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News Flash Report #1
Fake figures?
Fake figures?
According to Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Thailand welcomed its 38.26 millionth tourist to the Kingdom on December 20th, 2019, a record high that surpasses last year's 38.17 million arrivals. On December 28th, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Tourism and Sports Ministry even celebrated the arrival of the 39 millionth tourist at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn from Thailand's Tourism and Sports Ministry told the press that Thailand is expecting to welcome a total of 39.6 million to 39.8 million tourists by year-end and claimed that the kingdom remains one of the all-time favourite destinations of global travellers.
Hotel and Business owners from Pattaya to Chiang Mai doubt the numbers published by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Pattaya deputy governor Manoj Nongyai said that under normal circumstances, most hotels in the popular beach city would be fully booked during the high season, but this year the overall occupancy rate is 80%. But even this number is disputet, some hotels in this city even would be happy with an overall occupancy rate of 50%.
La-iad Bungsrithong, chief of the Thai Hotels Association's Northern Chapter, revealed on December 4th that the room occupancy in all districts of Chiang Mai is believed to drop to as low as 60 percent throughout this year, compared to 75 percent last year.
Mr. Kongsak Khongphongsakorn, President of the Thailand Hotels Association Southern chapter, said in a recent speech that Hotels at the forefront of Phuket's Patong Beach continue to remain fully booked although those elsewhere, including other beach areas, tend to only be at 50-60% occupancy, despite the impending high season.
myLady™ has its very own explanation for the discrepancy between the TAT number and the actual number of tourists in Thailand. The TAT counts all tourists, even those who stay only for a few hours, minutes or even seconds on Thai soil. They also add up the number of passengers flying over Thailand's territory, she claims. This is the Thai way to get impressive numbers, she says.
News Flash Report #2
Oversupply
Buy one get one free!
Buy one House get one free!
Everybody knows that there is a huge oversupply in condos in the Pattaya area and that it's hard selling a property these days.
Prices already have started to decrease, developers drop the price and previous buyers have to sell with a loss.
Pensioners and people with an income from abroad, the former buyers of properties, start to flee Thailand and flocking to Vietnam, Cambodia and Philippines as they can enjoy a better lifestyle.
We recommend:
Never buy an unfinished property in Thailand. Pattaya is famous for its building ruins
Buy directly from the developer, not from an estate agent. Otherwise there is always the possibility that you will lose your investment
Be prepared that you are the only person who pays the utility bills. Many Thai people just ignore them with the result that no or only reduced security is offered, the swimming pool remains without water and the promised fitness room is unusable ...
10% Discount
10% Discount
News Flash Report #3
Say Good Bye to Thailand?
Tesco Plc
Tesco Plc, Britain’s largest supermarket chain revealed on December 8th, 2019, that it is considering to offload its Thai and Malaysian businesses.
Tesco is expected to call for initial bids for the businesses as soon as this month.
Rumors say that the Charoen Pokphand Group (known as CP Group), the Central Group and the TCC Group (controlled by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi) already have expressed interrest in buying Tesco's businesses.
CP Group's CP All Plc operates some 11'000 7-ELEVEN convenience stores and other businesses across the country
The Central Group is Thailand's largest retailer with department stores, shopping malls, (Tops & Central) supermarkets and a lot of other assets.
TCC's Berli Jucker Plc bought a controlling stake in Big C in 2016 and owns MAKRO as well. Big C is Thailand's second-largest supermarket chain.
Tesco runs more than 2'000 hypermarkets and convenience stores in Thailand under the Tesco/Lotus brand.
It all started from the Lotus Supercenter chain founded in 1994 by the CP Group. In 1998, Tesco Plc took a stake in Lotus and created Tesco/Lotus. The CP Group sold most of its shares in Tesco/Lotus in 2003.
Even if Tesco/Lotus has been advertised across the country in the past 20 years, Tesco/Lotus is still Lotus for the majority of Thai people ...
