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  2. "Il Peccatore" deserves several stars just for the name (Of course I thought it was a misprint at first - and not much fish on the menu).
  3. Me and MrsFiend do the same, we get sufficient top-ups to extend our sim card validity until our next trip, but not enough credit so that it is used up automatically renewing the package the following month. I've had the same AIS number for about 5 years now.
  4. I’ve read that some of the Thai phone companies have better service in rural areas of the country, but I guess for me, that doesn’t much matter. For other people, that might be a big deal.
  5. Yesterday
  6. I have had the same AIS number for years so I really cannot comment about other brands. Here is how I use it. I do stop at the arrivals hall now and get the whole thing fixed up for the month and paid for. The plans seem to be changing regularly so I tell the ladies what I want and they install and set up. OK, occasionally there are a few people there but bugger the cabbie waiting. He will stop for gas anyway! By the way, by going onto the AIS web site you can do a bit of pre planning as to the right sim for you before you get up to the counter. One response says to pay and top up on one trip and activate on the next. This does not always work as if you have too much credit it will automatically renew even if your not in Thailand. I want data when I arrive so that I can do a bit phoning in the cab. I need data as I use LINE almost exclusively in Thailand. In Pattaya I am sure to be in Central so I use the office there and put say 100 dollars in the machine and put in 5 x 20 baht top ups. Each top up gives me a month in advance. I am currently about 10 months ahead. I suspect that it does not matter where you go and what card you get. For me, I have made decision to keep the same number as long as I can and for that reason AIS has suited me with its 12 month life as long as I keep it topped up. I also believe that the reach is better with AIS but again, only what I believe. As a matter of interest, I spend for a month about 450 baht for around a 4 gig fast plan and I top up say about 100 for phone and text calls using AIS. This just about is fine for me as I also use the sim as a hot spot for my lap top so a bit of decent speed data suits me.
  7. I haven't researched it, but generally USA phone plans are very expensive and poor compared to what is offered in say the UK. They often tie you in to rather domineering contracts too, along with companies that deliberately restrict the phone's capabilities. (I can get a plan in the UK offering 5000 minute, 5000 texts and a huge 20GB of data at under $25/month, and this will work all over the EU) But you do offer a fair deal for USA guys travelling here.
  8. No Google Fi is regular phone service with data. The data is billed to us @ $10 per GB, same as at home in USA.. Our phone calls to home are billed @ .20 per minute and texts are N/C . We also use the condo wi fi when we are there so that data is not charged only the data from the phone company. I do not know which Thai phone company Google Fi partners with but I seldem have any problems.
  9. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good! (updated Jan. 23, 2019)

    I'm a big fan of Taco Taco, but I haven't been back too many times since they moved to Soi 9 off Pattaya Klang, simply because the old location, a stall in the Soi Buakhao night market, was more convenient for me. No doubt, though, that the new enclosed, air-conditioned restaurant is a far more comfortable place to have a meal than a fold-up table in front of the old stall. The menu has expanded considerably, too. I went back yesterday to try the Taco Tuesday special: And a tempting pic from Taco Taco's Facebook page: The following tacos cost 60 baht each all day Tuesday and you can mix and match as you please: You can also choose hard-shell corn tortillas or soft wheat tortillas. I picked column B and had the conchinita pibil and chicken tinga in corn tortillas and the smoky beef on a wheat tortilla. The order came with three in-house-made sauces: the iconic Mexican pico de gallo (aka salsa fresca or salsa mexicana); habanero chili hot sauce (fiery hot ) and pineapple salsa. The pork, chicken and beef in the tacos had been slow-cooked with Mexican spices. The cook didn't skimp on the chili content and the chicken tinga and smoky beef had quite a kick without the hot sauce. The conchinita pibil was a bit milder with a sweet-sour flavor to the pork. It's based on a traditional pork dish from the Yucatán Peninsula and is a favorite of mine. I hope Taco Taco spins off conchinita pibil into a main dish and not just a taco filling. The meal cost 180 baht for the three tortillas and 20 baht for a bottle of water. Bottom line: Since Dave's Cantina closed, these are the best tacos in Pattaya. They aren't the biggest, but definitely the best tasting. Some other taco variations on offer on the regular menu. Taco Taco also has weekly specials and this week it's three-bean chili con carne with rice and nachos: : Evil
  10. Last week
  11. Yes, if you do not have a bank account in Thailand you could get by without. But how about getting on-line with your phone. Data requires a network number, even Wi-Fi available in Malls often originates from the networks provided free to their customers. Free Wi-Fi is usually crap. There will be a lot of freeloaders on a free WI-Fi, or even managing to get onto a business network. If one Thai knows the password, all her friends will too. As I learned on Soi Chaiyapoon recently. All the girls were on the restaurant opposite's Wi-Fi!
  12. T-mobile One has a deal similar to Google Fi for international use, although not quite as good. It gives unlimited 2G data for surfing and unlimited texting, and $.25 per minute for calling. Since most people text rather than call, so I will use the line app to talk to Thai friends.
  13. gs joe

