Failed Relationships And The Benefits Of Hindsight, The Stick Girls
The old chestnut that you can take the girl out of the bar but can't take the bar out of the girl has much truth in it. It's just as true that the problems many guys trying to make a relationship work with a former bargirl face are not necessarily because she was a bargirl at all, but simply that each comes from a culture with different values and which look at things from completely different perspectives.
All of the Thai women I have dated were lovely in their own way, but invariably I found that I would inevitably reach a point where there would be some sort of obstacle we were unable to overcome, something which she, or I, dug our feet in on and were unwilling to compromise on.
Dating Thai women, the difficulties we face and the common issues we experience come up over and over again.
Meet some of the Stick girls.
The Cafeteria Worker
She had big, round eyes that positively glowed when she smiled and it was a chance conversation at a bus stop, back in the days before the skytrain, that was the start of what was to be my first relationship with a Thai, a relationship that was on and off for several months.
I was a very different guy back then. New to Bangkok and still learning the ropes, the relationship with the cafeteria worker who spoke little English was my first where the language we used was Thai. I was earning a modest 35,000 baht per month and was very much a homebody, preferring to explore the city by day and spend quiet nights in.
From a modest background and with the most basic education, just 6 years, she had been living in Bangkok since she was 12 years old, her mother having brought her down from her native Khon Kaen when her parents split. At 19 years of age, 10 my junior, the age gap was not really that significant. But her age was. At 19 she was still a teenager!
In some ways she was old school Thai and when she came over to my condo she would sort things out, put papers and magazines in tidy piles and clean the place, from emptying out the fridge and wiping down every surface, to making sure plants were well watered to mopping the floor, even if it had already been mopped that day. She went through this same routine almost every time she came over without fail, and often to my protests that the place was clean already – which she never believed, taking great pride in wiping down surfaces and showing me dust on the rag she used!
She was pleasant enough to have around and fun to do basic things with like going to the movies, or grabbing a Thai meal. But for other things, like meeting and going out with my Western friends or eating Western food, there was always a problem. She loved the idea of going to a Western restaurant, but when we actually did these things, she never really felt comfortable and found herself out of her depth. Ultimately she didn't enjoy herself as she thought she would which in turn hampered my enjoyment.
The relationship lasted many months but eventually I called it off after realising we had very, very little in common.
Lesson Learned: Thai women from a modest background are often starry eyed by our world, but may struggle to fit in to it. Thai women aged under 20 are still girls, and often don't mature until much later.
The stunner from Phitsanulok was probably the most attractive girlfriend I ever had. I remember popping around the corner to visit my mate WhosYourDaddy at his place. He couldn't take his eyes off her!
We met in a Thai bar on what was her last weekend in Bangkok. It was a real Thai-style venue – dimly lit with loud music and nothing in English. A pal and I were the only two foreigners in the place and from the looks we were getting, we felt like we might have been the only two who had even been there.
It was her last weekend in Bangkok, a girls' night out, but one which was to be interrupted by a young Kiwi intent on getting her number and who wouldn't take no for an answer!
She relented with the phone number, we hit it off and quickly became an item. I always thought we were good together. I was more comfortable with Thai having taken a year off to study it full-time, and with an age gap of just 4 years, we had plenty in common.
She'd been running a hair salon in Bang Na with a friend but fancied going it alone and had set up a new salon in the Bangpa In area, some 80 odd kilometres north of Bangkok.
Her salon was in an industrial area, surrounded by factories, factories and more factories. I had more free time than she, so it would usually be me who made the journey to see her. There was little to do in Bangpa In so we'd often take the train up to Ayuthaya and wander around the temples, or watch boat races on the river or find interesting cafes or riverside restaurants to spend time in. Having grown up in Phitsanulok, she preferred the quiet of Bangpa In to the craziness of Bangkok.
We lived less than 100 km apart from each other and we each lived close to the local train station. An hour and a half and a measly 15 baht later and I would be at her place.
I always looked forward to seeing her but found it frustrating that we could only see each other once a week. And while it was no great distance, the travel soon became a chore. She would come down to Bangkok once every so often but it too became a chore and she never liked being away from the business she was trying to build up. We were both young and neither of us was ready to commit to anything long-term. As the travel became a chore for each of us, things just petered out. Had she stayed in Bangkok, who knows?
