Let's make something straight here.
The same way we say you are what you eat I can say you will have the trip that [color:"red"]you[/color] make of it.
Everybody who complain about the touts on Thawiwong Road (Beach Road) in Patong I have a question for you, why are you all going there every night?
Each time I go there, every night it's full of tourists mainly family and couple.
Let me make a other point here, Patong is not Phuket, Patong is only one town on the island.
The Bangla road case, it's a part of the redlight of Patong where you can see a lot of single man in bars with the ladies of the night but what I saw on the sidewalk are tourists mainly couples who go there to do a little lurking, a other question here, if you don't like what you see there why do you go there every night?
On Bangla Road there is a soi with only katoeys (someone know the name) and every night in high season it's full of tourists there and you better to go there early if you want to have a place to sit, the people you will see there are not the single guys of this board but mainly couples, why are you going there in such large group if you don't like to see this shameful redlight?
There is also a place outside downtown Patong who is call Simon Cabaret (don't know the exact location) where you can
go see a big cabaret show of katoeys and transvestites, every night it's full of tourists mainly couples who are going there to see the show, why a lot of people want to put down Thailand because it's a sexe destination but at the same time those kind of people can tell you they had been to every of those places?
Every one is for the virtue but what I saw in Thailand is a lot of those people are clearly hypocrite because everynight you can see them lurking at those infamous places.
Just my 2 bht......