Tag Archives: Walking Street

Re: Eating insects in Chiang Mai (video)

10 Sep

Since I bought a cheapy netbook, I have now had the time to upload a video (leaving it on over night). Here it is:

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Pattaya Walking Street

20 Aug

Imagine the under city of any sci-fi future; sex, bright lights and shells of tourists. This is Pattaya’s Walking Street.

Neon glowing lights, loud music coming from every angle, clubs with girls dressed in odd costumes looking barely legal, Thai men coming up to you thrusting laminates of “Private girl shows” with such things on the menu as “Girl and Boy fucking show” or “Pussy Balloon show”. Now fill this space with 60+ year old tourists milling around looking confused/drunk/zombie/amazed, but also make this space as safe as a movie set, with pretty much no crime except for the occational brawl which the police deal with pretty quickly (so i’m told but we didn’t see any trouble at all).

It was such an odd/overwhelming place. I’m not sure if I like the spectacle of it all, but it was certainly a sight to be seen.

All this after spending the day time being shown round an amazingly well maintained/staffed school for disabled children. It felt like a leap from two extremes.

Now onward to the north of Thailand. Clare seems to have booked us into a meditation temple in 6 days time.

Mood: Nervous.