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Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Thai straight nightlife: tamnan
Thai straight nightlife: tamnan
I have a massage in Silom, and the masseur (whom I have met
twice before) suggests we go to Tamnan for drinking and dancing afterwards. Having
read good things about Tamnan in Pattaya, I agree.
Full name: Tamnan-Kon-E-San Bangkok Branch (their spelling
in English) ตำนานคนอีสาน
(but they write Kon with obsolete letter Ko Kon: ตำนานฅนอีสาน), literally “legend/chronic/history
of Isaan people”, is a short drive by taxi (about 50 THB fare) from
Silom/Saladaeng. It’s on Charoenrat road, but my friend just asked for “Tamnan”.
No website in English or Thai that I know of, but it’s in databases of
We arrive 00:15 and it is packed. We get a table beside the
stage and order food and drink. Later we can move in front of the stage. The
entire night, I see one other Farang. There are tables and chairs, but the
majority is standing and dancing. No smoking inside, smokers go outside
(balcony, street). I didn’t see any shishas.
Prices: Leo beer tower 3 liter 495 THB, bucket of ice 55,
fried rice seafood 80. Staff comes around some time after your order is
Music is very loud, I forgot my earplugs, but use tissue to
protect my ears. Other Thai customers do the same. No problems with flashing
lights (compare sangjan, it was horrible).
The toilets are clean, well lit and odorless. There are
masseurs who can/will massage you at the urinal and at the wash basin, I
decline. Another person will hand you a hot wet towel and asks for a tip
afterwards. Sorry, not from me, I take it for granted that there are towels in
the bathroom. I made several trips to the bathroom just locking at myself in
the mirror, as an excuse to roam around the audience and to have a look
Security is around and removes aggressive drunks, whereas
tired drunks just sit on the chairs and sleep. The entire night, the atmosphere
stays party. Aircon can’t cope with the heat, I feel warm but many Thais stay
in long trousers and long sleeved shirts. Body contact (inevitable because it’s
packet, or deliberately with cute boys) shows that most others have unpleasant
About 1 and 2 am it is packed, standing room only. At 3 and
4 you can easily walk, but party is still going when I leave around 4:10. When
I had a look outside between 3 and 4 am, there were several policemen, don’t
know what they were doing there.
This place is very similar to sangjan (see my post in December
2013) and tawan daeng (somewhere near Rama 3, I went three years ago with a
(They have dancing boys as well, however body fully covered by clothes.)
----- Individual experience with my Thai friend
After massage I tipped him 1000 Baht as usual. We left the
massage place at midnight, usually my friend has to work until 2 am, I wondered
if he can just leave (and should have asked, see his demand for a kind of
off-fee at the end of the night). He pays taxi (big brownie points if a boy
pays small expenses by himself).
It’s just us two (I was wondering if friends of him are
already there or would come later, once he has caught a Farang who pays), but we
clink glasses and chat with other customers (as far as loud music allows), and
move along the row of tables when it gets crowded.
My friend tips generously (about five times 100 Baht, he
even gives me 100 Baht and tells me to tip the comedian Kathoey on stage), I
pay for food and drink. About 2 am, I am ready to go home (this is not my
scene, I just do reconnaissance tours and two hours are enough), but my friend
orders another tower of beer, so we stay longer.
The audience is promising, I spot several cute boys and I
think I spot a few gay boys. One cute (and gay?) boy is near our table and we
dance a bit together. Cute face and haircut, but seems a bit slutty, too pale
and too fat (by my very strict standards), so I don’t exchange phone numbers.
But on leaving he grabs my hand when I walk past him.
The second tower of beer is almost empty (I had just one
glass, water afterwards; that means my friend drank most of it, but no signs of
inebriation), it’s about 3:30, definitely time to go home for me. Then my
friend holds out his hand and asks for 1000 Baht. I point to the empty tower
and wave my hand “no more”. After a good night so far, things turn nasty.
But after some shouting at each other, and finally writing
on my mobile phone because it’s too loud for talking, I understand: the 1000
Baht are kind of off-fee. That’s clearly too much as off-fee, and he should have
told me in the beginning. I offer him 500, he doesn’t take the note, I put it
back into my pocket. After some further negotiations (unpleasant shouting), he
I have spent about 500 for massage, tipped him 1000, spent
another 1000 on drinks, now gave him 500, that’s a total of 3000, I don’t want
to spend any more.
This is a general problem I have with other friends as well,
I should set a limit in advance, tell them or better give them the amount I am
prepared to spend the evening, and no more! It happened before: I have seen and
heard enough, my budget is expired, most bottles are empty, I am ready to go
home, when another round is ordered at my expense.
He leaves the table 3:45 and doesn’t tell me where he is
going. Before he told me when he went away. I set myself a limit of 20 minutes,
if he isn’t back after 20 minutes I assume he left and I would leave as well.
But he is back after 10 minutes. We slowly get back into party mood and leave
Outside he explains to me that he has to pay his boss 1000
Baht (for leaving early from work?) and that he found someone (one of the
dancing boys who had a drink with us?) who will give him 500. With better light
outside, I see a big love bite on his neck, he says a ladyboy kissed him. He is
not angry with me (well, I am the one who should be angry, but I am not) and
wants to see me again soon. We drop the subject of him coming with me and
staying overnight (his suggestion at the begin of the evening, but I am pretty
sure that would involve further requests for money), I take taxi home and he
goes back in the disco.
I have to give him credit to turn the situation around,
after these nasty negotiations about 1000 Baht off-fee. We part as friends (hug
and kiss), and I will see him in two weeks.