Thailand Nightlife Roundup

Welcome to my website.  Unlike the universe, this website has a purpose: to offer rants, tirades, opinions and discussion about books on Thailand, give an overview of nightlife in Thailand and, yes, to provide a few news items which might not appear elsewhere.  And to have some fun.

Bar, club and restaurant owners who would like to send material on their special events, birthday bashes, anniversary parties, etc., are welcome to do so but please remember men in Thailand are a bit jaded so if you’re just going to offer the usual free gourmet food and free full band entertainment and free beautiful and eager-to-please women, well, the lads have been there, done that. So do try to offer potential patrons something special. ;-)

There is a contest every two weeks when this column appears and the first to answer the question correctly or identify a photograph correctly will receive vouchers worth at least 3,000 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, The Old Dutch, Electric Blue, The Big Mango, PJ's Steak & Rib Grill, and Bourbon Street Cafe. The prizes will build up in case anyone doesn't win it immediately so the bonanza for the eventual winner could get quite interesting.  It will double to 6,000 and, if still no winner, to 9,000, etc.  Second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt.  And please remember a part of all money received from the sale of my books goes to needy Thais (in the form of payment to go go dancers, waitresses and hostesses).

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Don't you just love the low season?  Plenty of beautiful women in bars and elsewhere but not so many customers at all.  Oh, sure, Long Gun and Angelwitch might well be packed on a Friday night but most of the bars have need of hansum men customers.  And even Long Gun doesn't pack them in on a Wednesday night.  An example of what I am saying is the Mandarin Bar at Nana on a Friday night.  A couple of dozen lovely young women, some of whom really dance, and yet the place was more than half empty.  A group of about seven Japanese came in and looked around and left.  Don't they like gorgeous, curvaceous, succulent females?  Or maybe the girls weren't white enough for them.  It is true the lighting in there, red in color, tends to bathe the girls in the same surrealistic dark red hue but lights can be deceiving.  The girls are very friendly but after a while will ask if you are planning to barfine them and if not they may eventually disappear.  If that kind of thing bothers you, if you think they should stay with you on and on because you bought them a drink, and they shouldn't leave even to dance, then you might not like this bar and you might want to try Manila.  But if you just smile and realize there are thousands of beautiful women around then I think you will enjoy the Mandarin.

How 'bout those Italian women, huh?  In a northern town in Italy, the police have started arresting the johns who invite ladies into their cars.  And fine them.  That didn't set well with the entertainment providers.  So the good ladies have said that if the johns show receipts for what they paid the police they will give the johns a free happy time.  A wonderful spirit of entrepreneurship!

A friend of mine just back from Pattaya reports that things are slow and that many of the best looking women seem to have evaporated during the slow season.  It may be they went back home to help with the rice harvest or it may be that they are lounging on European beaches with their sponsor boyfriends.  Whatever, he entered Shark Club where they dance on tables, fancied only one girl whom he said had the foulest mouth he ever heard, spoke only English laced with profanities.  Ironically, he was speaking only in his fluent Thai.  She said she would never go out with him but maybe if he came back the next night.  He did.  She went.  She turned out to be the best in bed he'd ever had.  So I guess the moral of the story is...Well, whatever it is.

Another friend tells me of his adventure in Bangkok years ago when he met a dancer at a Nana Plaza bar and took her up to her village in Essarn for three days.  She said her brother also wanted to go back up so could the three of them stay together.  They did.  My friend met the girl's mother but the house was small so they stayed in a hotel in a bedroom while the brother slept on the couch in the living room.  Later, back in Bangkok, my friend went back to the bar on a night the girl wasn't working and mentioned the brother and the girl he was speaking with was perplexed.  He described the brother and she said, "Oh, that's not her brother; that's her boyfriend.  Sometimes I do have to wonder a bit about the mental outlook of the Thais.  TIT.  Years later, very recently, he was in a Pattaya go go bar and she came in to work.  They recognized each other and each remembered the other's name.  Eventually he got around to asking her why she did that and she said "Oh, I was young and crazy in those days.  Now I have turned my life around."  I guess her definition of turning her life around was dancing in a Pattaya go go bar.  Any comment would be superfluous.

 

There are many strange websites out there; some of which make this one seem sane and timid by comparison.  A fairly bizarre one is www.whenyougottago.com.  This guy has invented stuff for women so they can pee standing up and even over the side of a boat.  No more squatting on the side of the boat, trying to pee, and falling in the lake.  "The SHENIS is a 12-inch-long urine director (reusable) so boating women can go as easily as the men."  Now you know what to buy your main squeeze for her next birthday.  "Oh, Ka, for me?  I love you long time!"

