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  1. 12 points
    I concur with Jacko's depressing but realistic view of the future in Patts. I've long ceased to go to agogos except on crawls, there is an air of desperation rather than fun in many beer bars, and my beloved Soi 6 is a shadow of its former self for reasons already discussed on the board. I think there has been a concerted and planned project on the part of government to change the nature ("quality") of the tourists who visit Patts. It began to bite at around the time FLB started struggling, the Soi 9, Soi 2 and 3 bars were demolished, and Soi 8 was made unfriendly by knocking 10-15 bars down for one hotel. This project has accelerated under the military regime, and it's working very well for them if one takes this to mean discouraging the sex scene and thereby making Patts less attractive to Farang. Let's be fair, farang have made a major contribution to the wealth of Patts and the economic prospects of many, many Thai families in the boonies, and unless that income is replaced by visitors of a different nature and spending power, lots of small Thai businesses and jobs will inevitably disappear. The exchange rate problem has unfortunately worked in favour of this project. It's equally true that the attraction of Patts to the Chinese/Korean tour groups and Indians is precisely the seedy reputation it has, i.e. the flag-following tours of WS and Soi 6 for the thrill of open eroticism that is absolutely taboo back home. The sex scene at large earns nothing from the Chinese, very little from the Koreans and Japs, and only hard-haggled amounts from the Indians - all in all far, far less than was to be had from the Farang they have decided should be discouraged from coming here. So will the Asian influx take up the slack in terms of Thai incomes? Hardly. Despite a population exceeding 1 billion, word will eventually get around China that visiting Patts to be dragooned around shops selling Chinese-made goods, with precious few other attractions - least of all its beach - is not worth doing. I predict a sudden plunge in Chinese visitor numbers to Patts in around 5 years. The more spoiled and sophisticated Koreans (also usually couples) will smell that coffee even sooner, and only their mongers will come here soon. The Russians are negligible in the equation. And the Indians? Literally dozens of Indian restaurants have suddenly sprung up, perhaps for money-laundering or because the business-savvy Indians predict a large market for their own kind. They also employ almost only their own kind, not Thais, and, if they become too numerous and influential, will encounter resentment that Farang were never made to feel. Indians will not be a major source of employment for Thais in Patts, who risk being displaced with only the landlords welcoming the influx. The Arabs (to use the collective name)? Mongers who eat in their own restaurants and stay in their own areas, living four to a room in the back sois, refusing to bang anything weighing less than 15 stones. In short, in economic terms for the Thai bargirl, dancer, massage worker, shopkeeper, launderess, bus driver etc. etc. the demographic change encouraged by their government will spell hardship that has a knock-on effect back in the boonies, while the massive malls will wonder where serious, paying customers are to come from. This is a case of the rich and powerful investing in a major tourist infrastructure for their own interests, and hang the little people who are unfortunate enough not to have cooking or other, hotel-related skills. They may well regret that investment. Thai travel agencies, airport bus services, tour guides will suffer, as these consumer groups use their own. The list goes on and on. Patts will end up with a huge, self-sufficient Indian population that pushes Thais aside, very few diehard Farang here and there, and oodles of empty hotel rooms when other Asians realise that the town has bugger all for them to spend a holiday on. At least the bloody tourist buses will gradually disappear I suppose.
  2. 11 points
    Cheers Butch. Last night I again visited LKM where I observed the difference between a successful bar and what must be a failing one. The successful one was obviously Billabong where they play a range of popular Western music, a few popular Thai numbers and sell booze at very reasonable prices and have very little drink poncing. Most seats were taken and the place was heaving as it usually is most nights of the week even in low season. I later popped into Paradise Agogo a bar with a completely different set up. Admittedly a bit late in the evening at about 1.30am. There were three falangs in there, me, another punter with a girl in tow and the middle aged manager with the baseball cap on. As soon as my drink arrived I was joined by two vultures who sat either side of me and without even asking my name one of 'em asked me to buy 'em a drink each. I had to laugh with amazement at their nerve but refused the request telling them it was too peng (expensive) then the other one made the same request and that was also refused. It was hard to hear them or make myself heard as the DJ was playing a deafening racket that was loud even out in the street. This hullabaloo was negro rap with the usual constant references to n*ggers, motha fukkas, cocaine and cock suckas etc. Surely whoever owns it or runs the place must realise that the middle aged and elderly Western blokes who represent the majority of LKM's punters have no interest in listening to such filth and should in their own interest rectify the situation. It reminded me of Secrets and the clowns that ran it. I dunno what it was like earlier in the evening but if a sweep was held regarding which will be the next GGB in LKM to go tits up this is the one I'd put my money on. What a contrast to Billabong. You'd at least think the owner would get a new DJ or make the existing one play music people like listening to and at a reasonable volume. Or perhaps the DJ runs the place.
  3. 9 points
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  4. 8 points
    Had a fair bit of rain this afternoon. Looking down Soi 13 towards Buakhao. Looking back up Soi 13. I can think of better places to enjoy a drink. Buakhao view to the north Buakhao view to the south The Easy R-Con open sewer. Talk about what lurks beneath murky waters. Walk past the green netting and you better be able to swim. Apparently there is a plan for fixing the open sewer.
  5. 7 points
    Many Brits complain that they can't get a good British-style Indian curry in Pattaya, so I would like to make mention of Beer Hubb. I've just come from there. It is on Soi Buakhao (on the edge of Treetown, opposite Chunk Monkey), a newly opened place, and looks very upmarket from the outside. It is Indian-owned so, as I fancied an Indian curry, I thought I'd try it out. The decor is very smart, with tables inside in air-conditioning, or outside for people watching. Most of the outside tables were taken, but probably only a quarter of the inside ones. There is TV sport, and background music (a little too loud for my liking). The menu has Thai, Western and Indian food. I ordered a Chicken Madras with plain rice. I'm not a food critic so will say no more than that it was good; I would have been happy if it had been served to me in the UK. Including an orange juice, the bill was (IIRC) 287 Baht. The owner came over for a brief chat. He said the restaurant had been open 2 weeks, but he was not new to the restaurant trade having owned a place in Phuket for 3 years. All the food is freshly prepared - no frozen pre-prepared stuff. They will be adding to the Indian menu shortly (currently, it is somewhat limited). That will be good as it would be nice to see the option of side-orders like raitha, naan bread, etc. I believe that upstairs there is a bar with a view and, furthermore, there is draught Guinness available. I was hoping they would have a website so that I could point to further information, but I can't locate one. However, they do have a Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/beerhubb/ and I took the pic. below. I will certainly be eating there again.
  6. 7 points
    Easy R-Con open sewer progress as of this morning. 2nd Rd work to move overhead cables underground. Still working on the footings at the construction site on 3rd Rd near Klang. No word on what's going in at the now closed M-Club, but they're doing a lot of work on the site.
