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Khaosan Road Clear The Sidewalks

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
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TRENDY TOURIST AREA KHAOSAN ROAD BANGKOK

Street vendors operating in Khao San Road have been instructed to clear the sidewalks down this popular and trendy tourist area.

This is following a recent meeting with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). The street vendors were told to move their stalls from the sidewalk onto the road for a period of one week. The trial commences on September 12th.

The concept is proposed to satisfy everybody and BMA District Chef Wutichai Bunyasit said, “We want to return all footpaths to the people.”

Daves Raves – I think this is a sensible solution, so let’s hope it happens.

Khaosan Road After Midnight – July 2016

Khaosan Road After Midnight – Full Walk – July 2016 Sights and Sounds from a busy night on the streets around Khaosan road. Filmed in July 2016. Notes: At 3:15 you can see Susie Wong beers and buns. Unbelievably, this was Bangkok’s number one place for food out of over 9000 on Tripadvisor in July 2016.

News SourceBangkok Post 

 

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Never Hurry A Curry!

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Kiwi Pub Curry & Pint Night

When I lived in England, I have had my fair share of curry nights I call tell you. In fact, Indian Curry is now Britain’s most popular food. It beats Fish & Chips, Roast Dinners and Chinese Takeaway hands down.

I remember an Indian chef explaining to me the art of making a great curry. He said with a wry smile, “Never hurry a curry!” Well that just cracked me up!

The Kiwi Sports Bar & Grill hosts “Monday Curry Night” with a choice of Chicken, or Beef Jalfrezi, Rogan Josh, or Tikka Masala. It comes with Steamed Rice, Garlic Pita Bread, and a choice of a Heineken Pint, or a Tiger Pint. You get all that for just 279฿

Kiwi Pub Curry Night - Never Hurry A Curry!

KIWI SPORTS BAR & GRILL (SUKHUMVIT SOI 8)


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American Bar & Grill Steak Special

Monday, September 4th, 2017

America’s Raising The Steaks!

Tell me why I do like Monday’s? Well, it’s simple because American Bar & Grill has a Steak Special every Monday. That’s why!

Hey, this is no ordinary “meal deal” such as the usual meager discount. This super saver is a whopping 50% off all Steak Meals. Holy cow has Tom gone nuts?!

American Bar & Grill is located down the small lane off Sukhumvit Soi 8

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AMERICAN BAR & GRILL STEAK SPECIAL

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Stickmania (April 13th 2007)

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Written By Dave The Rave

Throughout the infinite realms of time and cyberspace there lurks an extremely powerful amorphous creature that is an almighty force to be reckoned with. This infinite amorphous creature that engulfs many of our lives is the limitless universe of the internet. Although no one person actually owns the internet, Bill Gates has given it a damned good try – bless him! Without any doubt whatsoever the internet has transformed and revolutionized how freely and effectively information is communicated today. Like a giant pouncing tiger the web world leapt into the millennium and multitudes of websites have emerged as a result. Therefore, this transformation has provided us with enormous information resources and that means massive amounts of information about Thailand. In the 1980’s when I first visited Thailand, there was no such online information because of course it did not exist. We simply followed the recommendations of a friend and perhaps read the odd travel guide. How things change hey? Nowadays every budding blogger has jumped on the bandwagon – whether we really want to know about Bill’s fanatical train-spotting, or Mary’s bone-crushing rock cakes! Totally captivating weblogs, or not as the case may be, it is all out there on the internet.

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Whether you love or loathe webmaster columnists, there is one Thailand website that stands out predominantly. Crystal clearly Stickman’s website is the most popular of its genre. For many Thailand readers it is an essential information and news source that has its own dedicated cult following. Ever since I first encountered “Stickman’s Guide to Bangkok” I admit that I was hooked. I think that what makes this contagious creature tick is to do with the fact that the enigmatic Stickman is extremely engaging. Some guys have planned their entire Thailand trips and in some cases planned the BIG move from Farangland to Thailand, entirely from Stickman’s website. Without noticing it at first, slowly but surely Stickman draws you into his realm. “Welcome to my lair”, said the spider to the fly. It’s a scary thought isn’t it?

