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Hello My Big Big Honey! [Kindle Edition]

Richard Ehrlich , Dave Walker
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!" is a unique expose of the love lives of Bangkok's bar girls and the foreigners who rent them -- confessed in their own words.

A collection of love letters from all over the world, to ladies of the night working in bars on Bangkok's famous Patpong Road. Plus revealing, in-depth interviews with the women who receive them.

Why are some men obsessed with Thai prostitutes? Can money buy true love? How does romance blossom amid the harsh streets? Do bar girls marry their customers?

"HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!" delves beyond the neon, glitz, hype and tragedy of Bangkok's red-lit nights and discovers a world of loneliness, desperation and -- sometimes -- love.

Veteran reporter Richard Ehrlich and Dave Walker unfold a tale of love and lust in Bangkok's notorious red-light district. These interviews and correspondence with prostitutes and their patrons draw an intimate and touching portrait amidst the blaring lights and pounding music of Bangkok.


Editorial Reviews

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...Thai women seem passive, but are capable of fighting back...wives back home are rarely understanding. -- London's News of the World Sunday Magazine

...a Freudian whirlpool of sexual fantasies and frustration...damaged egos and haunting super-egos...love and cold calculation...cross-cultural mayhem. -- Far Eastern Economic Review

...delivers exactly what the title describes...discloses more about the complex nature of these encounters than 10 academic treatises. -- Lonely Planet Guide to Thailand

...loneliness, despair and delusion...For many men, these dangerous Thai liaisons are no laughing matter. They become obsessed... -- The South China Morning Post

an intimate portrait of Bangkok's red-light district...Does love conquer poverty, cultural barriers and the fear of AIDS? Sometimes... -- Time Magazine

From the Publisher

"HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!" is a never-before-told expose of the love lives of Bangkok's bar girls and the foreigners who rent them -- confessed in their own words.

A collection of love letters from all over the world, to ladies of the night working in bars on Bangkok's famous Patpong Road. Plus revealing, in-depth interviews with the women who receive them.

Why are some men obsessed with Thai prostitutes? Can money buy true love? How does romance blossom amid the harsh streets? Do bar girls marry their customers?

"HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!" delves beyond the neon, glitz, hype and tragedy of Bangkok's red-lit nights and discovers a world of loneliness, desperation and -- sometimes -- love.


