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Produced, installed during May 2010 and paid, but never used. On December 16th 2010 the Chief of the Sea Rescue Teams of Pattaya promised to rectify this shortfall in the near future. Nevertheless, the observation towers are still empty... In Thailand, or at least in Pattaya, the term 'near future' seems to describe an eternity.
Amsterdamaged on Soi 6 closed down. The club is on the block since November 2010.
Pattaya City Walk
Joe Louis and his Traditional Thai Puppet Theater had do close. The Beer House at the same address closed its doors too as well as almost all bars in its neigherhood. Two shops got a Turkish and a Persian restaurant, but most premises remain empty. The large area in front of the former Puppet Theater got a Thai Market. Culture seems not to attract a majority of Pattaya's visitors...
Kiss Food & Drinks, one of Pattaya's most popular restaurants is using the low-low season to renovate its premise on 2nd Road at the entry to Soi Diana. Parts of the venue remain always open, the management said. Cavern A Go-Go on Walking Street as well as Silver Star A Go-Go on Soi 8 are closed too for the same reason. Update:
Cavern A Go-Go reopened on July 30th.
The Bird left
Nok, the bar at the entry of Walking Street, closed the door, but not the Classy Inn at the same address. The bar was known to change its format every few month.
The picture shows the new bar that is replacing Peaches Bar at Walking Street's Absolute Entertainment Complex. The venue opened without name on July 23.
Istanbul Palace on Walking Street already closed for refurbishing,
but reopened on July 23rd with a more appealing design.
Open - and closed!
Mum Bar, the replacement for the Paris/Atlantis A Go-Go Club(s) on Soi Diamond, off Walking Street, opened and was waiting for you! Apparently you missed the meeting: The bar already closed its door. If it should reopen you will read it here!
Opened or not? We made the picture on July 12th at about 22:10 and got an invitation to sit down but Brian, the owner, let us know: Mums Bar in Soi Diamond has not been opened as yet. You say we have opened and closed, please get your facts right first. Now you know it...
Contrary to a first information that all bars have to close from 18:00 Saturday, July 9th, until 24:00 Sunday, July 10th because of a Pattaya City Council Election, there was no restriction for the bars and all other entertainment venues on Saturday and on Sunday. Almost all the venues were open from Central Road up to South Pattaya, including Soi Buakhaow and its Sois and you could order your beer or your whiskey without any problems. In North Pattaya and Naklua almost all the bars remained closed, only the bars at North Pattaya's Drinking Street were open. At some restaurants you could order your beer, at other food outlet you not even could get a Soda Water... At BigC and Tesco/Lotus it was impossible to buy alcoholic beverages. The Chaos Days, as usually, were organized jointly by Pattaya City Hall and Pattaya Police. On July 15th (Asamha Bucha Day) almost all entertainment venues remaind closed, but on July 16th (Buddhist Lent Day) we had the same chaos as a week before: Some bars, A Go-Go Clubs and Discos opened, some remained closed, some served beer and spirits, some not.
The chaos is hard to understand. Thailand's Public Health Ministry ordered the ban of alcoholic beverages only, not the closure of entertainment venues. During the 2 days Wat Chaimongkon, the temple on South Pattaya Road, and its market produced more noise than the bars on Soi 16 and Soi Marine Plaza together. The noise level produced by the PA systems at that temple is hazardous to everybody's health.
Closures at CentralFestival
MOS Burger, Dairy Queen (DQ), also a burger outlet, as well as Yanee's PIZZA PIZZA had to close and will be replaced sooner or later by other venues.
To fill up empty spaces a 3D Haunted House opened at Pattaya's CentralFestival Beach Road. It is featuring a black light mini golf called Pirate Adventure as well as a few other new attractions.
When CandyCandy, the small steak outlet on Pattaya's 2nd Road, about 50 meters from BigC, opened, it sold the steaks for 69 Baht, a few month ago the management rised the price to 89 Baht, but since a few weeks the steaks are 109 Baht...
Near to the
My prefered Buffet Restaurant, The Fish on Soi 1, also increased its price: Until mid July I had to pay 169 Baht/person, now they ask 199 Baht/person.
On July 7th NightWalker shot this picture from the closed Motoroom. Does the venue come back to life? Is it just waiting for the arrival of a new bunch of tourists from Russia?