Personally, I for one remain both very pleased and so relieved to see the return of the main sections of Stickman’s website. What I do know is that I speak with great confidence, when I state that I am most certainly not the only person who shares these sentiments. The mighty army of Stickman fans (and a few foes too) were on the edge of their computer seats for four long months, as they were forced to await the outcome of let us say Stickman’s sojourn away from the cyber scene. Did Stickman’s cyberspacecraft come crashing down? No, it did not but the disruption caused by a certain “Stickman Stalker” just goes to prove what a powerful tool or weapon the internet really can be. Time is a great healer though and here we all are again. Although not quite back where we started, nonetheless we continue on our exciting journey through various time zones, and through the infinite realms of cyberspace. We have lift off… “Warp Factor II Captain Stickman!”

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THE STRIP GOGO BAR PATPONG SOI 2

If we take a trip back in time a lot of readers would tune in to read Nite Owl, which used to be the ramblings of Bernard Trink. The old Nite Owl penned his weekly column for decades until he was finally axed by the powers that be at the Bangkok Post. Nite Owl had some fans but most people read Trink’s weekly solely in order to seek Thailand nightlife news. As a result of Nite Owl getting the chop there was a dark, void abyss, but then following that exit came the entrance of the modern day Thailand columnist – none other than Stickman. Incidentally, approaching six years ago saw the introduction of the enormously popular “Stickman Weekly” and this new weekly column took off like a cyberspace rocket.

OK, now fast forward to April 2007 and the “cyberspace chameleon” returns, but under another guise – Stick Mark II. Who is this mysterious Stick Mark II? Much speculation surrounds the identity of Stick Mark II, but you can be assured that Stickman will be watching like a hawk. Whether Stickman is editing it, writing it, or not writing it, he has returned and to me that is the main thing.

Angelwitch Bangkok Nana Group - Stickmania (April 13th 2007)

ANGELWITCH ROCK DANCERS NANA PLAZA

I will let you into a little secret that I persuaded Stickman that the Photo Gallery should be updated. The eagle-eyed among you Stickman fans will notice that a NEW Photo Gallery called “Thailand Characters Photo Gallery 2” has been added. In addition to this latest gallery full of terrific images, the entire Stickman Weekly archived columns for 2006 have returned. This means that avid readers can take a trip back in time to Stickmanland. It would appear that in observing my counterpart, I notice that Stick Mark II (whoever he/she is) has integrated images in with the text in his new weekly column. Stick Mark II’s very first column contained a lovely little travelogue about a sojourn to Isaan, that was complimented by some truly picturesque images. This gives a visual impression of an online magazine – may I say very well done!

On a personal note, as an ambitious newcomer to the web world I want everybody to know that Stickman has been very helpful, offering sound advice. My own website DaveTheRaveBangkok.com was launched in November 2006 and Stickman has been completely unselfish in offering me invaluable advice. Us online columnists/webmasters slave away to update our websites and I can tell you that it takes a HUGE amount of time and effort. As friends of mine have pointed out, we just hope that the masses appreciate this free information service. Take what free information, knowledge, and/or entertainment you can and if you are not satisfied then simply change channel. At times there can be some extremely offensive things written about webmasters, but mostly these “keyboard warriors” are invisible. Who are these people? Of course we like to receive constructive criticism, but “babble from the padded cell” is never useful to anybody whatsoever. It is so easy to “talk the talk” but few dare to “walk the walk” and show us how they think it is supposed to be done. Sometimes there is so much pent up venom in the emails that we cannot possibly comprehend what they are trying to say at all. That is clearly their problem. By all means readers should write constructive criticism to webmasters, but please be clear and specific in the message you are trying to convey.

