Thursday, 31 March 2016

Navigable waterways in Bangkok

Navigable waterways in Bangkok

Currently there are three waterways in Bangkok used for public transport:

Chao Phraya Express Boat
(name of the company, I don't see where the "express" is, other than lines that don't stop at all piers being faster than those that do)

A great way to travel along the river and to see sights from the river. The various lines run from Rat Burana (Big C) (S4) ราษฎร์บูรณะ in the south via Sathorn (CEN) สาทร up to Pakkred (N33) ปากเกร็ด in the north.

Details about the lines here:

Memorial Bridge = Saphan Phut (N6) สะพานพระพุทธยอดฟ้า has been abandoned and replaced by Pak Klong Talad (N6/1) ปากคลองตลาด (through Yodpiman ยอดพิมาน shopping and restaurant complex), information that has not made in into maps and guidebooks yet.

update aug2017: Memorial Bridge N6 is in operation again after renovation

Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat 
(name of company)

A traffic-jam-proof way to travel along Saen Saep Canal. During rush hour very crowded and I advise against using it if you are fragile; getting on and off is no fun. Noisy engine. Totally unsuitable for tourism, you sit low and they pull up a tarpaulin to protect passengers from splashing water. Most of the canal has a walkway on either or both sides, can be used for walking or mocy.

Panfa Leelard (W4) ผ่านฟ้าลีลาศ in the west, compulsory change at Pratunam (CEN)  ประตูน้ำ, Wat Sriboonreung (E22) วัดศรีบุญเรือง in the east.

Update Sep 2016:
During rush hour, it's best to board at Pratunam in order to get a seat when going for longer distances (I often take the boat to The Mall Bangkapi, about 50 minutes). At the end of the boat, still so much noise from engine that I decided to put in earplugs (or alternatively headphones without music), but recently sat behind the captain, much less noisy despite similar distance from engine.   

Update Nov2016:
Saen Saep canal new stop E13-1 

Phasi Charoen Canal Boat

Runs in the Thonburi side of Bangkok from
P1 Pratunam Phasi Charoen Pier
P1 Pratunam Phasi Charoen Pier  (eastern end) to 
P15 Phetchakasem 69 Pier (western end)

I have been on part of it, a pleasant ride would be suitable for tourism, but there is not much to see along the way. 

A great article is here:
Phasi Charoen Canal Boat tour a different face of Bangkok


Bangkok Noi, Bangkok Yai, Dao Khanong, Prawet Burirom and Mahasawat Canal

These are all navigable, but you have to rent a boat. Tour suggestions in the brochures quoted below.

I have done the Mahasawat Canal tour (in Nakon Pathom province) with friends, but there is nothing I could add to below article:

Bangkok Travelbug November 15  
Mahasawat Canal boat tour Nakhon Pathom October 29, 2015

Rangsit Canal
(Pathum Thani province) There are piers along the canal.

Phadung Krung Kasem Canal คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม
Is navigable and has piers, was used for shuttle boat from Hua Lampong railway station to market near Government House last year:  

update sep2016: 

River and canals

Language note: A river is a natural waterway and a canal a man-made waterway

The course of Chao Phraya river has been shortened several times in histroy, and what are no Bangkok Noi and Yai canal was the former Chao Phraya river:


I wonder why the bend around Bang Krachao บางกระเจ้า (lower end of above map with 1874 canal) has not been shortened. What used to be a peninsula is now an island (satellite image and traveling there), but the connection by water cannot be used by boats (sluice gates). Klong Toey port is in the middle of the bend, a canal would not shorten way from ocean to Klong Toey port.

Books and brochures about Bangkok waterways

There is a book Bangkok Waterways An Explorer’s Handbook by Warren and Lloyd, Asia Books 1989, 94 pages,
ISBN 981-00-1011-7; 
covers only Chao Phraya and Thonburi canals

and quality brochures available for free at tourism office (three that i know of, two English, one Thai, with pretty much the same information presented slightly differently) 

update: got two more aug2016


Part of the information from the brochures is online here: 

General information for all waterways here:

(text formatting problem font and size in this post)

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Pattaya March 2016

Pattaya March 2016

Details about Royal House Massage, changes in bars, online dating, gogo bars.

Last trip to Pattaya was in November. There was always something more important, interesting or urgent. After several postponements, now an appointment that can’t be moved: friend from Germany is in Pattaya for 3 days.

