Avoid This Dirty Travel Mistake

Save yourself the regret and guilt in Southeast Asia

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No amount of cheap vodka could dull what we were about to see.

Our minds started to piece together what kind of establishment this was. Judging by the poles on the stage, and the amount of guilty looking men sitting around, we were a little out of our element.

Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

“Excuse me, can you please smile when doing tricks with your vagina for money?”

We never saw any actual Ping-Pong balls, but there was about everything else that you could imagine.

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That $70 would go a lot further in Thailand than it would in the U.S., but I didn’t think the girls were going to see much of it.

We ran out of there, grateful to have our freedom. The rest of the night’s activities seemed boring after that drama.

Do you still want to see a ping-pong show?

I’m certainly not here to judge, but please know that there is a very real possibility that those dollars spent could be contributing to sex-trafficking and a very shady operation.

Last Thoughts

We had heard the term “ping-pong show” before — it was when the taxi drivers kept wanting to take us to one. I guess I’m naive enough to think that it was really just a couple of professionals playing table tennis.

Before going to Bangkok I had never heard of this spectacle, and I definitely didn’t think there was going to be razor blades involved.

The fun in traveling is the spontaneity that leads to irreplaceable memories, but in this case, a good story wasn’t worth contributing to something that felt wrong.

Everything raw and real. Be good humans, we’re all in it together.

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