Re: Grace Hotel and redlight district in Bangkok, Thailand
Ya know, Walter answered pretty much all the answerable questions you had...
I'll try to the best of my ability but can't really tell you anything that Walter's post didn't touch on.
What is the 74.00 (baht) service fee on the bill for?
We do not have enough information to answer this question. We can only guess. I guess that it has nothing whatsoever to do with sex for the following reasons:
1) It's $1.79. I have lived in many third world countries and even considering vastly different quality of life standards that's a price I have never heard anything remotely close to.
2) I don't think Escorts usually have hotels bill their clients for them. I suppose it's possible but I find it unlikely.
How much approximately does it cost a farang (in American dollars) for one of the "bar girls" to stay the night, or any other thing?
I don't know from personal experience, when I last lived in Bangkok I was too young to notice such things.
I did, however search the net and found some escort service sites located in Bangkok and the prices were in hundreds to thousands of dollars.
I suppose any escorts using the web are above average in price, but I saw nothing to indicate to me that sexual services could be purchased for $1.79 (the bill you mention).
I need any information I can get about this and the sex tours tricks they use to try and fool the faithful at home... my health may depend on it.
I'm not familiar with any special "tricks". I haven't heard anyone who was "tricked" into sleeping with an escort and agreeing to pay for it.
I suppose they use the usual wiles.
I don't have enough information to give a definitive answer. My personal opinion is that the bill you cite is extremely unlikely to be a bill for sexual services, and seems much more in-line with the explatation he gave (bar bills).
$1.79 I can imagine being the price for a drink or two in a third world country, not sex.
...he tells all his bar stool buddies one thing and me another...
Well, it's possible that he did what you hear, if so it probably isn't in the bill you describe.
It's also possible that he told a fish story. It wouldn't be the first time a guy lied about making woopie to his buddies.
Whatever the case, we can't definitively satisfy your curiosity or quell your doubt. Nor can we absolve your boyfriend.
We simply don't have the necessary information for this.
What people here can
do, is offer their sincere advice. Which they have (e.g. talk to him.. etc).