In the interest of experiencing all aspects of Bangkok, last night I took a taxi to Patpong. Patpong is the street/area where all the go-go bars are, although it has apparently lost much of its edge over the years. Much of the area now is overwhelmed by tourists and vendors, at times I found it hard to even get around with all the people and booths. However, the go-go bars are still there, and plenty of them, most of them neon-covered and with men and women outside trying to get people in. It’s really quite a strange situation — a street covered with tourists shopping for souvenirs surrounded by go-go bars. My curiosity got the best of me, so I ended up going into one of these establishments to see what there was to see. I won’t go into details — I’m not sure most of you’d want me to — except to say that it was an interesting experience, and that I bought two beers and nothing else.

To get back to Khao San from Patpong I took a motorcycle taxi. I now insist that you haven’t lived until you’ve flown through the streets of Bangkok at night on the back of a motorcycle.

Today I have to go to the Korean Embassy and get my visa taken care of, which should prove to be a rip-roaring good time.

1 comment to Patpong

  • Oooooh. Patpong is the one place in Thailand I didn’t get to go to but wanted to. Can I just ask a yes or no question? Were there ping-pong balls involved?

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