Posts Tagged ‘Pattaya’

Bye-Bye Mr Nana

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Covid-19 Emergency Exit

Special Stickman Tribute

 

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Bye-Bye, Mr. Nana

Former gogo bar manager, nightlife website operator, Nana Plaza personality and friend to many, Dave The Rave announced this week that he is leaving Thailand for good. After living and working in the heart of Bangkok for more than 20 years, Dave has come to the end of the road.

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Thailand Imposes Curfew

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Nationwide Curfew Commences Friday

 

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has announced that a curfew would be imposed from Friday, April 3rd at 22:00 until 04:00 hours.

This is an attempt to prevent the COVID-19 virus spreading, as certain people have not obeyed instructions to stay at home.

Let us all hope this dreaded virus passes sooner than later.

 

Nationwide night curfew starts Friday

Nationwide night curfew starts Friday The area near Nonthaburi market on the first night of the curfew from 11pm to 5am announced by the provincial governor on the same day. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) All people in Thailand are banned from leaving home from 10pm to 4am starting Friday in the government’s latest move to contain the spread of coronavirus.


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 nightlife and his blog remains popular worldwide.

Publishing Schedule  Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays.

My Email davetheravebangkok@gmail.com


 

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Bangkok Declares State Of Emergency

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

 

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It will come into effect from this Thursday. However, an official statement as to what the conditions entail has yet to be announced. 

This will mean the Thai authorities will have unprecedented governmental powers. It is thought to include enforcing a curfew and putting restrictions upon domestic and international travel. 

According to the Thai government, the COVID-19 in Thailand has now claimed four lives. Until recently there was only one death. 

News Source – Khaosod Media

 

Prayut Declares State of Emergency Amid Virus Outbreak

BANGKOK – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said an emergency decree, along with a raft of new restrictive measures, will come into effect on Thursday. Speaking in a televised address, Prayut said the enactment of the 2005 Royal Decree of Emergency Situations is necessary to stem the coronavirus epidemic, which claimed four lives in Thailand as of the latest count.


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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Bangkok Covid-19 Virus Update

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

 

COVID 19 - Bangkok Covid-19 Virus Update

 

The Covid-19 outbreak in Bangkok has spiked, forcing the Thai government to seriously consider a lockdown. 

Bangkok is already in shutdown mode with shopping malls, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, all closed until at least April 12th. 

Recently, the Thai Army was deployed to disinfect Chinatown and Thailand was recently praised for their efforts by the World Health Organisation. 

It is the consensus from ground zero that lockdown is not a matter of if but when. With the Covid-19 cases rising it is more inevitable. 

NB. Covid-19 is an acronym for Corona Virus Disease 2019 

 

Gov’t Considering Emergency Decree as New 89 Cases Reported

BANGKOK – Emergency decree may be enacted soon to impose a lockdown of Bangkok in a bid to stem the coronavirus epidemic, government sources said Friday. The measure is being discussed just as health officials on Saturday say 89 new cases of confirmed infection were found, a sharp rise from daily tally in recent days.

 


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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Bangkok & Pattaya Bar Closures

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

 

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The Thai Prime Minister has made a flip-flop on his statement that the entertainment venues will not have to close. This is in order to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading further. 

Just two days later he has now stated that all bars and nightclubs in Bangkok and Pattaya, will have to close from March 18th until March 31st. 

Stickman recently said about the Thai government that left hand does not know what the right hand is doing and this just proves the point.  

 

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No doubt this is a devastating blow for entertainment venues in Bangkok and Pattaya. It means multitudes of employees, including the barmy army of bargirls, will most probably be laid off with unpaid leave. 

One way around this is entertainment establishments that have restaurant licenses. For example, pubs with restaurant licenses can continue to do trade, which makes a mockery of the whole concept. 

There are two questions that remain in my mind. Will this soon include restaurants, public transportation systems and shopping malls? Also, what about the rest of Thailand? 

