Do you remember the time when Pattaya had this unique Beach Promenade? It was destroyed by Itthiphol Kunplome and his Clan
On October 28th the military-backed government has extended Thailand's state of emergency for another month, to the end of November. 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 latest extension is again a consolidation of power, and an unnecessary use of power, said Anusorn Iamsa-ard, a spokesman for Pheu Thai, the largest opposition party. 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.
Do not forget, Thailand is still under dictatorship: Thai elites are resistant to change because they've benefited from the status quo Is Prayut lying about stepping back? Or has Thailand's Pinnochio finally changed his ways? Thailand's embattled prime minister has no plan to quit, for now What if the removal of the emergency decree wasn't the government backing down but mobilizing royalist forces Parliament clashes over opposition call for Prayut to quit Prayut, Wissanu explain why choosing a new premier can be a hassle
The way Thailand's Dictator Prayut Chan-o-cha and his accomplices treat their opponents: The Election Commission is throwing the book at former Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, seeking criminal charges against chief rival to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after having already banned him from politics and dissolved his party Former leaders of the now-disbanded Future Forward Party reported to police Thursday to hear charges of insurrection filed against them by an ultraroyalist – including one case that involved an academic lecture made 10 years ago Police lied - and still lie - to Thailand's citizens: Police admit teargas was used in protest crackdown but still insists the cannons were only aimed at the sky to create droplets of water on the demonstrators. Nevertheless, videos and photographs of the incident show the high pressure water being launched directly at the protesters Police said they are planning to file at least three different criminal charges against organizers of Saturday's anti-government gathering at Democracy Monument: Charges to be filed include harming two police officers, obstructing police, and gathering in a group of more than 10 people
Bangkok Post: No coup, deputy PM insists but from the man who famously said there would definitely be no coup, and then promptly led a coup in 2014 comes the following announcement:: Bloomberg: I don't mean whether or not there will be a coup, but that no one wants to do it And Khaosod English cites the Dictator on Twitter: No one thinks about staging a coup," but adds that "I'm not saying there will be a coup, or that there won't be a coup. I'm just saying no one wants to stage a coup Bangkok Post Army chief: No chance of coup - but soldiers with cropped haircuts were wearing yellow to give the impression to be supporters of the monarchy Bangkok Post Prayut threatens protesters: All laws and articles will be enforced Bangkok Post Prayut threatens protesters: PM issues lese majeste warning Never trust the words of a Military Man!
Stop the Press
On November 18th a government official announced that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved the extension of the nationwide state of emergency through January 15th, 2021, to prevent a resurgence in coronavirus infections during the peak New Year's travel period and to help the authorities to enforce mandatory quarantines and streamline disease-control plans.
Statement of Thailand's Dictator
The current military-sponsored charter makes change almost impossible and guarantees Thailand's dictator(s) at least five years of dictatorship.
On September 22nd, the Thai government announced two more long weekends to boost the country's ailing economy. The new four-day holidays will benefit mainly the country's officials and the bank staff. November 19th - 22nd, 2020
Includes the Pattaya Walk & Eat Festival on Pattaya Beach Road
and December 7th - 11th, 2020
Prepare for closed offices and traffic jam in congested roads
Honour to whom honour is due
The highly hyped Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine was developed by 2nd generation Turkish immigrants from Germany. BioNtech, their company, is owned and managed by the married couple Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci. The development started in January 2020, long before any American was aware of the virus. It is the first vaccine using the novel mRNA technology.
Environmentally friendly vehicles drive without batteries! The production of batteries is anything but environmentally friendly. Moreover, high performance batteries require rare metals which are not infinitely available. But the greatest environmental damage is caused by the replacement of batteries. For decades, the recycling of used batteries has only worked on paper. In reality, batteries rot in our nature and poison soil, plants, animals and people.
Thanks to Coronavirus
Thanks to the corona virus, Pattaya's extremely irritating LED advertising was closed at almost all intersections.
The Red Bull Farce:
Ongoing Student protests:
The Kunplome Clan:
Mike Baird's Cartoon: How's Business?
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Walk & Eat, November 19th - 22nd
Pattaya Fireworks Festival November 27th & 28th
Pattaya City Music Festival, December 11th & 12th
Naklua Walking Street, December 19th until February 7th
Pattaya Countdown, December 29th, 30th & 31st
CentralFestival Countdown, December 1st until January 3rd
Akvavit reopens on December 13th with a BBQ Buffet
Kiss Food & Drinks closes
Kiss Food & Drinks has temporarily closed its Naklua branch on Naklua Road. Obviously the management is waiting for better times. Let's hope, it will happen soon.
Boat Noodles in Naklua
Torpak, a well-known Boat Noodle Kitchen, opened a branch on Naklua Road, about 100 meters in front of the Soi Photisarn junction.
Pattaya Avenue, the shopping complex on Pattaya Second Road, is looking for new tenants after the deal with the Baku Group failed. We will keep you up-to-date
Eating on the Dark Side
Route 66 opens a 50's themed Restaurant on Soi Pornprapanimit 30, off Siam Country Club Road. Give it a try!
The New Normal
Sizzler provides a healthy Salad Buffet with tasty soupes and sweets for 139 Baht at all its branches in Pattaya. Enjoy it!
All the bars in front of the Honey 2 Massage Parlour on Pattaya Second Road are now open, but the soapy massage itself remains closed. Perhaps to reconcile the good values and the morales of Thai society with those of Thailand's Dictator and his crew of handpicked military men. FYI: Customers visiting Thai soapy massage parlors are mostly Thais and Asian tourists.
