On the evening of 25th July 2009 police carried out raids on go go bars in the Pattaya and Jomtien areas. 4 staff tested positive for drugs and 2 dancing girls were identified as being under the legal age limit .
At 11:50 pm Pattaya police
paid an unannounced visit to go-go bars in Soi Sunee Plaza in South Pattaya.
At one male go-go bar, officers carried out a search but no illegal substances were found. However 4 men, who were found to have taken drugs after checks on their urine
tested positive, were taken to the police station.
Later police visited the Number One go-go bar, located at The Ha-nu-man curve, Jomtien, who they suspected of employing underage staff.
In the bar, there were 10 female employees, some of
whom were dancing on the stage, while a number of tourists were enjoying their drinks. Officers checked the employee's ID cards and conducted random urine tests on both the employees and the customers.
Two of employees were found to be under 18
but no one tested positive for drugs. Police arrested the owner, Wanchart Kongmak, and charged him for hiring under age staff and staging an obscene dance show.
Over the last few days Thai Channel 3 news has been featuring reports that the police are going to stop Karaoke and Bar girl female workers from touting and showing off their wares outside of the premises.
It was stated that some establishments
are permitting their girls to sit outside on the street only dressed in skimpy underwear and that this is causing offence to some tourists and locals.
The big clamp down will begin at Bangkok in the foreseeable future than probably be imposed
New Living Dolls One under new management from 1st August
From Shane of New Living Dolls One
Guys I would like to start by thanking each of you for your support over the 7 odd years .Its been the best part of my life and many of you have played a great part in it . AGAIN THANK YOU ALL.
Yep we are out of here 31st July and its for
The bar has been sold as and the new owners George and Simon will be at the helm from the 1st August.
Jason and I will be in the bar each night till the end being 31 . Which will that night be the biggest party off all!
Please if you are in town and walking past, do drop in and buy the girls a drink. I always worry for my family of girls and they are the best bunch by far.
Well tonight was one of the hardest night in my life when I had to tell them all that we were leaving . Please if you came into the bar tonight I am sorry things were not as bubbly as always .The girls have all been crying all night and were not
there normal selves.
Again i hope we do see you as many times as we can before the 31st and please keep in mind Jason's STAG night on 29th free drinks all night
The Drum and Monkey is a well established bar on the Naklua Road just north of Dolphin Island
Every time I visit Pattaya I always go to this bar and always have a top night.
Badger would always be there, the life and sole of the place.
He seemed to have the balance just right between running the bar in the back ground, whilst being a gent with the customers. Sure old Badger would take a drink off a Falang, but he was not slow in returning it.
But last week he told me that he
had been stiffed by his girlfriend and has just had to return to England.
So he's sold the bar to an English fella who's redeveloping the place. It will take 3 weeks before re-opening.
So all I can say is that Badger will be sorely missed in
Naklua road, Pattaya.
On 12th July, as the atmosphere began to warm, a small fire broke out in the Hip Hop area of Lucifer's Disko in Walking Street. The small fire which happened due to a short circuit, did not involve any casualties and the fire was soon brought under
control by the quick actions of the pub staff.
The Manager told Media: Fire at the dancing zone behind the stage of the band, was kept under control and eventually put out. Although there was a lot of smoke, the fire was only a small one and
nobody was injured. We are now rectifying the whole thing and will be back in business by this evening.
Fire officials stated that a short circuit detected behind the stage was the cause of the fire. The Deputy Chief Officer of the Fire
Department, stated, 'The fire was behind the stage mainly in the cable shaft. The cable caught fire causing a lot of smoke.
Elephants idling outside discos or lumbering through traffic have been part of Bangkok's colourful nightlife for nearly two decades. Now authorities want to send them back to the jungle.
Thai officials say they have come up with an innovative
solution: offering them up for adoption. Elephant owners can use the money to get into a new business, and those who refuse reasonable offers will be fined, city officials said.
Several groups have already paid the estimated 500,000 baht
(£9,000) to buy an elephant and relocate it to a reserve in the countryside.
Half of the city's 200 elephants have been relocated since the programme began in March, and Bangkok Governor Sukhumphan Boriphat vowed that the rest would be out
within a year: Roaming elephants can cause accidents, especially at night, and even more importantly are harmful to themselves. It's important that we get elephants out of Bangkok as quickly as possible."
Elephants first arrived in
Bangkok in the late 1980s after a logging ban made them redundant in forestry work. The elephants' handlers persuade tourists to buy the animals sugar cane and other snacks or use the elephants to promote the sale of ivory trinkets. Many of the animals
get hurt when they collide with cars or step into drains or potholes.
The New Simon Beer Bar Complex has now opened for business on a prime site on Walking Street. It overlooks the sea opposite Soi 14. It was previously a block of shops with Pinky Girl A-GoGo at the back.
The bars look good, but are reported to have
been sold at premium rates.
Beware of 150 Baht lady drinks...there have been reports.
The main bars have always been generally closed on these Buddha days but this has been by request of the authorities rather than an order. Maybe this will
mean the ban is more strictly enforced than in previous years.
The government was dealing another severe blow to the already-battered tourism and entertainment industry by suddenly banning booze during Buddhist holidays on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, business leaders complained yesterday.
This is the
same old issue - the government rising up to destroy tourism. This does not parallel its tourism policy of increasing the number of visitors coming into the country, said Thai Hotels Association (THA) president Prakit Chinamourphong.
can tourists can enjoy their holiday in Thailand without drinking? Like Phuket or Pattaya, they're coming for beaches and fun. They like to have beers and some drinks on the beach. If we ask them not to do so, they won't be happy, Prakit said.
The government should have communicated the order well in advance to foreign tourists, so they could plan their activities and celebrations better while staying in the country.
I think it's good for locals to stop drinking during that
time, but tourists will be upset, Prakit said.
A source from the Federation on Alcohol Control of Thailand said the order for alcohol-free religious holidays would be a great setback for local tourism and related businesses, such as hotels,
pubs and restaurants: With the ban, all tourist destinations, including Koh Samui, Phuket and Pattaya, will be hurt. All pubs and beer bars will have to close, because they cannot sell any alcohol on those days, the source said.