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Bangkok Post: FFP dissolved, executives banned for 10 years
Bangkok Post: Thanathorn to intensify work outside Parliament
Bangkok Post: A dagger to democracy
The Nation: Future Forward dissolved
The Nation: Next up, ‘the Group of Future Forward’
The Pattaya News: Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds to foreign countries and organizations commenting on dissolution of Future Forward party
Dry Day: February 8th
The sale of non-alcoholic beer is subject to the same restrictions as alcoholic beverages
Government offices as well as banks will be closed on February 10th to substitute February 8th!
If an official holiday falls on a weekend, then the following Monday will be taken as a substitute holiday in Thailand.
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Tax increase on alcohol-free beer
Drinkers all over the world are turning to brews that don't come with a buzz. They are increasingly worried about the health risks associated with alcohol and the consequences if driving a vehicle in a drunken state. Therefore, the big names in the brewing businesses are launching non-alcoholic versions of their beers. In Thailand Heineken launched its Heineken 0.0 (Heineken Zero Zero) last year. In other countries Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) launched non-alcoholic versions of Budweiser and Corona and Diageo its Guinness Zero. Carlsberg is producing the alcohol-free Carlsberg 0.0 beer since 2015. Since the two dominant Thai breweries Chang and Singha have nothing to offer, the government obviously wants to help the two supporters of the Military Junta and announced to raise the beer tax for non-alcoholic beers significantly. Thailand's government said it's considering a tax increase on alcohol-free beer in order to discourage drinkers from eventually switching to alcoholic drinks. Thailand's Health Ministry reasoned that once drinkers develop a taste for non-alcoholic beers, they will likely progress to the alcoholic version. A stupid assumption: 33% of Spaniards and 23% of Germans already are drinking non-alcoholic beers and Heineken reports the alcohol-free beer market is growing 9% a year in the U.K. According to Patchara Anantasilpa, director general of Thailand's Excise Department, non-alcoholic beer or “malt drinks” are actually defined by alcohol contents of 0.5 percent. This definition is also completely wrong! A non-alcoholic beer contains no more than 0.05% alcohol. Since January 23, 2015, alcoholic beverages can only be sold from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to midnight every day. The law explicitly mentions alcoholic beverages. According to several retailers, however, they are not allowed to sell non-alcoholic beer outside of these hours. Same as for soda water. Since the Thai authorities associated soda water with whisky, many outlets hesitated to sell soda water during the first years of the regulation. Don't tell these imbeciles that Ovaltine (Ovomaltine), Milo, Dmalt and many other drinks also contain malt! Otherwise they will restrict their sales too ....
It's obviously that the sole purpose of the new tax is to discourage beer drinkers from switching from alcoholic beverages to non-alcoholic versions ....
On January 27th, 2020, Anutin Charnvirakul, Thailand's Health Minister, told reporters that the coronavirus is just a type of flu. I see it as a flu. But on February 7th, 2020, Anutin Charnvirakul slammed foreign tourists who refused to wear face masks handed out by the government, saying they should be kicked out. They don't care about the big picture and these tourists are in the country. We're giving the masks to them and they still refuse. The Chinese, the Asians – they are all taking [the masks], but those ai Europeans… that's unbelievable.
Anutin CharnvirakulObviously Mr. Anutin is too lazy to read - or he does not know to read at all: The WHO writes that wearing a medical mask is one of the prevention measures to limit spread of certain respiratory diseases, including 2019-nCoV, in affected areas. However, the use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide the adequate level of protection and other equally relevant measures should be adopted. If masks are to be used, this measure must be combined with hand hygiene and other IPC measures to prevent the human-tohuman transmission of 2019-nCov. The U.S. public health institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published the follwing advice about when to wear face masks and when that would not be necessary.
Use a face mask if:- You have the symptoms of novel coronavirus. - You are a medical professional with novel coronavirus–infected patients. - You are in close proximity to someone who has novel coronavirus.
