Things a long-term American expat in Thailand misses about home

Living in Thailand for me is pretty good. There are many things and experiences that are possible here that would be impossible to find — and a bit unbelievable — in America, but there are always some things that are hard to find or expensive in Thailand that are simply taken for granted back home.  It is natural to miss some of these things.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love living in this magical kingdom of Thailand and have no desire to move back to my homeland. It is just that there are some things America has that just can’t be found in other places.

Here’s my short list (leaving off the obvious, “F & F”, friends and family), and I would appreciate others adding to it. Maybe those from back home coming to visit us in Thailand will then have some good ideas of what to bring us, or at least prepared for us when we go back for a visit:

Thick soft crust juicy Chicago style pizza. Has to have pepperonis. And lots of cheese. (Pizza Uno and Papa Johns come to mind).

A great bottle of Northern California Red Wine (sorry, but the wines of Australia, Chile, South Africa and even Europe cannot begin to match the special goodness of a Napa Valley Cab).

A simple Caesar Salad.

Good Tex-Mex and other fine decadent cheesy and hearty grub from Mexico found in little hole-in-the-wall family cafes or even from a Mexican food truck, or how about some cheap Taco Bell tacos.  There are a few attempts at Mexican food in Thailand that don’t quite measure up.

Weather that doesn’t melt your face the second you walk outside. Or in a heavy rain storm make a place that is completely dry move into a flood stage in moments.

Wearing a jacket once in a while.

A thick, juicy Texas grass fed top sirloin steak grilled to medium rare perfection. Maybe some grilled onion rings to go with that.

Real Country-Western music. (And, no Thailand, “Hotel California” and “Country Road” is not real C-W). God Bless Nashville.

In-n-Out burgers. And fries. There are no proper burgers in Thailand (no matter what anybody tells you).

Cheez-Its, a bottle of cheap red wine and a little herb to build the appetite - true Americana

Cheez-Its, a bottle of cheap red wine and a little herb to build the appetite – true Americana

Sane drivers that generally keep to the driving rules (but I don’t miss the constant fear that you are going to be stopped by a cop for an expensive minor infraction, or worse yet, have a camera catch you).

Waitresses walking around the cafe re-filling your coffee cup during breakfast (or for that matter, even having a “real” American breakfast).

Peanut Butter that is decent and cheap.

 Lots of public garbage cans on the sidewalk and where people wander around.

Decent paper napkins in restaurants (in Thailand, it is hardly ever better than single-ply toilet tissue).

See’s Chocolates.

A fireplace with a crackling warmth flowing through the living room.

waffle houseNew York bagels. And Nathan’s Hot Dogs (or Hebrew National as a good second choice).

Dr. Pepper. Oh, and good foamy Root Beer.

Having really wide roads everywhere that two cars traveling in opposite directions can pass each other without the fear of your side view mirror being lopped off.

Vitamins and supplements are difficult to find and expensive when you find them in Thailand. I miss going to Costco and stocking up on those really big jars of vitamin capsules. Healthy living.

Thanksgiving Dinner, with a big turkey and all the trimmings.

My mind wanders with all the trivial Americana memories.  While I miss all these things, they won’t push me into coming back permanently.  However when I do go back for a visit, the Friends and Family might be a bit amazed by some of the strange stuff that will be on my holiday itinerary.  I don’t need to see the waterfalls of Yosemite or the waterfalls of Niagara again, but I may want to make a beeline for the Mexican food truck in the parking lot.

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12 thoughts on “Things a long-term American expat in Thailand misses about home

  1. Bravo Greg…..

    Good cabernet’s. SA and Chile have a few that I will drink, but nothing that grabs me from AU. BKK Duty free I found Opus One 1999 for 12K Baht.

    Pizza, yes! It is not the same.

    Clothing……..XL in Asia is not the same as home.

    Cabbies, about every fourth one hoses me. I use the map mode an my iPad to follow the route and show them……they still don’t care.

    But then…it’s their Country and I’m a guest, though long term.

    I’m going back to SeaTac for a week in July. Holler if I can bring you something back.

  2. When I was in extended stay in Thailand I missed:
    Costco ribeye steaks, a good hamburger too, a bathroom door that did not have slats in it so that everyone could hear you doing your business, drying clothes in a clothes dryer, carne asada burritos, dishes washed in dishwashers instead of luke warm water, and any type of comfort food (turkey dinners, meatloaf, etc..)