  7. 7 points
    Greetings Monkeywatchers, core coon crap for popping in again, and welcome to our election special where we can announce that the result is….well we don’t know yet, so let’s talk about something else. Terminal 21 Shopping Mall has issued an apology after it was caught on video giving preferential treatment to rich patrons over disabled customers. When asked if he could give an assurance that this wouldn’t happen again, a mall representative said “No, but when it does happen again we’ll apologise again.” Following reports of police raids on Pattaya chop shops, the police have issued a statement to make it clear that the raids in question were on garages and not gender reassignment clinics. The Tourist Authority of Thailand has announced a new strategy in which they plan to target Indian and Muslim tourists. The police have offered to help by loaning them a few of their best marksmen. Police searching for a missing Chinese tourist announce a breakthrough after they find his penis near Pattaya Beach… Pattaya is to host the World Weightlifting Championships in September but no Thais will be taking part as they’ve all been banned for drug infringements. Perhaps foot shooting would be a better sport for them. They’ve also had to withdraw from the 2020 Olympics, which is a great shame as several government ministers were expected to win medals in the dope test. The annual market held every year in Naklua came to an end on February 24 with something call “Walk and Eat.” This was reportedly followed by something called “Bend and Puke.” A local caterer is helping police with their enquiries. The local boys in brown have been coming under fire from residents and tourists for not enforcing the ban on motorcycles using the Pattaya Central Road Tunnel after several gangs of Thai yobs were spotted using it as a racetrack. A spokesman said the police didn’t have time for this as were too busy at the Najomtien roadblock extracting money from foreign tourists for passport and visa infringements - or anything else they could think of. Tourists arriving for a stay at their new beachfront hotel find it isn’t quite finished yet… This month’s bar news now, and there’s nothing much to report except a new Go Go on Soi Diamond called Nice, either as in pleasant or as in the city in France. Don’t suppose it matters which it is unless you’re a Frog, though it probably doesn’t matter to them either. Fancy some Korean Food? Then get yourself along to Babobros, a new Korean restaurant on Walking Street where Hot Girls A Go Go used to be. One bit of advice though. If you fancy a British dessert, don’t order the spotted dick – we’ve heard they make it out of offcuts from Dalmatians. Forward to the past once more with a couple of memories from Monkeywatch of March 2009… “The story of the moment just has to be the new proposal by City Hall to extend the width of the entire length of Beach road by 18 metres and possibly make it two way. This innovative idea could be of great benefit as it would give motorists a choice of two traffic jams to get stuck in after they’ve enjoyed a day relaxing on the remaining six inches of beach. A couple of Wednesdays ago, a bloke turned up at Banglamung Police Station to visit an imprisoned friend and was found to have loads of drugs stuffed in his pockets. His name, appropriately enough, turned out to be Atit, and the police have very kindly agreed to extend his visiting time by a couple of years.” The bloke who used to work in here was told to feed the sharks. Which he did. Just the once… There seems to a lot of British theme bars opening in Pattaya lately. Well one assumes that’s what they are as the beer’s warm and overpriced, the music’s too loud and the girls aren’t interested. New research has indicated that breathing in Thailand may mean you’ll die up to four years sooner. Unfortunately, the only alternative option will kill you a bloody sight sooner than that. An American trans queen visiting Thailand has said he finds the country to be more open to transgender people than the USA. No shit, Sherlock. And finally, a naked Thai chap was arrested at the Mike Orchid Resort on Second Road after he went berserk and trashed his hotel room. Not so much a Full Moon Party as a Keith Moon Party? be seeing you monkeyman
  8. 7 points
    Ok chaps. here's some from the HDD I've had floating around. Not any particular year but a few venues have gone since I took them. They may be alreayd posted elsewhere on the forum in an age old TR, so apoligies if you've already seen them. Infamous Soi 6 Moving down to a quiet Beach Rd Pre improvement days lol. Gullivers Soi 1 end. Again, view from Soi 1 down to BR
  9. 7 points
    Big Kahuna is an American restaurant on Thappraya Road in Jomtien, about 100 meters north of the intersection with Thepprasit Road. The name, decor and some of the dishes on the menu are Hawaii-inspired, but Big Kahuna mostly offers U.S.-style finger food like burgers, sandwiches and pizza. It also serves U.S.-style breakfasts, with pancakes a notable item. It occupies the former premises of the defunct Pastrami on Rye and the menu at Big Kahuna reminds of PoR's. There's a big kahuna painting on one wall, but the interior isn't dripping with kitschy tiki symbols. In fact. the main dining area is pretty much free of them. It's a relaxing atmosphere in which to have a meal. In the Hawaiian language, "kahuna" can refer to a traditional priest, sorcerer or healer, but also to an "expert" of any sort. The term "big kahuna" was applied to Hawaii's top surfer and was made popular by a character with that name (played by Cliff Robertson) in the 1959 movie Gidget with Sandra Dee in the title roll. Today it points to the leading expert or most influential person in any field. I made me think about who might be Pattaya's "big kahuna." Link The other day I had the Small Pancake Special at 98 baht. It featured a single buttermilk pancake with syrup and butter; an in-house-made sausage patty; fried or scrambled egg; and your choice or coffee, tea or orange or pineapple juice. Considering the pancake was one of the best I'd had in Pattaya, it was certainly value for money at the price. The pancake was light and fluffy, exactly how a North American pancake should be. The egg was fired nicely and the sausage patty was OK, if a bit bland. It was pancake and not real maple syrup, but you can't expect too much for 98 baht. It wasn't a healthy breakfast unless you're running a marathon directly after, but it sure tasted good. I wouldn't eat it every day or even every month due to the jolt the syrup gives your blood sugar levels and I just can't have pancakes without some sort of syrup. It was a fair-sized glass of pineapple juice, not the thimble full you get in some restaurants. Big Kahuna has some of the best American food in Pattaya, but it's a bit of a trek to go all the way to Jomtien for a burger or sandwich. Fortunately they have delivery as well for 50 baht extra. I ordered the Cuban sandwich for lunch yesterday. It was a bit of a hassle as I've moved out of my condo and am living temporarily in a hotel. First the girl taking orders thought I had said, "Reuben sandwich," instead of "Cuban sandwich," but I caught that due to the disparity in price she named for the order. It also took some time to make clear my new address. I had anticipated that might happen. so I gave her the phone number to the hotel so she could call and get the directions in Thai. Forty-five minutes later my order arrived, which was fairly quick given the distance involved. Big Kahuna didn't use a moto driver for delivery, but the same pretty young waitress who'd served me my pancake breakfast the day before brought me the sandwich. It consisted of ham, pulled pork. Swiss cheese and slices of dill pickle between the halves of a baguette that had been spread with butter and mustard, then toasted in a sandwich press. It came with a choice of one side dish and a soft drink and I had picked coleslaw and Coke Zero. It cost 285 baht plus 50 baht for delivery. Some foods don't photograph attractively and a Cuban sandwich is one of them. I did indeed taste better than it looked and nevertheless was a fair approximation of the Cuban sandwiches you get in Florida or a big city like New York. Cuban sandwiches should be made with Cuban bread, the recipe for which includes lard as a shortening. This helps give the final loaf an exceptionally crisp crust and and airy. light interior compared to its French and Italian counterparts. In NYC, I lived close to one of the best Cuban bakeries in the city, so getting Cuban sandwiches with the authentic bread wasn't a problem. It would almost be an impossibility to find Cuban bread in Thailand and the Big Kahuna's substitution of a French baguette is the only option short of baking Cuban bread itself. In the pic above, I've opened the sandwich and included the coleslaw, Coke and slice of dill pickle that came with the order. Both the ham and pulled pork held a high standard. You can't make a good cuban sandwich from a sow's ear. I would have liked more mustard on the bread, but that's just personal preference. on the sandwich overall. The coleslaw was very good, with freshly grated cabbage and carrots. It wasn't swimming in dressing and celery seeds had been added for flavor. Bottom line; I won't hesitate to return to Big Kahuna to satisfy my infrequent longing for certain types of U.S. food, but I'm more likely to use the delivery option. The restaurant has numerous specials on food and drink. I'll post some menu pages from Big Kahuna's Facebook page as well. Writing this review has made me think about a Reuben for lunch! Evil
  10. 7 points
