After the temple the trip leaders decided to give us another unique Thai experience, a Thai massage!
I’m a big fan of massages but this first massage in Thailand was… special.
I had many other super awesome massages over the next 40 days but the first one I had turned out to be the worst out of all of them! I’m still convinced to this day that the Thai lady I had could do 100 pushups in a row using a single finger and thumb, she was so strong!
This lady absolutely punished me in the most painful massage of my whole life. It wasn’t until later that I found out they weren’t supposed to be excruciating and that I should have just told her to go easier on me! ^^
Next we headed out to see Bangkoks tallest building.
Once inside we rode the elevator all the way to the top and got an awesome look at Bangkok from a cool rotating platform. The size of the city was staggering, in every direction there were skyscrapers as far as the eye could see. I knew Bangkok was big but I wasn’t prepared for just how big it really was. I guess I had no idea a country as financially poor as Thailand would have such a massive city!
We hung out for martinis and popcorn (weird but awesome combo) on the top floor of the building before heading back.
Later that night we got a little adventurous and decided to check out something we all heard rumors about before coming… the infamous Bangkok pingpong show!
I have to say that if you ever end up in Bangkok, it something that you have to get drunk and see, but… only once… because it’s pretty freaken weird and a little disturbing!
Basically a pingpong show is similar to a North American strip club but with each girl bring a “Special Talent” to the stage. We saw exactly where the name for the show came from when the first girl came up and after stuffing a few pingpong balls up there managed to shoot them out and bounce them into a cup. The other ‘talents’ involved pulling ridiculously large amounts of string out (like a clown who pulls never ending string from his sleeve) blowing out birthday candles using a straw, drawing a ‘welcome to Thailand’ sign using a marker, pulling out a shorter string with razorblades attached (quite horrifying) and by far most the impressive: shooting helium filled balloons on the ceiling with a blowdart.
We left when the show changed into a live sex show involving some strangely acrobatic and off putting couples sex.
Trapped in your life situation
Many of the performers in the show seemed quite unhappy with their jobs and if you were to ask one of them why they don’t choose to do something else the answer you would often get is that there is nothing else for them. Many people in all walks of life tend to feel trapped in their situation from time to time. Whether it’s a certain job a certain relationship or certain bad habits, enduring a routine that makes you unhappy is a sad waste of your own potential. The problem is many people accept their current situation as the harsh reality of life and give up their desires to do something else. Although you may not see the immediate steps needed to change your situation it’s important to know that it can change. As soon as you decide it’s time to make a change, and focus on that intention in a positive way you’ll begin to notice small opportunities and small steps you can take to began making the transition. With enough persistence and action the change you make can be tremendous and you’ll wonder why you ever spent a moment feeling trapped in the former cage you built around yourself. As Joseph Campbell once said: “follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there used to be walls”
Later that night we headed out to check out a couple clubs, they were pretty normal as the ones back home just bigger and more energetic. The details after this are a little fuzzy but I remember getting pretty friendly with a couple cute Thai girls and doing a lot of drunken dancing before stumbling back to sleep.
Usually if I don’t get a good amount of sleep I feel pretty crappy the next day but the excitement of Thailand completely negated that effect. After only about 2.5 hours of sleep I felt completely refreshed and ready to go.
The next day we walked along the nearby Bangkok streets a lot more. They have a lot of cool shops set up along the roads, selling everything from bracelets to tazers.
And despite the warning you might hear before coming to a country in Asia we found out the street food in Thailand is fine to eat and is phenomenally delicious! You could also get a sweet Pad-Thai meal on the street for less than a dollar.
Despite how interesting Bangkok was I was quite excited to move further south in Thailand, that night we hopped on the night train, and rode it for about 12 hours. The ride was really comfy though and we each had a bed to sleep on. My soon to be good friends Paul Wood, Paul Theisen and Caitlin also got totally bombed on the train which made the ride even more interesting.
Next we would arrive in Khao Sok where the real experience of Thailand began.