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  1. Thanks for the OP - an interesting idea for an afternoon out. Looks like a "no shoes" policy, maybe to avoid damaging the art? If so then for sure a place to wear socks for a clean freak like me. Do they store the shoes in any kind of secure way (claim tickets, etc) or it is purely an honor system where anyone can run off with your expensive farang footwear?
  2. Thanks, though the snacks are actually for the girls and make a nice first impression when they walk in the room. The girls that make me happy get to pick one as a extra parting tip. The girls that make me very happy sometimes get to pick 2...
  3. I expect there are some, but I've never really looked. I did stay in a DW condo in VT6 that had an interesting sliding partition that closed off the TV area into a separate room, but I forget the room number (I think it was a high floor VIP room).
  4. After staying in this View Talay 6 (VT6 #13-450) condo for a month, it’s now one of my favorites from Dancewatchers.com I’ve discussed the great location & other benefits that make VT6 my favorite building in past reviews over the years (just search “Dancewatchers”), so I’ll skip that here and just focus on the condo. In addition to a doorbell (helpful for girls to wake you up when they arrive), the door has extra deadbolts top & bottom for more security. It also has weather stripping insulation which I’ve rarely seen on condo doors, but the stripping did seem to help cut down the h
  5. That's the odd part - both from my experiences there and reading other people's experiences on the AC boards, AC is every bit as hostile to foreigners when it comes to physical altercations with the locals because "you rich foreigner and he have family to feed". If anything my impression is that the police AC (and the rest of the PI) are even more corrupt and seize opportunities to demand payoffs. Including entrepreneurial off-duty exploits of UA scams, etc. The general assumption in AC seems to be that "rich foreigner always pays" regardless of almost the most extreme circumstances (
  6. Interesting results compared to my same post on several Pattaya boards vs a major AC board. On all the Pattaya boards, a much higher percentage of BMs voted to avoid the confrontation and just pay the guy the 100 he demanded. But on the AC board the strong majority voted to only pay the original or compromise amount. Why do you think there's such a difference in the responses? Is it an indication of the threat of violence being that much greater in Thailand than the Philippines?
  7. CheshireTom, on 27 Sept 2013 - 04:26, said: I don't begrudge guys asking a bit more like a baht bus wanting 20B at 4am or asking a motorbike to take me to some remote area in the early morning hours. But my OP is talking about between to major areas, WS & Soi LK Metro, around midnight - which most people would consider to be "prime time business hours" for those areas. But the above doesn't even apply to my OP because the simple fact is the guy agreed to a price before I got on his bike then tried to charge me double when we arrived. That's 100% out and out scam no matter ho
  8. Better that than a knife in yer ribs, as I almost found out first-hand
  9. What makes my OP all the more stupid in hindsight is that several times both before and after the incident I’ve had motorbike taxis drop off girls at my condo and charge me obviously inflated prices. In those cases I’ve tried to press back a bit, though in a light-hearted way “What? Did you drive her from Bangkok?” But I think I’ve only won a concession 1 time out of half a dozen or so encounters. And there was one time when I started my pushback and my girl just rolled her eyes and dug the cash out of her own purse before taking me firmly by the arm and marching me up to my condo. I co
  10. After coming to Pattaya for the better part of a decade and spending over a year total in town, I’ve always tried to be practical when thinking about what I’d do when faced with getting mugged, etc. Is a phone or a few baht really worth risking one’s life? Or at the very least dealing with a farang-hostile legal system that would likely require payoffs or worse. The frequent stories of locals ganging up on farangs when things get physical also really underscores the need to be realistic about when it makes sense to fight back versus stoically taking it so one can get on with the business of
  11. And did I already mention www.Dancewatchers.com ?
  12. +1 Search dancewatchers and you'll find a number of reviews from myself and others. And their website shows a good variety of condos at various price levels as well.
  13. I've posted several reviews of my stays at Dancewatchers condos over the years, and am overdue for my most recent trips. So, a quickie review on my recent stays in View Talay 6 and and also View Talay 2A earlier this year: I needed a good quality condo in mid-May with reliable, high-speed internet for just a few days, and Dancewatchers delivered with a good unit in VT2A, #17-811. Everything worked, and the AC did a good job keeping the room cool. The bed was a high quality high-rise style that was firm and comfortable and a large king size that allowed for plenty of room for fun with th
  14. Maybe because it's one's constitutional right as a US Citizen to have it if one wants? Though that pesky US Constitution doesn't count for much in the post-Bush/Cheney Amerika. Prediction: within a few years US Customs will also search your computer for illegal/pirated mp3 & movies unless you can prove legal purchase...
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