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Naklua
German Bar closed down
German Bar closed down
7 Bar, a once popular venue located on Nakua Road and managed by a German, closed down.
The bar is on the block.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Restaurant closed down
Restaurant closed down
Wok 'n' Roll, the second attempt to run a restaurant in Best Supermarket's beautiful rooms at the Dolphin Roundabout failed too.
It's a nice place at a premium location, just opposite the successful Terminal21 Shopping Mall.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Pattaya
New Indian Restaurant
New Indian Restaurant
On Pattaya South Road, a few meters only from its intersection with Second Road, the Basmati Restaurant opened in beautiful designed rooms.
Give it a try!
New Guesthouse
New Guesthouse
The APSARA Inn was opened in the same new building as the Basmati Restaurant.
Its guest rooms offer all amenities, such as Wifi, air conditioner, cable TV etc.
Indian Snack Bar
Indian Snack Bar
An Indian Snack Bar opened on Pattaya Beach Road, just in front of the Basaya Hotel.
The food seems to be tasty. The shop is surrounded by hungry souls all day.
Music Bar on the Block
Music Bar on the Block
Sky Bar, a live music bar on Soi 8, is on the block.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Coyote Bar closed on Pattaya Beach Road Updated
Coyote Bar closed on Pattaya Beach Road
Lisa on the Beach, a Coyote Bar on Pattaya Beach Road, closed during the second week of January. The venue had a short life.
Construction workers are already tearing down the remains and creating something new.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Coyote Bar closed on Pattaya Beach Road
Updated
Construction workers removed the SALE sign, the front door as well as all the windows. The bar was converted into an open-air music bar like its predecessor, Tian's successful We Are the World Bar.
The new Music Bar
Amorn Seafood replaced
Amorn Seafood replaced
A large Yellow Massage Parlour and a Chinese Hot Pot Restaurant replaced the Amorn Seafood outlet on Pattaya Second Road, just a few meters in front of the still popular Drinking Street.
Large Disco closed down
Large Disco closed down
Differ, a large and popular Thai Disco on Soi Phettrakun closed down during the first days of January for a complete overhaul.
The management hopes to restart the business during March 2020.
We will keep you up-to-date.
New Seats
New Seats
Istanbul Kebab opened an additional seating area in the South Road / Second Road corner. The group seems to run Pattaya's most successful Kebab outlets.
New Seats
Cool new Club in Soi 7
Soi 7 Club
On Pattaya Soi 7, located between the German Bier Stüble and the Swiss SP Bar the Soi 7 Club opened during the last week of December 2019 in the renovated rooms of the former Bailey's Coyote Bar. The venue provides natural air as well as air conditioned seatings. Give it a try!
Soi Buakhao
New Format
New Format
On January 18th Soi Buakhao's Black Snake Club changed its format from Dancing Boys to sexy Coyote Dancers.
The venue is located near Action Street and the Negan Bar & Restaurant.
Give it a try!
Lisa's second Closure
Lisa Bar closed
The Lisa Group closed its Lisa Bar in Soi LK Metro.
It was located to the right of the Craft Cottage Restaurant.
The Bar in Soi LK Metro is the second venue the Lisa Group closed this month.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Smile Bar closed Updated
Smile Bar closed down
Smile Bar, sometimes also known as Zanzi Bar and located a few meters only from Action Street, is closed - without giving reasons - since January 1st.
Updated The bar reopened on January 4th, 2020.
It is simply a sign of bad management to leave customers standing in front of closed doors without giving reasons.
Action Street
Almost all venues behind the Action Street archway are closed, no more action.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Sports Bar closed down
Phantom Bar, a Sports Bar near the Southern end of Soi Buakhao, closed its door.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Bronx Pizza
Bronx Pizza, actually located on Soi Lengkee, off Soi Buakhao, switched from one side of the street to the other.
The venue also runs a small booth on Soi Diana in front of the Charlie Place Hotel, where a Kebab outlet used to be and another new outlet on the same Soi to the left of the famous Beefeater Restaurant.
