A night out at the Grand
So my sis came to visit for a little bit in November and among some of the things to do in Thung Song, going to the Grand is one you shouldn’t miss. It’s the only nightclub I know of in this town (I think there might be more, but can’t be sure), but the nights we have, always seem to go in one direction. Down hill! Now you must be thinking, one nightclub, this must get lame, but it just doesn’t. It seems we find ways to make each time at the Grand something special, often waking up with sore heads and mild memory loss (not all the time, it’s the dam tequilla shots, thanks Henk). So anyway I had to take my sis through to experience this once in a life time opportunity. The chance to be exposed to an authentic Thai nightclub, no one could turn this down. Well, she was up for it, so we rallied the troops and made it happen. Thai nightclubs, well most nightclubs in Asia are a little different from we what we are used to. There are no dance floors (lots of tables), most have stages for live music and dancers (most of the time they’re highly entertaining, but sometimes a little over the top), and then there is the amazing service (your drink always seems to be full, and I’m not complaining).
Mostly, people are just standing around their tables drinking bottles of whiskey that they have bought at the club (this is a common thing to do, buy your own bottle from a shop , bring it in and thats that, no waiting at overcrowded bars, everything is where you need it, when you need it), the odd table will have people unenthusiastically dancing, lifeless (to the extremely lively music I might add) and then there will be us. The ‘farang’ (foreigner). Now I must admit there is only one way to get through a night at the Grand and that is to just go with the flow. I actually dont know what we do in there most of the time. The music is so loud it’s difficult to make an audible conversation (I mean we speak to each other but I think half the time no one really knows what the other person is saying, there are a lot of blank stares going around). We seem to be like the energizer bunnies in there, dancing like crazy people in a country where no one seems to care, making dance moves that will last an eternity. We do have a lot of fun though and all the Thai’s seem to enjoy us being there. We sometimes make new friends, some who speak English and some who don’t (the conversation where a smile, thumbs up and a nod mean a lot), we get onstage and get kicked off (it only happened once and harmlessly I might add, I did make friends with the manager doing that), we sing and dance and then it’s all over. The lights come on and it’s time to leave.
Before we do this eating is a high priority, well for me at least. Getting a meal when you really need it isn’t a problem, as most restaurants seem to stay open until some ungodly hours in the morning. I’m talking full on sit down restaurants, where you can order everything on the menu at 4 in the morning. If you want a steamed fish you can have it, but mostly I order fried rice (kao pad), because I don’t know how to say anything else. Speaking Thai aint easy especially when you have a few whiskeys in you. No doubt your confidence is high and you’ll go at it all night, trying to practice your Thai even if it’s not relevant to what you’re trying to achieve at that very moment. She will always look at you with that empty stare thinking ‘what the hell is this fool saying’, ‘what do I look like here?’, ‘just give me your #@$^& order please, it’s 4 in the freakin morning’. This is when I say ‘Chan ow ning kao pad mungsawelaat sai kai krap’ (I want one vegetarian fried rice with egg please), time stands still, ‘does she understand’, I think to myself, and then the nod of approval, she does, mission achieved. Food is on the way! Great Night at the Grand.