After a year here now and with our time coming to a close it only seems fair I address you in person about the feelings we have towards you. After all, I did the same for Beijing and we were only there for a couple of weeks.
I know you probably feel a year isn’t enough time with you and I would completely agree, I barely know you at all and it would take me years to become even vaguely familiar with your thousands of soi’s. I still get lost five minutes from our apartment…
The thing is, we just have to go.
I could lie and say I’ve enjoyed every moment of living here but there have been times when I’ve honestly wanted to get away and the phrase “Why don’t we live on an island again’ often pops up in conversation.
I guess my biggest problem is not even something specific to you but city life in general. You can’t simply nip across town, getting anywhere can take an age and such dense and unpredictable traffic has caused us largely to stick to our neck of the woods around Khao San Road. If we were to come back I’d be sure to live closer to a sky train stop which would solve all of the above but this time round it just didn’t make sense with Kirsty’s work.
To be fair to you though, other than traffic I have very little to complain about, I mean who doesn’t wish they were on a beach most days? Everything else you offer us more than makes up for it, for starters the amount of restaurants and street food you have to offer is insane. Whether it’s sitting down for a full plate of Thai food for 30 baht (60 pence), wandering round collecting nibbles from all the stalls in China town or hiding away down an alley way in a small café enjoying some of the best indian food I’ve ever had. Then of course there’s Ranee’s, I’m going there tonight in fact.
Although I can’t pretend to know the ins and outs of your extensive high end nightlife I’ve loved all the street bars you have scattered around. There’s even a few gems hidden away in Sukhumvit like Witches Tavern and Iron Fairies although on the whole that scenes not for me. I’m much happier on the streets around Khao San in my flip flops moving my chair inside as the police come by to clear the streets.
That’s one of the things I love about you, there’s something for everyone and the contrast between certain parts of town mean nothing is ever the same.
And now to your character.
Lets be honest and admit you have a bit of a strange reputation, If I have to listen to one more ‘watch out for the lady boys’ comment I might have to kill myself. Although, when I get home I know that will be the first thing that comes from most peoples mouths and I’ll just have to smile and walk away, they won’t listen to me defend you even if I try.
It’s not just those pesky lady boys either, some of the news that comes from within you is frankly terrifying, gun fights, mental traffic accident rates (No thanks to the amount of Leo beer consumed) and all sorts of other stories. I’m going to say all of this can be avoided though by being sensible as I’ve never encountered anything to worry about in my year here.
In fact, I would go as far as saying I’m too comfortable. The idea of being a victim of crime simply doesn’t enter my mind wherever I am, whatever time of day. Maybe you’re not so dangerous after all?
Well that’s about it, I love it here and I don’t want to go home but we will be back so any chance you could keep our apartment free? I’m very fond of the place.