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    Your 1st trip to Thailand

    I am sure we had this thread before but I don't remember it and even if we did, it's always good to hear the stories again

    My 1st trip I was 30yrs old

    My brother has died 1 or 2years before, my mom was still alive but pretty sick and declining
    Both her health and she sort of gave up after my brother died.

    So although I went on a couple holidays, one to Italy and some Caribbean ones I mostly spent most of my vacation time and weekends in Boston

    I didn't feel any pressure from all that but I guess when the opportunity to go to Thailand came about it intrigued because of all that

    A friend of a friend, Hawk, who I liked, was a Thai dive veteran.
    So I decided to go with him
    I took my diving classes and bought all the gear

    Well, he cancelled about a week before the trip!
    I made the decision to still go

    I had about 3/4 days booked in BKK, 4 days in Patong and about 4 days in Phi Phi island then back to BKK

    Well to say I was shitting myself at JFK airport when I was flying to Thailand would be an understatement.
    But I was very excited also....

    Also this was my 1st holiday where I was making good money so I did not care at all how much things cost and every hotel was 5 star.

    BKK
    I landed about 9pm and was staying at Westin Sukhumvit. I vividly remember getting to my room and just getting settled
    Taking a shower and just wanted to walk around.
    One of my favorite and lasting memories was just heading to the lobby bar for a few drinks to get my bearings.
    I remember there was a great black American female singer.

    The 1st "bar" I drank at was where Terminal 21 is. It was just a little grass roof bar.
    It is probably one of the ones still outside Soi Cowboy!

    The whole time in BKK I didn't really know about beer bars.
    I honestly don't remember if I went to Nana Plaza.
    I went to Qbar most nights and I had one soapy massage that blew me away

    Patong
    I booked the old Baan Yin Dee up on the hill above Amari
    It was incredible.
    Ao and I ended up staying many times and got to know the owners.
    They used to drive you down to Bangla Rd in a Mercedes.
    I had no idea of the money and was giving these kids 200/300baht every time.
    1st night in Bangla I went to Soi Eric
    I ended up at Ao's bar and I think my bill was 20k plus. They stopped me at one point to make sure I could pay it 555

    I told Ao I'd go back the next night but got the shits badly!
    I kept on wanting to go out but then would have to shit again!
    I remember watching Scarface on TV and my room phone ringing
    It was Ao with a bullshit sob story why I didn't come to her bar 5555

    Ao did the whole BG 101 with me that trip. Bringing her friends everywhere but I honestly didn't mind. I felt I was getting such a local experience I never thought possible hanging out with them

    Phi Phi
    I stayed at this high end private resort only accessible by boat.
    You had to take a longtail into "town" at night
    Well Ao wanted to come but I figured there would be plenty of girls in Phi Phi
    Well there wasn't!!
    I went to the front desk and asked them to call Ao and telling her I was sending a boat for her!
    Honestly even though I did it in a discreet manner I must have looked like a real asshole, thinking back
    This idiot farang can't even converse with this girl and sending a fxuking boat for her

    She barely spoke English but we somehow got by those 3 days with our little Thai- English dictionary

    BKK
    So those shits I had in Patong ended up being a severe bacterial infection. It has actually fcuked up my stomach to this day. So I lost about 20kgs in two weeks on that trip. I couldn't eat anything but kept drinking 5555
    I stayed at the Westin again and literally shit my whole bed the last night!
    I left about 2000baht for the cleaners that morning I left!!

    It really was an amazing trip
    I can't even pretend to remember how much money I spent but it was awesome


    So I'd love to hear about your 1st trip
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    My first trip, well actually a few trips was a one night stop overs in Bangkok on the way to China. My flight landed in Bangkok around 5pm and my connecting flight was 10.30 the next morning.

    I would stay at a small place down the end of Soi 18 on the right, cannot remember the name of the place. I had no idea about p4p in those days and didnít really go any further than my hotel and a small restaurant across the soi. The hotel had a small bar and a pool table with a few girls who at the time I thought was just friendly. They always remember me when I came back and back then was married and wasnít interested in the girls. I did wonder why they always wanted me to buy them drinks...55


    One trip I met a Japanese guy at my hotel, after a few drinks and some games of pool he took me to Country road in Soi Cowboy to play pool. Man what a eye opener walking into that Street coming from someone that hadnít even heard about the place or knew what p4p was.

