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  1. Hi Guys. Sorry for the late reply on this, but this website will be changing homes in the next couple days and due to the extreme number of things I have to do there will be little to no warning before it happens. I am going to do everything I can to minimize the downtime, but there will be some. I will give a longer explanation as to why later, but the short version is the datacenter I have hosted my dozen servers with for the last 15 years is closing down on short notice and I must move all my servers to a new datacenter... and while this website is personally important to me, the othe
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  2. The Black Pagoda group of bars at Patpong 2 ran a all-u-can-drink promotion over Songkran. For 900 baht, you were provided as many bottles of Singha-Tiger-Chang-Leo you wanted in any of their four bars (XXX Lounge, The Strip, Black Pagoda, and the new Black Bar adjacent Black Pagoda, just above the Patpong Museum). I decided to try it out, although I usually prefer Heineken or San Miguel (or Hoegaarden or Stella Artois). I'm surprised more bar groups don't try this type of promotion as a way of capturing their customers. Normally, I would have visited Bada Bing, King's Castle, and Pink Pan
    18 points
  3. After 12 weeks I returned for my second AstraZeneca jab. The vibe was much different this time, much more upbeat, and more people in the hotels. I booked the Sofitel and they gave me a corner room on the 25th floor with lots of windows. The governor of my province had outlawed the sale of alcohol until the end of the month in an effort to reduce the covid spread, even in the 7-11s, so I came a few weeks early. The lobby was a nice place to hang out for afternoon tea I tried the 24-hour room service for Khao Soi,
    18 points
  4. As long as I came all this way via taxi, intercity buses aren't operating, I thought I'd spend a few days at the Banyan Tree on Sathorn Ave, about a 30 minute walk to the main entrance of Lumpini Park, halfway between the German and Malaysian embassies. I booked the VIP package including breakfast, thousand baht per day food and beverage credit (excluding alcohol), early check-in/late check-out, daily fruit plate, and room upgrade. Most impressive was the huge bathroom, as large as the living room. Nice view from
    18 points
  5. I took a walk on the beach under the buildings on the west side of Walking Street. Start from Pattaya Beer Garden and finish just before Bali Hai Pier. The walk took 25 minutes.
    16 points
  6. No reason to come to town with the bars closed, but I stopped in for a few days to check the current status. Stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, where I've never stayed before. It's not guest friendly, lots of families stay there for the same reason I did, the massive pool. I even shot a few hoops There was a buy-1-get-1-free happy hour at the pool bar but drinks weren't very good. Room was a decent standard. There was a sound system but with a CD player. No bluetooth support to use my Apple Music
    15 points
  7. I wasn't ready to return to Bangkok yet so booked a few nights at The Wave. The Wave is a boutique hotel wedged between View Talay 6 and the Bay View Resort. Some may be put off by the neon color scheme but I think it's pretty cool. It's more expensive than the Hard Rock Hotel, nearly double. Stopped at the food court in Central Festival for some lentil soup on the way over, used to eat lunch there frequently when I lived next door. The Wave Hotel This is the lobby The room was very comfortable
    15 points
  8. Soi Cowboy is slowly coming back to life. Dollhouse and Tilac now have dancers on stage, about a half dozen anyway. Crazy House has the best vibe and drawing the largest crowds, with dancing downstairs now. Dancing on two floors in Baccara, so I can sit in my orchestra seat, look up and see a dozen bare bottoms, while sipping my Stella Artois or Hoegarrden. In my last post I mentioned a new music bar called West End, it's actually called East End, I just thought it was West End because it's towards the West End of the street. Nana Plaza is still th
    15 points
  9. It seems that while closed the PBG has still been feeding the masses. Unfortunately the masses are insects and the food has been our wooden tables and chairs. The work crews are rebuilding the furniture and expunging any insect infested wood from the premises. A bigger job that I expected. We have tentative plans to re-open on 15 January for limited hours and with a limited menu. Probably 3 - 11 pm. Nothing is sure yet as the situation here remains fluid and Omicron has yet to hit heavily. It's the government response to Omicron that remains the big unknown although the health minis
    15 points
