Smokers looking for somewhere to light up will supposedly have to look that little bit harder as of Monday.
More measures have been put in place to protect non-smokers from tobacco-related health hazards at workplaces and in public areas.
Smoking is now prohibited at health-related venues, primary and secondary schools, public transport outlets and religious centres.
Smoking will be allowed at government offices, universities, petrol stations and international airports, but Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said smoking areas must be located outside.
All public places are required to carry signs with the message smoke-free area .
Operators of public places will have 180 days to prepare smoking areas in compliance with the legislation, said Churit Tengtrisorn, director of the Public Health Ministry's Office of Tobacco Control Committee.
I read old reviews on Thai-Anxiety and elsewhere about the Full Moon Bar . And it was not encouraging, it is true...
I myself did not particularly like to enter when walking on Soi 6 in search of a little tenderness...
But now, the irony of life was that I decided to learn Thai at the school 50 meters from the bar. It became a regular habit to prepare for my classes at the Full Moon Bar and in the bars next door too.
And little by little, I became attached. Finally, since it was up for sale, I bought the Full Moon Bar...
When I arrived, I confess that I was even more disappointed than I expected... Nothing was working, no air conditioning, no showers, no nothing in the rooms, the plumbing was completely shagged, the pipes being broken in the walls! Vents almost
blocked, leaking ceilings, not speak of the random wiring, I do not understand how this building has not caught fire yet! There was also no rear fire escape (required) in case of fire. The smell of sheets and towels was unbearable. Broken washing
machine, fridge boiling or frozen, etc.
So I made a list of everything that had to be rebuilt and I started work with a company run by a competent French builder.
Each room has been completely redone, electrics to European standards, the widest beds in the market, new bedding, linens and towels, large side mirrors and ceiling for kinky activities, handrail for girls, spacious sofas and chairs for games out
of bed or on the floor, black tiles, quiet and efficient air conditioner and ceiling fan, and even a card to turn on and turn off the electricity at the end of session, as in the best hotels.
In the rooms (except orange), there is a spacious bathroom with sink, new shower and toilet, with hot and cold water and a large mirror for playing a bit if you feel like it.
On the first floor so we have four new rooms: the black, red, orange and yellow for your mood. The rooms have dimmers, a black light lamps, and white light in ceiling for most voyeurs. The decoration is made of sexy photos of girls and, for
relaxation, trees and flowers adorn the rooms finely colored, a touch of country. The rooms red and black are huge, the other two smaller.
On the second floor from late June 2010 will be four other rooms in the same spirit, which will be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly rates. And a metal staircase was installed at the rear of the building against the wall for fire safety.
The bar has also been completely redecorated and extended. There are large individual seats, sofas and new air conditioning, electricity, etc. There is also a special private playroom where the customer can be alone (or with friends) with one or
two or more girls on comfortable sofas to relax completely in his own way during the time that suits him
So in the Full Moon Bar, everything is now above local standards. From the staff side, there are 17 girls and a few other freelancers, young and sexy to satisfy the desires of customers from 10 am to 1 am.
I talk at length about my bar as I'm proud, because it finally became beautiful, clean, safe, efficient and facilitated by a young but experienced and effective girls that I trained myself.
First A-GoGo is located at the back of a beer bar complex on the north side of central Soi 8.
The bar has decided to have a change of direction for the low season. It will now be a daytime bar. It will open from 2pm until 10pm.
As an added customer incentive, bottled beer and house spirits will be just 70 Baht.
Meanwhile on Walking Street, Hooty's A-GoGo is also trying lower prices. Most drinks are now 95 Baht (presumably retaining the cheap draft at 70 Baht). Lady drinks are 110 Baht and barfines have been reduced to 500 Baht.
Even Kitten Club on Soi Pattayaland 2 is advertising lower drinks prices. They now proclaim 99 Baht for most drinks and 59 Baht for draft beer.
Not that I would give it a try though, several years of continuous reports of bad practice (and 50% lady boys) have surely put paid to any chance of a visit in the foreseeable future.
Ruby 2 has opened on Soi 6 in about the centre of the Soi and on the opposite side to Ruby 1.
It is another bar in the current fad for open bars seemingly geared up for pool and TV. The lack of aircon and privacy keeps the Ruby Bars pretty much off the radar for me.
Another bar sequel is O 2, which is the new name for the 19th Hole Bar (previously TG Bar). It is also located in the central section of the soi. Not yet sure if there is a relationship with The O Bar, a Soi 6 stalwart.
O 2 is the more traditional small aircon type bar with girls waiting (patiently) outside.
Enjoying life away from the
misery guts back home in Derby
Thailand's capital of fun is how the pocket guidebook to the town describes the place, which attracts a million visitors a year. A less kind, but more accurate, description would be one huge brothel.
