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You won't be able to move for poi and staff around Khao San road!!!
There's a lot of crap being sold, but also some good stuff. I'm not going to personally recommend any of the people selling, but there's a couple of guys who sell from rails, not stalls, at the end of Khao San or Rambutti. These guys spin so have more of an idea than a random stall holder. Also really check that equipment is stong before buying. I've heard of melting clips, snapping chain and snapping staffs that were bought cheap in the islands.
Have an excellent time - Thailand is a great place!
KaelGotRiceGOLD Member Basu gasu bakuhatsu - because sometimes buses explode
1,584 posts Location: Angel's Landing, USA
I just got back from Thailand this summer.
Khao San is very popular to get anything... There's also the weekend market known as Jajujak in Bangkok which sells everything and anything.
I met some poists at Pattaya and Ch'am - big touristy towns on the beach... almost commercialized too much
Enjoy your time there!
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There's a beautiful Thai girl called Mio and her boyfriend (can't remember his name), who's absolutely incredible at poi (her boyfriend's incredible at everything).
She's one of the best dancers I have ever seen, and throughout she keeps this angelic smile on her face - not the usual 'deep in concentration' thing
They make and sell stuff during the day (from 3pm-11pm) from a little stall off Khao San (from the Star of David end, turn right, then left - past the temple - and head towards the backpacker area).
Actually, you'd be best just having a look round and decide yourself... but do go and say hello to Mio... she's really lovely and will teach you things if you ask nicely
Also, be warned, most of the wick in Thailand is rubbish (I think they weave it with metal or sumsuch), anyways, it burns out really quickly, so be careful which one you choose.
Mio said her stuff was Kevlar, but I'm not sure if it was... I don't think it was the same grade as you get on the HoP site.
Anyways, if you are going to SE Asia, try really hard to get some LED's before you go. You can buy firestuff out there, but LED is a nightmare to get - and it's always really popular once all the fuel has gone!
I've been trying to figure out what those white wicks are made of for quite some time now, everyone selling them tells me that it's kevlar but I have my doubts. Whatever it is, it sure works well though, the pair I"m currently spinning has over a hundred burns on them and they still look great, in fact I bought a pair of real kevlar poi, in Thailand for three times the price of the white ones and they sit here, unburned, as I wait for the cheapies to wear out.
I usually just but a set of the white ones, haul them around the southern beach scene, and just leave them when I come home so I don't have to worry about setting off hydrocarbon detection machines in airports.
One thing to REALLY watch out for is the thickness of the metal tubes used in the construction of some wick sets, one pair I just bought on a whim before comming home were made with tubing so thin that had I lit them . the metal split rings would have ripped right out of the tubing and I would have ended up hurling a fireball. As it was, I spun them unlit, and got about three minutes out of them until I noticed the problem.
Now I buy the tube cores with a bolt running right through the tube,,,no problems.
Those little chrome clips are best avoided too, I've broken four of them on my practice poi, I don't use them on my fire gear.
I think Mio's boyfriend's name is Pat,,,not to be confused with the Pat who sells in "the park" along the river and there's this kid, Porchy ,I think his name is who taught me more poi " moves" in one afternoon than I learned in two months of travelling the beaches seeking poi enlightmenent.
I also bought one of those three piece staffs from Mio, but never burned it in Thailand, when I got it home, I soaked the wicks in white gas and ended up with what I could only describe a kind of gooey slime texture on the wicks themselves which crackled and popped somthing fierce upon lighting, turns out that the screws they used to attach the mystery wicking to the aluminium were way too long, and after one night of burning I had to replace the wicking as the weave was comming apart.
Now, I decided to reuse the wicking that came with the staff, and the wicking that was on the hazerdous poi mentioned above and ended up breathing in the dust from this strange white stuff, leading to a sore throat. The next night I took the staff out to our local park and started practicing with it,,,sore throat again,,leading me to wonder,,,,could this white stuff be asbestos??? I dunno. In the end, the staff couldn't handle the weight of the extra wicking and broke when I missed a catch ( unlit ) staff ended up in the trashcan, new staff on order.
I LOVE the rubber practice poi that are all over Kho San road... they are rubber, wound up with the bottom edge all cut up into strips. They have sparkly stickers around em and lots of ribbons hanging from them. They are durable, pretty and a good weight. highly recommend.
I also got some shooting stars and moons from one of the stalls. They are fabric shapes with tails, sewn to fishing swivels with cord or chain. I had problems with the swivels coming apart or the chain ripping right out of the fabric. Only buy them if you're committed to sewing repair work. It's a super cute idea to have star shaped poi, that makes it worthwhile to me.
Those rubber practice poi are great!!! I think next time I go to Thailand I'll bring back a few extra sets because I'm always getting asked about them. I like the ones with the rings in the end, instead of the bells,,way easier to attach weights or leds to.
Written by: and there's this kid, Porchy ,I think his name is who taught me more poi
I wouldnt call him Porchy or you might get into trouble (His name is Puppy)
Those selling in Bangkok I can truly recommend are: Pat and Meaw (Mio) in Thanon Rambutri Deaw who used to be in front of the police station Thanon Kao Sarn Kun Oud at the park: email@example.com
They are all really great people and I miss them A LOT
And give them a from me when you meet them
If there are questions feel free to PM me
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