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THE STRIP GOGO BAR PATPONG SOI 2

Running a website about Thailand can often be a mixture of pleasure and pain. However, for the most part we enjoy what we do, because we know that the majority appreciate and welcome our online service. I firmly believe that for all the websites out there, you will not find many very good Thailand websites. In terms of accurate, up-to-date and informative Thailand websites, they remain very few and far between. We should therefore appreciate the likes of Stickman who has diligently churned out a weekly column year after year. Believe somebody in the know, when I say that it is no easy task. This is why I have the utmost respect for Stickman’s dedication and hard work over all these years. Stickman can at times be a controversial columnist, but speaking from experience, as a person Stickman is a real gentleman. As for Stickman’s success, the growth of his readership can only be termed as remarkable. Long live Stickmania!

Stickman’s Thoughts:

Gosh Dave, you have me positively blushing.

But you’re right, maintaining a website is a lot of effort, to say nothing of all of the other parts of our sites. You meet some great people along the journey, and a few ratbags as well. But that is all part of the ride!

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PHOTO BY STICKMAN BANGKOK

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Where Is Bangkok’s Best Stage Shows?

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Where can you see Bangkok’s best gogo stage shows?

The best gogo bars for stage shows in Bangkok, are conveniently located right next door to each other in Nana Entertainment Plaza.

As you enter Nana Plaza walk up the stairway on your left and you will find Spanky’s GoGo Bar and right next door is Angelwitch Rock Dancers.

Dave’s Raves – There is NO COVER CHARGE at any gogo bar in Nana Plaza

Spankys Bar Nana Plaza - Where Is Bangkok's Best Stage Shows?

SPANKY’S GOGO ‘N’ SHOW BAR IS FUN, FRIENDLY & EROTIC

Angelwitch Nana Plaza Bangkok - Where Is Bangkok's Best Stage Shows?

ANGELWITCH ROCK DANCERS IS FAMOUS FOR ITS STAGE SHOWS

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Rafael’s Birthday Bash At EQ Club

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Here we go again! EQ Late Night Club are hosting another Birthday Bash and this time it’s for Mr Popular himself Rafael.

Head down past Hooters Bar on Soi Nana to EQ Club on Monday, September 4th for some good old fashioned clubbing and partying!

Ladies Get Free Entrance and Two Free Drinks Before 1:00 AM

bad boy birthday bash - Rafael's Birthday Bash At EQ Club

 

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The Euro Hits Record High

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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The euro has hit $1.20 for the first time since January 2015 as the prospect of a US interest rate rise recedes.

The economic damage caused by “Hurricane Harvey” has led financial analysts to believe the US central bank will not want to risk curbing economic growth.

American experts say, a rise in interest rates tends to draw investors to a currency, taking advantage of the higher returns.

Meanwhile, the euro has itself been gaining against a range of currencies, as the economy improves in the eurozone.

Against the dollar, the euro has risen by almost 15% so far this year. In addition, the euro continues to strengthen against the UK pound and the Thai baht. 

I am no expert, but it might be time to buy some euros.

News Source – BBC News

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The Game Sports Bar Bangkok

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Nightly Traffic Jam

The popular American themed pub The Game Sports Bar is conveniently located at the steps to the Nana BTS Skytrain Station on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 9.

Every day, general manager Big Dru runs his Nightly Traffic Jam from 4:00 PM till 8:00 PM, with drinks specials going for just 100 baht.

Now then guys, those are farang-friendly prices. Cheers!

The Game Sports Bar Bangkok - The Game Sports Bar Bangkok

 

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Bangkok & Pattaya Parties Tonight

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Calling all party animals! Tonight (31-08-2017) there are no less than three parties to attend in both Bangkok and Pattaya.

