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Bangkok Beer Thief!

I love a spot of people watching now and again.

One of the best places in Bangkok to people watch is in one of the many beer bars off Sukhumvit.

Here you can sit in a bar full of farang tourists and watch a bar full of farang tourists on the other side of the road.

However, in these places it’s usually best to keep yourself to yourself. The tourists tend to be middle aged guys with the same story to tell about a boring middle aged job and most likely a recent separation or divorce from a boring Western woman. Well by all means listen to their story, but you’ll find that everyone has pretty much the same story to tell.

Beware of expats in Bangkok, or for that matter anywhere in Thailand. Some of the farangs walking around there scare the hell out of me. There are also plenty of Western dudes in Thailand whose money has dried up, and they’ll resort to desperate measures to keep their Land of Smiles dream alive. And scamming YOU is definitely something they might try. In my time in Bangkok I’ve seen many farangs go mad. Disturbingly, one of my fellow countrymen tried to pick a fight with me while I was shopping in the local supermarket.

So when somebody decided to share a beer with me, I was a little bit wary of their intentions…

Beady eyes watching my beer...

Beady eyes watching my beer…

My drinking partner was a shy fellow, but as the evening progressed he gradually gained in confidence:

Gecko sizing up an ice cold beer in Bangkok, Thailand

Gecko sizing up an ice cold beer in Bangkok, Thailand

Flies are delicious, but beer is better:

Gecko drinking beer in a Bangkok bar...

Gecko drinking beer in a Bangkok bar…

If you ever see one of these little guys, then treat them with respect. Because for all you know their mom might look like this [backstory]:

A rather bigger lizard spotted in a Bangkok park!

A rather bigger lizard spotted in a Bangkok park!

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