Thailand Night Fever

NIGHT FEVER NEWSFLASH

It’s official, the party is on! In a remarkable turnaround the powers that be in Bangkok have lifted the early closing restrictions. Hooray! Cheers of joy and sheer relief echo throughout Thailand. Initially this will not make a big difference to some nightlife entertainment areas in Thailand, but for the bars that were suffering 1:00am closing this is of paramount importance. Just recently Thailand’s nightlife areas have suffered such a drought of customers that it will take time for the word to spread, and for consumer confidence to return. That aside, this means that Night Fever fans can once again enjoy themselves and (hopefully) party until their hearts content.

Currently all of the go-go bars in Bangkok are open until at least 2:00am. Down in Pattaya the go-go bars can remain open until at least 3:00am, but there is talk of allowing the Pattaya bars and clubs to stay open until possibly 5:00am. At this point in time it has not been confirmed and will still depend to some degree upon local police policy. For those that are planning to hit the town they can be (almost) assured of these later closing times. Many of us are all too aware of how unpredictable this land of many contrasts can be, so we can never take our eyes off the ball. However, the initial outlook is promising and these recent decisions appear to be very positive. So, have the authorities seen the light? Well, there is no guaranteeing that but I think it is essential for a country that relies on tourism to rethink its strategies. I do not want to seem ungrateful but it is about time Thailand got its act together regarding these matters. Come on Thailand, open up don’t close up!

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

I find that no matter what nightlife establishments do they cannot alter certain trends. Many party people in the Land Of Sanuk have the tendency to start their evenings late. I know that there are some guys in Pattaya who do not go out until at least midnight. No matter how cheap the booze is, no matter how great the free food is, no matter how fantastic the entertainment is – for some guys it remains an unalterable human habit. My friend Khun Leigh and I were discussing this and we both agreed that it is close to impossible to change this nocturnal nature in some people. Similar to other creatures of the night these guys rarely ever see daylight. This is why the later closing hours are so essential to Thailand’s nightlife scene. The party people out there want to immerse themselves in the pulsating atmosphere that to some degree is like nowhere else on the planet. If you go out too early Pattaya appears to be devoid of any action or atmosphere. But, the fact is the party has not even started in the go-go bars and clubs until later on. Remember that most go-go bars in Pattaya do not even open their doors until 8:00pm. During the afternoon and early evening you can visit the multitudes of beer bars and pubs. Some of my friends laugh at me when I say that Pattaya is a late night party place. I am trying to advise them not go to Walking Street too early, because the night is still young. A typical sarcastic comment is something like, “Thanks Mum, I never realized that.” What I am endeavoring to reveal to them is that the Walking Street area does not start to get going until later than the other areas. Whatever time you decide to visit the go-go bars and clubs in Bangkok, you should add on an hour or two. One other reason for not hitting the go-go bars too early is that you have to allow time for the superstars to arrive. By “superstars” I do not mean Hollywood movie stars, but those elite pole performers that embellish the pleasure palaces in Pleasure Playground. 

 

NANA PLAZA – NEON JUNGLE NEWS

A small fire broke out in an air-conditioning unit near Erotica Bars stairway. Thais from surrounding bars responded immediately and in a joint effort they managed to extinguish the fire. When the Thais have a common goal they are a strong team. The Rescue Services arrived shortly after and assessed that the fire was extinguished. Thick black smoke drifted right into Morning Night Bar and some people ran for safety. Because the fire was contained so quickly Nana Plaza was only slightly disturbed. However, Morning Night Bar was not back to normal for two hours. A few other surrounding bars were slightly affected by the smoke. 

       

It feels like Nana Plaza has been in a time warp, because we have been jolted right back to where we were not so long ago. While it is great to see the later closing times reinstated, it will take a bit of time for everybody to readjust. This includes the Thais too. When it was first announced I did not exactly see too many smiling faces. Some Thais undoubtedly fell into a cozy little comfort zone and got used to the shorter working hours. Hey guys, why wouldn’t they? The lack of customers after 1:00am also shows that the customers need to readjust too. This is very good news for everybody involved with Nana Plaza and of course all of Thailand’s numerous nightspots. Some of the go-go in Nana Plaza have remained open until after 2:00am on some nights, so these are indeed encouraging signs. Enjoy!

