Shopping and nightlife, Phuket
Male locals will wander around Soi Bangla waiting for innocent tourist (like me) to pass by
Telling you about their special Ping Pong show and how you can have a free preview for 10mins
I thought it was harmless to look so I went for it... 10 mins of my time won't kill
I stepped in and i saw like 5 sexy ladies dancing by the pole... BY THE POLE
They were just sashaying their hiips left and right calling it dancing
I was told the show will start in 3 mins so I ordered drinks
When the show started, the lovely ladies exited the stage and guess who stepped in?
ITS YOUR MAMA! I mean its better to watch pros doing the show
But I swear these ladies were waiting for their retirement!
Goodness, it was a rip off... and they can still go round collecting tips from everyone in the room!
I gave them B20! Hahaha.... That's like S$0.80!
Unique Suggestions: Go in a large group and have a good laugh
Give them like B10-B20 tip and watch then give you 'the face'
Fun Alternatives: I wish I could turn back time and watch the man-ladies strut their stuff
Don't have to go to Simon Cabaret and the price's pretty steep and the cab fare ain't cheap either
Just head down to Soi Bangla and go for the 'Tiger Show'
Its just equally entertaining!
Well it's not a secret that Thailand is famos for sex tourism, but it's been the worst in Patong Beach !!!!
The night-life district is crowded with hookers, real young girls sometimes ....
... and they tend to touch every male being, even if he's obviously walking with someone ....
Unique Suggestions: Just stay calm ;)
Fun Alternatives: Don't go to Patong Beach (at night)
Street Vendors can be pretty annoying and pushy! Don't let yourself get talked into buying something, especially do not let them give you a bad conscience
Fun Alternatives: Walk straight through and just "overhear" all the "hi"s and compliments ..... it's mainly fishing for customers
If you go to Simon show then beware of these lovely lads! The line up for photos at the end of each show. You pay to have a shot with them but be careful you don't get more then you bargained for. Its common for them to jump into the picture just before its taken. So you might find yourself paying for more than one - it could be 4! They also will grab, yell and even scratch to get their money.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure you dont take the picture of all 4. Be firm, say "No!" and agree on the price first.
Fun Alternatives: All it can be a bit overwhelming to have a group of drag queens yelling at you, it still was lots of fun and really recommend you go. Its something you wont forget!
During shopping, bargaining is a must. This is not for the faint hearted. You really have to bargain a quarter of the quoted price.
If you take more things you can really get a more cheaper price.
Walking away from the shop will definitely help, you will definitely get the price you want. If they didnt call you back.. too bad. : ) Check the things in another shop, at least you know whats the bargaining price.
You can get a good bargain at the Panyee village rather than at Patong area. I got a few good bargains there which I could not get at Patong area.
Avoid the shops in front of the beach area, go to the alley shops and less accessible to the tourists.
Unique Suggestions: There is this good spouvenior shop that gives good price and bargains. I found it by accident while walking to the shopping area Patong Top.
The shop is manned by 2 young ladies who really look like they need all the help they can get.Look out for a small lane directly opposite Patong Top sign. There is a new hotel being built there. Just look out for Patong Top sign, cross over and walk in the small street. The shop is between a hairsaloon and an empty silk store. I do hope the directions are good enough.
Because we only went to Patong, I can only tell the experience there. My sister bought the fisherman's pant for 300 BHT in Patong.
And the same pant cost her only 100 BHT in Phuket town
Fun Alternatives: Take a Tuk Tuk or local bus to Phuket town, its not very crowded and the shoppings there can be much cheaper
Unique Suggestions: If you want a young lady to be your 'very good friend', if you want cheap drinks and even cheaper souvenirs...Patong is your place.
Fun Alternatives: Stay in Karon or Kata or anywhere else.
Just pop into town to buy your cheap nicknacks.
DO NOT take kid after dark unless you want to spend the rest of the holiday explaining what they do with the darts and the snakes.
We all know that Thailand is famous for its gorgeous "man-woman". On touristy lively Patong beach, it is not uncommon to see dressed-up "geishas" and "southern belles". They will try to grab you to take picture with them for a dollar. Negotiate clearly from first. If there are 3 of them, they will ask for $3 afterwards. For us, the initially demure belle turned very manly when we refused to pay extra. We sustained a mild scratch fr her fake fingernails :)
Generally it is best to go shopping on your own. If you have a 'Guide or tuk-tuk' driver accompany you, expect to pay 20%-30% more than if on your own as these 'Guides and tuk-tuk' drivers bring you to specific places for a reason-commission.
In Thailand if you want your photograph taken with a 'Lady-boy' or snakes, etc afterwards they will expect some money from you.
Unique Suggestions: Negotiate a price first!