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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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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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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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