PATTAYA NIGHTLIFE

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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Singing The Bangkok Blues

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Thailand Weather Warning

Being English, I guess I have that stereotypical obsession for the weather. It’s that time of year again, when the heavens open up and down comes the rain. The Thai authorities are telling us not to ignore flood warnings, especially in certain provinces, where flash floods can and do occur.

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MONSOON SEASON IN THAILAND 2017

The rain in Thailand comes down suddenly and within minutes the roads can start to flood. If you ever get caught unprepared in a heavy downpour, you can buy an umbrella and/or a raincoat from the numerous 7 Eleven shops. Also, make sure during the rainy season you have suitable footwear.

Just be prepared, because the worst of the torrential rain is yet to come. The photo below depicts how Thai street vendors protect themselves and their goods against the elements. Rain does not stop play!

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HEAVY RAIN EARLIER THIS WEEK ON SUKHUMVIT SOI NANA

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A Tale Of Two Citys

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Although I don’t like sounding negative, it has been yet another quiet month for many bar bosses around Bangkok and from what I have seen myself and heard from my “ravers” things haven’t been much better in Pattaya either. To add fuel to the fire, there is more heat on the gogo bars from the MIB (Men In Brown), this is especially the case down in Sin City.

Where did all the big spenders go? This seems to be a question many bar owners are asking themselves. Do we sing Simply Red’s “Money’s Too Tight To Mention” as an appropriate phrase?! The clot plot thickens, as a number of folks find themselves with less and less disposable income.

When I ran Angelwitch GoGo Bar several years ago, we regularly had customers running up chunky bills, without even batting a eyelid. These days it seems people are much more careful about spending their money and are also looking for better bang-for-baht. Which begs the question; are gogo bars still offering good value for money? The dreaded coyote curse (agency dancers) has upset many a sexpat, with a number of bars and especially, bar girls pricing themselves out of the market. In fact, as an example of this, the Stumble Inn Group have already steered themselves in the direction of the more profitable beer bars.

However, as a former bar manager, I have witnessed a considerable drop in the “spender gender” with the cash-constipated clan, trying to make you believe they are down to  their last dollar. I say this in defense of the bars. The times I have seen a major debate (as though it’s a life, or death decision), whether they should order a drink, or not. These frugal folks need to be reminded that these are bars and not museums. There are a number of time-wasters out there. Another point is you can’t blame the bars for everything, which includes certain piss poor foreign currencies that struggle against a strong Thai baht.

My mate Toby was at a Bangkok gogo bar the other night and it was very quiet. There was just a few girls doing the skytrain shuffle on stage, staring into oblivion. Toby had a couple of Johnnie Walker Black’s and bought one gogo girl a lady drink – the bill was already 1,000 baht. I would advise you to ask what the drink prices are before you get stung!

Besides Thailand, is this becoming a universal problem? Back in Britain, the pubs and clubs are closing at an alarming rate, because people just can’t afford to drink in pubs and clubs anymore. If they want to sink some amber nectar, they often buy cheap booze from Supermarkets and drink at home. All of the nightclubs in my home town are closed down and people are forced to travel miles to enjoy clubland.

Meanwhile, back in Bangkok! There’s another part of this vast, sprawling metropolis that is booming. Welcome to clubland! I mention this, because this week the mega popular Insanity Nightclub is moving to Sukhumvit, Soi 11, which has become clubbers central. This “Insanity Gravity” will only strengthen Soi 11 as the main club hub in this inimitable city.

I have not seen the inside of Insanity Nightclub yet (located next to the former Q Bar), but I do know a ton of money has been spent on making it state of the art. Before I forget, the Opening Night this Thursday, June 29th. 

It seems money is definitely rolling into the clubs and this seems to be a BIG shift from many moons ago, when clubs were very limited in Bangkok. I remember Thailand in the 1980’s with two of the most famous being Marine Disco in Pattaya and Angels Disco (Nana Hotel), which is now EQ Late Night Club. Things have really come a long way and this is indeed a very positive aspect of Bangkok’s nightlife.

The Castle Fetish Club in Pattaya opens a men only fetish club on July 1st. It is located next door and it is called Sodom.   When you go there just make sure you go through the right door, or you might be in for a bit of surprise. Sounds like a good prank for a stag night to me  🙂

Mercury GoGo Bar (Middle Floor Nana Plaza) is undergoing renovations. It turns a shade of pink on July 1st, as it reopens as Mercury Ladyboy Bar.

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Short Time Fun

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Here’s the scenario… You had a great time enjoying the Bangkok nightlife and you met a Thai woman you would like to spend some private time with. But, you do not want to take her back to your place. Well, you are in luck, because Short Time Hotels were invented for just this reason. Check out Short Time Fun for some detailed information about what’s hot and what’s not!

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Short Time Fun is your trusted adviser on this specific subject. The concept comprises of an organized listing of Short Time Hotels in the main cities and provinces of Thailand. What is your preference? Is it clean ‘n’ pristine or flirty ‘n’ dirty? Maybe you like lots of mirrors, special lighting, a circular bed, or a Jacuzzi, among other special gadgets. These guys have it listed to help your short time always be a good time. Maps are provided to assist you amid Bangkok’s maze of streets and prices are mentioned, so there will be no unpleasant surprises.

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This special website was created by short timers for short timers and if you want you can even contribute to the fellow short time community by submitting your own photos and reports. This will be anonymous of course.

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