    As soon as I was single think it was the year after it was straight back and make up for lost time.


    I still go to Country road, its one of mine and my wifeís fav hangouts in Bangkok. They have just done the place up, its not the same but still ok
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    I used to go in Country Road quite a bit too. Not sure why... nothing special about the place... 55

    I am sure we have had a number of first trip threads.. wish I could find them so I can copy and paste what I wrote then...

    All's I remember really is that my arse hurt on that first trip... and I don't remember seeing any daleks..
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    I've told the story several times.

    In February 1996, I had been single and celibate from 9 months before when my wife of 7 years took off and left me with her druggie son. I had to get the cops to remove him from my home. His mother couldn't handle it and was long gone That was the start of me being single again at the age of 57.

    I had just returned from a fishing trip to New Zealand for a month when a friend phoned me from Bangkok and suggested I come to Thailand. His exact words were: "Come to Thailand, Ian. I'll get you laid." Thailand had never even been on my radar, but I thought why the hell not. I still had 3 weeks of holiday time left with my employer.

    Kenny said he would meet me at the Miami hotel in Sukhumvit near the P4P bar area. My plane landed at the old Don Muang airport about 3 PM and I caught a bus into the city. That was my first real eye opener of the huge city of Bangkok. Thailand was in a bit of a depression at the time and the new over head tram along Sukhumvit was at a stand still... and it took away a few traffic lanes. At rush hour the place was a zoo of stopped traffic. I had never seen anything like it.

    The bus driver took a narrow soi so he could get into the one lane going in the direction we wanted to go. The other 5 lanes were going in the opposite direction. But, as you all know, that means nothing in Thailand. People use the wrong side all the time and traffic lights mean nothing.

    I still remember the bus driver having to get out and fold in his mirrors so the bus would fit within the narrow soi. When we were stopped there was a woman at a sewing machine in the building beside us. We were so close that I could have reached over and lit her cigarette.

    The bus driver's attendant told me where to get off (close to Nana Plaza) and explained with hand directions about where the Miami hotel was located. Then I was on my own with my 2 big bags. I seldom travel light. Fortunately, it wasn't hard to find and the hotel called the room where Kenny was staying. That part went easy and Ken met me in the lobby.

    That area was REALLY busy in those days and most nearby accommodation was full. The Thai baht was about 42 to the Canadian dollar and rooms were about 400 baht. Pretty good value for what we got. I had already eaten enough on the plane, so I just wanted to see some of the night life that Ken had talked about.

    Nana plaza was a zoo starting about 7 PM. The noise was intense. Ken and I did the circle of all the bars and looked in to see what was available on all 4 levels. But we didn't stop there. Then it was a short walk over to Soi Cowboy which was in its infancy then. We finally stopped at a few places but didn't stay long despite women being all over us touchy-feely. Ken was an old hand and didn't want to pay bar-fine or buy too many lady drinks. He said we would have our pick later when bars closed down and the ladies moved over to the Thermae club. He was right of course and I eventually ended up with a young "lady".

    The next day we took a bus to Pattaya for a couple of weeks, but that is another long story.
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    I had never been to Thailand, having met and married my wife in the UK. A few of her family came over for the wedding, but the honeymoon was in Thailand so most of her huge family were waiting until we arrived in Bangkok.
    Her brother, was high up in the police, so we were met off the plane by him and an escort of fully armed policemen. No idea what the other passengers thought as we were whisked away through the VIP area.
    The same thoughts must of been on the minds of the hotel staff as we checked in after getting out of the back of a police car.
    We were staying at the (I think) Riverside in Bangkok. Quite a posh hotel, with the staff attitude to my wife that they normally reserve for men checking in a guest. That was until a few barked orders from the brother in law saw the attitude dropped and the bowing and scraping began.
    Bags were dumped and then it was straight out for a meal and a meet the family for me.
    Jeez, there were Nids and Noks, and Oi's and Porn's and, well you get the picture. I was the 1st farang in the family and seemingly opposite to most people's experience, I wasn't allowed to pay for anything.
    I began to think.....I could get used to this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I used to go in Country Road quite a bit too. Not sure why... nothing special about the place... 55

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    I liked the place, lots of pool tables and the old Thai guy in the band had some great tunes.

