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Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below. Just click on the icons to get to the download. The black leather party masks that performers May and Som wear for their fetish shows in Bangkok are definitely not the sort to stop the coronavirus.
Behind closed doors, they practice for the day when health restrictions are lifted and tourists return, but they have no idea when and worry that the city's infamous Patpong red-light district could be very different by then. Like Som, she goes only by her Thai nickname. BarBar and other Go go bar thailandia such as "Bada Bing" and "Fresh Boys" are shuttered and the nights are largely silent. Thailand shut bars and clubs in mid-March as coronavirus cases surged.
It halted international passenger flights, stopping the tourism that had made Bangkok the world's most visited city for four years. But residents say the decline had already begun for a red-light district that flourished in the s as a rest stop for U. I think that's already over, they just don't know that yet. The of go-go bars in Patpong district has waned in recent years as business has moved to other parts of Bangkok or online and as sex tourism has become a smaller part of the overall tourism industry for Thailand.
For decades, tourism figures were skewed towards men. But the growing importance of Chinese visitors in particular changed that. Inmore than 53 percent of tourists were women. Nonetheless, Patpong's nightlife district employed thousands of Go go bar thailandia, mostly young women. Most are now among the 2 million Thais the state planning agency believes may be made unemployed this year because of the impact of the virus.
BarBar is still paying some workers. But the manager of at least one go-go bar on Soi 2 just abandoned the lease. Patpong had never known it as bad, said year-old Pratoomporn Somritsuk, who for 35 years has run the Old Other Office drinking den. The lockdown has meant the whole sex industry has collapsed. Online escort service Smooci said activity in Bangkok fell to 10 percent in April. Thailand has now begun to lift some movement restrictions with infections at over 3, and deaths nearly 60, but neither rising rapidly.
There is talk of tourism resuming. It may end up looking different, but this change will be for the better," Rungruang Kitpati said. TheJakartaPost Please Update your browser Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. LOG IN. Forgot Password? Or continue with Google Facebook Linkedin. Register here Want to register your company or campus?
Register here. Southeast Asia. Go-go bars gone as coronavirus hits Bangkok's sex district. A worker fixes a shop in Patpong, a red light district in Bangkok, on May 23, following anti-government protests. Thailand's prime minister said that Bangkok would get back to business on Monday after a massive clean-up, and defended a crackdown on protest rallies that unleashed a ram of arson and looting.
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