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Long Weekend on September 4th
On August 13th Thailand's cabinet has approved September 4th and September 7th as its last substitute holiday for Songkran it postponed earlier, creating an additional four-day holiday for the country's officials and bank employees.
Government offices - including immigration - and all main bank branches will be closed
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On September 22nd, the Thai government announced two more long weekends to boost the country's economy: November 19th - 22nd, 2020 and December 7th - 11th, 2020
Prepare for traffic jam in congested roads
Thailand welcomes long-stay Tourists
On September 15th, the Thai Government agreed to allow foreign tourists to stay for at least 90 days, provided they agree to start their journey with a 14-day quarantine. The new 90-day special tourist visa could be extended twice, for 90 days each time. Long-stay visitors could (probably) start their journey next month. For further information please contact the Thai Embassy in your country.
On August 25th, Thailand's military-backed government has extended Thailand’s state of emergency for a fifth time, to the end of September. 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. 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!
Do you can trust the Dictator's Words?
Less than 24 hours after Thailand's Dictator and Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha told the country not to perceive anti-government protesters as enemies, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a prominent student activist was arrested for sedition and nine other charges ...
Govt and Senate are playing with fire
Senator says opposition bills likely to be voted down
No new coup d’état!
On September 8th, Thailand's Dictator Prayut Chan-o-cha dismissed rumours of new a coup d’état, telling the press the runours were pure nonsense.
Do you remember? A few days before the last two coups, the military used the same wording to reassure its citizens. Let us hope that the Prime Minister was telling the truth at least this time.
Why There May or May Not Be Another Coup Soon
The new plague reads: At this place the people have expressed their will: that this country belongs to the people and is not the property of the monarch as they have deceived us
Over the weekend of September 19th-20th, various groups of pro-democracy students started a rally to urge the government to resign and rewrite the country's constitution. Depending on the source, 30'000 to 80'000 people are said to have participated in the demonstration.
Khaosod English: Protesters Reinstall Plaque Symbolizing Democracy The Nation Thailand: Protesters install '2020 coup memorial plaque' in Sanam Luang in spirit of 1932 revolution Bangkok Post: Protesters ready to declare 'new People's Party' BangkokPost: Prayut thanks all concerned for cooperation Bangkok Post: Prawit thanks all for peaceful event The New York Times: Protests Shake Bangkok, Challenging Old Guard’s Grip on Thailand The Guardian: Thai protesters call for reform of monarchy and general strike Rappler.com: Tens of thousands of protesters join Thailand pro-democracy rally Reuters: Thai protest leader says demands letter to king handed to police BBC: Thousands join huge rally demanding reforms BBC: Activists challenge monarchy by laying 'People's Plaque'
Protest leaders hand a letter of demands for reform of the monarchy to the King's Royal Guard police
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Bangkok Post: Police mull charges against protest leaders
Authorities press for plaque to be removed
Outbreak of Dengue Fever
There have been 25'708 cases of dengue fever in Thailand with 15 deaths in the first 7 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.
September 2nd: Thailand's Bureau of Epidemiology reported an additional 2'922 dengue fever cases during the past week, bringing the country total to 50'660 total (DHF, DSS and dengue fever) cases. In addition, four additional dengue related deaths were reported, bringing the death toll year to date to 36.
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.
August 26th: Health officials in Thailand reported an additional 508 Chikungunya cases in the past week, bringing the total cases through August 24th to 7'396 from 69 provinces.
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.
