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July 2017
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Cartoonman's Website
Mike Baird, the Cartoon Man, launched an all new Website!
Mike Baird closed his Website amuzingthaicartoons.com.
His new Site is mobile friendly and better protected against Cyber Attacks.
Enjoy it.
Dunkirk
Spike from Pattaya Days about a movie that members of Thailand's armed forces can watch for a bargain of 100 Baht/Person.
'Forbidden Careers' for Expats may be Relaxed
The infamous list of occupations reserved for Thais may soon be a thing of the past, Khaosod English reports, citing a labor Official.
We congratulate
Khaosod English Senior Staff Writer Pravit Rojanaphruk will receive an International Press Freedom Award from a New York-based organization dedicated to the safety and independence of journalists.
Justice in Thailand
Jenphop, the son of well-known Benz Dealer, found guilty of all charges filed by the prosecutor except the most serious one: deadly DUI, which carries a 10-year jail term.
Incomplete evidence and contradictory testimony from the police were cited by the court as the ground for the dismissal.
Jenphop granted bail after sentence for crash that killed 2 grad Students
For additional information please read the report published by Khaosod English.
New harassment by Immigration Officials
20'000 Baht in cash - or no entry to Thailand
Some tourist visa holders being asked to show 20'000 Baht in CASH when entering Thailand, ThaiVisa News, The Nation as well as Phuket Gazette report.
It seems that Thailand does not need tourists anymore...
Red Bull Heir playing cat and mouse with Thailand's so called justice
Red Bull Heir still on the run
According to a report published by Bangkok Post, Police have yet to send a request to the Attorney General’s Office for the extradition of Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, a Red Bull scion accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run case five years ago.
Vorayuth's passport was cancelled and an arrest warrant was issued for him after he flew out of Thailand on his private plane two days before he was due to face the charges. But since then, the chief of foreign affairs of the Attorney General's Office is still waiting for the request for the extradition.
The fatal hit-and-run charges expire on September 3th, 2017, under the statute of limitations...
Update (July 17th):
The Nation: Vorayuth extradition on hold for police documents
Update (July 19th):
Bangkok Post: Police hired a company to translate 34 pages of documents and expects the work to be ready this Friday (July 21st, 2017)
Update (July 20th):
Bangkok Post: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has for the second time formed a panel to probe police officers who allegedly assisted Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya in evading charges
Last year in September the NACC already started a probe with no results so far. It seems the officials like to particpe in the case in some way or another...
Update (July 22th):
Since Friday (July 21st) the extradition request is translated, but the extradition process might be slow - very slow indeed and probably will miss the September 3th, 2017, deadline.
Remember: Red Bull gives you wings.
Music Video Parodies Military Junta
Thai Music Video Parodies Junta
Thursday saw the release of an indie music video that took a surprising jab at the National Council for Peace and Order, also known as NCPO, and its '44 Rules'.
Please click Khaosod English for the video and Prachatai English for additional background information.
Music Video Parodies Military Junta
Thai consumer confidence down
Thai Consumer confidence declined for a second straight month in June, to a 5-month low, on worries about the country's economic recovery.
Since about two months we feel concerned about the fact that not only tourist-oriented restaurants are missing customers but also eateries serving mostly Thais.
A girlfriend running a small corner shop in a small village in the Korat told me a few days ago that she makes good business now: Villagers do not have the money anymore to eat at a restaurant, they are buying my cookings now and eat at home...
Update (July 14th, 2017):
Bangkok Post: Unfavourable economic conditions and the Governmen's tougher rules on migrant workers are major reasons forcing about 2'300 small restaurants nationwide to close this year...
No Sex in Pattaya means no money in the North and the North Eastern Provinces of this country,
Total Surveillance
Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his handpicked Military Junta convert Thailand, Land of the Free, into a state of total surveillance.
On July 4th the Dictator's reform body has voted almost unanimously for a new set of stringent restrictions including mandatory fingerprint, face scanning and the registartion of your 13-digit citizen identification numbers - or in the case of foreigners their passport details - even to buy time to use a mobile phone.
The new regulations bring Thai censorship and online restrictions closer to those of nations such as China, Iran and North Korea.
With the new rules Thailand's Dictator not only wants to control its citizens but also the whole bunch of the country's expats and tourists.
Moreover, he also tries to control the whole content of the internet, including the content of social media providers like Facebook, Line and Twitter.
But that's not enough: The Dictator even tells its citizens and the country's entertainment industry whats good and what's bad, what's Thainess and what's not.
The Dictator's new proposals are part of the government's 20-year National Strategy plan to retain the army's influence even after elections are held.
Hitler had similar ideas.
Zika outbreak
Provincial Governor Wirasak Wichitsaengsi informed the media that eleven people in Bung Na Rang district of Phichit province are confirmed to be infected with the Zika virus while 27 others are being monitored for confirmation.
For additional information and the latest updates please read our Zika Information Page.
Dictator blames foreign pressure for the Chaos
Why this people don't use their brains before publishing new regulations?
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Pattaya News Flash does not report about the daily crimes in Pattaya.
It you are interested in - and you should for your very own security - then please click Pattaya Daily News and Pattaya One.
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Naris Niramaiwong
Pattaya roars with laughter!
Naris Niramaiwong, Banglamung’s district chief, denied online assertions that authorities are only raiding establishments that aren’t paying tea money, or regular bribes to continue operating outside the law.
He denied police or other authorities received any kind of weekly or monthly bribe...
Perhaps the lovely chief can explain why officials pay as much as 1.5 million Baht to 2 million Baht for a police inspector position or 5 million Baht to 7 million Baht to secure a superintendent position (as published by Bangkok Post on June 14th, 2017).
