Category: Thailand

Ladyboys – How to Spot from 50 Yards (45.7m)

There are hundreds of online articles purporting to give definitive advice on how to spot a ladyboy (Kathoey) in Thailand. Most of these are copy and paste jobs that quote the same tired old advice that is more closely related to the difference between men and women than anything else. They forget that a lot…




Sex and Money (Not a lot of Love)

As far as I can ascertain, the Thai sex industry is divided into four main categories: the ubiquitous street worker, the Go-go or Girly bar girls / ladyboys, ‘massage’ parlour girls, and what i shall refer to as the ‘freelancer’ – by far the most dangerous if all you’re after as a young man on a…




Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach, after the main port Nathon, is by far the largest and most populated area in Koh Samui. For some reason my brother and I have gravitated toward quite touristy areas on this trip. I guess when you’re travelling with a male close in age it changes the dynamic a little bit, especially as…




Ode to a Mosquito

O lady of the night O lady mosquito What cruel trick of nature Would divine to make it so That war must rage In perpetuality Where you should seek To give me strife And I should seek To take your life What calamity! What strangest fate! That my blood must be drawn For you to…




Namuang Waterfall, Koh Samui

It rained heavily last night and this morning, so we thought it a good idea to go in search of a waterfall. Waterfalls tend to make disappointing spectacles, unless there has been heavy rainfall in recent days. We visited one recently called Phaeng Noi, in Koh Phangan; a disgruntled tourist had vandalised the sign slightly…




Full Moon Party?

It’s been several days since the full moon party. I was feeling a tad peaky this past while, not to mention incredibly lazy: a relatively recent development in my hangovers. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: those party buckets are poison, nothing short of it. Now I’m in the mood to muse,…




The Calm Before the Storm

Today we awoke early. This is part of the master plan. Going to full moon parties is like going into battle. One must prepare accordingly. After all, we’re not twenty two any more. We eschewed alcohol last night, partook of a hearty feast consisting of an all you can eat seafood barbeque (160 baht), and…




Journey, Railay – Koh Phangan

The trip from Railay beach to Koh Phangan (the island of the full moon party) cost 750 baht. This included a short long-tail haul from Railay to a pier that I’d rather not attempt to spell, several bus rides across the peninsula with the obligatory hour or so wait between changes in transport, and finally…




Night Snorkelling Trip, Railay

We had a lot of fun on the night snorkelling trip, even though it rained most of the time and the sunset didn’t happen. Well, it did of course, but since it wasn’t visible through the clouds, for all intents and purposes it didn’t. The rain didn’t dampen spirits, however, and everyone in the group…




How to Recover From a Tummy Bug

Every experienced traveller will know the story. The uncomfortable feeling in the stomach and gut gives way to an unsettled feeling. The unsettled feeling becomes increasingly turbulent, and the faint rumble becomes a roar. Suddenly you’re dividing your time equally between sitting doubled up on a toilet bowl, and quietly wretching into one. Was it…