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Navy is kidding Thailand
Cartoon by courtesy of Stephff @Prachatai.com
On April 5th, 2012 then Navy chief Surasak Rounroengrom had to confirmed that the 7.7 billion Baht proposed project to buy six second-hand U206A submarines from Germany had come to an end. Then Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told the navy that there are other ways to protect the national interest at sea. But Vice Admiral Thaweewut Pongpipat, 2012 the deputy commander-in-chief of the navy, said that it's time for those with authority to pay serious attention to modernising the Thai navy to protect our seas. If we have no navy protection looking after our national interest, Thailand will inevitably be damaged. Therefore, the navy has never buried its dream of an own submarine fleet and has secretly built a training center for submarines after 2012. Nevertheless, the navy's submarine plan had been stalled by elected governments until the military took control of the country in 2014. The project was then dusted off and eventually passed in a non-transparent way. According to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), Thailand's Dictator und PM Prayut Chan-o-cha signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Chinese defence minister during his visite in China to buy three submarines for the price of two from China for 22.5 billion Baht. The purchase of the submarines is highly controversial, which is probably why the navy felt compelled to use a trick: On August 23rd Thailand’s Deputy Premier Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon, the man of 'borrowed' luxury watches, told the press during a briefing to wait for a press conference of the navy on August 24th afternoon. During that press briefing Vice Adm. Prachachart Sirisawat told the press that most Thais are cheering on the purchase of two submarines. He was citing a poll conducted by The Nation, a news agency often associated with the pro-establishment camp. But the cited poll was far from scientific. The viewers voted via a 3-Baht SMS during the Nation TV news on Monday. According to that Nation TV poll, 74 percent of the respondents agreed that the navy should immediately buy the submarines, 19 voted for buying them later, and 7 percent said the navy shouldn’t buy them at all. Apparently Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon knew in advance what positive news the Navy was going to release at its press conference ... Khaosod English: Thailand’s government has decided to delay the purchase of two submarines from China Bangkok Post: The government has decided to temporarily back off from the controversial purchase of two submarines worth 22.5 billion baht from China Bangkok Post: Navy torpedoes sub claims A MUST READ:
Khaosod English: Navy Defies Cabinet, Asks China to Sign Submarine Deal.
Police is kidding Thailand
Cartoon by courtesy of Onan Hiroshi @coconuts.co
During the last protest rally organized by students, people at the protest sites were able to discover jamming devices. At first the police denied having jamming devices at all, but when a memo was leaked to the media, the police had to confirm that they had used jamming devices at the recent anti-government rallies in Bangkok. The leaked police memo indicates that three vehicles with electronic countermeasures will be sent to the Democracy Monument on Sunday, August 23rd. Deputy metro police commander Somprasong Yenthuam, who signed the order, confirmed the letter was genuine, but said the equipment was not there to disrupt mobile phone signals as alleged by some protesters. We've no intention of infringing the protesters' rights, he said. Many people as well as media complained about bad cell phone signals at the rally and suspected that the authorities were involved, but there was no evidence that the police were responsible for the interference. National Broadcasting and Television Commissioner Prawit Leesatapornwongsa said the agency is investigating the signal outage and said that we're not sure what caused the problem. We can't answer inquiries about the jammers since we're not responsible for it, he added.
Culture Ministry is teaching Thailand's Students
Graphic posted by the Department of Cultural Promotion on Aug. 24, 2020
As student protests rage across the country, Thailand's Ministry of Culture apparently felt the need to educate students about how to behave towards the higher-ups. Stand straight, hold hands below your waist, bow slightly. Do not stand too close or too far from pooyai*, the poster published above says. If receiving orders, stand straight, with arms by your side. In other situations, stand politely and do not cause annoyance or get in others’ way. The Thai Ministry of Culture is headed by Ithiphol Kunplome, the former Mayor of Pattaya and younger brother of Sonthaya Kunplome, the current Mayor of our Sin City. As you can see for yourself, artwork and information really fit together. Both are out of date.
*The term Pooyai means adults, but it can also refer to influential people or individuals that demand respect from those inferior to their standing
The Red Bull Farce:
Ongoing Student protests:
Thai Military seems to be insatiable
Foreigners pay more
It's is in discussion only, far from reality
The Military Junta as well as the current government under Prayut Chan-o-cha's dictatorship encouraged public & amusement parks as well as hospitals to apply the two-price system to pull the money out of the pockets of foreigners.
For additional information and warnings about parks and organisations ripping off tourists please click 2pricethailand.com or Two Price Thailand on twitter.
