I never made to Bangkok, but I sure heard the stories. On the other hand, I put in 26+ years in the Navy and what we did (other than something criminal) when we were off duty was no business of the Department of Defense. It was expected that we would both "work hard" and "play hard".
Also if we were to get drunk and pass out, we were required to fall on our left sleeve so people would think that we were part of the officer corps.
“we were required to fall on our left sleeve so people would think that we were part of the officer corps”
Thanks...hadn’t heard that in a while!
Having lived in Bangkok awhile and spent a lot of time in the region, I was reasonably well connected and knew where the better spots were and how to avoid the low end tourist trap nightlife areas. Me and most of the other Americans in our crew of friends usually made it a point to help the US service/security personnel figure the city out if they needed it. We'd often show them the better locations/clubs where they could have fun and avoid trouble. It's a heck of a fun place, but it is easy to get into trouble if one doesn't know where to go or what problems to be aware of. Avoiding the tourist ghettos is usually the first step to that.