Update (July 2nd, 2017):
The Nation: Police Chief had to warn Officers against taking bribes. He even urged the public to report bribes to Police...
Update (July 11th, 2017):
Bangkok Post: The Immigration Police Chief has ordered an end to accepting ringgit tea money at the Sadao border crossing. The tea money amounted up to 80'000-100'000 Baht daily during the last 20 years...
But the best
is yet to come:
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Immigration News
Important Notice
Since General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his Military Junta launched their Coup d'état on May 22nd, 2014, Thailand's Visa ground rules are constantly changing. More over, not every consulate can issue all the different Visas. Some smaller consulates even display notices to the effect that non-immigrant visas are unavailable.
Our advice: Before booking your holidays please contact the Embassy in your country to obtain information about Thailand's latest regulation(s) and check the Chonburi Immigration Website or the website of Thailand's Immigration Police.
Update (March 2016):
New Overstay Regulations
Thailand's new immigration policy will take effect on March 20th of this year.
Please click for details!
Busy Immigration
Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, chief of the Immigration Bureau, informed the media that between October 2015 and March 2016 Thailand's Immigration deported a total of 486'947 foreigners who overstayed their visas. Another 323'575 foreigners overstaying their visas still remain at large.
If the numbers mentioned above are correct, the Immigration Bureau deported about 2'700 people a day...
Congratulation!
Never trust a statistic that you have not manipulated yourself!
New 10-year Visa
Thailand's interim Government announced on November 22nd, 2016, that foreign residents over 50 will be able to apply for 10-year visas.
The new Visa would replace one-year renewable visas and come in two installments of five years each.
Applicants must either earn a monthly salary of at least 100'000 Baht or have more than 3 million Baht in their bank account, which cannot be withdrawn within the first year after receiving the visa.
Applicants also must also have a health insurance that covers hospital stays and provides at least US$10'000 in annual coverage.
Visa holders will still have to check in every 90 days with the Bureau of Immigration.
Up & Down
Thailand's Military Junta cuts the visa-on-arrival fee for tourists from Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan from today 2'000 Baht to 1'000 Baht.
The 1'000-Baht fee for visas sought at Thai embassies and consulates would be lifted.
The reduction is applicable from December 1st, 2016, to February 28th, 2017, only.
The change was announced less than two months after the visa fee was increased to 2'000 Baht on September 27th, 2016...
New Rules
Foreigners who enter Thailand without a visa via a land border crossing can now do so only twice per calendar year.
Those who seek to enter Thailand without a visa via a land border checkpoint for a third time in a calendar year may be denied entry and asked to apply for a regular visa first.
Entries through international airports are not affected by this new regulation.
While eligible foreigners who enter Thailand under the “visa exemption” scheme would previously get 30 days exclusively at international airports but only 15 days at border crossings, this rule has now been relaxed and all foreigners will receive 30-day entry stamps also at land border checkpoints.
The new rules went into effect on December 31st, 2016.
Free visas extended
Bangkok Post reports that Thailand's Government extended by six months to August free visas at Thai consulates and embassies and discounts on visas on arrival for visitors from 21 countries.
Chonburi Immigration Office got new Chief
Chonburi Immigration Office got new Chief
Pattaya Mail reports on July 8th, 2017, that the Chonburi Immigration Office got a new Chief.
Pol. Maj. Satawat Srirattanapong, the new Chief, announced that people who are requesting a long-stay permit will be thoroughly investigated for the safety of the community and the nation.
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Pattaya made a 'Last Minute' change for its Marathon
Pattaya Marathon 2017
Pattaya Marathon rescheduled from July 16th to September 3rd, 2017!
Pattaya Marathon 2017
Please rebook immediately for September 3rd, 2017!
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
There are more people in Thailand who believe in Ghosts than those who don't...
Ghosts in Thai culture
Latest incident: Cops deployed to protect Isaan community from a hungry ghost, Khaosod English reports.
According to a Chinese legend, once a year the gates of the spirit world are opened up and hungry ghosts are said to roam the streets searching for food, drinks and merriment...
Buddhism in Thailand
Thailand's Monks are still supporting the people's superstition with Buddhist ceremonies
It's still a very Amazing Thailand
Thailand's Dictator Prayut Chan-o-cha
People in rurual areas lack a true understanding of democracy
(Singha heiress Chitpas)
Rural people are naïve. They will always vote for who offers them more money
(Democrat Party)
The rural people have the right to vote, but we will not allow their vote to dominate our country
(The People's Alliance for Democracy)
No matter how Thailand's citizens vote, the power is and remains in the hands of Bangkok's Elite
Voting on Pattaya Walking Street
Walking Street's beauties are answering the Dictaors 4 Questions
Supporters of Thailand's Dictator are just using the allegedly stupid people from the North to answer the Dictator's 4 simple questions:
  • Do you think the next election will get us a government with good governance?
  • If that is not the case, what will you do?
  • Elections are an integral part of democracy but are elections alone with no regard for the country's future and others right or wrong?
  • Do you think bad politicians should be given a chance to come back, and if conflict re-emerges, who will solve it and by what means?
The four questions raised heavy critism but that shouldn't be a problem for the Dictator. Section 44 of the provisional Constitution stipulates that all orders from the Junta Chief, with the endorsement of the NCPO, on those matters are final. It gives Thailand's Dictator absolut power and Sections 47 & 48 legitimise all coup-related actions by the NCPO, by its subordinates, or by the subordinates of its subordinates, as well as all orders and announcements issued by them. It grants amnesty to NCPO members and anyone acting on its orders.
