Rugby and Guinness in Patong

Trip Start Sep 09, 2012
Trip End Nov 24, 2012

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Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Having spent the morning by the pool we decided to head into Patong which is apparently Phuket's largest sex town. It was SJW's idea - honest.

Bangla Road is where it all happens but as we got there early afternoon the action hadn't quite started. So we did a cursory lap and then found somewhere for lunch.

By happy coincidence (?maybe?) New Zealand were playing Australia (rugby union if you're reading this in Melbourne) so we settled into Scruffy Murphy's and ordered pasty and chips with gravy along with a pint of Guinness. Unfortunately, they were out of Guinness (I considered leaving at this point but the rugby had started!) so made do with a pint of Kilkenny.

Great match which finished 18 all. The Aussies played well considering the All Blacks were heavy favourites and going for a joint world record of 17 consecutive wins. And by the time we were done, the Guinness was back on draft. Woobloodyhoo!

Walked the length of the beach to try and work off some of the Guinness. The beach sellers are a lot more prevalent and aggressive here but the views are beautiful and the sand is soft - so we put up with or ignored them.

And then we ventured back into Bangla - it's everything the guides tell you. Full on outdoor lap dancing, offers to see the latest ping pong show and lots of middle aged men (that's older than me!) leering over young Thai girls.

Apparently you can 'rent', for want of a better word, the girls by the hour, night, day or week - depending on your needs. You can go for the straight sex, no frills option, or the longer "GE" - girlfriend experience. These can turn into a full time romance sometimes and are known locally as the "WE" or wife experience. In turn, what follows is the "DE" - divorce experience, closely followed by the "NME" or no money experience.
Which can be a problem if you suffer from "PFOCE" - penis full of crabs experience.

Either way - we got away clean!

But we might go back to have another look! In the interests of balanced journalism of course...
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