Thailand Tonight – 25/09/10

THAILAND’S BARS ARE GETTING BUSIER

Walking Street in Pattaya is visibly receiving more pedestrian traffic and the popular bars are getting busier.  However, a number of bar owners are complaining about the clientele. Larger numbers of Arabs, Indians, Africans and Eastern Europeans are entering the go-go bars and not ordering drinks.  Bar trade is also picking up in the Soi Nana area in Bangkok, with the numbers of Westerners, Japanese, Indians and Arabs definitely increasing. I have visited Soi Cowboy this past fortnight and it was busy on Thursday and it was packed on Friday night.  The most popular go-go bars in Soi Cowboy were doing a roaring trade on Friday night – Tilac, Shark, Baccara, Long Gun, Raw Hide and Shebas were all busy.  Foreigners and Thais alike seem to be taking advantage of this dry spell. 

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AUTHENTIC AMERICAN HOME STYLE COOKING IN SOI COWBOY

Cactus Bar in Soi Cowboy does a brisk trade on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when Cactus John presents his authentic American home style cooking.  You get a massive amount of delicious food and it’s a steal at just 200 baht.  Even the Cheap Charlie Clan can’t complain at that price!  On Sunday (26/09/10) Cactus Bar will be serving American home style lobster.  It is best to place your order directly with Cactus John as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  Check it out! 

FAREWELL PARTY AT THE BIG MANGO BAR IN BANGKOK

Tonight (25/09/10) The Big Mango Bar located on Soi Nana are hosting a farewell party for their manager Nigel.  Between 20:00 and 21:00 Tiger and Heineken pints are ONLY 20 baht, while stocks last!  San Miguel Light will cost you just 65 baht all night and Mango Nipple Shots at 40 baht.  Also, there is FREE FOOD at 20:00-22:00 and  a bottle of Jim Beam with mixers for the special price of 1,400 baht.  Enjoy!  

WEATHER WATCH – The pitter-patter of rainfall disturbs me from taping the keyboard of my Acer laptop.  Shortly afterwards the rain subsides and I ask myself, ‘Was it worth the effort?’  As a veteran Bangkok resident, I’m used to it hammering down with silvery bullets, which sometimes lasts for hours.  September and October are (usually speaking), the months that see the heaviest rainfall on the Thai calendar.  The monsoon winds and rains can be very sudden and very intense.  When it does rain hard and fast, this seems to be a good excuse for people to stay in for the night.  This applies to both Thais and foreigners alike.  I don’t know how you feel, but the rain rarely stops me from going out.  Knowing that Thailand has so much more to offer than Farangland, you won’t see me singing the rainy season blues.  After all, there is a simple, but effective invention called the umbrella!

September and October are often notoriously bad months during the peak of the rainy season (akaart fun in Thai).  Thailand and in particular Bangkok, has received torrential rain on a daily basis.  However, a dry spell has emerged and it is helping tourism and the nightlife scene. 

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