Sunday, 31 August 2014

Indra Massage Bangkok Surawong

Indra Massage Bangkok Surawong

Sunday, 17.08.2014

My favorite massage boy is back in his home province, my second favorite not at work, time to look for a new one. Spot one bordercase boy at Indra massage (opposite Tawan bar).

One hour oil massage 600 Baht, you can chose the flavor. Way to massage rooms (upstairs) leads through storage room and kitchen. Stairs and hallways are narrow. Common shower, no locker for valuables. The massage room has just a curtain (i.e. only an optical barrier). There is a clock.

I take shower (warm water, shower gel) and massage starts. I think the boy (Golf, 22, from Buriram, some English) had professional training. Massage table without face well. Massage starts with back, then legs (usually it’s legs first). Then, massage of my back finished, he proclaims “I do body to body massage” and undresses. Body to body and erotic massage. I am not a fan of body to body massage, had only one before, pubic hair scratching on my butt cheeks is weird. Then turnover, massage (with erotic parts) continues. Very skillful, however not so much my type (a bit too fat and too hairy, and skin a bit too cold and too wet).

After cumming, he wipes off my cum (there is tissue in the room, some places don’t have tissue and use the towel, which I would later wrap around my waist for going to the shower, and exchange for a fresh one), and continues massage until the time is over. I shower again and he tidies the room. While I dress (trousers), he reaches down to the floor to pick up my shirt and hands it to me. I appreciate such small signs of "take care" and good manners very much. He asks me to tip him in the room (not the first time I am asked to tip in the rom), I give 1000 and he seems happy. Hot tea is served.

When paying at the cashier, I notice a list (name of masseur, kind of massage, time in-out) on the table, saw this in other places as well, gives you an idea how business is.

Verdict: 600 Baht is a bit expensive for the standard of room. Good massage, good happy ending, good manners; alas not so much my type, the search continues (spending about 1500 Baht, one hour and a shot of cum every time).

(I had one massage at the place opposite, The Sun Massage, next to Tawan bar, last year, with similar outcome.)

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Cambodia day 4 Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Cambodia day 4 Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Thursday, 03.07.2014

Check out and leave luggage at reception (arranged pick up for bus to Siem Reap for 8 USD the day before). Mocy (1 USD) to Royal Palace (open 7:30-11, 14-17), spend there 9:25-11:10. Entry 6.50 USD. Guides offer their service, and I take one (very good English and made a pleasant impression, but I think 10 USD for one hour is very expensive). 

To my great disappointment, Napoleon III Pavilion is closed and not even visible. My guide tells me renovation has been going on for one year and take two more years. However, a look behind the curtains reveals it’s rather a case of “Sleeping Beauty” than “work in progress”. What a disgrace, how they treat this gift!

That reminds me of Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, where I went to see the reading rooms (oval reading room and Labrouste reading room), but they were not open to public due to renovation. The renovation is scheduled to take 7 (!) years. Second world war lasted 6 years!

No photography in Silver Pagoda (floor tiled with silver tiles), only outside:

Angkor Wat miniature:

Elephant stables:

Return to hotel, pick up 12:00, I am the first passenger in van, pick up further passenger, reach bus station (near Central Market) 12:30. The trip takes 12:42-12:24, with a stop for lunch 14:50-15:15 and for dinner 19:08-29. Some parts of the road still under construction. 

Fried tarantulas on one of the stops. I didn't dare trying at that time, and later when I had made up my mind, in Siem Reap, there were only overpriced for tourists. Next time!

Underwear advert and instructions how to use the toilet in the bathroom:

These plastic foils (about 1 m x 2 m, vertical, with trays on the ground) are for catching crickets at night (attracted by fluorescent light tubes):

A few km before Siem Reap, the bus leaves the main road and goes on side roads that are in horrible condition and stops at a bus station that is a few km out of town. Gates are closed once the bus is in, leaving a gap for people to pass through. Tuk-tuk drivers descend on passengers, I get one to take me to Garden Village for 2 USD. This is clearly a tourist trap, bus station just a few km outside, a bit too far to walk (estimated half an hour).

But at least I saw the brothels disguised as massage places (about 10 of them) few hundred meters east of the bus station. Picture from a return during daylight:

I had not booked a hotel, and only on the way from PP to SR did I read about Garden Village offering dorms for 1 USD (!) per night. I have to try this out. But when I arrive, these are not available any more, they have “Fan Dorm Bunk Bed” for 3 USD per night. You can bring your own lock, or buy one for 2 USD, or rent one for 1 USD (which I did). Dormitory 8 in a room, shared bathroom. A new experience for me. Other guests mainly white, half male half female, age 20-30, often walking around or lying in bed in underwear.

