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Big Surge In Bangkok Airport Arrivals

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

As the funeral of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej approaches, an enormous amount of people will be arriving in Bangkok.

Be aware that from October 25th until the end of this month, the Old City will be full to the brim with mourners attending the Royal Funeral.

The main days are October 25-27 with the cremation ceremony taking place on October 26th. Everybody is advised to wear black, or white.

The Big Mango prepares for a huge surge in airport arrivals, which is in addition to those arriving by land. Thai National Security will be stepped up a significant amount, swelling the number of bodies even more.

It is estimated that at least 250,000 Thais will attend the Royal Funeral.

News Sources – Bangkok Post and The Nation 


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Paddy Field Pub Tuesday Special

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Lamb Doner Kebab Feed

Every week The Paddy Field Irish Pub run a Tuesday Special.

The “Doner Kebab Feed” comprises of a Lamb Doner Kebab, Chips, Salad, Dips, and a pint of either Heineken Beer, or Tiger Beer for 349 baht.

There’s always a great vibe with Live Music nightly.

The Paddy Field Pub is located next to Foodland Supermarket in Patpong 2


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Top 25 Destinations In Asia

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

TripAdvisor Travel Awards 2017

(1) Bali, Indonesia

(2) Siem Reap, Cambodia

(3) Phuket, Thailand

(4) Hoi An, Vietnam

(5) Kathmandu, Nepal

(6) Hanoi, Vietnam

(7) Koh Samui, Thailand

(8) Bangkok, Thailand

(9) Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara

(10) Tokyo, Japan

NB. A couple of honorable mentions are Chiang Mai (12) and Koh Tao (15). This means that Thailand made the Top 25 Destinations In Asia no less than 5 times.

Dave’s Raves – For those that doubt Thailand’s popularity, they can see for themselves in the article below compiled by Trip Advisor…

Best Destinations in Asia – Travelers’ Choice Awards – TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor – Travelers’ Choice Awards. Find out what the best destinations in Asia are as awarded by millions of real travelers.


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Bangkok Bar Closures Update

Friday, October 13th, 2017

NANA PLAZA, SOI COWBOY & PATPONG CLOSED OCTOBER 25-27

UPDATE – A number of Bangkok bars and clubs will CLOSE tonight to respect the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol on October 13th, 2016.

The beer bars, go-go bars, pubs and clubs, are all OPEN on Saturday, October 14th and on Sunday 15th. They are also OPEN next weekend (October 20-22). With so many public holidays in Thailand, I know it can be hard to keep track of them all.

The Royal Funeral of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej will officially take place on Thursday, October 26th. Everybody is advised to wear black clothing, as this will be an extremely sad time for Thailand.

This means that all entertainment venues will (most likely) be CLOSED on October 25th, 26th and 27th. It may well be a good time to take a break from Bangkok.

Dave’s Raves – It’s not demanded that foreigners wear black clothing (October 25-27), but it will be respected by the Thai people.


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Thailand Bans Smoking On 20 Beaches

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

PATONG BEACH PHUKET THAILAND 2017

Butt Out Or Go To Jail

Thailand has banned smoking on 20 of its popular tourist beaches. While the move seems smart, the draconian punishments are extremely harsh. Offending smokers could face one year in prison, and/or a maximum fine of 100,000 baht.

I agree in theory with a ban on smoking to preserve Thailand’s beaches, but realistically, littering of any kind should be banned.

What about the rest of the litter bugs? The endless streams of plastic cups, plastic bags, discarded food cartons, sweet wrappers, etc.

This particularly applies to the beaches in Pattaya, which have become badly polluted following decades of neglect. The Thai authorities have partly dealt with the pollution problem, but they need to address the whole issue.

News Source – Read the full article below by The Guardian…

Thailand bans smoking on 20 popular tourist beaches

Thailand is to ban smoking on some of the country’s most popular tourist beaches, with the prospect of up to a year in prison for those caught lighting up, according to reports by local media.


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Welcome To Stumble Saloon!

