Age is just a number; what's a few years between us? A prison sentence, that's what. But don't worry. You can buy an ID to change all that. That's another jail sentence altogether.
Every country has its share of head-scratching laws. In Thailand that law is our drinking age: 18, and our clubbing age: 20. At age 18, you can buy alcohol and get drunk, but you can't bump and grind your way into a club (by law anyway). To think that Thais are one of the world's heaviest drinkers, only coming in behind Portugal, Ireland, The Bahamas, and The Czech Republic. Yeah, we don't get it either, but for all you excited teens looking to party in Thailand, this doesn't mean you'll have to buy your alcohol and drink it at the hostel. Khao Sarn road is infamous for selling fake IDs (among other things).
There are no back rooms or secret codes; they're sold in broad daylight every few meters or so, even next to a police stand! You can be British, Australian, Chinese, a diplomat, a journalist, a photographer, a boy, a girl, from any US state of your choosing; there are books full of cards to choose from. And yes, they work in almost every club in Bangkok (and probably at home too).
The number of youngsters under 17 trying to chat up the 25+ crowd in any given club is a shock to the system. You may think you've stepped into a teen club or high school club night, but we don't have that here because every night is teen night. For those of you who are legal, be careful who you talk to. Most of those vibrant, youthful faces are under age.
06/09/2010 - 14:22