The Real World | Sammy Holiday

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  1. Hi Sam, I first visited Thailand in 1972 (yes, that year and so long ago) and I haven’t missed a year since, while still managing to make trips to other parts of the world. My job helped. Your article hits the nail right on the head. One of my ex-pat friends, happily married to a Thai wife for about 15 years now, always says that if you survive the first 10 years in Thailand you’re OK to stay for another 10. After 5 he reckoned the restlessness and dislike of Thai ways, kicks in, but by ten the ex-pat goes along with the Mai Pen Rai attitude and is happy again.

    I worry about where Thailand is going now. I see a big change, smiles are less frequent – especially in BKK – the wai is seldom seen outside of 5* hotels and in temples, and the lese majeste rule is being interpreted too loosely it seems to me. But I still love it, it’s my second home.

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    1. Hi Maris,

      Thanks for sharing. I would love to hear more about your Thailand story from 1972 (what the most vivid things or events you remember when you look back at the time). Feel free to send your story my way (750 – 1000 words) .

      Email: sam@saminbangkok.com

      Look forward to reading your Thailand stories 🙂

      Best,
      Sam

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  2. Hey there again, Sam!

    I really only stayed in Bangkok for a couple of days, 3/4 days, I wish I could have stayed longer. If you would remember, I live in the Philippines, but I absolutely love how cheap everything is in your country, how full of life, how amazing the culture is, and please, don’t even get me started on the good street food. The capital of my country is Manila. Your first few days here, I guarantee that you will hate it because of the traffic. How we’re so westernized you have to get on a bus and travel 9 hours before you get to see real culture and our street food is basically shit food. I am used to living in a 3rd world country, but comparisons are still easy to make. Anyway, I met a lot of really great service people (yes, massage people) while in Bangkok who did not try to swindle me like in Vietnam or even my own country. Or maybe a lot of them mistake me for being Thai as well. Haha! But I recognized their sincerity.

    All your observations, I think this is all too familiar for me. Not because I’ve been a foreigner who really stayed for long, but because it’s the same in my country. I have a lot of foreigner friends here (I prefer foreigner boyfriends), and I hear a lot of these stories, and even see them in action. White people are hoe-bait (Nope, I’m not gonna sugarcoat). These foreigners enjoy the attention the first few months. But then they start to get lonely. They start to look for someone real. They never stopped giving people a chance, but 70% of the time, it’s always some person trying to get some money from you or get some sort of validation being with foreigners. In a couple of months, they’d be outta here. There are some who have stayed beyond 2 years and I’m grateful that they’re giving my country a chance.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Ayra! Interesting point of view and real eye opening! I would love to read about your Thailand-Philippines comparison story. I also notice that you have a way with word. Feel free to get in touch and share you story here: sam@saminbangkok.com

      I do friendly and funny stuffs (750 – 1000 words in English) Once received I will review it and if it’s good I will publish your story on my site with your name and the links back to any of your profile.

      Cheers,
      Sam

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  3. There are not much people who ever managed to disgust me more than the sexpats I´ve overheard talking about girls in Thailand some years ago…quite horrible, really. Otherwise, I really like your blog 🙂

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    1. I’m happy you enjoyed my writing. I have to say about the sexpats situation -it has been this way for long time since Vietnam war when Americans soldiers came to Thailand and paved the way for this kind of industry…

      Thanks for sharing your opinions with me.

      Cheers,
      Sam

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  4. It’s all about perspective and obviously people are never happy where they are. Bangkok to us is real life…every day, same shit different day and I yearn to travel to NY or SF or Tokyo or wherever that is not Bangkok. Having said that, I love living here for many reasons also…but I love leaving it for a week or two.

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  5. Great post! I’ve never been to Thailand, unfortunately, but hopefully one day I will! I heard the food, beaches and shopping is amazing. The first former two is what captures my attention the most though.

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  6. Hey,

    Great post. I got up to about 7 months but think I was more like a 2 or 3 year expat. I taught English in bangkapi, bit of a mental set up at the school; run by strict Catholic nuns, so never a dull moment. I loved the experience though: the grateful students, the interesting teachers, and the other expats I met. Plus the party weekends. Would have stayed but felt I could never really settle there. Are you an expat for good then?

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    1. Hi Barry

      Great to hear from you! Your articles are awesome too! Although I would love to know more about your Catholic school teaching experience in Bangkok. That sounds nut -in a weird good way :p

      I’m not expat for good. I’m Thai and moved to Bangkok to find job. Stay here longer than expected tho. Looking for a reason and a chance to move out but so far I don’t have any :)))

      Cheers
      Sam

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