Straight out of Blade Runner, Patpong is your best dream and worst nightmare rolled into one. A seething mass of market stalls, selling everything you could want ( I will never forget being asked, 'You Want a Bengal Tiger?') aswell as the usual perfect relica counterfeit goods at give away prices. Surrounded by the infamous bars and clubs of Patpong, containing Women gyrating in just their Skimpies and offering 'Special Services'. Not for the faint hearted, but good for a laugh.
Dress Code: Anything goes. Western tourists are what they are aiming at!
I thought Patpong was as notorious as it was described over the internet. To my surprise, it's just a friendly night market with a touch of the RED LIGHTS or is it the other way around? :) Except for some persistent and aggressive sex-shows agents, the place is a safe place and haven for night BARGAINS - and yes including those of the oldest profession (I was told). :) Street vendors, however, start packing by midnight, probably due to some local ordinaces. If you intend to shop, go there early at around 9pm unless otherwise you want something else in which case the good time is around 11pm onwards.
Dress Code: As you please!
It's at night. So, the heat is a bit more bearable. Open air stalls are on the road, while bars line both sides of the street. The stalls sell a wide range of products - from handicraft to fake Rolexes. The bars - sell beer and entertainment. I went to a place that was rocking called Muzzik. Corona beer for 180 baht. Nice live band, and pretty good crowd. And you have a place to people watch.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
Any list of Thailands attractions mentions Bangkok's nightlife, which has achieved a wordwide reputation for its lusty, uncomplicated good humour, anything, as they say goes.If you are easily offended then Patpong is best avoided. There is also a night market so it's possible to shop!It offers handicrafts and copy brand name items all at a fraction of the cost (and quality) of the real thing.
At around 7.30 pm the area around Patpong begins to come alive.
The masses of market stalls start to set up for business and the infamous Go-Go bars liven up. Its lively and fun and is really busy.Here is where you can use your negotiating skills in bargaining for all sorts of goods from souvenirs to the ultimate fake watches and leather bags. You can just about buy anything here from shoes, clothes, CDs,etc etc. Everything is available here at the right price from Gucci to Prada and Lois Voutoun bags to Calvin Clein, Nike, Oakley and many many more. A good tip is to start at about 30/40% of their asking price and then meet them somewhere in the middle, the fun is what you can get it for. But remember not to haggle too much over little amounts as it is pennies to you. The people overwhelm you with kindness and smiles here even when they want to scam you.
Be friendly and nice when bargaining for a price, and smile a lot to get a ‘good price’, but don’t start to low as this will only insult them and you will find that they won’t budge or drop to what you might think it is worth. You see everything in this busy bustling part of town, don’t be surprised to see elephants in the street that you can stroke and feed.At certain parts you will pass touts for the Go-Go bars with funny descriptive drawings of sexual positions that you never thought possible.
The outside cafe/bars on the main drags are good to stop for a light refreshment and a bite to eat as you can watch the Patpong life go by and unfold before your very eyes as the night goes on.
Dress Code: Casual Wear or even buy it there.
Bangkok has for a long time been known as a center of the world’s sex trade. However, the city has plenty of other things to offer in terms of nightlife entertainment. There are bars and discos in most hotels. Patpong between Silom Rd. and Suriwong Rd. is Bangkok's best known and most famous nightlife area. This area, which became notorious during the Vietnam War, is surprisingly safe, but one should always be careful going there.
It can be quite intimidating after hearing all the stories, but you definitely have to make your way to visit Pat Pong...it's not just the sex industry area, but also an extensive night time market area...
While it is always intriguing to see what goes on in one of the clubs, you have to be very wary of the type of club you go into. Many of the clubs will not charge you to get in the door, but once you are in, and if you are not for anything other than a quick look, some clubs will charge you to get out...can be a very tricky situation as well, as some will charge you a very extreme amount unless you partake in some of the back room activity...hmmmm...be wary!! Whilst we were there, we visited a club called Lipstix...this is a relatively safe club, whilst some of the performance may offend the faint hearted...for me it was definitely an eye opener, and for majority of the time I was there my eyes were firmly fixed on the bottom of my beer bottle!!!!
It's kinda safe...apart from opening your mind a little?
I wasnt sure to go to night clubs and shows but I did with a girlfriend of mine. We went many shows. People are kind and more reliable than your thought.
Definitely, it's PATPONG! Check out my Things To Do page.