Undaunted wrote: Is this by itelf a reason to visit a go go?
It may well be. Just like some non -smokers leave when someone lights up.
If you are a non -smoker, sitting next one can be unbearable . First of all, it stinks. That smell gets into your hair and clothes and follows you around all night. The only way to get rid of it is to go back to your hotel, shower and change into new clothes. That's a lot to ask of someone.
I have been a smoker off and on. I never smoke in Australia or Japan but will sometimes take up the habit when I'm in Thailand.
Sitting in the smoking area of a gogo bar is a great place to meet the boys. And you don't even have to buy them a drink! Bonus! You get to chat for as long as the cigarette lasts. If you want to chat some more, offer him another one. He'll either smoke it then and there, or you can both come back later.
I've met just about all my guys from Adams Apple in Chiang Mai that way. All arrangements for a fun night were made in the smoking room.
So as smoker, it doesn't bother me. Even if I decide not to indulge while I'm in Thailand, I'm not bothered if someone lights up. I'm used to the smell.
We've been told the new owner is an experienced bar owner. I'm sure he knows what he's doing. If allowing smoking in the bar has an adverse effect on his bottom line, he'll insist smokers go outside.