Patong’s World Famous Walking Street is a hugh mongering and tourist attraction in Thailand, its 400m of evening pedestrianised tarmac is lined with a range of Beer Bars, Go-Go’s, Massage, Restaurants and Sex Shows. Over the years it has changed from a predominantly hard-core red light district to a more tame and tourist orientated. Unlike many other red-light area’s in the region be prepared to see many inquisitive tourists, families and toddlers running around between the huge number and variety of beautiful Thai Girls working, dancing, entertaining and serving the large number of tourists who visit the island each year.
What are the different type of entertainment venues in Walking Street / Soi Bangla?
While in Walking Street you will see many different places to drink and party the night away- Beer Bars, Outdoor Go-Go’s, Indoor Go-Go’s, Ping Pong & Sex Shows, Nightclubs, Massage and Live Music Venues. Whilst many only come for a night visit to Patong when on holiday in Phuket you can often stay much longer and it would take much longer to sample all the beautiful Thai Girls working on the Soi.
The 3 area’s of Walking Street
The 400 meters of road connecting Patong Beach to Jungceylon known as Soi Bangla turns into a pedestrianised Walking Street from 6pm onwards and transforms from a sleepy street during the day into a hardcore party venue where sex sex sex becomes the main commodity on sale. The area is a Red Light District in the truest sense of the word and can be simply sectioned into three area’s each with their own niche. Being small and easy to navigate its a great place to wonder whether alone or in a large group.
Home of walking street and the main road running East to West from the Patong Beach to Jungceylon Shopping Centre. On Soi Bangla you will see a stark contrast between the sleepier daytime feeling where Beer Bars and Restaurants lining Soi Bangla provide a great place to relax and chill which then transforms into a loud, packed and surreal experience in the evening.
Daytime drinking options in Soi Bangla are rather limited and during the day the Soi is surprisingly quiet. The bars which are open generally line the Soi Bangla Road and if your thirsty and dont mind outdoor drinking during the heat of the day then you could enjoy a cold 90 Baht beet at Aussie Bar & Restaurant, Kangaroo, Shipwrecked, Pink Bar or Tiger. During the daytime there is a lot less working girls working as most are still trying to remove the headache from the previous nights partying. The daytime staff tend to be older working girls- some of whom have seen better days whilst others are not available to Barfine therefore daytime mongering is much more difficult than other destinations such as Bangkok or Angeles.
As day turns to night on the Bangla
Bangla Road really comes to life once the sun sets. The road is closed to vehicle traffic and becomes a 400 metre festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer. Jammed most nights of the year, it is quite a friendly and lively place to walk around as bars and clubs compete with each other for customers. If you’re looking for a fun night out in Phuket, Bangla Road should be your first (and, often, only) stop. Bar Girls, Massage Girls and Freelancers are all within touching distance on the Bangla with some of the best and most beautiful girls from around Thailand descending nightly on Patong to party the night away.
Almost all of the bars are outdoors or open-fronted, so the music from each one blends into a mess of mixed beats. Beer bars occupy most of the street’s length, with several go-go bars and a few pubs, restaurants, discos and shops rounding out the attractions, both on Soi Bangla and down its side streets. Street performances are also common most nights, which can make dodging around the tailor shop salesmen, leaflet distributors, street vendors and ping pong show touts more difficult, but it is all part of the fun.
This Soi is a busy drinking and entertainment from 7pm onwards. Protected under a huge roof it is the place to be if a rainy evening hampers some of your fun and parting on some of the more exposed outdoor beer bars in the area. Soi Seadragon is home to 15+ Beer Bars and 8+ Indoor Go-Go Bars such as Suzy Wongs and Harem. Soi Seadragon Bar located at the front of the entrance of the Soi from the Bangla is a two story bar with plenty of vantage points for people watching the vibrant Bangla Road.
Soi Freedom is a pretty and narrow, beer bar-lined soi, it has – like several of Bangla Road’s side streets – undergone a name change in recent years and may still be known by its old moniker: Soi Eric. Each of the bars follows effectively the same design: plasma TV showing a football match, neon sign with bar’s name, Connect 4 games on the bar and friendly staff to play against. Most of the bars usually have 6 or more staff working a night and some very pretty bargirls can be found. Prices in Soi Freedom for drinks are typically 90 Baht for a bottle of local beer, 180+ Baht for a Spirit and Mixer and Lady Drinks at 200+ Baht. Whilst it might be quieter than the Bangla it is also a fun and relaxed area of Patong and the perfect place to start or end the night drinking. Most of the bars open around 8.30pm and the entertainment begins at 9pm. Live music is provided nightly and there is also a free Ladyboy Cabaret which are particularly fund to watch. Notable bars include the well-established Smile Bar, Code Red Bar and the eponymous Freedom Bar
Ping Pong & Sex Shows
What’s a stark contrast to what springs to mind when one mentions ping pong games, these particular shows are hugely popular in Patong, Bangkok and maybe one or two other cities around Thailand.
