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Everything posted by vaughn

  1. I was surprised to learn Thailand don't already give the Chinese visa exempt entry for 30 days like the long list of other countries, I thought they had pretty good diplomatic relations and the potential tourism numbers involved would have put that in motion years ago. I wish they would extend the tourist visa exemption scheme to 90 days, it would save me from a couple of unnecessary visa run and immigration dept days for the trip I'm about to embark on.
  2. I have booked 6 weeks at an airbnb for the first part of my next stay, airbnb is more expensive than apartment rentals and there are a few listings that look very scammy, avoid new listings with no reviews and hosts that are trying to sub-lease hostel and hotel rooms. I was looking on hipflat, fazwaz and other apartment rental websites but most seemed to need a 6-12 month lease. Those sites are good to see what apartments look like in buildings and can help narrow the search. When I get there in a few weeks I'm going to do some walking around to talk with the rental offices in the buildings i'm interested in and ask if they do month-to-month rentals, but i think that might be easier in Pattaya than Bangkok to get monthly rentals.
  3. yeah reporting is the best option, enough reports and he will likely get demonitised (he makes no ad revenue). Don't comment or interact with it, because it just boosts his stats and gives him what he wants.
  4. If you have no experience in running a business in hospitality and have no knowledge of local practices and law, well... just buy a barrel and burn your baht because it will be less stress with the same outcome. Your post history indicates you're pretty new to Thailand and don't have much understanding of the economics of the bar scene, is that right? it's fun to dream but it sounds like you're wasting your time. You might want to spend some time in the country and at existing venues to learn how things work before even starting to work on a business plan.
  5. Grindr, Jackd and hornet are more or less the same, but some guys prefer using one over the others.. they would be the top 3 Blued is busy in East Asia, if you want to meet a tourist from China, HK, Taiwan, etc you can probably find them on Blued. I haven't used it in Thailand in a long time, so others will probably have recent experiences. Instagram, twitter + Onlyfans takes a bit of effort. on instagram if you take the time to start a conversation you can meet guys. twitter is basically the search engine for onlyfans, OF guys have inboxes full of messages from horny guys so you're only really likely to get your wallet drained.
  6. I have just come back from my Taiwan trip, it was amazing. I don't really have the time to write a big trip report but here's some info for newbies (like myself). Grindr was quite easy to find guys on, but I didn't see any profiles offering massage or MB. I had the most luck picking up guys on the same night rather than trying to schedule ahead, 6-9pm there's lots of guys active every night. I didn't end up needing to try Blued or any other apps. Taipei Ximending area was full of attractive guys, it's a good area to stay. Soi13 sauna was very busy and worth going to on a Saturday night, easily 100 guys most aged 20-35, a lot are fairly shy but the dark rooms can be very intense. It was busy 6:30 until about 9:30 then it started to get quieter, i left so i'm not sure if it picks up again after guys have been out clubbing. Foreigners pay NTD800 entry. https://goo.gl/maps/pVhZfGqMkhNM11cz9 The day I planned to go to Emporor hotspring the plans didn't work out, so I still need to go back to experience that. http://www.emperorspa.com.tw/about.html https://goo.gl/maps/VYM47sdBspm1e6xXA I went to Mars sauna in Taichung, Mars was harder to find, mostly because i went in the wrong entrance and tried to use the service elevator instead of the staircase entrance in the next door building. there are stickers on both doors saying mars, but if you find yourself looking at elevators with no staircase to the right, go next door. NTD350 entry, the front desk will need to help you with the ticket machine if you don't read mandarin. https://goo.gl/maps/sYVDEcouGoGBHF5Q6 Mars had good facilities, hot and cold plunge pools, steam room (wasn't working when i was there), cabins, a dark room, cinema playing chinese movies, chill out area. I didn't pick the best nights to go Friday (before an event on Saturday) and on the Sunday. On Friday there