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With active help from WHO and Covid-19, Chonburi's highly educated lawmakers have turned Pattaya into a ghost town, depriving hundreds of thousands of families of their livelihood
The Provincial Government of Banglamung and Chonburi decided to close all entertainment venues, such as Cinemas, Sports Venues, Karaoke & Beer Bars, Nightclubs, A Go-Go & Gentlemen Clubs, Massage Parlors, etc. in Jomtien, Naklua and Pattaya from March 18th until the Covid-19 situation improves. Let's hope it helps ...
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Unexplored Thai virus threatens the world
Thailand's politicians are known for never looking for faults in themselves, but in others, and wherever possible in foreigners. So far we have assumed that this is a Thai gene defect. Obviously this is not the case. It is probably a hitherto unexplored but extremly dangerous virus, which the WHO should definitely investigate more closely. As you may recall, the Pope visited Thailand from November 20th to November 23rd, 2019, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the Apostolic Vicariate of Siam in 1669. He must have caught the dangerous virus, because only shortly after this visit, on February 28th, 2020, the Pope together with IBM and Microsoft developed a paper that deals with AI (artificial intelligence). In it he demands that the ethical development of algorithms should avoid the use of personal data. He fears that AI will be used to promote the interests of the rich and powerful rather than those of the poor and weak, and that it will lead to even greater differences between the lives of the elite and the lives of ordinary people. It seems to have escaped the Pope's notice that before the present modern data gathering by computers, it was precisely the Catholic Church that, by gathering information through confession, had acquired a power over its faithful that is not to be underestimated, and that this almost diabolical power was reinforced by the effect of inoculating a guilty conscience in the faithful.
Legal or illegal?
Thailand's Jurisdiction follows the Guidelines of Bangkok's Elite and their Accomplices. Those who do not conform to the principles of this elite are silenced.
Bangkok Post: FFP dissolved, executives banned for 10 years
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Bangkok Post: A dagger to democracy
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Bangkok Post: Wiroj picks up baton as scourge of govt
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
The Nation: Thai security affairs adviser lashes out at US response to dissolution of Future Forward
Invalid court ruling?
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In a state of free fall
Photos made during the last week of February 2020
You do not need to look far to see how bad Thailand's economy really is. A visit to the CentralFestival Mall on Pattaya's Beach Road shows the whole misery. At the time of writing, more than a dozen shops are unused or temporarily occupied and waiting for new investors. But CentralFestival is no exception, the other shopping centers in Pattaya (and elsewhere in Thailand) are also struggling finding new tenants. To make matters even worse, Bloomberg reported on February 24th, 2020, that Bangkok has 100'000 empty apartments and may soon have more: Foreigners are set to account for as little as 10% of purchases in 2020, down from a fifth two years ago, consultancy Agency for Real Estate Affairs estimates.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reports that the COVID-19 outbreak has reduced the number of Chinese tourists by 90 percent and the number of foreign tourists has dropped by over 60 percent. We learn from Phuket that by the end of February 2020 34% of employees in the tourism business were unemployed. The numbers for Pattaya shouldn't be much better. However, no income here also means that families living upcountry no longer get any money. Nevertheless, TAT is launching a campaign to get Thais to spend more money. Money that is already scarce in many families. The political opposition is already slamming Thailand's Prime Minister, Dictator and Songwriter Prayut Chan-o-cha for allegedly favoring the country's big businesses.
Upathum Nisitsukcharoen, president of the Event Management Association, claims that up to 90% of events were cancelled or postponed in the first quarter of 2020. If the epidemic continues into the second half of the year, he says, at least 50 small event organisers will likely have to shut down. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) cut its estimate for international arrivals to 33 million in 2020, down from 40.8 million. The Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) reported foreign tourists using Atta member services from January to February 20 was 500'232, a decrease of 40.7%. During February 1st to 20th, the numbers slid 74.1% to 90'908 tourists. Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA) said Thai outbound travellers could drop to 8-9 million from 11 million last year if the virus impact continues throughout the year. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, expects tourist arrivals to decrease by 50% in the first half of 2020 due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. However, the outbreak of the Covid 19 virus is not alone to blame. The market itself has already been confronted with a number of negative factors, be it the economic slowdown of the country, the widespread drought or the pollution caused by PM2.5 - not to mention the political situation. Specifically, Westerners are not willing to travel to a country ruled by a dictator and whose immigration regulations change as often as you change your shirt.
Fearing a further spread of the Covid-19 virus (the Coronavirus), Pattaya has cancelled or postponed indefinitely all events sponsored by City Hall until the end of September 2020, including the Pattaya Music Festival and Pattaya's worldfamous Water splashing, the Songkran Festival. City Hall asked the organizers of large private events to postpone or even cancel their events as well.
