Thailand House Tour – Want to Buy a House in Thailand?

Thailand House Tour Video

This is a 6 Million Thai Baht house. Is it really worth $171,000 USD? Let me know what you think.

I’ve been meaning to do this video for so long now, for years really. Finally I got a fire under my butt, and shot the video yesterday. Took a full day to upload it.

If you’re thinking about buying a house in Thailand, you should see this video. It isn’t going to represent EVERY house in the country, of course, but, I’ve been here for 12 years and I’ve seen many homes – dozens – and they’re all built like this. Every one. I haven’t seen million dollar houses yet, but just at this price level – around 6 million Thai Baht – this is what you can expect.

Two Thai Guys Fight Over Prostitute in Pattaya

This is a great story out of Pattaya, Thailand. I just found it in the Pattaya City News…

Two Thai best friends fighting over a whore to see which one got to spend the night with her…

I’m confused… doesn’t a prostitute get PAID for going with a guy for the night?

Which ever one pays her, gets to “go”.

What are they fighting over? Which one gets to go with her for free? It’s well known that Thai guys get the goods for SIGNIFICANTLY less than foreign expats in Pattaya… I think the going rate is 300 baht for a girl of ‘quality’.

It’s funny that the reporter for this story said the police all laughed when they told them what they were fighting over. I think I’d laugh too.


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Pattaya Bikini Contest and Foam Dancing?

I have a real love-hate relationship with the Pattaya City News online paper. They have some killer stories and photos sometimes and then other times they drop the ball so hard that it explodes… and one is left wondering – why the hell did I try to go read another PCN story?

This morning I was excited about reading their bikini contest and foam dance party on the roof of a club in Pattaya story. Afterall, these are the guys that get photos of guys sleeping behind the wheel of their vehicle in the middle of traffic. They usually GET the photo and, having been a paparazzi photographer in NYC many years ago I can really appreciate that. It is TOUGH to get the photo sometimes.

Here on the rooftop of a club with a bikini contest and foam party at night – I’m thinking I could snap cell phone photos at 640×480 resolution better than these 6 pictures they had the gall to show on their site.

I honestly cannot tell you WHAT IS GOING ON in ANY of the 6 photos. I haven’t the slightest idea. I was so pissed off when I saw the poor quality photos that I didn’t even CARE what was going on. My respect for the PCN dropped another click and I’ll be more tentative about clicking on stories that I’m excited to see – because those are the ones that I usually am disappointed about!

Please go see this series of 6 photos and try hard for a few minutes to understand WHAT they are of, and why they would post them in online…

Murky photos that are supposed to be a
bikini contest and foam party in Pattaya
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I think what really tweaks my turtle is that these guys are THERE and that’s most of the equation, all they have to do is up the quality on what they’re doing and they’d be an awesome news source. They could easily be the best news source for on the spot coverage of things in Pattaya. They could expand to other cities even… maybe they have – not sure.

Please guys, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade and you’ll take it to a new level!

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Pattaya Degenerates RUN!

Four Pattaya police departments are linking together in a network connected with Thailand’s Immigration Center in Bankok to better facilitate transfer of information to find blacklisted expats and other expats that need to be contacted by the police.

Of course, if you don’t have any electronic presence then you wouldn’t need to worry…

Short story at Pattaya City News, complete with pictures of people standing and sitting at desks – but no explanation about who anybody is in the pictures, or what they’re doing…

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Pattaya Beach, Thailand! So much to do!

I like Pattaya for certain things.  The food.

There's a wide range of food to eat compared to Isaan. Many places to drink coffee and read the newspaper… type up blogs on the notebook computer.  Pattaya has a couple good spots for wireless internet, but what's really great is that the EDGE service from AIS works well. I can plug my phone in by cable to the notebook and use it as a modem for the next 7 hours (as long as the notebook is plugged in because without that – it lasts about 90 minutes before it dies.)

The discos are very fun – Lucifer's was great last time I was here, though I've not been back since. Too busy just people watching. MAN there is a lot to watch here, as you might imagine.

I like to grab a pizza at Pizza Company and watch all the people go by and come in the shopping center. There are so many types of guys that come here from overseas, and even many women and families too!  WHO in their right mind brings their family and kids to Pattaya?  It seems like about 5% of Europeans visiting.  I am not sure I've seen American families here, though I'm sure they come. How do you talk your wife into that one? 

Honey – I decided we need a vacation this year…

OH GREAT! she says…

Let's go where there are more whores and whoremongerers gathered in one place than perhaps anywhere else in the entire world.  He offers.

