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“I heard that Patpong Road in Bangkok being full of scams. Is any advice you can give on how not to be scammed in Thailand?”
While Patpong has improved in recent years, some of its go-go bars still employ schemes to rip off customers. Here is what you need to know to avoid scams here.
Most bars in Patpong don’t have an entry fee, but you must buy a drink once you are inside. Usually, this costs starts at 120 baht or so (4usd). Many go-go bars have employees, men or women, out front to advertise their venue and invite customers inside for a drink. This is true for both reputable bars and places that might try to get extra money out of you unfairly.
One sign that you may be getting draw into an unfortunate situation is if the person says something such as, “You can come in for free for a few minutes and then decide if you want to stay.” If you stay longer, you will certainly be subject to a charge, and it is easy to lose track of time – and if you are a minute over, be prepared to pay.
You may have time to see a “sex show”(many places get you in by mentioning these shows like “Ping Pong Show” or “Pussy Show”), and then you will be asked for a series to tips. It’s normal for the girls to ask you to buy them a drink, but if you are in a place looking to rip you off you may find that you will be charged more than usual price for whatever she orders.
(At Patpong Road, some places scam you by trying to charge up to 1,000 baht (30usd) for a drink while you are watching a “free” show. So be careful)
They usually keep the bill from you until you have no choice but to pay it. This differs from the normal go-go bars, where there is a box given to you where you have to deposit your money as you go. At bars trying to run a scam, you aren’t asked to pay until the end.
If you unfortunately end up paying much more than you should have, take it as a lesson and an opportunity to warn others. Plus, you may have an amusing story to tell back home.
Fighting with the staff will get you nowhere, they will try to scare you by calling in security or the police…both of which are on the staffs payroll.
Note: This is one of the reasons why I rarely recommend Patpong Road. Stick with Nana Plaza or Soi Cowboy if you don’t want to deal with this.
Posted on Gods of Thailand December 7, 2014 in Bangkok