Patong Nightlife, Phuket 2016

A video of a rainy night out at Bangla Road, Patong. This is the first of 2 parts from a night out and the footage from this video starts at 10pm.

This was filmed in early October, before the big news hit on 13 October.

Bangla Road is the centre of nightlife for the popular holiday destination of Phuket.

It’s a great place for bar hopping, with many regular bars, beer bars, gogo bars, live music bars and nightclubs all on one street!

A rainy night in Patong.

On this night I went out later than usual hoping the rain would let up. It didn’t, and it was impossible to go anywhere without a sturdy umbrella or a watertight raincoat. I paid 200 baht for an umbrella in the end and thankfully it withstood the wind and rain.

Show Pole dancers at the Tiger Complex.

The show pole dancers at the tiger complex can’t be barfined. But they are more than happy to have drinks with you are you can enquire about additional services at your own discretion. I’m sure the price to bed these girls would be astronomical as it’s not uncommon for them to end up with wads of 1000 baht notes from an evening’s tips.

Cheap drinks.

Many beer bars to the beach end of Bangla Road had beers fixed at just 80 baht a bottle. Some bars had promotions including Monsoon that had Chang bottles at 49 baht all night long. In the rainy season a cheap night can certainly be had if you cherry pick the bars you frequent.

Hassle from ping pong show touts.

Almost everyone receives relentless hassle from these guys on Bangla Road. My advice is to hold a smartphone or camera up so they won’t approach you, or buy an inexpensive beer from a 7-Eleven and they won’t bother you in the slightest. Of course, don’t make any eye contact or don’t engage them in conversation as you pass by.

Incidentally, if you do want to see a ping pong show it is around 900 baht for the cheapest drink in these bars with no cover charge. The shows are definitely memorable one way or another and simply nurse your drink to get your money’s worth.

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