Thailand nightlife is much like the Thailand government: Lots of uncertainty and folks just waiting to see what happens.  Lots of talk about Rainbow 4 at Nana Plaza pissing off the place and getting shut for 60 days.  Something about gambling debts and not being able to pay what is expected of a bar owner to those who "protect" him.  But I predict they will not have to close.  Stay tuned.  As of now, the police often show up at Nana Plaza at one in the morning sharp to close it all up.  And sometimes they don't.  TIT.  Things are very tricky now for bar owners.  Here we have Kaew and Tae, two of the Londoner's finest posing behind the bar.  And next we have an elephant drinking water from a hose on Soi Cowboy.  I guess good-hearted Peter, with a soft spot for pachyderms, allows his water from Old Dutch to be used for free.  And then we have this beautiful feminine Thai hand with its graceful curve.  Now I ask you: Is that not erotica at its finest?  A Thai film director has set one of his films in the Geyland area of Singapore, a nightlife area with normal neighborhoods as well.  It should be a good movie.  But a friend of mine just sent her two Filipina maids from Bangkok to Singapore because her nephew would leave his house free for ten days.  The idea was they could have a vacation in Singapore, shop, and live rent-free.  Alas, Singapore immigration wouldn't let them in because they said their destination was Geyland; therefore, in the mind of the Singapore immigration folks they must be entertainment providers.  So no vacation in Singapore and their money will be spent elsewhere.

Been ripped off in Thailand lately?  You might like this site: http://www.bangkokscams.com/

And one more great site:  Very funny!  Would you like to know how your mouse really works?  Check this out; you'll be glad you did.  If you get an error message just click yes and when you get to the site move your mouse (cursor) around.  http://www.1-click.jp/

Did you see the article in the Nation about how Viagra helps Hamsters get rid of jetlag when heading in one direction?  And since hamsters are like us in many ways, it seems that a Viagra can help cure jetlag.  I kid you not, that's what it said.  Worth a try, right?  What can you lose?  But if you fall asleep, just be careful as to how you turn over in bed.  Nuff said?  Speaking of Viagra, if you can't get into YouTube but would like to see the four-minute video Proof of God's Existence (in Thailand) go here.
 

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Lord of Victory

When I was a much younger man I spent a great deal of time traveling in Thailand and eventually became what was then known as a “Phaulkon nut,” i.e., I became fascinated by the exploits of Constantine Phaulkon, Lord of Victory, the Greek who in some ways practically ruled Siam until he was beheaded in 1688.

I traveled to Ayudhya and Lopburi several times, photographed and interviewed museum directors, listened to a Lopburi medium in her trance state tell me the “real” ending of the man, photocopied every scrap of information about him in the Asia Society Library, and in Macao, I interviewed a Jesuit priest to make certain I described the habits 17th century missionaries wore in Siam correctly.  In Paris, I (unsuccessfully) tried to locate any correspondence from or about him.

The boxes of books and articles and newspaper references began to pile up and I began writing the novel and even a play starring Phaulkon’s Japanese wife whom the French abandoned to her fate in Ayudhya.  Yet I had first arrived in Thailand as a Chinese linguist and my love of China, particularly the late Ch’ing period when East first began meeting West in any real numbers, lured me away from Phaulkon into many years of research which eventually became my novel, Hangman’s Point.

Along with boxes of books and Asian antiques I had been collecting since 1966, the Phaulkon material languished in a New York storage space, costing me US$118 per month.  For over six years.  So, not long ago, I shipped all the China material to Thailand with the intention of writing a sequel to Hangman’s Point.  But at US$50 per box by sea (and I had loads of boxes) something had to go.  So Phaulkon ended up in a Long Island City garbage dump only to be yet again beheaded, so to speak.

But in December of 1971 I was on the staff of Orientations magazine and the publication ran my article and photographs of the man some of the missionaries called, “The Man of Promises.”  If you have any interest in his incredible rise and fall, you might enjoy it.  Just click here: Phaulkon of Siam   

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Great shots of Old Patpong Road about 1965 thanks to Odnac Group, GIs stationed at Seri Court, Phatiphat Road, Sapangkwai.  You see how great the street was before the night market screwed everything up?! Click on the thumbnails and get right into the scene.  Don't fail to notice the Gaslight, Aladdin, Mizu's Kitchen, Red Door and Max's Place.

http://www.ClubElectricBlue.com

I was sitting in a Soi Cowboy bar with a fluent Thai-speaking friend of mine and one of the sexy dancers passed by and said (I thought) bai tio (I'm going around), you know, the common phrase for gallivanting about.  But as she had to work I asked my friend where exactly she thought she was going to bai tio.  He said she didn't say bai tio she said buat yio (aching to piss).  And sure enough she headed for the unisex bathroom.  Really romantic creatures some of these chicks, I must say.