    I would however state that for myself: (1) I actually found the Pizza to be better in Thailand than the US, maybe because I spent a lot of time in tourist locals where there where lots of Euro’s and they demanded authentic Italian food, and (2) I was actually rather impressed with the roadway infrastructure compared to Southern California’s roads, I found the Thai roads to be mostly free from potholes and the roadways were very clean; in contrast to SoCals roads which are full of potholes and trash, trash ,trash, litter,and more trash all along the sides of the roads.

  3. Hi Greg, you and I both come from the same part of the world (San Francisco) so I thought I would ask you a few questions with respect to Thailand and Chiang Mai. Is it true that there is child pornography at every corner there? And what about all the shootings that are happening there? Guys seem to be shooting foreigners left and right there virtually everyday now, is this not true? And they’re talking about how Dengue Fever is worse now then it’s ever been, and how so many people there have Aids, and how there are so many ladyboys there. I mean if you are as good looking as I am, and maybe you were in your younger years, this is a major concern. Even here in the USA fags are a problem for somebody like me, and I get very hostile with them when they try to mess with me, I hear it’s a thousand times worse out there and that these freaks will come up to you and harass you constantly. I for one couldn’t stand that. And the idea that some skinny punk kid with the brains of the average doo doo bird could easily just take a gun and shoot me isn’t exactly my idea of paradise. My problem is I would get pissed off and then I would become a very dangerous man there, dangerous to anyone and everyone who got in my way, including of course the police. All it would take is just one person to mess with me, whether it be some Australian or some English guy saying the wrong word to me and then that would be it, I don’t travel half way around the world to be messed with by some other white guy that’s for sure. And I don’t go there to be messed with by a Thai either. I hear that your things will get stolen from you, that you cannot trust anyone at all, that there are gangs roaming around, that people drive around the motorbikes naked, that people have a hand and mouth disease, and all kinds of really weird stuff like this. That living there you are assured of getting food poisoning and that’s just the way it is? I mean seriously, it’s not exactly what I was thinking for a place to live. Is all this just crazy talk? I’m 45 years old, blonde hair with blue eyes, I make a lot of money, I could live anywhere in the world I wanted to live. I’m looking for someplace to go but having a hard time finding one. People say the Philippines is so great, and yet people are being killed there all the time, robbed and stabbed and killed like some epidemic and yet people still talk about how great it is. Clearly there is a conspiracy taking place here. Here in the USA I can go anywhere I want and never once worry about food poisoning. I drive around other drivers who are for the most part pretty nice and civilized. In La Jolla San Diego there is a quality of life there that may not be found anywhere else in the world. What exactly is the attraction of Thailand? The women? Do you see all the knife fights happening? Do you see ladyboys getting into fights with knifes? I hear so many bad things about Thailand it’s not even funny, and it’s the second highest murder capitol in the world, who is getting killed? Can you shed any light on these concerns?

    • David: These are a lot of questions, and I will do my best to answer them. By the nature of your questions, it seems to me that you do not have an accurate perception of Thailand.

      Is it true that there is child pornography at every corner there?
      There is far less child pornography and child sexual crime in Thailand than in the US. In general, there is far less of any pornography in this country as in the US. Many of the pornographic websites available in the US are censored in Thailand. There are no porn book shops and it is rare to see pornographic magazines. Even the mild “Victoria’s Secret” level of advertising that is all over the US is not done here. You won’t see a boy and girl kiss in public. If you go to your car mechanics garage in Thailand, he will have a calendar with the King’s picture on it, not some naked babe holding a wrench draped over a Chevy fender.

