Crazy in a fun way, crazy in a weird way and crazy in a very crazy way, welcome to Khao San and Patpong Roads of Bangkok.
Khao San Road is THE party place, you should go there – a reminder from a friend. Well, I don’t party much, not before, not now. But then I wanna check out the place just to, well, just to check it out.
One lazy night, the group (me, my buddy and my two guy cousins) went on and explore the famous roads of Khao San and Patpong. We headed to Khao San Road first and went there by foot where we passed by some temples (which we have yet to discover). And then we reached Khao San, the party place.
|Gonna visit you tomorrow, for now, Khao San first.|
|Almost choked to death with everything on the plate.|
|Legit Pad Thai.|
We rode a cab and directed the cabbie to bring us to Patpong Road. There are loads of nasty scam stories about this place but we still checked it out. As soon as we stepped into this bazaar-laden road we were pestered by some guys who were offering ping pong shows. These shows exhibit the abilities of women using their pelvic muscles for some adult entertainment. They use darts, ping pong balls, balloons and other stuff to show off their skills. This is not for the fainthearted.
I’ve noted some of the nasty scams in such places so I know that; we shouldn’t allow any drinks that will be placed on our table (which will be automatically charged to us), we shouldn’t agree on some ladies’ invitation to join us on the table, and other stuff. With that in mind, we started to watch the show cautiously (while watching some tourists getting scammed on the abovementioned stuff).
Darts were flown, balloons were popped. Paddles were handed, ping pong balls were flown. Long strings with razor blades were revealed. Candles were put out. Chopsticks were utilized. And so on.
It was terrifying, alarming and unentertaining all at the same time. So as soon as we finished our beers, we decided to head out.
A lady bouncer instructed us to go into this certain table to settle our bill. And we were stunned when we saw that we were charged 16,000 Baht (US$ 491) for the show. Apparently, the 100 Baht fee is for the “free look” and not for the show itself. They have different rates for the several shows that we’ve seen which explains the steep bill (not enough research eh?).
We will not pay this much.
No, no, no, you have to pay.
I’m sorry but we’re leaving.
No, you cannot leave.
Yes, we can!
That was me speaking to the manager and the bouncer. I left 400 Baht (US$ 12) on the table and told my friends to leave. They were still harassing us on our way down but we were firm that we’ll not going to pay much more than what we agreed on.
Warning: Be ready to be ripped off when you decide to check out the ping pong shows.