The Best 5 Red Light Districts

There are so many countries around the world that embrace sex work and likewise, there are still countries where sex workers are fighting for their rights. The divide in-laws has meant that in 2022, there are red light districts where sex workers are able to work freely, safely, and earn a living, whilst in other countries, red-light districts are hidden spots, controlled by gangs where the vulnerable are forced to have sex with strangers for money.

Whilst there is no denying the appeal of a red-light district; it feels exciting and naughty to visit one, there is no denying you need to be sure you are visiting a professional and reputable red-light district before exchanging money for their sexual services. There are a lot of red-light districts located worldwide, but some certainly stand out as being better than the rest. Below, we have taken a look at five of the top red-light districts. So, which takes your fancy?

5 ‘Must Visit’ Red Light Districts Around the World

De Wallen, Amsterdam

1. De Wallen, Amsterdam

Arguably one of the most well-known red-light districts in the world is De Wallen, located in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. De Wallen is made up of multiple canals, and sex workers can be found amongst the side streets. It’s just south of the Central Station, around a ten-minute walk away, and so it’s extremely accessible for anyone in Amsterdam or those travelling in from the surrounding areas.

The De Wallen red-light district is considered to be a ‘must see’ attraction in Amsterdam, and many tourists head to the area just to see what’s going on. Even those who are not interested in paying for sex or sexual services, tend to head to De Wallen to see what all the fuss is about. Of course, it’s most popular with people who are wanting to take advantage of The Netherlands’ relaxed stance on sex work. De Wallen is also where you will find museums, restaurants, and shops. There are even churches in De Wallen, so it really is an area that appeals to everyone in one way or another.

De Wallen isn’t a red light district that families or tourists need to avoid, and it’s actually where a lot of residences in Amsterdam are located. Though it’s a red-light district, there are beautiful parts of De Wallen that showcase the scenery that Amsterdam is famous for.

If you are interested in visiting De Wallen and are wondering what it will cost, most prostitutes charge 50 euros for a 15 service which will be oral sex. The time starts as soon as you go behind the curtain, so if you want more than a BJ, you will want to be quick.

Geylang, Singapore

2. Geylang, Singapore

There are a couple of red light districts in Singapore, but Geylang is certainly the biggest. It’s where you will find thousands of sex workers and masseuses, all of which are keen to offer an array of sexual services to tourists and locals alike. Geylang comprises ten side streets coming off of Geylang Road, and it’s a well-known red light district in the country. There are a lot of sex workers in Geylang, but most of them are young and attractive women.

As a location, Geylang showcases a lot of Singaporean architecture and period pieces. It’s an enjoyable area to explore and there’s tons of food to be found throughout the side streets; it’s not an area to avoid just because it’s a red light district. As is the case with most places in Singapore, travelling to Geylang is simple and convenient. You can get there by car or by train, and there are a handful of MRT stations located close by.

The prostitutes you can meet at Geylang on average charge $50. If you are lucky you may find a girl offering services for $40 but you are more likely to find escorts for $150 to $200, so be clear on your budget before visiting the district.

Kabukichō, Tokyo

3. Kabukichō, Tokyo

Originally a swamp area known as Tsunohazu, Kabukichō is the red light district of Tokyo. It’s part of Shinjuku, and it’s the largest red light district in Japan. Though you won’t find the standard sex workers in Kabukichō, you will find a whole host of clubs, bars, and love hotels. These are where escorts, hostesses, and masseuses provide an array of intimate, erotic, and passionate services.

Locals and tourists alike can be found in Kabukichō, and it’s a hub for ‘wild’ nights out and drinking. One of the downsides of Kabukichō is the high cover fees that many of the clubs charge. There is also the risk of drink spiking and financial theft, which is why visitors are advised to stay aware of their surroundings.

As Kabukichō is such a large area, it’s relatively easy to access from the Shinjuku Station. It’s made up of around 100 square blocks and though it’s quiet during the day, Kabukichō comes alive at night.

If you are in the area and looking for some adult entertainment with a hooker, most of the clubs charge between $30 to $140 for a two-hour service. If you are looking for something cheap, a pink salon will cost you around $20. If you want something more professional escorts can visit your room with the cost starting from $250.

Soi Cowboy, Bangkok

4. Soi Cowboy, Bangkok

One of Thailand’s most well-known red-light districts is Soi Cowboy in Bangkok. Soi Cowboy is a street with close to 40 bars, and it caters to tourists and expats. Though, you will occasionally find locals visiting the area too. There are dozens of bars in Soi Cowboy, each of which is full of bar girls and sex workers, so you won’t find yourself short of choice.

This red-light district has an unusual name, as it was named after a cowboy who opened a bar in the area during the 70s. As more and more bars opened in the vicinity, the entire area became known as Soi Cowboy. Soi Cowboy is located in the heart of Bangkok, behind the popular Sukhumvit Road. It’s a short walk from Sukhumvit MRT or Asos BTS, but taxis also frequent the area.

There are many different fees and options designed to trick you into spending more money when you are in a Go-Go bar in Soi Cowboy. Usually, if you want to head somewhere more private with some of the girls at the bar, you will be required to pay a bar fine which costs around $15. Once you have left the club with the girl, prices are negotiated and you will normally pay between $45 to $70 an hour for an escort service. With the drinks, bar fine, and the cost of the escort service, you won’t leave spending less than $100 on a call girl in Soi Cowboy.

Bahnhofsviertel, Frankfurt

5. Bahnhofsviertel, Frankfurt

In Frankfurt, you will find one of Germany’s top red light districts called Bahnhofsviertel. It’s a large area teeming with brothers, adult arcades, clubs, lap dancing, peep shows, and strip clubs. There really is something for everyone in Bahnhofsviertel, regardless of the type of sexual experience you are interested in. Bahnhofsviertel is lively, vibrant, and energetic. Though it’s an unassuming area during the day, it’s busy and full of people looking for a good time after dark.

Bahnhofsviertel has a reputation for being somewhat dangerous, but it does attract a lot of people who are looking for a good night out in Frankfurt. You’ll find locals and tourists in Bahnhofsviertel, though it’s not somewhere you should expect high class and luxury.

A lot of people avoid Bahnhofsviertel, and it’s certainly not somewhere to be if you’re not looking for a specific type of service. But, for those who are after one thing, it doesn’t disappoint. Plus, it’s only a short walk from Frankfurt Central Railway Station, making it easy to get to.

A standard service in Bahnhofsviertel which involves oral and sex is very cheap as you may pay as low as 25 euros.

Now you know about five of the top red light districts in the world, it’s time to start thinking about planning a trip. Of course, there are always an array of escorts and sexual services to enjoy closer to home.

Brad Banks

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