Lesson Learned: Distance relationships are difficult without genuine long-term commitment on each side and even then they can be difficult.
The Office Girl
By the time I met the office girl, I guess I was as attractive as I ever would be. I was earning good money, had a great pad, a busy social life and I knew much of Bangkok like the back of my hand.
The office girl was great in almost every way. She was not just attractive, but had a sporty physique. Unlike many Thai women who look like they're in good shape, the office girl really was. Her muscles were firm and not that slim look but flabby feel I dislike so much. She spoke very good English, was fun to be around, had great social skills and fit in well with friends. She had a genuine appreciation for some of the finer things in life and was not needy, happy to dine at a high-end restaurant as she was eating on the street. She could fit in with any crowd, from hi-so to lo-so to everything in between. And she was clever too.
We connected online, met for a few drinks and things developed. Unlike many office workers in Bangkok, she had weekends off and as the relationship blossomed, we took many trips around the country – to the beach, to see famous temples and markets and even had a very enjoyable trip to her hometown. She was easy to be with, a most important quality I look for in a woman, and one not easily found in Thai women, at least in my experience.
Despite earning a reasonable salary, she chose not to spend so much on accommodation. Her room was modest and she started to spend more and more time at my place. I must have been blind to what had been happening, because one day I realised that there were more of her clothes in the wardrobe than mine! She still had her own place of course, but as she spent more and more time at my place, it seemed that each trip back to her room would see more of her stuff shifted my way. I was happy enough with her staying over a few nights a week, but when I realised the amount of stuff she had brought over I started to become uncomfortable.
While she was still a couple of years shy of 30, she wanted to cement the relationship. She wanted a ring on her finger. I had just come out of a long-term relationship and was not ready for anything serious. Looking back at it now, I had allowed things to get too serious and for which I was largely to blame. She would moot a future together which I would dismiss with casual abandon and no doubt a look of horror on my face!
She was very sensitive and the mere thought that we would break up, or the mere indication that I was not looking at things long-term, often sent her into tears. No tantrums, no theatrics, just tears. Perhaps it was because she had had a long-term Thai boyfriend who things didn't work out with and she didn't want a repeat of that, but when she saw that marriage was not on the agenda, she called things off.
Lesson Learned: If a woman is ready to marry, either marry her or cut her free so she can find someone who is genuinely marriage-minded.
The only intellectual equal I've dated in Thailand and a lady I really expect to go places, she stood out from all the other local women I have known.
Her English was totally fluent and she preferred to speak with me in English than Thai. She was well into her 20s and while there was an age gap it was nothing significant. She was still at university and planned to be for a good few more years to come.
She had a few more years of study ahead of her and put her studies ahead of everything else, something I encouraged even if it created difficulties for "us". She was very bright, and she knew it. She would often talk of previous boyfriends who had "disappointed her", often a reference to their intellectual capacity, or lack of it. She craved intelligent conversation and could talk about any issue – and I mean ANY issue – without ever getting sensitive or uptight as so many Thai women do.
She was well supported by her wealthy parents upcountry to the tune of 20,000 – 25,000 baht per month. Our fulfilling but ultimately short-lived relationship ended when I found her Achilles heel. She hated it, and simply couldn't deal with it, when I called her on her avariciousness and wastefulness with her parents' money. 20K – 25K baht a month should be plenty for a mid-20s Thai student to live on but she was always asking for (and getting) more.
It all came to a head one night when we were dining at my favourite buffet. She declared that the huge choice of food on offer was inadequate and that in addition to the buffet, she was going to order not just one, but two dishes from the regular menu! There we were, at one of the finest buffets in a city known for fine hotel buffets where even the fussiest diner could find plenty of quality food to absolutely stuff themselves full with. It all came to head when the two dishes she ordered arrived and she did not touch them, not a single bite, declaring them inedible!
Lesson Learned: Avarice is unacceptable!
Another online darling, I wasn't looking for anyone at the time but she pursued me, we met a few times and things developed at a time when I would probably have been better off single.
An accountant with a big name company, she was financially independent which made a change from so many of the women Western guys date in Thailand. She'd had her own businesses, had a new car all paid for and lived at a downtown address.
