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28th February   

Rodeo Remount...

4 closed bars set to re-open
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Rodeo Girls Welcome back to Rodeo Girls on Pattayaland 2 that has returned to life and is continuing as a GoGo.

The bar has a young management team who quite frankly have no idea what this particular customer wants out of a GoGo bar.

There are now 81 Pattaya area bars offering girls dancing in bikinis or less.

Meanwhile the re-opening of Kinnaree Palace, the stylish Pratamnak bar located between Soi 4 and Soi 5, has firmed up for 6th March.

Connections have posted: Kinnaree is reopening on March 6th at 1pm at the original Pratumnak location. It still has the same great Kinnaree style, great staff and affordable drinks. The reopening will include on the 6th of March a free buffet and other incentives, you will need to be there to find out what those are, but they will be good.

In Walking Street, Stickman reports that the bar above Champion will re-appear as a GoGo called Powers Club. The bar last saw business briefly as Maya Karaoke.

Stickman also reports that the recently closed lady boy bar, Limmatquai 80 has been acquired by the Happy Peppermint team. presumably they will have a girly bar idea in mind. Limmatquai is located on Soi Diamond between Gentleman's Club and Diamond A-GoGo.

 

28th February   

Saturday Stayback...

On-going police raids continue at Thai pub
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Zee Bar signJust after 4am on Saturday morning, Pattaya Police, conducted a raid of the Zee Bar and Restaurant formerly known as the 93 mile Pub located just off Pattaya Third Road close to the South Pattaya Road intersection.

The raid took place following a number of complaints from residents who were angry over the late opening of the pub. During the raid patrons were checked for drugs and firearms and were also urine tested.

 

25th February   

New Broom Sweeps Clean...

Starting with Beach Road
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Thai Police logoFollowing orders from the new Pattaya Police Chief, a team of Pattaya Police Officers assisted by civil volunteers, known in Thai as O-Po-Po-Lor , conducted a late night operation on Wednesday to clear Pattaya Beach of Prostitutes and others loitering with intent.

A total of 60 people were rounded-up, including 20 lady boys and 40 women. All were charged with offences relating to loitering with intent and prostitution and paid a small fine before being released.

 

24th February   

Dignitaries and Priorities...

Interviews with the police and the cultural committee
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Fun on the beachPattayaOne spoke with Khun Surat, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Banglamung Cultural Committee about the recent cases of foreigners being caught conducting lewd acts in public places.

In the majority of these cases, the participants are fined between 500 and 2,000 Baht which is not enough according to Surat who believes a sterner punishment should be given to those who conduct the lewd acts as these small fines are not enough of a deterrent.

According to Thai culture, public displays of affection are frowned upon. Khun Surat believes that this situation must be controlled sooner rather than later as the image these stories are portraying to the rest of the world are not helping the image of Pattaya as a tourist destination suitable for families.

Perhaps if Khun Surat were so interested in the image of Pattaya he would be better employed pushing for increased punishments for Baht bus pick pockets and jet ski scammers. Surely late night fun on the beach is the least of Pattaya's worries.

Based on article from pattayaone.net

PattayaOne also reported over the last few days of plans by the new Superintendant of Pattaya Police Station, to clean-up the city and correct problems inherited by him from previous Superintendants.

He has been transferred here to clean-up the City which is a haven for all forms of serious crimes. His main focus will be on crimes relating to illegal drugs.

Prostitution is also high on his agenda and he will be particular interested in arresting agents who provide men and women to customers for the purposes of prostitution.

Perhaps he could at least try and squeeze in pick pocketing, mugging and extortion into his priority list.

 

21st February   

Bits and Bobs...

News snippets from around town
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What's Up Imagine Ishi reports that Windmill Club is being a little cautious about nudity and bikinis are now sort of worn. But rest assured that fun continues in abundance.

Update: The girls are now sporting red 'T-back' knickers including the girls on the mat.

After a stuttering start for What's Up Imagine, the new upstairs bar has had something of a re-launch. The drinks prices are now set a little lower and the same as downstairs. There are now plenty of girls providing a grande spectacle of naughtiness. And the customers seem to have arrived in great numbers, at least on Saturday night.

Over on Soi 6 the dormant lady bar, Jasmine, has now got the builders in. Now idea yet what will arise from the ashes.

 

18th February   

Smouldering Issue...

Charges over fatal Santika pub fire
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SantikaFour people have been formally charged over a New Year's Eve nightclub fire in Bangkok that left 67 people dead.

More than 200 people, including tourists from Australia, Britain and France, were injured in the Santika club blaze in the early hours of 2009.