    I was very disapointed last trip, its been done up, a bit flash now and just dosent have the same old feel. My wife felt the same about the new look.
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    October 1991 , I was 23 , Kuoni package deal with a friend , twin room at the Amari Coral beach , pay for two weeks - third week free ... had no idea what to expect and we ending up taking turns with the room , 500 Baht joiners fee ( same price as LT ) the other would stay in a cheap hotel or the girls room ....

    drank in at the Clinic Bar and the Irish Bar Soi Dongtang and also the bars along Bangla , all playing their own music and showing Jean Claude Van Damme videos , we called them bedlam

    Rock Hard a GoGo , Kangaroo Bar and Banana Disco are some of the places still open from my first trip

    went to Phi Phi for a night , only one bar on the Island , the Jungle Bar , which closed at midnight

    returned in Jan 93 , but went around the country next trip - CM , Bangkok , Phuket and Patts

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    I'd just completed my semi-(un) professional life stage, October to May competed in 34 events mainly distance ocean/open water swims in NZ and Australia, off-road trail running series, triathlons and one road cycling race ... winter break and went to book a holiday in Tahiti, travel agent mentioned flight/accomm deals for two weeks in Phuket, so I sort of got there by accident a week later, staying at Thavorn Palms in Karon; had numerous day trips thrown in for the off season, couple of snorkeling trips, Phi Phi, bus then boat to James Bond island, elephant rides, zoo ... maybe more I can't remember, go karts and shooting range were ones I wasn't interested in.
    Heat was a sudden change from NZ winter; morning runs, best/hardest was along Karon through Kata up to the top of the viewpoint hill, suffered first time not enough water, lesson learnt
    Met some people who I ended up knowing for a long time, Gordon a Karon bar owner, Reinhardt from a bar on corner of Patak Rd. As I had nothing in particular to go back to in June I extended my stay, rented an apartment in Karon for another few weeks.
    A lot of kms on a rental scooter, found myself a pillion from Surat Thani when booking a trip, handy guide around the island ...and she kept the apartment tidy...
    How things worked out, when I moved back for what intended to be a six month stay I went to same apartment, the cleaner there had a sister who ran a bar on the hill leading from Kata towards Chalong, hired her as my 'finder' we had a great time hunting down a place for me, translation and negotiation, settled on a bungalow at base of Big Buddha hill Chalong, stayed in touch with her about the next year I lived there, used to call in at her bar and somehow get home, but that's another story my Chalong days
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    Well i had intended going to LOS when my 2nd marriage broke up.

    But then Bali had the bombing that killed so many, including many Aust.

    I was in the travel agent and we were booking LOS and suddenly I decided to go to Bali instead.

    My stupid logic was....they need my money more than anyone and I/us Aussie's will show you we are not scared of you.

    This was 1 month after the bombing.

    So eventually 2009?? I got to go to LOS. I had joined a couple of forums to research, including PI.

    So on their advice i had 3 days in BKK booked a week in Patong and was open from there. intended 2 weeks maybe 3 in total.

    Well it didn't start off too good. Arrived at Swampy, got a meter taxi, thanks BM's, and it was 1am when I hit the hotel. Can't recall the name but they had stuffed up my booking and didn't have a room for me.

    They then walked me down to a lower class sister Motel that is in front of Nanna. By now it is 2.30am, I have been going for 14hrs plus.

    I got the room and then went for a walk.

    well the smell, the pollution, the traffic, even at that time, just made me wonder what the hell I had done?.

    The 2nd night i took a cab to Soi Cowboy...walking distance ..but i didn't know.

    I was dropped at the Nth? end and walked at a rapid rate, past all the young things in school girl outfits etc. all clawing at me. i was NOT comfortable.

    At the end on the right hand side was Country Road and out the front was a very attractive woman, not girl and she called out to me....hey slow down, relax..come and have a drink with me....I answered maybe later...and kept walking.

    I walked around the corner stopped and abused myself...get the fcuk back there...you spent all this money to just sweat??

    I Bar fined her, we had a great time, i kept her for 2 days and then I was booked to go to Patong. If I could have put her in my baggage and flown back home i would have. 555

    I arrived in Patong, stayed at Summer Breeze, went to Mai Tai bar and meet several BM's.

    Hired a big bike and rode around. Got ripped off by BG's at MTB and freelancers so left and went to Pattaya early.

    WOW!! what a difference.....100 times the size...100 times the bars and girls. ... BUT the girls attitude was so so different.