She was an impressive woman, elegant in her appearance, confident in her work and demure in relationships. Hailing from the central region, she really did bridge the gap between living a modern lifestyle while maintaining many of the traits and virtues of a traditional Thai woman. She had a remarkable awareness of the lifestyles of Western guys in Thailand, so much so that I joked to a mate that she must be a Stickman reader! It was all the stranger given that I was her first foreign boyfriend.
On paper she had almost everything going for her, but whenever we went out, or whenever we did something, it tended to be rather boring. I remember once when she turned up at my place unexpected, early on a Saturday morning, and I clearly remember thinking to myself that this was going to be one dull day. I made some excuses that I had existing plans – I didn't – and not long after I ended things with her.
I always thought she would make someone a great wife and would be a fantastic mother, but that wasn't what I was looking for.
Lesson Learned: Traditional Thai women might be ideal wife material, but some lack that spark and excitement that some of us crave in a relationship. Or maybe it's just that accountants really are boring!
Last week's photo
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Last week's photo was taken looking out at Sukhumvit Road from the relatively new branch of Au Bon Pain on the corner of Sukhumvit soi 31. The first person to email me with the correct location of the photo wins a 500 baht credit at Oh My Cod, the British fish and chips restaurant. The second person to get it correct wins a 500 baht voucher from one of the best farang food venues in Bangkok, and the home of Bangkok's best burger, in my humble opinion, Duke's Express. Duke's is conveniently located in the Emporium shopping centre in central Bangkok. The third person to get the photo right wins a 700 baht gift certificate from Lolita's in Pattaya.
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FROM STICK'S INBOX (These are emails from readers and what is written here was not written by Stick.) Preference may be given to emails which refer to the previous week's column.
EMAIL OF THE WEEK – Calling a spade a spade!
Thanks for the interesting photos in your column. Just looking at the fatty gulping down his beer made me head to the gym and knock out 5 miles in 34 minutes on the treadmill. Aren't they disgusting? A thundering disgrace! If I was in charge, I would have them all lined up against the wall and slapped about and papers checked. I have said it before – who are these weirdoes and what and / or who are they running from back home? Some of the lowest forms of life are sitting in these bars and no doubt the west is glad to see the back of them. I'm shocked at the continuing appalling standard of foreigner in Bangkok. Can we put them into 3 groups? The fat loser in the bar, the sorted old man and the lay about hippy whose parents are funding a drink and drug binge. There needs to be a serious crackdown on the filth which is destroying Thailand and rubs shit all over decent people. I wouldn't hold out for it though as the country seems to thrive on seedy perverts. Let's call a spade a spade. But what I can't understand is how these guys can get up in the morning and look in the mirror and not want to jump off the balcony? In my opinion, even the harshest western feminist is strides ahead of these guys. Perhaps some of your seedy readers can give me an answer? How do they look at themselves in the mirror? Are they still drunk from the night before? And before your readers hit me over the head with abuse, yeah, I can go out all the time and sleep with different girls regularly if I wanted – students, professionals etc. I choose not to. In fact I feel frustrated as I have to regularly turn requests down and it gets tiring. I'm young, fit and good looking. I'm not arrogant. Act your age for Christ's sake. Piss off and go home. Your day has passed! Can you honestly say that you are proud of what you have become? Have you no dignity? What would your children think, or your parents? Can you honestly tell your friends what you do in Thailand every day, every week? All is not lost. Go home and act your age. You are not 25 any more. It's time to have a good look in the mirror, tighten the belt, take a big gulp and fuck off back home!
In the broom cupboard at Panthip.
Thought that I'd just send a quick comment about the availability of kiddy porn in Bangkok. Yeah, it's out there. Took a couple of mates to Panthip last year and was offered some porno DVDs. Being curious, I accepted the offer to take a look and was led upstairs into what could just about pass for a broom cupboard which we had to share with another tourist who was also perusing the goods. Saw all the usual stuff and then the vendor asked if we wanted to see young girl DVDs. I nodded, but wish I hadn't. He pulled out some truly awful shit. This wasn't girls of legal age dressed 'young'. They were obviously underage and I was nearly sick. Got up and walked out with the vendor hurling abuse as I left (not because I said anything – I was speechless, but because I didn't buy anything, I think). I wanted to report him but to be honest as a tourist I didn't know where to turn, such is my faith in the boys in brown. But, it's haunted me. I've also had a flick through some of the stuff sold by the vendors on Sukhumvit Road. Not as blatantly obvious as what I saw in Panthip last year but definitely questionable and I wouldn't be surprised if some of their stuff was illegal too. It's pretty fucked.
