Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Phuket Day 2: Patong Nightlife


And the Phuket adventures continues !!

Previously, we were sightseeing and playing with the clear waters at Phi Phi Island. It was almost a full day Island touring and in the late afternoon, we took a ferry from the Phi Phi Island back to the Phuket main Island. The next destination we stayed at was at Patong, the place with the most happening nightlife in Phuket. We arrived close to sunset, checked in, freshened up a little, and out we went to explore the nightlife of Patong.

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We stayed at a hotel at the heart of Patong, the Ibis hotel.

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Street vendors are very common, some even had everything set up onto the motorcycle. Impressive or what?

Unlike Phi Phi Island, where civilization seems quite a distance away, Patong on the other hand resembles more of a city life. The streets were so busy, that it put Petaling Street and Bukit Bintang areas in KL on weekends to shame. The streets at night were crowded with tourists that the atmosphere was quite warm and can get rowdy at times. It was a district I would have never expected to exist on a small island !!

So what was there on the streets?

On the first night, we just made a quick survey of the place, and a full walk around to actually see what was there.

1) Liquor, beer and alcoholic beverages being sold openly, by the roadside. You get bartenders to stir or shake up those cocktails of all colours right in front of you and the streets full of people.

2) You get prostitutes, like really hot looking chicks with boobs popping out of their bras trying to hook you so you can pay them a ridiculous sum of money just so you can poke your dick in their holes for one night.

3) Bars, bars and all sorts of bars. Pole dancing bars with topless babes (yes, topless, revealing boobies of all kinds of size, shape and state of bounciness) are so common. You are allowed to walk into the bar and have a peep before deciding to settle down. To stay and feast your eyes all you want, all you need to do was to buy a drink. And to touch, you just need to slip in a few dollar notes into their bras/panties, and they are yours.

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My dinner, Fried Rice in Pineapple !!

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Busy streets of Patong, with every type of living creatures lurking every corners.

4) She-man, tranny, he-she, or whatever you want to call them. Locally, the politically correct way to address them would probably be lady-boys. It was quite disturbing considering the fact on how I cannot differentiate some of them whether they were originally men or not.

5) People crowding everywhere!! The prominence of the crowd can put Petaling Street or Bukit Bintang district in KL on weekends to shame, anytime. Seriously, there were so many people everywhere that this has got to be one of the most happening nightlife spots, ever in the world.

6) The promoters, who come in all kinds of appearance. Their main purpose was to promote whatever they were trying to promote. For example, tiger shows, strip shows, “ping pong” girls (if you do not know what this is, go do some research), and all other funky stuff that would readily drain your wallet dry. Those promoters, can get very zealous at selling what they want to sell, and they would pounce on you even when you as much as blinked your eyes on them. They were annoyingly scattered at all places.

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Things your eyes can feast on, even as you walk along the streets. More interesting stuff awaits inside, should you dare to venture deeper.


7) Ordinary boring stuff, such as T-shirts, watches, pirated CDs and DVDs, souvenirs… *yawn

8) A shopping mall. Like, one gigantic shopping mall, on an island !! And you know what, the shopping mall is probably a couple of times LARGER and better than the best shopping mall in Kuching !! I was dumbfounded. Fuck !!

9) There was a streetside live Deejay who blasted his remixed tracks pumping through the loudspeakers.

10) Seafood restaurants, and cafes for you to sit down and eat or drink. *yawn.

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This street DJ was spinning his stuff as the patrons were enjoying his work walking by.

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All different kinds of alcoholic beverages, just an order away from the five foot way.

It was an extremely happening and crowded street, so lively that the night seemed to stretch forever. Just by walking there seemed rather fun. We did some peeps into the bars, and decided to go to one of the S&M themed bar. We got ourselves beer and we got to stick around as long as we wanted. In there, you get topless pole dancers, swinging their ways around, and you are allowed to smack them with a foam stick thing which creates a shockingly loud smack sound, but of minimal pain. And they can hit you back with it too. Scary, is an understatement. Of course cameras were not allowed in, hence no pictures. You just have to use your imaginations!!

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And we thought Malaysians are lazy, this is quite a common scene everywhere in Phuket.

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So this is what happens, when sex industry has become legal, and prostitution is not considered unlawful in a country. I personally do not condone to prostitution in any manner, nor do I agree with many of the sexual-oriented business that was driving the streets crazy. However, I must admit that I was impressed on seeing how everything looked so extravagant from the surface of it all. It seemed to be in control, and the tourists kept pouring in this Island to get what they cannot get so readily and openly from other parts of the world. On the other hand, underneath the surface, lies sadness and tragedy, which I shall not explore further in this entry.


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*Ahem. That did not just happen.

For those of you traveling to Phuket, you must at least have a look-see (if you do not feel like touching anything) of how the nightlife is like. It is definitely not something that is seen in Malaysia and most other parts of the world.

We are nearing the end of Phuket episodes already !! Two more entries to go.

20 comments:

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  2. The Arnold in the 2nd last pic don't seem too pleased with you guys =)

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  3. Hey fish tan,
    Nah, he was just shocked to see people camwhoring there.

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  4. Really wat to go here.. but ppl say, Krabi is nicer .

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  5. i see u had a jolly good time in phuket! poking around in different holes LOL. but seriously a friend told me shen zhen is worse. theres this street where theres nothing but massage bars and its so high tech that when u step into any one, u can view all the girls on a touch screen panel.

    anyhow i see u have been busy recently removing spam comments left behind on your blog!

    -Marcus

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  6. hey cyril,
    "krabi is nicer" is too general a statement, Phi Phi has the best beaches and waters, Patong has the best nightlife, and phuket island itself has a few awesome sightseeing spots. Krabi is just another island off the main Phuket island, hence we did not go there.

    Hey marcus,
    wow touch screen !! You should go there marcus. then start a blog and share with us what you found there ahahaha..
    Darn I miss Perth. Ok that was random LOL

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  7. whats so random about that lol! hey i planning to go back in july? wat say u?

    -Marcus

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  8. Hey marcus,
    I would love to, but i foresee shortage of $$$! Such is the reality of being a sad engineer in Malaysia.

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