Beach Food Festival
City Hall announced on June 23rd that an Eastern Food Festival along Pattaya's Beach Promenade will prevent Pattaya's Beach Beauties to show her bodies from July 7th to July 10th. As during the last years, the 'festival' was nothing else than a big Thai market with a show stage at CentralFestival's Shopping Centre.
The goddesses are back in town!
Since a few days Venus, the planet with its Roman Thai goddesses on Pattaya's 3rd Road, is back on track. The Gentlemen's Club opened its door (again).
on Walking Street
Now he sits on Walking Street too! 24hrs/day.
His kiosk opens daily from 11:00 until 05:00!
Mama's Café opened on Soi 6. It's an 'all in one' shop: A Café, an Italian & Thai Restaurant and a Pizza outlet...
The newly opened Rhino A Go-Go is announcing a Sexy Baht Show. I know money is sexy for ladies all over the world, nevertheless, because A Go-Go Girls are the performers, I guess it should be read as Sexy Bath Show. But perhaps the show targets Thailand's politicians, they are admiring any money.
Tim's Bar Beer and its A Go-Go Club, located on Second Road, across from Lek's Hotel, gets some refurbishing. Nevertheless, parts of the venue remain open.
During the 'dry days' Siren's Beer Bars at the entry to Walking Street and in front of Pattaya's famous Beergarden got a new floor covering. All the bars reopened on July 05.
A new Dream
Toyz A Go-Go on Soi 16, off Walking Street, changed hands and name: Dream A Go-Go.
On the block
Jomtien's much heaped XXO Beach Club on Jomtien's Beach Road is on the block...
Lollipop Pub on Soi Honey (Soi 11), off Soi Buakhaow, closed its door and removed the sign.
The unofficial 'Thailand Tourism Development Centre' at the entry to the New Living Dolls #1 on Walking Street closed.
A banner on the door tells 'Bar for Rent'. Obviously the shop wasn't only in our eyes a deception package...
Walking Street's FamilyMart, located between the large Hottuna Rock Bar and Tony's Entertainment Complex, closed for a rejuvenating cure.
that's the unanswered question in Pattaya...
The Malaysian Tune Hotel Group is building a 5*Star Bed Hotel on Pattaya's 2nd Road, at the entry to Soi 4, just in front of Pattaya International Hospital. The group is known for its 5 star beds at 1 star prices hotel concept. It already runs hotels in Malaysia, Indonesia and England. Pattaya's branch will open during 2012.
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Preah Vihear Temple Dispute
On Monday, July 18th 2011 the UN's highest court, the International Court of Justice, ordered Thailand and Cambodia to immediately withdraw their troops from a disputed area around an ancient Khmer temple on the border between the two Asian neighbours. The decision by the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) comes after an urgent request by Cambodia in April, asking the court to order Thailand to withdraw its troops and cease military activity around the 900-year-old Khmer temple of Preah Vihear, the scene of deadly clashes earlier this year. Thailand's Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said on Monday his country would honour the ICJ ruling. We are satisfied in the sense that the decision of the withdrawal of the troops is applicable to both Cambodia and Thailand, Thailand's outgoing Foreign Minister told the press. Clashes broke out around the temple in February 2011 and 10 people were killed. In April, another 18 people died in fighting along the border. Update #1: On July 19th outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that Thailand will not immediately withdraw its troops from the provisional demilitarised area around the Preah Vihear temple ruins. It is not possible immediately because it involves the movement of a lot of soldiers and a lot of organisation. Thai troops will remain in the area until negotiations are held to ensure Thailand and Cambodia both comply with the ICJ ruling on a withdrawal. My outgoing government had no authority to take any action on the issue now... Mr Abhisit, he got his job with the help of Thailand's army, insisted that Thai soldiers would stay in their present locations to protect the areas Thailand considers its territory. Update #2: On July 30th the Yellow Shirts issued a statement opposing the ruling of the United Nation's highest court and condemned the army for not doing its duty to protect the country's sovereignty and urged the troops not to withdraw from the disputed border. The movement is calling on the new government to continue protecting the kingdom's sovereignty and announced its opposition to the court's order.
Since I learned to cook my own lies I can't trust in other people words.
