I’ve taken a long time to write my next piece on my blog for a number of reasons… Like before, we have not stopped for a second to breathe! But along with exhaustion from constant backpacking, and so much to take in, I’ve become somewhat lazy.
Firstly, I must state for those of you following my food stories – this entry is more dedicated to the traveling side. My career as a yacht chef has shown the current ‘in’ cuisine is Thai – it’s fast, healthy and tasty… Reason being I did not bother doing a cookery course while here as I felt it would be a waste of my time. Instead I focused on the culture and scenery, the joy of a new place, and ultimately the highs, and seriously depressing, brutally honest lows of a beautiful country I loved and can’t wait to return to….. (Western pimps heading for a cheap Thai bride; need not read any further, as the truth may scar)….
Over our 3 weeks in Thailand, we explored both the North, but to be honest no further than Bangkok, and then South. In this time we went to Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Samui, and Krabi – then back to Bangkok.
I absolutely loved the islands, their mix of people and cultures, and beautiful scenery. But, compared to Indonesia, I felt Thailand had some degree of ‘falseness’ about it – and I don’t mean handbags! (I got an amazing fake Mulberry for less than half the price). Craig and I also had our most crazy nights out on our entire trip so far on Ko Phi Phi – where we met amazing friends we will treasure forever, despite my injury of jumping off a 12 metre cliff for fun… FYI I will never do it again!!
The food was amazing, the weather perfect and people wonderful… I guess the only bitter taste that was left in my mouth from Thailand was the BAR GIRLS. We had sort of missed them first time round as we headed to the islands, but when we went to Phuket and back to Bangkok it was inevitable. On asking our hostel manager what the deals was, he said if we went to Soi Cowboy we would come back ‘depressed’… Something I didn’t realise until seeing with my own eyes – and strangely, bringing out the inner feminist in me!!
Girls from poor backgrounds and the roughest states in Thailand, are sent over to the big cities (ie. Phuket and Bangkok), by their families, with the sole purpose of meeting vulnerable Western men, who think they are doing them a favour. These girls (as we were warned), have been trained on how to chat up western men, and usually send their money home to their parents every month ASAP – all the parents do is produce kids to marry off. I must admit, Craig and I visited a bar in Bangkok and witnessed this first sight – young, Thai girls hanging off men twice, sometimes three times their age yet declaring their ‘love’ for them. Mugs of western men. We actually had to leave one bar in disgust. We were warned at our hostel, but despite Thailand ‘s natural beauty and wonder – to see this is to believe it. We can’t sugarcoat – its prostition. Picture warning on our hotel is below. Me, as a compassionate woman, I felt awful watching these young, ‘bored’,looking women pretending to entertain rich western men. But, as we soon realised – it’s tit for tat and were informed they are all trained on how to snag a man – what is wrong with Thai men I wonder?? Too many times we have been told it’s all about the MONEY.
We had an amazing time in Thailand, some beautiful dives off Koh Tao, and had the best fun of out trip so far on Koh Phi Phi.. Food is awesome and we will definitely be back one day… The food everywhere is incredible!! But for any of my friends considering going, be ware of the BAR GIRLS. The girls from poor background, suspiciously there to make money. As they depressed us on our last few days in a beautiful country. Pics to follow xxxxx