Sunday, March 18, 2007

Bangkok Just Cannot Be Beat

Singapore, Vietnam and the Phillipines. I went to them all with high hopes and an open mind. None of them compares to Bangkok or Thailand. Singapore was the best of the three with pretty outstanding nightlife, a largely english speaking culture, a very clean and well maintained city and beautiful women. Though at a cost of probably three times as much as living in Thailand, a land locked small island nation and very strict laws on everything, I couldn't see myself as happy living there as in Bangkok.

Vietnam had some nice things about it, amazing cheap designer hats (for some odd reason), very interesting culture and people and was extremely cheap...though it kinda sucked. The people speak absolutely no english, they are abrasive and rude and the government taxes the shit out of tourists. I could never see myself living in Vietnam or even visiting again in the near future.

The Phillipines were hot and cold. The first night in town a very cool reader of this blog showed us around town and we had a blast (thanks Mark, you are the man!). After that we were kinda left to our own devices and were pretty scared really. Manilla is a pretty unsafe city it seems and we kept hearing stories about kidnappings and muggings and the like. Thats no fun. They have a lot of casino's there, a thriving sex tourism industry (where in Asia doesn't?) and the people speak english, but I think I'd also give the Phillipines a pass.

None of this is to say that I didn't enjoy visiting these places. I've had probably 10 serious girlfriends in my life and I regret none of them. Each one of them has taught me something about myself and about relationships and will ultimately make me happier with the woman I do settle down with. The same goes for travel. I just love Bangkok all that much more now.

Next off to Hong Kong and Macau, I've heard mixed reviews. After there to Japan which I went to last year and loved, so I can't imagine this year will be any different. Possibly some mainland China or South Korea. I'd be very interested in any tips or stories anybody has to share on any of these places. My email address is above or just post it here for discussion.

Thanks for reading, now get back to the tables!

Wild Bill