This is a developing story: We'll give updates on the situation as we learn more
Be aware of Designer Masks
Dirty Tap Water
Same Procedure as every Year
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. In reality many Hotels, Resorts, Condominiums ,Housing estates and Nightclubs now have to buy their water from private water suppliers. The water delivered by tank trucks is not tested by any authority or institute and in many cases is anything but clean. It often contains sand and other dirt particles, sometimes it even smells of chemicals. Therefore, extreme caution is required when tap water is delivered by private water suppliers.
On March 14th Pattaya Mail reported that Nongprue is testing the quality of private water sources. Our informants told us that nothing had changed. Their water is still as dirty as before! Nongprue's showdown is nothing but the usual window-dressing!
In recent weeks Pattaya City Hall has had squares and streets repainted with horrible smelly colours. As our photo shows, it's all just street art and occupational therapy for City Hall's good friends.
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Legend Siam, Thailand’s first and largest cultural theme park showcasing the Thai pride through legends in different periods of the Thai civilization, closed down. On February 27, 2020, the project manager of Legend Siam wrote a letter to the employees informing them that the business would be closed down on March 3rd, 2020. The economic slowdown and the Covid-19 epidemic is having a direct impact on the company. As a result, the company is no longer able to operate and will have to cease operations, the letter says. If the situation improves, the company will send you back to work as soon as possible, the letter ends. We will keep you up-to-date.
New Seafood Buffet
PingGun Seafood is a new Buffet Rstaurant on the Jomtien Part of Sukhumvit Road.
A reader of our website has drawn our attention to the fact that the Blue Moon Club announced last month has already opened its doors during the first days of this month. Thank you for the information!
Triumvirate of Hotels
The Proud Hotel will soon open on the extension of Pattaya 3rd Road in Naklua, completing the triumvirate of hotels consisting of The Siamese and Le Bali. We will keep you up-to-date.
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England goes Italy
Pulcinella, an Italian Risto Pub replaces the Punch & Judy Pub on Soi Thepprasit 8, also known as Regional Land Street or extension of Pattaya Soi 17. The new Restaurant is scheduled to open on March 15th.
The failed World Food food court at the still ailing Pattaya Avenue on Pattaya Second Road was replaced by an Eat Street. The widely announced new Entertainment Center with 39 Bars and A Go-Go Clubs managed by the Baku Group is still in the middle of nowhere ...
In a currently unused shop on the 4th floor of CentralFestival Pattaya Beach the Expat Club was able to temporarily open a Chess Club. Take the oportunity to play chess with actual, old and/or new friends!
Since many weeks this traffic light at the junction South Road / Second Road is out of order - but nobody cares about it. That's Pattaya through and through!
Indian Restaurant closed down
Raj, an Indian Restaurant on South Pattaya Road, near the entrance to Walking Street, closed the door. Pattaya's professionals are already trying to create something new. We will keep you up-to-date.
Cat & Dog Café
The successor of the C Cat Café in Soi Welcome Town is called Dog 7 Day and can be found in Soi Carrefour, also known as Soi Yume or Soi Paniad Chang (official street name). The venue is located to the left of the Dragon House entrance.
That was Taste, a small but cosy restaurant in front of the parking lot of the former Tops supermarket (today PS Bowling) on Pattaya Central Road. It was also known as Cool Kitchen, Cool House or Glass House and was very famous for its 75 Baht breakfast and tasty steaks. We will miss it.
Spirit of India goes Bar Beer
Spirit of India, an Indian Restaurant in Soi 8, closed down to make space for the Diamond Bar Beer.
Club Nevada, an A Go-Go Bar on Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2 or Soi Praisani), closed its door on February 29th. We will keep you up-to-date.
Pattaya's lagest D.I.Y.
Pattaya's largest Mr D.I.Y. store to date opened in the Tesco/Lotus supermarket on Pattaya North Road.
Pattaya City Hall announced that due to work similar to that on Pattaya Beach Road, a traffic chaos will be unavoidable on Soi Buakhao in the coming months.
Black Snake is back
Black Snake Club, a girly bar, was reopened on March 7th at the southern end of Soi Buakhao. The venue was closed on February 19th, 2020, without giving reasons. The management used the closure to install a central stage and make the club suitable for A Go-Go and Coyote dancers.
Eat with another Animal
On Soi Lengkee, off Soi Buakhao, a Hungry Panda will open soon its Grill Restaurant. A banner promises that you can eat Panda's Food from March 2020. We will keep you up-to-date.
Robin sells again. The creator of Chunky Monkey is looking for a buyer of his Hungry Hippo Restaurant because of ongoing health problems. We will keep you up-to-date.