Three Santika employees and the lead singer of the band on stage when the fire broke out have been charged with various counts of gross negligence.

Band singer Saravuth Ariya has been charged with setting off the fireworks that police believe sparked the blaze.

The fire broke out in the packed club as about 1,000 people were celebrating the start of the new year. Hundreds of people were trapped inside the building, which had no proper fire exits, no sprinkler system and no emergency lights. Witnesses said people were trying to find their way to the single exit using their mobile phones for light.

Both the Thai police and the justice ministry carried out investigations into the disaster. Rescue workers carry a body from the Bangkok nightclub. The ministry found the club had been registered as a private residence and not an entertainment venue, so was not subject to safety inspections. The club had been operating in a zone where nightclubs were banned and a city architect's signature approving the building design had been forged, said investigators.

Three more people have been indicted over the fire but were not in court. Santika's co-owner and the head of the company that installed the pyrotechnics both said they were too ill to attend court, while a third person remains on the run.

 

17th February   

Reverse Bar Fines...

Free food and drink for hooking up with freelancers on daytime Friday
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Pattaya Beer Garden Surely a note worthy offer in these politically correct times. Pattaya Beer Garden on Beach Road just at the entrance to Walking Street  is trying to encourage a bit more daytime action.

Based on posting from www.pattayabeergarden.com

For the girls we will be offering free drinks (yes free) between 4pm and 9 pm on Friday nights. This offer is for unaccompanied girls sitting at either of the two bars.

For the guys we are offering Reverse Bar Fines between these times. WE will pay YOU the bar fine. If you hook up with a freelancer in the Beer Garden between 4 pm and 9 pm on Friday nights, WE will pay YOU a 200 baht bar fine. The 200 baht will be credited to your bill, so that's 3 or 4 extra beers for free.

If you do not use the full 200 baht credit, we will not pay it back in cash. You need to spend it or lose it. You can use it on any of our food or drink products.

So, the girls drink free and the guys get paid 200 baht for picking up a girl. That has to be a good deal. If it works well on Fridays we may introduce it as a nightly promotion but with shorter hours.

Comment: Sceptical

From DavidT

Friday again, sweetheart. You know what to do?

Yes, I go Pattaya Beer Garden and sit bar. Order free drink.

Don't forget to keep stool next to you free

Yes I know. I wait you 2 minutes

OK, we have a few drinks and something to eat. I tell boss bar I barfine you and ask for checkbin with reverse bar fine

So we do not need to pay food and drink

I hope they soon do same every day

 

16th February   

Last Chance Saloon...

Less Fun in Pattaya
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Fun Room A-Gogo frontage For the umpteenth time in the last couple of years Fun Room A-GoGo has gone dark. Fun Room is a small GoGo on Soi 15 opposite What's Up.

So Pattaya's GoGo count now stands at 80 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.

Club Mirage on Soi Diamond looked to be in dire straits. The welcome staff were gamely trying to get people inside with 55 Baht draft signs but no draft was available once inside the bar. There were just 3 girls in the bar at 9:30, 2 dancing and one waiting.

Club Nevada on Soi Post Office had the same dancer count half an hour before. But this was put down to a run on the girls from some of the many US Navy guys in town at the moment.

On s slightly more positive note, there were people milling round outside the recently closed Rodeo Girls GoGo on Soi Pattayaland 2. The bar wasn't operating as a gogo. It had the door curtain pinned back to reveal an empty but lighted bar. Perhaps there are plans to re-open in some form or another.

 

13th February   

Second Attempt at First A-GoGo...

Under new management
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First A-GoGo neonFirst A-GoGo is located at the back of a beer bar complex in central Soi 8 (nearly opposite Cherry Bar)

The bar has just had a change of management so time to have a look if anything had changed.

I didn't spot any physical changes to the bar. It still suffers a little from a rather high stage that is located a bit too far from the comfy seats.

On the plus side, the bar had a fair amount of good looking dancers. There were perhaps 15 girls in all of which 6 were dancing. They wore bikinis or less depending on their preferences. Most would don pleated skirts as they ended their dancing stint.

To me the long term failing of the bar is that the girls never seem very interested in interacting with the customers. Taking a quick look round the bar, I think there has probably been a bit of an improvement on that front, as a couple of guys were enjoying a chat.

The much travelled Thai bar manager Kuhn Saatit was on duty but somehow his presence rarely correlates with the sort of bar I like to drink in.

The bar didn't click for me on this visit, but I think there is an improved chance of this happening on a subsequent visit.

 

12th February   

Mythical Trafficking...

