Posts Tagged ‘katoeys’

Thailand Tonight – 30/06/2010

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

 

SOI COWBOY – LITTLE LAS VEGAS

I have visited Soi Cowboy several times in recent weeks.  Despite the hype from some people, it was not that busy in the majority of go-go bars.  In fact, Marc who is the manager of Dollhouse told me last night, bar trade in Soi Cowboy slowed down a lot these past few weeks.  As I have said before, it is the same everywhere with very few exceptions.  (more…)

Thailand Tonight – 01/04/2010

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

LATER CLOSING TIMES FOR SOME BANGKOK NIGHTCLUBS

Despite the Thai capital being quieter due to the ongoing political problems, it is still business as usual in Bangkok’s bars, pubs and clubs.  In fact, some bars and clubs have recently been granted later closing times.  This is good news for the nocturnal revellers who want to party on until the wee hours.  (more…)

Thailand Tonight – 24/02/2010

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD INN HOTEL NANA PLAZA BANGKOK

PAVEMENT PUB PATROL IN BANGKOK’S CONCRETE JUNGLE

Nowadays, taking a late night stroll down lower Sukhumvit Road is very different to what it used to be years ago. A continuous row of makeshift mobile bars set up shop after midnight along lower Sukhumvit, right on the roadside. The pavement pubs stretch from Sukhumvit Soi 3/1, right along towards Sukhumvit Soi 19. Some of the pavement pubs sell booze from around midnight until cockcrow. Most of the pavement pubs charge 80 baht for a standard drink, which is reasonable enough.  However, this concrete jungle is a dodgy place, with various creatures of the night on the prowl.  (more…)

Thailand Tonight – 20/01/10

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

NANA PLAZA – WELCOME TO THE NEON JUNGLE

NANA PLAZA UPDATE – The temporary crackdown on ‘showing’ in Nana Plaza has been lifted on January 20th.  At least 10 go-go bars in Nana Plaza have reverted back to mono bikinis.  Furthermore, even a few go-go bars have gone from swim suits to birthday suits.  Hooray!

Nana Plaza has gone through several fazes of change over the past decade, or so.  Even today, the changes in Nana Plaza continue.  Currently, there is an issue regarding ‘showing’ in the go-go bars that has not been resolved.  The majority of go-go bars are left in limbo and are waiting on a decision from the mysterious MIB (Men In Brown).  Last night the go-go girls in the majority of bars were dancing in bikinis.  However, the permission to ‘show’ again from the MIB will be granted very soon.  Nobody seems to know the actual reason for this, except that it is an MIB (Men In Brown) issue of some kind.  If you think ‘teatime’ and power play, you are most probably heading in the right direction.  It is all rather confusing, but it is part of the ‘Amazing Thailand’ landscape, where there is always something happening. (more…)

Thailand Tonight – Oct 7th, 2009

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

NANA PLAZA – ENTER THE NEON JUNGLE

Builders have been working around the clock to get the refurbishment finished in Spankys.  A brand new section of sofa seats not only makes it more comfortable, but it has increased the seating capacity.  It is a fact that Spankys is about 100% more popular now than when the Iranian owned it. (more…)

Thailand Tonight – Sep 23rd, 2009

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

NANA PLAZA – ENTER THE NEON JUNGLE

Recently, there is a noticeable increase in visitors to Nana Plaza and this past weekend saw some go-go bars packed to capacity with customers.  One reason is due to a five-day national holiday in Japan.  The three main Rainbow Bars, or ‘Jap Traps’ in Nana Plaza namely; Rainbow 1, Rainbow 2 and Rainbow 4 were brimming with Japanese customers.  I know I have a laugh at their expense, but the Japanese are usually no trouble at all as paying punters.  They never seem to complain, never get aggressive and rarely cause trouble.  In terms of behaviour and generosity, the Japanese are ideal customers for the go-go bars and not surprisingly, very popular with Thai bar girls.  (more…)

Soi Cowboy Nightseeing Tour

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

What do most people do on their days off? I suppose they relax, watch TV, surf the internet, spend quality time with their other half, go shopping, visit their favourite restaurant, pursue their favourite sports or hobbies, or go to see a movie. What does Dave The Rave do? He goes on a barman’s holiday, (I don’t drive buses) and visits the go-go bars in Soi Cowboy. Being the Go-Go Guru, old habits die hard, which is not surprising. And so, on a night off from my duties in Angelwitch, I decided to meet up with Sanook Shaun in Soi Cowboy. I know I’m fortunate to have this lifestyle, but I like to think my ‘sacrifice’ is for you guys! (more…)

Thailand Night Fever

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

SMOKING BAN IN A STATE OF CONFUSION

SOI COWBOY - BANGKOK - THAILAND - 05With some bars allowing smoking and other bars not, it does make the smoking ban look like a farce.  There are establishments where the so-called smoking ban has not been enforced whatsoever.  Once again, go-go bars are at the centre of the controversy.  In the Lumpini area (lower Sukhumvit Road), the Hotels and restaurants have been told they must enforce the smoking ban, but some bars in Nana Plaza are currently exempt.  In stark contrast, further along Sukhumvit Road, the bars in Soi Cowboy have been told to comply to the new law.  Down in Pattaya, a number of the go-go bar owners are allowing smoking, but they have been told to be discrete.  Word from Thai sources is that the smoking ban will be enforced eventually, but currently there is a grace period.  Understand that if you can!  Thailand’s Ministry Of Health (rather than the police) will apparently be checking to see who is complying to the smoking ban.  After May 31st, 2008 all hotels and public establishments must comply to the smoking ban, or face a 20,000 Baht fine.  So far, it looks like the ban has gone up in a cloud of smoke.  Meanwhile folks, it’s just another moment in the Land Of Make-Believe. (more…)