  10. I was anxious to check out this new Tree Town so headed over one late afternoon, mid-week. I was thankful for overcast sky's and mild temperatures, recently had surgery for skin cancer. I checked the price on Stella Artois and Hoegaarden at the Beer Hub, not much less than what I pay at Baccara on Soi Cowboy, where the scenery is much better. There are signs with this leafy green stuff all over town. I only smoke cigars. This must be the way... Pretty quiet at the moment, don't know about late
    14 points
  11. This place has everything, more than 15,000 stalls divided into 30 sections. Since 1942, Chatuchak Weekend Market sells many different kinds of goods, including plants, antiques, electronics, cosmetics, pets, ceramics, furniture, clothing, and books. Pre-covid typically saw 200,000 visitors each weekend. Plan to spend a half a day here, it's the worlds largest and most diverse market. I usually arrive around 9 AM, not so much to beat the crowds as to beat the heat, which can be stifling. You can wander hours in this maze of shops. Fortunate
    14 points
  12. For my most recent trip to Bangkok, I stayed at Lebua at State Tower, the "Hangover 2" hotel. Rooms were huge, 60 square meters. Nice views from the balcony The hotel lobby had a classic feel. I went up to the Sky Bar on the 63rd floor. They feature a special Hangover Cocktail, made with 18 year old Chivas, but at $40 who can afford a hangover? There are also some Michelin rated restaurants up there, like Sirocco
    14 points
  13. We will be open tomorrow and every day from 1pm to 10pm. We are only running 1 shift hence the shortened opening hours. As soon as turnover justifies it we will be back to normal opening times. Ten pm is still mandated closing time although the powers that be are discussing that tomorrow and may allow later closing and also the opening of bars and nightclubs. We will see. With a skeleton staff of just 20 vs the normal 100 it may take us a few days to get things humming, so please forgive any slowness or sloppiness in the service. I am fairly confident things will be fine but un
    14 points
  14. Made the rounds again this weekend. Patpong was very quiet, but I was there early, 7 PM Bada Bing had the stage draped off, but there were about eight girls hanging around. I ordered a Jack Coke for 180. Not only was it real Jack Daniels but a good measure. Went down good so I ordered another. The DJ was spinning rap music and they have an excellent sound system. Patpong I was almost deserted but there were 60 girls in Kings Castle, with 5 customers. I've been a customer of Kings Castle I for 30 years, they consistently have one of the be
    13 points
  15. Hi Pattaya Talk. Still here Here’s todays line up June 1 2022
    12 points
  16. Was at Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy this weekend, enjoying unseasonably cool weather. April is usually the hottest month. Nana Plaza in particular was buzzing, with more bars featuring dancers than last week, and bottled beer is going for 120 baht in all the bars. There's a new Rainbow 3 on the third level, next to Billboard. Soi Cowboy and Patpong are less busy, maybe they should drop their prices in trying to capture what's primarily an expat market? One place that's not happening is the beer bar area around Soi 7. It was shut down a few weeks ago. This was the pl
    11 points
  17. I took a walk through my old neighborhood yesterday. I took these with my new Nikon ZfC camera 📸 which I specifically bought for street photography since it's half the weight of my Nikon Z6 (half the cost too), with an inconspicuous retro-look. Some people may even think I'm shooting film. Heading north, Zanzibar has been closed for two years now. The food wasn't that good but I sometimes liked the band. The Ambassador Hotel is popular with Indian tourists. I'd frequently have a bagel for breakfast at Au Bon Pain bu
    11 points
  18. Greetings Monkeywatchers, showaddy crap to you all, and welcome to a few more desperate stories from the pits that’s now Patts. Well, any punters who thought they were coming back to Pattaya anytime soon have had their dicks well and truly slammed in the door by the latest pronouncements from the Thai government. What with bars and clubs remaining closed, more masks around than during a Batman convention, and if you’ve got a high temperature you ain’t getting in anywhere, not even a supermarket. The bottom line is if you want to know what it’s like in a Thai prison, take a holiday in Thai
    11 points
  19. A New York attorney representing a wealthy art collector called his client and said to him, "Saul, I have some good news and I have some bad news." The art collector replied, "I've had an awful day; let's hear the good news first." The attorney said, "Well, I met with your wife today, and she informed me that she invested $5,000 in two pictures that she thinks will bring a minimum of $15-20 million. I think she could be right." Saul replied enthusiastically, "Well done! My wife is a brilliant businesswoman! You've just made my day. Now I know I can handle the bad