Nevertheless, let's hope that for the benefits of Thailand's society and the country's economic the Military Junta itself eliminates as fast as possible...
Updated
After the response rates has been very low across the country Thailand's Dictator downplayed the importance of his initiative, saying the questions were no big deal.
No Crackdown on Bikini Race?
Pattaya Bikini Race 2017
Pattaya Bikini Race, Juli 1st, 2017
Pattaya's Officals are launching crackdown after crackdown to please Thailand's Military Junta, its moral apostles and to move the city into a family-friendly tourist destination featuring dirty beaches, unusable pavements, deadly pedestrian crossings, ruthless drivers and a mostly polluted air.
On the other hand they launch a 3 to 9 kilometer long Bikini Beach Race with gorgeous babes and handsome men. There is even a competition for the best bikini worn by both sexes.
We live in a really crazy part of this world.
Pattaya Bikini Race 2017
The Bikini Beach Race Show is sponsered by CentralFestival & Singha
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
Thailand's Dictator is upholding the country's moral standards - but from his very own point of view
It is very interesting that Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is concerned with the morals of this amazing country, chooses not to castigate the various and sundry higher-class people who contribute to deaths but instead chooses to bully an 18-year-old Luk Thung entertainer Lumyai from the lower classes.
It says so much about Thailand - and its Dictator.
Thailand's Dictator General Prayut Chan-o-cha
Thai Country Singer Lumyai
18-year old Thai Country Singer Lumyai
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
Where are all that Tourists TAT is talking about?
They enjoy Explicit Sex Shows in Pattaya!
A few years ago Pattaya's Officials announced to transfer our World Class (dirty) Beach Resort into a family-friendly tourist destination. It never happened.
On March 27th, 2017, Bangkok Post reported that Pattaya tries again to become family friendly. Obviously the lovely officials never learned that announcements alone do not change anything.
On July 5th, 2014, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau announced its strategic plan to turn Pattaya into an international meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination. It never happened.
On June 2nd, 2017, LovePattaya reported that Deputy Mayor Bantit Kunjak chaired a meeting with people from many sectors at the town hall to discuss the strategy and launch of Pattaya as a MICE city.
In the meantime Pattaya's Authorities started a crackdown on Sex businesses on Walking Street and on Soi 6, launched new regulations for that areas and told the Western Press they are cleaning up Pattaya.
It's a farce!
Reality is that the hordes of Chinese tourists visiting beautiful Pattaya are lured to Soi 1 (off Pattaya Second Road) and Soi 29/1 (off Naklua Road) to enjoy 'Pattaya's most shocking Sex shows' in special built Music Halls.
Soi 1: Big Eye
BigEye on Soi 1
Soi 1: Bang Up
Bang UP on Soi 1
Soi 29/1, off Naklua Road: One
Number ONE on Soi 29/1 (The Harem & Fantasy Show)
visited mainly by people from the Indian subcontinent
Soi 29/1, off Naklua Road: 69 Show
69 Show (also known as 6996 Show) on Soi 29/1
Soi 29/1, off Naklua Road: New Show
New Show Temple to open soon on Soi 29/1
69 Show, as an example, runs two showa daily, with up to 100 (or even more) tourist buses carrying Chinese tourists to the shows. The many buses create a traffic chaos. Usually Pattaya Policemen try to regulate the traffic (instead to clean up Pattaya from 'reputation-damaging sex shows'...).
The official ticket price for Chinese tourists is at least 1'200 Baht!
Updated
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
New Obstruction for Pedestrians?
Military Junta announces 30 Bus Stop Shelters in Pattaya
Ignored Bus Stops in Pattaya
On June 20th, 2017, the Pattaya City Council, also known as Pattaya's arm of the Military Junta, approved a 1.4-million-Baht budget for the construction of 30 passenger shelters at locations across Pattaya, particularly along Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya Second Road and adjacent streets.
Pol Maj Gen Pundit Khunnachak, deputy mayor of the city municipality, claims that the work is in line with the National Council for Peace and Order's policy to better regulate traffic and transport for the benefit of local commuters and tourists.
Bus stops currently consist of painted markings on rthe oad surface. Pattaya's citizens, the tourists as well as almost all Baht Bus drivers are ignoring them...
The result will be that the new Bus Stop Shelters will be just another obstruction for Pedestrians.
Stupid traffic signaling in Pattaya
Useless Street Signs in Pattaya
Shortly after its inauguration, the the Pattaya City Council installed new but absolutely useless road signs on almost all larger junctions around Pattaya. Many of them even are obstructing pedestrians
Updated
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
Stupid traffic signaling in Pattaya
Stupid traffic signaling in Pattaya
Pattaya Beach Road, in front of Royal Garden Plaza:
Markings on the street are signaling parking lots for motorcycles, but no-parking zone markings on the sidewalk are telling the contrary
Be aware: Police use the irritating markings to distribute parking ticket...
Stupid traffic signaling in Pattaya
Stupid traffic signaling in Pattaya
Most of Pattaya's highly educated Officials obviously still don't know that the red color in a sign describes a ban. Thailand produce a list of authorized traffic signes, but our city's arrogant Officials still believe they have to create their very own signs.
Stupid traffic signaling in Pattaya
Nevertheless, sometimes there is a ray of hope...
Thailand publishes a list of correct traffic signs, but obviously most of Pattaya's Oficials don't know to read...
Thailand publishes a list of correct traffic signs
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
(Stupid) Pattaya City Council introduces just another day without sun shades and deckchairs
Pattaya Beach
Humans need the sun, but too much is unhealthy
Doctors all aver the world knows it and warn their patients, but Thailand's Military Junta obviously never read about it:
Sunburn is a clear sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged by too much UV radiation. Getting sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.
