Hi, I think Iíve recovered
from my Thailand
trip so Iíll post this update. Iím not even sure how to begin. Iíll start by
saying that I had soooo much more fun in Thailand then I did in Italy. Really two main reasons;
itís cheap and all the girls in Thailand
love me. (Iíll explain more latter)
The way I see it there are 4
places to go in Thailand.
Bangkok (wow what a fascinating city)
Pattaya (single guys playground)
Phuket (beautiful beaches and Islands)†
Chiang mai (up north, think more of a cultural field trip).
I went to Bangkok and Pattaya.† Phuket is next on
I started my 2nd
R&R leaving Balad (Home) to fly to Baghdad. This is the hardest
part of the trip, a lot of searches and standing in lines with other ex-pats
going on their R&Rís too. The Baghdad airport looks a lot nicer now. The
A/C works and itís all cleaned up.
†They even have a duty free shop staffed by regular
Iraqis now, who risk their lives just to go to work everyday. (insurgents sometimes attack the roads leading to the
airport) They sell liquor, perfume, Levis,
watches and other stuff at the duty free shop. The Iraqi girls smile and say ďhowlowĒ when you step into the shop. From Baghdad
I fly to Dubai,
Well, Iím still hung over
from a night in Dubai.
(to much sake at Benihanas,
why did I pick up the tab??) Anyway, I make it to my gate and Iím soon on my
way to Bangkok.
(I sleep during the 5-6 hour flight). I land at Bangkok
Airport and quickly find a cab to take
me to Nana Plaza. My hotel is across the street.
Itís nice enough and considering it was $130 for 4 nights itís a deal for
downtown. King size bed, a big room and great service.
I meet Sampong. Heís the bellhop. He arranges
everything for me and even calls my room everyday to see if there is anything I
need. Iím not sure what all heís selling but in Bangkok you can get anything you
wantÖanything. I decided to shower and venture out. I strolled to one of the
many bars, they are everywhere. I sat next to a nice girl who spoke English well, weíll call her Phon. (I
canít pronounce her real name). We talked awhile at the bar and I downed
several Heinekens. She had two and at $2.00 each a good deal. (All of a sudden
I was buying.)† After a nice Thai dinner,
she called her boss and got the next day off.†
She took me to the Grand Palace, Temple
of Dawn, Ministry of
Defense (I wanted to see the collection of cannons) and The Bangkok National
Museum. We ended the second day (ok she actually got two days off) with a
private water taxi ride through the canals of Bangkok to this great sushi place. She saved
me money on everything. She got the cabs and haggled for me. It was really
sweet. Sheís actually half Thai and Chinese, born in Bangkok, 35 years old with braces. She
frowned when I started calling her ďAntiqueĒ but it was all in fun. She gave me
a nickname too but I wonít tell you what it is. Thatís when I figured out she
was smarter then me. I still donít completely trust her. While on the canal
trip, this lady paddled up and sold me some ChopsticksÖ100bahtÖ$2.50. We were
on our way to eat sushi so it was timely. Bangkok
seems to know what you need before you even know what you want.
I arranged to see Phon again the next night and she suggested we meet her
friends. I said that Iíd take everybody to eat and then drinking and dancing. They new just the place. Q Bar Bangkok.
Here are some pics from
Q-Bar Bangkok. All the girls were friendly.
Itís a rockíin
place and was full of Europeans and pretty Thais. I felt at peace.† You purchase a bottle of liquor from the bar,
3000 Baht ($75), they put your name on it. Then you
and your friends drink from that bottle with free set ups. Johnny Walker Black
is what I ordered. They were out of Blue. Considering what a normal drink cost
in a high end club in the states, this was another great deal. I also found
that most Thai girls werenít drinking that much. Hum?? more
for me.† I go here two nights, Phon got my cover and a bottle of Jack the 2nd
night. She didnít have too but it was a nice of her to do so. We drank and
danced, only being interrupted by her friend coming over crying. Apparently
some guy was rude to her. I offered to kick his ass but the girls said he just
left. So I had another drink. We dance and later Phon
says ďYou cute danceĒ but I wasnít sure why she was laughing??? I had another
drink. I still donít trust her.