were 35-40 guys, most in mid20s-30s. The guys at mars were less shy than the guys at Soi13 for me, I met a great guy and ended up going for drinks and back to my hotel with him. Sunday was rough, maybe 10 guys most >35. I was in Kaohsiung as well, but i didn't try the sauna there. I found Kaohsiung the most difficult to find guys, I had one catfish dud from Grindr and met one cute guy that said he works at a KTV in Taipei but translate wasn't doing the best with my questions so we didn't communicate much and just had fun. Kaohsiung is worth visiting but I didn't stay long. Overall the language barrier is manageable, in Taipei it's easier than Taichung and Kaohsiung but that's to be expected. The saunas don't need any language because people don't really talk except in the cabins or chill out areas, glances and hand touches were the signs of interest. Mars sell colored wrist bands to show your position which i liked, in Soi13 i just put keys on left wrist to show i'm top (idk if that's universal everywhere). Next time I plan to try the hotsprings and I want to figure out the KTVs because it seems like there are gay KTVs around but it might need more than google translate to find what i'm looking for there. People are friendly, food is great, the country is beautiful. I'll be back for sure. My next trip will be Bangkok or HK, so i doubt i'll be back for Taipei Pride but maybe next year.
  7. Taiwain in April then HK I'm considering early August, but HK will depend on work and if my friend in HK is at home or away. Sure, I'll post some notes when I get back from Taiwan and if i get to HK I'll report on there as well.
  8. I went to Koh Lipe recently and loved it, but you and @Londonerare right, it's a journey to get there. BKK > HatYai (1 hour flight), HatYai to Pak Bara Pier 1.5 hours (road), then Pak Bara pier to Pattaya Beach Pier (1.5 hours speedboat). Timing the flights was my biggest mistake, I almost missed check-in on the way back because I didn't consider needing to be there 45 mins before my flight departs. I bought a package for me and my travel companion that had pickup from HatYai in a minivan and included the speedboat ticket, that saved having to get a driver at the airport. Beautiful island, lots of great food, inexpensive day trips to quiet(er) beaches and islands, amazing crystal clear water all the way from sunset beach to sunrise beach. If I wanted a hassle free island resort I would probably go to Samui for luxury or Koh Lanta for a more relaxed location
  9. Blued was #1 in HK and Shanghai on my last trip 5 years ago, but it's been so long things could have changed by now. I'm considering a HK trip later this year after Taiwain, so i'll play app roulette to see. I think Blued was one of the first to introduce in-app translation, i really liked it.
  10. https://www.namstaxiladydrivers.com/services My preferred option, email a day or two ahead of time with pickup and dropoff. You could probably call or line and ask for anyone available at the time, but i've always pre-booked my trips. The driver has always been on time, in a decent car and they don't drive like maniacs.
  11. I do haha, my brain just decided to mix two cities names together. Those photos are spectacular @PeterRS I'm really looking forward to my first experience relaxing in hot springs.
  12. Update My original plan to arrive in the afternoon and spend the evening at Soi13 was unfortunately lost, flight delays pushed my arrival back to within 6 hours of my morning departing flight and I was exhausted by the time I got into the city after 1am. As you guys mentioned, Taiwan deserves a much longer stay.. So that's exactly what I'm planning to do in the coming months, I'm spending 3 weeks from Taipei to Kaochung and back stopping in major cities in between. As much as I love Thailand I need a break from that scene, December/January was not the best trip for me. Time to explore something new, thanks again for all of the great info in this thread, it's helping my plans a lot.
  13. If you have access to your DNS records (DNS zone), write down then change or delete the www and gaybuttonthai.com A records. This will prevent people getting to the compromised host until Moses returns and can be quickly reversed when the host server has been restored. It's up to you, but doing something to prevent people that frequent your board from being infected with malware should be a pretty high priority, waiting a full week could see your domain registrar take action on your domain and hurt the reputation of your site.
