Patong Nightlife [WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DONT PAY..???]
Patong Bangla Road Nightlife – Phuket 2016 – VLOG 103 (Girls, Bars and Trouble!)
A video of a night out at Bangla Road, Patong. This is the second of 2 parts from a night out and the footage from this video starts around midnight.
This was filmed in early October, before the big news hit on 13 October.
The Western guy who didn’t pay his bill.
Be aware that in Thailand there are some rip off bars (ping pong shows usually at Patpong in Bangkok, and Bangla Road in Phuket). There is also a chance that your bar bill might be padded especially at some gogo bars if you are intoxicated and buying a lot of lady drinks for the dancers.
The simplest advice I can give if you want to see a ‘ping pong’ show is don’t trust the touts who will say anything to get you through the door. Ping pong shows at bangla road are around 900 baht for the cheapest drink as the show is included in the price. Patpong in Bangkok is even worse and read the latest trip adviser posts to see for yourself. If you do go to a show then make sure to confirm the price ‘before’ you order.
As for having your bar bill padded if you are drinking with friends then make sure to each have your own bill. It can be very easy to lose track of a communal drinks bill if you are in a group buying rounds including lady drinks. You can pay each drink as they come but usually you’ll be considered a cheap charlie by doing this.
As for the guy in the video there is a saying that applies here, and it is ‘pay and walk.’ If your bar bill is incorrect then for sure argue your case on the premises, but if you are getting nowhere fast then my advice is to just ‘pay and walk.’
Yes, you will lose a bit of money, but it’s much better to be 1000 baht or so lighter in the wallet then end up in a police station for hours. Even worse still you could end up in hospital where you will certainly have to pay more and lose a lot of time there.
The thing is, if you are on your own like the guy in the video it’s your word against theirs, and eventually you will have to pay the bill anyway along with a bill for the police’s time if you visit the station.
I’m not condoning what happened to the guy, off camera he physically pushed the staff out of the way when he made a run for it, and that resulted in him being roughed up a little.
Thailand is not the Western world, and the police are almost always going to side with the local establishments. It can be hard if you’ve had a few drinks, but my advice is to throw your pride and ego out of the window, pay up and chalk it down to experience.
I’ve had personal experience of this kind of thing, and it’s just not worth ruining your night/holiday over a dodgy drinks bill. Just ‘pay and walk.’
I have a friend who took it all the way with the cops and they nearly ended up in the prison from hell as they didn’t have their passport on them and nobody to courier it to the police station. It’s just not worth the aggro, plus it usually takes 2-3 hours for an incident to be processed at a station.
‘Pay and walk,’ and that applies pretty much to every country in South East Asia. 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!