This isn't a statement from a Prime Minister or a General but from NightWalker.
Cultural Festival of Pattaya and Chonburi
The City launched another big market on Pattaya's Beach Road under the slogan 'Cultural Festival of Pattaya and Chonburi'. The festival happens from July 22nd until July 24th and presents some cultural activities and some OTOP-Products from the region, together with a lot of goods imported from China and the usual copycated products from Thailand and Cambodia.
Sexy A Go-Go closed
Sexy A Go-Go on Soi 7 closed again - and again for renovations. The venue opened on March 3rd 2011 after a months-long refurbishing period.
New Tiger A Go-Go
On July 22nd 2011 the all new Tiger A Go-Go opened at the entry to Soi Diamond on Pattaya's famous Walking Street.
New A Go-Go on Soi Buakhaow
Nomen est omen!
On July 1st 2011 Sugar Sugar opened on Soi Buakhaow. The new Club presents Pattaya's sweetest A Go-Go & Coyote dancers - hence the name.
New A Go-Go on Walking Street
The Moon Club on Walking Street at the entry to Soi Diamond opened on July 9th 2011 as an A Go-Go Club.
New Model Club in Pattaya
A Thai model club usually describes a Thai restaurant and a Thai style pub with an orchestra, a D.J. and some Coyote dancers in bikinis or less. Prices for foods, drinks and ladies are mostly on the higher end. The new club is no exception from the rule. Basaya describes a group of languages spoken mainly in the Visayas Islands in Central Philippines, a small village in Sierra Leone as well as a town in Pakistan. Despite the club's exotic name, all the models presented during the soft opening were home-grown A Go-Go dancers.
Pattaya's famous Made in Thailand Night Market on Pattaya's Second Road gets a face-lifting. It is said that the new shops will be waterproof. From October 2011 onward shopping should be a pleasure even during rainy days.
PattayaOne, a well-known publication here in the City, writes that the Made in Thailand Night Market is a part of the past. Vendors told me that some shops moved to the new market place pictured above, some are waiting for the new 3x6-meter shops that should be ready during October 2011.
Coyote Club closed
Honey Pot, the popular Coyote Club on Soi 2, had to close. It will be replaced by new hotel. Many of the club's ladies are now dancing at the newly opened Lek's Classrom Coyote Club, which replaced Lek's Classroom A Go-Go in the very same Soi.
Vital Parts of your Best Friend disappeared
Toys "R" Us closed shop in Pattaya
The picture shows an actual view of the location of the former U too Bar and its popular neighbours. It is said that an all new entertainment complex will erupt 'from the ash' very soon and that it will include an all new U too Bar too.
Since December 2008 a large poster tells the visitors of McDonald's Dragon outlet on Pattaya's 2nd Road that a Moonlight Entertainment Complex will open soon. In Pattaya the term soon obviously describes the eternity...
BigC isn't the same as BigC Extra!
After the rebranding of the former Carrefour to BigC Extra you have to use the BigC membercard and all your purchased goods will be put into BigC's green shopping bags. But here the similarity ends. The sortiment remains different. You can't find any Casino labeled Western products at BigC's shops. You can get them only at BigC Extra.
We, the consumers, have to pay the merger!
Before the merger I had to pay 85 Baht for 200 grams of my prefered café at BigC and at Tesco/Lotus but 95 Baht at Carrefour. Since the merger the very same coffee costs 95 Baht at BigC, at BigC extra! (the former Carrefour) and at Tesco/Lotus! Just before the rebranding Carrefour sold InHouse branded Rice Cookers, Toasters, Sandwich Makers and Water Heaters for 269 Baht. Now the same products cost between 289 and 339 Baht and are announced in big letters as promotions at BigC and BigC Extra. Check the prices daily and at the Check Points - or you get cheated!
Walking Street's first McDonald's is not a DriveIn or a WalkIn, but a small WaitInFront Kiosk. It opened on July 7th just opposite of Walking Street's Utopia Rock House and Utopia A Go-Go Club. If there is no rain on Walking Street, you can sit outside and enjoy Utopia's band. McDonald's new outlet sells the food about 20% more expensive than at its CentralFestival shop. Perhaps the ticket for the free concert is already included.