Name and shame the buyers.
Child porn appeared in Pattaya about a year ago and is often sold openly on the street. If you dare to remonstrate, the vendor suddenly can't speak English. It is a blight, and the authorities need to crack down on it very hard indeed. Having said that, the Thais don't give a shit, money is money and if people weren't buying it, they wouldn't sell it. Needs some of those anti-paedo organisations to make it clear that they will spy on, and name and shame anyone caught buying it. No demand and it will go away.
I'm a fan of Samui and have now knocked Bangers on the head as I had a few bad experiences (i.e. fell for) a couple of girls that used to work for (& they probably still do) The Eden Club. Never a good idea! Having just returned from Samui, I can say hand on heart that the place is dying. There is no-one there and Bangkok Airways is killing the place with their fares. In 10 years this has been the quietest I've ever seen. Why pay upwards of 4,000 baht one way to Samui from Bangkok when direct flights from many places are available to Phuket? Whilst Bangkok Air has a monopoly on the Samui route, I can only assume the island will suffer more. I have many friends there who work from bars to car rentals to diving etc. They are hurting and have been for some time.
With do-gooder types, anything is possible!
How long do you think it will be before a liberal-do-good / know-nothing reporter does a big exposé on the strippers / gogo girls being kept in locked cells against their will and made to dance at the new Alcatraz A Gogo?
When 50K baht buys you NOTHING!
I was intrigued that one of your recent contributors believed that the secret to the perfect relationship with a Thai girl was to gratefully accept one's position as number five in her order of affection – and to be prepared to hand over 50,000 baht per month to her for the honour. This is pretty far from what I imagine most people's definition of a ‘perfect relationship' is. It sounds more like a perfect nightmare to me – a totally one-sided deal that will go south the second there's a financial hiccup. How low does a man's self-esteem have to be to consider that a desirable arrangement? I'd rather be by myself than live like that, or better still, spend the 50 grand on short time encounters as you alluded to in your comments.
A disadvantage of white skin.
I recently upgraded apartment. I re-hooked up with the real estate agent who found me my first apartment when I first moved here. She showed us around a few places and we came to one in the same complex that she had showed me first time around quoting a price of 25,000 baht per month. I turned it down again on price and then set my Thai wife to action. She approached the same complex, as a Thai, and got a price of 15,000 baht per month! I understand that there are two price levels here but was blown away that there should be a 40% difference in price! We are living in this apartment now at the "Thai price" so I guess I am saving 10k a month! We also faced a scenario when looking at an apartment of it going up in price from 18k before we walked through the door to 22k when the landlord sighted me, a farang. Lesson: Get a Thai bird (even if she is acting as your special one) to find you a room. Of greater hilarity was what followed a few days later. My Thai wife got a phone call saying she had won a contest she had entered at a major supermarket. She had won a 5-day romantic trip for two to Phuket, flights and hotel included. She was asked to give the names of those who would receive the prize. She gave her name and mine. They called back five minutes later and rescinded the prize. Reason? Only Thai couples are eligible. No farang. It was so ridiculous I didn't even get angry. I laughed and laughed. My wife didn't.
As if proof was needed that Cowboy is very much the expats' favourite playground, on Tuesday night when the heavens opened around 6:20 PM and the rain kept falling until well after 9:00, the soi was dead, totally dead and even the most popular bars had but a handful of customers. At 8:15 Tilac had perhaps 4 or 5 customers, and the Dollhouse had just 2 on the ground floor – me and a mate. It will take much more than rain to keep guys on holiday away from the bars but for expats, rain between 6:00 and 7:30 or so can be the difference between staying in or going out. If it rains earlier, or later, it has less bearing. Bar owners hate it when it pours at that time, knowing they're probably going to have a quiet night. The rain was so heavy at one point that some guys who braved the elements had a tuktuk deliver them right to the bar's door.
Club Bunnies in Nana Plaza opened briefly on Friday night, but just to check lights and run a series of equipment tests. It looks like they are close to opening. The venue will feature live music with (apparently) a Filipino band. Honestly, could the new owners have possibly chosen a smaller bar for a live band!?
