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“Don't Bother.”

Patpong Night Market
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Private Tour: Night Market and Temple Visit with a Local
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Private Tour: Bangkok by Night with a Local
Ranked #142 of 581 things to do in Bangkok
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: In the evening, this lively market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, fake brand name items and cheap goods and to visit Bangkok’s infamous “adult entertainment area.”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

We were checking out the night market to do a little souvenir shopping. It was easy to get to from our hotel since it was only a few train stops away. It was fun maybe for about 5 minutes. After that you realized the vendors were basically selling the same stuff from one end of the street to another. And the prices were not even good. We bought a few T-shirts for 200 bahts each (after bargaining with the vendors). Then we found the same T-shirts at the MBK center the next day for 99 bahts each. Strip clubs and Go-Go bars were all around the market. Touts kept approaching us and asking us to see sex shows.

If it is the market you are after, don’t bother. Save your money and time and go to the Chatuchak Weekend Market or MBK center or Chinatown instead. A lot more fun and stuff to buy there.

Patpong Night Market just seedy.

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Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

Market stalls with loads of low quality stuff being sold. Few clubs offering ping pong shows. Would not recommend anyone to visit. Was ready to leave the moment we got there.

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Getting to Patpong was itself quite difficult. Our taxi driver first took us to an alleyway, full of broken tuk-tuks, where a crowd of Europeans were being herded into some sort of industrial facility. After some remonstration with him from the Thai-speaking part of our group, he finally exclaimed 'Patpong' with great surprise, as though it hadn't been the one thing he'd been told for the last half hour, and sped off again to take us to our destination.

Probably about the third or fourth time that a different tout shoves the same laminated sheet listing a series of 'shows', you'll begin to suspect that the 'Special Show' isn't so 'special' after all. Of course, as you get further away from the main road and deeper into Patpong, that pretence evaporates completely. There's just squalid establishment after squalid establishment, filled with gloomy, dead-eyed women and decaying, musty men, looking for something that you shouldn't be buying. But still, the laminated sheets persist.

No, I do not want a balloon show.

On the roadside outside Patpong itself there are crowds of pallid, rotting Eurotrash, seeking out bargains. Those bargains may be a t-shirt to show the folks back home what a zany sense of humour they have, or some flesh, cheap at current exchange rates.

No, I do not want a tiger show.

The centre of Patpong is nothing but cheap geegaws and nicknacks. Like a dirtier version of Khao San Road, if backpackers had grown bored with tie-dye and only wanted bastardised versions of imagery from their own culture, spelt and printed badly on cheap cotton.

No, I do not want a ping pong show.

Eventually, we walked deep enough in to find a bar that wasn't part of the flesh trade. Instead, this was where old bar bands come to die. If you wanted to chug down cheap beer and listen to 1980s 'classics' be massacred by a German lady of indeterminate age and her colleagues, a motley rabble of knackered looking men, this would suffice.

No, I do not want a razor show.

No, no, no.

Later, the German and her allies were replaced by five men who looked like they were moonlighting from their jobs as plumbers. Or accountants. Or low ranking civil servants. Or unsuccessful guitar teachers. They played Brian Adams' "Summer of 69" over and over again. We drank more to forget. In the toilets, the attendant, quite unprovoked, gave me a head massage when all I wanted to do was wash my hands.

Much later, a middle aged, middle manager of a multinational corporation was twerking on the stage, his shirt somehow discarded in the bar. That man was me. Nobody benefitted from this.

3  Thank MrCushtie
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

It's encased in a street full of touts trying to get you into their 'sex shows', but don't let this put you off - it is a must for anyone to visit the market. They have everything from silk gifts, to tazers. This place is really something to behold. A great place to pick up gifts and your typical knock offs. Handbags, football shirts etc.

2  Thank seanwtaylor
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Basically you go to Patpong for
1) Sex Shows - Abysmal. Scams at best. If you do insist, avoid the touts that approach right as you enter. Take you time and walk down the market. Check out and in the end. Be very clear on what you want to spend. They will promise free entry and all, it is never that. Hence, go with limited cash and when accosted, threaten calling the Police.
2) Fake goods: Imitations. Very poor quality. Sometimes, you do get some good stuff. Bargain hard. Start at 10% of quoted price.

1  Thank udaypilani
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