    Greetings Monkeywatchers, a yuletide showaddy crap to you all, and welcome to Christmas in Giggle City. City Hall has announced that the Pattaya Countdown to New Year will take place on December 30-31. So when else would it be, in the middle of bloody April? It’s also been announced that from December 29 to January 1, all tourists and locals will be admitted to historical parks and museums free of charge, though there will of course be reduced rates for Thais. There’s been a shortage of girls in the bars lately as so many of them are still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being disconnected from their smartphones for a whole day. O2 be in Thailand, now that winter’s here… Local officials are pleased to report that the clear up after the Loy Krathong festivities was completed much more quickly than usual. They did, however, neglect to mention this was because the recent floods washed most of the shit out to sea. Getting sunburn in Pattaya can be a thing of the past if you get yourself one of these handy portable trees… A 48 year old Walking Street freelancer was arrested last week after allegedly robbing a punter who'd taken her back to his hotel. 48 year old? He was robbed all right. Another Thai master criminal came to a sticky end a few weeks ago when he tried to rob a Pattaya gold shop. As soon as he produced a knife, the staff ran into a back room and activated all the locks, leaving the hapless would-be thief with no means of escape until the police arrived and arrested him. Turns out he was a mahout. Bet his elephant never forgets about this. Silly bugger. Pattaya had a ban on plastic bags for a day on 4 December for some reason or another. Might explain why the only girls working in the Go Go’s that night were the ones with natural tits. Once again, Pattaya leads the way with the first ever 16 cylinder pickup truck… Christmas bar news now, and fans of the old Club Blu might want to check out Lisa on the Beach, a new glass fronted coyote bar on the site of the recently closed We Are The World. Harem Club has opened on Walking Street, and Champion A Go Go closed down then strangely reopened upstairs. LoSo to HiSo? And there’s yet another Indian club opening in the building that used to be the CoCoon nightclub, reportedly once owned by a Jamaican bloke with a stammer. Looks like they’ll be employing Russian girls rather than Indians though. Shame. Local health volunteers have been told they must do more to prevent the spread of dengue fever. They appear to have taken the directive on board as they were last seen heading for a nearby mosquito-ridden swamp armed with submachine guns. Wind back a decade now with a duo of snippets from Monkeywatch of December 2008… “All hell broke loose on Pattayaland 2 last week when a lost monkey ran through several shops and started slinging all the goods around. It eventually disappeared into a shoe shop and hasn’t been seen since. When questioned, shop owners said they hadn’t bothered reporting the incident as the monkey had behaved better than most of their customers. Thai Environment Day was celebrated in Pattaya on December 4. Over 300 people took part in a bicycle ride, during which they collected rubbish from streets all around the city. Council workers are now clearing up 2000 beer cans, 1500 burger boxes and 500 gallons of urine left over from the party held to celebrate the event’s success.” There was controversy at this year’s annual Pattaya Frog Trampling Contest when some of the participants demanded a recount… Police arrested a Thai bloke a few days ago for stealing the clothes and belongings of a couple who’s gone for a late night swim at the north end of Pattaya Beach. They advised tourists who engage in such activities to “leave their belongings with a minder. “ Good advice, unless you don’t happen to be the Kray twins. Plans are already under way for next year’s Pattaya Night Run. This is an official event and is in no way related to the nightly event on Beach Road involving groups of ladyboys being chased up the road by local police. Finally, if you’ve seen a story entitled “Cambodian arrested for Koh Larn theft”, don’t worry. We’ve checked and it’s still there. Bloody fake news. Merry Christmas everyone. be seeing you monkeyman
  11. 6 points
    The Food Park on the lower level of Central Festival shopping mall on 2nd Road has been redone. Whether it is an addition to the old Food Park or a replacement for it remains to be seen. The new version is slicker, more comfortable and has a better layout than its hugely popular predecessor. I took these photos at about 8.30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. The Food Park was busy, but there were plenty of seats available. The old Food Park was often rammed, even in low season. It's also more expensive. I couldn't see any Thai dishes for 45-50 baht; the cheapest seemed to be 90 baht, but I read elsewhere there are 60 baht dishes. The space that housed the old Food Park is still under wraps, but the ads that block off the construction indicate it will be food oriented. Maybe the old Food Park stalls with mediocre but very cheap food will return. I haven't eaten yet at the new Food Park, so I can't comment on the quality of the food. I'm not a fan of shopping mall food courts as better Thai food is available at the same low prices in any number of hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Pattaya. However, I will eventually give the Food Park at Central Festival a try. Just by way of comparison, this is what it used to look like at the old Food Park. It was packed every day with a mix of Thais, foreign tourists and resident ex-pats. Evil
  12. 6 points
    I first visited Pattaya years ago when the GBP bought us 32 baht. It was a wonderful holiday and the people had a much better attitude and could not do enough to please you. But as you can imagine financially that was pretty dire, so much so that I never even considered returning till years later in 1999 when we got 62 to the Pound. Obviously things were much cheaper in 1984 but our income was also much less. In '84 we'd had a 19 day holiday, 3 nights in BKK with 16 in Pattaya. My pal and I realised we were running out of money but as luck had it he had recently acquired a Visa credit card and that saved the day as he drew about 400 quid from a bank on the sea front and lent me 200 of it till we got back home. Back then no one else I knew had a Visa card. But we were two week wonders and that's not the case any more. I now come for extended holidays, have a Thai bank account that I transfer a few thousand quid into a couple of times a year and have several Visa cards of my own but they are specifically for medical emergencies should they arise. When you remember 500 + 1000 LT deals (23 quid around about the time of the millennium) with GGGs when 1000 baht was about 15 quid it's hard to adjust to let alone accept 1000 + 4000 deals (125 quid) with 1000 baht now costing us 25 quid. I just won't pay it out of principle and neither will any of my chums I've got to know in Pattaya over the years apart from a German who BFs out of Sapphire at least a couple of times a week. But he's a three week wonder who earns good money as a train driver in the Fatherland. The visa crackdowns are eventually going to see off a lot of ex pats and long termers and it's the young people and their dependents up in Isaan who will suffer rather than the millionaire businessmen who own the hotels and who benefit from the Chinese visitors. The Chinese don't put a penny piece in the pockets of the girls from Surin and Korat who work the bars in Pattaya, neither do the Russians while the Indians haggle over every rupee when they're doing their thing in the Coconut Bar. The girls who come down to Pattaya all hope to one day snare a falang husband or Sugar Daddy to give them and their families a life on Easy Street. Few of 'em succeed in this venture and soon even less of 'em will manage it. Unfortunately I think we'll be witnessing the end of an era in the coming years and the ultimate demise of a holiday destination and adult playground that many of us have become devoted to and in some cases obsessed with.
  13. 6 points
    I'm in the middle of a month trip. Fortunately I changed a load of sterling at the start of my trip, at, from memory, 39.8ish. My first longer trip was at 45 or so. Before that I was a 2 week millionaire for many years... and long for 60plus again!!! These days, what's changed? Gone are the barfines and short times from gogos. Hello thaifriendly. Short times are now afternoons, not evenings, and mainly with regulars who I know "deliver", although now the gf takes care of those needs. (Gf (a relatively new development for me!) works, often from 10am until 11pm, so I am free during the day and early evening) Gone are big spending nights out in gogos. I might visit gogos say 3 times a week, but it's one or two, for a solitary drink, not 4 or 5 for several. Gone are the schweppes manoa, or coke light at 140b in some places. Instead I, as a relative non-drinker, buy a draft beer at half the price, and it sits untouched infront of me. If I'm with drinking friends, they have it. Gone are multiple lady drinks. Tequila is banned. Occasional ladydrinks if a girl is good company, and I'm getting my moneys worth. Tips are now just the lose change, unless there are 10b coins involved. Gone is taking laundry to the little lady in her shop. I now use her 30b machine twice a week... no, I dont iron it, so maybe I look a bit scruffier...!! Gone are the daily back or foot massages. Now twice a week, and 20b tip, not 100. My regular massage girl has an aussie bf and understands exchange rates, and is just grateful for the custom as things are slow. Gone are the afternoon Starbucks with friends. Cheaper (and better) coffee to be had elsewhere. Gone is eating out daily. Even catering for one person, I can eat cheaply in the condo, although the menu is a bit similar from day to day. Yes, I do still eat out, but its thai cart food, rather than top, or even middle end stuff. Gone is the 24hour aircon. If I'm alone, its windows open and fans on. Fortunately I get a sea breeze, can open doors at both ends of the condo, and have flyscreens. Yes, I use aircon to sleep, but at 26, not 24 degrees. Gone are the baht bus rides for short distances (I've never used motorbike taxis). I walk, with obvious health benefits. Gone are the 19b ice cream sundaes from Burger King at the end of walks. Sounds like I am a real cheap Charlie. 2 years ago I stayed in town for 5 months, and was averaging 90k b a month for everything, about 2k sterling. Ive still got 2k sterling, but need to cut 10k baht from my budget. Its doable, but is it as enjoyable? What's the next thing to go? I'm looking at cheaper accommodation for next winters trip. Currently paying 16k for a nice 1 bed seaview condo. I know I can get a studio without a sea view for half that, but.... Tipping point? Not sure, but if it hits 35 I'll be seriously thinking about it... but I said that about 40...!!!
  14. 6 points
    That project looks like a total and complete fuck up. I did peruse it during my time in town recently, after that massive storm that flooded Bukhao, the follwoing day it looked to be overflowing there as well. Hope you don't mind FBWU, here are some pics I took while wandering about recently: An updated view of one of my other pics, LKM as it is today. "Tiger" - Cat belonging to the Golf Club, it then adopts whomever will feeds it. Very friendly little thing, doesn't mind his belly being rubbed. Certainly the nicest pussy I encountered this trip (badum - tish) Bukhao around mid day. Quiet. Same same. Like King Canute, they won't stop the tide. They'll have a damn good go though... Soi Pothole reverting back to form. This will be back to as it was, or worse within a year. Once Rainy season has got a firm grip on things, it'll be a bloody deathrap again.