Explore Siem Reap by night. Check location of gay saunas, discos, and massage places. There are several night bazars. In Pub Street, you get offered weed in every corner. Some of the massage places have boys and girls that look 15, and the older ones try to get my business “have room upstairs”. I go to bed with the impression that Siem Reap is more about weed and massage with underage masseurs in private rooms than about ancient ruins. A promising start.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Gold purification on the sidewalks of Bangkok

Gold purification on the sidewalks of Bangkok

(Solution to Quiz: What are these people doing? from a week ago.)

"Making gold" would sound more spectacular, but apart from some arcane nuclear conversions, you can't make gold.

I spotted these people near Saran Rom (in fact I was looking for boys, but this was far more interesting, so I spent the rest of the night observing, taking pictures and chatting).

What they are doing is a kind of gold parting, not to be confused with cupellation. They collect gold scrap and filings from jeweler and convert it to pure gold. While gold alloys with high gold content (as used in jewelry and dentistry) are insoluble in nitric acid, gold alloys with low gold content are soluble, leaving pure gold behind. They melt the impure gold with lead (?) and then dissolve the lead (?) and other metals with acid.

The brown bottles (look like beer bottles) contain nitric acid. I saw him opening the plastic lid with his teeth and then spitting out to get rid of traces of nitric acid in his mouth. The empty bottles were discarded by throwing in the canal (this way they don't break, they float or sink):

The ultimate proof that it's nitric acid: brown nitrogen dioxide fumes, toxic, make sure the wind comes from behind:

Gold remains as fine powder, neither yellow nor shining, and is melted with flux to a nugget (about 30 g, I saw it on the scale and hold it in my hand, but forgot to take a picture). A bellows is used to drive air through petrol (?) for the burner, flux is added with bare fingers:

All these operations took place on the sidewalk, in semi-darkness, illuminated by the headlights of a car or flashlight, sitting, standing or crouching. A nearby spot with a lamppost was better lit, but already occupied. Notice complete absence of protective equipment (lab coat, safety goggles, gloves). If I were to perform these operations, it would look something like this (plus gloves, picture of me during my PhD):

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Phuket impressions

Phuket impressions

Phuket is much maligned and vilified on the forums and in the press. My attitude towards Phuket changed from indifference (I am not a beach goer) to rejection (if even half of what you read is true ...) to curiosity (if even half of what you read is true ...).

After a visit to Phuket (23.-25.08.2014), I would say that the negative reports are largely unjustified, grossly exaggerated or distorted. My overall impression is positive. I plan to go again soon for the vegetarian festival (23.09.-03.10.2014).

A blog with useful information about Phuket:

I spent two nights in Patong (a Thai friend stays there) and two days in Phuket town. I would say the price level in Patong (accommodation, food, massage) is similar to Pattaya. There is a dolphin roundabout at the north end of the beach and one-way traffic on Thawewong road (equivalent to Beach road) and Rat U-tit road (equivalent to Second road), however in Phuket it's clockwise (in Pattaya counterclockwise).

I didn't spot any street hookers on the beach, but there are plenty of massage and bars. The beach is much nicer than in Pattaya. However there are no deck chair or umbrellas, people sit on towels on the sand.

Being with a friend, I had no chance to check out Paradise complex (my friend expressed his dislike, and even changed side of the road when we walked past), I will compensate on my next trip.

Phuket town is the public transportation hub, there are bus lines for town and surroundings, buses to various beaches, bus to airport. Prices are comparable to Bangkok and Pattaya. Individual transport ("taxis", in reality song-theo) is indeed overpriced, there is a price list: Phuket town to Patong 15 km 500 Baht (in Bangkok taxi, it would cost 110 Baht). 

Traffic jams in Phuket are as bad as in Pattaya or Bangkok.

Weather is different from Bangkok, it can rain several times through the day, and it did so during my time, it was just luck that I didn't get wet or had to change my plans considerably.

There are several museums around Phuket town, it has an interesting architecture and best public transport connection to other places. 

The only place of interest to me in Patong is the gay area in Paradise complex, on my next visit I will split time the following way: sightseeing in and around Phuket town, last bus (6 pm) to Patong, Paradise complex, stay overnight in Patong, next morning back to Phuket town.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Words of praise: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Words of praise: Tourism Authority of Thailand

I have used the service of TAT Tourism Authority of Thailand (ททท การท่องเที่ยวแห่งประเทศไทย) in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chanthaburi and recently Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Phuket and found staff in all places helpful, knowledgeable and speaking good English.