Sunburn doesn't have to be raw, peeling or blistering.
If your skin has gone pink or red in the sun, it's sunburnt.
Nevertheless, Thailand's Military Junta is cleaning up the beaches in Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket and elsewhere from sun shades and deckchairs.
Pattaya Beach
Pattaya's Beaches are playgrounds for dogs..
Pattaya Beach
... and rats and therefore absolutely unhealthy
Doctors warn too: Don't lay down on the sand. You can pick up any kind of disease. It is essential for your health to use a deckchair on any of Pattaya's (or even Thailand's) dirty beaches.
Pattaya Beach
Remember: More than 80% of Pattaya's wastewater goes uncleaned into the sea
Updated
Update (July 1st, 2017):
Updated
Update (July 15th, 2017):
On July 15th Bangkok Post reports, among other newspapers too, that broken pumps at a 15-year-old treatment facility are the root cause of Pattaya's beach pollution.
Mr. Chao Nokyoo, the department's director for water quality management, told the press that the problem will be fixed and new pumps will be installed this month.
As usual, that's only half of the story:
Happy Bathing
Pattaya City itself, not the hotels, exhausts its stinky wastewater directly into the beach
Photo made on May 13th, 2008, at 20:18 at the Pier Bar Complex
In our May 2008 edition we already published a picture showing that Pattaya City Hall is dispatching its wastewater during rainy nights untreated directly into the sea.
New pumps do not change the situation. They simply move the waste deeper into the sea
Updated
Update (July 21st, 2017):
Pattaya Mail: South Pattaya sewage leak causes outrage because Pattaya's 15-year-old sewage treatment system could not send sewage to the treatment plant on Soi Nongyai due to broken pumps...
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
Forget all that shit people told you about bread!
Healthy Food: Bread
Healthy Bread
Scientists from the Weizmann Institute compared two kinds of bread viewed as being on opposite ends of the health spectrum. One was industrial white bread made from refined wheat and considered less healthy. The other was sourdough-leavened bread made in an artisanal bakery from freshly stone-milled whole grain wheat flour and baked in a stone hearth oven: It was prepared specially for the study and was assumed to possess superior properties.
During the study the scientists divided the participants into two groups and asked to consume large quantities of bread (supplying about a quarter of their caloric intake) for a week. One group ate the white bread, and the other, the healthy sourdough bread. After a two-week break, they switched, and for a week the group that had previously eaten white bread ate the sourdough bread, and vice versa.
Tests revealed that eating bread of any kind affected the blood levels of sugar, minerals, liver enzymes and other substances. But when the scientists compared the effects of the two types of bread, they were surprised. We were sure that the sourdough bread would come out a healthier choice, but much to our surprise, we found no difference between the health effects of the two types of bread, says Prof. Eran Segal of Weizmann Institute's Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Department.
The study showed, for example, that about half of the participants had higher blood sugar levels after eating white bread, whereas the other half had higher blood sugar after eating sourdough bread.
It seems that the body's response to bread is a highly personal matter. It works like the placebo effect: If you believe that sourdough bread is better for you, it will be better for you - but not healthier.
Don't forget:
Like Rice, dark bread contains a lot more arsenic than white once.
If the arsenic resides in your body it remains there and will shorten your live!
Make Pattaya the Healthiest Place in this World
The healthiest place in the world
Our World Class Beach Resort is struggling to transfer its image as a 'Sex Capital' to a Family Resort or even a MICE city.
We have the inspiring idea to change the image of Pattaya once and for ever! Let's create Pattaya, the Healthiest Place on Earth.
It shouln't be a complicated task!
With the power of Section 44 Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha can easely ban the use of all unhealthy oils in Pattaya:
For all kind of fried foods cooks have to use Coconut oils, for salads they are obligated to use Flaxseed Oils and Balsamic Vinegar from Modena only.
Exemption: The use of Canola Oil is only permitted for cooking foods for American tourists to further support their weight and their diseases.
Som Tam has to be prepared with fresh ingredients only. The use of Pla Ra (also known as Pa La) or raw fish is strictly banned.
To support the poor regions in the North of the country, all kind of love before and/or after a meal is strongly recommended because it's recognized by most scientists as the healtiest of all activities.
The healthiest place in the world
Make LOVE not MICE!
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but still large Discounts on Hotel Rooms
No Low Season in Pattaya?
According to Miss Suladda Salutilawan, director of TAT Pattaya branch, this year Pattaya will face 'no low season' - nevertheless, you can expect large discounts on hotel rooms on all kind of hotels, even at hotels located on prime locations.
Emergency Room
Pacha / Abbe
Walking Street
Pacha, the designated successor of the ABBE Bar, should open on February 1st, 2017. Since then we couldn't detect any signs of life anymore.
Reluxe / zum Echten Schweizer
Soi Diamond
Sorry, but Reluxe, the would-be successor of Swiss House, passed away...
Amigo
Soi Diamond
Amigo, overtake the ByBlos Club A Go-Go during 2015 and announced a new shopping feeling for 2016. Since then we couldn't detect any signs of life anymore.
Armageddon Bar
Soi LK Metro
When Armageddon closed down its bar during October 2016 it announced that in December 2016 its successor will open an A Go-Go Club. Since then we couldn't detect any signs of life anymore.
Midnight Pattaya
Midnight Pattaya
Soi BJ & Marine Plaza, off Walking Street
Announced as Midnight Pattaya, the first entertainment places at the 'prestigious project' should open during January 2017. It didn't happen. Residents report that they couldn't spot any construction workers for many weeks. Let's hope we would not face another Soho Square debacle.