Generally taking place in the city’s strip club areas, these sex shows usually consist of local women using their pelvic floor muscles to retain and eject a variety of objects from their vaginas. While many of the objects are unsurprising – ping pong balls being a staple – others can be more than a tad more whince-worthy and may include chopsticks, darts, and razor blades (yep – I did just say razor blades!!) It’s one of those things that has to be seen to be believed.
The ‘fun’ doesn’t stop at inanimate objects either. Many of the Thai girls – most of whom are pretty small in stature – will cram goldfish or Sapgreen Stream Frogs, which are indigenous to the city, into themselves to be expelled into a bowl of water some time later.
A whole evening’s entertainment can be made of drinking beer while watching a girl pop balloons at what I would call a respectable distance, using only darts and the power of her pelvic muscles. It seems that anything goes, and if it can fit, it will fit with a little easing and some KY jelly.
The neon lights are bright, the music is loud, the crowds are boisterous, and the drinks are expensive but these shows are an experience not to be forgotten; it’s a kaleidoscope of sensory overload that would make even Marquise de Sade blush.
Thailand has a reputation for being a hedonistic sexually-liberated paradise for the traveler, but nothing can prepare you for this. I’ve heard many people say that they’ll never be shocked again having visited the NieuwMarkt area of Amsterdam. I say to those people, come and see a Ping Pong Show in Thailand, and think again!
If you simply wish to watch you maybe disappointed, audience participation is always requested for each show which can often last approximately 1 hour.
Yes, the girls do need members of the audience to get involved in the show and things can get VERY graphic very quickly!! If you’re with a group of guys, you can almost be certain that one of you will be targeted to join the girls on stage for a lapdance or some balloon popping
The Best Indoor Go-Go’s in Patong
Patong has few indoor Go-Go’s compared to other destinations in Thailand such as Pattaya or Bangkok. But don’t let that put you off it still claims some of the most hardcore indoor bars with the hottest girls in Thailand and was it looses in Size it makes up for in quality, Suzy Wongs, Hareem and Goddess Lounge are by far the best places to chill and enjoy the night with some of the best Spinners in Thailand. Whilst beers, spirits and lady drinks are a little more the cooler atmosphere and privacy are well worth it if you are intending a toned, bronzed beauty to share the night with.
Ass Smacking Fun– well Suzy Wongs is one of the most famous bars, however the fun is not limited to 1 bar- they have 3 in total. Filled with some of the most delicious ladies in Thailand the girls all have 1 thing in common- Craziness. Entering Suzy Wongs located on Soi Seadragon is an instant memory you will recall for years to come. 10+ girls on the stage with foam batons in hand spanking every punter within range makes for a great night. Topless and Nude dancing is performed within the bars throughout the night. If you don’t stop by for a 90 Baht Chang Beer while in Patong you will have missed out on one the bucket list items for any monger.
Harem Men’s Club
Another Go-Go from the Suzy Wongs Group which is a highlight for any night on the Bangla. Located on Soi Seadragon – Harem is a classy Go-Go and particularly popular amongst older groups. Bottle service and VIP seating gives this very popular Go-Go a laid back feel compared to the hard-core Suzy Wongs Go-Go, less spanking however you will be very pleased with the selection of Topless and Nude dancing and high quality of beautiful dancers who perform a variety of pole and floor performances to keep you interested all night. Unknown to many there are a number of rooms upstairs which can be used for a variety of private and VIP functions complete with a small bar area- Short time anyone?
Opened in 2018 under new management and a new Name- Goddess Lounge is a classy Go-Go located on Soi Absolute just off Soi Bangla. The venue is both a GoGo and Hotel which means it is a very popular venue to both stay and Party whilst in Patong. The Go-Go is famous for its beer prices at 200 Baht per beer it is certainly more expensive than most other bars in Soi Bangla however that aside it is one of the best and most relaxed Indoor Go-Go’s in Phuket and probably Thailand. The staff are beautiful and a wide selection of shapes, sizes, age and breast sizes means its a one stop shop if you are looking for your kink & fetish. One of the novel promotions they now offer is a Free Lap Dance which certainly is unique for the area.
The Bangla is also home to a number of great Nightclubs with Tiger, Illuzion, TaiPan, Sugar and White Room amongst others.