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WoWasis Book review: Timothy Hallinan’s ‘The Fear Artist’

In his latest book, The Fear Artist (2012, ISBN 978-1-61695-112-2), veteran Bangkok Fiction writer Timothy Hallinan sure knows how to make a reader feel that he or she is in Bangkok:  The soi itself is almost as featureless as the stucco wall: a thin seam of asphalt too narrow for two cars, framed by a […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on jealousy and relationships

I just had 2 friends from England visit Bangkok and there were some magical moments during their stay that will certainly become local legend.  One particular evening stands out in my mind as it is a perfect illustration of how different one’s priorities become after living in Paradise as long as I have. There is […]

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WoWasis book review: ‘Trigger Men’ snipercraft by Hans Halberstadt

On May 13, 2010, WoWasis reported: “Major General Khattiya Sawasdipol, a rogue military officer familiarly known as Seh Daeng, had been shot in the head near the main protest area at Siam Square, as a result of sniper fire, and is reported to be in critical condition.” Seh Daeng was the de facto military leader […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on errant condoms, guiltless sexual faux pas, and Valentine’s Day

Used condom accidentally suspended from a ceiling fan sends Khun Lee’s date fleeing in terror

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Pa Farang’s advice: am I being set up by a Thai lady in Macau?

The Good Manner: Advice on Asia from WoWasis’ Pa Farang Today’s dilemma: am I being set up by a Thai lady in Macau? Dear Pa Farang, I’m Korean-American, but work in HK and frequent Macau saunas once in a while.  I don’t even look at the Chinese girls.  My eyes shift directly to Thai girls […]

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New Bangkok 5-star hotel to be razed in building dispute?

One of our favorite topics here at WoWasis is building scams in Thailand, so we just couldn’t resist what we think may be the juiciest story this week: the plush, new Aetas Bankok Hotel and Conference Center has been ordered to be demolished, because it’s in violation of a municipal code. Here’s the story: In […]

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Bangkok street stall thugs endangering pedestrians and shop owners alike

One of the most common complaints we at WoWasis hear from people living near the intersection of Sukhumvit Soi 3 is the illegal proliferation of stalls selling the usual tourist “junk,” running from So 3 to roughly Soi 15. The stalls are on both sides of the sidewalk, making the sidewalk virtually unusable for foot […]

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Bangkok’s abandoned rails get new life for food cart transport

Here at WoWasis, one of our most popular posts is about Cambodia’s bamboo train, which makes use of abandoned rails and cars made from army tank wheels. As we found out this week, Bangkok’s not far behind in determining new uses for abandoned railroad tracks.  It’s been years since any train rolled down the tracks […]

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Get a great Bangkok Wat Pho massage without going to Wat Pho

Massages at Bangkok’s Wat Pho are famous, but many Thais and westerners elect instead to go to the One Pho Original Thai Massage around the corner, where the prices are a bit better, all masseuses are Wat Pho trained, and the lines are shorter. In addition, it’s closer to the Thai Tien pier. And it’s […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on comparisons between Thailand and the U.S.

Sitting in one of my favorite bars with a mate last night, we were discussing our various methods of charming the opposite sex and satisfying our disgusting animal urges.  My mate happened to mention that when making love to a woman “doggy” style he often attempts to enter another pleasure zone in that general region, […]

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