After many delays, Carlsberg draught will finally be available at some pubs in Bangkok from this coming Wednesday. It is expected to be available at some Pattaya pubs a few days after the Bangkok launch.
Sukhumvit soi 5 is becoming much more colourful these days, and you will see no more colour than in the small, open bar with a spacious area out front, just next to Foodland, adjacent to the steps going up to Country Road.
Single Western males are once again the profile that the men in tight brown uniforms are targeting at the Ekamai bus station with particular attention paid to those getting off the Sex Tourist Express – the bus that runs between Bangkok and Pattaya. Most believe that these illegal searches are targeting drugs but one Stickman reader this week reports that they went much further to include looking at all of the photos on the memory card in his camera, which suggests they might be looking for homemade porn, which is kind of ironic given what has been reported as being available on Sukhumvit Road in the mainstream media recently. If you wish to avoid the possibility of being searched, the bus back from Pattaya stops at the Onut skytrain station, about 2 km east of Ekamai, so you could jump off there and either get on the skytrain or jump in a taxi without going all the way to Ekamai. The searches are easily avoided – but we shouldn't have to think like this.
Bangkok Beat in soi 7/1 has a happy hour until 10 PM nightly with beers at 110 baht and gin / vodka / whiskey / bourbon at 130 baht, which may be cheaper than regular hour prices but el cheapo Stickman doesn't think they sound like happy hour prices! That said, it is happy hour all night long on Monday nights with those prices through until close. And if you're on a tight budget, Chang beer can be had for 90 baht if you can stomach it!
Pretty Lady Bar at Nana Plaza will hold a "Full Moon Party" on Saturday 23rd, with sexy shows, a special dance show and free food offered. The wheel of fortune will spin all night, with lots of chances to win drinks and bar fines. All are welcome to join the fun!
The obligatory vegetarian festival visit to Chinatown this week saw me wandering some of the dark allies and back sois, including those around adjacent to Texas Massage where dollied up girls linger. It's horribly seedy and largely free of foreigners which is probably because most of the girls don't have the Isaan look which most farang naughty boys seem to insist on.
Following on from comments in a recent column about the very real possibility that there won't be any live international rugby coverage on TV in Thailand, checking the Australia TV schedule for the October 30 fixture between the All Blacks and the Wallabies in Hong Kong would seem to confirm our worst nightmare – the match does not appear on the schedule.
The section of road between Beach Road and Second Road at the start of Walking Street is under construction and traffic cannot pass by. For that reason, traffic is being diverted from Soi 13/4 over to Second Road, with the section of Second Road between 13/4 and Pattaya Tai having been converted temporarily to accommodate traffic going in both directions. This is causing serious congestion in that part of Second Road, but is necessary so that traffic can access Pattaya Tai and Third Road. Construction work includes traffic lights for pedestrians all along Beach Road and Second Road, stretch all the way from Walking Street up to Pattaya Nua, yeah, all the way! We know how hazardous it can be to cross over these roads and sometimes you can feel like a chicken trying haphazardly to get to the other side. It might get easier but for sure, this is going to cause further traffic problems in a city in which traffic problems seem to be getting worse and worse.
Crossbar has introduced a new "pub grub" menu which consists of traditional old pub grub favourites, such as scampi in a basket, chicken in a basket, ploughman's lunch, cottage pie along with a new favourite tandoori chicken with salad, which has proved very popular.
Some readers seem to think that I am seeing things when I report the number of Indians visiting Thailand and suggest that I have an anti-Indian bias. Not at all. I merely report what I see. No doubt the number of Indians visiting Thailand is going to surge even further with Air Asia announcing flights commencing between India and Thailand from December 1st, daily between Bangkok and Calcutta and 4 times a week between the Thai capital and Delhi.
I am hearing horror stories about the run from Bangkok to Nongkhai, the main road up into Isaan, and one I used to take regularly. Stories are coming through of Westerners being stopped up to 4 times at different checkpoints and being accused of doing speeds they weren't, or possibly that their vehicle is not even capable of. The worst spot seems to be the run from Korat to Khon Kaen although just south of Udon Thani is another hot spot.
