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Patpong is easily Bangkok's best-known, most notorious nightlife area. The four-acre plot of privately owned land has over 100 back-to-back neon-lit bars catering almost exclusively to men. The short lanes stretching between Silom and Surawong Roads constitute one of the best nightlife areas in the world and, love it or hate it, few will forget their first trip to Patpong.

Road to Riches

The area now covered in gaudy go-go bars was once a banana plantation owned by the bank of Indochina.

The land was sold to the Hainanese-Thai Patpongpanich family just before the second world war for just 60,000 baht, about US$2400. The Patpongpanich family now collects over 10 million baht monthly from rent alone.

Patpong earned its notoriety during the Vietnam War when GIs made it their base for R&R (rest and recreation), also known as I&I (intoxication and intercourse). These days Patpong is tamer and pretty much run for the tourists.

The nightlife strip runs along two short lanes, Patpong 1 and 2, with a couple of short interconnecting sois. Bars share street-space with restaurants, massage parlors, a couple of hotels, and, incongruously, a Foodland supermarket, while a night market selling clothes, fake watches and souvenirs runs down the center of Patpong 1 and out along Silom Road.

Although touts and overzealous salesmen will pester the tourist for their dollars, Patpong is one of the safest and least expensive nightlife areas in the world and should remain on the itineraries of every visitor to Bangkok. Get there easily from the Sala Daeng BTS Station or just get a taxi or tuk tuk - everyone knows Patpong!






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