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Mourning ends October 30th, 2017
Mourning period ends tomorrow
Thailand's Military Junta announced yesterday that the mourning period of King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially ends on Monday, October 30th, 2017.
Wearing normal colours is appropriate but no mourning pins should be used starting Monday, a spokesperson said.
Nevertheless, the kindness and compassion of the late King will remain in the hearts of Thai people.
Sluggish Economy
Sluggish Economy
Since many months Thailand's Military Junta praise the country's uptrend in economy.
But according to Thailand's Banks and Economy Consultants the contrary is true.
Surachet Kongcheep, an associate director of property consultant Colliers International Thailand, said that the overall economy was still sluggish.
People did not feel the economy had improved despite what the government claimed.
Many businesses struggled, like the retail sector, which faced decreasing income among tenants.
The gross bad loan ratios of Thailand's banks continued to rise in the third quarter, a further reflecting the country's uneven economic recovery.
Thailand's Military Junta is very known for its fake news.
During September 2017 Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha duped (once again) the Kingdom's media and 63 landless farmers with a perfectly staged show.
This month the Dictator and his handpicked Military Junta announced that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will travel to Thailand to meet the country's Prime Minister.
A lie!
Two days after the government announced the news, a Facebook Thailand spokesperson told that no such meeting was planned.
As a result the Dictator abruptly cancelled a press interview session at Government House...
Please read too:
There is something rotten in this numbers.
Closed on October 26th
Bang Lamung District Chief orders
Bang Lamung District Chief Naris Niramaiwong orders all entertainment venues and related service establishments to shut down on October 26th so staff can attend services or watch the Royal Cremation of the late King of Thailand on TV.
This compares favorable with a 3 day shutdown in other towns or areas of this country.
It is known that staff at Tesco/Lotus and Tesco/Lotus Express, 7ELEVEN, FamilyMart, Makro, Tops, HomeWorks, HomePro, Index Living Mall, Thai Watsadu, Big C Supercenters and Mini Big C as well as Shopping Malls run by the Central Group will given the afternoon off and close their doors between 14:00 and 15:00.
Most MiniMarts will reopen at midnight, but Tesco/Lotus Express announced to reopen on October 27th at 06:00.
All SF Cinemas and Major Cineplex are closed for the day.
The real reason for the coup d'état
The real reason for the coup d'état
Bangkok Post claims that the consequent Royal Transition is likely to be viewed in posterity as the principal reason why the Thai people have had to put up with Gen Prayuth.
Spike from Pattaya Days reports
The Rub Bua Festival
Spike from Pattaya Days reports from the Rub Bua Festival in Bang Phli District in Samut Prakan.
Spike on Tour
Spike on Tour
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Immigration News
Important Notice
Since General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his Military Junta launched their Coup d'état on May 22nd, 2014, Thailand's Visa ground rules are constantly changing. More over, not every consulate can issue all the different Visas. Some smaller consulates even display notices to the effect that non-immigrant visas are unavailable.
Our advice: Before booking your holidays please contact the Embassy in your country to obtain information about Thailand's latest regulation(s) and check the Chonburi Immigration Website or the website of Thailand's Immigration Police.
Update (March 2016):
New Overstay Regulations
Thailand's new immigration policy will take effect on March 20th of this year.
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Busy Immigration
Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, chief of the Immigration Bureau, informed the media that between October 2015 and March 2016 Thailand's Immigration deported a total of 486'947 foreigners who overstayed their visas. Another 323'575 foreigners overstaying their visas still remain at large.
If the numbers mentioned above are correct, the Immigration Bureau deported about 2'700 people a day...
Never trust a statistic that you have not manipulated yourself!
New 10-year Visa
Thailand's interim Government announced on November 22nd, 2016, that foreign residents over 50 will be able to apply for 10-year visas.
The new Visa would replace one-year renewable visas and come in two installments of five years each.
Applicants must either earn a monthly salary of at least 100'000 Baht or have more than 3 million Baht in their bank account, which cannot be withdrawn within the first year after receiving the visa.
Applicants also must also have a health insurance that covers hospital stays and provides at least US$10'000 in annual coverage.