      And what about all the shootings that are happening there? Guys seem to be shooting foreigners left and right there virtually everyday now, is this not true?
      It is much safer almost anywhere in Thailand over almost anywhere in America. The overall crime rate is tiny compared to the US. The rate of Assaults in the US is 7.6 per 1000 per year; in Thailand it is 0.3. Rape in the US is at 7.1 per 1000, and Thailand it is 0.2. You can feel fairly safe walking almost anywhere in Thailand at any hour; how is it in American cities? There are no roving gangs of young people in Thailand looking for old people to mug. It would be even rare to hear a kid being rude to an older person, as this goes counter to some deep seated cultural norms. Except for a very small area in the far south near the border with Malaysia, there is no violence based on religion (in that area the minority Muslims want their own autonomous non-Buddhist province). There is no violence because of color of skin in Thailand as in the US. There is a small area in the far north near the borders of Myanmar (Burma) and Laos where there has been drug smuggling and there has been considerable violence between the smugglers and police, but it is near nothing compared to the violence at the US/Mexican border. In Chiang Mai, there are no bad areas that anyone has to avoid because of it being a crime area. Every US area seems to have a high crime area. In the Bay Area, would you walk around downtown Richmond or East Oakland at night? There are no areas like this in all of Northern Thailand. Unless a foreign visitor gets blasted drunk roaming the streets at night and gets involved with drugs, there is almost no chance he will have a problem in Thailand.

      And they’re talking about how Dengue Fever is worse now then it’s ever been, and how so many people there have Aids?
      Dengue Fever is a problem in Thailand right now and authorities are taking it seriously, but it needs to be put into perspective. I have yet to meet a person that has had Dengue Fever. The fever is cause by mosquitoes, and there is a campaign going on to close up breeding grounds (stagnant water) for the insect. From the start of the year (2013) until June 4, a total of 39,029 people have been treated for dengue, of whom 44 have died. That’s a big number, but it must be remembered that there are over 60 Million people in Thailand, so the chances are smaller than you being hit by a passing freight train. Most cases are minor, as you can see from the percentage that die from Dengue fever (far less than 1%). A much larger percentage of people die from Pneumonia during a heavy flu season in the West. Many years ago, Malaria was a major problem in Southeast Asia, but it has been pretty much totally wiped out long ago, but we still hear from American visitors crying about the fear and precautions they have against that disease. As far as AIDS/HIV, Thailand is no longer a hot spot for that disease. Thailand does have 480,000 people with AIDs or HIV, which is a big number but it compares to 2.2 Million people with the same in the US and Western Europe. As in the West, the disease is mainly centered around homosexual men, and for sure there is a greater tolerance in Thailand towards homosexuality.

      There are so many ladyboys there. I mean if you are as good looking as I am, and maybe you were in your younger years, this is a major concern. Even here in the USA fags are a problem for somebody like me, and I get very hostile with them when they try to mess with me, I hear it’s a thousand times worse out there and that these freaks will come up to you and harass you constantly. I for one couldn’t stand that.
      Thai people are tolerant of other lifestyles, but do not condone it. It is not uncommon to find that a waitress in a nice restaurant is a “ladyboy”. No one cares. They are not aggressive, except in the sex bar areas designed for tourists, and I believe that is in response to what the visitors to those areas want. Thais do not call homosexuals “fags” or really any other of the common derogatory terms heard from guys in the US. The behavior is not considered as deviant in Thailand as in the US, and frankly, people don’t care what others do in the bedroom. I have never heard of a “Gay Pride Day” or “Gay Parade” in downtown Bangkok. There is no need for it because gays are merged into Thai society. There is a major Miss Gay Universe held in Bangkok, and everyone likes to check out who the winner is, no matter what their orientation is. There is not gays harassing straight boys on the street in Thailand — that’s a Western phenomenon (as also is the reverse).

      And the idea that some skinny punk kid with the brains of the average doo doo bird could easily just take a gun and shoot me isn’t exactly my idea of paradise.
      That seems to happen often in downtown Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, East Los Angeles and just about every other metro area of the US. “Punk” never really took off in Thailand. You don’t see skin head Nazis walking around (but you will see Thai kids showing off the swastika because they think it is kind of a cute, funny Western symbol).

      My problem is I would get pissed off and then I would become a very dangerous man there, dangerous to anyone and everyone who got in my way, including of course the police. All it would take is just one person to mess with me, whether it be some Australian or some English guy saying the wrong word to me and then that would be it, I don’t travel half way around the world to be messed with by some other white guy that’s for sure. And I don’t go there to be messed with by a Thai either.
      It is not unusual for Americans to be ready for violence easily, and for sure that needs to be toned down when coming to Thailand because frankly it is not tolerated at all here. (Even raising your voice in anger is not acceptable here). There are plenty of police in Thailand, and they generally don’t mess with foreign visitors, but if you mess with them, you can be in big trouble. They may be smaller than the average American, but they can be quite lethal when attacked. Plus, of course, Thai prisons are notoriously terrible places. You mentioned possible violence between an American and foreign visitor from another place (Brits, Aussies, etc.). This actually seems more common than violence between Thai towards a foreigner, but I don’t have any stats to back that up. For sure, when you have a bar area designed for Western visitors to get drunk in, there is a stronger possibility that things can get out of hand. Since you mentioned you have a very low tolerance for having anybody “messing with you”, I would recommend that you simply stay out of the nasty bar areas for Western tourists. They are actually quite small areas (in Chiang Mai it is one little alley) and easy to avoid.

