How to get ripped off at a Karaoke
If you've never been to Karaoke in Thailand then you probably don't even know what it's really like and most of that reason is because you're more than a little worried about getting ripped of and walking out with a 22,000 baht bill. And that can happen to most people especially those without many street smarts. So if you don't know what you're doing and you're a complete sucker and don't have 30,000 baht in you're pocket then just don't go!
I had a guy message me the other night to go help him out at this karaoke joint in the Chang Klan area of Chiang Mai. Now this guys situation is not unlike the other hundred cases they've had this past year from the tourist police. The guys gone in there and in a matter of a few hours racked up a 22,000 baht bill for himself. He only has 10000 baht in his pocket no credit cards, ATM cards nothing.
Now you're probably wondering how on earth he managed to rack up such a huge bill in the space of a few hours, well the guy doesn't know how to say no! I've taken this guy to karaoke before even to this same one where the bill was more a respectable 4000 I guess he thought he knew what he was doing.
Poor bloke though this is how his bill ran up after a few hours:
- 7 Girls * 250 Hour 3500
- 42 Girls Drinks * 200 drink is 8400
- 2 hours Room * 400
- 2 Bottles of Red Label * 1100 is 2200
- 50 Mixers * 50 is 2500
- Mama Charge 600
- 2 plates Breath Mints * 100 is 200
- 5 Food items * 280 is 1400
- Teddy Bear 3000
You could go with 4 mates and spend all night drinking for that same bill! How on earth did he manage to do this ey! He said that he didn't realise that he had to pay for girly drinks that he thought the drinks were from the girls and noone asked him for a drink. I don't believe that shit because they have to ask you for each drink especially if you're ordering like 40 of them geez. And what's up with buying the girl the teddy bear ey? This guy is a good guy but damn even good guys can do stupid thigns I guess.
So what should have his bill been like if he didn't go crazy
- 1 Girl 250 baht * 4 hours = 2000
- 1 bottle of red * 1100
- 6 Mixers * 50 is 300
- Mama Charge 600
- Room Charge 800
Now even that is kinda expensive which is why is better to go in with a group of guys so you can split the cost of the room charges and mama charges. Even still it can be cost prohibitive for most people but still you can have a really good time.
Unlike go go bars you don't have to buy the girl a drink she's already getting paid by the hour to stay with you anyway it's not necessary and if they ask and you say no they won't be offended. Don't buy candy at a bloody karaoke take you're own breath mints! And never ever buy a stuffed toy either unless of course you want to and have the money then buy all means.
I remember going to strip clubs in california where you would get maybe 20 minutes for 2000 baht with a chick who you couldn't touch or grab make out with get her number and bang her the next day in fact the nude clubs you can't even drink at! So if you put it in comparison Karaoke here is super cheap and if you know the right girls to choose you can have an awesome time.
Well I managed to get that guys bill down to 10,000 not without a lot of hassles and i'm not sure what they think of me there now either. Either way this guy learnt a valuable lesson and I got a new story to talk about. Lesson really is though guys just because you tell the girl you're not buying a drink you arn't being cheap, especially in Chiang Mai where you wont' get the attitude from the girls like you do in Pattaya. They are just as happy to drink off your bottle.