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.
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