Do not use a face mask if:- You are a member of the general public in a place where the virus is not spreading in the community.
The two types of face masks:- Disposable face masks block large particles from entering the mouth. - The more tight-fitting N95 respirator mask is far more effective: It protects from airborne illnesses. Anutin Charnvirakul's boss, Thailand's Prime Minister - and the country's 'former' Dictator - Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is not one bit better. He showed his inability to put a face mask on properly on a few occasions. The coronavirus outbreak and PM2.5 microdust pollution have hit the Prayut government hard. Everything what the government has said or done seems to be wrong. The PM in particular took one hit after another with his seemingly uninformed comments. He first sparked off criticism when he said that no Thais living in the virus' epicentre of Wuhan had made a request to return home. Wrong! A number of Thai students in Wuhan had complained about food shortages and asked the government to help them to return to Thailand. Nevertheless, the armed forces told the press that 20 navy officers who had been overseeing construction of Thailand's brand-new submarine in Wuhan had already returned home on January 27th, 2020. Obviously, Thailand's Prime Minister and his government cares more about its armed forces than its citizens ... Prayut himself even told his citizens Fake News: On January 27th Prayut claimed that he had ordered preparations for evacuation flights a month ago [e.g. on December 27th, 2019]. That would indicate the PM were a clairvoyant as Chinese authorities only managed to identify the mysterious infection as a novel virus from the corona family on January 7th, 2020, .... Even in Thailand lies don't travel far.
Bangkok Post: Virus response highlights govt incompetence The Thaiger: Celebrities take to social media and point out Government incompetence over air pollution problem
Are we being taken for fools?
City Hall's empty promises
Photo from February 18th, 2020
On December 18th, 2019, Pattaya Deputy City Manager Worapot Pongpalee told businessmen and the press that the road works on Beach Road will be completed by February 13, 2020. A foreign expert who has been observing the works believes that the works will continue until June or July before street and promenade can be used properly again. Furthermore, he doubts that the system will work the way the Thai 'professionals' imagine. The pipes are practically laid flat. The sewage will be dammed up in the pipes, as no pumps have been seen so far.
Photo from a nearly empty Reservoir, February 12th, 2020
On February 12th, 2020, Udom Thipdecho, director of the Chonburi Provincial Irrigation Department, as well as some Officials from the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) told the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association that they have reduced the water pressure as much as 20 percent in some areas, but nevertheless the entire region still has running water. The officials claim that the five reservoirs serving Pattaya have still more than 260'000 cubic meters of water. That's enough water to last through June, even without rain, the highly educated officials promise. Nevertheless, the streets are already full of water trucks that deliver (dirty) water to hotels, restaurants, condominiums and housing estates - and nobody controls the quality of the water that the private water sellers deliver ...
Pattaya Mail: Slow pipes leave Pattaya water trucks awash in business
We love Pedestrians
Do we really?
Dolphin Circle North Pattaya Road
Last month Pattaya City Hall announced that it will be focusing pedestrian safety as a priority in Pattaya in 2020. All just empty words, as the above picture proves. The pavement was completely redesigned a few weeks ago. And the result? No room for wheelchairs or prams, not even for obese people.
High Season is History
Pattaya Beach on January 29th, 2020
The beaches are already empty, the deckchairs mostly remain unused. Time to dream of better times, lots of time.
Some hotels in Pattaya report an occupancy rate of only 10%! Never experienced in the past 35 years. Does your business have a Plan B?
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New Indian Restaurant
New India is a new Indian restaurant on Thepprasit Road, just a few meters from Jomtien Beach.
New Seafood Restaurant
Octagon is Jomtien's latest Beach Road Seafood outlet and currently very popular with guests from Russia.
Old Town is a new bar in Soi Welcome (also known as Soi 12).
Welcome Lounge is the neighbour of Old Town Bar and therefore also located on Soi Welcome.
