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Thailand Tourism Turmoil

Sunday, March 8th, 2020



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. 



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 



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.   



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? 



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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Great Time To Visit Thailand

Sunday, February 16th, 2020



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. 



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



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. 


Pattaya Photo Gallery January 2020

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020



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. 


Robin’s Nest Pub Pattaya

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

It’s Just A Great Place To Be! 


Robin’s Nest Pub, Restaurant & Guesthouse is conveniently located just a few yards from the entrance to Soi LK Metro situated on Soi Diana, Pattaya.

I always stay here every time I visit Pleasure Playground. The rooms start at 750 baht for high season and just 500 baht in the low season. There are three types of nicely furnished rooms – Standard, Superior and Balcony. 

Robin’s Nest has the best bang-for-baht All You Can Eat Sunday Carvery. It is served weekly from noon and at only 345 baht, it’s a “real meal deal!”

In addition, Robin’s Nest is a clean, comfortable venue, with friendly staff, great pub grub, live sports, proactive management and among the best pub grub in town. Check it out! 

Quick Click – Visit Robin’s Nest Facebook HERE


Air Asia Creates Hilarious Blunder

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

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.

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.