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  1. Great news! A couple of thoughts. Somerset BKK - I have a friend of mixed Thai-American heritage who spends a lot of time back and forth and she highly recommends Somerset House. As you well know, very convenient to Prince. Le Meridien Chiang Mai I stayed there a couple of years ago and it was the only time I've ever been disappointed by the Le Meridien brand. My friend and I were just lost in the chaos of the 99% of the hotel customers who were part of large tour groups. I've sent several visiting family and friends to the Tamarind Village hotel and they have all liked it, and it seems to be at a roughly comparable price point to Le Meridien. Tamarind Village It's within the old city walls and has more of a traditional Chiang Mai feel than the soul-less generic Le Meridien. Staff is very friendly in my experience and the restaurant is excellent but pricey.
  2. Very helpful, but note that maybe they put ladyboy bars in the purple “gay” category. Not that I particularly want to get into that issue with a 10 foot mascara brush, but I think — but not sure — that Kings Garden and Kings Corner are ladyboy, as are some of the other miscellaneous patpong 2 spots.
  3. Then you shouldn't go and don't let anyone make you go. Some people, however, might find it nice to sit at a beer bar across from Dreamboys and Lucky and BKK Massage (and right near the entrance to Fresh Boys and Hot Male) and enjoy that view and the various comings and goings, regardless of the gender of the server. Particularly when business is slow the staff from any of those shops might be hanging out on the street and might even come over and chat and flirt as they did back on Soi Twilight. Again - for some people - but not everyone - it's an option to keep in mind.
  4. Personally I think the casual racism on the board is astonishing, but it seems to be limited (I hope) to a few complainers. The adage among the happier expats in Thailand is, "Don't try to change Thailand. Let Thailand change you." You don't necessarily have to believe that 100%, but it's an essential thought experiment for any good expat or traveler.
  5. Boston could be nice for a day or two. It's a nice small manageable city. Some interesting historical walks you can take showing famous places in the history of the fight to overthrow the cruel British tyrannical overlords. I especially like to go to the tavern where, they say, the Revolution began because a British soldier failed to tip a tavern maid. Boston is nice, but you might find it a tad boring? Highly recommend Provincetown. Lots of ways to get there, including a ferry to/fro Boston. It's a quaint-ish old New England town that is just chock full of the gays. Very fun. You go there and relax for a few days. Lobster salad sandwiches by the harbor. Very open and welcoming gay scene. If you really want to get your gay on, you could go to Fire Island. You can get there by train from NYC. Fire Island Pines for glamour and pretty boys. Cherry Grove for less elitist gays and more lesbians. I don't know about hotel availability. Expect they would be expensive. You spend half your time on the beach, half your time tracking down an Ecstasy connection and the remaining half of your time dancing and fucking like a bunny. (Yes three halves, because, as everyone knows, time slows down on MDMA.) People really love Philadelphia (and you can get there by train from NYC). The Maine shore is lovely, to drive along. As a gay you would be required to visit Ogonquit harbor. But unless you want soulful selfies of yourself with ocean waves crashing along the rocky shore in the background, not sure all that interesting.
  6. I disagree. When traveling SE Asia out in the countryside I find the young backpackers taking in the same cultural sights and experiences as I or the other travelers do, and often even more adventurous. Sure they like to find nice beaches, bars and waterfalls. Good for them. Also worth remembering the extraordinary (good) work of the backpackers after the tsunami in '04. As far as Khao San Rd is concerned - people are having fun. I don't see the problem. And young Thais also do go there, including super sweetheart Jack (formerly of Maxi's) and his young THAI friends.
  7. I try to check the type of plane for domestic or flights in the region. Some of the local carriers operate turbo props and I try to avoid those if at all possible. For example it used to be that Bangkok Airways flew turbo props and jets to Samui, so selection of which flight during the day was essential.
  8. We’ll probably never know, but my guess is that this has to do with the ASEAN meetings going on (including the visit by U.S. Homunculus Secretary of State). It’s certainly embarrassing for the junta democratically-elected government. We might expect a bit of an immigration crackdown as always happens after these events.