*)#)(#($(%)_!  she INVARIABLY says…

How does a guy turn THAT around and get a "yes"?  Tell her that there's great shopping and she can shop all day if she'll just leave him alone for a couple hours with "the boys at the bar"???

If a guy CAN'T get some free time from the spouse and kids how would he be able to STAND THE PRESSURE of coming here and seeing every other guy with testosterone going with 15-50 girls during their 2 week stay?

These are things I wonder about as I sit in this fine coffee house and the girl serving me coffee is flirting with me – thinking I'm going to give her my hotel room number…

Ahhh, Pattaya… so much to do…

Excitement? Go no further than Pattaya THIS high season…

Forget about Cambodia. I think Pattaya is taking the cake this tourist high season in Thailand.

I went over to one of the places I check for new news to get ideas about something to write and MAN, the list of headlines reads like a newspaper tabloid – but this stuff is TRUE.

If you have ANY interest in farang dying on vacation or just whacky news you’ve gotta check out this link:

http://www.pattayacitynews.net/news_update.html

There are more crazy things going on in Pattaya right now than you can shake an incense stick at.

That’s all – no more article – just had to send you to that link… you’ll read bizarre true stories and see absolutely incredibly candid photos.

GUARANTEED. How I don’t know, but trust me on this one…

Pattaya Thai Beach Chair Renter Loses Face, 2 Tourists Killed?

This is a disturbing story out of Pattaya’s Jomtien beach in Thailand… (below)

I don’t have an opinion on what probably happened, I’m not going to speculate what likely happened… but, it’s pretty disturbing and maybe part of a trend recently if it really was an act of revenge for the Thai man losing face over an argument about beach chairs. A guy that runs a beach chair service on the beach is a businessman. He’s out there everyday interacting with tourists that have money to burn so to speak.

Tourists in Pattaya come from all parts of the globe. They spend money on nice hotels, girls, guys and elephants. Some of the local people – guys that drive tuk-tuks, guys that rent beach chairs out for a small sum of money must have a certain resentment that builds up over time when dealing with so many foreigners, many of which are not kind… they don’t typically display the “map pen rai” attitude that the Thais’ have become accustomed to…

With the prevalence of internet use – information is shared among ALL now. Maybe it used to be that only repeat visitors really knew the prices charged for things… the bottom-line value on things like a tuk-tuk ride, beach chair, kilo of mangoes… But now – EVERYONE KNOWS the value of things in Thailand. So many tourists are “edu-micated” as Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies would have said… There’s not a lot getting past tourists now – they know the value of goods and services in Thailand. They don’t want to pay anymore than anyone else is paying. Tourists that come on a budget, or those that are especially cash-conscious can see their visit to Thailand turned into a stressful event because they are haggling over every 5 baht difference.

A Thai man that is running a business in Thailand has some pride. Even a beach chair rental guy. He’s worked in the same place, or around the same location for a number of years. Maybe he raised his kids there. He has friends there. He has a wife there. He has a reputation. He is in his own country and doing things the Thai way. Maybe he has some frustration that builds up over the years. He watches tourists come and spend more money during one week than he might make in 6 months. He sees them wear diamonds, gold, fashionable clothes… they treat themselves to the best in Thailand – because they can. To them, he thinks, 5 baht is nothing… not worth a thought. But he’s wrong…

To a Thai it might appear that this is the way tourists would be expected to think… to act… like 5 baht isn’t worth half a piss. But, in truth I know some people that can get enraged over a 5 baht slight especially when they are trying not to be “cheated” like when dealing with Thais’ that create prices on the fly… sometimes a tourist gets something for 20 baht. The next tourist – 25 baht. The next is a local, she gets it for 15 baht. The next is a guy the Thai can tell has just stepped off the plane. He is asked for 50 baht.

It’s a market economy. I really believe personally that people should pay what they agree to pay – whatever makes sense to them – and if it’s 5 baht higher than what someone else pays – that’s life. Next time in your mind you know that you too want to pay 5 baht less because you saw someone else get it for that. Your opinion changes. But, if you bought it the first time for 5 baht higher – then you agreed that it was worth it to you – or, you wouldn’t have bought it.

Oh yea, I’m frustrated if I hear that someone got something for less than I did. But I don’t give it another thought until I go and need the good or service again – then I want the lowest price I’ve heard about someone getting.

