Step Back In Time At Safari

Published on 10th July 2017 by Stickboy BKK

safari patpong 1

Safari on Patpong 1 has been around since the 1960s and has been under it’s current ownership for over 40 years.

It’s not the go-to place for many expats other than some old timers who enjoy a trip down memory lane nor does it appeal to the thousands of tourists who pass it while shopping at the night market it looks on to as the bar chooses not to have dancing girls any more with many who’ve graced the pole in years gone by now happily married.

safari patpong 1

This is a classic old school bar run by Ning. A charming, delightful and welcoming host that I had the pleasure of chatting with over a drink last week when me and my partner in crime ventured in for a blast from the past – and the hope of snapping a few shots to share.

My requests to the waitress asking could we take a few photos seen us introduced to various members of staff whom Ning later described as “family” as we worked our way up the chain of command to get the green light.

As we spoke with one or two members of staff regarding photos we were joined at our table by three hostesses that I’d describe as classy. All were very well presented in nice dresses and all friendly in the proper sense of the word.

The tables all have a vase of flowers on them and drinks are served on trays… and you really wouldn’t expect anything less looking around at the retro decor.

safari patpong 1

safari patpong 1

safari patpong 1

We were soon joined by the owner who introduced herself asking about our unusual request telling us nobody had taken photos in the bar for more years than she could remember, curious why Safari had taken our interest.

Joining us the conversation so had her sharing the story of Safari and tales from Bangkok back in day.

After an hour and a half we had to make tracks and Ning very kindly allowed us to take a few photos in and around the bar to share here on Stickboy, something I’m extremely grateful for.

safari patpong 1

Safari should be on your Bangkok bucket list. It is the type of place you could take your wife if you happened to be in the area after dark.

This bar is definitely not somewhere for a rowdy night out, it just isn’t that kind of place but it is well worth a visit as there aren’t very many bars like this left and sooner rather than later time will transform this old school venue too.

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