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

WESTERN WEDNESDAY AT STUMBLE INN BAR (SOI NANA)

Well, howdie there cowboys! Stroll on down to Stumble Saloon and enjoy Western Wednesday. There is 20% off selected American items and you can save a whopping 30% with a Bangkok Fun Card.

The specials range from Budweiser to Bourbon to Burgers! Oh yeah, don’t you guys forget those wild west cowgirls. Yeeha!

Stumble Inn Bar is located next to Big Dogs Bar at the entrance to Nana Plaza.


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Bangkok’s 50 Best Breakfast Eateries

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

WHERE IS THE BEST BREAKFAST IN BANGKOK?

If you need a good Bangkok breakfast bucket list, then you are in luck. This listing is certainly not talking about a sloppy brekkie at Greasy Joe’s Mobile Cafe! Oh no, this includes some of the finest cafes and restaurants in Bangkok.

BK Magazine explores the City of Angels with meticulous detail, stating the names, locations, food on offer, prices and opening hours, at each eatery. The guys at BK Magazine have not just done the leg work for you, they have tested the food and recorded the important details. Hey, aren’t we lucky!

I think certain websites and forums focus way too much on the stereotypical “Cheap Charlie” when it comes down to prices in Thailand. There are a lot of people who don’t mind paying a fair price for a good meal. All of us mere mortals are on a one-way ticket, so we might as well enjoy the journey.

I hope you find the article useful and enjoy visiting some of the suggested venues. Please feel free to write about your favourite Bangkok breakfast eateries in the comments section below the embedded article.

BANGKOK’S 50 BEST BREAKFAST EATERIES

Bangkok’s 50 best cafes and restaurants to get breakfast

This minimal affair puts a clear focus on quality coffee. Beans come courtesy of top local roasters like Ceresia and Brave, with blends as well as single origins from Kenya and Colombia available as latte or flat white (B80), French press (B120) or hot and cold drip (B150).

Bangkok Bars Reopen Friday

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Don’t panic Captain! All of  the beer bars, go-go bars, pubs and clubs, reopen today (Friday, October 6th), right across Thailand.

The Thai National Holiday yesterday marks the end of Buddhist Lent. Okay, so that’s some good news for you party animals.

Tonight Kiss Go-Go Bar in Patpong are getting things off to a flying start! Enjoy the pleasure palace playmates, as they bump and grind. Enjoy Top Of  The Pops hits from the nostalgic, golden years. Relive those fantastic days, with the Queen Of New Wave Blondie and other classic pop rockers.

There’s Draught Beer flowing for ONLY 80 baht until 9:30 PM and Tequila Shots All Night Long for the crazy price of just 20 baht. It’s insane!

In addition, Kiss Bar also offer a range of top class Belgian Craft Beers.

Check out their Facebook Fan Page HERE

PHOTO COURTESY OF KISS GO-GO BAR & NITE SNIPER


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Birthday Bash At Lucky Lukes Tiki Bar

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The oldest beer bar in Nana Plaza is celebrating its 2nd Birthday Bash on Thursday, September 28th. The party will celebrate Lucky Luke’s being reinvented and renamed as Tiki Bar.

The party features Special Offers All Night Long, with Standard Drinks at just 100 baht. There is an exotic, tropical tiki theme, so you can enjoy being entertained by the Cheeky Tiki Girls!


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Dollhouse Opens XXX VIP Lounge

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Dollhouse Go-Go Bar down in Sin City, otherwise known as Pattaya are opening a XXX Vip Lounge. The concept is based upon agogo meets gentlemen’s club, all rolled into one. Knowing these guys there will be a few surprises too.

This Friday, September 22nd is the Soft Opening of the XXX VIP Lounge, which promises to provide plenty of pampering and pleasure! This is a format the Thailand’s nightlife scene should have adopted many years ago.

The concept is to combine the best of East and West, with the raunchy bump ‘n’ grind of Thai gogo dancers and the Western strip club format. The modern day gentlemen’s clubs partly do this, but not entirely.

Daves Raves – I wish The Dollhouse all the best for endeavouring to introduce something fresh to the gogo bar scene in Pattaya.