    I met Jeab and had the GFE for 6 weeks, while I had my teeth fixed as well 55555

    I only came home for my niece's wedding...it lasted 18 months...should have stayed in LOS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Forbes View Post
    I've told the story several times.

    In February 1996, I had been single and celibate from 9 months before when my wife of 7 years took off and left me with her druggie son. I had to get the cops to remove him from my home. His mother couldn't handle it and was long gone That was the start of me being single again at the age of 57.

    I had just returned from a fishing trip to New Zealand for a month when a friend phoned me from Bangkok and suggested I come to Thailand. His exact words were: "Come to Thailand, Ian. I'll get you laid." Thailand had never even been on my radar, but I thought why the hell not. I still had 3 weeks of holiday time left with my employer.

    Kenny said he would meet me at the Miami hotel in Sukhumvit near the P4P bar area. My plane landed at the old Don Muang airport about 3 PM and I caught a bus into the city. That was my first real eye opener of the huge city of Bangkok. Thailand was in a bit of a depression at the time and the new over head tram along Sukhumvit was at a stand still... and it took away a few traffic lanes. At rush hour the place was a zoo of stopped traffic. I had never seen anything like it.

    The bus driver took a narrow soi so he could get into the one lane going in the direction we wanted to go. The other 5 lanes were going in the opposite direction. But, as you all know, that means nothing in Thailand. People use the wrong side all the time and traffic lights mean nothing.

    I still remember the bus driver having to get out and fold in his mirrors so the bus would fit within the narrow soi. When we were stopped there was a woman at a sewing machine in the building beside us. We were so close that I could have reached over and lit her cigarette.

    The bus driver's attendant told me where to get off (close to Nana Plaza) and explained with hand directions about where the Miami hotel was located. Then I was on my own with my 2 big bags. I seldom travel light. Fortunately, it wasn't hard to find and the hotel called the room where Kenny was staying. That part went easy and Ken met me in the lobby.

    That area was REALLY busy in those days and most nearby accommodation was full. The Thai baht was about 42 to the Canadian dollar and rooms were about 400 baht. Pretty good value for what we got. I had already eaten enough on the plane, so I just wanted to see some of the night life that Ken had talked about.

    Nana plaza was a zoo starting about 7 PM. The noise was intense. Ken and I did the circle of all the bars and looked in to see what was available on all 4 levels. But we didn't stop there. Then it was a short walk over to Soi Cowboy which was in its infancy then. We finally stopped at a few places but didn't stay long despite women being all over us touchy-feely. Ken was an old hand and didn't want to pay bar-fine or buy too many lady drinks. He said we would have our pick later when bars closed down and the ladies moved over to the Thermae club. He was right of course and I eventually ended up with a young "lady".

    The next day we took a bus to Pattaya for a couple of weeks, but that is another long story.
    Haha
    The Miami Hotel is still there

    I always think when I walk by, "man those walls have seen some crazy shit" 5555
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Haha
    The Miami Hotel is still there

    I always think when I walk by, "man those walls have seen some crazy shit" 5555
    If they had, had surveillance cameras in those days, and saved the film, they could have made a fortune selling it later. 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Haha
    The Miami Hotel is still there

    I always think when I walk by, "man those walls have seen some crazy shit" 5555
    same as the Nana Hotel , you wouldn't want to walk around any of those rooms with a UV light .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stillearly View Post
    same as the Nana Hotel , you wouldn't want to walk around any of those rooms with a UV light .....
    The thing is Nana is a straight sex pest hotel

    I don't why but when I walk by that Miami Hotel I think there was probably major drug and arm deals going on back in the day 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    The thing is Nana is a straight sex pest hotel
    i've stayed there many times ...

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    My first Trip was in April 2010 - id have been 30 yo

    Landed into BKK a day before my brother his GF and a couple of his friends . Obviously stayed on Khao San Road .My first night i headed across town to Soi Cowboy . I ended up bar-fining a young go-go lady from Issan . Headed back to Khao san only to be told at my guesthouse no Ladies of the night ,so we headed back to Soi Cowboy and stayed the night in a hotel my lady friend recommended .
    The next morning my bank card wouldn't work and i hadn't much ca$h on me . Headed back to Khao San and spent half the day waiting for my brother to arrive so i could give the young lady 1500 baht .

