Thailand, a country of ancient culture, the longest reigning monarch, golden Buddha’s, white beaches, massages, full-moon beach parties and sex tourism.
In Phuket tourism is booming, and we found ourselves right in the thick of it; within walking distance of Patong beach. We hired scooters, the most convenient way of exploring the island and its many beaches and restaurants during the day.
But it’s at night that the island truly comes alive. This is when the clubs and bars open and the girls emerge; girls on poles, girls dancing on the tables, girls in dark doorways, girls ready to massage, girls in sex shows and the girls that are not girls, the ladyboys. And all these scantily clad girls attract Western men in their hoards.
We decided to see two shows; a Ladyboy show and a Ping Pong show. All these shows are advertised as free entry, but that’s just to get you inside. Once they have you, you are charged exorbitant prices for your drinks. Well the Ladyboy Show was entertainment and worth the price of the drinks. But I have to say, although the ladyboys can look very attractive, they just cannot move like a girl.
Next it was onto a Ping Pong Show. We had heard all about the women’s prowess and were ready to be impressed. Somehow the price of a drink now increased three-fold; I mean it really was expensive, even for Ping Pong. So we were going to be choosy. After looking-in at three shows (you are allowed a quick look-see) we realised that the women’s abilities were far less spectacular than the stories we had heard of them hitting a target from a distance. It was quite simply more ping than pong. So we gave up and watched a street magician instead.
We should have believed that sign that said “No Ping Pong Bullshit Here”
PHUKET, THAILAND: 14-01-2013