    Indian girls

    I only go to Poke a huntress , Joe
  14. Do not have a situation that requires a Thai # (no Thai bank) so above works for us.
  15. What about people who want a Thai number? For example, my Thai bank? It would be nice if I could do without a Thai number, but that sounds like it won't happen. Anyway, the sim cards are cheap and with "pay as you go" pricing, it doesn't need to cost too much.
  16. wacmedia

    Premier League 18-19

    Hi, Arsenal produce a good display against Chelsea. Like Man Utd they have conceded more than 30 goals so that is their problem. Spurs were lucky to beat Fulham and may have hit the wall. Liverpool were lucky the Palace had their 3rd choice keeper in goal. Man Utd have a great chance of finishing top 4 IMO.
  17. There is also another post saying the place is up for sale.
  18. Thanks for the review. Now I am curious to try. Had watched the soi dogs at the bottom many times, as well as roided up dudes swaggering down the stairs. Have drunk in a bar opposite many times and that's the view. Had assumed there was a gym up there. Oh well, now have a reason for a stroll upstairs...
  19. My wife and I have had Google Fi for about 3 years. It has been great for staying in touch with USA. Texting is included, calls are inexpensive and data is same price as home. For Thai contacts we use Line , What's App or Facebook messenger.
  20. I've been reading up on the new 777x and it seems to be getting closer to the actual test flight stage, (Q2 2019) with deliveries expected in 2020 (as I understand it). From first impressions it appears to be quite revolutionary in a number of areas, not least the Engine design and development, along with folding wingtips and pax capacity of over 400. Some are saying this could kill off the A380. I'm not so sure if that is a fair or relevant comparison, perhaps putting it up against the A350 might be better, here's an interesting comparison: https://simpleflying.com/777x-vs-a350/ Anyway, speaking of Engines, here's the new GE9x strapped to a 747, the comparison to the GECF6 this particular 747 has, to give y'all an idea. Either way, hopefully it'll be better for the end user (us) in both comfort and reduction of costs.
  21. Thank your for all the information and suggestions. This will help me a lot.
  22. In the past, I've used 1-2 Call with no problem. It pays to look into the different plans, though, as they have more than a few and the features differ. For example, some plans may require topping up more frequently. Another thing I've been looking into is Google Fi. I'm in the USA, and I can get Google Fi and keep my USA number for $39 a month for phone service and data. Supposedly, the phone will work in 165 countries and there's no need to change sim cards every time you change countries. Somehow, the phone knows where you are and makes the necessary adjustments, automatically. Anyway, I have an extra phone around that I can use with the Google Fi. I'll use another phone for the Thai sim card, so I guess I'll have two phones and two phone numbers. Probably won't use the Thai phone too much.
  23. Thanks for the write up Evil. That Italian on Soi Lengkee., looks good. Im there in 2 weeks time, I usually eat Thai food only (and the odd English breakfast, when the hangover is too bad!), I sometimes fancy some pasta, so this place looks ideal! Many thanks.
  24. ^^^^ This Plus its the reason God gave us dual SIM phones, so as to have 'home' and 'away' SIMs always on so no loss of banking notices O.T.P's etc
  25. I came through the airport last week and the booths had long queues for sims. Bearing in mind you will have just come off a long flight, do you really want to spend more time queuing? Just my personal preference would be to follow Cbrib's idea and get one in tuk.com. No hassle, very straightforward and queue of only 1-2 people maybe. I dont know how often you come to Patts, but I top mine up just before I leave to keep the same number/sim and just swap out my sim in the taxi on the way to Patts each visit. If I need more credit i just pay as I go. hope that helps KM
  26. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good! (updated Jan. 23, 2019)

