Of course, Patong is the undisputed nightlife center of Phuket. Kata and Karon have similar, if more modest, nightlife scenes while even Phuket Town boasts a few hopping clubs that cater mainly to locals. Bangtao Beach features classy hotspots but is otherwise a relatively quiet area.
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There is no denying that the go-go bars, girly bars and sex shows are a very visible aspect of the nightlife scene in Patong and to a lesser extent Karon and Kata. In this section we will not attempt to judge the sex industry or the people involved. It is a complicated issue so we only try to describe it to give you an understanding of what is going on. See our nightlife page for information about Phuket's non-naughty nightlife. Some people find the girly bars distasteful. For others it is all part of the colour and vibrancy of the nightlife scene, while for some it is the main reason for coming to Phuket. The sex tourism sector in Phuket is not near the scale of that found in Bangkok or Pattaya but it is still an attraction for a large number of visitors. You do not need to be an active participant to go to the go-go bars.
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Any update on the Taxi Mafia situation around Phuket Island in general? Do they have Uber or Grabcar or other cheaper options now? Last time I was there a few years back was quoted insane taxi prices just to travel from adjoining beaches. About baht if I recall for short trips e. I've spent plenty of time in Bali and for comparison while you do have a small pockets of taxi mafia e. I vowed I will never go back to Phuket until they sort out the Taxi situation.. Yes they have GrabCar but the prices are more expensive than regular taxis Still at least you have one way to avoid the taxi mafia Uber didn't have any cars when I checked
The size of Singapore, the islands has over 40 beaches and several large resorts, however it is the capital of Phuket City commonly called Phuket Town which is the centre of the tourism industry. Here you can find some of the best bars, clubs and markets in the province including erotic massage parlors, go-go bars and karaoke clubs. Prostitution is illegal in Thailand but widely tolerated and, as far as the authorities go, ignored. In Phuket, the draw of a constant stream of international tourists, often with money to spend on entertainment, is enough to make it a popular location for women, ladyboys and guys to make a good living from sex-work. Most of the sex workers in Phuket are Thai but you will also find some from countries like Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia. Likewise, clientele for the industry is just as diverse and, although Westerners still flock to Thailand for its sex industry, you can find a lot of Asian tourists in Phuket. Phuket is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Image via Flickr. Prices vary a lot and are on a par with those in Bangkok. The price you pay will very much depend on the class and age of girl.