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  1. 17 hours ago, Rawhide2 said:

    Whilst I'm no techy online am not normally dim but for the life of me cant find a way to screenshot an image on Chrome etc etc

    I've got obviously the 3 vertical dots which gives various options top right hand corner. Am I missing something really obvious here ??

    Good question and some useful answers. I have learned things that I didnt know. Moral of the story is to keep asking. 

  2. At home ,The UK, I drink red almost all of the time and 90% of that is Australian Shiraz.with the odd Merlot chucked in because its on offer. I drink what tastes good to me and suits my palate. I don't go in for fancy expensive wines and won't drink the rubbish cheap reds that are normal for Pattaya so almost never drink wine in Thailand, if only because of the poor quality and inflated prices. I do however remember drinking a cheap red Thai wine I bought in the Big C ou near the Dolphin many years ago that was called something like Black Knight or Dark  Knight and was sold on the table right outside the Big C, they also had a white Called very unimaginatively White Knight ,and  whilst not the greatest wine I have ever tasted , it was at least good value for money and was perfectly palatable. Came back the next year and never found it again . It was back in the days when I stayed the whole summer so I remember buying a couple of cases and drank the lot as it was very nice with food  or just bread and cheese. Anyone else remember this stuff.
    One thing that I will be happy to recommend is Australian reds. We make excellent white wine in NZ but I have said many times that "A cheap Australian red beats a good New Zealand one". Having said that I have real problems with drinking Australian whites as they seem to overdo the preservatives. I guess that this is part of the price you pay for the fact that the biggest wine sales in the UK travel from Australia and are cheaper than I can buy them here from 2000 kilometres away!

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  3. 7 hours ago, sinbinjack said:

    one tries one tries , and one can become very trying.

    Well for me I realise that you tried to bring a smile to the team so that is a real bonus. There are too many posts where the punchline would have been that the postman was a Democrat and thats why it all got fucked up! 

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  4. 51 minutes ago, monkeyman said:

    The bar news might be a bit of a struggle.     :smile:

    I can forgive you if all you write about are the bars that are supposed to be closed but are still doing business. Also a critical review of what is left in the fridge of your local 7/11!

  5. I had a bit of an adventure getting home so I thought that I would write to both of the airlines that I flew with. 

    Malaysia to its credit was prompt and as usual told me to take a (polite) running jump as far as compensation. They did however offer me 5000 air miles with a value of about bugger all assuming that I get the chance to fly with them before they go bankrupt. 

    Then there is my nemesis airline. Air New Zealand. I really detest this lot but have no option for national flights so they are IMHO an arrogant bunch of no hopers and on an international basis I avoid them like the Corona virus. In a way this is so sad as perhaps on my last 100 international flights I have flown with them half a dozen times so the loss is theirs. 

    I have had OK service from some and totally zero response from others over the years but as far as I can recall the only one that I got zero response from was Qantas but as its possibly six or seven years since I have flown with them they again were the losers. Airlines are no difference as Pattaya gogo's and clubs. Vote with your feet and dollars. 

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  7. There are so many possible apps that could be helpful however one that saved my bacon was Google Travel. It alerted me to a dreadful error in my travel plans and saved me a hell of a lot of money. 

    I also realised that reading this that I hadnt even bothered downloading the AIS app during my last trip but if you are worried about your internet and call useage then a phone supplier app would be a great help. 

    I also downloaded the app of my travel airline. When there was a significant change I took a screen shot just in case there was an issue later. 

    Another app that I use daily is Tapatalk for Pattayatalk!

    It seems that almost all the girls that I mix with have LINE and I expect more of them to share their addresses if things get tougher. 

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  8. I am quite happy to eat in these lower end farang restaurants. Good value for a decent meal. One thing that I have noticed and would comment on as follows. There seems to be a real under class of farangs in Pattaya. They can been seen crowding the places where large bottles sell for 70 baht and consist of guys and no girls. I understand that for some eking out the pension could be tough. Places such as Cheap Charlie and Hippo and Monkey give these people a good nourishing meal for the price of a beer and I cant help think that for some its a life saver. 

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  9. Just about to pull the trigger on this hotel as a drinking buddy is staying there , none of us ever stayed in this hotel before he has booked and paid allready for himself 
    Any one used etc any info next few days would be great [emoji106] 
    Used to stay a lot when Soi 8 was top of the pops. Only issue I had was the small pool.

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  10. 1 hour ago, Rawhide2 said:

    Interesting. Baht continues to weaken overnight on opening



    Rawhide. If a couple of million tourists less turn up this year from China, then this could be a reason. As I understand it all tour groups have been cancelled in/from China at the moment and this in turn is having affects on airline and tourism stocks which reacted very quickly to the expected down turn. . 

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  11. On 1/25/2020 at 1:20 AM, tallguy said:

    No commission at TT but you lose out on the spread between bid and offer. Look at the rates in Jacko's post, the spread on  Sterling is around 1%  but the spread on PHP is nearer 10%. Might not make a lot of difference for a small amount  to get you started in country but you must be better off doing single transactions in the home currency of your destination.

    Thanks guys. This has focused me a bit. I have sat down with the calculator and for me to buy the odd amounts of currency that I would like has a cost of about 2.5 % at home and after paying a transaction fee. In other words, its not worth worrying about. 

  12. Yet again I would like to express my appreciation to those posting here. When you are a long way from Thailand and considering how to fund you spending knowing whats happening to the baht is a great help. I compare the figures with my local bank, take into account a 1% buying fee and then decide how to proceed. 

    Can anyone tell me this please. Is it possible to buy other currencies from a TT Exchange? At home I am caught with an exchange fee and well as crap rates. I appreciate that I may have to use a bank but needless to say I will always try TT first as they always seem to be the leader in rates. The reason that I asked is that I did try some years ago and was told "No Hab" and never tried again. 


