PHUKET: BANGLA ROAD

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Upon learning that I was going on a vacation in Phuket, a lot of my friends told me I should go to the most frequented “tourist spot” there and watch a different kind of entertainment, Bangla Road in Patong. At first I didn’t have an idea of what they were talking about.. until I got there…
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Along the streets of Bangla are the usual bars and restaurants (as well as souvenir shops).

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While wandering, we were approached by a guy and handed us this:

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It didn’t take long for us to give in.. Haha! So we headed to the “hidden” part of Bangla where several A-go-go bars are situated.

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The farther we go, the more shocking the shows get...

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There was no entrance fee to the show. Just buy a drink and you can stay for as long as you want. The drinks are a bit pricey (THB800/beer, but since I was with the best haggler in the universe, we got ours for THB2000 for 4 bottles.. hahah! kahit sa bar nakatawad si ate! Smile with tongue out )

Sure, I’ve seen some movies showing girls dancing in the clubs, entertaining men and acting stupid. One of my ex boyfriends also gave me an idea of how it is in a girly bar (he used to work for a political icon and most of the time they go to Quezon Avenue to “de-stress” Hahahah! Okay, I know I sounded like a lenient girlfriend.. Smile with tongue out ) but the ones in Bangla are ‘extreme’ and shocking.. Of course, picture taking isn’t allowed inside the strip club so I just posted the ‘wholesome’ ones taken along the street..

When we came in, we were asked to sit in front of the stage coz that’s the only available table left. I did not want to, coz I found it really uncomfortable watching naked girls dance so close to me.. and it wasn’t just dancing that they did, it was their so-called “Ping-pong Show” (please refer to the photo of the ‘menu’ above). They danced with their brassiere on and wore a skirt without panties until they pull some items (listed on the ‘menu’) out of their…. you know what I mean.. Gross, isn’t it?

The next few shows were just plain a-go-go and pole dancing.. the numbers were non stop and there were like 3-5 of them dancing every set.

The customers may also take the ladies to accompany them in their table, they just have to pay for what they call bar fine. After every set, there were also ladies carrying cans asking around for tips. “A little help for the ladies”, I think, was written around the can.

I was just curious about this talk of the town but it was not really fun. While others were entertained, I found it really disgusting and I pity the girls coz it is kind of abusive. It really saddened me coz I am a woman and we all deserve to be respected. But how would you get respect when even the dirtiest creatures are coming out of your ‘hole’ for every customer to see? Oh well, like the ones depicted in movies, probably they don’t have the means to survive but to work this filthy.

Bangla Road is undeniably the hub of a different kind of entertainment. For the record, I do not promote this place.. I’m just sharing my experience coz it’s something different that I guess I won’t forget for the rest of my life. (But I  am certain you’re curious too, so when you go to Phuket you will also ‘roam’ around Bangla and get noticed by a-go-go ‘marketers’ Hahaha! Open-mouthed smile)

PHUKET: CHAO FAH VARIETY MARKET

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If you have plans of going to Phuket, be sure to have it on a weekend so you can go to the town’s night market. This is where you can shop at a cheap price, from accessories, shoes, clothes, curtains, home decors and a lot more.

11064552From Patong (this is where we stayed, and where beaches are situated) you can rent a cab to and from the market. We got the service for THB800 (Round Trip). If you have the talent in haggling, you can still negotiate it. Winking smile The market opens at 6PM so we went there at around 7PM.

The driver can wait for you for hours (depends on your agreement, ours waited for 3 hours)

Taxis here in Phuket are real cars (I was even amused that we were picked up from the airport by a Fortuner) Hahaha!

When we arrived at the market after a few minutes of travel, we were greeted by dozens of food stalls. The place is so much like my beloved Banchetto in Ortigas. It was like a feast that we ended up spending the first hour eating. Open-mouthed smile The barbecue below (it’s called satay in Indonesia but I forgot how it is called in Thailand) costs THB15/stick, those seafood and veggies I think are ingredients for Pad Thai (stir fried noodles), a rice roll (maki) is priced at THB8/each and... the lady eating barbecue is priceless! Hahahah! Open-mouthed smile

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After feeding the worms inside our tummy, we began the real purpose of this trip: SHOPPING.

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It’s also nice if you have a companion who has a talent in haggling.. like big time! Just like my friend, Nheng, who helped me get some stuff for like half the price! Open-mouthed smile

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Funny thing is, I enjoy going to bazaars and tiangge.. but I always end up buying stuff for my family and friends, but never really buy something for myself.

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I got the 2 bags for THB180 each, same with the scarf. The watches, on the other hand, are originally priced at THB150 each but we got the 2 for THB200. See.. I told you, that’s the good thing about having a bargain hunter for a friend.

My favorite find for that night, however, is a cute shirt that I’m going to give to my 3 year old naughty nephew, Mikee. The boy on the shirt is just like him… makes me miss that little mischievous boy more.

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Another favorite is this yellow hair clamp that I got for THB85 (original price THB120). Nice noh? Smile

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Since I didn’t bring lots of cash that night, I stopped shopping early. I just spent time looking around, helping them choose what to buy… and taking photos.

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We were having fun shooting until my friends saw an odd looking white guy  (and I quote them, “tulala si kuya.. tulo pa ata laway..”) Wahahahah! I guess he finds me really weird! I was trying hard not to laugh, hence, my facial expression on this photo. Open-mouthed smile

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As soon as we got out of the RTW and other dry goods area, again, we saw lots of food stalls. I couldn’t help but eat again coz they looked so yummmmyyyy!!!

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Except for these….

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There are food pasalubong too..

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But this is the best pasalubong…

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Am I right? Open-mouthed smile

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