Patong Night Market Patong Night Market

Patong Night Market

From there, general consensus was to head to Patong Market to watch a ping pong show. This isn’t really my thing, and had said so previously, but as everyone else was saying it’s a good plan, I went along....

We took a Tuk Tuk, well two actually, and Leo bargained an excellent price with the proviso that they just took us to the market. Tuk Tuk's being the unreliable weirdoes that they are took us to a ping pong show somewhere else because they were paid a commission by the owner. The trip was manic, as the two drives raced each other around town!!

We then left and walked the 15 mins to the main market. The first place we went into was ok looking, its never going to be classy (It was called 'Super Pussy' and had a sign for a V.D clinic on the floor above it....! I managed to get a photo, because that is just awesome! However the cost to stay was apparently more than had been agreed, so we left and attempted to find somewhere else. We were taken to a shonky upstairs place and by this point both a mate and I are pretty uncomfortable with the whole thing, neither of us had wanted to go, there was a decent live music bar downstairs so he said, and I quickly agreed, that we'd wait there, we chased away a prostitute, got very annoyed with the flower sellers and generally relaxed whilst the other three stayed at the show.... they came down, annoyed because no one had done anything, but, because they had negotiated such a cheap deal to get in, the 'dancers' weren’t going to start without some decent tips and they weren’t going to pay any more! So, eventually, they got bored and gave up and came for a drink with us....

So, my story from the red light market of Bangkok is actually that I went to a live music bar and had a few drinks and saw a couple of naked girls. The irony is, compared to the Saturday a week before in a charming suburb of south London, it’s a deeply tame story.