Saturday, 27 May 2017

Thailand gay saunas 2017

Thailand gay saunas 2017

8 places elsewhere in Thailand (alphabetical):

Chiang Mai
Club One Seven last visited 29mar2017
House of Male last visited 28mar2017
details here: http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2017/04/chiang-mai-quicky-28-30mar2017.html

Hat Yai
Elysium sauna (former GL sauna)
Zeus Club sauna
details from visits in Jan 2015 here:
http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2015/01/gay-saunas-in-hat-yai.html

Khon Kaen
The Beach Khon Kaen closed for good. Details here:
http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-beach-khon-kaen-sauna.html

Pattaya
Sansuk
last visited 8dec2016
http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2016/12/pattaya-7-9dec2016.html

Phuket
Aquarius Guesthouse
advertises "Guesthouse - Sauna - Bar". 076-341-668. www.aquarius-guesthouse.com

http://www.gaythailand.com/forums/topic/10942-trip-report-patong/?p=106531 

Ubon Ratchathani
Relaxing sauna
last visited 1aug2016, here older full report:
http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2014/09/relaxing-sauna-in-ubon-ratchathani.html

Udon Thani
UD sauna
last visited 24jan2017, here older full report:
http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2015/01/ud-sauna-udon-thani.html

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Bangkok is sinking

Bangkok is sinking

While global warming and the holocaust are still subjects of academic debate, nobody denies that Bangkok is sinking.

You can regularly read in the newspaper that Bangkok is sinking and will be under water in some decades:

Bangkok Is Sinking and May Be Underwater in 15 Years, Study Says http://www.weather.com/science/environment/news/bangkok-sinking-subsidence-warming-15-years

Is Bangkok sinking? First a road & now a footpath
http://www.richardbarrow.com/2012/04/pictures-is-bangkok-sinking-first-a-road-now-a-footpath/

Bangkok at risk of sinking into the sea Parts of Thailand's capital could be underwater by 2030 unless the government takes steps to prevent disaster, say experts
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/sep/06/bangkok-thailand-risks-steadily-sinking

Thailand, Sinking: Parts of Bangkok Could Be Underwater in 2030 http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2084358,00.html

However, there is one thing I don't understand. If Bangkok is sinking, the soil must be either compressed (get denser) or move somewhere else. But everywhere around buildings or pillars for BTS or highway, you see cracks because the surrounding area is sinking. Why is that? I would expect the heavy buildings or BTS or highway pillars to sink in. Do their foundations reach solid ground or did the construction workers not compact the soil after filling construction site holes, and now it slowly settles? Is the soil all under Bangkok getting dryer or wetter and shrinks? Here pictures from all over Bangkok.

Pedestrian overpass at Ramkhamhaeng Soi 60/4:



Ramkhamhaeng Soi 107 (2 pictures):





MRT Queen Sirikit Center exit 2:


 

In Benjakitti Park สวนเบญจกิติ (just north of QSCNN) as well:



Mor Chit 2 bus station (2 pictures):





Ekkamai bus station:



Rama 3 road under expressway in Yannawa (3 pictures),
the road goes in waves with the peaks at the pillars:







Under ARL Makkasan (3 pictures):







Particular bad around highway pillars on Rama 9 near RCA (Royal Castro Avenue entertainment area, 5 pictures). With level dropping up to 20 cm (vertical, estimated) in the course of 1 m horizontal, you could think there was an earthquake:











The Thais try to outrace the sinking by putting new layers on roads and sidewalks. I have the impression that refurbished roads are higher than before. This applies to Soi Goethe and Soi Than Tawan, that were refurbished in the last years. I have no pictorial proof, just the impression that the new road level is higher than before. Here (near Royal Palace) you can clearly see that they put just another layer on top:



(Similar in South Pattaya Road intersection with Second Road NW corner.)

And sewer covers are up to 10 cm below level of sidewalk (probably the sidewalk got a new layer, but sewer cover remained):



At the same time, there is a threat from floods and sea level going inland. Phanthai Norasing ศาลพันท้ายนรสิงห์ is 5 km inland on maps, but if you look at in from the air (picture by a friend's drone), it's surrounded by water. Similar when you look out of the airplane when flying in or out from Suvarnabhumi airport.



Wat Khun Samut Chin วัดขุนสมุทรจีน is an even better example of coastline going inland, but I haven't been yet.


While global warming is not palpable for the normal citizen (not even for scientists, they have to analyze data), sinking Bangkok is!