An incredibly gifted writer.  Perhaps the most important expat writer of our era.  All of his books are full of brilliant insights into Asia and its people, from expats to locals. 

But enough about me.  Let me also mention another writer, Sean Bunzick, who has his third novel out and it is, like the first two, an action-packed adventure story set in Asia.  The hero, an ex-Vietnam vet, goes up against human traffickers, pirates and a game where contestants are filmed for video sales as they are being slaughtered.  Thailand has been Sean's second home for many years and he knows the country well as can be seen in his fiction.  He can be e-mailed at: seanb6@hotmail.com and welcomes all contacts.    

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Khun Leigh's Corner

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Khun Leigh is a savvy local expat who keeps in shape by hitting most of the bars of Nana Plaza as often as possible.  From his vast experience, he will enlighten and entertain us with his recollections of the bar scene be they humorous, tragic or somewhere in between.

                        Guys like Dean and me enjoy the company of Entertainment Providers quite often and enjoy it immensely with very few negative experiences.  However, so many men find themselves losing their hearts, their money, and sometimes even their minds! So given this theme I will list below Khun Leigh’s 5 Rules for handling oneself inside this arena. I must say that I NEVER thought I would have to hand out unsolicited advice on how to enjoy beautiful, sexy young Thai women. Seems like one could just go on auto-pilot and have the time of his life. Of course, as is so often the case, the real enemy is the guy you see in the mirror! 

1)      Pay As You Go

This is THE GOLDEN RULE!! ALWAYS pay as you go. Never give a lady lump sums of money for any reason. Never fool yourself into thinking that she will like you more if you give her a monthly salary. Never prepay for any service or experience. Some of you may be thinking that this relates back to my first column about how ridiculous it is to “sponsor” a girl. Yes, you are right! With these ladies there is no yesterday and no tomorrow. Only today matters and if you gave her the sun, moon and stars last week she will think you are a bad guy for giving her nothing today. For example, I have a casual friend who was so infatuated with a top dancer from a popular NEP bar that he asked her if she would quit work if he gave her enough money. Her response was that 30,000 baht a month would do it, so he gave her the money and she stopped dancing. Two weeks later he tells me that she rarely wants to see him and that she always seems too busy to meet! He feels like he spent his money for nothing. He did!! I happen to know this gal quite well, so I called her to enquire about her intentions. This is what she told me:

“Leigh, you have to understand the way we think. I spent the 30,000 by the 3rd of the month and yet he still wants to meet me and spend the night with me FOR FREE! Take last night for instance. I got 3 phone calls. One from him, one from a customer who paid me 4,000 baht once, and one from a regular customer who always gives me 2,500 baht. If I go out with customer number one I will get 4,000, customer number two pays 2,500, and your friend will give me NOTHING.”  She is right. My friend thinks giving her the 30,000 per month has paid UPFRONT for the whole month. In her mind, ONLY TODAY matters and until the 28th or 29th of the month (when she will try to reel him back in for another 30k on the 1st) he has gone from the most desirable customer to the least desirable. I think that’s what we call Ironic!

Pay as you go relates to all aspects of the experience. Even on a smaller scale, such as paying a bar fine and telling the gal you will come back in an hour. She may be there, and she may not. Depends on whether she gets a better offer.  Don’t pay her anything unless you are walking out the door with her.  

    2)  Enjoy The Game 

            Enjoy yourself! This is Paradise for single men and only losing your perspective can change that. I can pretty much guarantee that the guys who pay up front are NOT enjoying themselves. I love seeing the sly smile on one of my favorite lady’s faces when I see them with another customer. I love it when they make provocative facial expressions when the guy’s back is turned. I love it when they tell me all their wild stories. Many guys feel the same way and these guys will always have a great time here.  Last week I was in an internet café and an entertainment provider asked me to         translate an email for her. She told me it was from her “husband” in England.  Ten minutes later she is showing me a photo a guy sent to her in front of a HUGE  house in London. I asked if the photo was from her husband in England. She said  “that’s my OTHER husband in England.” Well I was cracking up laughing when another farang customer came over to me and  he gave me a high five. He said “Man I just love these gals. They are completely SHAMELESS.” Really wish I had come up with that one. 