 

Pattaya to close all entertainment venues, such as bars, nightclubs and massage shops until the end of the month – The Pattaya News

Breaking: We can confirm that the Provincial Government of Banglamung and Chonburi have ordered, effective tomorrow, March 18th, 2020, that all entertainment venues must close until March 31st, 2020. The Pattaya News spoke with the Banglamung Police Chief over the phone this evening and confirmed the information.

 


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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Thailand Tourism Turmoil

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

 

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Thailand’s tourism industry is in turmoil due to the media hype over the coronavirus outbreak. The levels of panic among certain people worldwide created by the media has caused hysteria.

This is severely damaging tourism and also Thailand’s entertainment sector.  No doubt a number of bars, pubs and clubs will be affected, some have already closed as a result. 

 

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Stickman’s opening article in his weekly column is a collection of opinions and on the ground reports from foreign residents in Thailand. My opinions are among them and you can read it HERE

I still stick by my guns in my previous article entitled, Thailand Gets Knocked Off Its Pedestal  which you can read RIGHT HERE 

 

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Thai Airways has announced over 12 billion baht in losses in 2019 and surely it must be as bad, if not worse this year.  

When this scare storm passes, I fear that the damage will be done. The unscrupulous media machine will move on to its next scaremongering campaign. Then Thailand will be left to pick up the pieces of its shattered tourism industry.   

 

Amazing Thailand - Thailand Tourism Turmoil

 

Mark my words, the media machine will have a lot to answer for regarding the COVID-19 virus scare. Let’s hope this COVID-19 virus soon passes. 

However, will the public become any wiser to their devious trickery? 

 

Chinatown Bangkok 1 - Thailand Tourism Turmoil

 


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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Ten Top Tips After Dark

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

 

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Back in Britain, I was a professional personal protection specialist. I have conducted seminars and presentations with the British Police Force for community safety.

Below are Ten Top Tips for general personal protection after dark. Most of these guidelines are common sense but logical thinking is often ignored when people drink alcohol…  

(1) Do carry enough money for the evening or have a credit card, as a backup. There are plenty of available ATM machines so you have no excuses. Running out of cash is not only embarrassing it can land you in jail.  

(2) Don’t carry valuables after dark or wear flashy jewellery. This includes your passport and extra credit cards. Just take what you will need to use that night. The less you carry the less you can lose. 

(3) Do keep an eye on your bar bill. Check what is going on it and be aware of the total. You do not want to rack up a big bar bill and not be able to pay it. This is why it is a good idea to carry your credit card if you overspend. 

(4) Don’t leave your friend alone if they are very drunk. You won’t forgive yourself if they get mugged or worse. Remember, there is safety in numbers, especially in a strange place.

(5) Do keep an eye on your drinks. It’s easy to slip drugs into unattended drinks. If you need to leave your drink, either finish it or order a new one when you return.

(6) Don’t walk in dark or secluded areas. Stick to well-lit public areas or get a taxi if it is late at night. Muggings do happen in Thailand.   

(7) Do have plenty of small banknotes to prevent being short-changed. You can easily break a few big bills at one of the multitudes of convenience stores. Alternatively, you can get a bundle of small baht bills at a bank.

(8) Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket. Pickpockets do operate in Thailand so don’t give them the opportunity. Consider wearing a money belt if you do carry lots of cash after dark.

(9) Do enjoy yourself; by all means, be happy and friendly. Just be street smart and remain switched on at all times.

(10)  Don’t ignore your intuition. Trust your instincts if you feel something is not right. Remember your ‘Stranger Danger’ lessons as a kid. Move on to the next entertainment establishment if you don’t like the vibe. It’s better to be safe than sorry and besides, there are many other venues.

 


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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Sunday Is Fun Day!

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

 

Sunday is Fun Day at Sapphire Club with Happy Hour Prices All Night Long! 

Renowned for its abundance of Sapphire Sweeties you will find this gem of a Pleasure Palace on Soi 15 Walking Street.

 

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Noy Sapphire Club - Sunday Is Fun Day!