  13. 22 hours ago, Butch said:


    In answer to your question Teelack, yes. you will soon be stopped, asked a few questions about where you've been, then a couple of specific questions regarding your answer (default answer is BKK, so the officer will probably have 3 questions about BKK in his noggin to ask and get a reaction) - usually done in 3's because a cycle of 3 can determine true or fraud usually. They'll take your phone, scan your laptop and let you on your way. Best way through is to co-operate if you're clean, they'll then remove any tags and you'll be fine for 3 or 4 years unless you do something daft.

    Thanks. That all sounds like good advice. I do get the questions but and was only once asked if I had pornography on me. I guess that its having my onward flights disrupted that's the issue with me.

    Over fifty years ago I learned a lesson and it has stuck with me. Around the same time in my life I met two guys who were deep into photography. One was a semi professional and the other a private detective in the era where you needed compromising photos for a divorce, Both told me independently that almost all women liked to be photographed and in the right circumstances, in the nude. I took this on board but never had a chance to try it out till I got to Thailand and BINGO!  Yes, its a fact and I have ended up with a treasure trove of nude stuff. Almost all of these ladies are in there 20s and 30s but as we all know some older ladies in Thailand still look a bit young. I really haven't the heart to dump them off my computer but I think that the time has come. The other thing is that Google Photos is a bit of a monster for finding photos that I thought were long since dumped. It truly amazes me but once again its a warning that I need to take notice of. 

  14. 2 hours ago, jacko said:

    I was using them regularly,well once a year, down to Bali. There was an early morning flight from BKK and I could arrive mid afternoon and get  to the hotel and on the beer for the night. I also managed to get Biz Class for a reasonable amount... I guess I was taking advantage of their attempts to recover after 2 lost aircraft. Now that morning flight is not there and the alternative is like 5am from Swampy, pretty antisocial....and 3 hours layover. I also noticed their Biz Class is now priced up there with SQ... they aren't worth that!

    I am too picky though, finding a reasonable departure, duration and arrival time really makes the choices limited, but my days of getting to an airport at 4am, and hanging around in transit for 6 hours are behind me.  

    Malaysian have had a rough time of and they to changed the time table out of Auckland and this one suits me.

    It departs at 1.30 AM, has a changeover in KL and gets into Bangkok at just after 10.00 AM! This is great for me as it also gets back to Auckland at a time where I can also get a lower cost domestic fare. This is in line with my current thinking. In the past I would get to Pattaya between say 11.00 PM and 3.00 AM and that was a wasted night. Getting in at this time of day allows me to clear Bangkok and be in Pattaya for lunch. Getting in at this time of day is great as I can get my stored gear, haircut, bank and even a swim before getting ready for my first night in town. The only downside is a reasonable wait prior to my flight and I am thinking about paying for a one time lounge membership to speed me on my way. 

  15. Last night I checked out my February flight on Malaysian and was pissed off to find the cost lower than 5 weeks ago. Then again they have blotted their copy book again in New Zealand. They had to cancel 2 flights in 2 days due to the plane not getting off the runway due to some engineering issues and then screwing up the way that they treated the held over passengers. The sooner they get new management, the better but at the moment they are still the best deal for me and if the plane is half full that's fine with me.

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  16. 1 hour ago, Butch said:

    I think there is a judgement call to be made on connection times, a sweet spot between not crapping yourself that you won't have time as opposed to sitting around an Airport for hours on end. I like to have 3-4 hours for a connection, 1/2 hour to deplane, 1/2 hour through security gives 2 1/2 hour around the airport before the open the gate, depending. anything less than that gets my heart rate up a bit, especially transiting through HKG or one of the ME Airports.

    To add to this list of reasons I have another one to add.

    I have been to Thailand so many times that I am starting to feel that my time may be up for a big search. In NZ. The computer knows a lot about my travel and there is sharing among government departments. I really do believe that its going to happen sometime soon and during the last year I have been paying a surcharge for a transferable ticket. In essence this means that assuming that I can get quickly through customs and immigration I can get an earlier flight home on a domestic flight. If on the other hand I am held up for perhaps an hour or so I will still have time to catch the original flight. The point about Thailand is not only its bad drugs reputation but also I would anticipate my mobile and lap top to be looked at. 

    I would like to know if any others feel that they have been or will be targeted because of their frequent flights to Thailand. 

  17. I guess that its all about your age and time available.

    Of recent time I have had to spend nights in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong and Auckland and other places due to all sorts of issues. As long as the airlines put me up and I sometime get a chance look at places that I have never seen before then I put it down as a bonus. The only thing that got me really wild was finding out that the HK $75  that I got for breakfast at the airport was a joke. I complained and got $US 100 in compensation! I would also be pissed of if this was my once a year holiday but other than that I accept missed planes and connections as part of the deal. 

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  18. I have tried three street sewers on Soi Buakhao and they were all good. I also went to a tailoring shop off Pattaya Klang and it was crap. Go figure! The place I used in November was outside Cheap Charlies and the one prior to that was where New Plaza starts. I was really pleased with the speed and quality of work with the November one. 

  19. Thanks again for taking the time to give me a slice of Pattaya. I had a quiet chuckle about the end of the New Bat gogo bar. I had come to the conclusion that this place was a secret retirement home for disabled gogo dancers. It really was bizarre from the bean bag chairs for the girls and the armchairs inside the place. It was worth buying a drink just to see the place. May it rest in peace

  20. Without commenting on the wider subject I have found it a reasonably normal conversation with Thai girls. I even had one Thai lady tell me that she was open with her son as she would rather he did that than get some teenager pregnant. I think we could be surprised how many Thai girls have a "Buzz Buzz" in the bedside cabinet.

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