Bangkok’s senior sex tourist population is facing its greatest crisis in decades as the demolition of the nightlife zone known as Washington Square has left them with nowhere to go.
Dozens, and sometimes up to a hundred portly Western men with bad skin, aged 55-80, have been reported wandering around the Sukhumvit Soi 22 area since June, when final eviction orders forced the closure of Washington Square bars and restaurants, many of which had been open since the 1980s.
Even as wrecking balls and bulldozers take down the six-story shophouses which have stood unchanged since the Vietnam War, many of the faithful patrons of the vanished drinking holes have remained, emerging around dusk to wander aimlessly amidst the wreckage of the only places in Bangkok outside their apartments where they feel comfortable.
“Where is Lone Star?” asked Melvin Summerville, a 68-year-old retiree from the United States. “I can’t find Lone Star. It’s supposed to be right here; it was right here,” he said over and over, pointing to pile of concrete rubble. When asked, Summerville said that he had been going to Lone Star for 16 years without ever going to another bar, and as such was unaware of where else he could get a beer.
When directed towards The Dubliner, a nearby Irish-themed pub, Summerville waved his hand in protest. “Can’t go in there,” he said. “There’s young people in there. And Thai women who have their own money. Can’t go in there, no way.”
The End Of An Era - Farang Pub - fun, entertainment and Expat life - Thailand Forum
4 more years!
Fear not, aging flaulence!
A new home awaits at Sutisan-Winithchai (spelling?) and Pradiphat.
Saphan Kwai BTS and walk past Big C and turn left at Suttisan.
It's been years since I've visited (odd, because I live nearby). I always enjoyed my visits to The Rainbow Club.
^^ Holy god - that's grim.
I only went to Bourbon Street when it was open there but I walked through the place many times.
I suppose they're going to build some new hi-so condo or shopping complex there now.
"While Jim is milking the Russian Boar, I'm in the shade of a Baobab tree being served a cool drink by a beautiful young indigenous girl. "
Aloha - Aloha HARD
I just love this article .. .further down from the part Cluezo quoted....
The possibility that the refugee patrons are suffering from a medical or psychiatric condition has caught the attention of the city government, which has sent in a team of doctors and a medical bus to provide basic services to the estimated 450 bar-less men, who have been reported to be suffering from dehydration, disorientation, and early signs of age-related dementia.
“These people need to be treated as patients,” said Dr Janapat Ruenpongrat, a psychologist on the team who has interviewed and treated many of the victims. “Most of them are 60 years or older, and almost all of them have never eaten or drank outside Washington Square or the Emporium since, well, last century. They’ve lost everything and they’re scared.”
Dr Janapat insisted that medical treatment was a short-term solution at best, and that these deeply sheltered sex tourists would need months of rehabilitation before being able to navigate a modern city like Bangkok on their own.
“They don’t speak Thai. Heck, they barely speak English,” she noted, referring to the truncated pidgin-English used by long-term expats who communicate exclusively with female bar employees and motorcycle taxi drivers.
“Also, they’re kind of poor,” she added. “I mean, just look at their shoes.”
Maybe the Red Cross should be called in.
Me laughing long time.“They don’t speak Thai. Heck, they barely speak English,”
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved with toast.
One of them, however, is opening a can of corned beef with that stupid key. This cannot easily be done at the best of times, and toast is of surprisingly little use in resolving the issue.
...does The Onion have a Thai edition?...
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
^ Ive always found The Nation to be similar.
This is it... The apocalypse.
NotTheNation once again with Thailand's best, hard hitting, heart touching journalism.
Thai Visa copy/pastes? Fuuuuuuck. Rock bottom.
It is, now. Thanks for stopping by.Originally Posted by Schleprock
What a sight that would be..up to a hundred portly Western men with bad skin, aged 55-80, have been reported wandering around the Sukhumvit Soi 22 area since June
Yeah... it would be like an ordinary weekday evening...
Aw - I'm a bit pissed off I never got there. It was on my to-do list because on some websites there are some old-timers who used to knock around that area and they sounded really interesting.
If I'm drinking in the afternoon I like to talk - more exactly, listen - to old(er) people. Particularly Americans.
Wild Country down there was reputed to be a place where you could get a blow job in exchange for a glass of tequila. James Parmalee, of Text N Talk fame, held his famous book signing sessions in the Lone Star bar.
Nuts In A Blender