editor’s note – Since the subject is out there on the table I have been noticing how much busier the lower suk corridor is becoming. More and more beggars and working girls plying there bods at all hours of the day. The girls of the African variety seem to be leaving the confines of soi 3 and working the street between soi 3 and soi 5 on Suk. I have never seen that before.
Word is the Eastern Euro scene is getting pretty big over there in the Rajah Hotel. Seems the girls are managed by a faction of the BIB and that there are a few floors of them now. Anyone checked it out and can do a write-up on it? I have noticed them walking around or going to the 7-11 but they are not allowed to talk to anyone and supposedly their services are rendered in the Raja only.
Seems the cracks in the economy are starting to show a bit – my guess is increasing amounts of girls working the street is a leading economic indicator.
I enjoy taking long walks around Bangkok and now the weather is cool it’s especially pleasurable. There’s always something new to see and photograph.I took a long walk round Rattanakosin avoiding the touts and tuk-tuk drivers but enjoying the street scene.
I was walking past the oldon Ratchadamnoen Avenue when I saw a girl who would have been completely at home on Beach Road, Pattaya. Small, even a spinner, happy smile and oozing sexuality in a tight t-shirt and tiny denim shorts. I thought she was with a Thai man, but then she left him and talked to a farang who was eating at a kerbside stall.
I took a photo of her and just as I did she looked up, pointed and gave me a big “gotcha!” smile. She came running over to check the photo. It wasn’t great as I was shooting almost into the sun but it caught her character. With hardly a pause she asked me: “you want to go short-time? 500B”.
I seriously considered it, but my often over-active warning system kicked in. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” … So I said no thanks. At that she disappeared almost at a run and I couldn’t get any more photos of her.
As a walked off I saw two Thai men standing by a bank watching me. Probably tuk-tuk drivers on the lookout for someone to take to a jeweler’s shop. But I wondered – was Miss Spinner bait for some scam or worse? Get the farang into a seedy short-time hotel and relieve him of his wallet and camera?
There’s plenty of action of that sort on lower Sukhumvit but this is the first time I have seen it in that neighbourhood. I’d think the police would crack down on hustling on the royal avenue.
What do you think?