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“Ping pong shows, ladyboys, strip-shows and unapologetic flamboyance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bangla Road

Bangla Road
Soi Bangla, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
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Ranked #5 of 9 Attractions in Patong
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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“Ping pong shows, ladyboys, strip-shows and unapologetic flamboyance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Bangla Road (don't know where the name comes from) is the street where nightlife comes alive in Phuket. Just as you take a right turn from the quaint and calm Patong Road, you enter an altogether different world on Bangla Road. Lights, glitz and glamour - the Bangla Road has the pompous and unapologetic flamboyance with semi-clad girls, live strip-shows, ladyboys, female escorts, bars, booze and agents desperately seeking audience for 'ping-pong shows' - the highlight of Thailand nightlife. I did watch the ping-pong show. Entry was free as long as you buy a drink starting from 900 baht - but its worth the price for a one-time experience.

Much against the notion, Bangla Road as well as the ping-pong show is a pretty safe place (since the locals would not want to mess with tourists who give them their daily bread and butter). I was a little nervous at the start of the ping-pong show (since I was with my wife) but came to ease soon after. The bar waitress will ask you to buy her a drink but you can ignore her and rather tip the performer who do some real unusual and unimaginable stuff. After a while, you don't look at it like some sex-show but more like an art which will leave you spellbound.

Visited May 2014
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“A sight to see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This you must see! It is an amazing experience from start to finish. Some good pubs with cheap drinks. Lots of shopping by day and street vendors by night . The ladyboys are lovely although you may not get a photo unless you pay. A must if you are visiting Patong.

Visited July 2013
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“The Benidorm of Thailand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Bangla road has it all from bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, Tailors. What ever you need you'll find it in this strip. Also be aware this is where the ladyboys reside and wait to pounce on you for money for taking pictures with them. Bangla road is the liveliest spot in Patong, there is never a dull moment!!

Visited May 2014
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“Anything but Thailand”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

After spending a week in Ko Phangnan and then a week in Krabi, I had high hopes for Bangla road. Sadly this area is a bastardised tourist trap, full of drunks and aggressive ladyboys at night. During the day you cannot walk more than a few meters before being harassed into buying some cheap crap from a street vendor. This is without a doubt the least welcoming and most hostile part of Thailand that I have visited (I also had my phone and wallet stolen on Patong beach at the end of Bangla road). You couldn't pay me to return.

Visited June 2014
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“Funny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

You cant go to Patong without going to Bangla Rd in the evening, The thai people can be in your face about Ping Pong shows, but its all apart of the atmosphere :)

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