Visa holders will still have to check in every 90 days with the Bureau of Immigration.
Up & Down
Thailand's Military Junta cuts the visa-on-arrival fee for tourists from Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan from today 2'000 Baht to 1'000 Baht.
The 1'000-Baht fee for visas sought at Thai embassies and consulates would be lifted.
The reduction is applicable from December 1st, 2016, to February 28th, 2017, only.
The change was announced less than two months after the visa fee was increased to 2'000 Baht on September 27th, 2016...
New Rules
Foreigners who enter Thailand without a visa via a land border crossing can now do so only twice per calendar year.
Those who seek to enter Thailand without a visa via a land border checkpoint for a third time in a calendar year may be denied entry and asked to apply for a regular visa first.
Entries through international airports are not affected by this new regulation.
While eligible foreigners who enter Thailand under the “visa exemption” scheme would previously get 30 days exclusively at international airports but only 15 days at border crossings, this rule has now been relaxed and all foreigners will receive 30-day entry stamps also at land border checkpoints.
The new rules went into effect on December 31st, 2016.
Free visas extended
Bangkok Post reports that Thailand's Government extended by six months to August free visas at Thai consulates and embassies and discounts on visas on arrival for visitors from 21 countries.
Chonburi Immigration Office got new Chief
Chonburi Immigration Office got new Chief
Pattaya Mail reports on July 8th, 2017, that the Chonburi Immigration Office got a new Chief.
Pol. Maj. Satawat Srirattanapong, the new Chief, announced that people who are requesting a long-stay permit will be thoroughly investigated for the safety of the community and the nation.
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The Marine and Coastal Resources Department plans to ban smoking on beaches around the country next month.
Offenders will be subject to huge maximum penalties of one year in jail or 100'000 Baht fine.
Problem solved by using the brain
The Officals in Knokke (Belgium) solved the problem by using their brains.
If you can't find one you still can ban smoking.
Do not try to smoke e-cigarettes on the beach!
Smoking e-cigarettes in public can get very expensive in this country.
No more Beer on Pattaya Beaches
Our highly educated Generals from the ruling Military Junta decided to ban the selling of alcohol on all beaches along Pattaya's coast.
Drone users face fines and jail terms in Amazing Thailand
Drone users face fines, jail terms in Amazing Thailand
On October 11th Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) issued an order to regulate the uses of drones in this country.
The new regulation says that all owners of drones have to register their devices within 90 days or face imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding 100'000 Baht or both.
The NBTC claims that their move is aimed at protecting Thailand.
Registration would include pictures of drones, details of serial numbers of communication devices and copies of identification cards of registrants.
Owners of drones can register their devices at the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and the NBTC headquarters and its 21 provincial offices as well as police stations nationwide.
Important for tourists:
The NBTC's new regulation says that those who want to import drones must seek permission from NBTC first, but - as usual in this country without any information how to proceed. Recent cases show that owners of specific goods can be charged by Officials with 'importation' for bringing products intended for personal use into this country.
The information given by the NBTC not even tells if you get some certification paper or even a license plate for your drone. They also missed to inform the people about the cost of the registration procedure. Obviously the registration fee is at the discretion of the respective Official...
Our recommendation: Do not take your drone to Thailand - or book your holidays in a more liberal country.
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Thailand - nobody else
Only Thais can apply for Firearms
No Firearms for Foreigners
Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) - the Military Junta - on October 12th passed the third reading of amendments to the 1947 Weapon, Firearm, Explosive and Firework Act.
The amendment specifies that only Thais can register a gun with authorities.
Previously, nationality was not an issue and foreigners residing in Thailand could apply too.
The amendment will become effective after it is promulgated in the Royal Gazette.
King of Fruits
King of Fruits
Scientists in Singapore discovered that a Durian, known as the 'stinky fruit', has about 46'000 genes, nearly double the number in the human genome.
The scientist claims that they were able to trace the evolution of the fruit back 65 million years and could found the reason for its strong smelling.
If you are interested in their findings please read their publication in the journal Nature Genetics.
After the mysteries of the fruit have been exposed, we expect that in a few weeks time a Thai University will announce the breeding of a Durian with a taste of a Strawberry.