Police raid TQ1
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TQ1 bar sign On Thursday night Police Anti-Trafficking Division conducted a raid on the Tahitian Queen Bar following a report that explicit shows were taking place at the venue, located on Pattaya Beach Road.

The team of officers arrived and noticed a show was taking place on a stage. The female performers were not wearing any cloths and were detained along with the manager of the venue.

The arrestees were taken to Pattaya Police Station for processing, however the venue is expected to be open for business as usual over the weekend

 

11th February   

Immigration Teazers...

Immigration police on patrol in Walking Street
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Teazers signImmigration police are on patrol in Walking Street presumably seeking out farang bar keeps without the necessary work permits etc.

Last night Teazers coyote bar suffered a raid. By all accounts, issues have now been settled and the bar is open as usual.

 

5th February   

GoGo's De-listed...

Hottie's stays coyote and Rodeo goes dark
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Hottie's Club frontage Hottie's Club is located at the back of the beer bar complex on 2nd Road opposite the main Mike's Mall.

I had read that Hottie's Club were trying a re-branding  as an A-GoGo but I didn't spot much evidence of this beyond one of the welcome signs proclaiming Hottie's A-GoGo.

The girls were dressed up in cropped blouses, bras, light skirts and knickers. In my book this is coyote wear so the bar has been de-listed from the GoGos section.

The girls were dancing on 2 stages with a couple of girls on each. They didn't seem very interested in the few customers so I enjoyed my cheap draft beer and departed pronto.

Rodeo Girls Pattayaland 2

Things weren't looking too cheery on Pattaya land 2 last night. In particular, Rodeo Girls had gone dark.

Kitten Club was very subdued too as they seem to have had dispensed with their previous large team of welcome staff.

The old Popcorn A-GoGo on the same soi is currently being re-developed. It looks unlikely that it will stay as a bar. I guess a shop.

So the count of GoGos where girls are dancing in bikinis or less drops to 81.

 

4th February   

Work in Progress...

Around town
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Beavers frontage Beaver's on Walking Street is closed for a few days presumably for a bit of repair work on their dams. After some refurbishment the bar will re-open on Friday.

As reported before Sisterz is undergoing some substantially rework ready to clot into the Happy A-GoGo family of bars.

There is a new nightclub set to open across from X-Zone in Covent Garden. It will be called Irony International Discotheque. But the Arabic script on the sign is likely to suggest that there will only be a subset of nationals interested.

Up on Soi 6 Love Club is yet again under re-development. It's had more refits than its had customers.

The Red Door Bar nearly opposite is still undergoing a major re-development.

 

3rd February   

The Start of the Raiding Season...

Police raid bars on Theprassit and then Soi 6
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Thai Police logoAt approximately 1:00am on Monday night, the police raided the karaoke bar district of Soi 17, Thepprasit Road, Pattaya.

The taskforce was instructed to check the licenses of 10 establishments and search from drug taking at each bar.

Arriving at the scene, police went about there investigation, checking the bar licenses, searching the premise for drugs and testing the staff members for drug use.

One bar did not hold a current license and illegal drugs and drug taking paraphernalia was discovered in almost all of the establishments. Urine testing revealed that seven members of staff from the various bars tested positive to drug use.

On Tuesday night the police raided bars on Pattaya Soi 6. Again licenses, drug testing and age checks were the business of the evening.

 

1st February   

Sign of the Times...

News snippets from Walking Street
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Happy sign Happy A-GoGo on Walking Street is now sporting a flashy new electronic sign.

Sisterz also on Walking Street is now being forcibly inducted into the Happy A-GoGo family. It is set to close for building work from 1st February.

Meanwhile Pattaya-At-Night is reporting that Catz A-GoGo in the Covent Garden complex on Soi 16 has morphed into Toyz A-GoGo

 

1st February   

World Police...

Sunee Plaza raided by police and the US FBI
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FBI logoIn what was reported to be the first night of the Pattaya police crackdown, bars were checked and arrests were made in Pattaya's Sunee Plaza, which attracts mostly a gay clientele.

With cooperation from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), agents from the Department of Special Investigation (SDI) with cooperation from Pattaya Police, Chonburi Immigration Bureau and the Women and Children's Protective Service agents based in Banglamung, the massive police force checked many bars then raided a particular bar snubbed by other Sunee Plaza owners and arrested the alleged owner and some of his staff.

An eyewitness walking through Sunee Plaza located behind TukCom IT Center and near Soi VC said, The police swarmed seemingly out of nowhere. They were on a mission. They went in and out of many bars without incident, but when they got to two bars they really were looking for something. They found it and came out with a middle-aged white guy, a computer, a box of DVDs and some underage boys.

 

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