3)   Check Out Different Places  

            Don’t make the mistake of always going to the same places. Different places have VERY different atmospheres and the gal’s attitudes vary enormously. Popular places like Rainbow and Long Gun are great fun but never forget that with more customers ladies' attitudes often deteriorate.      Avoid Japanese bars at all costs. Nothing against the Japanese. Most are  gentlemen, I rarely see one arguing over his bill or causing a fight. However,  they overpay for service and expect so little in return. Any local guy will tell you that it’s a HUGE risk taking a lady from a primarily Japanese bar such as Rainbow.   The ladies get lazy and spoiled. Many don’t even smile! 

4)  Never Forget That You Are The Customer 

            You are the customer and therefore have 99% of the power. Never forget this.  If there is anything not to your liking just finish your drink, and go to another  place. My attitude is that if the lady throws out any “qualifications” I am not interested. Such as, “I can’t do …., I never do ….., I don’t have time for …., I have to be back here in an hour” etc. No problem Nice to meet you. See you later. 

5)  Pay As You Go 

            Yes, this is the same as number one and this is THE GOLDEN RULE. Remember this and everything else will fall into place. 95% of the horror stories I hear are from guys who broke this rule. Pay as you go. Enjoy the game. Check out lots of different places. Never forget that you are the customer and have the power. Oh, and PAY AS YOU GO!!  Next Week: Top 5 Rules For Scoring With Regular (Non-Bar) Gals. Yes, it will be a VERY different list!!            

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Hey, did you see where Taksin got robbed in Moscow for about baht 1.2 million?  Lost important papers too.  All while having a Big Mac!  Great stuff!  Meanwhile, the current Thai government is censoring more websites than bargirls have shorttimes.  And if you think Russia's recent Distributed Denial of Service computer attacks on Estonia is not a harbinger of future events which will one day screw us all up, think again.

Here is a young man about town who certainly knows how to celebrate his 40th birthday in style!  He is said to be a young and upcoming film director.  You'll notice the beautiful, succulent, curvaceous lady has dark eyes while his are reddish pink, meaning his red eyes were not caused by the camera but by - you guessed it - lust!  And an Englishman, no less!  Who'd a thunk it? Anyway, need it be said, Happy birthday! (I hope he can get his eyes straightened out all right.)

 

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK by Chris Coles, courtesy www.chriscolesgallery.com

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My sources are telling me now that Rainbow 4 will not have to close, after all.  If so, they escaped by the skin of their teeth.  Pissing off the boys in brown is not a smart thing to do as other bar owners have learned to their regret.  Luring folks from Siam Paragon, The Emporium had Chinese Opera dancers and folks dressed in the gods of longevity, etc.  And by popular request here again are Nang and Lak of the Londoner.  Great news that Taksin & Co. are disbanded and banned for five years from running.  Yes, I know, the new government is incompetent, lethargic and protects the older upper class, but Taksin had it coming.  This new government might not be competent but at least they are not evil.  Bye bye, Taksin.  I love it!

ESCAPING KIDS' GAMES

On a Friday night I was warned and reminded not to go into pubs or almost anywhere the following evening because it was Manchester vs. Chelsea in some kids' game in which boys hit balls into nets and otherwise intelligent men get all excited about it and crowd into bars and pubs to watch it.  But, not having much memory due to experimentations during college days (I never inhaled, of course), I forgot.  So after my dental appointment at Bumrungrad on Sukhumvit soi 3, I wandered along soi 3, checked out the Grace Hotel, remembering how cool it was in the old days, went on to a Muslim restaurant (Al-Masri) in the Muslim area and had a meal, then entered Gulliver's on Soi 5 where there wasn't even standing room at the back due to people packed in like sardines watching the game (some slow season!).  So I got the hell out and bought three toy dogs with batteries on the street for one hundred baht apiece to give to the kids begging but once again when I went to the area where I had seen them they were gone. So I started up Sukhumvit in search of kids but somehow ended up on soi 7/1 inside a bar having a black Russian.  That soi like all the others was noisy with TVs going full blast reporting every damn kick or near miss of the game so I continued on up Sukhumvit and finally decided to take refuge in the Thermae where I guessed correctly that it was relatively quiet.  But one of the mamasans with missing teeth saw the toys and said she had a 2-year-old son who would like it very much so I gave her one but then another mamasan said that woman was bullshitting, her son had grown, so I ended up buying both mamasans a drink and then continued my walk.  Which led me into Country Road on soi 19.  Nat, one of the hostesses explained that Country Road was closing before the end of this month and moving to a much smaller place between sois 5 and 7.  She wasn't going with them and wasn't sure where she could get a job.  She seemed a bit down but really liked the moving dog with flashing eyes, so I gave her one to cheer her up.  Eventually, with one dog left I finally found a little kid and her mom on the street begging and gave the kid the toy and she was thrilled.  Then crossed under Asoke to Cowboy for a quick elephant feed of sugarcane and a quick drink in Dollhouse and then home.  And I wonder why I don't get any writing done.  But at least one out of three intended recipients got what they should have.  That's probably a better record than most charities.

