You’re on a limited budget. You’re going to Thailand because you have heard that it’s pretty cheap there. If this sounds like you, then this article is for you. If you plan on being one of those ‘sex tourists’ by visiting the red light districts of Thailand, then aside from having safe sex you should also consider saving money and avoiding embarrassment.
So what do i mean by this? Well, there’s a thing in Thailand with the hotels called joiner fees. You see, unlike in the west, you can bring an unregistered guest to your room most of the time without question, have parties, etc. But in Thailand and especially in the tourist areas, some hotels want to protect their image by not allowing Thai hookers, also known as bargirls or go-go dancers into their hotel without being a registered guest. What I mean by that is when you check in, if it’s only your name on the registry than anyone else you want to bring to your room would be considered an unregistered guest.
So how do you solve this problem?
Really there is no way. If you stay at a hotel where they don’t allow unregistered guests, they will either deny your guest’s entry or make you pay a fee, commonly known as a joiner fee. This fee can be as high as 1500 baht. If you want to avoid paying those fees, then you need to book your hotel from a site like guestfriendlyhotelsthailand.com. On this site they will show you which hotels are guest friendly in the major hotspots like Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.
You Could Call Hotels Individually
One other way is to decide which hotel you like and call them to ask. They will be pretty upfront with you with this information but it is pretty time consuming. Another issue is if the staff is not well trained on this, there’s a chance that they could give you wrong information. For example if they charge joiner fees maybe they might give you a wrong price. Or, worse off confuse an unregistered guest with a registered guest and say it’s free. When you book a hotel they normally ask for 1 or 2 people so they might assume you are talking about this.
One thing to mention is that when you do book a hotel, make sure you choose the 2 person option, even if the hotel is guest friendly. Normally there is no extra costs associated with this and you can check yourself if you wish by selecting the one person option and see if the price changes.
Best to Book Online
This all seems like a hassle so really the best thing you should do is just book your guest freindly hotel online. The site mentioned is good and there’s a handful of others but this one we found to be updated often. Hotel policies change in Thailand along with a lot of things, so you can never be too careful.