Thai Food Buffet
Foodie Market on Jomtien's Second Road offers a Thai Food Buffet (eat as much as you can) including Thai Sweets for an incredible low price from 08:00 to 15:00: 59 Baht/Person, drinks not included.
New Buffet Restaurant
A large new Buffet Restaurant (named by Thais lovingly MUKATA) opened on Jomtien's Second Road, almost opposite the Riviera Condominium. It opens at about 15:00 and offers the usual eat as much as you can Buffet for 199 Baht/Person (not including drinks and seafood). If you prefer seafood, the cost will be 399 Baht/Person (excluding drinks).
Masala Twist is one of the very few Indian restaurants in Jomtien and is located on Jomtien Second Road, about 100 metrers from Rompho Bar Complex.
Naklua has a lot of empty shops, even on and near its main Road.
Bingsu, Coffee & Cocktails
Fluffy is the name of a newly opened Bingsu, Coffee & Cocktail outlet on Naklua Road.
For our Asian guests a Blue Moon Club & Eatery will open 'soon' (after the threat of the coronavirus?) on Naklua Road. We will keep you up-to-date.
New Italian Restaurant
Fusillo, the new Italian Restaurant & Cafe on Naklua Road not only serves Draft Beer as announced on its blackboard, but also Italian Pizza, Italian Gelato, Italian Cafe and Italian food in a typical Italian environment. Highly recommended.
New on Pattaya 3rd Road
New businesses opened during the past few weeks from North Road up to South Road. Here a few examples:
New Thai Disco
On February 22nd the Tempo Society on Soi Chaloem Phrakiat 3, off Pattaya 3rd Road, opened its Octave Club with a great party.
On Soi Chaloem Phrakiat 3, off Pattaya 3rd Road, you will find the Nisha Pub & Restaurant. A perfect place to relax and feast with a large pool in the middle of the venue. The place is highly recommended for privat and/or birthday parties.
New Best Western Hotel
The new Best Western Plus Hotel will open soon about 100 meters from North Road.
Steak & Seafood
Narnia Steak & Seafood is a nice, small and cosy restaurant.
Pizza & Draftbeer
Hopfaddict serves Pizza and Draftbeer about 100 meters from Central Road.
New Thai Restaurant
Doo Dee Thaifood is a very clean Thai Food outlet a few meters in front of the entrance to Pattaya City Hospital.
Block Bar ia located opposite the former (and now empty) Xzyte Disco area.
Linda Florist is also located opposite the former Xzyte Disco and is the best address for your Valentine's bouquet.
New Indian Restaurant
Bharatia is one of the very few Indian restaurants on Pattaya 3rd Road. It is located to the right of Chaplins Inn.
Deli Diner, located on an unnamed Soi to the right of Tukcom South Pattaya and recommended by Affordable & Tasty Foods in Pattaya (Edition 2020), was sold to a Thai Lady and her Italian Husband. It's not hard to guess what will be on the menu soon. We will keep you up-to-date.
On the Block
Triple J, a restaurant recommended by Affordable & Tasty Foods in Pattaya (Edition 2020) and located on an unnamed Soi to the right of Tukcom South Pattaya, is for sale by the owner due to health problems. If you are interested please call 094-915-9985.
Titty Twister is a new Bar in Soi Post Office, also known as Soi 13/2. The bar opened on Febrauary 12th a few meters only from the Soi's entrance from Pattaya Second Road.
Food World to close?
Food World, a Food Court at the ailing Pattaya Avenue Shopping Mall, removed all the signs. Most of the kitchens are now closed. A former cook at Food World told us that the project was just another flop in the history of this open air mall. Let's wait and drink some coffee and look what happens to the nightlife clubs announced for this place.
Turkish Restaurant closed
Istanbul, a Turkish Restaurant and Sisha Lounge located on Pattaya Second Road at The Avenue, closed the door. Probably to make room for the announced nightlife and A G-Go clubs that are supposed to bring new life into this ailing place.