    10 points
  20. A few from Tree Town and surrounds from earlier this evening.
    10 points
  21. Move is complete. for now. I already do not like this new server... The rushiness of this (yes, I just made that word up) forced my hand... but its up and working, and while it may be a bit slow - that part is temporary. Once I secure all my data (still have a dozen servers to go) I will post a longer explanation of why this move was necessary and my plan going forward - there will be another move at some point - back to my own hardware, but it will take several weeks I think. The hardware has to be shipped from its current location (Michigan) to California, where a good friend is going
    10 points
  22. Greetings Monkeywatchers, showaddy crap to you all once again, and welcome to more lockdown lunacy, where we can only dream of the time when this is all over and we can return to those halcyon days of social distancing at minus 6 inches (or minus 2 inches if you’re Japanese.) In further pursuance of their disastrous Covid policy, Pattaya has decided to continue with the 9pm curfew and the alcohol ban in restaurants, at least until a decision is taken on whether the city can reopen in November. “Reopening” in this case would seem to involve the lucky visitors being under house arrest in t
    10 points
  23. I hesitated to post here, as its not really a matter for disclosure on a forum, but here goes. I have over 8,000 hours on the B777- 200 and 300 ER. Boeings are very nice aircraft to fly, understandable ( as opposed to Airbus) and relatively easy to fly. I used to say to my colleagues that I could teach my Grandmother to fly a B777 in no time at all. I am retired now of course, but it is apparent to me, and to the airline pilot community as a whole, that Boeing have lost the plot and lost their soul, aided in great part by the incompetence of the FAA, something that is not only saddening,
    10 points
  24. I arrived Walking Street around 6 PM and walked as far south as the Bay Shore hotel More of this leafy green stuff Road torn up, looks like they're finally going to bury the unsightly electrical lines Nothing going on in Simon's Fahrenheit, one of the most happening places The action hasn't quite started yet at Pin-Up Walked out to the water's edge It's pretty dark south of Pin-Up This was a
    9 points
  25. I am reluctant to name a date given all the delays we have had. Our plan at the moment is to open again on 18 March. Fairly confident of this baring any new changes in the situation with Covid.
    9 points
  26. Greetings Monkeywatchers, showaddy crap for another month, and welcome to the great reopening that never was. As predicted, the whole story was a load of old crap and now we’re being told it’s going to be January 16… or not. Oh well, onward and downward. Well, TAT has published its ideas for a new post-lockdown no-sex “quality tourist” focused Pattaya, so there’s only one thing left to do now. Open the hangar doors and get the pigs onto the runway. Over the years and around the world, it’s been demonstrated time and time again that trying to socially engineer tourist destinations is an ex
    9 points
  27. Last batch of pics from Pattaya Tai to Buakhao and ending on 3rd Rd.
    9 points
  28. Terminal 21 was open in the basement for the grocery store. Over at Soi Cowboy, people seemed happy to see a farang. Carry Out at Pala Some freelancers about but I don't think I wish to partake in any p4p until I've been fully vaccinated, just thinking about all the viruses I've collected from the girls over the years. Construction next to Q House progressing briskly. Across the street on Soi 7 it's lagging behind
    9 points
  29. A very pretty young speech therapist was getting nowhere with her “Stammerers Action Group”. She had tried every technique in the book without the slightest success. No-one was improving. Finally, thoroughly exasperated, she said "If any of you can tell me, without stuttering, the name of the town where you were born, I will have wild and passionate sex with you until your muscles ache and your eyes water. So, who wants to go first?" The Englishman piped up . . . . . . . "B - B - B - B - B - B - b-irmingham." "That's no use, Trevor," said the speech therapist. "Who's ne
    8 points
  30. Blast from the past ...
    8 points
  31. A successful expat is hobbling his way home through Pattaya beach road one evening. "Hey, Handsome, how about it?" "You're joking," says the 90-year-old, "I just can't manage it any more." "Ah, come on," says the pooying, "it'll be really nice." After a bit of humming and hawing, the pensioner goes along and when they finally get onto the ST hotel he rides her like a fucking god, giving her multiple real orgasms and wearing her out. She can't believe it when he finally shoots his load and gives her a break. "Wow, old man," says the pooying, exhausted, "that was such a great fuck. A
    8 points
  32. Sorry to disappoint you but I’m STILL HERE!! Had a heart attack in June. Feel a lot better now, lost a lot of timber and changed my whole lifestyle. Thabks to everyone who enquiries about me. The bar is still open as a restaurant, but only doing takeout and deliveries. It’s a very small trade but even if I sell just one coffee a day it’s “up yours” to COVID-19. Hooe we can all meet again soon. That will be a great day. Gonna post some photos of the food we are preparing and delivering daily. Take care everyone.