Sunday 20.03.2016

Arrive in the afternoon and check into Baan Dok Mai. My first time there, and I’m pleasantly surprised, great value for money at 550 Baht per night for standard room (booked via to show a hotel booking for tourist visa application in Saigon, usually I do walk-in).

Walk past all boy massage place around Tuk-Com around 16:30, can’t spot any cute. Directly west of Bua Khao road, behind cucumber restaurant and hotel, is a second hand market for clothes and other stuff (e.g. a pile of used mobile phone covers for 20 Baht each; in Bangkok I paid 50). The first hand market is in disassembly around 17:00. The southern end of Beach Road with craters in the pavement from washed out sand is now fenced off as construction zone. Former Howard’s guesthouse (now Boutique Hotel) is down to 5 floors (two years ago, they built more floors than they were allowed to and are still taking them off), and still construction zone!

In Sunee Plaza, Jasmine bar and guesthouse is closed (I stayed there several times), Ting Tong Red rooms all new (info from manager, didn’t check), bar all new, expands onto the other side of the soi (in front of Marina pool).

Have some time to kill before bars open, and finally spot a cute boy sitting outside at Royal House massage. When he leads me in, there are about 10 more inside, promising but at a cursory view nobody cuter than the boy I had chosen from outside (there were 3 outside). That comes as a surprise, all other massages either have their boys sitting outside or you can see the interior from walking past.

1 hour oil massage 400 Baht, minimum tip 500 Baht. Showers on the floor with curtain, hot water, shampoo and shower gel. We shower separately. Room with massage table without face well. The room is rather small, there is space to walk along the table on one side, but most of the massage was performed with masseur kneeing on the table.

Name Kit, 20 years old, is fluent in Thai, says he comes from Buriram but does not know which district. I guess he is Cambodian, later ask how long he has been in Thailand: long time (he didn't say he is born here!). If such a situation arises again, I will give names of districts that are not in Buriram province, and ask him which district he comes from. Works 11:00 – 20:30 (but on following mornings didn’t see anyone outside at midday).

Nude from the beginning. Massage soft, first I thought he has no training, but then got full massage before going to afters. No tattoos, a bit too hairy and skin cold from aircon, apart from that everything fine, willing and able, 1000 Baht well deserved.

Sunee Plaza at night. Euroboys has been converted to a beer bar, Sunny boys is permanently closed, Double Shot closed that day (but open next day).

Eros 20:26-21:12. I am first customer. Orange juice 100 Baht. Music, light and temperature ok. Boys in individual underwear covered by those hideous shorts! One boy Gus 20 years old has cute face and nice underwear, but too fat. He notices my interest and sits down uninvited, cold skin. Small talk and tip him 100 Baht. More boys and customers come in, and when I leave 21:12 there are 14 boys and 10 customers, and the usual activities take place.

Toy Boys 21:30-22:36. Hot tea 200 Baht. 15 boys in white briefs and closed shoes, 8 customers. Total number of boys must be around 25, of which 10 to 15 on stage, mix of twinks and hunks. Music, light and temperature ok. Their most handsome boys seem to be outside shirtless to lure customers in. Bar fills up in the course of my stay.

A boy number 6 appears, big hole with ring in right earlobe and tattoo on right arm and upper back, big cock and balls as far as I can see, but a crab ladder. Shows interest in me and I ponder offing him, but leave it at 100 Baht tip and maybe off him next time.

Wild West Boys is no gogo bar any more, lights on, door open but either nobody or only staff inside. Stage and room for audience as before, outside terrace some changes.

Language note (French, accents omitted):
"New Cafe Royal" correct spelling, former "Le Cafe Royale" is spelled wrongly (cafe is masculine in French, hence "royal" and not "royale"). Similar for bakery "Saint Etoile" should be "Sainte Etoile" (etoile is feminine, hence "sainte"). (Thanks to a native speaker friend for confirming my suspicions.)

Kawaii Boys 22:44-23:24. Orange juice 150 Baht. 11 boys in individual underwear and bare feet, twinks. Music ok. Fan blows, ask staff to switch if off, then temperature ok. Flashing lights. A boy #26 I remember from both previous visits (navel piercing and unsymmetrical tattoo circle with wings on abdomen and arse antlers) is there again, a bordercase and hideous underwear, but I’m curious what he might be like in bed. A boy #8 with an awesome body passes in underwear and leaves fully dressed. Suddenly 3 people (customers and staff) smoke at the same time, pay and flee. Over 5 customers during my stay.