Firepork left The Avenue
Firepork, a Korean style Barbeque restaurant closed the door of its outlet at The Avenue. The Firepork BBQ restaurant at Terminal21 in Northern Pattaya remains open.
India goes Soi 8
Khana Khazana 2 is another Indian Restaurant that opened in Soi 8. You can now choose from a hand full of vegetarian and non-veg Indian restaurants in one single Soi.
From Milk to Gooze
Milk, once a Thai Pub on Pattaya South Road, got a new name: It's now called Gooze.. We will keep you up-to-date about the venue's next change of name too.
Indian Night Club closed
Thai Night City, an Indian Dance Bar on Pattaya Second Road, had its last show on January 31st. We will keep you up-to-date.
New Indian Restaurant at Royal Garden Plaza
At Royal Garden Plaza, in rooms once occupied by the Pizza Company, an Indian restaurant called Chutney opened on February 1st. It's Chutney's second food outlet in Pattaya. The first one opened at Terminal21.
In front of Mike's Shopping Mall, on Pattaya Beach Road, Pasha's Kebab & Pizza opened. We recommend to check the prices before ordering some food.
A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel at Pattaya Beach Road opened its exclusive Fat Coco Disco Club. It was announced as Pattaya's new Paradies ... Some already call the new open air disco Pattaya's noise machine.
New owner found
After the message was published on Twitter, the PJ DJbar on Soi 7 - formerly known as Anna Jet Bar - has got a new owner. The manager of the Assienda Bar of Soi Chaiyapoon did not miss this opportunity and took it. In February he will replaced the kitchen by an additional bar counter. No holidays for the ladies during the renovation works. They will take care of the customers in the Assienda Bar in Soi Chaiyapoon, off Soi Buakhao. February 5th: The Bar is now closed to get the announced facelift. After the facelift, the bar will open as A7 DJ Bar. According to the bar's management, A7 is an abbreviation for Assienda Soi 7. We will keep you up-to-date.
The new A7 DJ Bar was opened on February 22nd in completely renovated rooms. It looks nice, but take a look for yourself - and say hello to the sexy Ladies!
Black Snake in the Dark
Black Snake Club, Soi Buakhao's newest A Go-Go bar opened on January 18th, 2020. The venue remained closed on February 19th. We will keep you up-to-date.
Springtime at Tree Town
Tree Town's food park on Soi Buakhao received a new decoration, new seating and new kitchens. Give it a try!
Jump on Champagne?
In the rooms of the former Champagne Coyote Bar, Soi LK Metro's Champagne A Go-Go opens a new club called RISE. We will keep you up-to-date.
Change of Name
Soul Beertown, usually known as BeerTown and located in the TreeTown area of Soi Buakhao, will be closed for rebranding on February 12th and 13th. It will reopen on February 14th as Soul City Pattaya with live music, colorful but comfortable seating and affordable Thai and Western food as well as a wide selection of refreshing cocktails.
Soul Beer Town is now called Soul City Pattaya
Soi Buakhao's popular daily Night Market got a new attraction: A small Beergarden with life music and Thai food from small kitchens starting at 20 Baht! The Beergarden was launched in the hope of winning new customers and keeping old ones in business.
No Pulse anymore
Photo: February 6th, 2020, at 22:40
The possible infarction, which was already announced at the end of December 2019, has now occurred: Pulse A Go-Go in Soi LK Metro has given up without explanation. The door is locked, the lights are off. We will keep you up-to-date.
New on Soi Chaiyapoon
During the last few weeks new bars opened in the popular Soi that connects Soi Buakhao with Pattaya 3rd Road.
Bogey's Bar & Grill
Bogey's Bar & Grill not only got a Facelift but also a Pizza oven. The venue now serves Pizza, Pasta and Draftbeer too.
Wanwaan Interfood Bar & Restaurant is a cozy venue made of wood.
Susan Bar 888
Susan Bar 888 offers Drinks and sexy Ladies.