The Dollhouse is located down Soi 15 Walking Street.


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British Pound Bounces Back

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

It’s been a good week for the British pound, as it surged against both the American dollar and the Euro.

In what can only be described as a sudden turnaround, the pound has made a surprise comeback. Last week the sterling rose to a one-year high of $1.327 against the American dollar.

Similar to a scene from a Rocky movie, the British sterling was “pounded” against the ropes, but has come out on top. The previous fear of Brexit sent the pound into a spiraling descent, with the Euro continuing to gain in strength for some time now.

The spike in the pound is largely due to the threat of the British Government being forced to raise interest rates. The reason is linked to a rise of inflation, as the decision looms in the British financial atmosphere.

Regarding a very strong Thai baht, there has been some national criticism of the Thai government. Some locals are saying it’s affecting the export market and also that Thailand is becoming a more expensive option.

However, there is more good news for Brits, as the pound has also risen against the Thai baht. A number of disgruntled Brits will say, “About bloody time” and they will no doubt expect more. But, the poor performance of the pound has really affected Brits abroad. Also, the staggering strength of the baht has dented the fixed income of expats, especially British pensioners living in Thailand.

Dare we say the pound is starting to look bullish?! Let’s hope the pound continues to rise to around 50 baht, where it will really start to gain attention.


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Strong Tropical Storm Lashes Phuket

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Phuket has been hit hard by a fierce tropical storm that has caused flash floods and landslides. As a result of the landslides, one construction site of nine villas has collapsed, but no deaths, or injuries were reported.

Some parts of Phuket are flooded so deep, they are not accessible by vehicles. Those who needed to cross certain parts of the popular beach resort, were forced to improvise by using boats and jet skis.

PATONG POLICE STATION PHUKET – PHOTO BY THE NATION

Phuket Police Officers were forced to move upstairs at Patong Police Station, because flood water rose so high inside the building.

Typhoon Doksuri that recently battered Vietnam is now sweeping across Northern Thailand. A severe weather warning is issued to other beach resorts and cities across Thailand to brace for the storm.

Fortunately, Bangkok and Pattaya have remained unaffected so far.

News Source – The Nation


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Beatlemania Hits Bangkok

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Once again, there is a very special event for pop fans on Saturday, September 17th. The Bangkok Beatles are preparing for their “Beatlemania Hits Bangkok” live concert, which is hosted by the Black Pagoda in Patpong Soi 2

This much anticipated concert by the mega talented Bangkok Beatles is predicted to draw a large crowd of fans. And so, with that in mind, it’s best to arrive early.

The doors open at 8:00 PM and the Entrance Fee is 200 baht, which includes your first drink. The Entrance Charge also entitles you to 25% discount off food in the Paddy Field Irish Pub (right next to Foodland).

Black Pagoda is located directly opposite Foodland in Patpong Soi 2


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Best Bang-For-Baht Breakfast

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Foodland Supermarket

Foodland is a superb value for money supermarket chain. There are branches in both Bangkok and Pattaya that are open 24 hours. They stock a wide range of products at reasonable prices, and they even have a pharmacy section.

Inside each Foodland Supermarket there is a Took Lae Dee Restaurant. The literal translation of Took Lae Dee is “cheap and good” which is a very accurate description. You know the food is both cheap and good, when you see so many locals eating at these Thai style diners.

I still can’t believe that Bangkok is such a huge city and yet, there is a definite lack of 24 hour restaurants. Thankfully, we’ve got Took Lae Dee!

The American Breakfast must be the best bang-for-baht you can possibly get anywhere in Thailand. It costs just 79 baht for 2 Eggs, Ham or Sausage, Toast, Butter, Preserves, Orange or Pineapple Juice, plus Tea or Coffee. If you hit it at Happy Hour (05:30-09:00) the American Breakfast is only 62 baht.

