This time, I’d like to tell you about something about which there is very little information, at least in Spanish, and about the most often asked questions while arranging a trip to Thailand. What exactly is the Ping Pong Show? Have you ever seen a Ping Pong performance in Thailand? Is it safe to travel? What are your impressions of the Ping Pong Show? Apparently, seeing this legendary spectacle is a must if you visit Thailand.
I am a firm believer in doing, knowing, and seeing all that is touristic, folkloric, social, and cultural in a place. I’m not one of those individuals who is easily impressed, and I don’t appreciate being told what to do. I have always been, am, and will continue to be someone who enjoys living and experiencing things directly, as long as they don’t kill me (hahaha). Obviously, when I visited Thailand, I opted to attend the world-famous Ping Pong Show, which everyone at my hostel raved about.
I have to admit that I had no clue what Ping Pong Show was, and I didn’t even research it. I just knew the Ping Pong Show was a kind of Thai Table Dance; therefore, I went with the buddy who joined me on that trip to attend the famed Ping Pong Show. I must add that when I got to the “venue” on the famed Soi Cow Boy Street, where numerous Ping Pong Show establishments exist, it surpassed my naive expectations.
My “fright” at the Ping Pong Show
I realized Bangkok is Asia’s Amsterdam, but much more intense and blatant lol. Once you reach the main road, numerous RPs will offer to take you to their clubs or pubs to witness the performance.
You hear the words “ping pong” and “ping pong show” everywhere, and the fact is that you don’t know who to listen to. They all seem to be reasonably priced, but the issue is, where the heck can I witness a “good Ping Pong Show”? I believe there is no such site, and you must select at random from among the options available as I did.
After strolling for 30 minutes with more doubts than remorse, I chose the “promotion” provided to me by a Thai man: 200 Bahts for a voluntary stay, which I felt was too good to be true (indeed, it turned out to be a scam, more on that below).
Entering the Ping Pong Show (haha)
We climbed a few steps and entered the famed “bar” in total. According to what I’ve heard, the design, interior, and furniture arrangement were identical to any Table Dance in Mexico City, Madrid, or Amsterdam. I chose to sit near the door in case things became inappropriate and to escape quickly without being identified (by whom? hahaha no one knew me there).
The event began like every other striptease show in the globe. There was an elevated stage, three females dancing on a pole in the rear, and a girl dancing in the center. There were two females waiting their turn under the stage… and then… THE PING PONG SHOW BEGIN…
And until this moment the “real show” began
Finally, there was the renowned Ping Pong Show, which consisted of a female tossing Ping Pong balls from her private area and offering spectators tiny rackets to smash the ball when it was thrown at them, as readers can discover in any article on google.
After witnessing everything else, watching this was like “ah ok, the little ball thrown” The Ping Pong Show comprises a number of outrageous acts before they begin tossing the balls towards the audience.
My personal opinion of the Ping Pong Show?
I don’t pass judgment on him or condemn him. That’s how Thai conventions are, and I’m sure there’s an entire cultural and social context explaining why this program is extreme (Extreme for me, given the milieu in which I grew up).
It’s not a concert I’d go back to, and as I walked out of there, I had mixed thoughts. Mixed emotions between “what’s up, why do they do that so extreme?” and “Well, who am I to ask, surely there is a whole reason that explains the reason for this show and I must see it critically, not judge it.”
My partner did not utilize her patience and started ranting about the program and the practices that were there. I simply listened to it because I believe that before we criticize anything about culture, we must first understand why.
clear! All of what we witnessed, in our opinion, is not the most “healthy,” but who are we to say what is good and wrong? If a Thai travels to America and attends a striptease performance, they will undoubtedly be shocked. We have no idea how absurd it will be.
Here comes the Ping Pong Show scam
Oh, she forgot about me. The show’s voluntary persistence cost 200 Baht. When you enter the establishment, they attempt to observe your tourist face and tell you that it costs 200 Bahts, yet every female you see performs.
So we left the establishment owing roughly 2,000 Baht, which was lowered to 1,000 Baht when we spoke with the PR and fought since we were being cheated.
If you go to the Ping Pong Show, make sure you know exactly what you’re going to be charged so you don’t get the tourist look like I did.
This is essentially the Ping Pong Show. I wish I could have found a review on the internet that detailed everything in depth. Obviously, I do not regret going; after all, they are experiences, and the experiences stay as nice tales to tell later, hehe, and I wanted to share it with all of you since it is something rather intriguing and unusual in Western society.
What do you think?
Would you attend the Ping Pong Show? What do you think of the program based on what you’ve read? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Has anybody left yet?
This concludes the article for the time being; I hope that gives you a decent summary LOL of what the Ping Pong Show is. Remember that if you have any questions or comments about this post, please leave them in the comments section, and I will answer them as soon as possible so that other travelers can see the most frequently asked questions and learn from them. The joke is that we all manage to travel, learn about other cultures, and see the vast differences that exist between where we live.
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