      I hear that your things will get stolen from you, that you cannot trust anyone at all, that there are gangs roaming around, that people drive around the motorbikes naked, that people have a hand and mouth disease, and all kinds of really weird stuff like this. That living there you are assured of getting food poisoning and that’s just the way it is? I mean seriously, it’s not exactly what I was thinking for a place to live.
      The chance of theft in Thailand is much lower than the chance of it happening anywhere in the US. Yes, in the tourist venues there are always some people looking to scam the tourists, but you will find the same thing on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and New York’s Times Square, For almost anyone that has a sense to avoid an obvious scam, it is not a big problem. There are no gangs roaming around Thailand or even in the heart of the biggest city, Bangkok. That is a total myth. There was this one guy in Chiang Mai that rode his motorbike naked in kind of a protest. It made the world news. I don’t think there is much chance of you seeing anybody naked riding a motorcycle in Thailand. Oh, and the motorcycles that people drive here are everywhere, but their top speed is like 50mph. Many of them could not get that fast. Don’t think you have to fear any motorcycle gangs here as they would probably be made up of housewives going shopping. Food poisoning? Yes, I am sure it happens, but if a person uses a bit of common sense, it is not likely to happen. People get food poisoning everywhere, even in the San Francisco Bay Area. Oh, in regards to Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (it’s full name), this strikes children and is extremely rare, so rare that the number of cases cannot be statistically counted, so I don’t think you have to worry about that one.

      Is all this just crazy talk? I’m 45 years old, blonde hair with blue eyes, I make a lot of money, I could live anywhere in the world I wanted to live. I’m looking for someplace to go but having a hard time finding one. People say the Philippines is so great, and yet people are being killed there all the time, robbed and stabbed and killed like some epidemic and yet people still talk about how great it is.
      Honestly, it is a bit of crazy talk, but I understand it. Americans that have not traveled overseas much (which is the vast majority of Americans) have their perceptions formed from TV and the movies. It would be a pretty boring movie if there was no sex, no violence, no wild things going on. There was a movie called Hangover II that was very popular about some Western guys in Bangkok. It was so distorted about the situation here, and young people coming here after seeing that movie may have been a little disappointed. By and large, Thailand is a pretty calm place. It is much less crazy than almost anywhere in America. There are big differences between Thailand and the Philippines, for sure. The Philippines has had a pretty violent history in the last century, and some of that still lingers. There is also much more extreme poverty in the Philippines compared to Thailand. But for sure, as you say, “people are getting killed all the time.” Unfortunately, it is the destiny for all of us (even me). For sure, however, violence in Thailand is much lower than the violence level you are very much used to in the United States.

      Clearly there is a conspiracy taking place here.
      That is something I can totally agree with. Don’t get me started on that. I could write several books about the conspiracies I see very plainly, but they don’t originate from Thailand.

      Here in the USA I can go anywhere I want and never once worry about food poisoning. I drive around other drivers who are for the most part pretty nice and civilized. In La Jolla San Diego there is a quality of life there that may not be found anywhere else in the world.
      If you truly believe that, then there is no reason for you to change anything about your life. I personally do not find the militarized police of Los Angeles, the California drug gangs, the heavy murder rates in America, a totally corrupt government, etc. etc., all that “civilized”. I prefer Thailand. Incidentally, I was in the restaurant business in California, and I can verify to you that there are many cases of food poisoning in California restaurants, despite the massive regulations. You should be careful where you eat there, just as you should be no matter where you go.