The average visitor appears to be male, 40 or more, probably losing his hair, frequently fat, very likely British and there for one reason only - to buy sex with young Thai women.
Though there are many other nationalities there, the town is geared to the Brits. Pubs offer heart-clotting all-day breakfasts and giant portions of toad in the hole to set up holidaymakers for a long night cruising the streets crammed with
massage parlours and bars, many with names too crude to mention.
There are two kinds of bar in Pattaya. Bird apparently preferred the quieter sort, the oddly named bar-beers, over the brasher go-go bars.
[Beer bar prices start] with the bar fine. The man pays 300 baht - £6 - to the bar owner to take out a girl, and before that she earns about 60p for every drink he buys her. To make real money, she has to offer sex.
[bar fine details corrected]
Short time in a room over the bar costs £20. To go back to the man's hotel for long time will cost around £30. One long-time customer will earn half of what a girl would make in a whole month of ordinary bar work.
One of the unexpected things about Pattaya is that there's nothing threatening or violent about the atmosphere.
Sat at a crowded bar at 2am is Peter. He's a quietly spoken, neat man in his early 60s from Derby. When one of the BGs asks if he 'wants to play', he nods enthusiastically. As a regular visitor, he knows what will happen next...
From under the bar she pulls out a game of Connect 4 and the pair of them giggle away while she thrashes him at noughts and crosses.
He might pay for 'short time' a bit later, but many evenings he just sits and chats. He says his wife is irreplaceable and: Britain is going to the dogs - can you imagine if this was Derby on a Friday night?
And in many ways he's right. In most British cities, the street would be full of girls brawling, sprawling and spewing. In Pattaya, they're smiling, decorous and attentive.
Clearly all sorts of men go there as sex tourists, not just social misfits.
There's clearly not much in the way of human trafficking going on, so instead the Anti-Human Trafficking Division police actioned a raid on a swingers party being staged at a private residence in Pattaya on Sunday.
Investigations into the gathering began after police were tipped off to the publicly announced internet invite posted by the host. An open invitation had been posted on the swinger's club society networking website.
During the raid police arrested 13 suspects – all of whom had been naked at the time of arrest – in various regions of the expansive premises. Officers confiscated 6 packets of condoms, a mobile phone and various items of restricted sexual
stimulation equipment in the raid.
Anti-Human Trafficking police revealed that they, in cooperation with the Internet Crimes Team, had been tracking the movements of the underground swingers society for several months and had infiltrated the society in an undercover
operation to gain information about the location of the illegal gatherings.
The participants were exclusively Thai couples from the local area. The offenders have all been remanded in police custody and are expected to be charged with performing indecent acts and possession of restricted/illegal sexual devices.
When they first announced that Peppermint Palace would be relocating downstairs, owners of one of Pattaya's most popular go-go bars took pains to assure fans the bar would remain the same in both style and size.
It's not, a fact immediately obvious when you step through the door. While it's laid out almost identically – and seats arguably the same number of people – Peppermint has lost that cavernous feel that strikes awe into first-time patrons.
Upstairs it was Peppermint. Downstairs they should consider renaming it Junior Mint.
But what Peppermint lost in size, it may have made up for in atmosphere and comfort. A bar that always felt open and even a bit cool now feels noticeably more intimate. Ceilings are lower, tables are closer to the stage and – thankfully – there's
much less floor space for dozens of girls to gather, squeal and scramble for ping pong balls.
Design-wise, it's almost as if you're wandering into the alternate universe Peppermint. It looks the same, but with subtle differences. There are now just 2 table dance stations, instead of 4. The stage has the same shape, but is just
smaller. The Peppermint Beach sofa seating has moved to the left and The Cage is still there, but is smaller and tucked far back in the corner with less of a view.
Both customers and staff reported that Thursday's grand opening was packed to the rafters. As noted, the bar does seat close to as many people in a more confined space. So crowding – which often was a problem during high season upstairs – now
could be a permanent condition when (if?) the tourists return to Pattaya.
Friday, thanks to a torrential downpour, saw the bar back to more customary customer levels for low season and while parts of the bar are indeed narrower than before, the back section of the bar is about the same width and at no point felt
Peppermint also feels fresher. The barstools were all reupholstered before being taken downstairs and the transplanted tables also got a bit of an upgrade. The stage-side bars are lit and look as if they came from the same supplier as those in
Baccara. And the air conditioning is obviously new: Once customers cleared out after 11, it got positively frigid.