The Nation newspaper has really been dumping on the Thai government for keeping soldiers in barracks in the south and for being clueless on dealing with Muslim fanatics and for thinking they have somebody to negotiate with.  And the way the government scrambled to get into the good graces of the useless and gutless OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) was pathetic.  This group did not condemn the Muslim fanatics in Thailand's South but instead said "Islamaphobia" was the worst act of terrorism.  In other words, it is OK for Muslims to carry out horrendous acts but if you condemn them and point out that they are doing these things around the world and that they had better take a closer look at the Koran and the way it is taught, then you are a terrorist practicing "Islamaphobia."  I say, three cheers for the Nation!  And, by the way, Malaysia has just declared that it is not legal to change from Islam to any other religion.  Most Muslim countries jail people who try to leave Islam.  Some kill them.  Books have been written by Muslims who converted and had to escape when their own families tried to kill them!  Ah, yes, the religion of peace.

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Consideration

I sometimes wonder about the Thai attitude of kriengchai (griengjai) often translated as "consideration".  OK, so you shouldn't be smoking in the taxi or mucking about with your Thai girlfriend in the backseat but the driver is too considerate to tell you.  Or you and your girlfriend are too noisy in bed and it can be heard through the wall but your Thai neighbors do not bang on the door and tell you to quiet down.  But as a friend of mine pointed out, he was on an overnight bus trip when two cute three-year-old Thai kids were talking and playing loudly all night keeping people up.  Yet not one Thai said a word to the mother!  In the West, we would be turning around asking the mother to control her kids, but the Thais said nothing.  It seems to me this is some kind of masochistic kriengchai, no?  Consideration run amuck!  (Truth to tell, not having had kids, I didn't realize that kids could talk at the age of three; I thought kids started talking at puberty, but what do I know?) 

Worst of all is the way Thais allow their animals to make all kinds of noise.  I lived on Sukhumvit soi 31 and next door was a courtyard with birds and a dog.  The large very unhappy dog was tied up and barked all the time.  Of course it was the owner's fault, not the dog's, but what I did was toss a Thai baht from the balcony running along the floor I was on.  It would land near the dog and amazingly he would then shut up.  Very strange, unless the owner had set that up to collect bahts.  I was going to go next door and have a chat with the owner but a Thai friend pointed out that the guy was a police colonel.  So I wisely had a Thai friend write a polite sentence in Thai about how the guy's dog was keeping the neighborhood awake.  And one night I quietly dropped it in the Colonel's mailbox.  It worked.  Things got better. 

Where I live now a yapping type of dog in a building across the street - a dog I have never even seen - has kept me waking up about 6:30 in the morning.  Finally, I spoke to the owner of my building who spoke to the owner of the dog and things have got a bit better.  But it seems Thais are not bothered as much by noise as we are.  Hence, the blaring bullshit at the Skytrain stations and from the TVs inside the train cars; and the loudspeaker trucks and on temples and in shopping malls.  Newspapers in English might have lots of letters complaining about noise but I'll bet Thai language papers don't.  It seems to me Thai kriengchai is a kind of passive kriengchai, i.e., allowing whatever is happening to take place.  But when it comes to the noise their children or their animals make they don't really consider the effect on others.  What can be done?  Earplugs, I guess.

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What yoJunko Suzuki demonstrates how she sleeps with a Boyfriend's Arm Pillow. 29/09/04u are looking at here is a "Boyfriend pillow" for Japanese singles, one which "does not snore or make demands."  It costs about US$80.  One divorced woman said she thinks it is great because it does not "betray" her.  Any comment would be superfluous except that I suspect it would be a big hit with Thai go go dancers. 

Finally, if you need a good laugh, go to www.funnyordie.com and watch the short video The Landlord and then the outtakes.  It is hilarious!  There is a lot of very funny stuff on that site.

