Getting Pierced on Khao San Road in Thailand

So with a little Chang in me, no one to party with and too jet lagged and tired to go to the effort of making friends I decided, for some reason, it would be a great idea to get my ear pierced. As soon as I had the thought I went into the nearest shop to enquire and barter. He said 1000, I instinctively halved it to 500, he said 800, I said 500, we finally agreed on 500. It was only three needles and a bloody ear later that I actually thought about the exchange rate after and realised it was close to a tenner. I’d most likely been done, but it was too late by then.

Scorpion Khao San Road

The Khao San Road piercing

I asked him if the needles were fresh and the room was clean. The one thing I didn’t ask was if he actually knew how to do it. How silly of me to presume.

He sat me down and I drew the little mark where I wanted it to be. In the past I’ve had my lip pierced, my nose, my helix and a few holes in my lobes too, so I’m no stranger. I sensed something was wrong when he was crazily tugging at my ear and what sounded like he was cursing at the needle. He went to get another needle and was getting notably angrier. He pulled my ear away from my head, seemingly forgetting it was attached and tried to get that second needle through. I couldn’t see, but I could hear the snipping of scissors against something, I can still only assume it was either end of the needle.

His boss saw what he was doing and came running in.

I told him he was hurting me, not to worry about it, I didn’t want it any more and let’s just stop this now. The boss was a determined chap though and ignored my pleas. Instead he pressed a swab to my ear – I was unsure if the dripping I felt was water or blood.

I was feeling kind of stupid.

The boss ushered the guy out the way and got another needle, round three, and stabbed that into my ear. I heard the snipping of scissors close to my ear again. The sounds was far too close to me for someone I didn’t trust. With some struggle, thanks to the amount of holes currently in my ear, he finally managed to get the stud in the right one. Or at least one where it would go all the way through.

I jumped up and looked in the mirror, ready to see my whole head pouring with blood. Turns out my ear was just bright red and stayed that way for a week.

He still charged 500 and I still paid. What a mug.

Ear pierced on Khao San Road

What Can You Do With £25 on Khao San Road?


  1. by Mostafa Chowdhury on March 22, 2014  7:42 am Reply

    WOW...! Kau San road ! one of my favorite place when I am in Thailand, next May going again to explore more in the neighboring places :)

    • by Vicky on March 23, 2014  5:26 pm Reply

      Awesome isn't it? Crazy street, and yes, I'd love to go back too!

  2. by Jayne on March 23, 2014  5:35 pm Reply

    A piercing on the Khao San Road - are you crazy lady? Looks good though!!

    • by Vicky on March 23, 2014  9:24 pm Reply

      Yeah I think I actually was! Temporary insanity due to jetlag and over excitement :)

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  4. by Albert on April 25, 2014  6:02 pm Reply

    Crazy place indeed to get pierced. I got myself a tattoo on Bondi Beach. Well not on the beach itself :P

  5. by Jess on May 29, 2014  4:47 pm Reply

    Wow!!! That was crazy brave of you! I'm so picky about the studios I get pierced at! How is it now?

  6. by Star on November 9, 2014  6:50 am Reply

    I live in Hua Hin and a similar combo of boredom and Chang led me to get my nose pierced.. Turns out the favored method here is to take a piercing earring and push pin it through your nose. I asked like 5 shops and none used needles. I was worried about how it would heal, but it had virtually no swelling and it healed pretty quickly, but I am pretty fastidious with after care so that helps. Recently got a second piercing on the same nostril and so far so good, the first piercing finally healed enough to put a screw ring in it. I've never seen this method of piercing until I came here, I am wondering if maybe it is less traumatic on the nose, because mine healed more easily than a lot of my friends that I've witnessed. Chances are though that I should have waited to visit home and do it there.

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