Chat with manager (?) Poppy (cute twink, 19 y.o., from Bangkok Ratchada) outside and get his hornet. He says #8 left to see a customer.

On Beach Road spot 2 available boys around 23:45.

Vassa 23:48-00:22. Pineapple juice 160 Baht. 9 boys in black briefs (very brief, not my style) and bare feet, 2 customers. Smoking allowed. 17 and 23 are cute. Music ok, light poor, temperature ok.

On Beach Road spot 3 available boys (different from those 23:45) around 00:30.

Have a snack (BBQ chicken heart and liver and sticky rice), price has risen from 30 Baht last year to 50 Baht now!

Passing Kawaii again 00:45, #8 sits outside and invites me to go in. Nop from Buriram, good English. Warm skin, and when he buys food and bends over and I can see the shape of his underwear through his shorts, he got me! Wants to go with me, but I would have to pay an off fee. Not at 00:45! Exchange Line and leave. Our subsequent communication on Line is a surprise:

24:49 Christian [Sticker] (I don’t use stickers, after typing his Line ID in my phone he sent a sticker rom my Line)
24:49 Christian Hello, this is Christian from Germany
24:50 Christian Nop kawaii number 8
24:50 Name 'Nop' Yes
24:51 Christian I go home now, wait for you at baan dok mai.
24:51 Christian บ้านดอกไม้ ตึกคอม (Baan Dok Mai Tuk Com)
24:51 Name 'Nop' You off me
24:51 Name 'Nop' Play bar
24:53 Christian Come after work for short time.
24:53 Name 'Nop' You can give money how much?
24:55 Christian 1000
24:55 Name 'Nop' No
24:55 Name 'Nop' 2500
24:56 Christian 1000
24:57 Name 'Nop' No
1:02 Christian I'm on walking street now. If you want to meet for 1000, message me.
1:03 Name 'Nop' 2000
1:03 Name 'Nop' I pay bar 500
1:03 Name 'Nop' 1500
1:03 Name 'Nop' Ok
1:04 Christian After work no need to pay bar. 1000
1:05 Name 'Nop' No you Understand 2000 ok
1:06 Christian Sorry, cannot.
1:06 Name 'Nop' Ok
1:06 Name 'Nop' Bye
1:06 Christian Good night.
1:06 Name 'Nop' Ok
1:08 Christian You want to come?
1:12 Name 'Nop' I go 200
1:12 Name 'Nop' I go 2000
1:14 Christian 1000 (message read, no answer)

24:02 Christian I'm in Bangkok. Hope to see you again next time. Good night!
24:41 Name 'Nop' Ok

He might just have had a customer who paid 2000 for short time and hopes that will go on? I go home alone, but will be back for him! Might have to go early and off him to cut the bullshit. Or better try to get him directly before work.

Sunee Plaza around 1:45 am half of the venues still open and busy with ratio staff:customers about 2:1.

JJ Karaoke opposite Baan Dok Mai half full around 2:30 am.

Monday 21.03.2016

Afternoon at Jomtien Beach with friends from Germany. There are now 4 rows of chairs, wooden chairs for 30 Baht or white plastic chairs for 100 Baht. It was busy with customers, and there were some cute staff or sales boys.

Chat on gayromeo and Line with a boy who is a faker. As posted on sawatdeenetwork and gaythailand:

It seems Happy__boy21 #22192495 is a faker. I have met the boy in the pictures in 2012 (?) and our paths crossed a few times afterwards (last saw him in Silom in Dec 2015). Now message him on gayromeo to get current phone number and Line. The boy on the profile picture on Line looks different, speaks poor English (but can read and write Thai), is from Lao (so is the original boy) and his name is Yai (don't remember the original boy's name, but it's not Yai; does anyone know?) and works in Toy boys (message from 30.12.2015).

Abort once I realize the boy I am writing with (and one video call) is not the boy in the pictures.

17:10 walk through Jomtien complex, many boys, spot one cute.

Meet a boy JJ from hornet in Tuk-Com 18:26. Money boy, my offer 1000 for short time immediately accepted. Good English and is on time (i.e. is there before me, my room is 2 minutes walk, so I told him to message me from book store in Tuk Com). Shaved facial hair (I couldn’t see that on his pictures on hornet). Nonetheless, invite him to my room.

Interesting conversation, then undress. More body hair, but good in bed. Boyfriend candidate 2 in 2016 (provided he goes without money on future meetings). We cavort in bed and have a nap, finally leave my room 22:10 (!). He wants to drink with friends in Sky Bar, I go to Power Boys.