  15. 6 points
    Greetings Monkeywatchers, showaddy crap to you all, and join us as we celebrate the Chinese New Year, which this time around is the year of the pig – or in the case of Pattaya, the year of the stinking pig. Again. Oh well, off we go. Fans of the famous Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya will be pleased to know that it’s been resurrected. The dead dolphin found on Pattaya Beach, on the other hand, hasn’t. Pattaya officials have proudly announced that the Russian mafia have finally been driven out of the city. What they inadvertently forgot to mention is that they were driven out by the triads. Same same, but different. The police have followed this up by issuing a statement declaring that there are no Chinese mafia in Pattaya. This follows previous statements that there are no drugs and no prostitutes in the city. Linguists are still struggling to find a definition of the word “no” that fits comfortably with these statements. Best of luck, boys. Be the envy of your drinking buddies with the new “Barcrawler” – guarantees you a seat at every bar and you won’t even have to walk there… Now that the date for the upcoming election has been confirmed as March 24, the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association have been entrusted with the task of ensuring that the voting in the city is both free and fair. The PBTA, as they are generally known, should not be confused with LGBT (Lovers of the Great Beef Torpedo) as they are a respectable business organisation and not just a bunch of attention seeking poofs. Well, not all of them anyway. Actually, there’s talk of a new group emerging during the election campaign who are disaffected with the country’s membership of the ASEAN group and are advocating something called Thexit. Once free of this heinous organisation, their plans include the immediate deportation of all stinking pigs and the creation of a hard border by building a wall round the entire country. This will apparently free up 350 million baht a week that could be spent on the health service, but won’t be. Sounds promising. Once upon a time long ago there was a children’s TV film called “The Singing Ringing Tree”, an excruciating abomination from Germany that was probably made as an act of revenge for World War Two, that parents inflicted on baby boomers, probably as a form of aversion therapy to discourage them from watching too much television. Sadly, many of those same baby boomers can now be seen sitting in bars around Pattaya having to endure a new kind of aversion therapy known as “the drinking stinking pig.” Revenge for the British Empire? It said on the dating site that she was a real dish… Bar news this month kicks off with the demise of the long standing if nomadic Beach Club, which is to become part of an enlarged Happy A Go Go. Pin-Up A Go Go is joined by Tee Rak A Go Go as a new kid on the block on Walking Street. And the good old former Blues Factory is having another go at Go Go with the upcoming opening of Republic A Go Go. Sounds a bit Ruskie, that one. Speaking of which, the old Living Dolls 1 has been consumed by an expansion to the XO Club. The evil empire is expanding. Pattaya is currently training 120 new tourist assistants to “improve the tourist experience” for foreign visitors. At the end of the training period they will each be issued a stick with a ball on top, a variety of forged tickets and a large money bag to assist them in their endeavours. Now that’s what you call customer service. Vintage Pattaya memories now with a look at a couple of bits from Monkeywatch from February 2009… “The other Monday, police were called to an Exchange Booth on Second Road after staff reported that a Pakistani man had attempted to exchange counterfeit UK bank notes. The man was arrested but later released without charge when he pointed out that on current exchange rates the fake notes were actually worth more than real ones. A brand spanking new set of traffic lights has been installed on the Sukhumvit Road in Central Pattaya in an attempt to improve the flow of traffic in the area. Large numbers of people are expected to benefit from this imaginative scheme, mainly scrap dealers and undertakers.” Thai A Yellow Ribbon Round The Oil Palm Tree?... Pattaya officials and police held a meeting with baht bus drivers on February 8 during which the drivers were lectured about overcharging and insulting tourists. We spoke to one driver who said he didn’t bother to attend as he knew how to do those things already. Building work has restarted on Pattaya’s new football stadium and officials say they hope to have it completed by 2026. If you think that sounds like a long time, it might be worth noting that construction actually began in 2009. No point in rushing these things, is there? Finally, Valentine’s Day celebrations in Pattaya were a bit muted this year. Wonder if the decision by officials to rename it STD Day had anything to do with it? If they’d given it some thought they could’ve just shortened the name to VD and got both messages across together. But then when do Thais ever think before thy act? be seeing you monkeyman
  16. 6 points
    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
  17. 6 points
    A few pics as Pattaya gets ready to celebrate NYE. New Plaza is the new Walking Street tonight. Klang from 2nd Rd to Beach Rd just closed and the last of the traffic clearing the road. But at 15:30, Beach Rd south at Klang was still open with no barricades in sight. Mats out and Thai families celebrating NYE Thai style. Blustery day out on the water with parasailing grounded. 2nd Rd chock a block from the Avenue to Klang.
  18. 5 points
    The Avenue's new decorative concrete walkway The simulated wood looks good Shame they didn't use the same on the Bali Hai walkway.
  19. 5 points
    The Festival has been taking place over this weekend - from Friday until today - on Beach Road, with food stalls for most of the way from Hard Rock to Soi 2. The pictures below were taken this afternoon, very overcast with a sprinkling of rain. It would be more accurate to call it a food festival rather than a seafood festival because, I reckon, more than half the stalls were not selling seafood. There were some music events on the beach.
  20. 5 points
    Checked in to the Naris Art Hotel on Thappraya Rd. At soi 5 for a 3 week stay in March. Very clean lobby and helpful staff. Nice large room on the 8th floor with a balcony overlooking soi 5. Room had a king sized bed, flat screen tv, refrigerator, and safe. Air conditioning worked well and daily maid service was excellent. Hotel has a large well maintained swimming pool. Breakfast is available and they have a coffee shop attached to the lobby. There are several restaurants in close vicinity and our favorite was located a short distance down soi 5 at T 5 Suites where they have daily specials with full meals at 99 baht. Very big menu. Walk past the Mexican restaurant on soi 5. Not worth a stop. There is a lady who does laundry right across soi 5 from the hotel. A Family Mart right across from the hotel and a 7-11 just up the street. Hotel is on the baht bus route. Price was $26 (US) a night. Large beach towels furnished for the pool or can be taken to the beach. Room towels are also large. Fast free internet.
  21. 5 points
    Soi Pothole update. Starting at the Nightwish bars in the middle of the soi and going towards Buakhao not looking so good. But looking the other way towards 3rd Rd surface still looks ok. Drilling a hole from Soi 7 to Soi 8 on 2nd Rd. Two pumps working to drain the Easy R-Con open sewer swimming pool. Hard to see in this pic, but 2nd pump is on the other end of the hole.
  22. 5 points
    7th Heaven location will soon be reincarnated as a very small agogo. The soi next to Easy Corner Bar is now an open sewer. And on the soi next to the Buffalo Bar a swanky, new Thai restaurant will soon be opening.
  23. 5 points
    OK, I'll try to attach a few: From the early days of Soi LK Metro. The others just from around the area.