  9. Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok: Explosions at Various Locations in Bangkok, Thailand (August 2, 2019) Locations: Various locations Event: Explosions and Suspicious Devices, Friday, August 2, 2019 The U.S. Embassy confirms several small explosions occurred the morning of August 2, 2019 at the following locations in the central business district and outlying areas of Bangkok: the stairs of Chong Nonsi BTS Station, in front of the Mahanakohn Building-King Power, the Chaengwattana Government Complex, Rama IX road, and the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense in Nonthaburi. Unexploded devices were discovered by authorities at the following locations during the same period: the Administrative Court building in the Chaengwattana Complex. There are several reported injuries. No U.S. citizens have been reported as affected, however. In addition, on the afternoon of August 1, 2019, two suspicious devices were found outside the Royal Thai Police (RTP) headquarters on Rama I road, near the Ratchaprasong shopping district. Local police and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams are responding to the events and two suspects are reportedly in custody. Bangkok and nearby locations have seen sporadic, small-scale bombings in recent years. In most cases, the bombings do not appear intended to cause casualties, but are intended to send political messages during high-visibility events, or political transition periods. Actions to Take: · Stay alert, exercise caution, and be aware of your surroundings. · Notify friends and family of your safety. · Monitor local media for updates. · Follow instructions of Thai authorities. U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand American Citizens Services +66 2 205 4049 +66 2 205 4000 (after hours) acsbkk@state.gov State Department - Consular Affairs +1 888 407 4747 or +1 202 501 4444
  10. They are effectively "night shift" workers, and therefore sleeping later into the day is just the way it is. It's only fair and appropriate to understand that. When I do find a guy who is more of a daytime person, he quickly moves into the "keeper" category.
  11. If you're up for it, you can have a lot of fun at Siam Park City waterpark one day. Get wet With the new Blue Line MRT stations opening up, good old fashioned urban exploration is a bit easier for Chinatown/Old Town now. Also in the other direction entirely you can now get to the Erawan Museum by BTS. It's reasonably interesting and some nice photo ops. If your guy is even a little bit Buddhist he will usually appreciate a visit to Wat Saket/Golden Mount. Also, a selfie-worthy chance to make merit feeding the fishes at one of the river piers is always good and much appreciated. Oct. 13 is Ok Phansa (end of lent). Good day to make merit at a temple. There's a better-than-o.k. Thai restaurant called Steve Cafe & Cuisine by the river near Thewet Pier. Easy to get to by boat and then a short confusing walk, and there's a lovely nearby temple and cute little market so a nice opportunity to take a river boat and explore and have a good lunch. Steve Depending on when you're in BKK, there may be activities related to the Royal Barge Procession. The Charoenkrung Creative District gets better and more interesting every day. Lots of shops and galleries and especially cafes and restaurants to explore. Highly recommended. I enjoy Thai cooking classes as a fun daytime activity. It depends on how comfortable you and your guy are in a group activity. I really highly recommend Cooking With Poo & Friends. Poo
  12. Here's a nice interview with k. Noh about his translation of Sunthorn Phlu's poems. Poems from the Buddha's Footprint
  13. I think they most certainly will. This same rule was put in place for condo buildings that had views of the Royal Cremation Grounds during the that ceremony, also during the Coronation and it has been pretty standard operating procedure since then whenever there is an official Royal procession. I believe that condo owners in the affected buildings have become used to it by now. (These buildings, by the way, are not what I would consider particularly close.) Often the "official" reason given is security concerns, I guess a fear of snipers? But I fall into the camp that says the real reason is enforcement of the Royal prerogative. Fortunately these sorts of Royal-with-a-capital-"R" processions that impact condo and hotel buildings aren't all that frequent so best to view it all as a very interesting part of local culture. For example, it does seem reasonable and respectful to me to make sure people aren't frolicking in a riverside swimming pool when such the Royal Barge Procession goes by. But the same rules do pop up to the detriment of Bangkok traffic on a daily basis. Quite regularly I come across police stationed at Rama IV pedestrian overpasses, which now I just know means a royal family motorcade is coming and you have to wait at street level until the motorcade passes. I am sure it happens in other neighborhoods as well, it just seems to happen to me a lot in my neighborhood. All this in addition to closing off intersections - even at the height of rush hour - to ensure the motorcade can pass through quickly. I went to Bhutan to attend the coronation of the current King and my hotel room had a wonderful view of the grounds where the post-coronation celebration would be held. Alas, they imposed the same rule and all the curtains had to be drawn and you couldn't go near the windows. In that particular case, however, I do believe that it was driven by security concerns.
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