Ping pong at Pat Pong

Bangkok canal
Royal palace
Bangkok canal
Bangkok canal
So that's where my hair went!
Now THAT's yummy!
Smiling
On the train
Looking out the back
Leaving Bangkok train station
At Bangkok train station
No whisky in the jar
Built by a bunch of Dutchies
Bangkok train station
The ass of a dragon
Bees flying around
Nectar, nectar! My kingdom for some nectar!
The emerald buddha
Painting the walls
Is that a happy face?
Showing respek
Three girls
Put your hands up for Pierre
Me and my stupa
Who's friend is it anyway?
Russian chick
At the royal palace
Where are you?
Hello Betsy
A quick coffee
Do not sit here
Taking a nap
Laughing?
Four for reading
Fruity juice
Wet feet
Bangkok skyline
Stupa
Monk chat
Remembering
A very flashy buddha
The standing buddha
The standing buddha
Signs on Kao San road
The standing buddha
Elephant heads
Black? Silver?
Signage on Kao San road
Special Offer...
Pha'macy
Street food, street lady
Street food salesman
On the canal
Out of my way, says the dog
Under the bridge
On the canal

Expect to pay a 500 baht (10 euro) cover charge. Expect to pay 500 baht for your first drink. Expect to be charged 300 baht for the few drinks you're almost forced to pay for some of the girls.

Now, keep the above in mind when you enter any pingpongpussy club on Pat Pong. It will only get better.

It's hard to ignore the touts/proppers and once you give in, you'll be fooled into thinking a beer is 100 baht, the same as the cover charge. You'll get in, you'll get your first drinks and the show will start. Then the madame will come up to you and explain that, really, cover is 500 baht and the first drink is 500 baht. Colas for the girls are 300 baht, but every next drink is only 100 baht.
Obviously, if you can keep your cool and decide not to walk out, this is where your bargaining skills come in handy. If you're part of a group, you stand a better chance of getting a good deal.

These are the shows you can expect:

+ Shooting darts from a pipe to pop balloons. You can hold the balloon.
+ Shooting ping pong balls, but only a meter's distance or so.
+ Smoking a cigarette.
+ Pulling a string of flowers from that dark spot.
+ Pulling a string of very sharp razor blades from that same dark spot.
+ Popping a raw egg in and out.
+ Blowing out the candles on a cake.
+ Opening a bottle of water in a very unusual way.

In the end, during the bargaining round, I got the price 'down' to 500 baht entry and 100 baht per drink. I was irritated for having to bargain down a price I did not agree to, but in the end, the deal wasn't too bad. The show's interesting, but in no way sexy or hot. It's a series of circus acts, designed to optimize its financial return.
"I'm lady boy, give me money."

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