The latest announcement from Midnight Pattaya:
Midnight Pattaya
Let's wait and see
Should one of the patients mentioned above survive our emergency room, you will read it here.
Poised to continue
Jomtien faces a very low season and therefore a lot of restaurant at prime locations had to close during the last few months. We show you a few of them only:
Anvar closed
First known as Oasis, a Russian restaurant, later known as Anwar, a Lebanese restaurant on Jomtien Beach Road at the entrance to Soi 5, they both had to close down for the very same reason: Missing tourists...
Russian Restaurant closed
Located on Thappraya Road, a few meters from the beach only, this was the home of a popular Russian Restaurant. It had to close because of missing tourists.
Rumours closed
Also located on Thappraya Road and also a few meters from the beach only, Rumours closed down because of missing tourists.
La Taverna closed
La Taverna, an nice Italian Bistro closed down because of missing tourists. It also was located a few metres from Beach Road on Soi Thappraya.
Firehouse as well as Pastrami on Rye closed
Firehouse as well as Pastrami on Rye, both located on Thappraya Road, on the way to the beach, closed down.
We could fill up a whole page with pictures from once popular restaurants in Jomtien who had to close their doors - and all of them face the very same problem: Missing tourists. Neverteheless, Miss Suladda Salutilawan, director of TAT Pattaya branch, could tell the press last month that this year Pattaya will face 'no low season'...
Close your eyes and dream well!
Teatro closed
Teatro, the Travesty Cabaret Show on Thappraya Road opened during March 2017, closed down last month: Missing customers.
Poised to continue
Enlarged BurgerMap
In our March-Edition we reported the opening of Naklua's first burger outlet at the former sales office at the Lumpini Ville Condominiums.
BurgerMap then annouced to open The MAP Coffee Lounge later this year in the rooms to its left. It did not happen. Instead BurgerMap closed its small sales shop and moved into the rooms previously reserved for the Coffee Lounge.
Poised to continue
WakaWaka opened
WakaWaka, the bar promising Bellies, Booties and Boobies placed on REAL Girls, opened on July 14th on Soi Pattayaland 2 (officially known as Soi 13/4).
Flandria reopens on Soi Buakhaow
Flandria reopened its restaurant on July 12th. The venue closed during the third week of June.
The lovingly renovated restaurant is located opposite of the well known Marquee Scooter Bar and serves tasty foods at reasonable prices.
Relax in North Pattaya
A few meters only from North Pattaya's well-known Rounabout the Relax Bar promises now relaxing moments with nice hostesses just in front of the entrance to the Amari Hotel.
Foodland goes North
Foodland announced that it will open a large supermarket and restaurant at the new Terminal 21 Mall at North Pattaya's turnabout.
New Seafood Restaurant
J-Bun opened an all new Seafood Restaurant on Pattaya Second Road opposite of China Town in a building that once should be the home of Pattaya's copy of Bangkok's MBK shopping complex.
Antiques Francais reopend
During May 2017 Antiques Francais closed its door for reconstructions. In the meantime the shop reopened: Larger and more magnificent than ever.
Rainbow Food Market
A Rainbow FoodMart opened on South Pattaya Road, a few meters opposite of the TukCom Mall. It opens 24 hours/day and is some kind of a small '7 eleven' but with a large food bar and some seatings to enjoy a meal. Tasty burgers and Thai foods costs between 59 and 79 Baht, Sweets can be bought from 39 Baht.
McDonald's at The Bay
The Bay on Pattaya Beach Road should have a lot of attractive restaurants and bars since January 2016. It doesn't. But its McDonald's fast food outlet seems to be the best frequented in Pattaya. It's open around the clock.
The Bay Beer Garden
To attract customers to the otherwise abandoned place, the management launches a Beer Garden and a Seaview Market at The Bay.
The activities are scheduled to start on July 21st.
Affortable and Tasty Foods since 1967
After serving tasty food for 50 years, Boat Bakery had to close down the restaurant during June 2017 because the landlord decided to sell the building.
Boat Bakery was founded in 1967 and was one of Pattaya's longest running restaurant in this otherwise fast-moving city. It was located on Pattaya Second Road, across from Soi Pattayaland 2, also known as Soi 13/4.
Extra Bar closed
The Extra Bar on Soi Buakhaow closed down.
A small banner informs that the venue will remain closed up to revocation, a larger one claims the bar is on the block.
Naughty Café closed
During May 2017 the Naughty Café opened on Pattaya South Road. It had a short life of about 10 weeks only.
New Beach Road Hotel
Where the Tavern by The Sea at the Amari Ocean Hotel was, a joint venture between Singapore Hospitality Holdings and ONYX Hospitality Group Holdings is investing about US$100 million in a 406-room Ozo Hotel.
The Fish
Some years ago The Fish in Soi 1, off Pattaya Second Road, was one of the most popular Buffet Restaurants in Pattaya. Now its closed. It had to make space for the Viet-Thai Restaurant and the Bang UP sex show temple.
Viet-Thai
A Viet-Thai Restaurant replaces The Fish
Poised to continue
Fever
Where Harry's Bar and T&T used to be, a new bar called Fever will open soon.
Murphy's Law reopened
On June 12th Murphy's Law reopened its pub on Soi LK Metro.
The bar closed down on June 19th for some renovations.
The new Murphy occupies now one single unit only - down from two - but enlarged its terrace.
New Sign
During the dry days on July 8th & 9th the management of the Destiny A Go-Go Bar installed an all new sign in a 'cloak-and-dagger operation'.
Nevertheless, it looks nice!
Showgirls closed down
Showgirls A Go-Go closed down for renovations, a banner on the door tells the revellers. It also says that the venue will reopen 'soon'.
