Patpong Night Market, Bangkok
This area is probably best go for it's go go bars and sex scene which when you consider how young the victims of this trade lends a sadness to the area. It is in fact two small streets - Patpong 1 and Patpong 2. Located between Silom Road and Surawongse Road, Patpong 1 and Patpong 2 run alongside each other.
However thankfully more and more visititors are coming to this area for shopping .The street stalls in the middle of the road offer just about everything you want – a really perfect place to pick up gifts for people back home. We found this was the only area where you can large T Shirts.
Note that many of the stalls don't open until 7PM...it's pretty sleepy until then.
There lots of little restaurants in the area as well
I don't know why, but when for the very first time in Bangkok I always took my bearings by taking the SILOM ROAD and, from there to other places. Maybe because of this business district has the city's greatest concentration of luxury hotels, or just because of SILOM's ROAD most famous attraction named PATPONG!
Ofcourse PATPONG, once most famous as red-light district, has calmed down a lot and, for now draws more sightseers that ... flesh-seekers, heeheeh! Oh yeah, there are the Go-Go bars, ping-pong shows, Gay Men's equivalents, some restaurants "trés elegant" and the night street market, so do have a fun time on SILOM ROAD. Traffic can be thick in these part of town, but the SkyTrain, Subway and River Express provide some transport relief.
Patpong is, to put it crudely, a place that seems dedicated to satisfying two human cravings - sex and shopping.
Running down the middle of Patpong 1 and sprawling out into neighbouring streets is the night market. Cheek-by-jowl stalls of fake designer brands, Thai silk products and knock--ff DVD's jostle for your attention. Lining the street are girlie bars where a menu of floorshows and pole dancing are on offer. In the surrounding area there are signs that a more hardcore bill of fare is available.
It’s an energetic place, busy, brash, and exciting. You can get some great bargains in the market, hone up your bargaining skills - you’ll need them. However every time I caught sight of the rather bored looking girls standing in their underwear in the bars, or was offered the chance to watch the ping-pong or banana show it somehow felt rather uneasily voyeuristic.
The latter would not stop me visiting (indeed we went their twice in order to stock up on Burberry and Rolex) and - unless you know you’ll be offended by the sex trade- I would certainly recommend going there however it did give me pause for thought.
We visited Patpong Markets one night to do a bit of shopping... There are so many shops and markets that we didn't know where to start...haha! It was great to look through everything although after the first hour or so everything starts to look the same (and is the same actually). Still, we ended up buying some souvenirs and presents there... It was a great place to spend some time!
Of course we also had a lot of offers to see the sex shows in the bars & clubs nearby...everywhere you walk you will have people shoving 'menus' of different shows in your face. If you're into, it there are plenty of options!
Situated between the two famous roads, Silom & Suriwong, Patpong is definitely a nightlife rather than a daylight venue. For one thing, it is home to Bangkok's lively night spots vis-a-vis the famous Night Market.
Loud bars with gogo dancers lined up the Patpong streets (both soi 1 & 2), just passing along these streets even if you're on shopping, you can't get away with the "sales staff" of all the clubs & bars that will persuade you to "come & see inside" and ladies offering "other" services too. Well, you can even see the gogo dancers gyrating to the beat on the ledges or platforms even from the street view. No wonder the area itself is called Bangrak or Town of Love, you know what I mean, right? And yes, bangrak is also the business district of Bangkok. Business & entertainment goes along well here!
But for the night market alone, Patpong is really worth a trip or two, in case you don't have the time to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market - Bangkok's (or asia's or world's(?)) largest weekend market, you'll get the chance to buy souvernirs here.
...as for the Ping Pong word ...hmmmm.....well.........it's a common word that you'll get to hear along the street of Patpong.... you'll have to find out, I'm innocent.... LOL!
Beware of pickpockets!
Patpong is surreal. It is a combination of night market and meat market as it at the centre of Bangkok's sex industry. Patpong consists of four parallel streets which run between Silom Road and Surawong Road. Patpong 1 is the main street with many bars of various kinds. Patpong 2 also has many bars. Patpong 3 has bars catering to gay men. Patpong 4 has a few bars with Thai girls that cater to Japanese men.
Although Patpong is sometimes referred to as a "red-light district," its bars are not brothels in the traditional sense. Most are "go-go bars" where women (or men) dance or pose on a stage and are available to customers, who can pay a bar fine to take them out of the bar. Some establishments advertising "massage" are disguised brothels. Some on Patpong employ kathoeys ("ladyboys" or transwomen) either exclusively or as part of a mixed staff.
