Patpong Night Market, Bangkok
Dont buy anything at Patpong Market, its a good experience but the traders know you are tourists and over charge for everything !! Go the the MBK centre oppositie Siam skytrain stop which has all the same stuff on 7 floors for half the price ! Apprently this is where the locals go for their "designer" stuff !!!!
Unique Suggestions: Just keep walking !! Look but dont express an interest they follow you !! And if you ask for a cab and the bloke walks off to get the driver...just hail another one ! We waited ages but no one came !!
Fun Alternatives: Take the Sky train to siam, the MBK centre is over the road, there are 7 floors of market at fixed prices, and there is also a food hall, its busy at times and open till 10 every night, but if you dont like to haggle this is the place to go !
well ppl ... the ppl selling things in patpong are overcharging u!!!! especially to eurpoeans!!!!.
my friend brought the same t-shirt for 220 thai baht and i got it for only 99baht in chatucha.!!!!!!!!
i believe that even in MBK they are selling cheaper than patpong.
juz remember that for a pcs of t-shirt outside is selling for only abt 100 to 170 thai baht. don get cheated by them. if they don give you that kind of price try somthing like `buy 2 pcs for 240 thai baht.`
for metal watches don buy from them if the price is higher than 590 thai baht.
example a copy desiel jean
don get it if price above 550 THAI BAHT.
If you're offended by the girlie bar thing, don't go to Patpong.
If you like to people-watch, then you'll be in heaven. Grab a chair on the patio at one of the bars (NOT the girlie type), have a cool drink, and watch the show begin. You'll see moms holding their kids' hand on the way to their job at the vendor booth, way-too-drunk tourists making idiots of themselves, and young Thai men dressed in drag.
It's quite a scene.
Unique Suggestions: Don't shop there if you can help it. The shopping is way over-priced. MBK or the Chatuchak market is much better bet for anything you might want to purchase.
Patpong is only open at night. They start setting up in the afternoon but it doesn't really get going until after 6pm or so.
Fun Alternatives: There really isn't an alternative. Patpong is Patpong. If you want to see it, go, if you don't, don't. I recommend seeing it once, at least, but we always go by at least once every time we're in Bangkok just to see what's going on.
Everybody talks about Patpong Nightlife -- the shopping and the go-go bars.
I didn't go there this time round because the last time I was there, it was enough for me.
My last trip there a few years back made me quite upset.
I found the stall holders there very brusque and pushy -- don't even look at their wares if you're not interested in buying. Also there are many touts along the Patpong strip that will entice you to go into their bars. Most of these feature bar-top dancing with some of the dancers looking barely into their teens.
Unique Suggestions: If you do have to come by here, be careful to be prepared for what you see.
And I don't think it's a place for children to be at.
Fun Alternatives: If you have to walk at a night bazaar, I suggest the Suan Lam Night Bazaar at Lumphini Park (pronunced as "loom-pee-nee").
Patpong - market and nightlife....
Here they sell everything from clothes, shoes, clocks... it is all fake... to pussy shows...banana and pingpong shows...
It is very boring with all this people going around and try to sell you sex shows that you are not interesting in...
Patpong is a strange place . I remember it being lively in the early 80's but now it is just for tourists and shoppers. For those on a sex trip I recommend care if you go to one of the upstairs bars.
If you are buying stuff check out the prices elsewhere, Pattaya, Chiang Mai will be cheaper.
Fun Alternatives: way too many markets to mention . (the weekend market has been spoilt with the arrival of the skytrain and metro).
for sex travellers try the areas off Sukhumvit
HAVING VISITED PATPONG NIGHT MARKET SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS AND MOST OF THE TIME ENJOYED AND GOT SOME BARGAINS.I WAS DISSAPOINTED JULY 2007 WITH THE MARKET TRADERS STARTING PRICES HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT A WATCH, BELT,T SHIRT ETC SHOULD BE SELLING FOR THERE STARTING PRICES WERE TO HIGH AND VERY DIFFICULT TO BARGAIN DOWN TO A FAIR PRICE.
Unique Suggestions: ONLY NEGOTIATE FOR AN ITEM WHEN YOU REALY WANT TO BUY IT. THIS WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF WASTED TIME
Fun Alternatives: IF YOU ARE IN BANGKOK AT THE WEEKEND MO CHIT WEEKEND MARKET IS THE BEST MARKET I HAVE SEEN IN THAILAND MUCH BETTER PRICES ALL THE LOCALS SHOP THERE.