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Phat Phong (Red-Light District)

Phat Phong is one of the numerous red-light districts in Bangkok, but what sets this entertainment district apart from the others is the reputation it has gained worldwide. This district lies at the heart of Bangkok’s sex industry.

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Phat Phong is one of the numerous red-light districts in Bangkok, but what sets this entertainment district apart from the others is the reputation it has gained worldwide. Since 1968 Phat Phong has attracted visitors to its nightclubs, especially since it was used as a Rest and Recuperation location for the United States of America troops that were serving during the Vietnam War. In the 1970s and 1980s the area began to prosper as a leading nightlife area in the city and became known for its sexually explicit shows. The district lies at the heart of Bangkok’s sex industry, and although it caters to Thai men, it primarily serves Japanese men and other foreigners.

The district runs on two parallel streets, Silom Road and Surawong Road, which house around 100 neon-lit strip bars. Some of the bars are very obvious and hard to miss, while are others lie in more discreet corners. These bars offer different types of shows, such as Ping-Pong shows, which involve women that use their genitalia to perform exotic acts. There are also bars with nude pole-dancing entertainment, which allow visitors to take the women out of the bar as long as they pay a bar fine and any side fees if they wish to pay for sexual services. A well-known fetish club is known as BarBar and another well recommended bar is known as Bada Bing a Go Go.

Visitors that are not interested in Phat Phong’s nightlife will be happy to know that it is also a night market with many stalls selling a variety of things such as electronics, food, and clothing. Within this market visitors are bound to find bargain deals on shoes and bags. However, visitors
should be wary about the authenticity of the items, as many times they are only imitation brands of top designer prada. Visitors that are not wary of this might find themselves paying a ridiculous price on a fake bag or watch.



Visitors will also have the option of attending a more relaxed restaurant and bar. Some bars offer games of pool, live music, and even shows with Elvis impersonators. Phat Phong offers various types of activities, making it a place that is worth exploring, even if it’s with family. Visitors
that want to pay Phat Phong a visit should know that it is an accessible location, as it is walking distance from the BTS Skytrain station, Sala Daeng. 


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