Pattaya tries a new start into the new normality
On June 30th the military-backed government has formaly extended Thailand’s state of emergency for a third time, to the end of July. The National Security Council, led by the Dictator himself, is citing the threats of coronavirus. The emergency imposed late March gives Thailand's Prime Minister, Dictator, Songwriter and a man of many words Prayut Chan-o-cha sweeping powers, including a ban on large gatherings that prevents anti-government protests. The extension is a consolidation of power, and an unnecessary use of power, said Anusorn Iamsa-ard, a spokesman for Pheu Thai, the largest opposition party. The state of emergency allows Prayut Chan-o-cha to bypass democracy. But Thailand’s Deputy Premier Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon, the man of 'borrowed' luxury watches, claims fear of a second wave of infections, and not politics, is behind the government’s need to extend the emergency decree. The government is being cautious about a possible second wave of Covid-19 infections, he added.
Thailand is still under Dictatorship!
With the help of the Emergency Decree Prayut Chan-o-cha and his vasals intimidate, arrest or simply make opponents of their policies disappear without trace, even if they are located in neighbouring countries - but protect its own MPs from prosecution:
New TM30 Regulation
Effective June 30th, holders of one year visas, the Elite visa, non-immigrant visas of all types and 60 day tourist visas have to be registered on the immigration data base only once. They do not any more need to re-register if they make a domestic trip or leave the country and return on a multi-entry basis or with a re-entry permit. But if they change their permanent address in Thailand, they must report that to the immigration bureau locally, or risk heavy fines.
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Conditions for entering Thailand:
For further information please contact the Thai Embassy in your country!
are Bad News
On June 29th, Thailand's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided that all businesses and activities including entertainment venues and soapy massage parlours which have been suspended to control the spread of Covid-19 will be allowed to resume on July 1st, 2020, but have to strictly observe the following rules:
From July 1st Bars, Pubs, A Go-Go Clubs and Dancings can open until 24:00 but Shopping Malls, Schools and Educational Institutes will be able to operate as normal.
According to the Thai government, the coronavirus apparently belongs to the nightshade family
Rules apply to everyone
No Social Distancing for Thailand's Big Boys
Social distancing and the wearing of face masks are still essential and mandatory in Thailand. A violation of this order is liable to a fine of up to 20'000 Baht. That's the rules for you and me, but obviously not for Thailand's Big Boys. The smallest boy in the picture above is the country's strong(est) man Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, Thailand's Minister of Defence, known as the man of 'borrowed' luxury watches and - after an internal feud incited by his supporters - the new boss of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party. It is known that the 74-year old General stops at nothing and has no scruples. One rule for them and one for the rest of the country
Because politicians all over the world listened to the WHO's worn-out 'experts' and followed their recommendations - but ignored the warnings of renowned Immunologists, Virologists and Epedemiologists - they have ruined the entire global economy. The stupidity of our politicians has once again been fully confirmed.
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Next Sunday and Monday – July 5th and 6th – are Buddhist days and alcohol cannot be sold. July 7th is a substitution day for Songkran, all of which means next weekend is a long weekend and two of the four days are alcohol-free.
Thai stupidity: The sale of non-alcoholic beer is also prohibited!
Long Weekend on July 25th
Thailand's cabinet has approved July 27th as a substitute holiday for Songkran it postponed earlier, creating a second four-day holiday for this month.
So far no restriction on alcoholic beverages.
What Apple Bar was at the Rompho Bar Complex on Jomtien Second Road is now Monta Burger. The place is at least worth a try!
Bei Gerhard, the famous German restaurant is very happy to serve its customers on Soi 33 of Naklua Road again.
Waiting for Customers ....
Taxis are waiting for customers on Pattaya Second Road, near the entrance to Walking Street.
Beefeater, located on Soi Diana's Central Shopping Arcade and known for its perfect steaks at fantastic prices, announced to reopen on July 24th!
Differ Club comes back
The completely redesigned Differ Club in Soi Phetrakul opens its doors on July 25th.
Life comes back to Soi 8
With the reopening of Rolling Live 3 life comes back to Soi 8. It didn't work. The bar is without life (and music) again since July 21st.
We change again ....
The owner of the shop seems to like to change the name of his venue located a few meters from the entrance to Walking Street and across from the legendary Bamboo Bar every few months. He started out as a Subway Sandwich Outlet and switched to Türkiyem Kebab in December 2019. Since a few days the venue is called Sam's Fresh Market Seafood Restaurant.
Pizza Factory closed
Sergio's Pizza Factory at Pattaya Avenue on Second Road, did not survive the corona crises and closed down.
Amazon goes Avenue
In parts of the abandoned rooms of the former Korean Firepork outlet at the struggling Pattaya Avenue, Amazon is opening another of its obviously popular cafè shops.
Café & Tasty Food
The Market Café reopened on Soi New Plaza. The small restaurant is also known for its delicious and inexpensive food.
The Gallery closed
The Gallery Café, a nice Snack & Café bar in Soi New Plaza closed down.
No more Chinese Food
Ju Xiang Ge, a chinese restaurant on Pattaya Second Road (opposite Mike Plaza), closed down. We will keep you up-to-date.
End of Indian Taste
Gujarat, an Indian Taste Restaurant on Pattaya Second Road is closing down. The venue is on the block. If you should be interested please call +91 99796 76675 (India) or +66 62023 0677 (Thailand). We will keep you up-to-date.