Product Details

  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Last Gasp (September 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ESEGY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars roving insight from marc richard and loreen neville February 1, 2003
Format:Paperback
This was a book waiting to be written, but if you're looking for a raunchy sex tale about Bangkok's red-light districts, try the Internet -- it's full of sites with much more graphic descriptions, even streaming video.
What Dave Walker and Richard S. Ehrlich have done is approach a social fact of life from a different angle, a very human angle.
"Hello My Big Honey!" is a sociological study dealing with a section of society that can be found in just about every country in the world, their hopes, their fears, their dreams and above all, their interaction and deeper involvement with their clients, the farang (foreigner).
As Dave Walker explains in his 10-page preface, the germ of an idea was born in the bars of Patpong Road in Bangkok...True, the days of the Vietnam War were over, but the reputation that Bangkok had gained as a "wide-open town" had spread near and far. Where there had been GIs, now it was oil workers and other professional expatriates hunting a living in Southeast Asia...
The letters followed, more than a reliving of stolen moments of physical passion, these were letters of hopes, dreams and longings to return...
To some it might seem the craziest of places to find love, a road full of hustling, neon lights, prowling transvestites and ear-shattering music. Lust yes, but real love surely no. Yet whether or not it's the wrong place to be looking for lasting commitment, there are those foreigners who have found their heart's desires in a love that's been reciprocated.
This is something that Richard Ehrlich takes up in his 10-page introduction.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Focus is more on the Men than the Women February 8, 2003
Format:Paperback
Ever since Thailand became known as the newest and best sin city for foreign men to visit to have sex with impoverished yet attractive Thai women, a deluge of these men land daily at Thai airports expecting to find the romance and lust often denied them in their home lands. What these men usually discover is that any romance that develops is based on a pay as you go basis. In HELLO MY BIG HONEY, Dave Walker and Richard Ehrlich try to explain why. The authors see the Bangkok sex scene as the natural outcropping of a degraded culture that has only its women to peddle. In such a lurid, transient environment, the focus of money for sex must be limited to the here and now. Any foreign man with even a minimum of sense and dollars can surely score in any of dozens of sleazy clip joints. In a series of interviews with bargirls, hookers, and transsexuals, Walker and Ehrlich clarify to the next deluge of incoming men that these are working girls, all of whom count the success of a relationship in the minutes spent to earn those western dollars. It is hardly the fault of these Thai women if they soon realize that calling their newest boyfriend 'Big Honey' and other such of similar ilk can only gratify him into spending more money on her (and her family)or--and this is what each Thai lady dreams of--finding a western man thinking that he will 'deliver' her from a life of vice by taking her back to his country for marriage. In this latter case, the man will certainly send money to her on a regular basis, with her promising all the while that she will be loyal in return. The letters that these men write back and forth reveal a breathtaking lack of brains that they, with all their degrees, find out later that these women were always one step ahead. Read more ›
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More revealing than a stack of PhD theses October 12, 2000
Format:Paperback
I've lived, traveled and worked in Thailand for 23 years, and when I'm asked to cite references on the commercial sex scene in Thailand, this book always occupies the top of the list. No one says it as well as the women themselves, and I found these interviews to be very credible. The foreword, by a Thai academic, was also among the more enlightening essays I've read on this topic.
Should be read by any male or female contemplating an entree into Thailand's "demi-monde".
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for anybody who wants to learn understand...... August 11, 1999
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Format:Paperback
....a darker Asian chapter. I used to live in Thailand. Initially I was absolutely revolted by the many possible and impossible kinds of prostitution on public, unavoidable show there. I hated it, and especially the Western men involved. Hello, my big... helped me understand a little bit of what was going on. The rest, I realised, I needed to accept, or better leave. It was good to read about the ladies' and gentlemen's views and motivations. The book opened up a new horizon to me which otherwise I would have never seen. I stayed - nowadays my worse Asian memories originate from Bangkok traffic and not from big, big honey.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring Book Ruins An Interesting Topic July 13, 2001
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book represents a well conceived but primitively executed publication in which the "author(s)" have merely collected a series of forlorn but repeditive "love" letters to Bangkok go-go dancers from their smitten, oddball foreign "customers". The letters themselves do reflect a kind of sappy desperation, but grow very boring very quickly. The book includes several interviews with the bar girls themselves which prove to be the only interesting part; both in the girl's world outlook and in their comical butchery of the English language. Otherwise, this book is a waste.
The most annoying thing about the book is the photographs- they look like they were taken twenty years ago with some tourist's Kodak Disk camera. Almost half seem to be of katoeys (male transsexuals/ transvestites) and all are thoroughly uninspired. The "authors" seem to limit themselves only to women in the Patpong go-go bar areas and do not explore other issues in the strange farang/bargirl subculture. It is hard to believe somebody could publish such an uninteresting book based on such a bizarre and fascinating topic as the Bangkok sex trade, but this is it. BORING.
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2.0 out of 5 stars My heart is breaking.
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Published 5 months ago by Phil Keeling
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if somewhat troubling.
I started reading this book several weeks ago but I frequently found myself unable to read more than a few of the letters at a time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. Denton
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst... book... ever.
It is a sad fact that "Hello My Big Big Honey" is one of the bestselling books ever produced (I won't call it "written") about Thailand. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steve Rosse
5.0 out of 5 stars A book I should have written myself
In the Bangkok of the early 1990's before the days of ubiquitous cellphones (a few of the higher class escorts had the newly available 'bricks' but most bargirls didn't have a... Read more
Published on December 25, 2009 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
I found this book to be an informative book. Takes a single slant at the topic as a whole. A person can learn alot of new things in this book.
Published on September 24, 2008 by Mahal
4.0 out of 5 stars Imformation like this is hard to get
how else is one to figure these subtle things out. dig deep and let the cards fall where they may. I felt the book helped me to sort through patterns. Read more
Published on November 3, 2007 by Todd Spinti
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Great But A Classic
I first visited and fell in love with Thailand when I was 19. It was not till 1994 when I was 30 that I decided to go native. Read more
Published on September 28, 2007 by Chan Joon Yee
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
This one a must if your going to Thailand for R and R or I&I. The interviews with the woman are the best, wish they would have had more.
Published on March 12, 2007 by James P. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello My Big Big honey
A very well written book which is an excellent insight into the letters written by foreigners to thia ladies, primarily bar girls. Read more
Published on June 28, 2006 by Mr. Michael Aynsley
5.0 out of 5 stars truly one of the strangest and most telling documents of our time
Romance, pathos, despair...all these and more human frailties are on parade in the incredible, weirdly moving, sometimes pathetic and utterly unputdownable collection of love... Read more
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