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  1. Poison Bar! Just the name alone should get the punters flocking in. I think I'd give the free food a miss.
  2. It has bounced back. It's bounced back to what used to be a more realistic rate before the Asian economic crash. Back in 1984 I used to get 32 baht to the £. That's the sort of sober exchange rate us British punters used to get for years back in those days of doom and gloom under Margaret Thatcher. With our huge national debt and our 8.7 million people of working age being economically inactive (not actually contributing to our economy) what can we honestly expect. They're a heavy burden and a huge drain on the rest of us. Forget the official unemployment figures of 1.5 million our govt tries to tell us about. Then there's the hordes of immigrants who can't even speak English let alone get a job even if they wanted one. They're another milestone around our necks that we can well do without. There's millions of 'em to be seen on the streets of our towns and cities every day of the week. They're obviously not working.
  3. Lots of Anzacs fly to LHR via BKK not only with Thai but other airlines. The couple next to me were Poms flying back to the Mother Country from Oz to visit friends and relatives. They had not set foot in the LOS outside of the airport. You don't have to have holidayed in Thailand to travel through or from BKK Airport.
  4. I recently flew Sardine Class on a 380 with Thai BKK - LHR. Every seat was taken and you don't even get any salt and pepper with your meals. By the time you realise that you have to ask for some the trolley dolly is about six rows away. That flight must have made a profit. At £667 (26,000 B) it was not cheap either.
  5. Even though it's low season there are more empty rooms in my hotel than in past low seasons. Some of the blokes I've met over the years no longer come to Pattaya for their holidays and a few have said they'll be looking at alternatives in future with the usual mentions of Vietnam and Cambodia. I've actually had one girl voice her concerns about her future employment and Thai girls usually don't think any further forward than that evening. One of my regular visitor chums who likes a winter break from the UK says he will be going to Tenerife in November simply because of the cost of his trips to the LOS. He is quite happy to go without his customary bit of crumpet this year. It's no fun going on holiday and having to watch your pennies each time you go for a night out or just in a bar for a drink. They say a lot of Thai GNP does not come from tourism but mainly from exporting rice, chicken, rubber and manufacturing cars but few people can explain why the TB is so strong as these industries have always been prominent. It's not just the GBP that is suffering, all Western currencies are as well. They are gonna get a shock as fewer falangs arrive and there is no way that the Indians, Chinese and Arabs are going to take up the slack where the girls who work the bars and their families up in the sticks are concerned. I've been in some bars and it's a mystery how they're getting enough money in to pay their electricity bill let alone their rent and salaries.
  6. There was no Negro rap in 1965 and I've never been to Alabama, what made you think I had? This was in Paradise Agogo in LKM in Pattaya in mid June 2019 as I explained in the previous paragraph. If you're one of these people such as myself who find the use of the 'N' word offensive avoid at all costs Paradise Agogo because you'll be hearing it all night long. Address any grievances you may have to the manager or the DJ and demand that they play music that you find acceptable.
  7. I spoke with a girl in LKM about this matter last night. She was only to quick too agree with me about the effect of her government's clean up policies and the exchange rates were having on ordinary people like herself and all the other Isaan girls and their families. Her face contorted with anger at the mention of their leaders and she was very out spoken in her hatred of them. After LKM shuts up shop some of the girls normally head off to Insomnia to pick up punters but now that the police make it close at 4am there not much opportunity nor time in which to hook with a customer for the night. It's obvious that the new measures are already affecting the livelihoods of the Thais who work in Pattaya and if her anger is anything to go by then there must be a large percentage of Thai workers in all Thai resorts who are also furious with their politicians. So it's not just hurting us falangs it's also hurting the very people who depend solely upon us for their living. There's no job centres nor dole offices in the LOS and it's not our responsibility to part with money we often don't have to take up the slack. I used to be a soft touch when we were getting 50 - 70 baht to our GBP but I've become pretty ruthless in the last couple of years when it comes to buying LDs and I know quite a few other falangs who have as well. Many of 'em refuse to even go in GGBs let alone just buy any LDs. That much is obvious when you visit any of the GGBs in WS or LKM.