They have many publications, some available all over Thailand (like the brochures about the provinces, in English and in Thai), some only in office belonging to the province. Quality publications (contrary to what you find in hotels and travel agencies), all free of charge. I shall use their services more often and encourage my readers to do so as well.

They seem not to get much traffic, I am usually the only visitor. Their offices are in central locations in provincial capitals, opening time seems to be 8:30-16:30 every day.

They have several websites:

Here part of my prey from a visit to the Nakhon Si Thammarat office:

However they are not comprehensive, elsewhere I find material that was not in TAT office. So I look around everywhere and take everything I can get my hands on. From trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phuket I came back with about 1 kg of printed matter, which I will use to prepare future trips. 

Update June 2015: several offices have moved in recent years, but are still on maps or traffic signs in the old locations:
Chiang Mai (from eastern shore of river to opposite Art in Paradise),
Khon Kaen (from about 2 km north of lake to western shore of lake),
Phrae (now about 500 m west of bus terminal)

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Roi Et August 2014

Roi Et August 2014

I have been to Roi Et just two months ago, but there are some interesting places left to visit and a new place come to my list, and from Khon Kaen it’s 2 hours by bus, so I go again.

Saturday, 02.08.2014

From Khon Kaen take bus 534 to Roi Et (80 Baht, scheduled departure 17:00, real 16:54-18:51). Check into Bua Tong hotel (close to lake/park and hwy 23). Fan room 200 Baht per night: 

I take aircon room, 300 Baht per night:

The rooms are very simple and old, next time I will go to nearby 99 hotel to see if I can get better standard. But I always wanted to stay in a hotel that has prostitutes in front of it, this wish is now fulfilled. (I never stayed at the Malaysia in Bangkok, and now the moneyboys are gone.) At night, you have to call (shout, via open window) the receptionist who is sleeping in the lobby to open the door for you.

At 20:30, there is little activity on the peninsula in the lake. Closing time is 9 pm, there are only some boys playing ball games left. But there are people on the part of the park that is on dry land, at 9 pm there are about 5 available ladies and 2 available boys and others whose status is unclear.

A boy near the lake asks me to sit with him, and even without him tickling my palm when shaking hands (I mean he did tickle my palm, to make it crystal clear what he is up to, but that was not necessary) it was clear to me that he is looking for sex. Two visits to Roi Et allow me to tell my readers that there is gay cruising around the lake/park and that there is a gay and straight street side prostitution scene. The gay scene is very small, up to 3 people. There are 5 to 10 ladies.

Back to my room and watch movie on my mobile phone. My acquaintance from two months ago finally is on Line, just at the right time. So I go to see him and we have dinner (invitation, he has a restaurant but there are few customers, it appears it’s just a place for him and his friends to sit and eat and drink).

Sunday 03.08.2014

Wat Baan Non Sawan (bottle temple and Buddhist Hell – Hungry Ghosts) in separate post.

Phra Mahachedi Chai Mongkon in separate post.

Ride back to Roi Et 18:56-20:20. Bus stops near the hotel on my request, so I don’t have to walk all the way back from bus station. The gay boy from yesterday is near the lake, and he has two friends who are obviously gay as well, but none of them my type.

Walk to Sahapan tour bus station (a few hundred meter away from main bus station) to check times for buses to Bangkok (there is a gap with no buses between 10 am and 6 pm, in cases of high demand there is a bus at 1 pm, but on my last trip I had to take the 1 pm bus form main bus station which took 10 hours to Bangkok, with many long and unnecessary stops, I want to avoid this this time).

On my way back, I spot a group of boys with mocy, so I take a detour and still 10 m away one of the boy greets me. 2 out of 7 are cute. We chat, I tell them that I will go to meet a friend for dinner and to my hotel afterwards. The cute boy offers to take me on mocy. I realize that dinner with friend was not a good idea, that will make further interaction unlikely. So I accept his offer to take me back to my hotel. The other boys follow on mocy.

I use this chance to chat caress his abs (I am sitting behind him on mocy) and chat with him alone (translated from Thai):

Do you like boys or girls?
I like Girls.
(wait to let it settle in)
I like Thai boys, like you. Do you like wanking?
No-no. (this was in English)
(wait to let it settle in)
Do you have a big dick or small dick?
No-no. You better get off here. (stops 20 m from my hotel)

Another way how not to seduce straight boys. Subtle hints do not work, strong hints do not work, not much left to try (beer, offering money).