Bronx Pizza
Eye-catching Signs
In the last few weeks new eye-catching illuminated signs have been installed in many bars in Soi 6.
Have a look yourself!
Baby Cool Bar
A Baby Cool Bar replaced the Happy Days Bar during the second week of January.
We didn't check the Ladies, aka Babies, but their outfits are definitively cool.
More Closure? Updated
On January 1st a few Bars and Clubs were closed without giving reasons: Infinity A Go-Go, Eden (a Russian Girls Showcase), the Silom Cafe (opposite Nashaa Club), the Hopf Bar (Soi Diamond) and so on.
Eden, Hopf and Silom Cafe reopened on January 2nd, but Infinity and Party Girlz remained closed.
King Kong goes Walking Street
Above the former Red Square Bar a giant monkey has taken a seat and inspects the activities of his conspecifics.
From the look on his face, it obviously doesn't like everything - or simply spotted some of the City's lazy but smartphone addicted Cops ....
Indian Night Club closed down
MAYA, one of the many Indian nightclubs on Walking Street, closed down. Its management claims that it will "soon" open a new club called IKKA.
We will keep you up-to-date.
New Indian Night Club
At the back of the still ailing Midnight Pattaya Entertainment Complex, where a beer garden has been announced, the management of the Indian Kamaa Club of Soi 16 is building its new Janaat Night Club.
The entrance will be on Marine Plaza, just opposite the all new JP Republic Night Club.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Amsterdam left Soi Diamond
Look, a Pub and Karaoke Bar on Soi Diamond with Amsterdam's typical 'preview windows', closed down.
As expected, the venue had a very short life. It opened during December 2019.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Indian Comeback
Mehfil, the first Indian Restaurant with Mujra Dancers on Walking Street, had a comeback opposite the Nang Nual Garden Restaurant at the entrance to Soi 16.
The new owner has transformed an ugly canteen into an impressive dining room in no time.
Infinity A Go-Go
Infinity A Go-Go had its last night on December 31st, 2019.
Nothing lasts forever. You just have one life - unless you're a cat.
Updated The club reopened on January 4th, 2020, just as if nothing had happened.
Infinity A Go-Go
It is simply a sign of bad management to leave customers standing in front of closed doors without giving reasons.
No News so far
No 1, Pattaya's newest A Go-Go Club located in Soi Diamond is announced to open on January 1st.
Craftsmen sacrifice the night to finish the new bar on the opening date.
The venue should replaces the badly failled New Bat A Go-Go.
But on January 1st, the bar was not ready to open. Moreover, between 01:00, when we took the photo above, and 19:30, when we visited the venue again, the managemant changed the name as well as the sign of the new club to Coco A Go-Go.
No new opening date was announced.
We will keep you up-to-date.
From No.1 to COCO
Updated Coco A Go-Go opened on January 2nd:
From No.1 to COCO
closed
Party Girlz on Soi Diamond was closed on January 1st with a message that it will be closed on January 1st and another one from our authorities ...
We will keep you up-to-date.
closed
Updated As expected, the venue remained closed ...
reopened
Updated The venue was reopened on January 18th. It is obvious that the management could solve the problems they had with our lovely authorities.
closed
Scooter's Bar on Soi 14 as well as the Secrets Hotel were closed on January 1st - without giving reasons.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Updated The entrance to the Hotel reopened on January 2nd but the Scooter's Bar remained closed.
Second Attempt
On December 31st, the management started a second attempt to bring its Panda Club at Tony's Entertainment Complex to a success.
The new Disco celebrated a soft opening in only partly finished rooms.
On December 31st as well as on January 1st, the LED strips showed information dated November 18th & 19th, 2019 ...
No News so far
No 1, Pattaya''s newest A Go-Go Club located in Soi Diamond is announced to open on January 1st.
Craftsmen sacrifice the night to finish the new bar on the opening date.
The venue replaces the badly failled New Bat A Go-Go.
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