Like it or loathe it, Bangkok is famous for its ping pong shows and thousands of tourists flock to see these shows every year. Unfortunately a lot of tourists will end up getting ‘ripped off’ as they will end up paying more than they expected for drinks or get hit with extra hidden charges.
I thought I’d share a number of tips to hopefully make sure you don’t fall into any of the traps:
1. Before you enter the club make sure you ask how much entry is, and how much drinks are
2. When you get in the club, ask how much the drinks are BEFORE you order them
3. If any other drinks arrive at your table (i.e. shots) that you haven’t ordered then tell them to take them away straight away and do not drink them
4. Ensure your bill is delivered to the table with your drinks and pay for them straight away before you have taken a sip
Of course, men beware – if you buy a drink for a lady it may end up stinging you for more than the cost of a normal drink!
Whilst at the show, make sure you use your common sense – do not take any photos whilst in there, if you get caught your likely to land yourself in a whole lot of trouble.
We went into the show together as a couple as we were intrigued and we actually found two other couples in there, intrigued like we were. Although there was also a seedy group of business men as well like we had expected.
After travelling through India before our visit to Bangkok we’d already developed into savvy travellers and we asked the price of everything before taking it. We checked the price of drinks and only drank what we had ordered, but we still ended up running into problems when we went to pay the bill. They tried to charge us £50 for what should have only been £5 – they insisted that our first drinks were £50, and only if we bought more drinks were they at the reduced rate – this was extremely sneaky and news to us! We gave them their £5 and walked out as we knew we were in the right, but they did become quite aggressive because we wouldn’t pay. Another couple saw us arguing with them at the bar and so decided to pay up and leave at the same time; unfortunately they weren’t so resilient as us and ended up paying the £50 they demanded.
Remember: be firm and ask the price, and pay the bill BEFORE you have taken a sip of your drink. If you are not happy then leave and pay the money that you agreed before hand – not the money they demand at the end! You are in the right so stand up for yourself.