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I didn't go to Patpong, since from reading other reviews I
really didn't think it would interest me that much.
Here is a typical review (sorry I forget from who do give
This is the original adult area of Bangkok for farang men
going back to the 1950s. It tends to be the most expensive area with some
girls wanting 5000B short-term. It is famous for its upstairs sex shows were you
can watch girls putting all sorts of things in their vaginas if that turns
you on. Lots of touts yelling at you as you come by: "you want fucking
show, you want cheap beers, hello handsome man, welcome please" etc.
There seems to be a high ratio of katoeys (lady boys)
especially in the Kings Group bars which are numerous. However the Kings
chain also runs a tight ship and doesnt allow customers to be ripped off in
There are many reports of tourists being presented with bills
for ridiculous amounts of money as show fees in the upstairs bars. Your drinks
may be 100B (which is higher than other areas) but you might also be billed a
10,000B show fee without any idea of this charge when you come in. If you try
and leave just paying for the drinks you may be gang attacked by a bunch of Thai
men. Your only choice is to pay the huge bill and complain to the Tourist Police
who usually have a van in the area. Often they are very helpful in getting your
money back, I understand, but many tourists wont bother to involve the
Also dont pay for drinks with large bills like 1000B for a
less than 500B tab. They may only give you change for 500B and insist that is
all you gave them. You dont have much recourse for that.
The area is also known for its many pickpockets. When you
reach for your wallet you dont want to feel someone elses hand in your
It is a very touristy area with families going to all the
outdoor shops and trinket traps. It is more a carnival atmosphere which can be
interesting to see. Often married couples will go into a bar out of curiosity,
not realizing what is going on and it is fun to watch their reactions - the
husband trying not to look too interested.
This is my least favorite area of Bangkok and I would avoid
it in the future. But for those that enjoy such sex shows, it might be
more your thing.
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