It is a demon that numbs our senses, and its power is impossible to overthrow until you throw up. It is on the five continents and the seven seas. Alcohol is the universal language; this has now been confirmed by dermatologists. In South East Asia it doesn’t just make the hearts of the locals beat slower: Be it on Ko Panghan in Thailand, in Nha Trang, Vietnam, or Vang Vieng in Laos – entire tourist party hells live off continuous irrigation by overpriced bars. But stop! It doesn’t have to be like that! Already in the past sagesex has proven that South East Asia offers festive inebriation in price ranges below any budget – at least for those with a tough stomach. Which means looking for a compromise: Good and affordable is what counts! After half a year of experience in this part of the world sagesex is ready to present the ultimate guide to almost free intoxication in South East Asia: The top three in affordable and enjoyable alcoholica.
We thought we had found a truly cheap and disgusting drink in a so-called Thai whisky (rather something like Thai rum, but they call anything whisky) without any latin writing on the soft drink bottles it comes in for about 70 Baht (about $2). Cambodia proved us wrong:
2009 has been the year of The Moabit. Now sagesex strikes back with the in-drink for the 2010 summer season. Like you would expect from us, it’s from a rather exotic place again. Manhattan bores you? Singapore Sling is so 20th century? Behold! From Don’s Bar in Ranong, on the Thai-Birmese border, we bring you
The Ranong Propaganda
Wherever there’s civilisation, there’s advertising. And Thailand is very civilized in that sense. In Bangkok’s Skytrain there are ad wagons themed entirely for one product; advertising spots shout at you from screens everywhere. Mostly congruent with western advertising, the blockbusters are sweets, drinks, fashion and above all beauty and health products. Yet what struck us as most useful are trendy small bottles containing drinks that are supposed to make you more beautiful, smart, or healthy. If you believe the ads, Thai women can make sure to be wed in the most romantic way by regularly enjoying a glass of chicken essence! How about better memory or just a little whiter skin? You local 7/11 super market keeps an entire palette of world improvement drinks in store for you. Exclusively and using death defying self experiments, sagesex has now tested the favorites from the fridge. Read the rest of this entry »
Sagesex presents: The Bangkok Skytrain Change Event. Goodbye Thailand. Featuring Wind of Change – Thailand’s inofficial national anthem. This song is playing everywhere across the country, and it fits this place better than any other country in the world. Attention: This art is good.
15000 barefoot techno heads dancing at the beach. Get more information and party photos here. And here are our personal impressions for everyone else
is inseparable from purification in Thailand. Spices are not being used sparingly, which is especially true for chili. The Thai kitchen is said to be one of the spiciest for a reason. You sweat, you gasp, you struggle with your plate until it’s finally empty, being glad to have defeated it. Not that you had any choice: Most dishes are also more than delicious. it seems to be all about the balance. If I use 15 cloves of garlic for a dish with 500g of rice, I also have to take 15 chile peppers and 5 bunches of thai basil so the extremes even out. I gain an intense yet balanced taste.
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Thailand has been the first stop on the Sagesex World Tour 2010 and we’ve been here for about five weeks. In a few hours we’ll be in Cambodia. Although it’s supposed to be very wise to renounce judgement as much as possible, we think it’s time to sum up a few subjective observations according to some totally subjective criteria. Whether you think about traveling here, have been here before and want to laugh at the way we misunderstand the world, or simply want to find out more about a fascinating culture – welcome to the great sagesex travel review Thailand part 1.