In recent years, Silom and Surawong have been taken over by the Patpong night market, making movement in the area difficult and filling the area with tourist couples and backpackers.
The area started as a R&R (Rest & Recuperation or Rape & Riot) location for US troops involved in the Vietnam War. In its prime during the 1970s and 1980s, Patpong was the premier red-light area in Bangkok, famous for its sex shows. Today, the other red-light areas of Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy provide strong competition.
At night, this is a wild and busy area. Known as their red light area. Mostly patpong has various clubs (doors are open as you walk by). Women, who look quite bored and seem to hate their jobs are dressed in skimpy clothes dancing next to a pole or other girls. The main street clubs are mostly women or lady boys dancing in the clubs. Further down, is the boy's town-with lots of gay clubs.
There is a long nightmarket along Th Silom. Lots of stalls selling tshirts, crafts, textiles and such. Some people may wander up to you -ask if you want to go and see sex show. Most famous are ping pong shows and such. We didn't do this, but we heard it's more of a freak show kind of thing.
Anyway, if you don't have kids you should definately come down here. It;s a very interesting area and not too sleazy. Can get some good shopping done.
Lots of bars and clubs.
There are lots of girlie shows here and people trying to get you into their club, but there are even more good shopping deals. Bargin hard, walking away works really well, make sure to pay about 1/4 of their strarting price.
The sin city of Bangkok! It is the place for shopping Thai traditional products, imitated branded goods, and also place for a short time of desire and sensuality. Sexy girls in the bars can be seen and the nights of temptation will touch your imagination, but better not to go inside because it is a tourist trap. Lucky that some of our friends advised us already!!! Well, it is better to be a saint than to be a sinner!
Pat Pong is also the place for bargaining up to 100% to 250% less of their selling price. Be guided that the seller here will never talk about the price instead, calculator will be used and believe me, they will give you a terrible and unbelievable high price as much as 400% of the real selling price for they know that you as a buyer will ask for a discount! Of course, they will offer you a discount but they will use calculator and they will never say it in a loud voice! You must be smart enough to get a good price!
One time, my good friend of mine who is presently working in Tokyo, Japan told me to buy an imitated Rado watch for him. The seller from Pat Pong as expected used his calculator to show me the price of the watch. He was giving me a 4,000 Thai baht price! Too expensive and I was really shocked but since I am an expert in this kind of transaction…I was able to buy it at 1,000 baht!!! Even my Thai friends cannot believe that I was able to do that---smart enough?!
Patpong is an area where every tourist will end up. There are two reasons, the first one being the night market, the second one the red light district (see nightlife tip)
At the nightmarket, you can buy the most famous brands ( Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Breitling, Timberland, ...) for almost nothing. Of course everything is fake, but the imitations are really well done!
Don't forget to bargain: sometimes they let go things for half of the price!
There are so many night markets around the city selling durable goods to fresh fruit to road side meals to lottery tickets. They are a tasty and cheap way to eat, and a great opportunity to people-watch. Never a dull moment in the Kingdom!
It's seedy, dirty and notorious but a Must See for visitors to Bangkok. Patpong Sois 1 and 2 run between the Silom and Surawong roads and can be identified by the hundreds of neon signs.
The area is full of bars and go-go bars. There is also a night market selling the standard fakes and copies that you see everywhere in Bangkok.
Go shopping at Patpong night market.
Everything counterfeit can be found here!! Watches, Bags, Wallets, Tees, Belts etc. Never EVER accept prices from first to third qoute by the vendors. Slash prices by a third and work up to a 50-50 compromise with the vendors. If ur a caucasian, they are likely to qoute u a much higher price as compared to Asians. So remember bargain bargain bargain - that's part of the joy of shopping!!
Patpong is the notorious Red light district of Bangkok with plenty of “girlie” bars, Thai boxing bars and probably the best night market anywhere. If you want to buy any fake Rolex watches Oakley sunglasses, D & G t shirts this is the place to go. The prices do vary depending on quality, but barter for them until you are happy with the price and your purchases to show off when you get home.
The boxing bars are good entertainment and quite often have a caberet act between bouts.
It may be odd to put Patpong in the 'must see' category, but the parallel Patpong streets are no longer solely the haunt of go-go bars and sex shows. In the evening the streets become a lively night market, selling all kinds of imitation and counterfeit goods. There is a small but well-stocked bookshop, selling novels, guidebooks and histories of the region. There are even a couple of quite respectable bars where you can sit and read your new purchases, without some feline creature whispering in your ear.