I was at a friend’s house the other day and I was listening to a conversation between a couple of people at our table. One of these guys was preparing to leave Timor to go to Thailand, while the other had been on an exchange and, I think, spent about a year in LOS, so he was offering some general advice with regards to places to party.
I kept my mouth shut during the exchange because I hadn’t been asked my opinion and I didn’t want to steal this chap’s thunder. I listened with interest as he depicted Bangkok as some kind of “playground for adults”. One of his pieces of advice was, “Don’t always go for the prettiest girl because she gets around a lot,” or something to that effect.
Bear in mind that both of these guys were about my age. The establishment this one fella recommended for a good party was Hollywood at Ratchada Soi 4, which is coyote club if I’m not mistaken. It was clear that this person’s Bangkok was slightly different to mine.
After the person giving the advice left, I turned to my friend and told him not to go to any of the places he had been recommended. He was looking for places that play decent electronic music so I rattled off a few names and all was well.
It was intriguing to hear how another guy my age sees Bangkok. I’m not saying that the Bangkok I’d recommend to someone is better or worse, but to live in the city for a prolonged period and not get much more out of it than taking home a few pretty Thai girls is such a waste of the experience.
Of course, I’m basing my judgment on one conversation. I don’t know the ins and outs of this man’s year in Bangkok. Perhaps he was just beefing up his advice for the all-male crowd.
I think Bangkok is a great city. I miss it. I miss the late-night food, the crowds, the parks, the party circuit and the people I saw it with, the Skytrain, the concerts at protests, the cheap T-shirts, the food courts, the kids breakdancing and the kids dressed as anime characters outside MBK, the music, culture, and the sounds of the city day and night.
I don’t want to go and live there again other than when I have to take my exams, but you really can’t get Bangkok out of your system.