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Smooci vs Thai Friendly

Which one should I use?

For a while now, Thaifriendly has been the go-to site for getting your online hook-ups in Bangkok. There have been (and still are) alternatives such as Thai Love Links, Date in Asia, Thai Cupid, but ThaiFriendly has undoubtedly been the king of hookups and P4P meets for over a decade.

That has now changed with the introduction of Smooci.com. Unlike TF and the other one-dimensional dating platforms, Smooci is doing something very refreshing. Since it’s launch just over 2 years ago it has developed an exciting new and modern way of finding a P4P date or bang buddy.

It’s important to note that Smooci isn’t a ‘dating’ site, but then it’s also important to know that most girls (and boys who dress like girls), aren’t looking for ‘dates’ on ThaiFriendly either. So in this piece I want to compare Smooci and TF with the average Bangkok monger in mind, and see which one is the best to use for getting your Bangkok hook-up.

The User Experience

I think what ultimately helped TF grow in popularity was it’s simplicity. The layout out and filter tools are crazy simple and it makes for a pleasant user experience. The Thaifriendly app on the other hand is awful, and is overloaded with bugs and lagging - it’s close to being unusable, but if you stick to the site it’s pretty good.

Thaifriendly's simple user experience.

Smooci takes that simplicity and efficiency to a new level, allowing you to put in your requirements and presenting you with a similarly easy-to-view line up of Thai beauties, but in a much smoother way. They also add more verification, with age and photo verification, with verified ratings and comments to help you get a more honest idea of who is it you are looking at.

Smooci's modern and advanced yet simple to use web app.

The girls

There are stunningly beautiful girls available on both sites so it’s hard to compare. The notable thing is that TF offers a mix of hardcore hookers looking for quick meets and innocent office girls looking for a lasting relationship, whereas Smooci is an escort platform, with girls clearly displaying their rates, hours, services, and even the number of shots to expect. This can be a bit confusing on TF and you have to be delicate and creative in how you approach potential dates when you don’t know what they are looking for (or how offended they will be when you ask them ‘how much?’).

The ThaiFriendly girls

What Smooci does well is to keep the details and expectations clear, to the point where you get a kind of agreed contract once you agree to meet. When a booking is confirmed you get the time, duration, services, etc. all laid out in your booking screen, with your date getting the same details confirmed, making it hard for any ambiguity or confusion. Some may argue that this takes a bit of the fun out of it, but if you’re like me you prefer to cut to the chase and want your date on her way once you know she’s the one (preferring this to spending hours/days/weeks chatting just to finally meet and still risk being disappointed).

Coco - a Smooci escort

The costs

The cost of both platforms is almost identical at $25 for a month and $99 for a year, but Smooci do additional short memberships of $10 for 3 days, and $15 for a week, which is well suited for those on short in-out trips.

Both also allow you to to be a client for free. With Smooci this means you can see all the girls, place live bookings and get live booking updates, and also see the verified ratings, but as a free member you can’t see the verified user comments or use the chat feature. With TF, as a free user you are limited to sending one chat message every 10 mins and aren’t able to contact the more popular girls.

With that in mind, both are cheap and good value. It makes obvious sense to sign up for premium memberships on whichever you choose to use, and I’d suggest doing so 2 or 3 days before your trip starts, so you can put in that valuable research.

Which should I use?

A year ago I would have given the nod to TF, simply because Smooci didn’t have a chat feature and there was no way to really talk or negotiate with the girls before you met. Since December last year Smooci brought in that much needed chat system and now I would highly recommend Smooci as the site of choice for Bangkok bound guys looking for hook-ups.

Smooci live chat with a companion

Again, it’s important to note that Smooci is an escort site and most of the girls on TF are looking for cash rewards for their time. If you’re looking for true love (or a freebie) I’d recommend hitting the streets and non-pro clubs and bars, and do the work to get the rewards.. Failing that, your Smooci date is just a few clicks away.


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Chris founded LivingThai.org in 2011 and has received over 3 million visitors. He has lived here for over 10 years and speaks reads and writes very good Thai.
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