The World’s Top Sex Shows (Part 1/2): Bangkok’s Ping Pong Shows


Part 1: Bangkok’s Ping Pong Shows

Any traveller who’s stepped foot on Koh San Road, Bangkok’s notorious backpacking hub, will have been accosted by touts making a strange “popping” noise. What these orally fixated touts are emulating is the sound of a table tennis ball being propelled out of a woman’s vaginal cavity. This act of genital propulsion is the main draw of Asia’s most notorious sex show: The Ping Pong Show.

Aside from ping pong balls, one can also see women blow whistles, write with pens, smoke cigarettes and even secrete razor blades using only their vagina.

Male members of the audience are often called to participate in the show. You may find yourself holding a balloon as a performer pops it with a dart propelled from…yep, you guessed it.

“I got called up on stage. Rapidly sobering up, I was lying back down on the stage and staring at a woman’s vagina hovering above me – I remember thinking that this might be the lowest point of my life. Soon a ping pong emerged (from the vagina) like an egg from a chicken, and dropped towards my mouth. My survival instincts kicked in, and I batted the small, wet ball away. The ‘performer’ was bitterly disappointed I hadn’t caught the ball in my mouth, motioned at me to man up and repeated the trick. Batting it away a second time caused her to banish me from the stage, with a disappointed shake of her head. Don’t get called up.”

 – Matt Wilson

Other less willing participants include goldfish, who are used as vaginal ammunition, and large frogs, which performers battle to keep trapped inside their vaginas.

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Should I go?

Most ping pong shows take place in Bangkok’s red light district, (the aptly named) Pat Pong, and are free to enter. However, be prepared to pay over the odds for obligatory drinks. Audience members who do not shell out for beverages have been known to pay an obligatory tip or ‘exit fee’ upon leaving.

Performers can also be treated unfairly and there have been human rights concerns over working conditions. The feminist scholar Catherine MacKinnon has described the shows as part of ‘a pornography of torture’.

One thing ping pong shows unquestionably are is a testament to the amazing propulsion power of the female vagina. But is that reason enough to go?

I’ve been to Bangkok a few times and the novelty appeal of attending a Ping Pong show has never been enough to coax me in. Reports of performers looking like caged animals  was enough to over rule any cultural ‘when in Rome’ argument. It’s not what’s going on stage that I object to, it’s the recruitment and treatment of the performers.

Don’t take it from me

Unlike me, YouTuber SkyyJohn actually went to a show. Here’s what he and his two Australian cronies have to say:


  1. I live in Thailand and all this talk about captive caged female performers is absolute nonsense. Although people in the West may find it hard to believe, the Thais don’t find sex to be as disgusting as Westerners do. Many girls from the poorer parts of the north find the sex trade much easier and more lucrative than working in the rice fields under the blazing Thai sun. There is no need to traffic anyone when the real problem is dealing with the masses of girls arriving by train every month.

    Most girls come down to the capitol and spend a few years working in the bars or massage parlours and send their earnings back to their families. When they have saved up enough to buy a plot of land, farming equipment etc. they retire and return home, most to get married. Some do get stuck in Bangkok, not because of pimps but because they get used to the city night life and can’t bear the thought of going back to the farm.

    The real danger of ping pong shows is that many of them are scams and tourist traps where you end up with exorbitant bills for nothing more than a few drinks.

    The real trafficking involves labourers from Myanmar who are brought in illegally to work in plantations and as crew on fishing boats for little to no pay. And even then the majority of illegal workers are in the country voluntarily and are caught and sent back only to return soon afterwards, much like the situation with Mexican workers in the US.


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