Whether the bar survives the makeover or not, you will read it here.
Update (July 25th): The bar is scheduled to reopen on August 3rd, 2017, with a 'cheap beer' party to celebrate the event.
PS. The venue wasn't closed for 'renovation' as told by its management but by Chonburi's Authorities as you can read from an official document at its door...
Poised to continue
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Poised to continue
New Regulation for Soi 6 (as of June 19th, 2017)
Bars and clubs in Soi 6 have to be remain closed until 18:00. licences for new A Go-Go clubs will not be issued for the foreseeable future...
P.S. On February 15th, 2016 Pattaya announced a big and so far unlimited crackdown on all kind of traffic violations, including parking vehicles in prohibited areas, ignoring traffic lights, driving in wrong directions and/or run over double or single yellow lines and on July 7th, 2016, Police said that venues located on Walking Street and on Pattaya Beach Road can stay open until 04:00, but Bars, Clubs and Dancings outside this area must close at 02:00.
Obviously these people speak bubbles only and destroy the 'good image' of Pattaya.
Slice goes Soi 6
Slice is set to open a Pizza outlet on Soi 6.
HK Darts Bar
HK Darts Bar opened near the beach front entrance to Soi 6.
Poised to continue
New Regulation for Walking Street (as of June 20th, 2017)
No Prostitutes, No Guns, All Venues have to be closed by 03:00. licences for new A Go-Go clubs will not be issued for the foreseeable future...
P.S. On February 15th, 2016 Pattaya announced a big and so far unlimited crackdown on all kind of traffic violations, including parking vehicles in prohibited areas, ignoring traffic lights, driving in wrong directions and/or run over double or single yellow lines and on July 7th, 2016, Police said that venues located on Walking Street and on Pattaya Beach Road can stay open until 04:00, but Bars, Clubs and Dancings outside this area must close at 02:00.
Obviously these people speak bubbles only and destroy the 'good image' of Pattaya.
All New Mandarin
The 'New' Mandarin A Go-Go opened on Friday, July 28th.
The venue closed down on July 1st, 2017, for renovation.
Pirates crashed French Restaurant
Pirates crashed French Restaurant
La Fontaine Restaurant closed down
The French Restaurant in front of the La Fontaine Hotel closed down to make space for the Black Pearl Restaurant and Rhumerie.
This step had long been necessary because the so called French Resaturant was certainly never a glorious chapter in the annals of La Grande Nation.
Pirates crashed French Restaurant
We Solved the Riddle
Behind this door on Soho Square, off Walking Street, you will find Pattaya's most beautiful open air Karaoke Bar.
If you know to sing you shouldn't miss it! Singing in an extraordinairy garden surrounded by authentic bamboo huts is not an everyday stage to show your talent.
Annabelle's G-Spot
On July 5th, 2016, the owners of Electric Blue and Dollhouse, both located on Soi 15, opened G-Spot.
During March 2016 the owner of Windmill and Sugarbaby announced to open a new club called Annabelle's on the second floor of the Sugarbaby building. We all know, it did not happen.
But during the first week of July 2017, G-Spot changed hands and Windmill was able to realize Annabelle's dream.
On July 10th, the G-Spot sign got replaced by Annabelle's.
Nevertheless, a question remains unanswered: Why was G-Spot removed? Is Annabelle one of the many women without the elusive G-Spot?
Still OPEN
On July 7th some websites reported that Bypass A Go-Go has been dark for a couple of nights. It's a hoax! Bypass A Go-Go is still open.
Midnight Liqueur
On Marine Plaza Midnight Liqueur opened its door, The venue sells mostly all kind of popular (Thai made) Beers. Let's hope that despite the shop's name, the owners know Thailand's regulation very well and will close the door at midnight....
Ginza prepares a Comeback
Ginza Club A Go-Go prepares a Comeback and was recruiting staff on July 22nd. The bar closed down its door on May 31st, 2017, and was on the block.
Ginza already reopened
A day later, on July 23rd, Ginza already opened its door to the public. A new management runs the Club.
Thai Food on Walking Street
The new Thai Food Restaurant at the entrance to Soi Diamond seems to be more profitable than The Moon it replaced.
White Pines, Soi 14, off Walking Street
White Pines is a new small restaurant with reasonable priced foods on Soi 14, off Walking Street, just where Soi 14 meets Soi 15.
White Pines, Soi 14, off Walking Street
New A Go-Go set to open soon
Opposite of Infinity A Go-Go a new A Go-Go Club is set to open soon: Tantra A Go-Go!
Nang Nual is back!
The International Market sign disapeared and the well-known Nang Nual name took back its place.
Most new business ideas here in Pattaya failed during the last few years. Pattaya is - and will remain - conservative, very conservative.
Facelift
Payot's Lounge Bar, located across the Windy Hotel at the entrance to the Clair de Lune Bar, got a facelift.
Change of Name
Mour A Mour, a bar located at the ailing Soho Square and providing ladies mainly from Usbekistan changed its outfit and its name to Deja Vu and announces Russian Girls Shows.
Spring Cat
The second floor, where the Deja Vu Club was, is now fully occupied by the Spring Cat, a Russian Karaoke Bar.
Babydolls closed
Babydolls A Go-Go, located on Soi 15, off Walking Street, had to close the door because of missing licences.
If the management can show up new licences within 30 days, the bar can reopen, oderwise it will be shut down permanetly, a paper on the wall of the bar says.
closed down
closed down
Walking Street's one and only Airport closed Updated
Air Port Club A Go-Go had to close the door too because of missing licences.
We can't understand why the people do not renew the licence at time.
