Patpong Night Market


You might be faced with the competing distractions of strip-clubbing and flea market shopping in this infamous area. And true to the area’s illicit leanings, fake goods (in particular watches) make a prominent appearance even amid a wholesome crowd of families and straight-laced couples. If you must buy, bargain with determination, as first-quoted prices tend to be astronomically high.

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