  8. 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.
  9. In plain English what I said to myself before I scarpered was "Fuck you, you piss taking little poncing cunt, you'll get no more drinks out of me nor any tips". By consorting with little trollops like her you're only feeding your ego and being taken for a bigger mug than you actually are! To myself I said "You stupid old bastard, what are you doing buying drinks for this little bitch for when she obviously could not have any interest in you and you have no sexual interest in her" Stick to your old regular girls that are are still left working in Pattaya. But you still can't help missing the little hussies when you don't see 'em. That's why we keep coming back regardless of any exchange rate.
  10. 23.6.19. I did the LKM circuit tonight (Sunday) at 11pm. Area 51 had 2 punters then 1 then 2 then 1 again (me) then I left. Champagne had about 15 blokes in. The girl I bought a LD for told me all the girls 'hab day off". Such a huge bar looked empty. Billabong was buzzing but only half the seats were taken. Destiny had a big spending Aussie buying drinks all round but when he left pissed out of his head there were about four cautious punters left. I got told the girl who got knifed in The Office did not die. That cheered me up a bit. Similar set up in Sugar Sugar minus the drunken Aussie. Bars cannot survive with the amount of punters in them that I witnessed tonight. Only time over the next few months will tell! I also got told the immortal words that I've heard so many times in the UK. "I like being friend you. I love only you but I no want boom boom you but you can pay bar me and we can go eat." That's what's happening in the LOS now in 2019. I'm an old fella and she was 23 years old. I can't blame her although those words hit home like a knife especially with so few other punters about. A pretty young girl does obviously not want to sleep with an old man. It's no fun getting old. I check binned and scarpered as quick as I could get out of the door. I'll stick to the older birds in future.
  11. I've recorded all five episodes and agree it's very good, a bit too good. If the actors had attempted Russian accents instead of speaking their native English it would have been even more realistic. I watched the first two episodes and have had to give it a rest for a while as it's rather depressing especially as the situation develops further and you know things are only going to get even worse. And it's impossible for there to be a more cheerful conclusion.
  12. A pal of mine swears by 'em. He's a medic on the oil rigs so quite health conscious when it comes to possibly harmful drugs.
  13. We'd booked a package holiday with Kuoni and stayed at the Royal garden Resort which is now where the Royal Garden Plaza is. The hotel and transfers were all part of the deal. On a package deal you can't chop and change hotels as it suits you. You're lumbered with the one they assign you when you book the holiday. It's exactly the same set up as when you have a package trip to Spain or Majorca. Girls were not allowed in the hotel unless you paid the joiner fee, it was not a matter of being a 'crazy person' there was simply no way round it. It would have cost us a fortune to keep going backwards and forwards to the Nana in Bangkok each night for the sixteen days went spent in Pattaya not to mention the traveling time involved. There was no motorway to Don Mueng back then and the journey took around four hours. Doing that would have been 'crazy'. My pal and I were only on about 100 quid a week back then so it's possible that if you were working in the ME your wages made ours look like pocket money and to you the prices may have appeared to be 'buttons' but to us ordinary working blokes I can assure you they were not. Remember there was no internet nor forums then and there was no way we could find out how much everything was till we got there. In fact no one we knew back then had ever set foot in Thailand. Most people had never even heard of it. This was long before the likes of Gary Glitter had put it on the map.