Thailand's Military Junta needs the money urgently to buy the 1 to 3 submarine(s) at 13.5 billion Baht/each, the 34 armored personnel carriers from China for 2.3 billion Baht, the 10 Chinese tanks for 2 billion Baht, and the eight combat aircrafts from South Korea for 'training purposes' for 8.8 billion Baht as well as all the other goods we don't know, don't remember or already forgot...
PS.: The Airport personnel can be found at the Playgirl Bar on the second floor of the building.
Update (July 25th): The bar is scheduled to reopen on July 27th, 2017.
Update (July 28th): As announced, Air Port Club A Go-Go reopened on July 27th, 2017.
Burger World closed down
It's not the first time Burger World closed its door, but its the first time the venue remaind closed for 3 days.
Therefore the neigbours believe that this closure will be permanent.
The venue tried to sell Australian meat burgers at premium prices. It did not work, at least according to our perceptions.
We seldom could spot some customers at the venue.
Update (July 17th): Contrary to all expectations Burger World reopened on July 17th.
Update (July 18th): Burger World closed down again....
Update (July 22nd): On our Tour de Pattaya the venue was open again!
closed down
G-Spot Upgrade
The management(s) of the G-Spot A Go-Go Club used the dry days on July 8th and 9th to upgrade the interior of the bar and to change the name of the bar to Annabelle's.
XD Cinema closed down
XD Cinema located to the left of Walking Street's 'Holly Tree' had to close down and is on the block.
The Virtual Reality Cinema was an attraction among Russian visitors of Pattaya.. Obviously they are still missing...
Reggae Rock & Soul Bar closed down
Reggae Rock & Soul Bar at the entrance to the still ailing Soho Square, formerly known as Utopia Rock House, closed down for an unknown reason.
Mandarin A Go-Go closed down
Mandarin A Go-Go closed down for renovation.
Should the announced New Mandarin ever open, you will read it here.
Central Gem closed down
Central Gem, a jewellers shop to the left of Mahfil's Indian Dance Club, closed down to make space for a new nightlife venue.
Update (July 22nd): Durng our Tour de Pattaya on July 22nd we were told that the rooms in the building will be transfered into another new A Go-Go Bar...
Heart Rock without Live Music
Heart Rock, according to its very own signs, the best live and country music bar, closed down the stage as well as its playground with the pool tables.
Soi Lucky Star seems to be anything but a happy place.
PS. During the 3rd weekend of this month Heart Rock reopened the closed Part of the bar as a large snooker area:
Heart Rock Snooker ara
Poised to continue
Swiss Food upgrades its restaurants
Swiss Food upgrades its restaurants and therefore closed the larger part of its eatery. Hungry mouths are served in the pizzeria room next door.
Addiction Club
The failed 'Only O' A Go-Go Bar will reopen soon as Addiction Club.
cleaned up
The room of the former Swiss House Restaurant, once announced to house the Reluxe A Go-Go Bar got a clean up. It seems to wait for a new investor...
New life for a nice building
The building that was the shelter of the 'original' Casino Club gets a complete revamp. We keep you posted.
Update (July 22nd): The renovated building is an extension to the (since years) unused new Amigo shop at the entrance to Soi Diamond.
Poised to continue
World Class Repair
World Class Repair at Pattaya's World Class Beach
In our May edition we reported about the broken wooden railngs at Pattaya Beach Promenade.
Just in front of the two dry days on July 8th and 9th City Hall let repair the broken railings by a 'professional team of woodmakers' as you can see on our photos.
It shows again that Pattaya's Officials do not have the slightest idea what they are talking about when they tell the press about their World Class Beach Resort of Pattaya.
World Class Repair
World Class Repair
World Class Repair
Please remember: The Military Junta sells Pattaya as a
Family-friendly World Class Beach Resort.
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
Mike Baird's Cartoons
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We don't care!
Tap Water in some parts of Pattaya
Since April 19th Pattaya's highly professional Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) delivers dirty tap water to houses, residences and hotels in some parts of this World Class City.
The water contains a lot of black sand and has a terrible smelling, but nobody cares.
A Chemist told us:
Do not use Pattaya's water to clean your teeth.
Be careful and use Drinking Water when cleaning wounds and/or genitals.
Nevertheless, Pattaya's tap water is still less contaminated than the sea in front of this World Class Beach Resort...
Our Officials destroy the 'Good Image' of Pattaya - nobody else
Global Warming is Pseudoscience
Do you still want to buy or rent a condo in a high rise building?
Do you still want to buy or rent a condo in a high rise building?
Tasty Italians?
Daily fresh-made from Italians - Available on Jomtien's Beach Road...
We Coffee
We want a Beach...
Hidden Protest
Burger World?
Burger World? Phones on Legs!
Time for Durian
Barber in Hanoi
High Tech in Thailand
Thai Professional at Work
But it's always up to you
Thai Police - your Friend and Helper
Motto in Thailand
Luxury always had its Price - Glamour too!
If both come together it gets expensive: A 23 sqm apartment for 2.4 million Baht!
Enjoy your Life
Ikea Enjoys your Life
This Month
Opened:
D'luck
Cinematik Theatre
Just do Eat
Central Road
La Costa
Beach Road
Khon Kaen
Tree Town Complex
The Den
Soi Chaiyapoon
Craft Cottage
Soi LK Metro
MiaMi Nightclub
Walking Street
Reincarnation:
Bone Music Hall
Soi Phettrakun
Closed:
Pattaya Pasta
Soi Buakhaow
Flandria
Soi Buakhaow
Titti Twister
Soi Buakhaow
Gold A Go-Go
LK Metro
Murphy's Law
LK Metro
Harry's Bar
LK Metro
Venezia
LK Metro
Ginza A Go-Go
Walking Steet
Upstairs A Go-Go
Walking Steet
Muze
Soi Sukrudee
Temporarily Closed:
For more information click June 2017 News.