Thailand's new Excise Tax
Amazing Chaos
Smoking and Drinking got more expensive
Cigarette prices will face the highest increases under the new excise tax law that took effect on Saturday, September 16th, with tax rates now at 20% and 40%, followed by imported wine, Bangkok Post wrote on September 16th, 2017.
For alcoholic beverages, beer will cost 0.50 Baht more per can or 2.66 Baht more per bottle, while high-priced brands will be between 0.99 and 2.05 Baht cheaper.Imported wines priced at 1'000 Baht or more per bottle will now cost 110 Baht more. However, wine priced at less than 1'000 Baht a bottle, most of it local, will be 25 Baht cheaper.
The new law introduces a new calculation method for excise taxes, including those on sugary drinks, tea and coffee. Taxes are calculated based on suggested retail prices and on the degree of alcohol contained.
Sugary drinks, vegetable and fruit drinks will be priced 0.06 to 0.54 Baht higher per unit, green tea 1.13 to 2.05 Baht more, ready-to-drink coffee or tea 1.35 Baht more and energy drinks 0.32 to 0.90 Baht more, except for the 150cc bottle which will cost 0.11 Baht less.
Carbonated drinks, such as those with sugar substitutes such as Coke Zero or Pepsi Max will be 0.25 to 0.36 Baht cheaper while those using regular sugar will cost 0.13 to 0.50 Baht more but drinks containing sugar substitutes not above the limit set by the Food and Drug Administration and those using stevia are not taxed.
And the result?
Vendors said many customers had turned to smuggled cigarettes as the prices were only 25-65 Baht per pack. Smuggled alcoholic beverages were also half the prices of local products...
The main reason for the new taxes is not the health of the people - as stated by the country's Officials. The Military Junta needs the money to finance its exorbitants arms expenditure and to offset the drop in revenue from import tariffs resulting from free-trade deals.
Deputy Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sonthi-Jirawong already announced that anyone who refuses to sell these products will face a legal action under the Goods and Service Act, punishable by a maximum seven years in jail and/or a maximum fine of 140'000 Baht.
Do not try to bring e-cigarettes and their vaping gears into this amazing country.
It can get very expensive.
Laughing Stock of the Month
Pedestrian Light placed after the Zebra Crossings
Pattaya's highly educated Officials place the Pedestrian Lights after the Zebra Crossings
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
We are lazy
Jomtien Second Road
Jomtien Second Road
Residents and road users secured a hole on the left half of Jomtien's 2nd Road because obviously no official recognized the danger.
Moreover, at the Wat Bun Road / 2nd Road junction, just where the now defunct roundabout was, another large hole is a deadly danger especially for drivers of the popular 12-inch and 14-inch wheeled motorcycles and scooters. It's a few meters only in front of a Police 'we serve & protect' (!) box, but no official take care of it.
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Thailand - nobody else
A Legacy of former Pattaya Major Itthiphol Khunplome
A Legacy of former Pattaya Major Itthiphol Khunplome
Some call Pattaya Beach a War Zone and some praise it as a Pristine Beach like Miami.
Both are wrong:
It's a Legacy of Pattaya's former Major Itthiphol Khunplome and - according to the currently ruling Military Junta - a wasteful project.
A Legacy of former Pattaya Major Itthiphol Khunplome
A Legacy of former Pattaya Major Itthiphol Khunplome
Pattaya Officials call this a Wastewater Treatment Facility...
A Legacy of former Pattaya Major Itthiphol Khunplome
The worthless work was managed by a Coordination Center for Pattaya Beach Nourishment Construction Project, located near the entrance to Walking Street.
During many years the organisation mentioned a WEBsite that never existed...
Update (October 13th, 2017):
Pattaya Mail reports that Pattaya Mayor Anan Charoenchasri promised on October 6th to clean up Pattaya Beach during the next two weeks...
.. but Pattaya's Sanitation Department announced that South Pattaya Beach remains dirty and polluted as sewage continues to leak into storm drains during heavy storms until the broken pump repairs are done.