In Bangkok, I prefer the Took Lae Dee branches on Sukhumvit Soi 16 and in Patpong Soi 2, because both restaurants have tables to sit comfortably. However, the Took Lae Dee Restaurant on Sukhumvit soi 5 gets very crowded and there are no tables. Also, service can be very slow compared to the other branches, so patience is definitely needed sometimes.

As an added bonus, drinking water is free with refills as well. This will be like paradise to the Cheap Charlie Clan!

The menu has a selection of Thai, Asian and Western dishes, including the tasty Chinese Roast Pork. The Chicken Fried Rice is delicious and as cheap as chips. Took Lae Dee really takes some beating and being open 24 hours, this gives Foodland a great advantage over competitors.

Daves Raves – If you don’t like waiting, walk inside the supermarket and do your shopping. By the time you get back your food will be ready. You can eat in, or take it home along with your shopping. Hey, that’s two jobs done in one!


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Doing The Street Eat Beat!

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Do I have a food fetish? I am in a bit of a funny mood today. Is there something kind of kinky about street food in Thailand?

Now I know that is a strange question, but let me explain. A few moons ago, down on Sukhumvit Road, there is a gorgeous girl who makes delicious Fried Pork. But, sadly some guy has porked the pork girl and that’s the end of that fantasy!

The street food scene in Thailand is certainly something you would not see in the Western world. Back in Farangland, “Greasy Joe’s Fat Burger” is not what I call street food at all.

I love the simplicity of Thai street food; it’s quick, cheap and tasty. We must remember that grilling meat is so much healthier than deep frying it to death!

Whenever you have the munchies, you can grab a few of those Barbecue Chicken Sticks at the silly cost of 10 baht each. Just wait a few minutes and you are good to go with your healthy fast food. It’s ideal when you are on the move. You can eat them right there on the street, while you travel, or save them to eat in your room. The Thais do it all the time. You know, when in Rome and all that jazz!

As for the operators themselves, Thai street stalls are practical, cost-effective and in some cases, it’s a very profitable little business. Once they acquire a street space, for relatively little cost “Bee’s Barbecue” can be up and running in no time.

I admire how innovative the Thais can be. An old oil barrel is sliced in half and made into a barbecue stand. Have you seen those big clay pots? They are filled with charcoal and a steel grill is placed over the top. It’s a simple idea and yet so practical. The street food carts bearing anything from Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad) to fresh fruit bring a new meaning to “meals-on-wheels.”

Your grub is cooked in no time and it’s very delicious. So many Thais prefer street food to fancy restaurants. They tell me it just does not taste the same.

Daves Raves – At times I think the Western world could learn a lot from practical, cost-effective concepts we see in Thailand. Sometimes less is more and simplicity is the key to success and satisfaction.


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Kiss Bar Sexy School Girls Party

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Kiss Go-Go Bar are hosting a “Sexy School Girl Party” tonight and tomorrow night (September 8th and 9th). Kiss Go-Go Bar is located near Patpong Night Market.

Super Saver – Draft Beer is 80฿ till 9:30pm and Vodka Shots are 20฿ all night.

Daves Raves – There is No Cover Charge at Kiss Bar. It’s under new Western management and it’s not a rip-off bar.


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Bangkok Bank Exchange Rates

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Today I decided to check Thailand’s Foreign Exchange Rates at Bangkok Bank. Well, it certainly does not look pretty for some nations!

While the American dollar has remained consistent for years, it is not by any means holding a strong stance against the baht. It just sits there, as it has done for ages.

The British pound has fallen the most out of the world’s main currencies, whereas it was previously strong. In general, the piss poor pound has caused a lot of anguish for Brits travelling abroad to many countries.

Meanwhile, the Euro has continued to strengthen against the baht. It sits right up the backside of the British pound. Only a few baht separates the two rival currencies.

Here are today’s Buying Rates announced by Bangkok Bank…

USD = 32.74 (America $50-100)

EUR = 38.89 (Euro Zone)

GBP = 42.46 (United Kingdom)

AUD = 25.80 (Australia)

JPY = 29.86 (Japan)


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Khaosan Road Clear The Sidewalks

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

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 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

AMERICAN BAR & GRILL STEAK SPECIAL

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