Simon Guest House
Simon Guest House is located about 200 meters from Pattaya 3rd Road and offers affordable rooms and a small Bar.
New Bar called Nu
Nu Bar is a new addition to Soi Lengkee's choice of cozy bars, It opened about 200 meters from Pattaya 3rd Road.
Cocorico is a new bar in Soi Lengkee, a Soi that connects Soi Buakhao with Pattaya 3rd Road.
Blue Bar Complex in the dark
During January all bars at the ailing Blue Bar by R-Con Complex, located on the Southern part of Soi Buakhao, just opposite R-Con's Blue Ocean Hotel, closed down. We will keep you up-to-date.
Tesco Lotus Express closed
Tesco Lotus Express, located on Soi Buakhao in front of R-con's Blue Bar Complex and the Blue Ocean Hotel closed down too. Obviously 7-Eleven 'eat' them all, first the Family Mart across the street and now Tesco Express, its direct neighbour. 7-Eleven seems to be insatiable.
On the block
Time Bar, located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao, is on the block. We will keep you up-to-date.
Low Season Dolls
Dolls A Go-Go, located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao, already introduced Low Season Prices. Honour it!
Smoke & Mirrors
Smoke & Mirrors is the name of a new bar that has opened in the rooms where the Zee Bar was formerly located.
The Party is over (again)
Party Girlz A Go-Go celebrated its last party on February 16th. The venue was reopened on 18 January after its last closure at the end of 2019. We will keep you up-to-date.
VR passed away
Multi D Cinema, a Virtual Reality cinema opposite Soho Square, was closed and is on the Block (again). We will keep you up-to-date.
New Indian Nightclub closed down
Trillion, a new Indian Disco on Soi 16, off Walking Street, closed the lights and its door. The club had a very short life. It opened in mid-december 2019. We will keep you up-to-date.
Another Indian Nightclub closed too
Glassi, an Indian Nightclub run by Nashaa, closed down. The rooms are now used by The Nashaa Club as a Sea Side Lounge. At the time of writing only Glassi is affected by the changes, Tony's by Nashaa allegedly not (yet). We will keep you up-to-date.
Angels left Soi Diamond
Angel A Go-Go on Soi Diamond, off Walking Street, was closed without giving reasons. We will keep you up-to-date.
Harem (?) reopened
Life returned to the rooms of the Harem A Go-Go Bar, but it looks like the venue will soon change its name: Only part of the sign was lit up.
Harem closed again
On Febrauary 19th the bar was in the dark again. We will keep you up-to-date.
On Soi Diamond, in rooms belonging to the well-known Windmill A Go-Go Club, Malanie Hair will open soon its hairdressing salon. We all expected that the Windmill team will surprise us with a new club, but no, it seems they try to copy IBar with its iSalon.
Russo Turisto, the popular Meeting Point for Russian Tourists on Walking Street, opened a Russo Lounge in a backyard of the La Fontaine Hotel.
New Indian Nightclub
Hunterz, an all new Luxury Indian Nightclub, opened at the Bali Hai Entertainment Complex. It use the same entrance as Mixx and is run by GOA, a small Indian Club located at the very same address.
Iron Club closed
On February 6th, PattayaSweethearts.com reported that Iron Club A Go-Go had closed its doors for at least two months to completely refurbish its premises. The Management moved most of its staff to Queens Club A Go-Go in Soi LK Metro. We will keep you up-to-date.
Harem closed (again)
On January 31st, Harem Club A Go-Go was closed without giving reasons. The venue reopened during the first weekend of January 2020. We will keep you up-to-date.
Gaming Room on Walking Street?
A Gaming Room is announced to open in the deserted rooms of the former Red Square Bar. We will keep you up-to-date.
Indian Eatery on the block
Rangeela Omlete, an Indian eatery on Soi Diamond, off Walking Street, had a very short life and is now on the block. We will keep you up-to-date.
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