the three sites will now cost between 300 and 900 yen each, versus 1,000 yen for all three. A recent WoWasis trip to Japan revealed that Nikko seems to be at the top of many visitors’ complaint lists. While Japan deserves appreciation for keeping its most prized visitor sites in good repair, it does cause frustration for tourists, and Nikko’s most significant repairs won’t be finished for several years.

AsiaPromoBannerRenovation at the Yomeimon Gate at Toshugu Shrine, an iconic structure, began this past June, while at the main hall at Rinnoji Temple, pest work has just begun. This will lead to an expanded, overall repair initiative, now that entry restrictions are in place.   In addition, Futarasan Shrine will begin renovating its main hall in Spring, 2014. The work on all three sites is estimated to be finished in six years.

These repairs have brought a temporary end to the 3-for-1 ticket to these three sites, a ticket that has been in existence since the Meiji (1968-1912) era.  As was recently reported in the Yomiuri Shimbun, the two shrines recommended suspending the common ticket due to the fact that so many of the buildings on their sites are under renovation. The management of the shrines and the temple had reached a tentative agreement to collect their own separate ticket fees, with the Toshugo Shrine agreeing to help subsidize repairs in the other two sites. Management of Rinnoji Temple, however, has balked, as it was depending on revenue from the common ticket to pay for the lion’s share of its renovations. As the argument goes, if visitors have their choice as to which sites are now most worth seeing, they may very well ignore Rinnoji.

Thus, there is a two-pronged problem in Nikko. An increasing number of structures in these sites are being functionally lost to visitors for varying periods of time, and the attractive joint ticket has been abolished. It remains to be seen how ultimately this will affect funding for renovating these three important sites at Nikko, but tourist grumbling has already begun.  

WoWasis tours Tokyo by bicycle

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jul• 28•13

GBikeTokyoSmall BTo us here at WoWasis, it first the concept of seeing a lot of one of the world’s largest cities by bicycle in one day sounded absurd. Tokyo isn’t laid out on a grid pattern, so following a map and doing on your own is problematic, especially considering the constant traffic. But doing it alongside another bicyclist who knows the city, and it’s terrific! There are several companies offering bike tours of Tokyo (see below), but we went with our friend Lennie Mace, an expat artist who’s lived in Tokyo for years, has a passion for architecture, and travels by bicycle just about everywhere.

Tokyo's Imperial Palace

Tokyo’s Imperial Palace

Over a six-hour day, we biked 20 kilometers. Beginning in Shinjuku, we first viewed the amazing Olympic architecture at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, designed by architect Kenzo Tange, and built in 1964. Riding east, we stopped at the ancient Meiji-jingu Shrine, then biked to the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, a magnificent Taisho-era structure completed in 1925. The beautiful grounds of the Imperial Palace were next, where we de-biked and took a lovely walk. We next headed southeast to the Ginza district, and pedaled through to the legendary Tsukiji Fish Market. We arrived there in the early afternoon, well after the auctions and most commercial activity had taken place. This gave us an opportunity to bicycle through the building, something that wouldn’t have been possible earlier in the day.

Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Yoyogi National Gymnasium

After the market, we crossed the Nijubashi Bridge and over the Sumidagawa River, for a view of Tokyo Bay. We re-traced our ride through Ginza to stop briefly at the historical Diet building, then ended our day at the Hiejinja Shrine. The whole trip took six hours, allowing for numerous stop-offs at historical shrines, parks, and buildings, as well as an hour for lunch.

Traffic-wise, it was wonderful, as Tokyo drivers are used to bicycles, and getting around the city was easier than we could ever have imagined. Biking Tokyo made for a memorable day, and we recommend it. Here are two companies that offer Tokyo bicycle tours:

Tokyo Great Cycling Tour Office
1-3-2, Shinkawa, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0033
Tel +81-3-4590-2995 (International)

Tokyo Bicycle Tours
Tel: 080-3209-9996 (in Tokyo)



WoWasis visits sex fetish bar, ‘BarBar’ in Bangkok

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jul• 24•13

BarBarNeon1bNote: We here at WoWasis field all sorts of questions about Asia. Many of them are about entertainment options and Bangkok always heads the list. We’ve gotten several queries recently about fetish and S&M activities in Bangkok, so we thought we’d go right to the source, by interviewing Barbara, who manages BarBar, a noted fetish bar in Bangkok.

Q: When did you originally open your bar, and what services did you provide that you felt were lacking in Bangkok?

The concept was first established in 2003, our doors in Patpong opened in 2006 and we just celebrated our 7th year anniversary. Unbelievable but true, at that time there was nothing happening in Bangkok in regards to BDSM and Fetish, besides two professional houses of domination, but no club, nothing for visitors who were looking for adult entertainment beyond gogo bars.

We were looking to do something different, more intimate, more exclusive, but also more explicit, creating a quiet haven for ladies & gents to relax without hassle, but in an arranged club protected environment.

Q: How many service providers work in the club, and how are they categorized (mistress, slave, etc).

