Is Thailand (Bangkok) really that addictive?
Posted 12 June 2002 - 09:27
Posted 12 June 2002 - 09:59
Posted 12 June 2002 - 10:20
My friend and I visited Thailand for our first time in December 2001 strictly for the sex scene. My approach was to treat the bar girls as human beings whereas my friend treated them as disposable objects. In the long run, I was having a better time interacting with them than he was (it is amazing what they can pick up). I was truly enjoying my time with them.
Eventually my horizons expanded, till I now think of the sex scene as merely one small component of what Thailand has to offer. He still thinks it as a place to go and get your rocks off.
I became addicted and he didn't.
Posted 12 June 2002 - 11:55
Make that call to your travel agent ... you won't regret it. /images/icons/smile.gif
Posted 12 June 2002 - 13:13
"Circumstances are often stranger than one supposes."
--- Marcel Proust
Posted 12 June 2002 - 13:23
Posted 12 June 2002 - 13:33
The consensus seems to be that you can get out of the place relatively unscathed the first time, but a second visit and you are a lifetime junkie. Others seem to kick the habit after a mere 20 or 30 visits ....
Its interesting that many of the repeat offenders return to Thailand after visiting other countries, Asian and otherwise, and being unable to find the exact combination of attractions that lure them back to Thailand. In most cases the differentiator is the relative safety of a city like Bangkok over somewhere like Rio (or Manila, Pnomh Penh, Miami ...), and the friendliness of the people. I have to believe that the difference is Buddhism, and a nation willing to practise what they preach. Yes, the contradictions are beginning to crop up as middle-class Thais become more affluent, but Paradise hasnt completely disappeared under the weight of the mighty dollar.
Back to the point. Is Thailand addictive ? My advice is to visit once, and think very hard about whether you want to repeat the dosage. Ater my first trip in Feb, I'm in that position, and I want to see a lot of other places before I go back to the LOS. Regardless, its pull is undeniable: everytime I look at airline routes and prices, I find myself looking at the flights that go to Bangkok /images/icons/smile.gif
Posted 12 June 2002 - 17:43
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