Patpong Night Market, Bangkok
Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping
Get on your haggling hat and head down to Patpong Night Market, a lively place to spend the evening hours. An experience as much as a retail space, the lights, atmosphere, and montage of noise that greet you here create an immediate impression and quickly introduce you to Thailand's night market culture. The quality of the goods on offer is variable, so make sure you browse the extent of what's available and bargain for a decent price. With bars and restaurants lining the streets, you can easily do some people-watching before or after shopping your fill. To visit Patpong Night Market and other attractions in Bangkok, use our Bangkok holiday planner.
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Those seller are trying to sell you with unreasonable and expensive price , beware of that and you should know the markets price of an item. Eg a simple slipper which only worth 100baht, he can quote ... read more »
La zona è davvero scadente, locali sessuali degradati di ogni genere (gay e non) che si susseguono, orrendi per livello, sporcizia e contesto. I mercanti hanno modi e maniere assolutamente aggressivi ... read more »The area is really poor, degraded local sexual of all kinds (gay or not) that follow each other, horrible per level, dirt and context. Merchants ways and manners definitely aggressive and insistent. The products sold are counterfeit and only for those of us who is not interested in the genre, going there is just an unfortunate waste of time!show original
It's just another market that caters to tourists. Anyone going there knows you bargain heavily before buying anything. But bargaining done properly is lots of fun for buyer and seller. I've gotten many small items there at good prices. It just happens to be located in a tired formerly somewhat sleazy area but now quite family-friendly. Many decent bars and cafes in the area as well as pharmacies. Yes, there are a few tugs and pulls to get you into their joints, but it's all very tame stuff. Actually a bit of fun. Personally, I wouldn't go upstairs for a "free" show myself, but at street level I wouldn't worry too much.
A few rows of stands crammed with fake tshirts, fake watches, underpants, bags, and little Buddha statues - and more. Quality and price wise the same stuff at the MBK Center is better and the choice wider. Nonetheless, have a quick walk along and try bargaining for fun. Stay away from the sleazy bars alongside the stalls.
Ugh! Well, because this place is scary for new comers most people who are working at the clubs are con! They almost ripped us. But we got away with it. The trick is be firm that what they're doing is a scam and you will tell the police... so well that's my experience. But still love Bangkok 100%!
PLEASE READ!! The night market itself is good and bustling with variety of items such as authentic Thai pants to Thai charms and bracelets. The night market stalls themselves are good as traders are not too pushy but you do have to barter as they will go lower than the 1st price, if they don't go somewhere else as another stall will have the same item. THE REASON FOR THE BAD RATING IS BECAUSE OF THE PING PONG SHOW PROMOTERS THAT WORK ON THE MARKET. THERE ARE SO MANY THAT ARE PUSHY AND FOLLOW YOU AROUND. IT IS A SCAM AS THEY WILL SAY IT IS A COUPLE OF HUNDRED BAHTS BUT WHEN YOU FINISH THE SHOW, THEY WILL QUOTE YOU THOUSANDSSSS. Trust me as I was one that was scammed by them. I hope this review was helpful.
Expect pushy salespeople, insistent touts, and catcalls from the dancing girls loitering in the doorways. NOT A CHILD-FRIENDLY VENUE. You will almost certainly have a tout try and get you to come with them for a "Ping Pong Show". Whilst this is something of a legend of Bangkok, it is something that, once seen cannot be unseen. These venues run a scam where you are charged not only per drink (a reasonable THB100), but also for each "show"/segment, for which they will try and charge you THB1000! Even after paying the bill (which can be negotiated down so long as you do not get aggressive or hot-headed - I got a 3200THB bill down to 600THB including 2 drinks), you will be mobbed by the performers with their tip jars. Touts will try and shield potential punters from you as you exit so they can run the scam again. Alot of the bars in Patpong are either "Go-Go Clubs" (read more about that elsewhere before subjecting yourself to it), or bars where the attendants will sit with you, try and engage you in small talk and then beg you to buy them a drink (which is normally a fake drink and they share the drink's cost with the bar owner). Patpong is an experience, and one which should be had, but be cautious and don't let yourself get sucked into their well-practiced scams.
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