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Stupidity is moving ahead
Shortly after Ithiphol Kunplome, the younger brother of Sonthaya Kunplome, the current Mayor of Pattaya, was appointed head of this beach resort in 2008, he launched the 'Skytrain' project for Sin City and wasted millions of Baht on feasibility studies until Bangkok's Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) told him in 2011 that Pattaya's repositioning as a tourist destination has to go ahead without his dream toy, the Monorail. On June 16th, 2016, the governorship of Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Khunplome hopefully ended. On August 25th, 2017, Pattaya Mail reported that the Military Junta's very own Pattaya City Council called many of the projects initiated by Pattaya's former Mayor Ithiphol Kunplome wasteful... To get the opportunity to waste even more money, Itthiphol's successors at Pattaya City Hall proposed an eight-kilometer-long downtown tram system on September 16th, 2016, and on June 10th, 2017 a watchdog group claimed on Facebook that two tram lines are coming for sure and are set to transform Pattaya into a real World Class Resort. As we all know today, the Family Clan of the Kunplome has never lost sight of the Monorail project. On September 25th, 2018, Sonthaya Kunplome was appointed Mayor of Pattaya by Thailand's Military Junta. Immediately after taking office, he re-launched the monorail of his brother, of course with new expensive feasibility studies and with the inclusion of the meanwhile by Dictator Prayut Chan-o-cha initiated but very controversial Don Mueang–Suvarnabhumi–U-Tapao high-speed railway project. On July 28th, 2020, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) appeared before the media to tell the results of its own feasibility study. According to this study, the extension of the high-speed train system between the airports of Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao by 101 billion Baht is not worth the investment. Nevertheless, Pattaya City Hall claimed on August 21st, 2020, during a public hearing on the monorail that 80% of the residents agree with the plans to build a monorail to alleviate the resort's severe traffic and transportation problems. The monorail would meet the proposed High Speed train at the station, City Hall added. There would be around 13 stations spaced 650-700 meters apart. The Monorail would be built along Sukhumvit Road, North Road and Pattaya Second Road until it will reach Bali Hai port. The building is expected to start in 2024, City Hall claims.
We are firmly against the monorail project. It is neither able to meet the needs of the citizens of Pattaya nor the needs of the tourists of this city. The Monorail does not serve Pattaya's shopping malls, hotels or attractions. It cannot replace the tour buses nor the baht buses or the motorcycle taxis. The Monorail is just another huge waste of taxpayers' money in favor of a very few.
There are news reports that CP Group is considering moving the Pattaya station in order to have more commercial developments around the station. The Pattaya Station, currently located in Pattaya Municipality, may have moved down to Ban Huai Khwang station, close to the Floating Market and Nong Nooch Garden where the CP Group bought about 600 rai of land. Since the area around the current Pattaya Station with about 200 rai is too small for commercial developments and the current land purchase price has risen to 10 million Baht per rai, CP Group is considering to move the station, the group announced.
In addition, the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) states it has a master plan for public transportation development in Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Rayong Province to support the development of the Eastern Special Development Zone (EEC). For public transport, OTP will initially use electric buses, EV buses, minibuses, EV minibuses and tram electric cars, which will use both exclusive and shared lanes. There are even plans to extend the routes for tourists from U-Tapao Airport to Ban Phe, Koh Samet, and for citizens of Rayong to the Taphong market. There will also be travel links between the high-speed railway stations. The plan also provides for services between U-Tapao airport and Sattahip port.
The Family Resort launches a Bikini Race
Pig whithout Whistle
Pig & Whistle (the original) on Thepprasit Road was closed for good. The venue is for sale or rent. We will keep you up-to-date.
End of singing
Tha Bel Canto Bar opposite The Cave Pub on Thapprasit Road was closed and is up for sale. If you are interested please call 098 246 8265 or 081 731 7799. We will keep you up-to-date.
Tasty but cheap
Naklua has always been known for cheap food and its Soi Photisarn in particular. Since a few weeks a new small restaurant has opened which sells a wide selection of excellent Thai food starting from 20 Baht a portion.
No wonder the restaurant is well visited day by day.
33 Naklua a Thai Restaurant on Naklua Road, located to the left of the Thailand Why Not and Tutti Frutti bars, was closed. The venue was also known as 33 Naklua food and drinks by Straubing or as Bier Haus Straubing.
Buy your copy now!
Mike Baird's books and postcards can now be purchased at a stand on The Avenue Pattaya in Second Road. Believe it or not: Our Cartoonman has just finished his 3'000 Cartoon!
Nice to see you again!
So Nice A Go-Go on Soi Yamato (Soi 13/1) announced to open the bar on September 18th. Reward the courage of management of the club!
We go A Go-Go
Club 4, once a Gentlemen Club in Soi Bong Koch, announced that it would change the format to support A-Go-Go dancers.
