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    When I first moved to Thailand some 12 years ago I stumbled across Stickman's guide to Bangkok. That was the destination I'd planned on, although I settled an hour outside of BKK. His guide to Thai culture was, and is still to my mind, the most accurate, informative and blunt account that I have found to date. Certainly far superior to the Lonely Planet's guide which advises against touching strangers on the head or opening doors with your feet.

    Some people love it others don't but it will forever be a part of Thailand that I remember with fondness. So to read that he has moved away from Thailand and all but stopped the thread was very sad indeed.

    His latest post relates to Nana Plaza and the changes it is being forced to make in order to preserve Thailand's family friendly image. As a family man myself I personally have no issue walking past the lights and excitement of such venues. I have no desire to take my wife and son inside but it makes for interesting viewing. All this nonsense of censoring what everybody knows goes on is destroying a part of Thailand forever (for me). At every bar there will be girls sitting with/on a tourists lap. There might be a bit of 'canoodling' going on, but is it really that different or worse than what a British kid sees outside a pub in the UK on a Sunday afternoon in the heat of summer?

    I recently took a holiday to Thailand and spent a week in the town I lived in for 10 years. It used to be a great place to live. Loads of open air pubs and restaurants showing the football all weekend and serving great food and ice cold beer. It even had a following of farangs at its local football team. It was cheap to live in and there was a proper community spirit to the area. Sadly, its culture has been sold out for the sake of Japanese investment so now the pubs and restaurants have in large been shut down or replaced by high end franchises. The local market places have been sold off to property developers and its identity is a thing of the past.

    I find this about many of Thailand's big cities now. The creaky, old charm and characteristic chaos that followed seems to be dwindling away now. Visit Pattaya and Jomtien, towns that have been completely destroyed by property development, then take a short drive down to Sattahip and ask yourself which is preferable.

    Life is always changing but its still sad to see.

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    Is the fella back and running then ?? Thought he had closed it all off as regards new material

    "His latest post relates to Nana Plaza"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wunderbar View Post
    Is the fella back and running then ??
    What is the title of this thread?
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    He has closed a few times or words to that affect but added another post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky View Post
    What is the title of this thread?
    Stickman gone why ??

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    Stickman went months ago and I thought the post about Nana as referenced in the OP an April fools joke!
    'Tis me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnet View Post
    His latest post relates to Nana Plaza and the changes it is being forced to make in order to preserve Thailand's family friendly image.
    I didn't realise that they'd changed the sign to say "The World’s Largest Adult Playground" in the first place.

    I agree with the authorities, on the basis that that naff sign is designed to entice 'daring' couples and family and group tourists. They shouldn't be there. I don't understand why they'd want to be there. It's like sex tourists taking their rentals to church to have a gawp at the congregation while not wanting to worship. The two groups should be separated, left in their own natural habitats. So in a way the authorities are acting to protect the natural habitat.

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    dear oh dear indeed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnet View Post
    His guide to Thai culture was, and is still to my mind, the most accurate, informative and blunt account that I have found to date. Certainly far superior to the Lonely Planet's guide which advises against touching strangers on the head or opening doors with your feet.
    Agreed, I found it very informative and apart from some sourness from people who should have known better, pretty much spot on in terms of relationships and life in general in Thailand's main tourist areas.

    What it often lacked was a balancing viewpoint of life in 'the real Thailand'. There are people who've sucessfully built lives and held relationships in 'normal Thailand'. That in itself can throw up its own challenges and it would have been nice to get a 'heads up' on that. However, the site relied mainly on its contributors so I guess the majority of those with something to say were referring to the kind of life that seems to fill a hell of a lot of websites and books with stories.

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    I guess some people just want to sound off without being argued with or called names for sharing their experiences. For every ex-pat with a story to tell there's a mob waiting to call him bitter and send him off home packing. Likewise, for those wishing to share their success stories there are the misery guts' who like to shoot them down.

    Stickman, to me, was a journal of accounts of real-life experiences in the Land of Smiles. I didn't read it often and certainly not recently but when I did it always had me gripped.

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