SHOOTING STAR

One go-go bar that has risen like a shooting star in Nana Plaza is Mandarin. Squashed right into the corner of floor 2 next to Silver Dragon, inside the entrance is a narrow flight of stairs that leads you into a small, square-shaped pleasure palace. WARNING! Be careful when descending the narrow staircase, especially if you are more than just a bit tipsy. Mandarin will probably never ever be the pulsating place it once was, but they are giving it a good try. I give them top marks for at least making an effort to provide good entertainment. There are some hot babes among the strengthened line-up of pole performers. The music has improved because DJ Gong, who was formerly a DJ at Hollywood 2 has joined the team. After the restrictions came into action Mandarin lost the use of the glass ceiling, because “showing” in Nana Plaza became forbidden. At one time Mandarin was full of young dolly birds who were flashing their wares underneath skimpy skirts. When all of that was outlawed Mandarin really struggled, but she has bounced back in style. Check it out!

     

SHAKERZ COYOTE CLUB

There is some very exciting news for Soi Nana because the areas first ever coyote club/go-go bar will open in approximately two weeks time. This will be the first coyote club and go-go bar outside of Nana Plaza. There will also be more go-go bars due to open around the Soi 6 and Soi 4 area, but Shakerz is the first. The snazzy Shakerz Coyote Club will be located above Swan Pool Bar, which is situated right on the corner of Soi 6. The owners are confident that Shakerz will make an impact upon the Bangkok nightlife scene. Shakerz will not just be another coyote bar because they will also incorporate go-go dancing to compliment the coyote dancers. The concept is in place and the opening is in the final stages. So far the biggest challenge has proved to be recruitment, but the owners tell me that they are getting the right girls to shake it. Coyote dolly birds will perform on a nightly basis from 10:00pm until 2:00am for 3-5 songs with go-go dancers’ pole performing in rotation with the coyote dolly birds. With special shows planned too this sounds like a very interesting concept. I will keep you informed about the opening night. Get ready Night Fever fans because Shakerz is coming soon!

MEXICAN SUNRISE

Sunrise Tacos is a recently established authentic Mexican grill, that serves delicious burritos and tacos. There are a range of other mouthwatering Mexican delights on the reasonably priced menu. This long awaited Mexican haven is located on the left as you enter the Leader Price complex between Sukhumvit, Soi 12 and Soi 14. (This section of Sukhumvit Road is right next to the Times Square building). My American friends and other Mexican cuisine admirers, know how rare good Mexican food is in Thailand. Conveniently situated Sunrise Tacos has facilities to enjoy your meal on the premises, or if you prefer they will wrap it to go. The owners would like to let you all know that Sunrise Tacos are OPEN 24 HOURS.             

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17 Responses to “Thailand Night Fever”

  1. Soi Cowboy was being closed down by the police well before 2am on Tuesday night, so it’s evidently not quite plain sailing just yet. Still, positive progress is a rarity these days, so it’s certainly welcome news.

    Where did Shakerz get their gogo license from?

  2. Hello Bangkok Bad Boy, thanks for commenting. Basically, as many guys know the “laws” (using the word loosely), rely upon the Police Commander of that particular district. Soi Cowboy will be fine, just give the situation a bit of time. Good question about Shakerz, they have very powerful connections and I will enquire further. I will report the news when it emerges.

     

  3. Shakerz Coyote Club – The owner told me that because it is a Coyote Club they require a different type of license to a go-go license. This is basically how they get around the bar license issue.

  4. NotAnyBangkokRelatedWebsite.com says:

    Excellent news. But just a heads up to let you know the links on your site don’t seem to work in the FireFox browser.

  5. Thanks for your kind words and for mentioning the problem with the FireFox browser. My webmaster will try to have a look at the problem when he gets time. Sorry for any inconvenience to FireFox users.