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Bangkok buildings that look like things

Bangkok buildings that look like things

Elephant tower
13.825393, 100.568312 = 13°49'31.4"N 100°34'05.9"E 
(Phahon Yothin Soi 26, Phahon Yothin / Ratchadaphisek intersection)


Robot Building
13.720375, 100.526903 = 13°43'13.3"N 100°31'36.9"E
(Sathorn Soi 9, Sathorn / Narathiwat Ratchanakarin intersection)


The building opposite Malaysia hotel (picture taken from Malaysia roof across parking lot) looks like a robot face:



Viva Garden Serviced Residence (looks like a bird)
13.698200,100.603975 = 13°41'53.5"N 100°36'14.3"E
(Sukhumvit between Soi 60 and 60/1, near BTS Bang Chak) 

(the only picture I have, poor quality taken out of passing vehicle, will take a better some day when I'm there on foot)

The Nation Newspaper (looks like a bird)
13.663553, 100.651715 = 13°39'48.8"N 100°39'06.2"E
(Bangna-Trat Road between Soi 56 and 58)



The Royal Navin Tower (is supposed to look like a ship)
13.715076, 100.553185 = 13°42'54.3"N 100°33'11.5"E 
(Chuea Phloeng road near Rama 3 Soi 79)



Diamond Tower (looks like a pyramid)
13.724753, 100.529551 = 13°43'29.1"N 100°31'46.4"E
(Narathiwat Ratchanakarin, between Silom and Sathorn)



Bangkok City Hall Din Daeng (looks like a crystal)
13.770052, 100.555273 = 13°46'12.2"N 100°33'19.0"E
Aerial picture by a friend's drone. No good view from ground level, but when you know it's there, you can see it from elevated tollway.


G Tower (looks like letter G)  
13.756870, 100.565604 = 13°45'24.7"N 100°33'56.2"E
the Pearl Bangkok
(Ratchadaphisek / Rama 9 / Din Daeng intersection, near MRT Rama 9) Aerial picture by a friend's drone. This is the only angle where you can see it unobstructed (from above Fortune Town).


The Pearl Bangkok (looks like a cucumber or penis)
13.777867,100.543405 = 13°46'40.3"N 100°32'36.3"E
(Phahon Yothin Soi 5, near BTS Ari)   
Aerial picture by a friend's drone. I'm not the only one who thinks it looks like a penis. It even has balls! http://bk.asia-city.com/city-living/news/pearl-bangkok-tower-penis-buildings-around-world


In Pattaya, there is Waterfront Pattaya that looks like a giraffe to me. (Pattaya 3rd road, near Bali Hai pier)
12.924783, 100.866129 = 12°55'29.2"N 100°51'58.1"E

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gay places in Taipei May 2017


Gay places in Taipei May 2017



Gay saunas, bars, hot springs, gyms and gay cruising that I visited May 2017, in alphabetical order. For address, location and further information see https://www.travelgayasia.com/taipei-gay-saunas/ and my Dec 2016 report http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2017/01/gay-places-in-taipei.html I don’t know about gay massage and discos, and it’s not my area of interest.



Top picks: Soi13in Sauna, Peace Park, Huang Ding Hot Spring.



Aniki WOW sauna

Blacklisted in Dec, way OVERPRICED and OVERRATED.



Commander D bar

Fri 5may2017, 24:00-01:22 (i.e. Sat morning). Entry 300 TWD including one drink. The bar was full, and there was kind of bondage show running (first with a girl, than a boy). There is a dark room (their storage room, judging from crates of beverage) where customers can go for a grope and a kiss. It looked promising, I would surely find someone if I went a few times, but it’s too late, too expensive, too crowded (that can be mended by going earlier, but then there would not be many customers). Music level ok.



Hans Men’s sauna

Tue 9may2017, 19:12-20:55. Entry 350 TWD. One shapely is in room lying in bed (they have real mattresses and comforter/duvet, but they might be contaminated by various body fluids and lube). So I join and we have a nice time. “Do you speak English?” – no reply, so I left it at exchanging body fluids. (He gave me a blow job, and on subsequent kissing passed part of it back to me, thus I came to taste and eat my own cum.)



Huang Ding hot spring

Entry 230 TWD (was 250 in Dec 2016). Bring your own towel (or walk around wet naked until you are dry, or use the hair dryers to dry your skin), and they don’t even have keys for the locker; you set your own 4-digit code.



Fri 5may2017, 18:27-20:38. About 50 customers throughout. One cute is interested, and we spend some time in the steam room.



Sat 6may2017, 17:10-19:25. From under 50 to over 100 in course of my stay. Just when I want to leave, a very cute enters. What should be simple question (“Sex?”), takes me half an hour to communicate. Fluent in English, but does not seem interested. However in steam room I get inner circle access and have a wank. (In steam room all are standing, and everyone is free to grope/lick/suck/kiss within reason. The cute boy is in the center, then there is an inner circle with about 5 who have direct body access, and an outer circle of about 10 who can at least get their hand on the boy in center.)