Buying rambutan for instance. My girlfriend can go and buy a kilogram for 20 baht like we did last night – with me sitting there on the motorbike in front of the guy as he gives her the price. There is no price on the fruit itself. He chooses the price. He added 5 baht from what he usually charges – because she told me he charged her 15 baht before. She wouldn’t tell me this before she bought because then it becomes an issue to me. But, afterward – mai pen rai – he made 5 more baht. I don’t cry over it. There are other reasons for fluctuations in price from day to day. The supply of rambutan here in the south fluctuates as the days go… Sometimes a guy might have a truckload. He might let them go for 10 baht per kilo. In 2 days he might be down to his last few and maybe others close in proximity to where this guy sells his rambutan don’t have many either. The prices go up.

Or, maybe the truck is nearly empty and the guy is anxious to go get another full truck of them because the next truckfull will be of the finest rambutans of the whole season. He might give you 2 kilos for 10 baht.

Buying CDROMS might be the same. Maybe the one YOU want is one that the guy doesn’t have any more of – and he sells the hell outta them. Maybe he wants 5 baht more because the demand is higher. He knows he’ll get 5 baht more from someone even if it’s not you. Why should he give it to you for 5 baht less than he could make. He’s sucking betelnut for energy, not you. You can pay 5 baht more for something you want, and if you don’t find it WORTH the extra 5 baht – don’t buy it – just go away and be happy knowing you wouldn’t pay more than it was worth to you.

Tourist attitude sucks here most times.

A guy in Pattaya on Beach road was beaten to death a little over a year ago for arguing iwth a guy about returning a music CD that didn’t work in his CD player. The CD seller didn’t take returns. Never did. Most Thai places DON’T. Never did.

This guy started yelling at the guy selling them. He was jumped by a bunch of Thais’ who beat him senseless. I think he died- though my memory of the article might be flawed… I’m pretty sure he died from it.

Over 100 baht?

How long does it take you to make 100 baht in your country? A few minutes? An hour at the very most.

This guy died for less than what it took him to make in an hour of work.

Thais’ don’t play around for certain things. Loss of face is one. You really, really need to understand the concept of face before coming here, or shortly upon arrival. There is no concept more important to you as a visitor. Get into a traffic accident and cause someone to lose face, or get drunk in a bar and cause someone to lose face… yell at a beach chair rental guy because you think he’s trying to charge you 50 more baht than is “fair”.

I’m not at all sure what happened with the two girls that were shot to death on Jomtien beach, but I’m not at all surprised if it does end up to have happened because the beach chair rental guy lost face in his home country, on his home street, surrounded by his friends, co-workers, and family…

I wouldn’t be surprised at all… I don’t agree that it’s something that SHOULD happen in Thailand – but I’m not the one writing up moral standards of behavior for the Thai people either.

I just know that the REALITY of living here shows us that Thais’ kill for things other than what foreigners kill over sometimes. The level of embarrassment one might feel during an argument for a foreigner and a Thai might be (must be) entirely different. For some Thais’ it is a catastrophic blow… a loss of face so great that only killing the offender makes it right…

Remember that next time you ride in a tuk-tuk, rent a motorbike, get into an accident, get drunk at a bar, hit on someone’s girlfriend, argue with a bargirl over what is owed to her at the end of the night, and in EVERY situation you find yourself in Thailand.

Thai loses face, tourists killed

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Two Russian women killed in Pattaya

(BangkokPost.com)

Two Russian female tourists were shot and killed in a popular tourist beach resort about 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok early Saturday, police said.

The 30- and 25-year-old women were shot by an unidentified gunman on a beach in Jomtien which is just south of the popular tourist resort town Pattaya at around 5 a.m.

Witnesses said they heard gun shots, then saw a Thai man flee the area on a motorcycle. The two women, who were staying in a nearby resort, were found dead next to beach chairs on the beach, police said.

Police found an empty Coca-Cola can, an almost empty alcoholic beverage, female shoes and a mobile phone at the scene.

Police initially suspected that the women, who checked in at the Dragon Beach Resort Hotel last Friday and planned to check out early March, were killed because of some conflict of interest in the sex business.

But officers say a local beach chair concessionaire is a possible suspect, because witnesses saw the Russian tourists quarreling with him earlier.

The press attache of the Russian Embassy in Thailand, Alexey Bulkin, confirmed Saturday the murder of two Russian women, who arrived at the Dragon Beach Resort hotel on February 16, and said an embassy official had been sent to the resort to monitor the ongoing police investigation.

Pattaya and Jomtien to its south are popular beach towns that have seen an increased number of Russian tourists in recent years.