Back to the Roots
The Classroom Music Lounge in Soi Pattayaland 2 (official name Soi 13/4) reinvents itself with the launch of a bunch of dancing ladies in school uniforms. Enjoy a classroom without teachers!
The Parking Area in front off PS Bowling (formerly also known as Tops) is empty again,
The 99 Baht Buffet Restaurant already closed down - but can be found at the J'Boon Seafood outlett on Soi Phetrakul, opposite the Hollywood Disco in North Pattaya.
Sleeping North Pattaya
Bar Complex opposite Soi 5: Locked
Bar Complex opposite Alcazar Cabaret: In the dark
Second Road Soi 3: Bar Complex in the dark
Second Road in front of Honey 2: Bar Complex & Massage Parlour in the dark
Second Road Sabai Dee Body Massage: Locked and in the dark
Second Road Lisa Coyote Bar: In the dark
Second Road Burger King: Closed down and completely cleared
Second Road Drinking Street: Locked and in the dark
Hooters, the American Restaurant & Sports Bar on Pattaya Beach Road, announced that it will reopen on September 2nd.
Do you remember the Soap Outlet in front of the P.S. Bowling building on the corner of Pattaya Second Road / Central Road? It was replaced by a nice and airy cafe and restaurant.
After North Pattaya's Hollywood Disco was only open for a fortnight, the club's management decided to close the venue again due to a lack of foreign tourists. Hollywood's restaurant and its karaoke club remain open. Their regular customers are Thais, not foreign tourists.
Small is Beautiful
Grass & Bones on Soi Buakhao, just a few metres from Soi Diana, is probably the smallest bar in the area. Give it a try!
Surprise!, opposite Tree Town, at the entrance to Soi Chaloem Phrakiat 21 (off Soi Buakhao), still serves cheap but tasty foods below 100 Baht/meal!
Roast Dinners on Sundays
Don't miss Marquee's Roast Dinner on a Sunday for 100 Baht/set
Enjoy Nicky's Specials @ 99 Baht from Monday to Thursday!
The new Broom sweeps clean
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Baby Boom A Go-Go on Soi Boomerang, off Soi Buakhao, will reopen on September 10th as Girlie Bar It seems that almost all the Lady Boys have been complimented out of this Soi, while the street is trying to reinvent itself as a Lounge and Go-Go place, with some new venues to be added soon.
On August 29th, Golden Time, a Gentlemen's Club in Soi Boomerang, off Soi Buakhao, was opened as Golden Life 2.0. The club announces to present Bangkok Models and a new 'line up' of Go-Go Girls.
Change of Name
The former Pizza 24 outlet on Soi Lengkee, off Soi Buakhao, changed its name to Beza Place. Nevertheless, you still can buy your Pizza and your Segafredo coffee at the restaurant on the first floor.
Out of Business
Because of missing tourists, Devil's Den on Soi LK Metro closed the door. The management promises that the otherwise successful bar will reopen in a new location as soon as the tourists return to Pattaya. We will keep you up-to-date.
Area 51, the Sports Bar on Soi Diamond, closed down. We will keep you up-to-date.
Pagoda Guesthouse & Bar on Soi Buakhao - right of Tree Town - closed and can be rented. We will keep you up-to-date.
Il canto è finito
Volare, the Italian Ristorante e Pizzeria located in the corner Soi Buakhao / Soi 15 closed its doors. The venue is up for sale. We will keep you up-to-date.
Serenity in the dark
On September 12, on our Tour de Pattaya, Serenity A Go-Go was closed. The opening on July 17th was accompanied by a huge media frenzy, the closure not .... We will keep you up-to-date.
On September 1st, the well-known BeneLux Bar in Soi Buakhao remained closed. On our Tour de Pattaya on September 12th, the venue was open again, but with reduced staff. Closed on Mondays
We will keep you up-to-date.
The management of Sensations A Go-Go decided to reopen the venue immediately. The bar had to close due the coronavirus lockdown in March 2020.
The management of Baccara A Go-Go announced that the venue will reopen on September 25th. The bar had to close due the coronavirus lockdown in March 2020.
Do not enter
A sign on the door of the Golden Club A Go-Go warns against entering the venue .... We will keep you up-to-date.
Blue Sky Station, a live music bar, closed for good. At the time of writing it is not clear whether its sister bar The Pattaya Rock Street will also close or can survive the Covid 19 crisis. We will keep you up-to-date.
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