Bar fines are forever on the rise in Thailand and a recent trip to Bangkok showed just how insane the prices are becoming. One bar was charging 700 baht just for the bar fine and that's before any other costs have been factored in. In fact the rising cost of bar fines has got me thinking about the cost of going to bars these days is getting out of control. Beers over 100 baht a pop and girls asking for more than 2000 short time. In fact you can now get cheaper deals in Australia than you can in many places in Thailand now.
If your unsure what a Bar Fine is, it's basically the right to take the girl out of the bar. Nothing else is included in the transaction. Typically the girls work in a bar for a meager monthly salary where they are required to get people to buy a few drinks every day. In order for them to take a day off they have to get Bar Fined. Getting Bar Fined means they can leave the bar and go with you.
Average cost of Bar fines by area in Thailand
- Bangkok - 500
- Pattaya - 300
- Chiang Mai - 300
- Khon Khan - 200
Roughly 10 years ago the price of a bar fine was a standard 200 baht no matter where you went and the cost over night was no more than 1000 and if you spoke really good Thai you'd get overnights for 500. But these days it's just out of control.
Many guys come to Thailand for the action at the beer bars or go go bars but increasingly i've been seeing people come here for shorter and shorter amounts of time. It's just getting crazy expensive and you just can't afford to binge at the bars for a month like you used to.
Let's break down the cost of a typically night out for the tourist to Pattaya strictly at the beer bars lets say you were by yourself as well.
6 beers @ 90 baht per beer
2 girl drinks @ 120 baht each
1 bar fine @ 400 baht
1 overnight @ 1500 baht
Total cost 2680 baht. And that's not saying you don't drink more, personally i'm plastered after 6 beers but I don't drink regularly like I used to so i'm now a bit of a lightweight but mostly guys would drink more than this. Sure the prices can vary differently depending on what bars you go to but it's not unreasonable to say that this is a rough guide to pricing. Therefore 1 night out in Bangkok without doing anything more than having a few beers and take a girl home and your looking at $100 for the night. With accommodation etc etc you'll need roughly 2500-3000 dollars for just one week in Thailand. Whereas 10 years ago you could basically have the same amount of fun for an entire month. Prices are increasing steadily.
There are still mad deals to be had and if your coming to Thailand for your weekly holiday then you should do some homework before you come. Join up to www.Pattaya-Addicts.com where you can get good information about prices for bars in Pattaya. If your going to Bangkok then check out http://www.bangkok-addicts.com which is only a new forum but already quickly becoming a good site for information about bars, bar fines and girls in Bangkok.
What have you paid for a bar fine recently, was it super expensive or really cheap?