A reminder about catching a taxi in Bangkok. It is generally not a good idea to get a taxi parked outside a hotel. These guys are waiting for the first time visitor who does not know how things work and will invariably offer a fixed fare ride which usually works out at anywhere from 2 – 4 times what it would have cost had the meter been turned on. Taxis are ubiquitous in Bangkok and even in the wet season it isn't nearly as difficult to hail a cab as it once was – so there's absolutely no reason to use these guys!
Reports in the Pattaya press indicate that a foreigner is assisting the police in their recent raids on some Soi 6 bars. The modus operandi is the same every time with the foreigner going into the bar, finding a girl, taking her upstairs, HAVING SEX WITH HER, paying her with marked banknotes, after which the boys in brown enter the venue and arrest all and sundry working in and associated with the venue. That a foreigner is involved, and that he is availing himself of the girls, albeit paying them, has a few expats rather annoyed, to say the least!
What's with these weird things that Thai women – seems to be more a working girl thing than anything – are attaching to their eyelashes? There's this recent trend where some Thai women get their nails done and rather than just having them painted, they get these little cheap fake diamonds and the like mounted on their nails. Well, it's the same thing, but they have them mounted on their eyelashes, as per the girl in the photo below. They seem to be quite a recent thing. They don't do anything for me…
Quote of the week comes from a regular reader in Hua Hin, "Thailand is like the young, beautiful girlfriend – you know she's going to fuck you over but you can't bring yourself to leave until she finally does it."
Reader's story of the week comes from Mr. Anonymous and is titled, "The Nana Ghost".
A Pattaya bargirl is arrested after being in cahoots with a South African in a scam.
A South African newspaper reports on the new Pattaya and how its shedding the sex tourism label.
The Washington Times reports on the recent spate of bombings in Bangkok.
CNNGo profiles where Thai sex workers go for English lessons as well as counselling.
Ever wondered what happens to former Miss Thailands? Miss Thailand 2005 is now a pilot with Air Asia!
The Bangkok Post reports that porn of every variety is openly on display in Bangkok's Chinatown.
6 years without a passport, an American gets by in Phuket from the generosity and stupidity of his fellow Westerners.
Another Pattaya soi 6 bar was raided by Bangkok police this week.
A Swede alleged of producing yaba in Thailand faces the death penalty.
Ask Sunbelt Legal
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Question 1: I own two condos in Bangkok. Both are in my name and paid for with no finance outstanding. I live in one unit and in another unit, which is in a different building, I rent it out to an American. He has been a good tenant until recently when we started to have some disagreements. I regret that it looks like I am going to have to invoke an eviction clause and get him out. He has become nasty and stated that I will have problems for leasing the condo to him without a work permit and for not paying taxes on the income earned. I don't have a work permit and would not have thought this was necessary. Can you please advise me of the requirements for a Westerner renting out a condo in their own name. I have a full contract with the tenant. Do I require a work permit? Thanks in advance.
Sunbelt responds: Renting out a condominium that you own does not require you to have a Thai work permit. According the Labour Department – Work Permit Division, renting out your property is not considered
to be "working" in Thailand and would not require you to have a work permit. That said, in accordance to the Revenue Code, as you are earning income, you are responsible for the payment of the income tax on this rental income. You are
required to declare such income which was derived from property rental(s) at year's end. If you are renting this condo to a juristic identity (i.e. a limited company) they would have be responsible to withhold 5% from the monthly rental payment
as a Corporate Withholding Tax. If you rent the property to an individual that individual (your tenant) is not required to withhold the 5% as a withholding tax.
* This does not constitute legal advice or serve as a substitute for direct legal consultation with a licensed attorney. The information is provided for educational purposes only and it may not account for the specific facts and up-to-date laws that may be applicable to each individual's situation. It does not take the place of consultations with a licensed lawyer and it does not create an attorney-client relationship between readers of the information and Sunbelt Asia, Co. Ltd. or any of its employees.
Try as I might, I could not gather much in the way of bar news, gossip or funny stories this week. I made it out and about most nights, checked in with bar owners and had a word with various contacts, and no-one had anything interesting to report or relay. Perhaps it was the rain, the nightly downpours that pushed bar takes down to levels that make bar owners cringe and working girls change venue. Just another 2, maybe 3, of weeks of rain and then we're into November and that should be the end of it for the best part of 6 months.
Your Bangkok commentator,