    8 points
  33. Museum of Siam is open every day except Monday 10:00-18:00. Admission fee = 100 baht The easiest way to get there is by MRT (Metro). Get of the train at Sanam Chai Station.
    7 points
  34. Thought I'd add the loop I usually do when updating the Shrinking Pattaya Reservoirs topic. It's a relatively easy 40km loop with minimal elevation gain. The km distance included in parenthesis above each photo corresponds to the waypoints in the Google Map at the end of this post. The starting point for the route is the railway road intersection at Soi Khao Nois. (0.0km) When you get to the sign for the Indoor Stadium, turn left. (4.8km) At the bottom of a small rise in the road turn left. (6.9km) Within a short distance of about 100m you'll make another left. Anot
    7 points
  35. Greetings Monkeywatchers, showaddy crap to one and all, and welcome to what can only be described as more of the same. Will we ever return to real life? TAT has set a target of 10 million foreign tourists for 2022, and will be particularly concentrating on attracting Indians. Bet the girls in the bars were doing cartwheels when they heard that bit of news. TAT by name, tat by nature. It’s been estimated that the war between Russia and Ukraine will cost the Thai economy in the region of 244 billion baht. Shit, those Ruskies must have been coughing up some serious barfines. Thais
    7 points
  36. US expat BJ (from which walking street's soi BJ got its name) was interviewed by BuzzinPattaya. Been here since early 70s.
    7 points
  37. Greetings Monkeywatchers, showaddy crap to another year, and welcome to yet another lap of the lockdown lunacy race. As predicted, the reopening of entertainment venues in Pattaya has been postponed yet again due to the usual mindless hysteria, though bars licenced as restaurants can continue to serve alcohol, but only until 11pm. This is of course necessary to control the outbreak of Omicron and its much more deadly variant, the common cold. There’s also a rumour that go go’s will be allowed to reopen as long as the dancers work from home. Chinese-Thais in Pattaya are reportedly
    7 points
  38. Thought I'd capture a few pictures for posterity of the soon to be demolished MIT bar complex. Starting at the top end of the complex. Last two shots on the Buakhao end at the split towards Tree Town. With the closure of MIT, thought I might see some signs of a few bars moving to Soi 7. Nothing going on this morning though. Can't see it in this shot, but work going on at a couple of new places on Soi Pothole.
    7 points
  39. In a secret order of Catholic priests there were twelve monks about to be ordained. The final test, ordered in secret to correct the Church's recent spate of embarrassing incidents, was for them to line up, nude, in a garden while a nude model danced before them. Each monk had a small bell attached to his privates, and they were told that anyone whose bell rang would not be ordained because he had not reached a state of spiritual purity. The model danced before the first monk candidate, with no reaction. She proceeded down the line with the same response until she got to the final monk. A
    7 points
  40. Looks like the Tue/Fri Buakhao Market move to the opposite side of the soi wasn't such a good idea after all. They traded the high ground... For this...
    7 points
  41. Greetings Monkeywatchers, showaddy crap to all of you who are still out there, and welcome to another month of Covid-induced vacuum. Hell’s teeth, when will all this crap be over so there’s something to write about again? Well imagine our surprise, Pattaya won’t be reopening to tourists on September 1 after all, not that anyone would have come anyway as all the hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants will still be closed by order of HRH King Covid XIX. Meanwhile, local officials have abandoned their plans to hold a piss up in a brewery as they couldn’t find anyone to organise it. Meanwhi
    7 points
  42. Came to town for my first Covid jab, hadn't been in Bangers for four months. Since there's a 9 PM curfew I knew I would be spending most of my time in the room so I booked a nice crib. I don't think they had many guests because the girls at the front desk knew my name before I handed them my passport at check-in. The hotel has direct access to the Nana BTS Rooms are decent size, the hotel opened about two years ago. Rates were 7000 per night when it opened, about 5600 pre-covid. I enjoyed the 60-inch TV but wasn't impressed by a lack
    7 points
  43. Last week our neighborhood was informed the tree that was last of the jungle our neighborhood was carved from many years ago was slated for execution today. Not much else going on with the lockdown, so thought I'd capture the old tree's final hours. The reason the tree had to come down is it was getting too big for its britches. The tree was pushing out and cracking the security wall, and it's roots were cracking the wall foundation and steps. Noticed when the trunk was cut into pieces and brought down, there was a scrum by the neighbors, including my lady, to whack off and tak
    7 points
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