Power Boys 22:27-23:02. 10 Boys in red individual underwear (briefs or boxer) and bare feet, a mixed bunch, and 1 customer when I enter. 11 Boys and 4 customers when I leave. Music, light, temperature ok. Customers smoking. Tip 100 to a boy I had before.

Walking Street up to Bali Hai pier, then to Beach Road and Boyztown. 00:20 Nop #8 sitting fully dressed outside Kawaii, engrossed in his phone, whereas other boys in underwear invite me inside.

By chance, meet a Farang friend M in Sunee Plaza, sitting with JJ and another Thai boy. That’s a bit awkward, whom to talk to first and how to figure out who goes with whom. (M and I have overlap in type, and shared a few boys.) It seems JJ and other Thai boy go to Tam Nam Isan with M, but when I walk home alone JJ messages me and wants to go with me. “No money no sex” is fine for him. Go back to pick him up, then to my room and sleep.

Tuesday 22.03.2016

Some hugging and groping in the morning, then get up, check out and have breakfast together and say goodbye (with intention to meet again soon in Bangkok).

Go to M’s hotel (he came by car and offers me ride back). M wants to buy foodstuff at Friendship supermarket. I didn’t have time to go there before to check out the check-out boy from and there is one who fits the description and who is my type (but just passing through and enough choice in the bars I didn't say or do anything). Return to Bangkok.

Verdict: Some gogo bars comfortably full (without invading other's personal space). As I said in my last report, the magic is gone, but Pattaya is still a great place for some boy fun.

Copyright 2016 ChristianPFC

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Buddha footprint at Wat Phra Phutthabat Nam Thip

Buddha footprint at Wat Phra Phutthabat Nam Thip

พระพุทธบาทน้ำทิพย์ (พระพุทธบาท ๗ รอย) บ้านภูพานทอง ต.สร้างค้อ อ.ภูพาน จ.สกลนคร  

On facebook, I came across this picture of a natural Buddha footprint, which intrigued me:


pictures elsewhere on the web look even more impressive: 


Checking on map, I noticed I have been at the temple, but didn't know of the footprint which is in the forest (about 200 m from hwy 213). Ask my friend in Sakon Nakon to go there again. 

What used to be an idyllic spot (judging from the pictures above) is currently a construction site, and it's brown and dusty in dry season:

(it looks like 3 different footprints on the banner, but its' the same with pictures taken from different angles)

Across the road (hwy 213) is the main temple with a large golden Buddha on a white/mirror pedestal:
16.9349557,103.9039854 = 16°56'05.8"N 103°54'14.3"E

And a total of 119 sitting Buddha statues in 4 rows plus a bigger one at the end:

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Screw Boys update 17mar2016

Screw Boys update 17mar2016

Months ago (Nov 2015), I passed Screw Boys around 19:55 (shortly before opening) and spotted boys changing clothes in the main room under good light, an erotic sight (my locker room fetish, better than underwear later in colored light).

Now finally occasion to go. Enter 19:55, orange juice 300 Baht. some boys around in white light. Inquire about opening time: in 20 minutes, but staff invites me in (what a luck, they could say: we're not open yet, come back later). Boys smoke throughout my stay, but I can only see, barely smell it. Music (style and volume), temperature ok (if you know where to sit, underneath aircon and not in the air stream of aircon) and light ok. Toilets clean. 20:14 opening (boys on stage, music on, colored light).

There are over 20 boys and over 8 fully dressed staff. A good mix of types, and no overly fat, tattooed or hairy (but then my horrors might be someone else’s delights). Boys in checkered trunks over their individual underwear, street shoes. Coyote boys individual underwear.

Boys I found interesting:
10 looks interesting, has been working there for long time, under good light I can see he has hairy upper legs, not for me! Piercing in eyebrow and short hair
16 looks like he got lost on a secondary school excursion, but staff and his roommate say he is 19 years old and just of small build, offable
22 (was #19 on previous visits), I didn’t immediately recognize him (considered him the most offable boy on my last visit) because his new hairdo is not as attractive as the previous, but unambiguously identify him by tattoo on his upper back (a wheel with two wings)
25 offable despite some tattoos and smoking several cigarettes during my stay
73 enters late (21:50, and takes until 22:27 to be on stage in underwear), gorgeous face and great body, marriage material, would be my first choice however I had him last year and he is passive in bed (not in the sense that you can fuck him, but that just lies there). And dumb, too. If he had a bit of brain, he would scan the audience, recognize me, smile at me and I might take him again.     

