What is a Ping Pong Show?Thailand's (in)famous ping pong show is a form of stage entertainment that takes place in strip clubs. It is an unusual type of a show in which you will see women wearing only bras, lying on their backs and using their pelvic muscles to either blow, eject, or hold objects from their vaginal cavity. While ping pong balls are the most common and iconic objects used, there are also other objects ranging from a banana to a razor used in the show.
Some bars in Thailand are simple and easy going strip clubs where for a few Bahts, a woman will dance on and around you. But of all the nightlife and different types of shows available in the country, none are eerier than the controversial and downright peculiar ping pong shows.
So where will you come across such shows? Well, none other than the Bangla Road, Phuket. This is one of those places where Thailand sustains the stereotypes you see in films. Alcohol, prostitutes, drugs are only a few of the many weird things you will come across here. If it's sordid, disreputable, and overpriced you can undoubtedly say, it's Bangla Road. Ping pong shows, lately, is the number one attraction in Thailand. Stroll on the street for a minute, and you will notice sellers grabbing you by your arm and forcing you to come to their bars and attend the ping pong shows.
The show is all about women removing objects from their vagina while other women dance around her. And the "fun" doesn't stop there. Many of the Thai women ? who are generally short in stature ? will fit in a goldfish or a frog in themselves and then throw it in a bowl. Believe it or not, this gets the crowd going. Other scenarios can be women throwing darts at balloons - another strange event that you will come across in the show. A whole evening's entertainment can be described as the audience drinking beer (which are priced at four times their normal price) while watching women use the power of their pelvic muscles. In the background, the lights are neon and bright, perfectly matching the show happening on stage. The music is loud, but a large number of crowd present there is louder.
In the present day, ping pong shows might be considered unethical, but it's not illegal. And if you think about it, watching the ping pong show in Thailand is no surprise as the country has a reputation for being a pleasure-seeking sexually-liberated paradise for travellers. So if you have a thing for the most bizarre stuff out there, the ping pong show is your place to be. But if the ping pong shows are the only reason you want to travel to Phuket, you might want to reconsider that plan.