    After a few days in BKK headed for Phi Phi and songkran kicked in whilst we were down there . After about a week in Phi Phi i got bored of the whole back-packer scene and headed to Patong. I remember speaking two Germans on the ferry and them saying its like Majorca you wont like it there !

    Got to Patong IIRC i only had about 4 days of my 2 week holiday left , i was staying just off soi kepsap which is known locally as massage alley .
    I met some Scottish lads and other expats on my 1st night who im still good friends with to this day . On my 2nd last day in Patong the ash cloud erupted in Iceland and all flights over Europe were cancelled . I moved up to Soi Nanai and ended up staying i believe another 10 nights .
    I remember those long hot days and chilled nights sitting at the front bars on the old Soi Tiger like it was yesterday . At about 3am when enough was drank we'd just stop a random freelancer heading to/from the old Tiger disco above - 1000 baht LT and away back to the guesthouse and a different lady the following night .
    Tiger and Hollywood Disco for FL's and Soi Lion , Tiger ,Eric , Gonzo were all rammed with ladies them days .

    I went back to Thailand religiously after that holiday, still regret not spending longer . If i had the finances i have today or that Patong would changed so quick i would have done .
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    I often wonder what my life would be like now had I visited Thailand when I was a young man and not married. Knowing me, I would probably be dead by now. 55
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Forbes View Post
    I often wonder what my life would be like now had I visited Thailand when I was a young man and not married. Knowing me, I would probably be dead by now. 55
    Be exactly the same.. except more photos of fish...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Forbes View Post
    I often wonder what my life would be like now had I visited Thailand when I was a young man and not married. Knowing me, I would probably be dead by now. 55
    I know young single men that visited Thailand and never returned , different strokes for different folks .

    Me personally i think Thailand had a positive effect
    1 Its given me more impetus at work , shown me what retiring early can offer
    2 Made me realise i don't have to settle for any old western lady , Asia is like a get out jail card if i feel like settling down when im older

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    Quote Originally Posted by OZZYGUY View Post
    I liked the place, lots of pool tables and the old Thai guy in the band had some great tunes.

    I was very disapointed last trip, its been done up, a bit flash now and just dosent have the same old feel. My wife felt the same about the new look.
    Yeah some places are appealing because they have that romantic "been around for centuries" feel... there was a place almost opposite which wasn't a bad bar either...

    The first thing that hit me on my first trip in 2006... was that I felt like I should feel scared... but didn't. Alls I knew is that my mate had given me instructions on how to find Annies... little did I realise it was only a few hundred yards away from my hotel... so I went right past it... kept going and ended up walking miles along Sukhumvit road...

    It just felt like a weird dream... I went into some bar.. no idea now which one it was but I remember thinking it was like that bar in the first Star Wars film where there are creatures from all over the universe... and no one bats an eyelid... that's what Thailand felt like for me... 55
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    Yeah some places are appealing because they have that romantic "been around for centuries" feel... there was a place almost opposite which wasn't a bad bar either...

    The first thing that hit me on my first trip in 2006... was that I felt like I should feel scared... but didn't. Alls I knew is that my mate had given me instructions on how to find Annies... little did I realise it was only a few hundred yards away from my hotel... so I went right past it... kept going and ended up walking miles along Sukhumvit road...

    It just felt like a weird dream... I went into some bar.. no idea now which one it was but I remember thinking it was like that bar in the first Star Wars film where there are creatures from all over the universe... and no one bats an eyelid... that's what Thailand felt like for me... 55
    I've always been a bit of an anarchist at heart... and became even more so as I grew older. I don't want to do any harm to anyone, but I do like to be left alone and not bothered by silly laws that are there just to force everyone into a small box that is somehow supposed to protect us from ourselves. I can see through all the bull shit that governments force upon us. I understand the reasoning behind it, and I know you can't run a country with anarchy, but it still irritates me.

    When I first got to experience Thailand it was like being given my youth and freedom back. It was like going to the best house party I ever went to with lots of pretty ladies, and at the end of the night I could go home with whomever I pleased. There were no pressures to do this or that... just enjoy yourself.

    And, because Thailand is mostly Buddhist, the general population believes in being good because that is what is expected of them. That has not changed much and is in stark contrast to the Philippines which is mostly Catholic. But, I didn't learn that until a few years later.

    So, I keep returning to Thailand each winter so I can kick back and do my own thing without too many people bothering me. The occasional bump in the road is to be expected... even though it might piss me off at the time.

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