 


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

 

Pattaya Beach 2020 - Great Time To Visit Thailand

 

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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Le Pub Pattaya

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

 

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Le Pub is a cosy hole-in-the-wall bar, located inside the alleyway on Soi Diamond just off the infamous Walking Street.

Owned and ran by the charismatic Mister Egg, it is a great place to play pool, enjoy a full range of bar snacks and chillax, amid the mayhem of Sin City.

Le Pub shows Live Sports on BIG 75 inch LED screens. However, this is contrary to the Le Pub motto, ‘Not A Sports Bar.’

There is a cutting edge music video system, with a musical library brimming with classics from bygone decades. The playlist features an eclectic selection of songs from the 1970s to the present day.  This I feel is a unique feature of Le Pub and makes it stand out from the other bars.

Le Pub is also said to have the coldest drinks and aircon on Walking Street if not Pattaya. Recently, Le Pub has started stocking Federbrau Beer, which is a tasty German single malt lager. Cheers! 

 

Le Pub Federbrau - Le Pub Pattaya

 


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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Dolly Of The Day

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

 

Today’s Dolly Of  The Day is my good friend Ploy from Sapphire Club on Soi 15 Walking Street, Pattaya.

Ploy is single and 25 years old, blessed with a pretty face, sexy body and a bubbly personality. I am fortunate enough to have taken photos of Ploy and find her to be a lovely Thai girl. Ploy thinks she can titillate us… Well, I can tell you it is bloody well working! 

Do me a favour and please say hello from Dave The Rave. Cheers!

 

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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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Soaring Like An Eagle

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

New Year Update 2020

 

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Here is my New Year Speech but I have to tell you in advance, it is rather different from when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II addresses her following. Nevertheless, feel free to make yourself comfortable… 

This New Year 2020 has started well for me. Several people have contacted me regarding Photo Shoots and I can now see bright neon lights, at the end of an ominous dark tunnel. Let me explain it to you…

The past few years have been extremely challenging for me. Due to diabetes (inherited from my dear mother), I had to have three toes amputated from my left foot. In fact, I was lucky not to lose my left leg, according to the Diabetes Specialists at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok. Looking at the positive side, these Thai doctors saved my leg. The good thing is whenever I go for a Thai foot massage I get a discount. Unashamedly, I have used my chop shop sob story to acquire hugs and kisses from some lovely dolly birds. Yes, I know I am a bad boy!

After having the chop so to speak, my mother passed away following a long battle with heart disease, diabetes and dementia. How she lived into her 80s I will never know, she had more lives than a cat! Due to a long waiting list, we had to have mum’s funeral just before Christmas. In addition to the pain and sorrow of losing my mother, the timing was awful.

Just when I thought things were getting better, my beloved Pedigree Labrador ‘Roy’ died during the Christmas holidays in 2018.  As my dear sister Jane said, “Bless his heart Roy hung on until just after Christmas for you.” Roy loved Ann and me very much; he was a very gentle and loyal dog. My Roy never even growled at me, he was a wonderful companion.  I named him Roy after my father who was a perfect gentleman and a very loving father. They were so similar both gentle and loving. Incidentally, my dearest Roy’s, both daddy and doggy passed away from cancer. I find this a remarkable but obviously tragic coincidence. Talking about dogs, if you are looking for a suitable family dog, then look no further than a Labrador. 

If you are not aware, I was the longest-serving go-go bar manager in Bangkok, completing over 18 years. This included Pretty Girl, Hollywood Carousel, Hollywood Strip, Angelwitch, Spellbound, Black Pagoda and The Strip in Patpong. In addition, it was me that opened Billboard in Nana Plaza for the Nana Group. As far as I know, I’m the only go-go bar boss with his own blog. As Sanook Sean says, “You were an exceptional gladiator in both the martial arts ring and the go-go arena. Most guys are just spectators.” That was a fantastic compliment from a self-made millionaire.  