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
High-Tech never works correctly in Pattaya
Last month we reported about a pedestrian light in front of Pattaya School 8 and Wat Chaimongkon on South Road displaying GREEN concurrently for pedestrians and traffic.
During the last 30 days nothing happened. The traffic lights still represent a high danger for pedestrians and vehicles.
It shows once more that all the announcements by Pattaya City Hall, currently managed by Thailand's Military Junta, about the high priority of their citizens security are nothing else than empty words.
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
There is something rotten in this numbers
Closed shops wherever you're looking in Pattaya
Since Thailand's Military Junta took the power in 2014, the number of tourists visiting the country is invariably reaching astronomical figures. At least if you believe into the statistics published by TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) and the country's Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
Also, according to another statistic, published by a Thai Bank, the three top provinces profiting from tourists' money are:
1. Bangkok
2. Chon Buri (e.g. Pattaya)
3. Phuket
But by walking around in Pattaya, you get a completely different picture:
Alone in Pattaya's Walking Street there are 20+ units without tenants - just at the beginning of the country's high season!
Pattaya's 2nd Road shows many dozens of unused shops too and at the city's shopping centers you will notice the very same unpleasant situation.
Even at the week markets on Soi Buakhaow and on Thepprasit Road you can discover a lot of unused spaces.
During the last 35 years Pattaya never was at a such miserable economic situation at the beginning of a high season.
Let's say with Shakespeare: There must be something rotten in this State.
Avoid Sea Salt: It's full of Plastic!
Sea Salt contains Plastic.
A recent study lead by the State University of New York at Fredonia shows that Sea Salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution.
Researchers believe the majority of the contamination comes from microfibres and single-use plastics such as water bottles, items that comprise the majority of plastic waste.
It's not the plastic itself that poses a problem for the human body but the way it collects cancer-causing chemicals in the water.
For additional information please read the report published by The Guardian.
Healthy Food is obviously utterly unhealthy
Healthy Food is obviously utterly unhealthy
About 10 years ago Peter died. He just got 62 years old. He was one of my friends promoting a healthy life through healthy food.
When I told my doctor about Peter's healthy life but early death, he told me: He's an exception. Eating healthy foods extends your life.
Over the years more and more of my friends died. All of them exceptions, enthusiast of healthy food.
A few months ago I learned from my sister that my doctor in Switzerland died too. He was my last 'healthy food' friend. He just got 67.
All the so called 'Food Sinner' all still with me. Some of them even have their daily glass(es) of wine, beer or wiskey - and a few of them are still smoking their cigarettes or cigars.
We all are enjoying our life and our 'unhealthy food' despite beeing 70+ years old.
I see my Thai doctor every 3 to 4 months to check my heart as well as my blood. Since over 20 years my doctors try to correct my cholesterol. The LDL is on the 'good' side, but my HDL level is ways to low. Since they started testing it, my HDL stays at 35 mg/dL. Whatever the lovely doctors tried, it didn't help.
After my last check-up in April I decided to show the doctors the absurdity of their efforts
During the following 4 months all my cooked food was prepared with Coconut Oil only - according to the American Heart Association (AHA) the worst oil of all. Moreover, I drunk 1.5 liter of Coke - the Original! - a day. According to the FDA, AHA and the WHO (World Health Organization) an absolutely unhealthy diet.
What happened after the four months long ordeal?
No change in my cholesterol levels, but a slightly better blood glucose level of 6.4 mmol/L instead of my usual 6.6 mmol/L!
What my Thai doctor says now?
He stopped all cholesterol correcting activities. A healthy body contols the cholesterol as well as the blood sugar levels itself, he says now and adds hear on your body. It tells you what it needs, not the FDA, AHA or the WHO.
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Emergency Room
Soi Diamond
Amigo overtake the ByBlos Club A Go-Go during 2015 and announced a new shopping feeling for 2016. Since then we seldom could detect any signs of life anymore.
But during September 2017, we could spot some reanimation teams trying to bring the patient back to life. We keep you posted.
Armageddon Bar
Soi LK Metro
When Armageddon closed down its bar during October 2016 it announced that in December 2016 its successor will open an A Go-Go Club. It didn't happen, but during the last week of July 2017 we could spot an 'emergency team' trying to save the live of the venue. During the last week of August the 'patient' was still alive.
