What You Need To Know About Ping Pong in Patong

*****Updated April 2015*****

If you travel through Patong’s famous “walking street” – aka Bangla Road – after sunset, it’s inevitable that you’ll be set upon by all sorts of hustlers and fast-talkers trying to tempt you into one of the many bars and shows to watch women gyrate and buy drinks at inflated prices. Actually scrap that…judging be our experience, you’ll be hounded both day and night in Patong!

If you like to be left alone for a leisurely stroll through the markets and want to know where to stay in Phuket, our advice is to stay as far away from Bangla Road as possible.

Jump to our Patong Hotel recommendations!

Ping Pong Patong

Ping Pong Show Thailand

Many of these bars are simple strip joints or pole dancing clubs where a woman will swirl on and around you for a few Baht (or dollars, depending upon what you have) but some are more scurrilous still. Of all the shows and nightlife available in Thailand, none are more graphic than the outrageous and downright bizarre Ping Pong Shows.

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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, the 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!!)

My description of the show or anyone else’s will not be able to convey what the experience is like. 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 is bright, the music is loud, the crowds are boisterous, and the drinks 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!

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Night life around Patong

The Foreign & Thai Girls that Perform

While the girls are all mostly prostitutes, many of them might secretly dream of a career in theater. Sticking a frog or a razor blade inside their private parts may not be the most pleasant experience, but they do it with a smile and a cheerful abandon that makes it seem like it’s really not that bad.

Of course, concerns are raised all the time that the girls are coerced into it and there are even charges that some are Vietnamese and Laotian sex slaves who have been smuggled across the border, but the government chooses not to intervene in one of the countries more excessive industries.

Should you go and see a ping pong show in Patong?

Ok, we’ve been so we can’t judge and tell you not to go. Curiosity killed the cat and we gave into what seems to be the main attraction on Bangala road.

But, what we can do is share our feelings about our experience.

Yes, it was eye-opening (to say the least) and need I say, we were somewhat entertained at the time as we just could not believe what was happening on the stage before us. Having not experienced anything like this before, the shock factor definitely affected us and our night out at the show had us talking about it for weeks afterwards.

Upon reflection…

Having left the area of Patong and Phuket behind, we’ve since explored many other areas of Thailand that to us, are far more interesting and worthy of our time.

While we can’t discourage you from going (as we did it ourselves), we can tell you of the feelings that we have upon reflection of our ping pong in Patong experience.

Now, we don’t think about how different and bizarre it would be to see a Thai girl shove objects inside her, but instead we think about those girls having to degrade themselves in public for the entertainment of tourists – and all for very little pay.

We think about the poor innocent wildlife that are used in these performances. Yes, it’s completely shocking to see a girl put a frog in her vagina, but it’s even more shocking that people actually pay money to see these poor creatures being treated in this inhumane way.

On the surface, it’s all fun and a ‘must-thing’ do when visiting Thailand but once you begin to dig a little deeper, you’ll begin to realise that it’s far more sinister that what it seems.

Ultimately, the choice is yours but we’ll definitely not be returning to a ping pong show in Thailand (or anywhere else for that matter) anytime soon.

Our recommendations on where to stay in Patong

Patong Villa Reuan Thai

 Patong Villa Reuan Thai

This 5-star luxury hotel offers an excellent location and easy access to the city’s main attractions. Free WiFi in all rooms, a Fitness center and an outdoor pool are also provided.

Price: $$$

Luxury Option

Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa

Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa

Located right on Patong beach, the Graceland Resort offers stunning views and luxury accommodation at affordable prices. It’s only a 5 minute walk to the hustle and bustle of Patong.

Price: $$

Mid-Range Option

Secret Cliff Villa Hotel

Secret Cliff Villa Hotel 

Excellent services and superior facilities make this an ideal budget getaway for individuals, couples or families. The resort has a plethora of amenities to keep everyone satisfied.

Price: $

Budget Option

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Carlo and Florence are an Irish couple who left home in 2013 to pursue their dreams of travelling the world while building an online business so that they could work from anywhere. They've both visited over 50 countries together so far. Stay in touch with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat.

7 Responses to “What You Need To Know About Ping Pong in Patong”

  1. Joanna Owen says:

    Curiosity has definitely killed the cat here, my partner and I would like to see a show but have heard horror stories of being charged lots of money as you try and leave the show… Rather than the agreed amount on entry. Did this happen to you? If not can you remember the name of the place you went?
    We hope you are enjoying your travels!

    • Carlo says:

      Hi Joanna.

      What happened in our case was you HAVE to buy at least 1 drink. Whether that’s a mineral water, bottle of beer or an orange juice…the price was 800 baht (around €20))

      So we made sure the 1 drink lasted the full hour of the show.

      I’ve heard other stories about what you said about people being intimidated into paying silly amounts of money on the way out. Just be firm with them.

      Can’t remember the name of the one we went to unfortunately.

  2. Linda says:

    Thank you for your review. We definitely not be going!

  3. Jac U Steve says:

    We def willl be going!!

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