Thai Election July 3rd 2011
And The Winner is: Yingluck Shinawatra,
the rising star in Thai politics, the top Pheu Thai party-list candidate and the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand's former Prime Minister who was toppled by Thailand's military in 2006. Thaksin's sister Yingluck Shinawatra is now set to become Thailand's first female prime minister. At least if the Thai military, Bangkok's Elite and its yellow shirts accept the landslide election win of the Pheu Thai party. During the last few days members of Thailand's military and the Democratic Party tried everything to discredit Yingluck Shinawatra. On July 2nd the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD, also known as the Yellow Shirts) has petitioned the Election Commission (EC) for the disbandment of five political parties for their violation of the electoral law, namely Pheu Thai, Democrat, Bhumjaithai, Chart Thai Pattana and Chart Pattana Puea Pandin. A secretary of the army said National army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha will not make any political comments while the new government is being formed. But in a speech on July 3rd Gen Prayuth emphasised the army's duty is to protect the nation, the religion and the monarchy. Outgoing Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, a retired general, said the military accepted the landslide election win by allies of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. 'The people have spoken clearly so the military cannot do anything. We accept it'. Despite a heavy rainstorm people in my neighbourhood celebrated Yingluck's win with a big and noisy firework on July 3rd at about 19:15 Thai time.
Please click here for the Official Results of Thailand's Election.
Thailand's Army lost its Credibility
Thailand's Military chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha has pledged to be neutral in the election but he has also called on the electorate to cast votes for good people only - an outburst taken as an attack on Yingluck, the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra (Thailand's former Prime Minister). He also told the press the military wants to take a neutral stance. It's not to be neutral politically, but to be neutral in military terms. We will do our duty, carry out our responsibilities as required by the law. We'll do our job for the nation, the religion, the King and the people. In a speech on July 3rd General Prayut repeated this statement, but without mentioning the people (of Thailand)... Moreover, during the last few days Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha repeatedly had to reject rumours the military will stage a coup if the (opposition) Pheu Thai Party wins the election and forms a coalition government. It seems nobody believes a word of it. And of course, after 18 actual or attempted coups since 1932 Thailand's Army already lost its credibility. Update: Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has ordered all three of the country's armed forces to get ready for the implementation of the national defence plan, a military source said on July 1st 2011. Navy warships have been put on standby as well. The armed forces are ready to protect Thai territory along the border with Cambodia, the source said. Nevertheless, the situation along the Thai-Cambodian border was and is normal. It seems Thailand's army just wanted to show its muscles before the elections...
Things will get much worse, before it can get better.* July 09, 2011: Thai army has announced plans to end its role in the anti-drugs 315 task force. The drug task force is commanded by the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) in which the army plays a leading role. July 09, 2011: The army warned the Isoc (Internal Security Operations Command) to suspend its efforts to crack down on about 800 illegal community radio stations throughout the country. Many community radio stations are supporting the Pheu Thai Party, the winner of Thailand's latest election. July 13, 2011: Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, a core member of the yellow-shirt PAD, on Wednesday filed a petition with the Supreme Court's Election Cases Division against the Election Commission, calling for the court to nullify the July 3 polls and order a new general election. He said the EC had made a mistake in administering the election. July 14, 2011: The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), the Yellow Shirts organisation, has asked the Supreme Court's Election Cases Division to declare the July 3 election null and void.
*Channel News Asia, June 30th 2011.
Stupid People never die
Last month, on June 7th 2011, the Chonburi Social Development and Human Security Department organized a seminar for Thai women with foreign spouses. Banglamung District Chief Chawalit Saeng-Uthai and Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome reviewed everything from spousal abuse to abandonment to child support. Much of the advice aimed at women who have children with non-Thais. The Social Development Department's Somchai Sirorat said Thai women are reporting more cases of rights abuses than ever before. Many of the complaints are related to physical abuse, boyfriends that sire children and then return to their home country, lack of child support payments, abandonment by the husband or a mother's rights when a husband becomes a child's legal guardian. Mister Somchai noted that many of the women in the Pattaya area came from rural parts of Thailand. They did not know what rights they have under the law. We organized the seminar to prevent exploitation from people who would take advantage of your goodwill, the lovely Mister Somchai Sirorat told the about 150 attending Thai women. There are thousands of Thai women working in Pattaya to support the children sired by their Thai lovers. Almost all their Thai partners disappeared with a new woman - without ever paying a single Baht for their descendants. The Chonburi Social Development and Human Security Department never organized a seminar to educate these women and to help them to get the rights (e.g. the money) they have under the mentioned Thai law(s)... Farangs are milkers - Thai men not.
