We went to Thailand almost 3 years ago already but somehow, I still want to talk about it.
I meet a lot of Thais here in Switzerland. I actually pity some of them because a lot of people (old men) equate Thais with illicit sex or sexuality. Of course they also think like that with Filipinas but I think that it is more prevalent with Thais.
I see a lot of erotic advertisements in newspapers about Thai massage. Also, when men approach me, they ask if I am Thai. Just to say in general and based on my own feelings and perception, lots of European mean think that Asians are ‘easy to get’ and most of these men automatically think that these Asians are Thais.
I experience lots of this ‘discrimination’ here but I learned to live with it and go with the flow. I mean, if a man thinks that I am easy to get and make an effort to ‘get’ me then so be it. I just say no and let him be disappointed afterwards without any remorse on my part. (For the record though, I never flirted or have affair with any of the men here.) 😛
I guess this is somehow felt also in Thailand. When we went there to spend a 2-week vacation, Thai people seemed distant to us, especially to my husband who is of course a ‘white’ foreigner. I felt that they thought that foreigners crowd their country and take their women. In the eyes of my husband, Filipinos are friendlier than Thais but then again, there are less foreigners in Philippines than it is in Thailand.
As for me and my non-chalant attitude in life, I actually like Thailand.
We first spent 3 days in Bangkok and the very first thing that we did was to have a Thai massage. It was heaven. A man cleaned/massaged a bit our feet then led us upstairs where we got our massage from women. Upstairs was an open place separated with curtains. I did not think there were some ‘happy end’ that can take place there. I was very much satisfied with the massage and the experience.
Then we roamed around the streets of Bangkok. What I noticed was that there were a lot of street food vendors. However, with my husband being NOT an adventurous eater, I was not able to enjoy some of the street food there. He said NO and when he says no, SOMETIMES I relent. 😛
We then went to a big shopping mall there which I forgot the name. It was on the high end, more expensive shopping malls there and it was a bit expensive actually but very big and pretty. It was more like Glorietta malls in the Philippines, only bigger. There was a huuuge food court with international dishes. I ordered a Bibimpap and it was oh-so-delicious. See, after 3 years I still remember.
We then went to like a nature park where there were lions and my husband went ga-ga about it. He was able to have a photo of him caressing a huge lion while I just watched. I am not really a big fan of animals for whatever they are. Lol.
Then we went to Phuket. We booked the Phuket trip from a travel agency we found in Bangkok and it was short of a catastrophe. I do not remember how much we paid but it I thought at that time that it was expensive. I actually semi-quarrelled with my husband at the travel agency because I did not want him to book it but I think he was pressured because the woman did a lot for us already. She was really pressuring us to pay right then and there. I remember she was annoyed at me because I was saying No to my husband. lol.
Also, we found that travel agency through the tuktuk driver that toured us on that day and I suspect that he got a commission from it, thus the high price that we needed to pay. Anyway, we booked it, went back to the hotel, then I researched and showed the normal flight prices as well as hotel prices in Phuket to my husband which annoyed him a lot more. At this time, he was already being in a bad mood because the tuktuk driver got a lot of money from us than what was deemed ‘normal’.
So we went to Phuket. The hotel in Phuket that the agency booked us was actually good. It was a beach front property with breakfast included. The catch though was that we needed to walk for about idk 800 – 1000 meter to go to the swimmable part of the beach. I think we stayed about 7 days in Phuket. There were again streetfoods which I pressured my husband into eating. (Then he got diarrhea afterwards, his stomach being not that immune to Asian cuisine and health standards, yet..)
Everyday, we would walk to the beach and swim, then in the afternoons to evenings go to party place and eat dinner. We never did party or went to wild bars but I did see that a lot of foreigners were wild and they were all over the place. It actually seemed to me that there were more foreigners than locals there.
We also hired a motorbike for a good price. The owner wanted our passport as collateral and I was so hesitatant to hand them up because if he loses it, we will be stuck in Thailand for quite some time. Also, I read a lot of stories about it. We then scanned and asked around the area if we could hire a motorcycle without giving up our passports but all of them asked for passports as collateral. In the end we gave in and thankfully, all worked out.
The beach in Phuket was good and the sun was scorching hot. My husband liked it because he got his tan but I ached until I learned to accept my fate of burning my already brown skin.
After our time in Phuket we went back to Bangkok and there was horror that awaited us.
The agency booked us a very cheap hotel where only Indians go. It was so different from the hotel that we booked on our own when we arrived. My husband was so annoyed because he felt so cheated by the agency.
We could not bear the stank of the restaurant when we had it our breakfast.In the end, we did eat outside. We were also the only other nationality present there, aside from some locals. The food was horrible and the place was so dirty.
In the end, we transferred to another hotel. It was such a waste of money because the hotel back in Bangkok from Phuket was part of the package.
This new hotel (which was an old palace converted into a hotel) was near a Chinese night market and atleast it was interesting. Again, I was astounded as to how many white foreigners there were there. No wonder, a lot of locals feel distant and unfriendly.
In this area, which I forgot, there were a lot of massage parlors. A lot of sexy girls, some of them in nurse uniform hooted on us while we walked, inviting us to have a massage. We did have one. My husband did not like it because this time he said it was too heavy and painful but it was heaven for me.
I still remember how much we paid for the whole Thailand vacation though. It was one of our most expensive vacations up to now. I think we paid more or less 6,000 chf for the 2 weeks trip. We usually pay north of 3,000 or oftentimes less but this Thailand trip got really expensive.
When I mention Thailand and how much I like to go back, my husband cuts me off. He said he would rather spend money and time in the Philippines where people are more friendly than go back to Thailand again.
But I got the best massage experience in Thailand and even just for that, I would be very much like to visit again.
Here are some photos. Oh I miss Thailand!!!