10may2017, 19:45-21:20. Between 10 and 15 customers (around 20:15 count 9 pairs of shoes and 11 customers). When I enter one very shapely, but leaves shortly after I enter. We exchange a few looks, and he plays on his phone in locker room, but shortly before I would approach him gets up and says “Bye bye” and leaves. Missed this opportunity. Play on my phone, but nobody interesting comes.



From my observations (total 5 visits including Dec 2016), numbers can vary greatly: on weekdays between 10 and 50, on weekend between 50 and 150 customers.



Online dating

On hornet and gayromeo fewer fake profiles, merchants (Viagra, poppers, sex toys, penis enlargement), and better texts than in Thailand. But I didn’t get anyone. I found the following set of stats in some profiles: hight in cm / weight in kg / age in years / cock size length in inch (?) / cock size circumference in inch (?) / sexual position (0 = bottom, 1 = top).

In general, I found Taiwanese gays better educated and more civilized than Thais, but brown skin is important to me, and here Thais and their neighbors score higher. 
Peace Park = 228 Park

Thu 4may2017, 22:25-23:45. About 30 boys throughout. Meet another foreigner and have long and interesting chat. Nowadays, unexpected intellectual exchange is better than most sex that I have.



Mon 8may2017, 20:52-21:06. About 15 cruising and about 10 general folk.



Tue 9may2017, 22:47-00:15. About 30 boys throughout, but spend most of the time chatting with same foreigner.



Total 5 visits (including Dec 2016) and while I have yet to hook up with someone there, it looks promising. 



Rainbow sauna

Changed location and name, see following entry.



Soi 13 In Sauna

Sun 7may2017, 18:02-20:18, entry 500 TWD (reports about double pricing on the internet, but I did see only one number and only Chinese at the reception). From about 50 to over 100 customers during my stay. Several worth second look. Everything similar to Aniki WoW, at half the price! Floors and in bathrooms wall as well chessboard pattern. Ground floor reception, locker (384), smoking corner. Basement 1 group shower, sauna well lit and warm (not hot), steam room warm (not hot), two pools with warm water, toilets, free soft drinks and coffee and tea. Basement 2 private rooms (35) with light (not dimmable). Group darkroom enough light, busy, civilized groping. About 50 customers (could easily accommodate 200), all nude. One green towel (too small to wrap around waist), condom and lube provided.



Taipei I/O sauna

Sun 7may2017, 16:09-59. Entry 350 TWD. Over 20 customers, all too old and/or fat for my taste. Steam room luke warm. Condom and lube provided.



XL club gay gym and sauna

Sat 6may2017, 23:08-42. Entry 150 TWD and 100 key deposit;

entry depends on time:

Mon to Fri before 17:00 250 TWD, after 17:00 200 TWD,

Sat-Sun before 17:00 300 TWD, after 17:00 250 TWD,

any day between 21:00 and 02:00 150 TWD

(thanks to a friend for translation). Price list and sign to take off your shoes (and bench to sit on and bags to put them in) on 3rd floor. On 4th floor reception, lounge, 4 computers for internet, but their illuminated “XL Club” above the monitors is blinding (same at reception). Small stairway to 3th floor (so small, I touch both sides with my upper arms) with gym and steam room (hot and well lit). 6 other customers, in underwear or naked. Towel too small to wrap around my waist. Private rooms with light and mirrors (but mirrors do not reach to floor). Elsewhere mirrors as well, I think someone is walking towards me, but it’s my mirror image. Dark group room. They have a rooftop on 5th floor (no garden because no plants, but plenty of space), access via public stairway. 

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Taiwan general impressions May 2017


Taiwan general impressions May 2017

After second stay in Taipei (4-11may2017), I can renew my full recommendation of Taiwan as a destination for tourism and gay activities. For impressions from Dec 2016 see here: http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2017/01/taiwan-general-impressions.html

After spending 4 years in Thailand and speaking the language and travelling every corner, and visa runs to Cambodia, Lao, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, I can say that Taiwan comes out clearly on top when value for money is concerned.

At time of posting 1 EUR = 33 TWD, 1 USD = 30 TWD, 1 TWD = 1.15 THB.

Animals
Spotted a few stray dogs, cats and cockroaches. No problem with pigeons, but some swallows and there is bird shit under their nests. 

7-Eleven
As ubiquitous as in Thailand, open 24/7. Even better than Thailand: copying machine and corner with seats and table (usually with view to street) for eating.

Escalator etiquette
On the escalator, people stand on the right and walk on the left. Everyone, everywhere! The acme/pinnacle of civilized behavior. In Thailand, it's an achievement if everyone on an escalator goes in same direction.

Fatties
People in Taiwan are slim to normal built. But watching out for fatties, I spotted a dozen.

Food
All local food I tried was at least ok. Foreign food (Italian and Japanese) delicious and prices similar to Thailand. (Contrary to Cambodia and Lao where I have rather poor memories of local food.)