Another thing about Thailand,
itís a poor country. A respectable salary would be $200 Dollars a month, maybe
$300 with a degree.† I felt like I was
rich and I guess I was in comparison. If I went out in Houston and my salary was 20 times higher,
Iíd feel rich for sure.† Most of the
ďworkingĒ girls at the bars and clubs I met are from northeast Thailand
(85%) (I talked to everyone) Their parents make $75 or less a month working a
farm from sunrise to sunset. These girls are from the Isaan
region, speak a different dialect of Thai/Khmer and hustle rich Farangs (foreigners) for money. They seem to do what they
do out of lack of opportunity. (Maybe an economic problem, not moral) Their
brothers get past 6th grade but they donít because their parents
canít afford books for them. They arenít valued as much as the men. Maybe
thatís why if you are nice to the ladies they respond so graciously?† All these girls send their money home to
their parents and donít tell them what they do for a living. Iím sure the
parents know but their culture denies it. The girls believe itís their
responsibility to take care of the family and help the family make ďfaceĒ
(status). Most sell themselves to do so. Itís really sad from a western
standpoint, exploitation by the parents. But these girls seem to chase farangs like a sport. They laugh, smile and genuinely seem
happy.† So Iím not sure who is taking
advantage of whoÖÖThe men that see them or the
bargirls themselves. There are lots of nice respectable Thai women too but not
so much in the bars. But regardless, all of them seem really nice and would all
like to marry a nice rich guy. What girl wouldnít??† Itís no wonder a lot of Western men marry
Thai women. Unfortunately, some of them find out they have married a whole
family which they are expected to support. So pick your gals carefully I says.
Thatís true everywhere tho.
I was a little choked up upon
leaving Phon but what could I do. I still donít
completely trust her but she did completely disarm me. I new she was pushing
the right buttons and I couldnít resist anymore. I was happy to spend on her and
her friends. To me it wasnít that much. She said Iíd forget about her but I
knew that meant she didnít want me to. Iíll come back to see her.†
I left Bangkok for Pattaya
the next day. So far so good. But how could Pattaya be any better then Bangkok???
After the two hour cab ride
to Pattaya I arrived at the Rabbit Resort on Jontiem
Beach. Deb, the American
owner, assured me Iíd like the place and she was right. At 75 bucks a night it
was one of the more expensive places in Pattaya but
what the heck, Iím on holiday.
My first night in Pattaya
and I had no idea what to do. So after I got a 40 minute massage, manicure and
pedicure on the beach for 400 Baht ($10), I decided to catch a cab (Baht Bus:
you ride in the back) and head down to Walking Street.
I get out of the cab and pay
the guy 100 baht $2.50 (I should have paid 20-40 baht). I start walking toward Walking Street, cab
couldnít get me there, I had to walk to walking
street. figures. I pass through a dark alley, itís about
21:00 hrs, hot and humid and no sooner do I round this corner then 5 girls at
this bar start screaming like they just saw a rock star. I turned around to see
who was there and, yep, nobody, they were screaming at me. Ok, I could get to
like this place. I donít know if they saw me as a walking ATM machine or, maybe
just maybe, Iím kinda cute and the fact that I wasnít
with a girl set them off. I didnít care because either way it was fun. It was
one of the girlsí birthday, 30th I think.
I was talking to a lot of
girls, they all smile but their English isnít so good and my Thai is
nonexistent. I got up from the table, went to the bar and ordered another
Heineken. The waitress asked if I wanted another but I wanted to stretch my
legs.† As I was up another girl comes by
and sticks her hand out and says ďhiĒ.† I
said hi and shook her hand. For a moment I feared Iíd just make a deal using
some weird Thai custom. But she was just using my custom of the handshake. I
asked her name. She said ďfriends call me SonĒ Then she added ďI watch you from
there, you nice to ladyĒ Son is 26 and has a 6 year old son. Her real name is Sonthaya but people call her Son.† I couldnít believe Iíd just met another girl
I wanted to put in my bag and take with me. Thai women, Iíve learned, are
really pretty and like to pamper their men. Itís part
of their culture and itís hard not to get swept up by them. I invited her to go
swimming the next day and she agreed. After that, I saw her most of my time in Pattaya.
This is room service after
swimming. We had a great time at the pool. She rode on my back and would pull
on my ears as if I was a horse to make me wander around the pool. She even lit
my cigarettes. She said ďThey bad for you but I tell you wantĒ Hell, If she
figured that out sheís smarter then most girls Iíve met.† The next day I didnít smoke. I could tell she
didnít like it but she would never say that. We went all over town together. I
felt as if I had a girlfriend.
She kept my hat. She told me ďI keep you buy anotherĒ
I guess she wanted it because it had a Moose embroidered on the side. She had a
small Moose embroidered on her shirt when I met her. She didnít even know what
a moose was. Iím sure she liked the coincidence though. I smiled as I got into
the taxi to leave. It was all I could do to keep from crying. I was going back
was so much nicer. Iím still not sure if I understand everything that happened
It was so fast. Iíll be back.
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