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“wild and manic”
Review of Bangla Road

Bangla Road
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$639.00*
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5-Day Southern Thailand and Khao Sok National Park
Reviewed January 8, 2013

great fun once you get over shock. gets a bit smelly . red hot bar has great live music and a great atmosphere as does bar opposite . lots of hassle from people touting 'ping pong' shows.

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

I suppose a walk through this hive of scum and villainy is something you have to do when you visit Phuket. It's interesting from an anthropological standpoint, but I wouldn't call it exactly "fun," unless you're very good at putting out of your mind the human misery underlying much of what you're seeing. Consider, for example, the depths of despair to which a person must sink before agreeing to make her living in a "ping pong show." Watch closely the wan smiles and unenthusiastic dances of the go-go bar girls; none of them look to especially enjoy allowing fat, middle-aged male tourists to caress their legs and buttocks for a couple hundred bhat. It's reminiscent of Bourbon Street, if everyone there desperately wished they were somewhere else.

3  Thank AlexW74
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Ventured down here quite often, but if anyone can enjoy Songkran (Thai New Year) when your there, Bangla rd is one road to walk down, its just amazing for that event

1  Thank niwish2
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Gosh! This street is madness, it really comes alive at night with touts all trying to get you into their Ping Pong shows, lady boys flaunting their stuff and a million tourists fromn around the globe! Its a road not for the faint hearted but for party lovers - you will be in your element! Its definately gotten the better of me on more than one occasion

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

During the day Bangla Road is a hustling, bustling road with lots of stores, restaurants, hostels, bars and vendors. At night the cars are blocked off and it is Phuket's greatest open market for sex, sex shows, escorts, lady-boys, strippers, cabarets, drinking and meeting people. One does not need to go to a sex show, have a 'happy-ending' massage or bed any of the young Thai bar girls to enjoy the mystique of Bangla Road. The bars are a lot of fun - especially if you go with a group from your hostel or hotel - and people from all over the world are interested in meeting, drinking talking and partying. But make no mistake. Bangla Road at night is filled with the aura and atmosphere of sex. People's guards are down (which may or may not be a good thing). Experience the mystique, but keep yyour head about you.

1  Thank Pete D
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