The Patpong quarter, in particular its Soi 1 and 2 districts, is renowned as the location of one of the most well-known red-light districts in the world, with countless tourists rushing there looking for entertainment. It was one of the first recreation areas of this kind in Bangkok and it continues to pique the imagination of travellers from all around the world.
It is hard to believe that this area was virtually deserted, just another of Bangkok’s remote suburbs, up until the mid-20th century. The situation was changed dramatically by Chinese immigrants, who decided to turn Patpong into a business center. However, despite the efforts of business, it quickly became one of Bangkok’s liveliest entertainment areas instead. It is thought to be here that the first world-known Thai go-go bars were opened. Their first customers were US soldiers who took part in the Vietnam War, but were accommodated in Thailand.
Today, two small streets of Patpong feature about a hundred go-go bars and clubs, which is several times more than in Bangkok’s other red-light districts. The bright lights of their shop signs attract flocks of tourists daily. They clamour to see frivolous shows by promiscuous Thai girls and to experience the unforgettable atmosphere of carefree fun. Patpong’s significant advantage is its special status, which allows the entertainment facilities that are located on its grounds to work legally until two in the morning.
Lately, due to huge competition from elsewhere, cases of fraud became more frequent in the Patpong quarter. Clients are provided with standard entertainment and bar service at a significantly inflated price. Be careful not to be deceived: prices for alcoholic beverages are fixed and the bill is brought immediately in ordinary bars. This means that they have neither an opportunity nor a desire to defraud their customers.