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  26. 5 points
    Tigglebitties Tavern is an American restaurant that serves mainstream U.S. food; Tex-Mex and Mexican-inspired dishes; and Thai food. It's located on Soi 17 (aka Soi Regional Land) about five minutes' walk south of the intersection with 3rd Road and ten minutes' walk from Tukcom. The great thing about Tigglebitties is that the owners and kitchen staff understand what American food is about and how it should taste. It's also one of the few restaurants in Pattaya to offer freshly baked U.S.-style biscuits, including biscuits and gravy. It also features in-house-made U.S. desserts like apple and pumpkin pies and carrot cake. Prices are quite reasonable for the quality of food and large portions. It's an open-front bar and restaurant with a casual tavern atmosphere. Plenty of drinking as well as eating goes on there. The fans keep the interior reasonably cool. It can get noisy, though, as Soi Regional land is heavily trafficked. Tigglebitties is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every day Tigglebitties has two specials, usually one main dish and one appetizer or snack. They are true specials; they often aren't on the regular menu. The other day I tried the fish taco: In the U.S., these are called Baja fish tacos. Japanese commercial fishermen were frequent visitors to the coastal cities of Baja California in Mexico during the 1960s. A group of them once asked a taco stand operator to batter the fish tempura-style rather than grilling it. The new version of the fish taco became popular among local Mexicans and North American tourists, except they favored a crispier crust. A U.S. college student was so impressed with the Baja fish taco he opened a restaurant serving them in San Diego in 1983. He now operates a chain of 200 fish taco restaurants. Here's what I got: That's a lot of food on the plate for 160 baht! Everything- the fish, veggies and tortillas- was fresh and tasted fine, although I could have done with less lettuce and more salsa. I had to use a knife and fork to eat the mound of green stuff, but a taco is a quintessential finger food. The original Baja fish tacos were served in corn tortillas and topped with purple cabbage, salsa and Mexican crema (similar to crème fraiche), but since moving across the border to the U.S., fish tacos have taken on many variations. Each of the fish fillets was good-sized and flaky with a crisp batter. I had no real complaint with the tacos, just some niggling about details. Were they the best fish tacos I ever had? No, but they were good and they aren't very common in Pattaya. A breakfast sandwich with a Jimmy-Dean-style sausage patty, fried egg and cheese on a in-house-made biscuit is another classic American dish and well worth 150 baht. It's the biscuit that makes the sandwich for me, but the sausage patty was also good. I topped off the sandwich with a piece of in-house carrot cake. It was delicious. Neither the cream cheese frosting nor the cake were too sweet and the frosting had the proper tang. The crushed walnuts atop the frosting was a really good touch. The Monday specials at Tigglebitties center on BBQ ribs and chicken: It's a good way to satisfy a BBQ fix at a fair price. The pics Tigglebitties uses to illustrate its specials correspond closely to what you get on your plate. Bottom line: Tigglebitties is one of the best options in Pattaya for American food- and that includes Tex-Mex and Mexico-inspired dishes. The main dishes and sides, such as coleslaw and potato salad, taste like they would back in the USA. The staff is friendly and speaks better English than is often the case in Pattaya restaurants. Prices are reasonable given the quality of the food and the size of the portions. Evil
  27. 5 points
    I've finally gotten around to writing up a review of Simon's Hummus Laboratory on Soi Buakhao at the north side of Buakhao Night Market. It's on the upper level above the SCB branch and next to Amazon Coffee. Whether it's on the first or second floor depends on what country you come from. 😄 It's easy to miss Simon's because there is no eye-catching signage on the ground level. The yellow arrow marks the entrance to Simon's. Simon's is an Israeli and Middle Eastern restaurant. As the name indicates and the Web site proclaims, it is focused on "hummus, hummus and more hummus." In Israel and at Simon's, hummus has gone beyond an appetizer (meze) or accompaniment for drinks and become The Base for main courses. The mainstay of the menu seems to be hummus platters in numerous variations accompanied by pita bread and small side dishes of cabbage, carrots and hot sauce. I like the classic hummus with falafel and have had it several times. It costs 180 baht. Hummus itself is boiled, mashed chickpeas, which can be bland. The addition of olive oil, herbs and spices give it a lot more flavor, as do the side dishes. The portion is large enough for a light lunch or supper. But if you're looking for a more substantial meal, Simon's doesn't disappoint. The baked chicken with potatoes is very good at 220 baht. There's plenty of chicken and potatoes in a well-seasoned sauce. It comes with the same side dishes as the hummus platter. I don't usually post "after" pics, but one below shows how much I enjoyed my meal. Another favorite of mine at Simon's is the shakshuka, a combination of poached eggs simmered with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices. It costs 150 baht. There are many variations of shakshuka and at Simon's it comes with cheese melted on the eggs. Food historians can't decide if it originated in Turkey, Morocco or Yemen, but it has been adopted as an Israeli staple, eaten for breakfast or dinner. It's light and healthy, but filling. I much prefer it over Western fried breakfasts. Simon's has many tasty and interesting dishes from Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. I'll post excerpts from the menu at the end of this review The decor at Simon's is eclectic to say the least. It's clean and well-lit. I can't remember anything about the background music, so it must have been unobtrusive. The service staff and Simon himself are friendly. Each time I've eaten there, he's asked me how the food was. Bottom line: The Israeli food at Simon's may be new to a lot of plain-vanilla farang, but don't hesitate to try it. Simon's is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Evil
  28. 5 points
    Bali Café is a new restaurant and guest house on Soi Buakhao about 100 meters north of the misnamed Action Street complex. The menu features a half-dozen Indonesian specialties, a few Dutch dishes and the rest international and Thai items. It's an open-front restaurant with "indoor" and outdoor dining areas. The interior is clean, comfortable, well-ventilated and attractively decorated, although I don't see much that is Balinese about it. There is a big screen TV as well as an even larger projection TV, which doesn't just show sports or YouTube music videos. I'm a fan of Indonesian food in general and nasi goreng ("fried rice") in particular, so I tried Bali Café's version of the iconic Indonesian dish. It came with the usual accompaniments: two small pork satay skewers, a fried egg and krupuk udang (shrimp crackers) and cost 189 baht. It was good but not great. I would have liked more taste. It had plenty of heat from chili peppers, but the other flavors were a bit weak. What distinguishes nasi goreng from most other Asian fried rice variations is a richer and bolder taste that comes from ingredients like tamarind, shrimp paste and caramelized sweet soy sauce (kecap manis). It's that characteristic taste I thought could have been stronger. I next tried the smashed fried chicken (ayam penyet), an East Javanese staple. The chicken is pounded ("smashed") with a mortar and pestle or back of a cleaver to soften it. It's typically served with sambal (a spicy condiment) and slices of cucumber, which is how it came at Bali Café. The chicken had been boiled in a broth of herbs and spices, then deep-fried and finally "smashed," which makes it crispy and tender in the same bite. Very good and light years from KFC. The sambal was also good and the perfect condiment for the chicken. It cost 179 baht. I also had seafood mie goreng (fried noodles), another mainstay of indonesian cuisine. There was plenty of squid, shrimp and vegetables. The flavors shone through more brightly than with the nasi goreng. It cost 149 baht. Bottom line: So far I've been happy with the meals I've had at Bali Café and won't hesitate to try some of the other items on the menu. Prices are reasonable, although the portions weren't particularly large. Almost all the items on the menu were under 200 baht, with the most expensive at 220 baht, The one downside for me was the level of the background music. Too loud! At least some nights there's a DJ and live band and I shudder to think what the volume would be then. I'll definitely confine my return visits to the afternoon or early evening. On Jan. 5, Bali Café is having a party. The non-Indonesian menu items are the standard Pattaya line-up of farang and Thai dishes. I'll include photos below of most menu pages to give a better idea of prices and what is on offer. I'm not sure about Bali Café's hours as I didn't see them listed on the menu and I forgot to ask the waitress. Evil
  29. 5 points
    Hi guys, The background processes have finally finished, so all old posts should now appear properly (photos, links, etc). That makes the upgrade finally complete. I have also turned on enforcement of SSL, so all parts of the forum should now show as SECURE in your browser. This is something pattayatalk has never had, so please let me know if you have any problems because of it. Moving forward the costs for the site have gone up quite a bit, with the SSL and Email solutions (and I am working on doing email locally instead to save that cost), I will be looking in to putting some banners of some kind up. But I will keep them out of view if possible (down at the bottom of the page for instance). The exception to that being in the Open Forum for people not logged in. For some reason we get a LOT of google referral traffic to the open forum from people that never register for an account - somewhere in the neighborhood of 15000 page impressions per week. I am going to try to leverage that if I can. The costs for the site are still fairly low - less than $300 per year, so with any luck I can find a good solution that doesn't inconvenience any of our members. So... if you see something annoying, please tell me. Ill need feedback on this if I'm to make it work. There is also the possibility that the ads will eventually be banned because of the website content, though the provider I am looking at say that's not the case. Will also be looking at other solutions that are more in-line with what our members need - like the Agoda link that is now outdated (I will replace it), and I will start looking for local sponsors as well. This stuff will start to pop up in the next few days.... All I ask is that if you have no major objections, please turn off your ad-blocker for this site. I will not be adding any code to detect and enforce that like the asshats over at Thaivisa do, so this is the only request you will see... if you ignore it, I will never know or judge you for it. That you know of anyway. lol. Now as to email. As I was performing this upgrade I found out one really weird fact. While martin was really good about answering emails sent to his pattayatalk related Gmail account, for some reason he had the boards email blocked (admin@pattayatalk), and moreover, the old server was not even configured to receive mail from admin@pattayatalk, which means that all of the times someone hit CONTACT and sent a message, or all of the times someone responded to any of the emails sent by the forums, Martin never even saw them. Since fixing this problem yesterday I have received about 8 contact forum requests - 3 of which were for problem signing in where their email was no longer valid, so I don't even want to guess how many went unanswered over the last couple years. That will not happen again. I am still unable to receive mail to the admin@pattayatalk address (I am working on that), but in the meantime I have redirected the contact form and response emails to use the boards gmail account. So far that seems to be working. So if any of you send a request via any method and I do not respond, please let me know via PM and I will find and fix the problem. Another change coming soon will be the addition of some sort of chat system for the board. I have not found one I like yet, but if nothing else I will design on myself. Will have something in place in the coming weeks. Anyhoo... the site is now fully functional and hopefully issue-free. And a full 2 days before the barcrawl. 🙂
  30. 4 points
    A Cowboy Walks Into a Saloon, Naked . . . except for his boots. “Where your clothes at, Slim?” “Back at the barn. I was feeding the horses when a beautiful blonde drove up. She says, ‘I wanna show you something in the barn. Follow me.’ So I followed her. She says, ‘Take off all your clothes.’ So I do. Then she takes off her clothes, and says, ‘You like what you see?’ Fellers, she had the most bodacious body I ever did see! I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I do!’” Then she lays down on a blanket, all friendly-like, and says, ‘Well, then, go to town, Cowboy!’ So I pulled on my boots and here I am.” A Man walks into a bar with a newt on his shoulder. The bartender says “What an interesting pet, whats his name?” “Tiny” the man replies. “What an odd name, why do you call him Tiny?” "Because…He’s my newt. Guy walks into a bar with a gun and snarls, “Who had sex with my wife!?!” A guy in the back replies, "You don’t have enough bullets!" Three conspiracy theorists walk into a bar. You can't tell me that's just a coincidence. A man walks into a bar and sees two pieces of meat hanging from the ceiling. Confused, he asks the bartender "why do you have meat hanging from your ceiling?" The bartender says "I'm glad you asked, currently we have a challenge going on where if you can jump up and slap both pieces of meat with your hands I'll cover your tab for the whole rest of the night. However, if you attempt to slap the meat and miss, you have to pay for everyone else's drinks in the bar until we close". The bartender looks back at the customer and asks "So what do you say, would you like to give the challenge a shot?" The customer quickly responds with a "No". "Why not?" The bartender asks. The customer replies, "The stakes are too high". A horse walks into a bar, at which point the bartender asks if he’s an alcoholic given all the bars he frequents. “I don’t think I am.” the horse replies. ** poof ** The horse disappears. This is the moment where those who are into philosophy start to grin as they’re familiar with the philosophical proposition of “Cogito Ergo Sum”, or “I think, therefore I am”. But to explain that joke beforehand would be putting Descartes before the horse. This guy walks into a quiet bar. He is carrying three ducks, one in each hand, and one under his left arm. He places them on the bar. He has a few drinks and chats with the bartender. The bartender is experienced, and has learned not to ask people about the animals that they bring into the bar, so he doesn't mention the ducks. They chat for about 30 minutes before the guy with the ducks has to go to the restroom. The ducks are left on the bar. The bartender is alone with the ducks. There is an awkward silence. The bartender decides to try to make some conversation. "What's your name?" He says to the first duck. "Huey" replies the first duck. "How's your day been, Huey?" "Great. Lovely day. Had a ball. Been in and out of puddles all day." "Oh. That's nice," says the Bartender. Then he says to the second duck "Hi, and what's your name?" "Dewey," came the answer. "So how's your day been, Dewey?" "Great.Lovely day. Had a ball. Been in and out of puddles all day. If I had the chance another day I would do the same again." So the bartender turns to the third duck and says, "So, you must be Louie." "No," growls the third duck, "my name is Puddles, and don't ask about my day."
