Posts Tagged ‘Asia Travel’

Bangkok Gets Knocked Off Its Pedestal

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

 

Bangkok has remained king, as the most visited city in the world for the past four years. But it definitely will not be this year. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, I wonder how this will alter the city visitor rankings worldwide. Asian cities such as Bangkok, Tokyo, Seoul and certainly Beijing, will undoubtedly drop down the list. 

The problem with travelling to Asia right now, apart from the fear of infection, is the chance of being forced to go into quarantine. Being left isolated from families and businesses, seems more of a concern to certain people. No doubt numerous people have postponed or cancelled their travel plans and you can’t blame them for playing it safe.  

Although the actual risk of infection is relatively minimal in relation to population, the media are having a field day! Those who are sitting on the fence may just be persuaded by media reports to stay at home. It’s just another excuse for the killjoys to say, “The end is nigh!” 

 

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Unless I am very much mistaken, the coronavirus will blow over like a passing storm and we will wonder what all the fuss was about. Do you remember the fears over SARS and bird flu?  

While we should monitor this virus closely, let’s listen to the experts and not the press or politicians.  On one hand, we should not underestimate the threat of the coronavirus, but on the other hand, it’s not a pandemic yet. We are not facing a zombie apocalypse!

However, I do think that Thailand’s tourism industry, will be damaged considerably this year. This looks like an inevitable outcome. It does not help the situation when the Thai baht remains too strong. 

Meanwhile, the Barmy Army keep marching into Bangkok’s naughty nightlife areas. It obviously takes more this to stop the mongers! Here is a YouTube filmed recently showing the scene on Soi Nana… 

 

Bangkok Night walk – Soi 4 Nana [Feb 2020]

Bangkok Night walk – Soi 4 Nana [Feb 2020] At just after 9pm in February 2020 I did a ‘super smooth’ walk around the Soi 4 Nana street. Stopping a few times …

 

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Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Publishing Schedule — Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 

My Email — davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

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Great Time To Visit Thailand

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

 

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many Asian tourists are currently not visiting Thailand. The drop in Asian visitors is visually very noticeable and the financial impact on the tourism industry is severe. 

Last year there were over 10 million visitors from China. One estimation is that number will drop by 80% or more this year. This is already having a domino effect around the Asia region.

When I visited Pattaya in January, I was the only Westerner on the beach, amid people from various parts of Asia. Right now, there is possibly a scattering of Eastern Europeans and the rest are probably from India. 

 

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Unfortunately, the Thai baht is still too strong against foreign currencies. This alone stops numerous farangs and alike from visiting.  I dare say there are a number of potential visitors sitting on the fence. 

However, in saying that it is a great time to visit Thailand because flights and hotels cost less now. If you shop around on websites like Agoda you will find some great hotel deals, especially places such as Pattaya.

Another good reason to visit is the airports, hotels, beaches, tourist attractions, shopping malls, nightlife areas and public transportation, will be much less crowded. If you like space it’s an ideal time to visit Thailand

 

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Daves Raves – Below is a similar article by the Pattaya Mail… 

 

‘Forgotten’ tourists enjoying Chinese-free Pattaya – Pattaya Mail

Hotels are cheaper, the traffic better and maybe even the service has improved now that Pattaya’s Chinese golden goose has flown the coop. With China banning overseas tours in an effort to combat spread of the coronavirus, Pattaya has taken on the feel of low season even though the calendar says it should still be …

 


Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 

Daves Raves — My publishing schedule is Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays. 


 

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Pattaya Photo Gallery January 2020

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

 

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I just got back to Bangkok from an enjoyable two day trip to Pattaya. I thought you might appreciate a Photo Gallery to show you what it looks like these days. I think Pattaya is an acquired taste, so I will let you decide whether you want to visit or not. I make suggestions but I am certainly not pretentious enough to tell you what you like. 🙂 

I took the bus to Pattaya from the station opposite BTS Ekamai and it only cost me 119 baht. You know what mate, the motorbike taxi ride to the bus station cost me more! If you are on a budget take the bus, otherwise barter a taxi ride for around 1,000 baht. Thailand is not expensive if you let Dave The Rave guide you! 

I first visited Pattaya in May 1988 during a scorching hot season. Now, fast forward to 2020 and I still enjoy visiting Pattaya, even after all these years. Of course, a lot has to do with the fact I am a Thailand Nightlife Guru but nevertheless, I genuinely like Pattaya; albeit in small portions. 

The intense furnace heat of Bangkok can and does wear you down. Believe me, I know I have lived here since 1999 and even the Thais complain about the heat.  Therefore, a visit to Pattaya gets me out of the furnace of the Big Mango to enjoy a (somewhat slightly) cooler climate. 

I enjoyed staying at Robin’s Nest on Soi Diana, as I always do whenever I visit Sex-On-Sea. They run a tight ship at Robin’s Nest Pub but it retains a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere. Considering  Pattaya can be rather rough ‘n’ ready, they maintain high standards. Believe me, I have seen some dumps in my 30+ years here! Robin’s Nest has clean, comfortable rooms, great pub grub and live sports.  

One positive thing about the beer bars and gogo bars in Pattaya is that they offer so many Happy Hours. If you are on a Booze Cruise the best gogo bar Happy Hour is 55 Baht Bottled Beers at Pandoras GoG0 Bar in Soi LK Metro. In addition, don’t miss Sapphire Super Sunday with Happy Hour prices all night at Sapphire Club in Soi 15 Walking Street. Also on Walking Street, Pin-Up Agogo offers a 90 Baht Happy Hour. These are just a few examples of the multitudes of Happy Hours in Sin City.  

Without further ado here’s my Pattaya Photo Gallery!

 

 


Daves Raves — My publishing schedule is Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays. 

Dave The Rave is a unique Thailand Nightlife Guru with vast professional experience in Bangkok nightlife since 1999. Dave is still closely connected to Thailand’s nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide. 


 

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Khaosan Road Bangkok

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Khaosan By Day And By Night

 

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KHAOSAN ROAD IS A WORLD FAMOUS BACKPACKER HAVEN

 

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KHAOSAN ROAD COMES ALIVE AT NIGHT

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Air Asia Creates Hilarious Blunder

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

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A recent promotional campaign by AirAsia has caused a stir among the travel industry, especially in Australia. 

Apparently, the campaign slogan ‘Get off in Thailand’ has hit a raw nerve with the Aussie snowflakes and complaints have been lodged. 

For us observers, it is a hilarious blunder of mega proportions, albeit clearly an innocent mistake by AirAsia’s marketing team. This leads me to wonder if they should pursue a career in comedy writing.

Although clearly an oversight, this indiscretion is a nasty kick in the nuts for political correctness. Meanwhile, Australia’s Collective Shout Women’s Rights Group remain in a state of shock. 

Daves Raves – I almost spat my coffee out when I read it 🙂 


Air Asia apologises for its “Get off in Thailand” promotion | The Thaiger

AirAsia has now apologised following an advertising campaign using the phrase “Get off in Thailand” was posted around the city of Brisbane to promote the airline’s direct route to Bangkok. Collective Shout, a campaign movement against the objectification of women says the marketing gaff promoted sex tourism in Thailand.

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