Don't let the EU take control of the UK!
Don't let the EU take control of the UK!
The EU (read: Merkel, Jucker & Co.) asks for a special treatment for EU citizens, including the right to vote in the UK...
Note: The EU acts like a carcinoma.
More Information
Thai Military Junta says:
People should lighting candles instead of partying.
Pattaya Marathon
Pattaya Marathon
Warning:
The Event happens on September 3rd, not as announced previously by Pattaya City Hall on July 16th!
TiT (This is Thailand)
Royal cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Royal cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Foreign tourists are ask to wear appropriate clothing - at least during that five days
Loy Kratong in Pattaya
Bangkok Bank CycleFest 2017
Nov 13th-22nd @Bali Hai:
International Fleet Parade to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Asean
Pattaya Fireworks Festival
Pattaya Countdown 2018
Pattaya claims to be a world-class beach resort. It's a lie! The city is not even capable to present an event calendar.
Most events are announced only a few days before they happen.
Other cities or even whole regions publish event calendars or event books covering all events of a year.
Pattaya suffers from megalomania.
Events 2017: Published by Baden-Würtenberg (Germany)
Published by Baden-Würtenberg (Germany)
Kantah Bopha
Beat Richner
(Beatocello)
and his Children's Hospitals in Cambodia
Kantah Bopha
No Alcohol Days
Thailand's National No Alcohol Days include Buddhist holidays and election days.
On all oher days alcohol can only be sold between 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-24:00.
Vendors caught breaking the ban are liable to a prison sentence of up to six months, a 10'000 Baht fine or both - but local Police use their own discretion to decide which venues need to be visited and fined...
Don't start laughing:
Do not try to buy non alcoholic beers (available from Clausthaler and Oettinger in this country).
The shops won't sell them during dry days.
Some not even sell Soda Water, because Thais and their Police associate it with (Thai) Whisky...
There's a sucker born every minute...
The Godfather's Story
The Kunplomes
Never forget:
It's not your Face and not your Body that makes you sexy.
It's your MONEY!
Pattaya's Love Motels
Electric Vehicles use batteries and batteries are not only a threat to our planet during manufacturing, the 'Recycling' of batteries is still an unsolved problem in most countries.
If the power for charging the batteries is generated by fossil or nuclear power plants than the LCA (life cycle assessment) turns completely to the worse.
Nature destroyed by solar cells
Nature destroyed by Solar Cells - Please click for a larger picture
Solar Cells are a threat to our planet:
The higher the efficiency of a Solar Cell the more Cadmium it contains.
Cadmium is banned from most products in almost all countries, but it can be used without restrictions in Solar Cells. Who controls the 'Recycling' of Solar Cells?
No Nuke Please!
Never forget Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Fukushima!
Never use a technology you do not master 100%!
February 17th, 2017:
Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected!
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Thai IP addresses blocked!
Do you know that in many countries Thai IP addresses are blocked?.
Because of Brut-force Attacks originating from Thailand many countries, companies and/or internet providers block Thai IP addresses with the help of Brute-force Security Scanners.
The worst ever Skype
Last month, Microsoft started to roll out its new Skype experience on iOS and Android devices.
The team that designed the new App believe it's the best Skype we've ever built – inside and out – and it's been designed to make it easier for you to use for your everyday communications.
Users all over the world have a completely different view: This new app is absolutely terrible, they say. This is the worst update ever! The new update is horrible. It should have buried!
It seems the team designed the new Skype not for its professional user base, but for children used to play the mobile in a Kindergarden.
Please sack the responsible Managers!
Microsoft to sack thousands worldwide
Observers are expecting an announcement that Microsoft will lay-off thousands of people worldwide.
The management seeks to transition the company from developing software for PCs and servers to developing software for cloud services,
We align the right resources for the right customer at the right time, a spokewoman from Microsoft said...
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All Disco Clubs
Disco Clubs in Pattaya
Milking Foreigners!
Thailand's National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department ordered that admission fees for foreigners at national parks throughout the country have to be 400 Baht.
Entry charge for Thai nationals remains 40 Baht for adults and 20 Baht for children.
To cover the inequity the local's prices are printed in Thai script only.
Do not ride Jet Ski in Pattaya!
No progress on Jet Ski saga:
Pattaya City Hall still doesn't do anything to stop the scam!
All the announcements made during last year were City Hall Blah-Blah only...
As long as Jet Ski vendors - respectively their victims - fill up our officials' pockets nothing will happen!
Update
(published by Pattaya Mail):
Problems with Jet Ski operators unsolved.
Avoid Pattaya's Islands
The boats are overloaded, don't provide lifevests for all passengers, are badly maintained and aren't covered by adequate insurance policies.
Pattaya's lazy and allegedly corrupt Officials promised to check owners, personnel and boats regularly, but they don't.
Avoid mosquitoes, they spread the Dengue Fever
Date-rape drug warning
According to Pattaya Police, it is common in this resort that foreign tourists get drugged and robbed in their hotel rooms, apartments or houses by prostitutes or ladyboys.
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs on Pattaya's Beach Promenade
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs are working almost daily on Pattaya's Beach Promenade!
Necklace Snatch
Never wear Gold in Pattaya!
Between 30 to 50 snatching valuables cases are reported to Pattaya's Police every single month.
Hell was invented by the church to control people with fear
In all Religions I would end in the Hell.
Therefore it would be better to be an Atheist.
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