  14. Great report, thanks for sharing. Samae beach was my favourite spot the last time I went over, but I might need to check out Tien Beach next time.
  15. I have stayed at the W a few times, I never have problems with guests at any of the Marriott properties. W is nice, has a really good cocktail lounge, restaurant next to it is great, guest friendly, nice rooms but the standard rooms are smaller than average. My main problem with W is the location, it's not a major problem but I think there are better options around. /SO Bangkok has rooms with baths, Le Meridien also has rooms and suites with baths, Crowne Plaza is another good option in the area.
  16. Thanks for the report, only a few more weeks until I will be following your footsteps and the excitement is building. Suggestion to get out of the confrontation, just tell him you're meeting someone who you already agreed will stay with you.
  17. In August, Singapore Airlines required me to show proof of vaccination, not sure if that's still the case now. but be mindful of your layovers as well because the airline might still ask prior to boarding for your transit stops.
  18. not to be rude, but how exactly have you pinpointed that as the cause of your latest ailment, as opposed to maybe any other cause? full disclosure: I smoke occasionally, never indoors but if there's an ashtray at an outdoor table and i'm not shoulder-to-shoulder in a very crowded space It's legal and fair game.
  19. Yeah it is, I will say it's a good idea to get to know a guy with an overnight or two before you decide to ask them to stay with you for multiple days though, and pay one day at a time and not all upfront so if you change your mind on day two it can be settled with fewer hassles.
  20. i'm pretty close to 30, I don't see any difference in service than other reports here from members that are older, you get the good and the bad. I think Krubb or VCK saunas will be worth checking, the photos from social media seem to have plenty of guys in their 20s and 30s. I will post a report when I try over high season.
  21. I have had some great success with IG guys as well, a couple were freelance working guys and a few are just normal guys that didn't want any money. I will say it can be difficult to get a conversation going with some, they get hundreds of messages from guys wasting their time, so getting a conversation started and then working out if offering money will offend them or not can take some time. I find Grindr and Onlyfans can be much easier, but some of the cute guys on IG I have on my radar don't seem to be on Grindr so I just have to shoot my shot there. It's a very different game for non-working guys on IG though, you need to approach it like dating sometimes, and trying to line things up is much better if you're already in their city. Bombarding them with love messages from afar and trying to get nudes from them is 90% of their inbox, standing out from that crowd to get a connection or replies can be hard work at times.
  22. That's a smart move by them, now if only the basement currency exchange could do the same thing it would probably cut the landing to in a taxi time a lot.
  23. This is a question for your doctor Even the life expectancy question can't really be answered, IF there is cancer it depends a lot on what stage it is and if it's spread. $400 is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
  24. I can't speak for Bangkok White Party, this year is my first time. Djs playing dance music, usually with gay events its genres like hard dance, techno mixed with pop, that sort of thing. Performers and lighting/visuals, these parties usually put a lot of effort into the production. Each set usually spans into the next, so there's not a major intermission but maybe a little time to breath while the host introduces the next DJ... i'm usually at the back/bar, not in the thick of it haha. I've had sex in the dance crowd once at the Sydney Mardi Gras party, but it's not common, I wouldn't expect to see much of that on the dance floor and security will probably kick you out for it. People go back to their after-parties at hotel rooms or orgies/saunas for that. The purpose is just to dance, meet people, drink/whatever, admire some hot guys and have a good time. If you want to meet some people to hang out with for the night smoking areas are usually a good placeto start, even if you don't smoke just say hi and start a conversation. Lots of gay foreigners travel to all of the circuit parties from around the world, so it's not too hard to find someone else willing to chat in English.
  25. @Olddaddy the only age restriction is 20+, It's much like the pride parties in Sydney at Mardi Gras. The vast majority of the crowd are usually guys in their 20s-40s, but if you have the right attitude to have a good night then why not? Yes, very much the doof doof type music.
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