Sin City in Thailand

Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
Trip End Jan 01, 2011

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Patong Rose Guest House

Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Friday, February 26, 2010

        My 26 hour travel time passed relatively smoothly, no trouble with security, immigration, or carrying on my guitar. I finally landed in Phuket nearly jumping out of my seat in excitement. All of the passengers getting off the plane are immediately accosted by different Thai vendors, hotel sales, transport sales, and other tourist activities, all of which are trying to rip me off. After getting through the crowd I hopped on the 30 minute bus to Pa Tong which ended up taking about 2 hours, since the bus stopped at another travel booking place to try to push us into spending more money. I finally arrived in Pa Tong with barely enough daylight to find a cheap hotel. After about an hour of searching and haggling, I found one for about $12 a day, which is really good for the busy season in one of the most famous tourist towns in the world. It was a great room too, I had my own king bed, mini-fridge, AIR-CONDITIONING! No hot water, but none is needed in this weather, each building has a mini water tower on the roof, which heats rapidly through-out the day and stays warm through-out the night. I am not sure when the room was cleaned last since I found a lot of hair in the bed, but it was a place to sleep and I was so grateful that I got a spot for so cheap.
         Thai women are absolutely georgous, but I have yet to see an attractive one that is not for sale which is so depressing. These girls are completely subjectified, but the sad thing is they are subjectifying themselves, and they don't even realize it. They see no problem at all with what they are doing, and even more confusing to me is the normal westerners who are walking around arm in arm with them seem to be completely content. If Vegas is the Sin City of the US, then Pa Tong is the Sin City of Thailand. Huge crowds of tourists flood the streets all through-out the day, loud music and flashing lights pollute the space. Not one step can be taken without being physically harrassed by a Thai massage prostitute, a middle-eastern tailor, or a Thai Tuk-Tuk driver. There is no connecting with the locals, or taking a quiet walk on the beach, because the natives of Pa Tong have become professionals in pushing people to buy things they don't want. The first night I was overwhelmed and tired. I decided to go to the beach and play guitar to ease my mind and go to bed early.
        I spent the next morning at the beautiful beach. In the afternoon I went on a party cruise with an open bar, snorkeling, lunch, dinner. It was a pretty good deal. I brought my guitar and had a little concert for all of the passengers. There were only 8 other people on board but it was fun to connect and make friends. I had a great time but ended up injuring myself pretty bad when I tried to do a blackflip off of the upper floor of the boat. I hit the water directly on my temple and ear nearly knocking myself out, and completely losing my hearing on my right ear. It was probably the most excrutiating pain I had ever felt, but the pain passed and my hearing began to return. My ear is still completely messed up, but I've had a similiar thing happen during a scuba diving session and it passed after a few days.
       Pa Tong is probably the most expensive place I will visit on this trip, however I am glad I started here because it reminded me of my intentions for this trip. I did not come here to party, I did not come here to go to clubs, spend money I don't have and be a tourist. Pa Tong is no place for a lone traveler like myself. I am leaving today to move forward, I am skipping all of the beautiful islands around Phuket to save money and avoid more tourism. From what I have heard, wherever a tourist has walked, chaos similiar to that of Pa Tong follows. Time to get off the beaten path...
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journeyh on

Great pictures Quest! Can't wait to hear where you are now... hope you can hear now too! lol, love you!!

auntie b on

you are wise! Have a good and safe time.

David Wood on

Hey Mr

Glad your heading out of the Tourist areas quickly, I am so proud of you and honestly a lot of my soul is wanting to jump on the next plane and share an adeventure with you

We love you and cant wait to read more


Michelle Dohaney on

Quest! I am so proud of you! Keep the posts coming I am living through your stories!

jan on

Try visit the Philippines, the people there are very hospitable and accomodating.
I enjoyed my stay there for two weeks hopping around Camiguin island and Bohol.

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