Google maps
The one thing I used my phone for most is google maps. Luckily, they can be download or cached so I could use google maps without data connection. But the very useful directions (with all bus and train lines, full coverage and times) will not work offline.

Hostels
I wasn’t sure if I will go to Taroko gorge (but at the end skipped for uncertainty of transport and accommodation), so I didn’t book accommodation for the whole trip. The place I stayed at first didn’t have vacancy for the following days, so I moved (twice to check various places). All new, clean, well maintained and run (Pillow Hostel, Fun Inn Taipei, Angels’ Hostel this trip and Starbox Hostel Dec 2016, all near main station). Average price per night online 400 TWD. I inquired at receptions about walk-in price, and several recommended booking online because it will be cheaper. (E.g. Sleepbox 650 TWD walk-in.)

Booking.com didn't charge my credit card, didn't even ask for credit card information for one booking. Pay in cash at check-in. I like this, as it avoids credit card charges and unfavorable exchange rates.

Homeless people
There are a few homeless people sleeping on the streets. What surprised me is that I saw two who slept without shoes or socks (at daytime 25 C and night 20 C), whereas I suffer from cold feet and when traveling in air-conditioned trains or buses in Thailand over night, I have to wear socks, otherwise I couldn’t sleep for cold feet.

Money exchange
In Dec 2016 I went to ATM, but this time tried money exchange. This is done in banks during their opening times (Mon-Fri, 9:30-17:00?). Here Thailand has an advantage with plenty of money exchange booths, open every day, some 24 hours. The money exchange is the lowest point of my trip: I had to queue (sitting) half an hour and hand in form with 3 carbon copies! Exchange rates from 8may2017 morning:
Bank of Taiwan 1 EUR = 32.38 TWD
Land Bank of Taiwan 1 EUR = 32.49 TWD
Supermarket near main station 1 EUR = 31.43 TWD
Xe.com 1 EUR = 33.07 TWD

Museums
This trip I visited several museums (unless something I am really interested in, I keep museums for a rainy day or a filler, such as this trip my last day with flight at night where I don’t want to venture far or exercice). Entry prices cheap (up to 50 TWD).
Museum of Drinking Water (interesting)
Taipei Fine Arts Museum (degenerate art in my opinion)
National Taiwan Museum (very interesting)
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei MOCA (interesting, especially temporary exhibition Yoichiro Kawaguchi (Japanese computer graphics artist) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9hbsVZluzU)

Public WiFi
Once again, I didn’t buy a SIM card, but weaseled my way through without. (For all my trips, I abhor the idea of having credit left when I leave the country, and SIM expires while I’m away.) When I went to tourist information, they recommended I apply for free public WiFi, which I did (passport required). Coverage is ok, but logging in via browser every time is awkward and time consuming.

Rubbish
There is very little rubbish lying around, and in Peace Park park I saw a vistor pick up a piece of rubbish and put it in the bin. Opposite in Thailand, I witnessed multiple times adults (and from them, the children get it), throw their rubbish out of boat, car or bus.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Trees on chimneys

Trees on chimneys

Bangkok Ratburana near Ivy River Condo
found here: http://campus.sanook.com/1373853/
13.686630,100.494824 = 13°41'11.9"N 100°29'41.4"E
view from Susco petrol station Ratburana road:



view from river (river boat Sathorn - Big C Ratburana):



Ivy River Condo would give good view as well.

Nonthaburi Pak Kret ปากเกร็ด
13.915348, 100.478451 = 13°54'55.2"N 100°28'42.4"E
Picture taken from land side during my first trip to Pak Kret:



Picture taken from passing boat, on my second trip to Pak Kret, full trip here: http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2014/08/free-boat-tour-to-make-merit-at-9-wats.html



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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Trees on chedis

Trees on chedis

Ayutthaya Wat Phra Ngam วัดพระงาม
14.354171, 100.545884 = 14°21'15.0"N 100°32'45.2"E
Notice how symmetrical the tree grows on top of the chedi:









Ayutthaya Wat Na Phramen วัดหน้าพระเมรุ
14.363015,100.558468 = 14°21'46.9"N 100°33'30.5"E
Only 3 km by air from previous tree!





And it has a Buddha head grown in (that one was probably planted, I have never a seen a Buddha head on a chedi before):



the tree in front of the wat has some brickwork underneath as well:



Kanchanaburi Wat Nong Pling วัดหนองปลิง
14.293712,99.807010 = 14°17'37.4"N 99°48'25.2"E

Only due to unusual conical shape of trunk did I suspect a chedi under the tree, and then from the other side saw some bricks:





When I saw the tree on chedi in Wat Phra Ngam, I thought of
Baobab tree in The Little Prince
asteroid 325, but people on Earth call it asteroid B-612


from: http://www.thelittleprince.com/The-Little-Prince-has-been-taking-care-of-his-planet-since-1942/

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