I wait a minute until they are gone and walk all the way back (5 minutes), my friend’s restaurant is close to where they chatted me up. Another dinner invitation. Leave about 11 pm for an early start next day (bus 9:30 am). You would think that’s it, but no, on my way back I spot a group of boys unloading some flower decoration from a wedding into a wedding shop. So I change side and still 10 m away, one of them greets me. They seem to be all gay, but none of them my type. But we are getting closer: gay boys not cute at the park, cute boys not gay on mocy, now gay boys not cute in wedding shop.

They invite me to Rong Bia (โรงเบียร์, literally: beer factory; Roi Et Pavilion Brewery โรงเบียร์พาวิล), a disco about 100 m north of the moat. And there is another disco nearby, so that’s where the nightlife is (before, I walked only past some karaoke places with few customers).

Music ok, clean and odorless toilets (something I have yet to see in a gay disco), I like their LED screens.

Leave 00:35 and walk back to hotel (00:55) for an early start the next day. There are still ladies around.

Monday 04.08.2014

After breakfast, take VIP bus to Bangkok (479 Baht, 3 seats in a row), 9:18-16:35 (Mor Chit 2). The massage from the massage seats is barely noticeable. If I hadn't known, I would have thoughts it's vibration from the road. From Mor Chit 2, almost got home for free on free bus 136 (16:48-18:07), but on Ratchada the traffic gets so slow that I leave and take MRT (should have done so much earlier, lost an hour due to traffic jam).

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Monday, 25 August 2014

5 Years of coming to Thailand

5 Years of coming to Thailand

5 Years ago, on 25.08.2009, my first trip to Thailand started. At that time, I had no idea how Thai guys tick and how dating Thai guys works, and now I still have no idea.

But I acquired some knowledge about Thai language, food, history, culture, traveling on public transport, sightseeing off the beaten track and gay venues that allow me to entertain and educate my readers.

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Oh my god! (8) Toothpaste that looks like ...

Oh my god! (8) Toothpaste that looks like ...

Last year, I bought Twin Lotus Herbal Toothpaste (ดอกบัวคู่ ยาสีฟันสมุนไพร) because it contains cuttlefish bone (ลิันเทเล), and I was wondering long time if there is anything useful you can do with cuttlefish bone. When I used it, I found "Dark, Coarse and Bitter are good, because it is made from natural herbs" to be true, especially the "dark" part: the toothpaste looks like ground coffee (my readers might have other associations).

My dentist in England told me that an amount of toothpaste equal to the size of a pea is sufficient (however advertising shows toothpaste covering the whole brush), so let me share this money saving tip here as well.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Words of praise: The Ultimate Guide-Book Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

Words of praise: The Ultimate Guide-Book Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

Found these in bookshops. They are a bit pricey (180 Baht for 35 pages plus map), but I like the format and the style, so I bought them. There is very little information about them on the internet, so I will fill this gap.

Due to elaborate folding, the map unfolds and folds automatically when you open the last double page (I know similar maps from Europe):

There are more similar guide books, I have seen the one for Wat Pho, but have been looking for "Bangkok & Thonburi" and "Around Bankgok" in vain for two years (they are advertised on the back). Similar for Thai version, I have never seen one, but the copies I have are "English version".

Two mistakes in the Ayutthaya guidebook, correct is: 
page 17 Pridi Panomyong (B: 1900 - D: 1983) (not 1988)
page 32 King Taksin (R: 1767 - 1782) (not 1351 - 1369) 

Mistakes in Chiang Mai guidebook:
page 6 16.00 p.m. (p is in bold font)
page 15 60,644 aq metres -> sq metrer

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Words of praise: Flametree books on Art Nouveau / Art Déco

Words of praise: Flametree books on Art Nouveau / Art Déco

I bought these books in Thailand (official price 450 Baht, however there were discounts of 10% at fairs, and I recently saw some for 381 THB (?) in Kinokuniya):

William Morris Artist Craftsman Pioneer 450 Baht (-10%)
Alphonse Mucha Masterworks 450 Baht (-10%)

Tiffany Masterworks 320 Baht (Logos Hope)

Price in the UK is 20 GBP:

Enjoyed them very much, and hope there will be one about
René Lalique (Art Nouveau Jewelry).

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