Those I’m interested in largely ignore me (the few times we exchanged looks or smiles could have been a figment of my imagination), some I’m not interested in make eye contact and smile.

19:55 enter Screw Boys
20:14 official opening
20:23 next customers enter (3 Asians)
20:43 they take #16 off and I’m the only customer again
21:24 #16 is back (if he hadn’t been offed he would be my first choice, after checking he is 18 or older, but as he has been offed already, give him a rest and give someone else a chance)
21:40 next customer (1 Farang), from there on it gets busier, if you can call up to 5 customers at the same time busy
22:45 depart with #25
(That’s 2 h 50 min nursing one orange juice and being unable to decide if and which boy to off!)
00:28 #25 leaves my room

Staff asks me a few times during my stay which boy I want, but I suffer from analysis paralysis. Finally ask about off fee and recommended short time tip for boy: 500 and 1500 Baht. As these prices are reasonable (compared to other bars; I have heard of recommended ST tip 2000 “but you can give more if you are happy”), I have her call #25 over for skin temperature check and take him off.

Limited English, all conversation in Thai. Have dinner first, then to my room. In bed very good, affectionate, hugging, kissing, gets hard. No hurry to leave, after I cum and he cums another round of hugging. A very pleasant surprise, considering there were no positive signals when he was on stage. Warm and dry skin throughout. Says he likes boys and girls.

That makes Screw Boys the best value for money gogo bar in Bangkok (Soi Twilight, Jupiter, Tawan overpriced by my standards, Silom Soi 6 bars and Be-High in Saphan Khwai low numbers of boys). All my offs over the last years ranged from ok to good. But there were visits where the bar was low on boys.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Sakura in Thailand

Sakura in Thailand

There are several places in Thailand that have flowers that resemble cherry blossom, called sakura in Japan and developed as a tourist attraction there.

The best known in Thailand are (all pink flowers on trees qualify):

Phu Lom Lo in Dan Sai district in Loei province 
ภูลมโล อ.ด่านาย จ.เลย   
(stretching to Phetchabun and Pitsanulok)   
Himalayan Cherry in bloom in January  
and book Dream Destinations 2 p. 8-11 (in Thai)

Chiang Mai Royal Agricultural Research Center (Khun Wang) in Doi Inthanon National Park, Chom Thong district, Chiang Mai province 
Wild Himalayan cherry trees in bloom in Januaryชมดอกนางพญาเสือโคร่ง

Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai province

and various other places in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Tak province (book "Ceaseless Blossom of Thailand" Trips Magazine special edition, in Thai) 

Chiang Mai province, Chiang Dao district, San Pa Gia
(these two websites copy text from a book "102 เที่ยวออกรส เที่ยวครบทุกรส กับ 102 แหล่งท่องเที่ยวท่วไทย" p. 10-11 by Tourism Authority of Thailand and Siam Commercial Bank, 200 THB, appeared in 2009)

Doi Phu Kha in Nan province
ดอยภูคา อำเภอปัว จังหวัดน่าน
Bretschneidera Sinensi in bloom in February (in Thai)อุทยานแห่งชาติดอยภูคา-น/ (in Thai)  
(and book quoted above, p. 14-15)

Kamphaeng Saen Campus of Kasetsart University in Nakon Pathom province ม.เกษตรศาสตร์ กำแพงแสน นครปฐม
Tabebuia rosea pink trumpet tree in bloom in February (video)  
and book Dream Destinations 2 p. 40-43 (in Thai)การเดินทางสู่ความงาม-ช-3/
(article from above book)

(original website, horrible design, not reader friendly)

This is the subject of this post. I went on 23.02.2016, in combination with insect park and museum (following post).

Sometimes called pink tunnel อุโมงด์สีชมพู, it stretches about 2 km in north-south direction in the middle of the campus. The central part is pedestrian only, elsewhere traffic jam.

What I noticed first is the color is much paler than pictures on internet or in books make you believe, 
for the chemists among my readers think of manganese(II) sulfate heptahydrate or even monohydrate. 

It won't get any pinker than this:

Canal covered in petals:

The bloom lasts only few weeks, by the time you read this it's probably over.

No effort was made to get the correct Latin names of the plants, correct me if you know better.  

Update April 2016:
In Latkrabang around railway stop KMITL King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

and around Chatuchak park and BTS  

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