  31. 4 points
    Easy R-Con open sewer project; concrete pad to Buakhao was poured last night. The finished product this morning. Looks like the pumps have been delivered.
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    Greetings Monkeywatchers, showaddy crap for another month, and welcome to our latest update from the City of You Couldn’t Make It Up. Here we go. The much publicised Pattaya International Fireworks Festival at the end of last month didn’t go quite according to plan. Well it did for a couple of minutes, then it started pissing down and everybody buggered off home. It did eventually recommence a couple of hours later, when it was watched by two passers-by and a small dog. For music lovers there was also a rock band playing, featuring a vocalist who sounded like a cat sliding down a blackboard. Another event with roaring success written all over it. This was followed a few days later by the Thailand Cultural Music Festival, which reportedly tends to consist of a bunch of Thai punk bands pogoing around a stage and spitting profusely on the audience. And if that wasn’t enough, we were then treated to the Pattaya Music Festival, an annual piss-up and punch-up for Thai motorcycle gangs. The fun just never stops. Somebody must have been dreaming of a big cucumber… Tourists will soon have to pay 100 baht on arrival in Thailand as part of a new initiative announced by the Tourism Ministry. Bad news for local businesses as it will completely wipe out the entire holiday budgets of Pattaya’s new breed of quality tourist. City Hall has admitted that Pattaya Beach will have to be replaced every time there’s a storm, as it keeps getting washed away by the flood waters. Environmentalists are predictably up in arms and have demanded that Pattaya should place an immediate ban on single-use beaches. Speed bumps are to be installed along the road by Dongtan Beach following alleged complaints about speeding yahoos on motorbikes. The likely effect of this will be that the speeding yahoos will lose control of their bikes and plough into crowds of unsuspecting tourists. When a reporter asked what would be done to address this potential problem he was punched in the face by the local community relations officer. They say walls have ears but trees in Pattaya used to have them too… Bars news now, and Diamond A Go Go has been replaced by a relocated Sugar Baby and Super Girl is being reborn as Angel A Go Go. Other new arrivals are Party Girlz A Go Go and Romantic House A Go Go, the latter on Pattayaland 1 where it seems like the poofs are slowly getting pushed out by Indians. Well if you can have Soi Cowboy, why not Soi Indian? Also on the way is Super Model A Go Go (haven’t we had that one before?) Latest news is that Romantic A Go Go looks like it’s shut down already - not entirely surprising considering nearly all the passing punters are brown hatters. If you think some Pattaya bars are a bit dodgy, get a load of this. It’s been reported that a Bangkok bar called Asia 44 Nightclub, opened four months ago, has been closed by police after they discovered that the owner was killing customers and serving them up as meals in the restaurant. A police statement was issued to reassure the public that the situation appears to be confined to this particular establishment and that they could continue to patronise other bars safe in the knowledge that they were unlikely to be eaten. However, it was later revealed that the bar owner has several other investments in the city. We await developments. Come to think of it, Pattaya seems to have more and more restaurants and less and less visitors… Rock fans anticipating a rumoured appearance in Pattaya by AC/DC were disappointed to learn that the visit was in fact by the Air and Coastal Defence Command, who we understand are not a rock band as such. ‘Those were the days’ time now with a look back at a duo of news snippets from Monkeywatch in June 2009. “At the beginning of the month, Tourist Police swooped on South Pattaya and rounded up a number of Uzbekistani ladies of the night and took them to the police station for further questioning. Can’t believe it’s a year since the Chief’s last birthday party. Doesn’t time fly? A Brit was arrested by police the other Tuesday after being caught stealing a bag of grapes from Tops Supermarket so he could tread them to make his own wine. He offered police a sample from his last attempt but they weren’t impressed and suggested he took his socks off next time.” Looks like the Klan won’t be getting their laundry back on time… Following complaints of inaction by the local boys in brown, a regional army and police squad raided two Thai nightclubs in Pattaya to check if any untoward activities were taking place. As a result of this, the venues were found to be guilty of having 142 patrons who tested positive for drugs, allowing entrance to under 20s, selling and advertising alcohol without a licence, selling shisha, staying open after permitted hours and allowing drug use on the premises. Items found in the clubs included guns and ammunition, knives, shisha pipes and 62 bags of yabba. The local police chief’s comments that, other than this, the venues were fully compliant with the law were noted and he’s now directing traffic on Dongtan High Street. A new chief will be appointed shortly. The Pig and Whistle on Soi 7 has closed and it’s been speculated that it may be taken over by Indians. Well at least they won’t need to change the name – just expand it a little. Finally, following a report that 80 percent of Pattaya motorbike taxis are illegal, an official statement has been issued thanking the reporters for recognising this huge improvement in the figures and for their positive attitude in publishing such a good news story. Sounds like the old police chief might have found a new job drafting official statements. be seeing you monkeyman
  34. 4 points
    I'VE BEEN BANNED FROM TESCO'S Yesterday I was at my local Tesco's store buying a large bag of My Dog dog food for my loyal pet and was in the checkout queue when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had an elephant? So, since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Dog Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in hospital last time, but I'd lost 10 kilograms before I woke up in intensive care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pockets with My Dog nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in queue was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked me if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off the kerb to sniff an Irish Setter's arse and a car hit me. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. I'm now banned from Tesco's Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of daft things to say.
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    I got a notification yesterday that our SSL certificate was expiring... and totally forgot about it last night when I was online and doing that kind of thing. So it expired and we had a hour or 3 of warnings being thrown to people who visited the site. Sorry about that! Will try to make sure that does not happen in future! Only takes me about 10 minutes to update the cert - I just totally spaced it. Getting old sucks. lol.