Nameless Shopping Arcade
The Shopping Arcade on Pattaya Second Road, formerly known as Central Shopping Arcade and located opposite Mike Shopping Mall, is currently without name but with a few new or nicely renovated restaurants. We will keep you up-to-date
The recently renovated Indian Hut restaurant serves Indian and Thai cuisine as well as Italian style Pizza.
The Little India restaurantian, also beautifully renovated, is known for its delicious Indian and Thai cuisine. We will keep you informed about its reopening
New in the shopping arcade is Don Pepe with a Tapas Bistro with Mediterranean Cuisine.
On Soi Phetrakul, opposite the currently closed Hollywood Disco, Hippo Maximum 86 will soon open a restaurant with live music in the area where the no longer existing J. Boon Sea Food outlet was located.
Deli Diner closed
Deli Diner, located to the right of the ailing Tukcom Mall on South Pattaya Road, has been closed.
Your Diner costs now 10 Baht more
Hungry Hippo on Soi Buakhao increased the price of his popular After Dark Menus from 89 Baht to 99 Baht. Nevertheless it is still a bargain.
Updated Early Bird Specials
Serenity A Go-Go was reopened on November 1st under a new management and a new staff. Check it!
Dolls A Go-Go reopened on November 1st at Soi LK Metro with the staff of Dolls Walking Street branch. Dolls LK opens from Sunday to Thursday only, on Fridays and Saturdays the ladies can be meet at Dolls Walking Street Updated (November 13th): Dolls A Go-Go opens on Soi LK Metro now on weekends too!
Exotic LK Metro
Exotic LK, an all new Beer Bar, opened in Soi LK Metro on November 1st.
Area 51, once a coyote bar, was reopened on November 1st as a simple but beautiful ordinary girlie bar on Soi Diana, off Soi Buakhao.
Bye Bye Tony
What Tony's Fitness was for many years at the Soi Buakhao Night Market is now Sun Fitness. Tony's Fitness Clubs are now in liquidation.
Buakhao Night Market has shrunk considerably, as has its integrated Food Court.
Señor Taco closed
Señor Taco closed his Mexican Taqueria in the middle of last month without giving any reason. The venue was known as Buakhao Bistro until a few months ago.
The End of Boom
PattayaSweethearts.com reports that Baby Boom A Go-Go on Soi Boomerang, off Soi Buakhaow, closed down the business on November 7th because of problems with its landlord and Covid-19 health regulations. We will keep you up-to-date
BeneLux closed & reopened (again)
BeneLux Beer Bar near the Southern end of Soi Buakhao closed (again). Updated: On November 2nd, the bar was open again. Obviously we have to accept that the bar opens and closes at will, without informing its customers. Perhaps the new normal of its management?
No News so far
Fridays & Saturdays only
Dolls A Go-Go on Walking Street introduced new operating rules on October 31st. From Sunday until Thursday the staff works at the Dolls' LK Metro Branch. On Fridays and Saturdays you can meet the ladies at Dolls Walking Street.
Taboo reopened, closed & reopened again
On November 13th, Taboo A Go-Go reopened on Walking Street, but on Saturday, November 14th, the venue was closed once more. Update (November 19th): Today, the club was open, but a few days later, on Sunday November 22nd it was closed again...!
In the Dark!
Cavalli by Nashaa Club, the new international Indian disco, remained closed even during the weekend(s).
Up to rent
Diamond Sports Bar on Soi Diamond, off Walking Street, is up to rent. If you are interested please call 081 823 1417
Airport to rent
Air Port Club A Go-Go is up to rent!
Mike Baird's Cartoon: Today's Reality
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More Fun starts here
Social Distancing in Pattaya
Nothing but Promises
Crash-landing in Thailand
Crash-landing in Switzerland
What is Democracy?
Worst Talent Show
The grass is always greener on the other side
Nothing stops selling
What's a Vegetarian?
Waiting for the Train
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Pattaya Tourist Guides
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Outbreak of Dengue Fever
There have been 61'662 cases of dengue fever in Thailand with 41 deaths in the first 9½ months of this year. While Thailand seems to have the corona virus under control, the situation with dengue fever, another viral disease, is extremely worrying in the Kingdom. Thailand's Public Health Officials advise people to make sure that there is no standing water around their homes, as this is a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.
October 11th: Mae Hong Son province in northern Thailand has reported the highest incidence by far with nearly 500 per 100'000 population. This is followed by Rayong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum and Chainat provinces.
Another dangerous virus in this area is the Chikungunya virus. It is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms of infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. The Chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean in late 2013. The virus was imported by infected travellers into new areas such as Thailand. Currently there is no vaccine for prevention or medication to treat a Chikungunya virus infection.
October 11th: Health officials in Thailand are reporting 9'486 chikungunya cases in 72 provinces through October 5th. No deaths have been reported so far.
Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40°C, cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Small white spots may form inside the mouth two or three days after the start of symptoms. A red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms. Measles is an airborne disease which spreads easily from one person to the next through the coughs and sneezes of infected people. No specific treatment is available but the measles vaccine is effective at preventing the disease and is exceptionally safe. Through May 2nd, Thailand has seen 765 measles cases in 55 provinces. Narathiwat, Chiang Rai, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phuket and Chiang Mai have been hardest hit by the measles.
Kill the Virus
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