      What exactly is the attraction of Thailand? The women?
      Clearly, for American men, Thai women are an attraction. Please read my earlier posting on this blog: http://americanexpatchiangmai.com/the-secrets-of-how-thai-women-make-their-men-happy/

      Do you see all the knife fights happening? Do you see ladyboys getting into fights with knifes? I hear so many bad things about Thailand it’s not even funny, and it’s the second highest murder capitol in the world, who is getting killed? Can you shed any light on these concerns?
      I have never seen a ladyboy in a knife fight. I am sure it has happened sometime, but it is certainly not a regular occurrence. When you have 60 million people living here and 25 million annual visitors all in a fairly small country, there will be an odd thing that happens once in awhile. If you hear so many bad things about Thailand, you are not listening to the right places. Maybe you should come and see it for yourself? The second highest murder capitol in the world? It is not in the top ten (http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-top-ten/countries-with-highest-murder-rates.html), or even in the top twenty (http://www.businessinsider.com/1homicidal-countries-2011-11?op=1). It is number 48: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_per_100_peo-murders-per-100-000-people. And it is this high because of the problems in the Muslim conflict in the South and the drug trafficking problem on the Thai/Myanmar/Laos border (which involved mostly police chasing the smugglers).
      I hope I have shed a bit of light on your concerns.

      • Thanks Greg for the response. Have you heard of JC from retirecheapasia? He has a lot of videos on YouTube, if you watch them you’ll see him at the beach once and two Thai guys ripped him off and he went chasing after them, and he got this on camera. Another time he talked about how a white guy there sprayed mace in his face. And then in another video when he went to Cambodia this guy comes up to him while he’s talking on camera and asks him for money. I mean you couldn’t even get any of that on camera in the USA even if you tried to. And then there is another guy from CA like us and he’s in the Philippines, and he just got robbed by 3 guys who he had to fight off, and afterward he talks about how he still likes in there in the Philippines. Another guy talks about how he knows 4 people who he knows personally who has been killed in the Philippines. Here in the USA I do not know one single solitary person who has been killed. People are talking about things in their blogs and people are talking about things on camera and they are having things happen to them that simply don’t happen in the USA. I mean, if some guy from Thailand came over to the USA and started making videos they couldn’t get on camera two guys stealing their stuff, and they couldn’t find anybody that would rob them or jump them, even if they tried and started asking people to do it to them, nobody would do it. But these guys like you and me are over there in the Philippines or Thailand and these things are happening to them, just a coincidence? What about all the YouTube videos showing how their is child porn on every corner in Bangkok or other various places? But not in Chiang Mai? I am going to come over there and check it out, just so I can see for myself what it’s like. I do not go to bars, I do not even drink alcohol, and I would never in a million years dream of having sex with some bar girl. But right now I have a 9.5 year old bunny rabbit who I have to take care of until he dies, once he dies I can leave and go anywhere in the world I want to go, and I’m trying to find a place I would feel some peace at. And I’m not going to lie, yes I would like to find some nice sweet caring women who would take care of me and in return I would take care of her. Here in the USA the women do not interest me because of the way they act. So I’m considering Thailand but I admit I’m beyond skeptical. But I’m willing to give it a try, don’t really have anything to lose. I tried with a Russian girl and I’ve talked over the Internet to a Filipina, both of them completely burned me like there was no tomorrow, no American women has ever done that to me, only a foreign one. To say that I’m jaded by this world would be a whopping understatement. And with respect to food poisoning, I’ve never had it before except for one time at a cheap Mexican food place way back in the 80′s. So to me the food here is very safe, while I just read online at Thai Visa that a guy has been to the hospital 4 times in the last year for food poisoning in Thailand. And JC said he also has had it there. And JC was married to a Thai and said he would never do that again. So I guess Greg this is a very big world, and everyone has had their own experiences which has shaped their viewpoints and shaped their world beliefs, and each of us sees life in a completely different way. My life has been nothing but one big gigantic joke beyond belief, and after having been jaded by more people than I can count nothing can change my world views now. When I was younger I just thought my luck was bad, but after giving it a try over and over and over again I know now it’s just not me, it’s the whole entire world, and nothing is going to change my mind about that, I have studied this for many years as a scientist and time and time again it’s same exact thing, and everyone I believe just thinks it happens to them but not other people, well I’m here to inform you all that’s it’s not just you, it’s the whole entire world, everything you see is all just an illusion. And by the way, I’m under no illusion anymore why Thai women would want to be with a guy like me, it’s because of money. Women all over the world are the exact same, they all want money. How a man can have respect for a women is beyond my ability to comprehend, there is no love anymore, there is only money, but people pretend like that’s not true but it is true, plain and simple. And the women here are ruthless about it, in fact I drive around a Hyundai Accent Hatchback, the cheapest car in the USA, why? I can drive any car I wanted to drive, I make a lot of money having broken the entire Futures markets code, and I can have any car I want, yet I choose to drive around the cheapest car there is, why? Well the reason is because I don’t want any of these women thinking I’m somebody for them, when they see me with this car they immediately eliminate me from their consideration, and that’s the way I want it to be. But it’s the exact same thing there, women just want the money, because they are shallow people, their lives are shallow, what they think about is shallow, they do not understand anything whatsoever, they are the ultimate sheep in this life, they worry about what other women will think of them, they want to have what other women have, their entire happiness comes from this. I just have this never ending hope that somebody before I die I would meet a truly kind and caring women, but I know in my heart this doesn’t exist, all that exists is money, thankfully I’ve mastered that part of my life so that isn’t a problem, but the other part is something that will never be mastered because it cannot be mastered, relationships do not work anywhere in the world, it’s just about money and not being lonely.