As of September 30th, it seems that the patient will be ready to leave the 'emergency room' in a few days time.
On October 14th the patient was released from the intensive care unit. The patient has not yet been fully restored, but his injuries can now be treated on an outpatient basis. Nevertheless, the patient got a new identity: PULSE.
Midnight Pattaya
Midnight Pattaya
Soi BJ & Marine Plaza, off Walking Street
Announced as Midnight Pattaya, the first entertainment places at the 'prestigious project' should open during January 2017. It didn't happen. Residents report that they couldn't spot any construction workers for many weeks. Let's hope we would not face another Soho Square debacle.
The latest announcement from Midnight Pattaya:
Midnight Pattaya
Let's wait and see
Update (August 9th):
Bangkok Post reports that Hussein Maher, the 61-year old Finish owner of the building, on August 8th at about 02:30 had fallen from the second floor of Midnight Mall on Soi BJ to the ground floor. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Should one of the patients mentioned above survive our emergency room, you will read it here.
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Police discovered a new Source of Income
New Source of Revenue
Police on Walking Street discovered a new source of income.
Some members of the corps are even so greedy that they even forget to play with their smartphones, otherwise their favourite activity.
Before you pay, read the banner carefully:
It clearly says maximum penalty is 2000 Baht.
Even better: Smile at the marshal(s) and use the litterbox!
Enjoy the all new Pattaya Feeling:
Sounds and conversations at bedroom volume levels!
It's a real blessing for our ears.
But if you are missing shattering sound levels you still can pay a visit to Rolling Live and/or Hot Tuna Bars.
On October 20th noise was back in most entertainment venues on Walking Street.
Banglamung's District Chief has asked Pattaya's entertainment venues to turn down the volume, postpone outdoor events and curb dancing as a proper show of respect until the end of the royal mourning period for King Rama IX.
The Authorities promised stiff repercussions for anybody failing to 'cooperate'.
Ballermann goes Jomtien
On Soi 5, off Jomtien Beach Road, Ballermann opened a bar and a guesthouse in the rooms of the former Windmill Bar.
On Majorca (in German: Mallorca) Ballermann is a Cacography of the Spanish term Balneario and describes a popular Strandcafé (beach café) on Platja de Palma where almost exclusively German tourists celebrate their festivals by drinking (German) beer and singing (German) Songs.
Drinking and singing can also be done in Jomtien, but you will miss the high quality and well-kept beaches of Majorca and the very clean sea.
In comparison to Majorca, Pattaya is actually a cloaca.
B.J's Sports Bar
Also on Soi 5, off Jomtien Beach Road and only a few meters from Windmill Bar, B.J's Sports Bar & Guest House opened in the building of the former Your Day Guest House.
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Borussia Park
Borussia Park, a popular German Restaurant serving affordable and tasty foods, changed its opening hours:
Monday: closed.
Tuesday - Saturday: 09:00-13:00 and 18:00-21:00
Sunday: 09:00-21:00
Braekfast served from 09:00-13:00 only
Closed for holidays from October 23rd until October 27th, 2017.
Update (October 16th): Starting from November 1st, 2017, Borussia Park's Menu Card will show a significant increase in prices.
Phenomena Show
A new Show Complex called Phenomena Show, dedicated mainly for visitors from China, will open soon on Soi 29/1, off Naklua Road.
The Soi is already known for its notorious Sex Shows at the 69 Show Complex, also designated for tourists from (Big) China and the Number One as well as Fantasy Show showcases attracting mainly people from the Indian subcontinent.
A piquant detail on the edge: Official Policemen from Pattaya guide the many busses into the Soi and to its parking lots. On Walking Street the very same organisation launches crackdowns on ordinary Go-Go Clubs...
TiT (This is Thailand)
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New Food Outlets at Royal Garden Plaza
On the first flor of Royal Garden Plaza's Beach side Sweetish and Chan opened new food outlets.