To a large degree, diabetes forced me to retire from running go-go bars, but I also stopped for personal reasons. Diabetes is a horrible disease and I call it the silent assassin. This nasty bastard will sneak up on you and before you know it, you are deep in the stinky stuff! To be on the safe side make sure you check with your doctor. At least get your heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar checked. If you can have an annual medical examination to make sure that everything is functioning as it should.     

You deserve an explanation as to why my publishing has been rather erratic for the past couple of years. Hey, now you know! Thanks for your loyalty, especially those who have known me for many years. Some guys have known me since I first arrived in Thailand in 1988 as a Muay Thai fighter.

Regarding my website, I do not know where my sudden motivation and inspiration for better blogging has come from but I like it. I sincerely hope you do as well. To finish on this positive note, I intend to publish frequently and with much more in-depth Thailand nightlife reports. Just like a golden eagle, I am soaring high in the sky and keeping my eyes on the world.

 


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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Pretty Ploy’s Birthday Bash

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Thailand’s hottest cashier the lovely “Ploy” is celebrating her Birthday Bash on Friday, July 19th at Le Pub Pattaya.

Ploy’s Party will be hosted at Le Pub located in Soi Diamond Walkway situated just off Walking Street Pattaya City

Daves Raves! There’s Free Food in the form of a Roasted Pig for customers. 

 

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Ploys Party Le Pub - Pretty Ploy's Birthday Bash

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Dolly Of The Day

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Club Electric Blue

(Soi 15 Walking Street Pattaya)

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Crystal Club Thirsty Thursday

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Crystal Club (Soi LK Metro Pattaya)

Sangsom Whisky Just 100 Baht!

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Enjoying Halloween In Bangkok

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

It’s that time of year when all the ghosts and ghouls come out to play. Are you are wondering where to enjoy some Halloween fun ‘n’ frolics? Well, look no further than Bangkok because it remains a great place to get ghastly!  

Halloween Bangkok 2018 - Enjoying Halloween In Bangkok

There are a number of Halloween Parties in various venues across Bangkok.

Therefore, below you will  see a row of Halloween Parties that I think will be fun and offer something for the brave mortals who dare to attend. Enjoy! 

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Daves Raves – 26/08/18

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years In Thailand

It’s amazing to think that my first visit to Thailand was 30 years ago. Some people reading this have not even lived that long. Oh boy, how time flies!

It was way back in May 1988 when I first travelled to Thailand to live on Sityodtong Thai Boxing Camp. This Thai Boxing Trip was sponsored by an Electrical Engineering Company (Steemson & Walden Ltd) from my hometown. I was featured by local radio and television companies based in the Midlands, England.

Situated near Pattaya, Sityodtong is the home of many great World Champions such as the legendary Samart Payakaroon. Most farangs stay at Thai Boxing Camps for a few weeks, I stayed over 4 months. I was besotted with Thailand.

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Bangkok 1988

*This article is my first encounter with Bangkok during a scorching hot season*

My first impression of Bangkok was one of absolute bewilderment.  Taking in this city of contrasts was proving to be very challenging.  My initial reaction was to feel numb from head to foot from culture shock.

Bangkok is only one city, but it has one million confusions!

My senses were paralyzed from the very first moment I met Bangkok face to face; the tremendous noise, dreadful air pollution, appalling traffic, horrendous heat and utter chaos.  Bangkok was certainly living up to its reputation of having the world’s worst traffic congestion and lowest oxygen count.  If Bangkok was anything to go by, Thailand and I had certainly not fallen in love at first sight.

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I began to wonder which one of Bangkok’s lethal attributes would kill me first — the deadly drivers, the kamikaze motorcyclists, the polluted air, the lack of oxygen… or would I just simply perish from the unrelenting heat?

The Thais call their capital Krungthep, which means ‘City Of Angels.’  I can assure you, I could not find anything remotely angelic about this catastrophic city on my first introduction.

Chinatown Bangkok - Daves Raves - 26/08/18

I was full of great expectations moments earlier on the plane, anticipating the pleasures of being seduced by Siam, but I landed with a resounding bump and was only bemused by Bangkok.  I stepped out of the luxurious air-conditioned Don Muang airport and was tenaciously greeted by the savage furnace-like heat of Bangkok.