  36. 4 points
    Greetings Monkeywatchers, core coon crap for taking the time to look in, and welcome a fresh batch of tales both short and tall from the City of Sniggers (or are we supposed to say Safrican Americans these days?) When the local boys in brown put up a poster on their notice board outside the police station saying “Woman Wanted For Sattahip Temple Burglary” they were surprised to find that several women turned up and asked if they could apply for the job. An Indian quality tourist turned up at the police station the other day claiming that “a woman with long hair” (he obviously has an eye for detail) had done a bunk with his gold necklace valued at 41,000 baht (valued by him, one suspects.) He said the woman had ridden up on a motorcycle and propositioned him, which he of course refused as any quality tourist would. After she rode away, he realised that the gold chain had disappeared, obviously not having noticed the item being removed from around his neck during their conversation. The desk sergeant filled in a report and deposited it in the police station’s ‘Thefts from Indians” file, a wire basket on the floor in the corner of the room. Didn’t call him a stinking pig though. Must have slipped his mind. A taxi driver who was reportedly depressed climbed up a cellphone tower in Nong Plalai and stayed up there for seven hours before coming down for a smoke. He told police he’d climbed up there because one of his relatives was going to shoot him. Sounds reasonable. I mean, if someone’s out to shoot you, what better place to hide from them than the top of a cellphone tower? Unbelievable. Here’s a quick way to get to Heaven Above. Just climb up here and stick your hand in the junction box… Over 100 people were arrested after a massive gang fight on Pattaya Beach, the like of which hasn’t been seen since the Brits had their Mods and Rockers punch ups on Brighton Beach in the 1960s. After watching the film “Quadrophenia”, police decided to raid Scooter’s Bar and Harley Bar for likely suspects but were unsuccessful on both counts, the former because they didn’t know which of the Scooter’s bars to raid and the latter because it shut down about 10 years ago. Just another day in the family-friendly resort of Pattaya. Grave cleaners in Pattaya who were digging a bloke up so he could be cremated (it’s a Thai thing, don’t ask) were surprised to discover that you actually can take it with you when you go after the stiff in question was found to have no less than 100,000 baht about his person. The money, it’s said, will be used for merit-making. Bet you could make a shitload of merits with that stash – if you knew what merits were and how to make them. Thailand celebrated this year’s Press Freedom Day by blocking the BBC coverage of the coronation. Nobody seems to be saying who ordered it or why, though it’s been suggested that some previous remarks relating to similarities with Prince Charles in the area of aural physiognomy may be involved. One of Pattaya’s many claims to fame is that it invented the concept of concrete dog shit as a tourist attraction… A smattering of bar news now. On LK Metro, Office A Go Go has reopened as Office Club, and on Soi Diamond a new Carousel Bar has opened called New Carousel Bar. They must sit up all night coming up with these innovative new names. Bollywood a Go Go has been relaunched on Pattayaland 1, though they’re actually fibbing as it reportedly isn’t a Go Go but a dance bar. Could be some Indian bints in there who are up for it, but don’t hold your breath (actually, that might be a bad piece of advice.) It’s been reported that the trash in Pattaya is damaging the reputation of the city as a world-class resort. And there was us thinking it was down to the Mafia, the Triads, drugs, dregs, stinking pigs, muggings, beatings, shootings, stabbings, gang fights, prostitution, slavery and corruption. Shows how much we know. Let’s do the time warp again with a duo of memories from Monkeywatch in May 2009. “There was a bit of a rumpus in Central Pattaya a couple of Thursdays ago after a refuse collector found a live grenade in a green rubbish bin. A council representative said that they were shocked to hear of this as every household had been sent a leaflet expressly instructing them to put all grenades into their black bins. A man was arrested on Larn Island last week after being reported by local residents for various instances of theft, fraud, blackmail, extortion and assault. He was taken to Pattaya Police Station where he was charged with impersonating a police officer.” This must be the new improved Thai Airways Boeing 737… Customers in a Pattaya car park were somewhat surprised when a Thai man came crashing through the roof and ended up in a heap on the floor. Rescue workers postulated that the man, who appeared to be in an elevated state of consciousness, might have been looking for an apartment in the adjoining building and “got a bit lost.” That’s an understatement. Following the latest jumping incident at Central Festival, it’s been revealed that they’ve come up with a way to solve the problem – machines that clean up the mess in double quick time. Way to go, fellas. The last thing tourists want when they’re out shopping is to get that sort of goo all over their nice new shoes. The formerly beautiful Maya Bay has had to be closed for two years after being trampled underfoot by relentless hordes of cretinous slant-eyed lemmings. Good news for the bay, but bad news for the locals – and the sharks. Finally, if you’re in town right now then you’re just in time for the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2019 that’s being held on Pattaya Beach on 24 and 25 May. If past events are anything to go by, this is a show that you most definitely must not fail to miss. be seeing you monkeyman
  37. 4 points
  38. 4 points
    Flight 93 was going at almost supersonic speed when it hit nose first into solid ground. Pieces would be particles at that speed. Even if you follow the nutjobs and Alex Jones types that it was "a missile", it would still crash and maybe even the same way. The USA had the right to go after Al Qaeda and Bin Laden before 9/11 and only the sad and closeted conspiracy hounds would think the USA did 9/11 to that degree (one small building would have sufficed or no building at all, e.g. just Flight 93) and that somehow enough explosives to take down two buildings were planted by demolition experts with nobody knowing. What rubbish perpetuated by the joke of what the internet has become in some respects. The Pentagon was seriously damaged even though it is build like a fort. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2017/mar/31/pentagon-after-911-attack-american-airlines-flight-77-in-pictures https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a5659/debunking-911-myths-pentagon/ https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a5688/debunking-911-myths-flight-93/ Within these two articles are links to the other preposterous nonsense.
  39. 4 points
    HBO announced the Deadwood movie premieres May 31, 2019 !!! https://www.hbo.com/deadwood/movie-what-to-know-so-far
  40. 4 points
    We had our first significant rainfall this afternoon since the completion of the beach nourishment project. Got out and snapped a few pics after the rain let up as I was curious to see how the beach weathered the storm. Verdict is, not very well. Starting at the north end. Beach vendors were busy cleaning up the footpath as soon as the rain stopped. As expected, the drain channels they installed were completely ineffective. Probably not the best day to be working on the electric control panel. Stage and seating at the Klang intersection. Bit pissed off they completely blocked the footpath all the way to the edge of the road. Another great Thai idea. Put up a shrine that completely blocks the rain runoff channel. The Hilton waterfall is back, although much smaller than the 2013 version. The volume of water in this pic is about the limit of what the rain channels can handle. Less than a month since construction, and with the first storm cracks are already appearing. I give it one or two more storms before the whole concrete pad is undercut and washed out. This is the runoff pad across from Soi 13/1. I see the short sections of concrete walls are doing their job to help keep the palm trees from getting washed out to sea. Disgusting mess on the south end. I wonder if these large flapper valves are still operational. At least the pumps are working. Southend has the makings of a new Hilton waterfall.
  41. 4 points
    Surprise! (aka Surprise BBQ) is best known for its U.S.-style BBQ beef and pork ribs at bargain prices, but it also has steaks, burgers, skewers and chicken on its menu.. It's located near the intersection of Soi Buakhao and Soi 21, across the street from the north end of Tree Town and around the corner from the Chunky Monkey. It's a very small restaurant with only three tables (two tables for four and one for two), plus counter seats for about six more. It's popular, which means it's often crowded. It's not a comfortable place to have a meal, but the decent food at cheap prices have won it a loyal customer base. Two ladies handle the cooking and two more the serving, which means wait times for your food can be long. Because Surprise! is so cramped, I've mostly had ribs for takeaway, but that's a topic for a separate post. Yesterday I tried the rib eye steak steak at 169 baht. It came with a handful of thick-cut fries, two onion rings, a dish of brown sauce and a dollop of salad. I asked for my steak to be cooked medium rare, but I got it medium. It was Thai beef. but not tough. The menu and a sign says its "AA" grade beef, but I'm not sure what grading scale is being used. Canada has a scale with letter-A ratings and "AA" would be the equivalent of lower-end U.S. Choice. For the price, it was O.K. The fries could have been a bit crisper for my taste. The onion rings, which I can easily live without, were O.K. and the salad was fresh. It hadn't been sitting slathered in dressing all day. The sauce was supposed to be pepper or mushroom, but had no flavor at all. At least it was served on the side and not poured on top of the meat. Bottom line: The rib eye steak was O.K., certainly not great, but you can't expect a great steak for 169 baht. The sides were a mixed lot, ranging from good salad through middling fries and onion rings to a poor sauce. My main reservation about Surprise! centers on the cramped quarters, which more or less rules it out for me as a place to have a meal. You are almost sitting on top of the other customers. Not only can you hear every word they say, but every sound they make, including chewing, burps and farts. If they haven't had a recent shower, you can sure smell them. In the future, I'll continue to use Surprise! for takeaway. Almost worth noting for anyone with mobility problems. There is a very narrow set of stairs leading up to Surprise! which would be difficult for some to manage. It's open from 2.30 or 3.00 p.m. (the menu and sign give different times) to 10.00 p.m., but opening hours seem quite flexible. It often closes earlier than 10.00 p.m., probably because they have run out of food. It's closed Sundays. Evil I've included photos of some of the menu pages to give a better idea of what's available and the prices charged.