First up is the 5th Birthday Bash and Patty’s Birthday Party at Stumble Inn, located conveniently on Sukhumvit Soi Nana, Bangkok.

stumble inn birthday bash - Bangkok & Pattaya Parties Tonight

Next up is two parties in Pattaya City. The first one is a Summer Party at Angelwitch Show Bar, which is situated opposite Sapphire Club on Walking Street Soi 15. The second party is at Baby Dolls A-Go-Go Bar, which is located further down Walking Street Soi 15 past Angelwitch GoGo Bar. Enjoy!

Angelwitch Pattaya Summer Party - Bangkok & Pattaya Parties Tonight

Baby Dolls Party Night - Bangkok & Pattaya Parties Tonight

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Floods Start To Hit Thailand

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

It seems my previous blog post Singing The Bangkok Blues aka Thailand Weather Warning, was very accurate. I certainly did not do a rain dance, as I do not like the rainy season. A bit of rain is okay, but I do mean just a bit.

This photo was taken on Saturday night by my friend Erik, who was down at Sukhumvit Soi 22 in Bangkok. We should learn to expect the unexpected.

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Big Birthday Bash At EQ Nightclub

Friday, August 25th, 2017

EQ Late Night Club  are hosting a Big Birthday Bash on Saturday, August 26th. The birthday boy is none other than MC Paul Versace. Paul has been influential in the success of EQ Club and deserves credit for that achievement.

The ever-popular Paul is not only a great ‘master of ceremonies’ but also a good football player (but he’s no Lukaku!), a part-time model, and certainly a ladies man!

MC VERSACHE BIRTHDAY BASH - Big Birthday Bash At EQ Nightclub

For the newcomers (bless ’em), EQ Late Night Club is located next to Hooters Bar on Sukhumvit, Soi Nana. Enjoy EQ Late Night Club!

To our brother from another mother – Happy Birthday buddy! 🙂

 

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Amazing Thailand Street Food Vendors

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Street Eat Beat!

It is important what you believe these days, especially with the increasing amount of inaccurate reports and fake news in the various forms of media. It is so often the biggest media companies who are  the worst offenders.

Fairly recently it was reported that all Bangkok street food vendors were to be removed, but this did not happen. Sukhumvit Road street vendors remain out in force and I was out taking some photos this week to show you.

The string of street food vendor photos below are from Soi Nana…

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THIS BARBECUE LADY IS POPULAR ON SOI NANA

Soi Nana Bangkok 02 2 - Amazing Thailand Street Food Vendors

IF THE FOLKS WILL EAT IT THE THAIS WILL COOK IT

Soi Nana Bangkok 04 1 - Amazing Thailand Street Food Vendors

DELICIOUS FRESH STREET FOOD AT LOW PRICES (BANGKOK 2017)

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THAI STYLE CLAY POT CHARCOAL GRILLS ARE VERY PRACTICAL

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AN INIMITABLE THAI STREET SCENARIO ON SOI NANA 2017 

 

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Western Wednesday At Stumble Inn

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Howdie folks! Welcome to Stumble Saloon for a Wild West Wednesday! You can save 20% off selected American food and drink items. With a Bangkok Fun Card you can save a whopping 30% making it a Super Saver!

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JUST ONE OF THE SEXY COWGIRLS

Western Wednesday runs weekly from 20:00 at Stumble Inn Bar located close to the entrance to Sukhumvit Soi Nana.

Please post comments below or email me – davetheravebangkok@gmail.com

WESTERN WEDNESDAY - Western Wednesday At Stumble Inn

 

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Stickman Bids Us Farewell

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

The big Bangkok nightlife news of the week is that Stickman has decided to bow out from penning his weekly column. Thailand’s most famous nightlife columnist has decided to start a new chapter in his life. The news has come as a shock to many people, but while close friends are obviously saddened by the news, they are not really surprised. It’s sad to see my old mate and supporter, Stickman, hang up his journalistic boots. We have been good friends for many years.

The Stickman Weekly column rose in popularity very quickly and became an institution for a multitude of followers across the globe. This most popular online column of its genre started back in April 2001. Coincidentally, we both moved to live in Bangkok that same year, which was almost 20 years ago. Ironically, we both met at Hollywood Carousel Bar on the top floor of Nana Plaza, when I was the manager.

