Shortly after touching down in Pattaya for his first ever solo trip to French-Indo-China, Steve Counsell has fallen in love again.

The 52-year-old Mt Isa shift supervisor went to Thailand on his holiday for some rest and relaxation – but may be leaving with much more.

The divorced father from Ipswich, who after several years of internet dating and auditioning for love-related reality television programmes, had almost given up on finding love again. However, he’s been swept off his feet by Chailai Srisati, a 23-year-old nail technician.

They meet at a bar on the famous beach, and the sparks flew.

Fun, bubbly and incredibly caring 27-year-old Chailai and Mr Counsell seem to have hit it off.

“We have such a strong emotional relationship already. Honestly, I tell you I am almost certain this is the real deal,” he explained.

Aside from the cheap beer and the modest lifestyle that the Australian dollar can buy, Mr Counsell told The Advocate that he’s also in love with the Thai culture.

Sadly, the final week of his holiday is approaching and it’s looking like some difficult conversations about his future with Chailai need to be had.

“Our bond is so strong, that I know if I go back home we can still chat on the internet every day. I’ve suggested the idea of her potentially moving back over with me, and she seemed to really like that,” Mr Counsell said.

His son, Rob rolled his eyes when asked about his father’s new relationship.

“Jesus Christ, it’s so pathetic isn’t it,” he said. “He full-on thinks it’s legit as well. I can’t wait to see Mum’s face if he brings her over here, though.”


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