Sweetish replaces Bon Chon, a chicken outlet that moved to CentralFestival. Chan occupies the rooms of the failed Red Kimchi Korean Bar B Q Buffet
It is announced that Benihana, a Japanese Steakhouse currently located on the second floor of the mall, will move down in a few weeks to the first floor too.
We keep you posted.
On the Block
Le Private, a Bar Club and small Guesthouse located on Soi Lengkee (off Soi Buakhaow), is on the block.
Name Change
The Generous Uncle, a Steak outlet located opposite of the Korat Bus Station on Pattaya 3rd Road changed its name to Silkman's Steak or K. Mai Steak (Khun Mai Steak in Thai).
Only the name as well as the logo changed, but not the people, the quality of the food nor the cheap prices.
For more information about affordable and tasty foods in Pattaya please click here.
Terminl 21 takes Shape
Terminal 21, Pattaya's new Shopping Paradies takes shape in Northern Pattaya, at Naklua's controversial Dolphin Turnaround.
People already living with a Terminal 21 in the Korat claim that the new shopping paradies is a lot more attractive than Pattaya's CentralFestival and a great pleasure for shopping and meeting people.
Let's wait and see!
Padoga Hostel
Padoga Hostel opened on Pattaya 3rd Road, just a few meters from the entrance to Soi Lengkee.
It's an amazing developement: Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pushing high price tourism, but obviously families and/or backpackers are looking for inexpensive accommondations.
Bronx Pizza
Bronx Pizza, located on Soi Diana, off 2nd Road, is on the move.
It announced that it will reopen on November 1st at Tipp Plaza (Beach Road), opposite to the Subway Sandwich outlet.
We keep you posted.
Far East Rock A Go-Go still closed
Far East Rock A Go-Go, once located on Soi Post Office, closed down on September 1st, 2017.
The management promised to reopen the Bar a month later. We took the photo on October 3rd. It doesn't look very promising, but should it ever happen, you will read it here.
Diana Inn closed down
The once popular hotel known as Diana Inn, located on Pattaya Second Road, closed down.
All its tenants, including the popular Pizza Bronx outlet, had to move out.
Already booked rooms got cancelled at short notice, without any explanation by its owner Boss Suites.
TiT (This is Thailand)
Update (October 26th): We just learned that the whole block has been sold to the nearby Base Condo.
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The end of Buddhist Lent
On October 5th Thailand's people celebrated Wan Awk Pansa, a Buddhist holiday. The dry day marks the end of Buddhist lent and the traditional end of the rainy season.
The bars and clubs usualy respect the rules, but not the weather...
Lady Love A Go-Go
Lady Love A Go-Go
Kaos A Go-Go
Kaos A Go-Go
The pictured entertainment venues already closed down on October 25th and probably will be closed until the end of the mourning period.
Depending on the source, the official mourning ends between October 27th and October 31st.
This is Thailand, everybody tells a different story.
On September 26th, 2017, the Cabinet of the Military Junta extended the period of mourning until October 27th and announced that the Royal Cremation Ceremonies for the late King will run from October 25th to 29th, with the actual cremation being held on October 26th.
It also decided that starting October 28th, all mourning signs including black and white cloth banners are to be removed from all government offices and roads...
Update (October 27th):
All Venues are in full swing, only the new Chaos A Go-Go remained closed, but it reopened on October 28th.
Pulse is the name of the successor of Armageddon Bar.
When the bar closed down last October (2016!) it announced on its Website that its successor will open during December (2016!) as a Go-Go Bar.
It shouldn't happen.
A full year after the closure of Armageddon Bar Pulse opened on October 14th with a free food party and a bunch of lovely Ladies.
According to our information the new A Go-Go Club doesn't have any connection to the failed Pulse Disco (later known as Grand Fever Disco, now Nashaa) on Walking Street but its management already runs Touch A Go-Go, located directly opposite of the new venue.
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Slice Pizza
Slice, the Soi's new Pizza oulet, opened its shop on October 5th, just when almost all bars in the Soi closed down to mark Wan Awk Pansa (the end of Buddhist lent and the traditional end of the rainy season).