  42. 4 points
    Baht buses are still 10 baht. Soi Bukhao and LK Metro has expanded exponentially bar - wise. In fact, I tend to stay around that area now as Beach Rd / Second road hotels have lost their lustre, and you can cut through to Sois 7,8 and Central festival from Bukhao in an easy 5 min walk. Sois Chaiyapoon and Lengkhi are also popular for massage parlours and cheap guest houses / restaurants. Soi Honey is also a good massage venue. As mentioned elsewhere, everywhere you walk there is some cunt with a camera, either vlogging on youtube or just taking photo's. WS is terrible for it, LKM getting progressively worse. Speaking of which, Soi diana seems to be dying a very slow and tortured death for some reason. Papagayo still has a massive Gin menu though. JP bar has gone i'm told, late night Ibar and Insomnia nightclubs for off duty girls, but Insomnia seems to be full of vest wearing middle eastern musclemen for some reason. Lucifer, Red Car (gullivers - the one with the Vette on the wall) and 808 above Candyshop offer the nightclub experience, also Miami on WS might be worth a look if FL action is your scene (and at 5k a pop plus BF longtime, why wouldn't it be lol?) Plenty of GGB's, prices covered elsewhere on the forum. Windmill for good fun, hands on as well, Babydolls same same. Beer bars abound, still offering happy hours and many in the Bukhao area offering 2 for 1. Plenty of live music bars around, almost one on every busy Soi. Daytime fun: More Gentlemens Clubs, MC Taxi drivers are now fairly knowledgeable regarding locations, just show them a google maps pic. Soi 6 is still busy but has effectively been ruined in the opinions of some (myself included) as the Nightwish group have opened numerous bars along there with the same kind of approach, loud music, lots of girls rinsing newbies for drinks. Even the managers get in on the act. However, Ruby club and a few select others are still open for naughty, behind closed doors fun. Nighshit are expanding their operation into Chaiyapoon as well apparently. Still numerous daytime bars open along Beach Rd, Tahitian queen A/C still a welcome change from a hot day, PBG offering half decent food but the service sucked big time last I was there, 45 minutes for Tom Ka Gai... Multitiude of massage parlours in the Chaiyapoon, Lengkhi / Honey area, most offering happy endings. not sure on prices though, or quality of the girls. Some decent restaurants in town, Grottinos for a good Italian, plus a few specialist places opennig up (Wine Bistro, craft beer joints). Other stuff: Terminal 21 is a massive shopping centre, but never been there. A few Starbucks / Costas opened if you want a coffee and a read of the paper. Motorcycle hire still available cheap, but make sure you are legal, the fines are getting ridiculous. Loads of Hotels to choose from ranging in price and quality. LK group are very good, Eastiny and flipper are the budget end and look very tired. Sabai group again are mid range but again need updating.
  43. 4 points
    Because of my lack of interest in food of a more refined level I rarely have much to say about it, however, there are those special times. Rarely in the annals of history has a restaurant theme been so apt as with my latest food foray. CHEAP CHARLIES is the old Queens Arms and I think for a short while a Retox property. It was totally renovated last year and obviously a lot of money spent. On that basis it is so bloody sad that they forgot staff training is part of the deal. “We busy” really wasn’t the reason that I was looking for and if you read the following, a couple of visits turned into ten and this could be why they were so busy! The only way to understand the experience is to list the moves. 1. Sit there and eventually wave and get a menu. As expected, because it seems to be the norm the Daily Special was all sold out so back to the menu. 2. Wave again for the lady who takes the order for a Large English breakfast at 139 baht. 3. Long wait but eventually some toast arrives. 4. More waiting and the meal arrives. 5. No knife and fork wave and get the condiments but no knife and fork. 6. Wave and get the pepper corn grinder. 7. Wave and, yeah, knife and fork. 8. Ask for my coffee and juice. 9. The coffee arrives. 10. The juice arrives (meal almost finished) 11. Try in both English and Thai to get some sugar. 12. Wait but it arrives. 13. All the food has gone other than the accursed black pudding. 14. Neighbour had seen my meal order and ordered the same. As I was leaving he still wasn’t served anything. 15. Another wave from me but bugger it, just leave some money. No actual check bin but I believed what the menu stated. 16. I head off into the night and my table neighbour is pacing the floor like an expectant father. Because of the daily special being “All sold out” and the fact that they hadn’t noted this or deleted it, a few people came, sat and left. All I can suggest is that if you want to catch a meal at this place, do so now before they are foreclosed! The excellent Charlie Chaplin theme pieces at this restaurant are a reminder that the days of comedy relief are still with us.
  44. 4 points
    I don't write often about fast-food chain restaurants in Pattaya, mostly because I don't eat in them except on very rare occasions. On an impulse, I tried Texas Chicken at Central Marina. I was pleasantly surprised; the chicken I got was better than I had expected and it qualified as good. Texas Chicken is the name Church's Chicken operates under outside North America. It's the fourth largest U.S. fried chicken chain in both number of outlets and revenue, but I can't recall ever having tried it in the U.S. as it doesn't have stores in the eastern states. I ordered the three-piece combination for take-away. It cost 159 baht and came with a small order of French fries. one biscuit and a "bottomless" cup of soft drink. I also got some mashed potatoes with gravy for 15 baht. I drank my ice tea in the restaurant; I didn't want to lug it to my hotel. Here's what I got in my take-away box: The three pieces of chicken were all white meat, not thighs and legs. They had been battered and deep-fried properly, crisp on the outside, the meat juicy and full of real chicken flavor. It was far superior to greasy KFC chicken with its soggy batter and tasteless meat. The sides were less impressive. The French fries were industrial-style and the mashed potatoes had started out as flakes from a package. The biscuit had been topped with a honey-like sweetener and had a strange texture. It wasn't bad, but reminded me more of a dough-nut hole than a traditional biscuit. Bottom line: I don't often get a hankering for U.S.-style fried chicken, but the next time I do, I wouldn't hesitate to make a return visit to Texas Chicken. The restaurant has plenty of special offers. In that sense, it lives up to its U.S. reputation as the "poor man's KFC." Evil
  45. 4 points
    My condo has 80 floors divided between 2 towers . Mostly hi-so Russian families with impressive cars. I've been here for over a year and have only met 2 other English speakers. Ivan has not been very friendly , maybe just a language difference. More likely the alley cats i drag in and out on a regular basis. I have not been a good Ambassador of America here.
  46. 4 points
    In this post I mentioned plans to extend the park bike path around the Mabprachan reservoir. I'm happy to report the work to do just that is now underway. I had a nice ride around the reservoir this morning to check on the progress. Pictures start at the north end go clockwise around the reservoir. Looks like they've also started work on extending the park to the north. Inside the park is the future connection to the north end of the extended bike path. There will also be what looks to be a walkway extension into the expanded park to the north. Reservoir levels are looking great for this time of year. This will be the connection to the south end of the new bike path. At the junction of 3240 with SCC Rd, the path widens quite a bit leading me to believe this will be a combination road and bike path when done. There are also several bridges under construction on this section, and from the looks of them they'll be able to support quite a bit more than just bike traffic. The path will have some nice views of the water. The turn to the west at the junction with SCC Pattaya arch. From this point on they've only started grading and backfilling. At the south end where SCC Rd passes under the new highway, another tourist trap is under construction. A cool respite from the hot sun under the new highway.
  47. 4 points
    Never thought I would be pleased to see 41.3
  48. 4 points
    I think having a pinned list is a great idea. Rather than just a list, perhaps an embedded map and Google Sheet could be used. The nice thing about using embedded maps and sheets is the reviewer would only need to edit the map and sheet and the changes would then be seen in the forum post. I'm doing that now for the maps of the dark side bars and GC's. What I envision is the map would have locations of the restaurants that have been reviewed, and the sheet a list of the restaurants with a column for noting which nation or regional cuisine the restaurant specializes in. The sheet could also have another column that links to the review in the forum, although since Evil posts his reviews in several forums there would need to be separate columns for each forum. @Evil Penevil, if this idea is something you'd like to pursue, I would be willing to set up the initial map and Google Sheet for you. I could then either grant you edit rights to the map and sheet under my Gmail account, or you could copy that map and sheet to your own Gmail account.
  49. 4 points
    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
  50. 4 points
    As I walked along Beach Road this afternoon, I came across two teams power hosing the pavement. Looking at the pavement after it had dried, it really didn't look that much different. However, the objective seemed to be to get rid of the loose sand by washing it into the drain at the side of the road. I'm sure that will do the drainage system a lot of good!
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