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How long will it take me to learn Thai massage?

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang Today’s question: How long will it take me to learn Thai massage? Dear Pa Farang, I am planning to visit Bangkok and i would like to have massage lessons but i haven’t have before any. How long you think it takes for a starter to […]

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WoWasis on Thai nightlife: Texas Lone Star in Bangkok closes for good

Bangkok’s venerable Texas Lone Star Saloon closed its doors this week for good. A Washington Square institution since 1985, the bar actually had its beginnings in the late 1970s, when George Pipas opened the Texxan Bar on Patpong Road. The ‘Lone Star,’ as most people referred to it (it was actually spelled Lone Staar on […]

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Toilet Trucks in Bangkok: business is good when business is crappy

Need to go when you’re on the go? Then Bangkok Municipal Administration’s fleet of 31 toilet trucks can help. These aging green mobile giants sport four toilets and six urinals, and are used as public conveniences during protest activities and public events. Each truck contains 2,000 litres of water, enough for 500 flushes. Detritus is […]

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WoWasis Book review: Timothy Hallinan’s ‘Queen of Patpong’

How does one really judge the entertainment value of a book? Timothy Hallinan’s  book in the Bangkok Fiction genre, The Queen of Patpong (2010, ISBN 978-0-06-167226-2), caused us here at WoWasis to ask, and here’s why. We finished this 312 page book, the latest update in the ongoing saga of travel writer Poke Rafferty and […]

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Thai Prisons: Inside the belly of the beast via the ‘Thai Prison Life’ website

Bangkok’s Samut Prakan Prison One of the more fascinating museums in Bangkok is the Mahachai Prison Corrections Museum, but of course, prisons are only fascinating to those that aren’t living in them. We recently ran into a remarkable website run by Richard Barrow, who has befriended many prisoners in Thai prisons, most notably Panrit “Gor” […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on American wives and sponsoring Thai women

Recently I have started to think that perhaps I need to work on my people skills.  Now, I have to say that I have never been the most diplomatic guy, and one of the things that I love about living in Thailand is the total lack of political correctness that is so pervasive in the […]

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WoWasis book review: Brian Mertens’ Bangkok Thai Ideas in Design

We here at WoWasis have been fans of Bangkok Fashion for a decade now.  One  of the city’s strengths is in having a culture that embraces the arts, and she is particularly strong in fashion and design, the latter of which includes progressive home furnishings. Brian Mertens’ spiffy coffee table book, Bangkok: Thai Ideas in […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on foxy nurses in Bangkok hospitals

I had to go to a hospital in Bangkok this week to get some tests done for a nasty allergy problem that just doesn’t seem to want to go away.  It is absolutely incredible how all the nurses and female staff in Bangkok hospitals look like models with perfect skin, slim bodies and angelic faces.  […]

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‘Pilgrimage,’ a short story by Steve Rosse

Note: this is a short story from Steve Rosse’s new book, She Kept the Bar Between Them. Read the WoWasis review of the book here.  Pilgrimage The lights of Bangkok’s skyline slid up the taxi’s windscreen like a meteor shower in reverse.  Murray’s eyes felt cleansed by the sight of it.  The sound of the […]

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How can I tell ladyboys from ladies?

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: How can I tell ladyboys from ladies? Dear Pa Farang, I do not remember where it is, but I seem to remember that somewhere in your blog is a story of a gentleman who discovered his Thai girlfriend (who he was living […]

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