Category Archives: Bangkok

Bangkok Card Scam

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” PT Barnum – circus flimflammer. One reason for the current economic debacle is the natural propensity of people wanting something for nothing i.e. greed. The middle-class of America were dissatisfied with their lot in life and sought to live like millionaires on credit and leveraged mortgages. Most got their […]

Stonehenge in Bangkok

New Englanders are relatively starved of archaeological ruins other than frost-heaved stone walls from vanished farms snaking through the woods or the smooth walls of the Quincy Quarries. Not one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was on our side of the Atlantic nor from Africa or the Far East graced list either […]

Headless Farang in Bangkok

Jamie Parker remains my eyes and ears in Thailand. Wehave known each other for decades. Our tastes coincide more often than not, although Jamie’s fun usually begins where mine ends, which is why I told him not to spy on either my girlfriend or wife during this extended absence from Siam. My wife lives in […]

Thai Dating Rules and No Nos

Several years ago I read the weekend Bangkok Post’s GURU, which featured an article from Yanisa of LOVE RULES about GIRLS YOU SHOULD NOT DATE. For the most part she was right on the money about not dating your friend’s ex, your best friend’s sister, your ex-girlfriend’s sister or best friend, a work associate, your […]

Paving Over Paradise

My first visit to Bangkok was in 1990. I stayed at the Malaysia Hotel on Soi Duplei, once the 60s haunt of the infamous backpacker murderer Charles Sobhraj. The trees were bordered by sylvan compounds and I played basketball at the military school next to the Lumpini Muay-Thai stadium. Patpong was a twenty-minute walk through […]