Patong traffic part one

Bangla Road in Patong is where the freaks come out at night. It’s like a miniature walking street, or an adult-oriented Khaosan Road, depending on how you look at it. Here you will find tourists looking to drink until they drop; stag and hen nights out to humiliate a bride or groom; and young boys and girls on tour trying to see a bit of the world.

There are bar girls and ladyboys; gays and oddballs; guys in wheelchairs and girls on crutches; a man with one leg selling cheap cigarettes and a 12-year-old girl selling lighters and flashing lights.

Confused travellers have their pictures taken with enormous lizards and strange-looking monkeys while the police crack down on people riding motorbikes through the soi. A magician dressed as a cowboy entertains the masses as a katoey bursting out of her top preys on solitary males.

Is this real life? It can’t be, surely. Sat from the safety of a bar selling Thailand’s finest beers for 50 baht, this was all I saw.

Bangla Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Bangla Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Bangla Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Bangla Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Bangla Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Part two

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  1. been to phuket twice in the last year and had some cracking nights out down bangla…. i think.!? however , the club scene is in need of a shake up … i got well sick of hearing shakira… tiger ,seduction, baha and banana have all got massive potential if they had the right tunes . but nobody seems to specalise in any genre. having djed for 20 years in da uk i am coming back to patong in november on a misson !!!! is it possible ? i dont know .. but i love the place soooo much i feel it would be negligent of me not to have a crack at it!and maybe we can have the place jumping !!!!

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