News from Soi 7 & Soi 8
The former Soi 7 Club got a new owner and opened as Chill Chill Soi 7. Give it a try!
The iconic Eagle Bar, during decades a popular meeting point on Soi 7, closed for good. If you are interested to rent the venue please call 061 878 2941 or 081 614 7737.
Silverstar A Go-Go on Soi 7 closed down too. The business is up for sale. If you are interested please call 081 949 8978.
Black Angels is a new bar on Soi 7. It opened on July 1st in the rooms of the former Mods & Rockers.
The popular life music Candle Bar in Soi 7 is currently getting a facelift, but will open soon.
The A7-DJ Assienda Bar in Soi 7 was one of the first venues to open on July 1st, but also one of the first to close due to lack of revelers.
In Soi 8, the sky music bar is up for sale. If you should be interested please call 095 051 0900 or 099 441 2565
The large Soi Happy 44 bar with its main entrance in Soi 8, just in front of the still popular Sailor Bar, could not survive the corona pandemic and closed for good.
Harrys is back
Harrys Hotel, Bar & Restaurant on Soi Diana, off Soi Buakhao, announced to reopen on July 21st.
The Den in Soi Chaiyapoon reopened with a new show table, a chrome pole corner and a revamped 4m 'fish tank' for its beauties.
Change of Mind
Last month we reported that the management of Brooklyn Diner on Soi Buakhao - at the entrance to Soi LK Metro - has thrown in the towel, closed the restaurant and put it up for sale. Obviously someone changed the mind: Since July 12th, the venue has reopened, supposedly under the same owner. That's Pattaya!
New Bar in Soi LK Metro
Celona Bar opened on July 10th in the rooms of a former G.M. Travel shop and its failed successor, the Relax at LK Bar.
Workers are still renovating Queen Club in Soi LK Metro, but it seems that it will be ready soon.
The venue opened on July 17th!
Not so Easy?
R-Con cleared out both its Easy R-Con Bar as well as its Easy R-Con coffee shop on Soi Buakhao.
We will keep you up-to-date.
Kiss up to Sale!
On Soi LK Metro, Kiss A Go-Go is up for sale.
Rent a Hotel
Marin Place, a small hotel in the southern part of Soi Buakhao, is looking for a long-term tenant. The hotel is very close to the entertainment scene and has a nice outdoor pool, but the place will probably need renovation. If you are intersted please call 096 419 6656 or 093 464 9955.
In the last week of June the new management of Hungry Hippo increased the prices for all its promotional menus by 10 Baht, the only exception being the 49 Baht Early Bird Breakfast. A dish with a former price of 99 Baht now costs 109 Baht, for a 119 Baht menu you have to pay 129 Baht now.
American Breakfast: 79 Baht
On Soi Buakhao, At All Cafe serves a tasty American Breakfast for 79 Baht, including coffee or tea. Enjoy it!
Take Away closed
Since July 3rd the Take Away in Soi Buakhao, known as Sarasota Cafe, is closed without giving any reason.. We will keep you up-to-date.
The Negan Bar & Restaurant in the southern part of Soi Buakhao was closed. We have already seen some construction workers who try to create something new. We will keep you up-to-date.
The Hungry Panda & The Grill restaurant was opened in the middle of the Corona crisis in Soi Lenkee. Now we learned that the venue is already for sale. If you are interested please contact BahtSOLD.com
The owners of Sweethearts Bar, which has been a Ladyboy Bar on Soi Buakhao since September 1st, 2019, decided that they can no longer pay the rent for a business that generates no income and closed their venue for good.
Obviously the announced closure was a publicity stunt: The bar has been open again for several days and also employs a bunch of ladyboys.
Early Bird Breakfast
Queen Victoria Inn, the famous English pub in Soi 6, introduced an early bird breakfast for 99 Baht. Do not miss the Early Bird Breakfast at Queen Victoria Inn from 09:00 until noon!
The bottlenecks on the left and right side - on South Pattaya Road and on Beach Road - of the entrance to Pattaya's Walking Street remain despite the very expensive restoration work on Pattaya Beach Road. Obviously not enough money can be earned with small but long overdue adjustments. For decades, City Hall Officials have been more concerned with their own pockets than with the well-being of Pattaya's visitors.
Desolate Walking Street
First the management publisched this:
A few days later, on July 12th, we got this:
And on July 21st the venue published this:
We will keep you up-to-date.
In the impressive all new building between the Rock House and Gulliver's Walking Street, the ever-present Nashaa Group announced the opening of Cavalli, a new kind of nightclub with an Indian touch, on July 17th.
Pattaya Beer Garden
The Comeback of Dollhouse
The Dollhouse on Soi 15, off Walking Street, reopened on July 17th.
Sea Portion, Walking Street's controversial Shark Fin Soup outlet did not survive Covid-19 and has closed for good. Please call 089 931 3780 or 090 992 7697 if you are interested in renting the rooms. We will keep you up-to-date.
Fish Spa closed
Fish Spa, the controversial fish pedicure opposite the entrance to Soi 16, where the fish supposedly feed on dead skin, closed for good. Please call 081 924 3095 if you are interested in renting the rooms. We will keep you up-to-date.
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