    Il Peccatore ("The Sinner') is an Italian restaurant that's been open since mid-November on Soi Lengkee, about half way between Soi Buakhao and 3rd Road. I read that the owner named it Il Peccatore because Pattaya is a city of sinners. It features indoor and outdoor dining areas, with the enclosed area strictly non-smoking. The indoor area had about 15 diners when I arrived and I didn't want to get intrusive with my camera, so I only took pictures of the bar area. I had been meaning to try Il Peccatore for awhile, but never got around to it until last night. Il Peccatore posts its daily specials on its Facebook page and yesterday's special really caught my eye: paccheri cacio e pepe. Il Peccatore Paccheri is large tubular pasta and cacio e pepe translates as "cheese and pepper." The cheese is pecorino romano, a very salty type made from sheep's milk. Cacio e pepe is one of the oldest dishes in Italian cuisine, dating back to shepherds in Roman times. It's a simple dish, consisting of only a few ingredients, namely cheese, pasta and pepper. Modern variations often add extra virgin olive oil to give the sauce a shine. Since the 1950s, cacio e pepe has become a staple in Rome's restaurants and has more recently become popular outside Italy. In 2016, it was named by a New York City magazine as the year's "trendiest dish." I haven't seen it before on a menu in Pattaya, so I was eager to try it. I wasn't disappointed. The sauce was excellent and coated the fresh pasta as it should. I thought it could do with a bit more pepper and ground more on the pasta from the miniature pepper mill on the condiment tray. A basket of fresh bread preceded the pasta. After the meal. the waitress offered me a complimentary glass of chilled limoncello as a digestif. Nice touch! I really like limoncello. I was happy with the meal. The portion wasn't large, but the paccheri was very filling and adequate for me. Considering the meal was based on fresh pasta and pecorino romano and included bread and limoncello, I thought it was value for money at 270 baht. I know there are restaurants where you can get bigger plates of spaghetti for half the price, but a mound of dry pasta with canned sauce is a long way from paccheri cacio e pepe. The service was fast and friendly. The waitress I had spoke good English, which isn't always the case in Pattaya restaurants. The owner (or perhaps manager) greeted me both on my way in and out. I didn't study the menu, but there seemed to be a wide range of Italian dishes, including pizza. I noticed another diner had taken the other special, the grilled T-bone steak for 490 baht, and I almost regretted my decision to go with the pasta. The steak looked large and thick and the gentleman ate it with gusto. Il Peccatore's daily specials follow a pattern of fresh pasta dishes under 300 baht and a meat dish (beef, lamb, pork, duck) under 500 baht. The meat dishes aren't necessarily Italian, such as roast beef with roasted potatoes and T-bone steak. I'll include some photos of the daily special lists from Il Peccatore's FB page at the end of this post. From what I overhead of the other guests' table conversation, almost all were Italian. That's a decent comment on the quality of the food. Bottom line: I'll definitely go back for another taste of Italy and maybe the steak and roast lamb as well. Evil
  27. DTAC AIS and True are all in the arrival hall. No need to wait till tukcom or anything like that. Sims are 50 Baht and they may try to get you to subscribe to a package (which are priced higher to catch the unwary). Ignore that and insist on the 50 baht Sim and then ask for 250 credit on top In the interim before you get to Thailand just pick an appropriate package from one of the websites and beside it will have a "short code" to activate it via phone. Punch it in, reboot phone and you're up and running prior to leaving airport All 3 providers do monthly "always on" connections for around 200 baht but pick one to suit yourself. If its general browsing simple 3g works fine let alone 4g which mine always shows in Pattaya anyway
  28. Rawhide2

    Hotel Suggestion for June '19

    Lowest prices of the year in May and June should be big choice out there. I might suggest Flipper Lodge Soi 8 at that time of year. They also used to do promotions at that time of year may still do but whatever am pretty sure at 1200 you'd get good room in June there (not high season though)
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