Thailand Tonight – 28/05/2010

DOUBLE TROUBLE – BUDDHA DRY DAYPLUS THE CURFEW

BANGKOK UPDATE – Tonight is a Buddha Day and therefore, supposedly a dry day. Also, with the curfew still enforced tonight at midnight until 4:00am, there is no doubt that some bars will not open. Other bars will open, but it is stated as a strict ‘NO ALCOHOL’ policy. However, there’s always some bars that serve alcohol. It might be servedin plastic cups, or out of the coffee pot. Ask around and you will probably get lucky.

I get the feeling thata number of Bangkok barbosses will think it is not worth opening. It is difficult enough trying to run a bar, when you are forced to close at 11:00pm,but tobe forbidden to sell alcohol as well. A number of go-go bars in Nana Plaza will be open tonight, which includes Spankys Bar, Angelwitch Show Bar, plus other go-go bars. I presume the regular haunts in Soi Cowboy and Patpong will open, but I have no confirmation of whether booze is available.

The Black Pagoda Bar in Patpong is hosting a special Curfew Party tonight. If you arrive by 11:00pm you can stay until 4:00am and drink all you can for 1,500 baht. The Black Pagoda is the glass walled bridge above Foodland on Soi 2 in Patpong.

THE END OF THE CURFEW AND EXTORTIONATE TAXI FARES

With any luck, it seemslikely thatthe Thai government is seriously considering lifting the imposed curfew from29/05/2010. Thedecision whether to extend the curfew will be made today, butthe Thai governmentare sayingthey are keen to lift the curfew.During this curfew there isconfused crowds of people waitingby the roadsidefor taxis from 11:00pm onwards. With public buses not running, there are much larger crowdstrying to get back home. Furthermore, notorioustaxi drivers on lower Sukhumvit Road, have been insisting on 400 baht for a 35 to 60 baht journey. Metered taxi drivers have also targeted Thais with theprice hiking. Mostpeople refuse to accept this extortion and take a motorbike taxi, or tuk tukinstead.

THE SEXY GIRLS OF TOXIC BAR IN TOWN LODGE BANGKOK

THE SEXY GIRLS OF TOXIC BAR IN TOWN LODGE BANGKOK

Town Lodge is running a Summer Special and standard rooms are ONLY 1,200 baht. This offer also includes FREE internet and a FREE breakfast until 11:00am. The generous guys at Town Lodge even offer you a FREE welcome drink at Toxic Bar (for room bookings only), which is located on the lobby level. Town Lodge is located at the very end of Sukhumvit Soi 18. Please let Ralf know that Town Lodge and/or Toxic Bar was recommended by Dave The Rave. Check it out!

For the last two nights, I have travelled back homeon a motorbike taxi for a quarter of the price taxi drivers were demanding. It is bad enough having to rush home, because ofan imposed curfew, but being ripped off by taxi drivers just rubs salt into the wounds. While we are on the subject, you should never take a ride with any taxi driver, who refuses to turn the meter on. They are not called ‘metered taxis’ for nothing! Anyway, all of this madness should be over very soon. I get the feeling that Saturday night is going to be a good one. Cheers!

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