If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok Thailand specifically to visit the crazy red light districts then you’ll most likely be bringing a companion back to your room. Before you do, make sure the hotel has a no joiner fee policy. The definition of a “Joiner Fee”in a nutshell is a way for hotels to make a bit of extra cash from you whenever you take someone up to your room for an overnight stay. The joiner fee is usually 500THB but can be more depending on each hotel.
So if that’s what you’re planning on doing in Bangkok then you have to book a hotel that is guest or girl friendly. Guest friendly is the more popular term since many hotel guests have differing sexual preferences.
Guest friendly hotels do not require their guest to pay a joiner fee, however, for your safety your companion must hand in a Thai I.D. card to security for holding, which will be returned when your companion leaves.
On some Internet forums there are tips that recommend that you should book a room for two, and that would justify you to not pay a joiner fee. Sounds like it would work right? Well if only it’s that easy. Non guest friendly hotels want to make extra money. Since the sex trade is so much in demand they’ll try to make extra money off of you. The odds are already stacked against you.
So say for example you book a room for two in a non guest friendly hotel in Bangkok for 5 nights. The first night you take your companion back to your hotel. Since it’s night time, hotel security will scrutinize you and your guest. 9 out of 10 times a guard can always spot a prostitute. Even if you rant and rave and complain until your face turns blue that you already booked a room for two, hotel management will still demand you pay a joiner fee. And if you threaten to check out early… well good luck on getting your money back for your remaining room reservation. That’s just the way things work in Bangkok. And hotel management knows eventually you’ll give in. After all they know they’re guest will not send away their companion.
The best thing to do is to book a hotel that is guest friendly to avoid the hassle of paying a joiner fee. Guest friendly hotels are located mainly in the Sukhumvit district of Bangkok. It’s a tourist friendly location, meaning there are plenty of international restaurants and shopping all around. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Sukhumvit contains two of Bangkok’s raunchiest red light districts such as Soi Cowboy and Nana.
Keep in mind that guest friendly hotels are very popular and in demand. Not only because they are girl friendly but because they are very affordable and the hotel property is very well maintained with a high standard in service. So it’s best to book far in advance and be prepared to pick second and third choices to increase the chance of staying in a guest friendly hotel.