Soi 6 in the Dark
On Buddhist days the bars have to go dark
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Simons Bar Complex 1
Simons Bar Complex 1
Simons Bar Complex 2
Simons Bar Complex 1
Marine Disco
Marine Disco
Bypass A Go-Go
Bypass A Go-Go
Glass House A Go-Go
Glass House A Go-Go
The Stone House
The Stone House
Who knows?
The pictured entertainment venues already closed down on October 25th and probably will be closed until the end of the mourning period.
Depending on the source, the official mourning ends between October 27th and October 31st.
This is Thailand, everybody tells a different story.
Bamboo Bar
Bamboo Bar
On September 26th, 2017, the Cabinet of the Military Junta extended the period of mourning until October 27th and announced that the Royal Cremation Ceremonies for the late King will run from October 25th to 29th, with the actual cremation being held on October 26th.
It also decided that starting October 28th, all mourning signs including black and white cloth banners are to be removed from all government offices and roads...
Update (October 27th):
All Venues are in full swing again.
The Way the Military Junta likes to see Walking Street
A Street without advertisements for entertainment businesses.
Let's hope it never happens.
'Beach' goes McDonld's
Sunday, October 22nd at 01:30 at McDonald's Pier on Walking Street
New Indian Night Club opened
A new Indian Night Club called RAAS opened on October 29th in the rooms of the failed SOI 16 Music Hall.
New Indian Night Club opened
The interest in the new club was enormous
Cocoon goes Pattaya
In the building that was the home of Reggae Rock & Soul Bar (formerly also known as Utopia Rock House) and Upstairs A Go-Go Cocoon will open a new kind of three floor Night Club during December 2017 presenting 'Acrobatic A Go-Go Shows'.
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India moves to Walking Street
The failed Soi 16 Music Hall will open soon as another Indian Disco. Raas will present audio/visual sync shows similar to Jomtien's Khan Show Temple but adapted for nightclubs.
Some people already are calling the area around Soi 16 Little India, but in the near future businesses targeting Indian visitors will moving closer to South Pattaya Road too.
Attracting Indian customers could be the last chance for some ailing nightclubs in this street to survive.
The End of Burger World
In the room of the collapsed Burger World an Iranian Restaurant dubbed Salar is opening its door in a few days time.
Update (October 21st): Before the venue even opened it got a name change from Salar to Akbar Joojeh. Restaurants dubbed Akbar Joojeh and serving Persian Food can be found in Iran, in Dubai as well as at other location where immigrants from Iran are living.
The End of Burger World
CandyShop, a once very popular dancng providing live music, gets the long overdue facelift.
We keep you posted.
Mehfil Mujra
Indian Dance Club closed
Since October 25th Mujra Indian Dance Club and the integrated Mehfil Kebab Outlet is closed for an unknown reason.
The management already removed all signs.
We keep you posted.
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Center Club A Go-Go
Center Club A Go-Go, the successor of the failed Maxine's Club A Go-Go, opened its door on October 14th, 2017.
Maxine's Club was the successor of Dream Club but had a very short life: It opened on June 8th, 2015, and closed down during the first week of July 2015.
Center Club A Go-Go
It was a (very) 'soft opening', without prior announcement, without food and/or some kind of a party.
Center Club A Go-Go
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Perfect Splitting
Amazing Thailand
We Protect
Cheapest Mobile Holder
Why Animal Welfare Associations don't protest?
No Parking
Think Thailand - Think Big
Real Life
Thai T-Shirt
Amazing Switzerland
Pattaya News Flash is published in Switzerland
Enjoy your Life
Ikea Enjoys your Life
This Month
The Isan Bistro
Soi New Plaza
Culture Club Hotel
Soi 11 (Soi Honey)
Dehli Darbar
2nd Road / Soi Pattayaland 1
2nd Road
Domino's Pizza
South Road
ASAP Cafe & Bistro
Tree Town / Soi Buakhaow
Bua Khao Paradise
Soi Buakhaow
Chaos A Go-Go
Soi LK Metro
Soi LK Metro
Soi LK Metro
Soi LK Metro
Soi Diamond
Wicked Hippo Bar
Soi Diamond
Rock Street
Walking Street
Far East Rock A Go-Go
Soi Post Office
2nd Road
Savoey Sea Food
2nd Road / Central Road
South Road
Soi Buakhaow / Soi 15
Red Five Bar
Soi LK Metro
Russian Cafe
Walking Street
Walking Street
Soi 16 Music Hall
Walking Street / Soi 16
For more information click September 2017 News.