        • David: Sure, we all know JC. I don’t agree with him 100%, but he is pretty fair in his presentation of Thailand. Sorry that he had a couple of instances of theft in Thailand and one in Cambodia. You say stuff like that could never happen in America, and in this I disagree. There are lots of reality TV showing cops having problems all the time (and sometimes creating the problem).
          In the USA, you have never known a single person that has been killed? You are a lucky person then. Unfortunately, I have known several. I could give you anecdotal stories (like you have about violence in Asia) about crimes in the US that I know about, but that really isn’t necessary because we all know about them.
          Good to hear you will be coming to Chiang Mai to check out the place. I hope you will have a safe and interesting trip. For many, the first time spent in Thailand for an extended time is a life changer —- a positive life changer.

          • Thanks Greg. I’m very skeptical but I will give it a try just so I can see for myself. The one place I won’t be going is the Philippines regardless of what anyone says, because I’m even a target here in the USA let alone over there. However are you aware that people on the Internet are talking about how there is a lot of extortion in Thailand? That you go to 7-11 to buy some things, and the cashier only rings you up for some of the things you have, and then when you walk out they say you stole some things, then the police come and you are arrested and then taken to jail and asked to pay 100,000 baht to get out? Or how about the kid who just shot 3 foreigners the other day and is now out on Bond having paid 500,000 baht for it? Here in the USA if you shoot 3 people with a gun you don’t get any Bond, not even a 100 million dollar Bond. But in Thailand apparently you do. You have to admit this is crazy. And you have to admit the kettle is brewing over there with respect to the local men, you cannot blame them for being pissed off, their women are being taken from them right in front of their eyes more and more and more by foreign men with more money then they have, if that was happening to you you’d also be pissed off. And this is only going to get worse and worse, and it’s going to reach a boiling point at some point and spill all over the street when the men can no longer get women anymore and they will place the blame to the Farang.

          • There are 7-11 shops all over Thailand — much more than in the US per area — and literally everyone goes there. Often. You pay electric bill there, add minutes to your cell phone, pay the water bill, plus get something to snack. I am sure the scam you commented about with a 7-11 did happen, but it is a rare situation. These 7-11 shops are clean and the clerks are by-and-large really nice young people.
            I have lived in Thailand now for about 8 years. I have never had any bad dealings with a cop, ever. On Valentines Day, the cops were out passing out packages of condoms at the stoplights that had a little message about wearing your helmet when riding a motorbike. That was the first (and only) time I was approached by a cop in Thailand. I have not had a single crime (theft, assault, anything…) happen to me in this country, and I cannot recall anyone that has had a problem. It must happen somewhere around here, but it is not pervasive. Back in the US, we always heard about and knew about local break-ins or muggings of someone in the neighborhood.
            Please come to Thailand without worry. The place is not perfect, but it is a nice little country. Thais do appreciate a smile and laid back attitude. And as far as women, just like everywhere, there are good ones and bad ones. Pick the right kind.