  14. You hang on. Your memories are obviously not the same as mine. Why do you think my pal and I ran out of money? It was because it was a lot more expensive that we'd bargained for, that's why. The package holiday we'd gone on cost us around 550 quid. A small Kloster beer in a hotel was 45 baht, a small Singha was 35. A small Singha in a BB was 30. In one of the few GGBs like Caligula it was 40 baht. I do not recollect draught beer being sold. A simple fish dinner with rice in a cafe with the big chromium plated lorry outside and where the fancy Lobster place is now was 30 baht. A BF was 100 from a BB. From Caligula it was 150. A girl wanted 300 - 500, although they stayed till the bars were about to open the next day. The hotels wanted 300 to take a girl back. We did a lot of drinking and being young men we took a girl every night. Neither of us were stupid with money but without that Visa card we'd have been skint a week earlier than we expected to be.
  15. 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.
  16. This evening a pal of mine told me the GBP hit 38 B today. That's in the booths not the banks where its even worse. I adjusted the balance by not tipping in the bars I visited. I got no comments from the staff but if I had of done I'd just have said 'Sorry, England money down, no can tip. Falang now have small money'. When you tell a girl who you normally buy a couple of drinks for and give her a 100 baht tip that you can't afford it reality must hit home. Especially when they realise that you mean it! Perhaps the message might get upstairs but I won't hold my breath. But my money is more important to me than is the money the bars make or the girls take home. There is little financial justification for the over priced baht and we must let those who control it know as much in no uncertain terms. Boycott the rip off joints and patronise the value for money places. I've read that 13% of Thailands income comes from tourism and a sight more than that finds its way up to the boondocks where the bar staff come from.
  17. A pal of mine stays there. Very nice but at 28,000 baht a month there are better offers elsewhere especially if the lifts breaks down and you're on the 18th floor.
  18. I've used them a couple of times. Not the cheapest but very well organised and comfortable. Big comfy seats with armrests and a towelling blanket if the A/C got too cold. When I went we got a basic breakfast before we set off and a nice but modest dinner in the QV pub when we got back all included in the price. All in all about an eight hour day that started off at about 6 am. If I had to do a run again without hesitation these are the people I'd use.
  19. I've painted my suitcase with brilliant white emulsion not just because it is then hard to miss or in case it may be picked up off the carousel by mistake but also because of mosquitoes! I had two suitcases, one black and the other dark blue and as you know mossies are attracted to dark colours. I found on several occasions that I'd bought a few of the insects back to the UK with me in my case and as I'm allergic to their bites their smugging themselves back to my home was not a good idea. So far the white paint seems to have deterred the little stowaways from having free meals and causing me considerable discomfort upon their arrival in London. Neither have I had my luggage go astray either.
  20. To us limeys that's now getting on for 100 quid especially with transport and some food and drink vectored in for an extra 400 baht! That's ridiculously expensive. I used to go to the range beneath Tiffanys when we were getting 60 - 70 baht to the quid and it wasn't exactly a bargain then either. It's hardly surprising nkped and his companion were the only ones there! Yet another example of how Thailand is pricing itself out of the market.
  21. At first glance I thought the Catholic Priest in the video was Sacha Baron Cohen doing one of his satirical impressions.
  22. It's likely that all hotels have tiled floors that will all be equally noisy unless you stay in a really expensive which may possibly be carpeted but even the swankiest hotels are more likely to be tiled. Noise levels can only be determined by the guests who will be there at the same time as yourself. There might be screaming kids and noisy punters and their girls there at the time and there might be none, luck of the draw I dunno if JP has a pool but ODP definitely does.
  23. People often give negative reviews on the internet. So as you say it's indeed wise to read with caution. If someone gets satisfaction with a purchase that's the end of it. If they do not they are more inclined to mention it. And then some folk are never happy unless they're complaining and the internet is the perfect vehicle for such an indulgence.
  24. Who are the first people who are authorised to visit your abode if or when you snuff it? Say no more. Wink wink nudge nudge.
  25. What happens to the 800K you've got in the Kasikorn Bank if you suddenly drop dead and have made no will nor arrangements for friends or family to gain access to it. It happened to a pal of mine who had 1.5 million in the KB who suddenly died of a heart attack. I'm not going to say where that 1.5 M went but I'm sure you can hazard a guess.
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