I gasped for air as the stifling atmosphere pinned itself to the back of my throat.  My initial thoughts turned to those of shock and I thought, I’m insane for coming here?  Yes, I reflected.  What on earth have I done?  Never before had I suffered the full effects of culture shock, but Bangkok was initiating me to it with the subtlety of a heavy whack on the head.

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My friend, who came to meet me at Don Muang International Airport, read the expression on my face and uttered in a quiet voice, ‘It’s a scorching hot season, even the Thais are complaining about the heat this year.’  In a state of confusion I thought, how could anybody stand this heat?

We loaded my luggage into the boot and got into my friend’s car.  I sighed with relief, while I had a shelter away from the searing heat.  I was still numb as we began to crawl along the roads, clawing for every few inches we could seize.  It seemed to me that whilst on Bangkok roads, you are either riding on the wings of death or trapped like insects in a glass jar — there is no happy medium.  Waves of cool air soothed my weary body; I momentarily closed my eyes as the air-conditioner hummed its tune.

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It is estimated that anywhere up to 10 million people reside in Bangkok alone, and several million vehicles cram the main roads into gridlock.  I was pondering the fact that it is not surprising Bangkok’s roads have such a notorious reputation.  Whilst I continued to struggle to come to terms with Bangkok’s roads, an entire family of four passed by us.  They were all crammed onto one tiny motorbike.  Was I delirious?

This massive, sprawling metropolis was not my idea of a tropical paradise.  At best, it was Central London at the worst peak of rush hour multiplied several folds.  Even more disturbing — what about the road users?  My Lord!  I was looking on in horror as vehicles of all kinds played dodge ‘ems with each other.  Streams of traffic were travelling at high speed bumper-to-bumper, crisscrossing in and out of any lane they cared to choose.  Just then, a motorcyclist passed in front of the rows of traffic diagonally.  Unbelievably, some of the traffic was quite evidently not even going in the same direction. It’s mindboggling to see them appear so blasé about it.

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Suddenly, we broke away from the traffic jam, because an open stretch of the road appeared.  The speed of the other vehicles put my head into a permanent spin.  Young motorcyclists were weaving in and out of the paths of cars, buses and lorries, all with the daring of motorbike boy racers.  Furthermore, I was horrified to notice that nobody was wearing a crash helmet.  I was in a world of my own being entertained by this strange spectator sport.  I concluded that this was certainly not for the uninitiated.  I continued to be astonished by the way these daredevil motorbike riders negotiated intricate swerves and lane changes, all at death-defying high speeds.

Finally, we escaped the congested traffic of Bangkok and were on the way to Naklua, which is located near Pattaya.  A new adventure was about to unfold and little did I know how much it would change my life.

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Thailand Nightlife Reopens Its Doors

Sunday, July 29th, 2018
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BILLBOARD BABES (TOP FLOOR NANA PLAZA BANGKOK)

Following the Thai Buddhist Holidays all the beer bars, go-go bars, pubs and clubs, are eager to burst open their doors tonight. In a vain attempt to make up for lost money by opening early, this strategy has proven to be an uphill battle.

These enforced bar closures are the downside of owning entertainment venues in a Buddhist country. However, rather than try to oppose the Thai authorities, it’s a much better idea to just roll with it.

These are referred to as ‘Dry Days’ also know to heavy drinkers as ‘Liver Recovery Days!’ There are several Buddhist Holidays throughout the year, so you are best advised to study the Thai calendar before you book your trip. With the tremendous amount of information available on the Internet nowadays, there is no excuse for poor planning. So you party animals, it’s time to go for it big time!

 

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Thailand Bans Smoking On 20 Beaches

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

 

Patpong Beach Phuket - Thailand Bans Smoking On 20 Beaches

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. Offenders caught smoking 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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British Pound Bounces Back

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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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.

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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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