I bought a Sony Handycam DVD908E for lots and lots of money that I could have spent more wisely on Soi Cowboy.  I don't understand how to "finalize" the mini DVD's and I can't figure out what in hell the instruction book is talking about so if you are using one of these from 408 to 908 (numbers are different in different parts of the world just to further screw buyers up) would you e-mail me.  I have questions.

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Mail Bag

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At first, I thought that you were just picking on that easiest of targets -
George W. The word sure sounds like the Texas pronunciation of perilous.

Then I checked, and found this definition:  Parlous A corrupt form of perilous, in slang = our modern use of "awful," amazing, wondrous. Now I am sure that this is a subtle dig at that grate amaricane. Cheers  Bob Sensale

Just remember, Bob; my parlous is bigger than your parlous!

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Hi Dean.

An old news from way back - a dollybird wearing a shirt saying:
You can't be first
- but you can be next

along the line of, you don't lose the girl - you lose your turn
   Hans

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u write:  A friend back from Manila speaks of a very active nightlife scene with
beautiful women but with barfine prices, etc., much higher than those of
Bangkok.  Anyone else can confirm this?  when I was in AC - the bar fine includes the girl for the night in most places.  Michael S.

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Hi Maria, Thanks for your kind offer but no I doubt that I have what it takes to solve a case with Nancy Drew.  The last three women I worked with filed rape charges against me just before they disappeared.  In any case the West Coast has been "boggled" for years with lots of murder cases so it looks like Nancy will be a very busy beaver indeed.  I am not so confident as you that my assisting Nancy would increase traffic to my site and gain me repeated visits.  However, should Nancy, "the new girl at Hollywood High", pay a visit to Bangkok, tell her to be sure to look me up.  I do appreciate the brevity of the short skirt she is wearing and I know of some fun-for-the-whole-family places where a girl from Hollywood High might feel right at home such as Demonia, Bar Bar, the Castle, Lolitas and Eden Club.
 

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Links You Might Enjoy

A video of a five-minute walk down Soi Cowboy.  Click here and then click "preview videos."

http://www.pbar.info/videos.html

 

Like to check out some bars in Thailand?  Try

http://www.bangkokbarfun.com.

Like to know what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try http://www.bangkokgigguide.com.

Like to know more in depth about what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try this great site:

http://www.bangkokjungle.com.

 

Tired of shoveling snow?  Check out Bangkok's sunshine.

 

Bangkok's weather report.

 

 

 

A great site for listening to Thai Morlan music and other folk music of Southeast Asia.

 

www.monsoon-country.org

 

 

 

A bit of black leather never hurts.  But she does.

 

Our Lady in Black

 

 

 

Like to learn a bit about retiring in Asia?

 

http://www.retiredexpat.com

 

 

 

Maps of all the provinces of Thailand

 

http://www.thailand-guide.org/maps/index.htm

 

 

 

Contact Direct Line for Travel Insurance in the UK

Links You Might Not Enjoy

T-Shirt Hell: for lovers of very black humor only. 

http://www.tshirthell.com.

 

Politically incorrect rants and raves from Uncle Fred.

http://www.fredoneverything.net

 

Girlfriends looking for Taliban boyfriends.

Taliban Singles Dating Page

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Got feedback to this column?  Got information on Thailand you would like to share?  Happy as a dung beetle to be living in Paradise?  Been ripped off?  Just write me.

 

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So enter and win 3,000 baht in food and drink vouchers, second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt, courtesy of Peter, PJ and Jason, third prize the usual Nada diddly-squat.   If there is no winner the prize will go up another 3,000 baht next contest, etc., until someone wins.

Last column's quote was from the great Chinese poet, Li Po (Li Bai) of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).  Li Pai was said to have gotten a bit drunk and attempted to embrace the reflection of the moon on the river or lake from his boat and drowned.  That is why the moon was "dangerous" was the hint.  There were five winners.  One reminded me I had quoted that in a February 2006 column.  Duh, I forgot.  Anyway, you won't be able to google this one, buddy-boy!  Let's see how well you know Bangkok nightlife on Soi Cowboy.  Where was this shot taken and what is this thing for?

 

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That's all for this fortnightly column.  Drop by again.  Explore the rest of the website.  Meanwhile, as the girls used to tell me during the 1960's: "I no lie you, GI, I love you long time; you number one!"  And, remember: nothing says goodbye like a bullet.  And the more people I meet the more bullets I need.

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