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ENTRANCE TO NANA PLAZA BANGKOK 2017

While it is true that some people did not like the way he reported certain aspects of the goings-on in Bangkok, they kept on reading Stickman Weekly. I would say to them, ‘If you dislike Stickman so much, why do you read his column?’ I think I made a fair point, don’t you?

I know some bar and nightclub owners had issues with what he wrote from time to time. But, let’s be honest, so many of us religiously read his weekly column for years and years. Even the Stickman detractors wouldn’t miss it, and that’s because he writes very well and often came up with great articles.

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It struck some guys that Stick appeared to be like a fish out of water amid the naughty nightlife scene. I can tell you, Stick is a very health-conscious guy, who never smoked, never took drugs, rarely stayed out late, and rarely ever got drunk. In terms of being a good boy, he is a model farang, if there ever was one. But, Stick is such a talented, articulate writer, and has such a smooth flow of words that he captivates his audience. As Toby said, ‘Many are called to such a path, but few are chosen.’ Just like an addiction, Stick’s cult followers kept coming back for more.

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SUKHUMVIT SOI 4 BANGKOK 2017

Stick was a professional schoolteacher and as the saying goes, ‘They teach because they cannot do.’ However, in this case, Stick did do it very well. Perhaps like me, you would like to read his story. Hey Stick, when are you going to write your book?!

Despite his online fame, he has always been polite and showed patience with people. This is particularly true when an extremely excited Dave the Rave would almost talk him to sleep. It was like trying to go the wrong way up a busy one-way street! Joking aside, Stickman always supported and encouraged me throughout my Bangkok nightlife career and also in my efforts to become a photographer and blogger.

Not only could Stickman Bangkok engage his readers, grabbing us with a firm hand, but Sticks always gave the right advice and guidance for anybody visiting Thailand. I remember guys telling me they used his website as a guide book and threw their copies of Lonely Planet into the rubbish bin.

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MONSOON SEASON THAILAND 2017

Stick is also a very accomplished photographer. His photographs are exceptional, especially Stick’s special skill at capturing street scenes. I told Stick that his photos are so good he must include them in Stickman Weekly. I felt his photography was underused and underrated, even by Stick himself. This is how all the photos started to appear in his weekly column. I felt the photographs gave it a more interesting magazine look and, of course, we all love some eye candy.

For me, the Thailand online scene will be less interesting without Stickman. In my book, he bows out a legend. I wish you all the very best Stick!

 

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Don’t Worry We’ve Got You Covered

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Nana Plaza Beer Garden

As fate has it, just as you approach the neon jungle it hammers down with rain. Well, you don’t have to worry, because the Nana Beer Garden has a large retractable roof. Never fear Nana Beer Garden is here!

Talking of large roofs, you will be completely protected from the rain at the newly opened Rajah Complex. Located further down Soi Nana, the Rajah Complex has a HUGE rooftop. It’s similar to those enormous Petrol Station roofs. While you sit at Hillary 1 Bar getting wet on the inside, you will be dry on the outside.

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NANA BEER GARDEN (NANA PLAZA BANGKOK 2017)

Another One Bites The Dust

I was not at all surprised to see that Night Witch Bangkok Bar has been completely dismantled inside. Let’s face it there was more atmosphere on the moon. It never took off and I heard from Stickboy that Khun Meow has taken it over. It is thought to become a pool bar. Good news for Soi Nana fans, because Hillary Group are good operators. I wish them good luck.

Still at Rajah Complex (for want of a better name), the Hillary Group recently launched Angels 4 Bar. It is located at the entrance, directly opposite the old Jools Bar. It’s a cosy bar with angels sitting pretty with their halos.

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THE NIGHT WITCH BANGKOK BAR (RAJAH COMPLEX 2017)

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