The only drawback in the look at this point is the lighting, which uses the same fixtures as in Baccara and The Cavern and makes the bar a bit darker than Peppermint. But management said lighting work is not yet complete and more illumination is
After an extended visit, it was hard to find fault with Peppermint 2.0. The smaller size may end up being a plus, as the upstairs bar has faded in recent years amid tougher competition and smaller tourist crowds. It certainly will draw more trade
being on the street level and the cozier confines put customers closer to the action.
Enjoying life away from the
misery guts back home in Farangland
Bathed in the neon glare of endless bars and clubs, scantily clad Thai prostitutes crowd the street, beckoning Western men in with promises of sexual acts for no more than £5. They pout and strut, dressed in just
knickers and bras while British punters, melting with sweat in 31°C, grab them without shame.
Desperate for the cash these sex tourists have come to spend, girls allow themselves to be groped like pieces of meat.
The girls coo phrases such as I want to be your girlfriend - but it's clearly the only English they know.
They repeat the words like a mantra, hoping to win someone's attention so they can take them to a dingy back room for 15 minutes of sex for cash.
This is Pattaya in Thailand - home to 50,000 prostitutes and where gun-toting maniac Derrick Bird repeatedly came to get a piece of this unsavoury action.
It seems that the Peppermint has moved to the new downstairs location at the other side of the Marine Complex.
Peppermint opened at the new location on Thursday 10th June.
The bar now seems a bit smaller with the word 'narrow' springing to mind. The bar is more practically laid out than before with a side stage and bench seating that commands an unrestricted view. Loads of the usual stage side stool seating
On my first visit last night, customers seemed to be playing sardines. I didn't fancy my allotted stool much between two big arsed farangs. So I did a U turn and an initial review can wait for another day.
What has happened to the Stupid Cupid Bar on soi 33 of 3rd Rd near South Pattaya Rd.?
I used to go there as there was some nice girls especially Joy who were good fun and John was always a mine of information on Pattaya and its Bars.
The Bar had been renamed the Carré Blanc Le Club according to the sign and a notice on the bar door said that it was open from 1pm to midnight but the door was locked and curtained. There was also a notice on the door to say it was a
At another nearby Bar I was informed that it had changed hands and that the new managers were French and had been running the Telephone Bar.
Many people were complaining about the beer prices and the lady drinks at 150bt each but that none of the ladies wore underwear and they would strip off for fun in the Bar if the customer paid the 300bt Bar fine.
It would appear that most of the customers are French and the ladies older ones from the Telephone Bar.
Has anyone got any other information and what has happened to John?
Legs Club on Soi Pattayaland 2 was dark last night on 7th June.
Prominent for sales signs rather suggests that this is a permanent closure.
I would guess that the girls have moved to Mistys or Beavers.
The bar was always a good one as far as I was concerned and will be a loss to the scene. Halving in size was always a danger sign for the bar. Halving the size of the bar also left the comfortable seating badly placed for a view of the stage.
Also small gogos are notoriously hard to keep going as they lack the flexibility to match the numbers of girls with the number of customers.
So Pattaya is now down to 76 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Carousel has been a bit of a non-entity GoGo since seeing better times a few years ago as an erotic show bar.
It has seemingly been up for sale for a while but now it has been bought up by the ever expanding Happy, Beach Club, Peppermint, Baccara, Cavern chain.
The bar will appear in a new guise in about 3 months. The Carousel dancers and mamasang have moved to The Cavern.
There are now 77 bars in the Pattaya area with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Meanwhile Pattaya-at-Night reports that Hotties Club and has closed in the 2nd Road beer bar complex opposite Mike's Mall. It claimed to be a GoGo for a while but never quite managed to convince the coyote girls that they were gogo dancers, and
that they should relinquish a few clothes.
Coincidently another bar that proclaimed a change from coyote to gogo but failed to deliver, was Ice Bar on Soi LK Metro. The girls never got into the gogo role and the bar reverted to coyote before getting rid of the dancers totally. It has been
limping along as an ordinary hostess bar for a while but was totally closed on my last stroll down Soi LK Metro.
Update: Re-cooled Ice
Ice on Soi LK Metro has been bought by a couple of farangs who are to refurb the bar for the next incarnation
A banner has appeared advertising a new gogo on 2nd Road.
It is at a rather unlikely location in the Grand Beer Plaza next to the Grand Sole Hotel. This area gets little passing traffic as the stretch between Soi 6 and Central Road is dominated by large plots of nothingness, just the entrance drives to
some large hotels.
Anyway the banner proclaims Hot Love A-GoGo and seems to be at a small looking venue currently signed Hot Love Pub.
Update: Tom Club
2nd June 2010.
Pattaya-at-Night.com explains that the Hot Love Pub is an established lesbian/tom club which has been hit by the recent opening of a larger scale competitor, namely Shela near Hollywood disco. The bar is responding to the competition with the
idea of going gogo.