|Being led to the ring for his bout|
Once in Hat Yai I need to get the exact information about the event - time and location. Pinning down correct information in Thailand can be difficult. People seem to tell you things even if they are not sure about its validity. The first person I ask tells me the schedules are erratic and that I already missed the bullfight for September. The guy at our hotel tells me for whatever reason to ask any tuk-tuk driver. We see people in a beauty salon actually watching a bullfight on DVD. They tell me it is on Sunday or Monday. I go to the Novotel because international hotels will usually have someone who can speak English well.** The concierge checks online, and I finally get the info that I want to hear. The bullfight is tomorrow. Plus the front desk writes down for me on paper in Thai where I am going to show the driver.
People are betting big money too. Men are flashing wads of cash. I see many 1000 Bhat (US $33.33) notes changing hands, a huge sum for Thailand. Very interestingly there is a very honorable system here. People verbally place their bets and sometimes seal the deal with a slap of the palm. Money is only collected when the match ends. People pass money back and forth through the crowds.
|The Hamburger on the left cost me 100 Bhat (US $3.33)|
|Not too bad for bird spit|
**The International Rambler Travel Tip: Even if you cannot afford to stay at fancy hotels, they are still a great resource at your disposal. The staff are always helpful and usually speak good English, and the concierge is great for informaionMika also got band-aids from the front desk while I got a free copy of The Wall Street Journal - Asia Edition from the cafe.