In yet another periodic crackdown, many Soi 6 bars are tightening their policy with regards to use of short time rooms on site. Existing customers may be able to access the rooms but new punters who are not know to the bar may be requested to go off site to their hotel. This is a precaution that is in place due to the police and military activity being increased with extra surveillance activities being carried out. Many reports have been heard of military personnel checking ID cards and also ensuring that proper dress standards are maintained. To you and me that means some of the more racy outfits have been replaced with more modest clothing.
Visitors to Soi 6 may also notice they are being accosted less in the street. This is due to a large number of bars under foreign ownership implementing a “no hassle” policy. While this is sensible from certain perspectives it does mean the street has lost some of its characteristic charm, as girls sit inside the bars looking bored, or inside entertaining existing customers, rather than out in the street soliciting punters.
Of course if you are the kind of person that goes to Soi 6 for the music and drinking then none of this matters as those activities are always available. It is now the hot season so it is advisable to stay hydrated and if possible pick a bar with airconditioning if visiting during the day. There are a number of small minimarts on the street where you can pick up a bottle of water for 10 baht rather than pay 50 baht or more ordering water in a bar. This will help you stay hydrated and avoid any nasty hangover. It’s even possible that girls will be more willing to go LT and enjoy your comfortable air conditioned hotel room rather than standing around in the heat.