I have just spent the last week in Baku and I would like to share with you my thoughts and insights into the P4P scene in this city. The purpose of the trip was to assess whether Baku could be recommended as a mongering destination compared to Germany and Moldova, two countries which I know quite well. The criteria I use are all the usual ones, namely: quality of woman, ease of picking them up, quality of sex, safety, value for money and ultimately is the overall experience to be recommended? If you want to find out the answers read on…
Getting Around and General Tips
Flights – Azeri Airways was by far the cheapest from Gatwick at £360 all in, for a direct 5½ hour flight. As they are 4 hours ahead it will be late when you arrive.
Visas – you buy your visa at the airport. It has just gone up to $100. Have this in cash. You will need two passport photos. You will also need to fill out an application form, so bring a pen. When you get off the plane, go (run!) straight to the passport queue, get it stamped, then go to the other queue to buy your visa, then go back to the passport queue again. Yes, of-course it’s stupid, but hey, this is the Azeri way.
The 25 minute taxi ride to the town centre will cost you $35. Bring the exact amount to avoid being ripped off anymore than that. I suppose you could try and get this for less, but you will be tired and annoyed after getting your visa, so just cough it up!
Accommodation – English language newspapers can be found in hotels and ex pat bars etc which contain adverts for renting apartments from $35 per day if you are staying for just a few days. I didn’t pursue this option myself, but this is what I would recommend anyone to do for two reasons: Firstly, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than renting a hotel room, and secondly, you don’t have the hassle of bringing girls back to your hotel and getting them past the staff.
Money – everyone uses the local currency called the (new) Manat. (They have just divided the old one by 5000.) 100 Manat is approximately 90 euros, $120 or £60. Only take $135 with you and a selection of plastic for using ATMs. The majority of ATMs did not accept my plastic, so I had to walk around trying out various machines, which was a pain. At a pinch, you could pay a working girl in any currency but I would strongly recommend just using Manats, otherwise your wallet gets messed up.
Dress – if you are like me then you will wish to blend in and not draw too much attention from Policemen and (other) criminals. Being an Islamic country, black goes down particularly well, so take a black leather jacket with black jeans and wear shades to hide your (blue) eyes.
I’ll now discuss how to find women for sex: -
Usually, my favourite method is to buy the local newspaper and then ring up the working girls on their mobiles and negotiate in Russian. For this method to work you have to speak Russian (surprise, surprise) and have a local SIM card in order to avoid high phone charges. I’m very disappointed to have to report that this method completely failed me in Baku. I could have been using the wrong local papers, so if anyone has any comments then please tell me. Obviously the English language newspapers had adverts for girls, but who wants to pay ex-pat rates? I also answered adverts for in-call massages, but the quoted prices were high (eg 50 Manat) and they emphasised no sex, so that was a waste of time.
Pick ups – normally I don’t bother trying to pick up women on the street (so to speak) as it takes ages and often costs more than using a working girl. This attitude is particularly important when operating in an Islamic country. The only type of girl you will stand any chance with will be those of Russian descent, so don’t waste time talking to anyone else. Lucky guy that I am, I struck lucky early on and so spent less time on the next category…