Last month's Highlight:
Don't let the EU take control of the UK!
Don't let the EU take control of the UK!
The EU (read: Merkel, Jucker & Co.) asks for a special treatment for EU citizens, including the right to vote in the UK...
Note: The EU acts like a carcinoma.
More Information
Pattaya claims to be a world-class beach resort. It's a lie! The city is not even capable to present an event calendar.
Most events are announced only a few days before they happen.
Other cities or even whole regions publish event calendars or event books covering all events of a year.
Pattaya suffers from megalomania.
Events 2017: Published by Baden-Würtenberg (Germany)
Published by Baden-Würtenberg (Germany)
Kantah Bopha
Beat Richner
and his Children's Hospitals in Cambodia
Kantah Bopha
No Alcohol Days
Thailand's National No Alcohol Days include Buddhist holidays and election days.
On all oher days alcohol can only be sold between 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-24:00.
Vendors caught breaking the ban are liable to a prison sentence of up to six months, a 10'000 Baht fine or both - but local Police use their own discretion to decide which venues need to be visited and fined...
Don't start laughing:
Do not try to buy non alcoholic beers (available from Clausthaler and Oettinger in this country).
The shops won't sell them during dry days.
Some not even sell Soda Water, because Thais and their Police associate it with (Thai) Whisky...
There's a sucker born every minute...
The Godfather's Story
The Kunplomes
Never forget:
It's not your Face and not your Body that makes you sexy.
It's your MONEY!
Electric Vehicles use batteries and batteries are not only a threat to our planet during manufacturing, the 'Recycling' of batteries is still an unsolved problem in most countries.
If the power for charging the batteries is generated by fossil or nuclear power plants then the LCA (life cycle assessment) turns completely to the worse.
Nature destroyed by solar cells
Nature destroyed by Solar Cells - Please click for a larger picture
Solar Cells are a threat to our planet:
The higher the efficiency of a Solar Cell the more Cadmium it contains.
Cadmium is banned from most products in almost all countries, but it can be used without restrictions in Solar Cells. Who controls the 'Recycling' of Solar Cells?
No Nuke Please!
Never forget Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Fukushima!
Never use a technology you do not master 100%!
February 17th, 2017:
Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected!
No News yet
No High-Tech News are Boring News
If you are involved in Electronics, you badly need
NightWalker\'s Technology News
Milking Foreigners!
Thailand's National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department ordered that admission fees for foreigners at national parks throughout the country have to be 400 Baht.
Entry charge for Thai nationals remains 40 Baht for adults and 20 Baht for children.
To cover the inequity the local's prices are printed in Thai script only.
Do not ride Jet Ski in Pattaya!
No progress on Jet Ski saga:
Pattaya City Hall still doesn't do anything to stop the scam!
All the announcements made during last year were City Hall Blah-Blah only...
As long as Jet Ski vendors - respectively their victims - fill up our officials' pockets nothing will happen!
(published by Pattaya Mail):
Problems with Jet Ski operators unsolved.
Avoid Pattaya's Islands
The boats are overloaded, don't provide lifevests for all passengers, are badly maintained and aren't covered by adequate insurance policies.
Pattaya's lazy and allegedly corrupt Officials promised to check owners, personnel and boats regularly, but they don't.
Avoid mosquitoes, they spread the Dengue Fever
Date-rape drug warning
According to Pattaya Police, it is common in this resort that foreign tourists get drugged and robbed in their hotel rooms, apartments or houses by prostitutes or ladyboys.
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs on Pattaya's Beach Promenade
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs are working almost daily on Pattaya's Beach Promenade!
Necklace Snatch
Never wear Gold in Pattaya!
Between 30 to 50 snatching valuables cases are reported to Pattaya's Police every single month.
A healthy living is extremely unhealthy
It ends with death
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