  4. To David: La Jolla is beautiful, I know it very, very well but, truly it is not crime free I can assure you, there are more drug cartel families living in La Jolla than the whole country of Thailand. And La Jolla definitely has its share of violent crimes and if you live there and are not living a sheltered life you might notice that meth, cocaine and crack use is very common there (you seem a little angry, you haven’t been indulging have you?). You also might have noticed the legal “medical” marijuana establishments all over the county (oh, oh , my back hurts give me some chronic dude)
    La Jolla is just a SMALL city with a low crime rate, while Thailand is a country. There are areas in Thailand that have crime rates as low as La Jolla but no where in Thailand do they have crime rates as high as some cities in the US. (Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore). And of course if you venture a little bit outside of La Jolla (assuming you are not a recluse) you will find areas that you are a 15 minute drive from areas that have huge homosexual populations (Hillcrest for example) and others that have very high violent crime rates (City Heights, Barrio Logan, Encanto), and if you venture into PB (you’ve been to PB haven’t you David?) on a Saturday night you will find it is very easy to get into altercations with white or brown guys from various places. In comparison most of the murders that take place in Thailand occur in the 3 southernmost provinces and are the result of Islamic terrorism not criminal activity.
    No place is perfect, or free of drugs. or crimes, or immoral behavior but the funny thing is that Thailand has cleaner and more pothole-free roads than the whole state of California, and money goes a lot further in Thailand. Hop on a plane and check out Koh Samui and in the mean time you might want to check this website out as it has medicine for anger management issues: http://medicalmarijuanalajolla.com/

    ps. La Jolla is a shit hole compared to Coronado-drive over the bridge sometime if you want to see the best place to live in SD county.

    • Yes my uncle lived in the Coronado Caves and so I’ve been there many times, plus I used to work over there for my families business working on the aircraft carriers over there which have to be parked there because they cannot fit underneath the bridge. And yes you are right about Hillcrest and PB, I used to live in PB back in the 80′s, and yes it’s easy to get into an altercation, it used to happen to me all the time. La Jolla is a very nice area, you can shop at UTC, you can eat the best quality food that I have ever eaten that puts Las Vegas to shame, with the best quality service I have ever seen. But it’s an empty place, especially for a single male, I would say San Diego is the worst place in the entire USA to be a single male, even worse than Hawaii but maybe not Alaska :-) I would never in a million years even try to get a girl in San Diego and I’m not a bad looking guy either. But if I wanted to have a fag I could get a thousand of them very easily, what does that say? Is that not somehow a messed up world? I’m hoping that I could find just one good girl in Thailand, just one, that’s all I need. I really don’t believe they exist but what the heck, I have nothing to lose anyway so I might as well try. I just know it’s all about the money, but at least I can be rich in Thailand whereas in the USA I’m not really that rich at all, and even if I was it wouldn’t make a bit of difference. So I figure in Thailand I can at least have a little more power to choose for myself a girl that I really like and one that at least on the surface seems to like me. I guess that’s better than nothing. I could easily get a girl here if I wanted to, just the other day this women starting flirting with me at Whole Foods, and yet I didn’t talk with her and didn’t ask her out or anything like that, and it’s because I’m just too jaded here in the USA, I’ve seen too much here, one too many girlfriends moms have wanted to be with me, one too many wives has wanted to be with me, it’s just been too much for one lifetime for me to deal with. After I just got ripped off and lied to on a grand scale by a Filipina I could no longer have anything to do with a Filipina either, the light switch has been turned off on them just as it has with women from the USA, I’m no longer even attracted to them anymore in anyway. I find Thai women interesting, if I could find a nice one that would want me to be the man and she be the women I might give it a go again, but I know in my heart it’s all just folly…….

  5. > good foamy Root Beer.
    A&W Root Beer served in an ice cold mug at one of their restaurants here in the US has always done it for me. It is way better than the A&W Root Beer you can buy in a can.

    A&W does have restaurants in Thailand. I saw them there, but I’m sorry I don’t recall where we were at the time. Maybe they’re not in Chiang Mai. It was not any of the locations listed on their website, but the website is dated 2011. They must have added locations that have not been added to the website.
    http://www.awthai.com/newweb/location.php

    The one I saw would have been somewhere between Bangkok and Lampang, but we didn’t stop.

    A&W in a bottle easily won a taste test of 16 different brands in the US. But I repeat, it is better served in an ice cold mug with lots of foam on top.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/the-best-root-beer_n_1391801.html

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