  6. NotAnyBangkokRelatedWebsite.com says:

    Working better now – the links at the bottoms of posts are clickable – but those in the text still aren’t. Also, if your webmaster’s in the mood, have him link the big banner up top to your homepage. It’s a much easier a target to hit than the “HOME” link and will be of great help to inebriated readers.

    PS what happened to the gallery? I found it of great value when persuading unsuspecting newbies that Thai girls – due to an oddness of genetic factors – have star-shaped nipples.

  7. Hello NABRW, thanks for your comments. My webmaster is flying out of THailand tonight, so FireFox users will have to be patient. Regarding the Photo Gallery – I took it down following some complaints. I heard that some farangs had told a few of the bargirls featured in my gallery. Photos will start to appear in posts, but I have not got to that stage just yet. This is all new to me, I hope you guys understand. Cheers!

  8. Hey Dave, I have Firefox and all the links work so far – but of course I’ve not clicked them all. I’ll run through the links for 15 minutes and tell you what I find… Vern

  9. Hi Vern, thanks for taking the time to do that. I have grasped the basics of WordPress, but I’m still a web dummy in many respects. Any help would be much appreciated. There just remains this problem with the FireFox browsers. Internet Explorer and Netscape work just fine and dandy!

  10. Dave,

    All best wishes on the new site. The layout is fantastic! Re the closing hours; Angeles City will have a new Mayor on July 2. Presently, there are no restrictions on operating hours. It will be interesting to see if he changes that. The most interesting development is that there’s also a new provincal governor. He’s a practicing Catholic priest. That should be very interesting.

  11. Hi David, thanks for commenting. Great to hear from you Mo!  Also, thanks for the Angeles City update. With the Angeles City gaining in popularity this news is very important to my readers. Regarding your offer about Angeles City and other PI news, I would be delighted to receive your reports. Please keep us all informed, I am sure that many guys will appreciate your contributions. Cheers!

  12. kheenaio says:

    Hi Dave, 4 O’clock closing in Patong last night around the Tiger complex. Rock Hard and Dragon Agogo always stay open until 3.00 a.m. See you in Anglewitch next sunday. probably only 100 farangs being served by 500 bar girls!! Best prices in a couple of years!! Keep up the good work. All the best. Anil.

  13. Thanks Anil, yes I will look forward to seeing you soon. I appreciate the Patong beach Phuket update.  Promising news for Thailand’s nightlife. Cheers!

  14. ArtTv says:

    I had a taco yesterday after taking photos of a very mini biathlon at the Kailua Pier. The taco was 2.50 US $.
    How much is it for a Sunrise taco in Bangkok?
    The side-bar links still don’t seem to work.
    The top and bottom and content links seem okay.
    On the links page, the top web-links do not work, until you get down to Thaigers. That and everything below it does work.
    The site looks great. Like to see some more photos.
    Keep up the excellent work.

  15. Hi ArtTV, good to hear from you and thanks for the mentions on your website – http://www.nanajournals.blogspot.com

    Sunrise Tacos (Sukhumvit Soi 12-14) – One Taco = 39 Baht to 49 Baht. Three Tacos = 109 Baht to 134 Baht. The price depends upon which filling you have. There is an excellent choice of grilled vegetables, flame grilled chicken, Barbacoa beef, seasoned ground beef, Carnitas roast pork, or Carne Asada steak. Burritos range from 109 Baht to 134 Baht.  I have tried both the burritos and the tacos and they are delicious.  My American friends say that it is authentic Mexican.

    I have to get something fixed for FireFox users. I just don’t know how?

    Thanks for your kind words. Photos will follow – I’m busy learning how to fly this bird!

  16. Long Play says:

    Maybe just a note to the FireFox users, to switch to IE for your page will work till your Internet web master returns….

    For me all the green links are dead…. on firefox that is.

    Keep up the great work. Was in Angelwitch last weekend, wow… what a group of stunners

    Thanks for the great scenery!!

  17. Thanks Long Play for commenting. I am new to the web world and hope to get this problem sorted out at some point. I am pleased you like Angelwitch. Yes, currently Angelwitch has a good bunch of regular go-go dancers, in addition to the Showgirls. With Bangkok as quiet as it is this certainly helps enormously.

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