There are always more then 20 ladies at the club, really talented and well experienced Mistresses and devoted Slaves. Some slavegirls also switch to the lighter forms of domination, mostly foot-fetish related

Gag_91441cQ: Your customers run from being interested tourists to fetish veterans. For a new patron or couple just curious about S&M fetishes, describe what experiences await them and how you make the bar comfortable for those who are curious, but have little experience in the fetish world.

Our club caters to both the well versed fetish and BDSM enthusiast and the novice, or those who are just curious and want to experience a more mysterious and exciting night on the darker side. It is very easy, the dress code is black shirt, or fetish gear. You pay an entrance fee of 900 baht, and that includes one free drink of your choice, anything from Gold Label on the rocks, a cocktail or a glass of water. We don’t do discounts, in order to keep the clientele selected, and ensure a certain standard.

After you chose your drink you are free to explore the club area, sit at the bar or in one of the more private corners. The Mistresses and Slaves in waiting are constantly performing small shows and acts, where you can watch, mingle with the ladies, and even interact in the show as you wish. There is no time limit, and nobody will harass you for more drinks or to buy lady drinks, etc.

If you found what you have seen inspiring, then you can ask one or two or more Mistresses or Slaves to come and sit with you, start some more private play, or just hang out and enjoy the scenery of the club and the action that is ongoing around you. Our Mistresses and Slaves are very well experienced to make it a smooth and gentle intro into the world of fetish, so newcomers constantly have a great first time experience at BarBar.

Q: How about for veteran fetishists. What can they expect, and how are limits established?

It’s all about using the “safe word.” Only the safe word is the limit, and we want to emphasize that we don’t allow drugs or activities involving minors. Safe, Sane, and Consensual are the words we use, in common with other fetish clubs around the world. In terms of variety, we cater to the full range, from boot foot and leg-fetish, bondage, wax and pins, spanking whipping, flogging, and botanically speaking, we have a superb selection of locally grown canes.

In terms of equipment, we have huge selection of toys, restraints, costumes, devices for full body suspension, metal cages, crosses, benches, and we take pride in the fact that we are among the best equipped facilities in Southeast Asia. Our ladies are professional in conduct, and we have had not a single issue regarding the safety of a client or lady within the past 7 years, and we are sure to keep it that way.

Masks_08781cQ: Describe your pricing structure. What is covered in the admission price, and what charges are extra?

All activity within the club area is covered in your drinks price, 900 baht for the first drink, 300 baht for every following order. Bottles of spirit are sold at 7000 baht. If you wish to reward the ladies that you have been chatting or playing with, you may offer a drink for them at 250 baht flat-rate. Private sessions in our in-house dungeons are priced at 3,500 baht for 90 minutes, all inclusive.

Basically, for somewhat between 4000-5000 baht, you can get an unforgettable evening, if you are looking for a great night, with a friend or your partner. Compare that with what you get for this amount in some show or go-go bars, and you will most likely to return to BarBar. If you want to have a private session, including the entrance fee and your drink you get 2 to three hours of fun, a nice warm up and that private climax for just over 4000 baht.

Q: So let’s go back to that inexperienced but curious customer or couple. What do they do when they enter the bar? Maybe they don’t want to participate, but just watch. Later that evening, they may decide to participate in a fetish activity. Who can they talk to in the bar for guidance and friendly advice?

It’s so easy. Just ask our mamasan or any of the more senior ladies, as our ladies love to introduce the fetish world to newcomers. You’ll find the atmosphere very protective, you’re never forced to participate or do anything. You can be guided gently into this lifestyle and can go as far as you want, and nobody is pushing or forcing you in any way. This is especially true for single ladies or couples, as our ladies enjoy very much having the chance to meet, interact and play with curious single ladies and couples.

Spank_94101cQ: On a recent evening, we noticed that many customers enjoyed taking on the slave role with the mistresses, but no customer seemed to want to take on a more dominant role. Do you serve fetish requests for dominant men as well?

Yes we do, for the more severe play, we recommend to take one of our Mistresses to join the first session with your Slave, as our Mistresses are experienced in play with each respective slave and are able to provide some guidance in the “get to know each other” phase.

Q: Finally, you refer to BarBar as a Fetish bar. How would you characterize a fetish bar versus an S& M bar? In short, what services do you NOT provide?

To us “Fetish” covers the entire spectrum, including but not limited to Bondage, Domination and Sado- Masochism. We have had some clients that would like to feminized, others have wished to be smashed in the face with a pie, and a few other things that have little to do with Domination, Leather and the Cane. But of course we also cater to the traditional aspects of fetishes, such as corporal punishment, shibari, and “whips and chains.”

Q: What days are you open, what hours, and what’s the best time to arrive?

We open everyday at 18:00 and close early mornings. However I recommend our guests to arrive before 21:00, as at that time the ladies are fresh and the biggest selection is available. Later on, we tend to get busy. We’re always fun, always ready to meet you, so come any time!

Patpong 2
Bangkok, Thailand
BTS: Take BTS to Sala Daeng station, take exit 1. Walk two block to Patpong 2, BarBar is 50 meters up the road, on the right side of the street.