Nice Diner reopened on Soi Buakhao a few meters from the new Holiday Inn Express. During the night we could spot some sexy ladies waiting for customers. March 6th: The venue opens and close à discretion: It is closed again - at least until March 20th. March 11th: The venue was reopened a few days before the announced date, but without the previously spotted service girls and / or hostesses.
On the Block
The rooms of a former Indian restaurant, only a few meters away from Soi Buakhao's popular weekly market and to the left of the famous BeneLux Bar, are on the block. If you are interested, please call 081 146 1811. We will keep you up-to-date.
The Nightwish Group acquired the Maggie Choo Bar and runs now 23 Beer Bars in Soi 6! We will keep you up-to-date.
On February 25th the Night Wish Group opened its 22nd bar in Soi 6 in the premises of a former travel agency. The new bar is called Utopia.
Since the end of February the legendary Pook Bar is closed. Obviously the interest in Ladyboys has decreased drastically. The bar reopened on March 5th.
On the Block!
Even before it was open for a single night, the Kiss KTV Bar is on the block. If you are interested, please call 085 085 5881 or 083 292 2616. We will keep you up-to-date.
The Wet Six Club, formerly known as the Whisky Bar, closed the door. The construction workers are already there, trying to create something new.
The bar was reopened in the second week of March with a new sign. Both the ladies and the rooms have had a facelift!
Quo Vadis Walking Street?
On February 17th, 2020, Thailand's Army signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will pave the way for the transfer of state land and commercial businesses to the Finance Ministry and to allow most of their revenue to go to state coffers. Among the assets under the MoU signed were 1 million rai of state land, petrol refilling stations, shops, flea markets, leisure clubs, boxing stadiums, golf courses, horse race tracks, hotels and resorts. Among the assets managed by Thailand's Army is the beach side of Pattaya's Walking Street. Many years ago a court ordered that a part of the Walking Street is used illegally and that all the buildings have to be removed. But because the Thai army believes to be a sacred organization living above the law, nothing has happened until today. The change of ownership could change that.
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Pattaya unlimited: End of the Road for Pattaya’s Walking Street
Pattaya Unplugged: Could Thailand’s focus on illegal structures spell problems for Walking Street yet again?
A few years ago Pattaya Mail: wrote that Pattaya City begins to demolish back of Nang Nual Restaurant. In reality nothing happened ...
Temporarily Closure #1
The Management of Infinity A Go-Go in Walking Street has decided to temporarily close the venue. Should it ever reopen, you can read about it here.
Russian Night Club closed down
Crazy Girls, a Russian Night Club in Walking Street, closed down without giving reasons. Should it ever reopen, you can read about it here.
Indian Night Club closed down
Raas, an Indian Night Club in Walking Street, closed down without giving reasons. Should it ever reopen, you can read about it here.
Temporarily Closure #2
On the Block
The End of Living Dolls
On March 13th Living Dolls Showcase closed its door for good. The famous A Go-Go Bar served Pattaya's Revelers for the last 17 years with drinks and sexy ladies. We will keep you up-to-date.
White Pines closed
White Pines, a small but cosy restaurant on Soi 14, off Walking Street, was apparently closed earlier this month. We will keep you up-to-date.
Heaven Above, a popular A Go-Go Bar on Soi Diamond, closed for good on March 6th. We will keep you up-to-date.
A rent increase is the rumored reason for the sudden closure of Heaven Above.
Nui's Club 2 was closed on March 6th. The venue was known as Runway A Go-Go too. We will keep you up-to-date.
A business trip that lasts forever?
Rich A Go-Go was closed on March 6th without giving reasons. We will keep you up-to-date.
Ready to open
Game Square, the replacement for the failed Red Square Bar, will open in a few days. We will keep you up-to-date.
Closed for Renovation
Irany, the Persian Disco Club at the still ailing Soho Square (off Walking Street), is closed for renovation until March 20th - at least. We will keep you up-to-date.
India goes Midnight Plaza
The management of the Kamaa Club (Soi 16, off Walking Street) is taking over a complete building of the ailing Midnight Pattaya Entertainment Complex in order to establish its brand new Janaat, Jannat or Jannaat nightclub there. We assume that the spelling will be cleared by the time the new club opens. We will keep you up-to-date.
The Up and Down has found an end. After several failed new beginnings, Harem A Go-Go is on the block. If you are interested, please call 099 406 4358. We will keep you up-to-date.
Night Train Bar on Soi Diamond, off Walking Street, will close in a few days and can be rented. If you are interested please call 081 781 0926. We will keep you up-to-date.
Closed for good
Findig, the well-known shop for shoes and handbags on Walking Street, closed its outlet for good. The shop is on the block. If you are interested please call 087 898 8868. We will keep you up-to-date.
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