Business in Thailand
We are talking and fighting - but not flying!
The launch of Thai Tiger Airlines has been repeatedly delayed, apparently as a result of wrangling between the Thai finance and transport ministries. On July 13th 2011 Thailand's Transport Ministry said that the proposal had not been approved because details of the launch and operations were unclear. Thai Airways International is a state enterprise with Thailand's Finance Ministry as THAI's major shareholder. Singapore's Tiger Airways said it will hold further discussions with Thai Airways on Thai Tiger. It seems the Airline from Singapore has to wait until a new government is being formed in Thailand...
Thailand is not the end of the world, there is still Indonesia and the Philippines the Asia editor at Aviation Week said on Tiger Airways' plans for its expansion in Southeast Asia. He's right.
Red Label or RedRable: Is it really so important what you get for your money?
TV5MONDE, the international TV channel from France, knows Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Rangoun (Rangoon e.g. Yangon) but not a single town in the Kingdom of Thailand. Perhaps we should ignore Paris too.
Lay Down in Pattaya...
Do not believe any advertisement! You don't need an expensive mattress or a 5-Star Hotel to have a good sleep - all you need is to lay down in Pattaya...
This is Pattaya too...
Can be visited at The Sanctuary of Truth in Naklua.
Sugar Sugar A Go-Go
Rhino A Go-Go
Bärzia Club 2nd Road
House of Condom
Lek's Classroom Soi 2
Hooty's A Go-Go
U too Bar 2nd Road
Silhouettes 2nd Road
Fantasy A Go-Go
Club B4 Soi Diamond
B52 Bar Soi 8
Titty Twister 3rd Road
DiDi's Bar Central Rd.
Betty Boum Bar & Club
China Circus Show
For more information
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Pattaya City Hall doesn't do anything to stop the scam!
The politicians at America's House of Representatives show the world how stupid they are and how much they are interested in the welfare of their citizien and the rest of this world.
Stop Nuclear Plants!
Never forget Tschernobyl, Hiroshima & Fukushima!
Nuclear Lobby claims
Renewable energy is good for households, but not for the industry.
Supporters of nuclear energy can now taste nuclear contaminated Beefsteaks in Tokyo, probably free of charge.
If you are not able to fully control a technology - don't use it!
The Dept Virus from Greece is infecting the European Union and the World. Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Italy and the USA are already infected. Portugal's & Ireland's debts are junk, Moody's Investors Service says. Italy seems to be the next Junky...
The Euro as well as the EU are broken down. There are simply too many countries that like to profit only.
The USA warn
We are running out of money!
Almost every Thai lady tells me the same...
Prefume: 39 Baht only.
Perfume costs more!
A Pattaya Lady's
2. Mobile Phone
3. TV Set
Your chance to lose all your data in the cloud of the World Wide Web.
Jeans in Pattaya
No it's not 501 - but it likes to be one...
No it's not Levi's - but it likes to be one...
No it's not Beer Chang - but it could be...
For Got Someting
Mobile Phone hacking
Since 2007 we are warning you about the security flaws in Mobile Phones. First we were told we are writing rubbish, now almost whole the world is talking about... But phone hacking isn't restricted to the U.K. - it happens around the world!
The automobile industry decided that India will be the world's hub for small car production and not Thailand.
Apple will launch its iPhone 5 (or iPhone4S) during September 2011. It will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology, an Asus affiliated company.
Starting from September 2011 you can phone with Mangos!
HTC, Samsung, and LG will start selling their Microsoft Mango based smartphones in September. Acer, ZTE and Fujitsu Toshiba will unveil their Mango phones during Microsoft's 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference later this year. In October Nokia will present its first batch of Mango phones. It is said that Mangos (the fruit) are healthier than Apples...
Prices for microSD cards are expected to fall during the next months.
Nokia is reducing the prices of its smartphones.
Peace can be seen in the distance...
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