Posts Tagged ‘Kaosan Road’

Thai New Year Kicks Off Early

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Traditional Thai New Year known as Songkran has kicked off early this year. It’s only April 12th, but the water wars are well under way in Pattaya and Bangkok.

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Here in Bangkok, the last day of the water wars is April 15th, but down in Pattaya it continues for at least a week. If you really hate the water fights, there is no escaping it down in Pattaya. (more…)

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Football Fever Kicks Off Again!

Friday, August 6th, 2010

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Following a disappointing FIFA World Cup (some poor football and appalling refereeing), I am sure many of you are ready for the most exciting football in the world. (more…)

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Pattaya Water Wars Warning

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

I’m issuing a ‘Water Wars Warning’ for Saturday and Sunday (April 18-19th). Thai New Year or ‘Songkran’ celebrations still continue in Pattaya this weekend. Why tell you this? Because, the water wars in Pattaya are insane! There is little to no chance of escaping a soaking. If you enjoy wet ‘n’ wild water warfare, then Pattaya is the place to be. If you don’t appreciate the Songkran slingers, then it is advisable to avoid Pattaya today and tomorrow.

I looked at the Thai news on TV and it showed the Songkran slingers in full swing down in Kaosan Road in Bangkok. What immediately struck me was the fact that foreigners were in the vast minority. The remarkable lack of farangs during the Songkran celebrations, says a lot about the current climate in Bangkok right now. Incidentally, most of the bars, go-go bars and other nightlife venues, were quiet in Bangkok last night. Under the circumstances, it’s not surprising.

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Thailand Night Fever

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Angelwitch Showgirls Nana Plaza Loy Kratong Bangkok 2007 - Thailand Night FeverWelcome to the Thai New Year 2551 and let’s all hope it is a good year for Thailand.  Another Songkran has come and gone for most of us, but don’t forget that Pattaya will continue the water warfare until this weekend.  I have to say that I thought the Songkran Festival was a bit quiet overall this year.  If you question what I mean by that, then just ask a bar owner.  The go-go bars in Bangkok had fewer go-go dancers, due to many bar girls deciding to go home this Songkran.  Some go-go bars cut their girls as much as 2,000 Baht per day.  This is a very severe cut for not working during Songkran.  However, this can be counterproductive to the bar, because some bar girls will stop  work for the rest of April.  If a bargirl is cut 6,000 Baht that is over 50% of a go-go dancers salary.  Of course, many Thais are on much lower salaries than go-go dancers are.  Most service girls don’t earn 6,000 Baht.  Therefore, a bargirl might well think; why should I work for nothing?  I would hazard a guess that in most go-go bars in Bangkok, the takings were down on last year.  Also, I couldn’t help but notice that fewer bargirls got into the spirit of things. (more…)

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