A West Australian man on his way to the Anzac Day dawn service at Hellfire Pass in Thailand has died after the van he was travelling in smashed into a truck.
Hellfire Pass is the name given to a railway cutting on the former death railway in Thailand.
Local reports say that the truck had earlier been pulled over by police to allow the motorcade of Governor-General Quentin Bryce and embassy
officials to pass through.
Shane Christopher Wheatley, 53, and Sirichok Hensawang, 54, were found dead in the wreckage. Another Australian, 61-year-old Alan Grant, was injured in the smash and taken to hospital.
The van, according to local
reports, had been travelling behind the motorcade when it hit the 10-wheeler as it was leaving its parking spot.
It is reported on Pattaya forums that Beavers A-GoGo is nearing the end of its lease and will close at the end of May.
The unit will be redeveloped into a larger venue merging with the unit next door. There are options for Beavers to take on the new
unit but the small table dancing bar in its current format will disappear.
Beavers opened in 2005 and has had a few moments as a fun and interactive bar but hasn't been much noticed in the last few months.
Just after 2:00am on Monday Pattaya police launched a sweep on Beach Road promenade and carted off 20 Thai males dressed as females to be profiled.
The lady boys were brought into the stationhouse and asked to show their ID. After being given a stern
warning to behave themselves and stop trying to entice unsuspecting tourists to part with money in exchange for sexual services, the 20 were allowed to resume their positions on Beach Road.
First A-GoGo is located at the back of a beer bar complex in central Soi 8.
The bar has again closed. It has always been a troubled venue. Perhaps a little bit too much off the beaten track. In fact there are few GoGos that do well at the back of a
beer bar complex. A few other examples being Blue Lagoon, Fantasy A-GoGo, Bada Bing and Hotties spring to mind.
Wanthana's Dance Club on Soi 6 changed hands a few days ago and has now been closed for some rework and rebranding. It will re-open shortly as OMG Club reflecting the ownership connections with O Bar and
O2 bar on the same soi.
Sexy A-GoGo at the 2nd Road end of Soi 7 has now re-opened after renovation. They have retained a central stage which is now in the style of adjoined podiums with narrow
bench seating on either side, somewhat reminiscent of the old and similarly named Sexy Girls A-GoGo.
So there are still 75 bars in the Pattaya area with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
of a Soi LK Metro go-go bar was arrested for working without a work permit after being caught outside soliciting customers.
He was taken into custody by a team of Chonburi Immigration officers April 1 as he stood at the door of his Kiss a-Go-Go
. Police confiscated a business card with his name on it and other evidence purporting to show he actively managed operations of the bar.
Cavern A-GoGo set to re-open and others on the way.
Cavern A-GoGo on central Walking Street is said to be ready to re-open after clearing up some fire damage.
Meanwhile Climax A-GoGo on Soi 15 has revealed new signage after changing its name from Sakura Club 69.
Sexy A-Gogo on Soi 7 near
2nd Road has spent a fair while undergoing renovations and seems set for an imminent come back. Perhaps they will pick up on the table dancing idea that seems to have done fairly well at sister bar Kiss A-GoGo on LK Metro.
There is another dancing
bar on the way on southern Walking Street. Hot Tuna Pool Club has got the workmen in and there is a central stage taking shape. The bar was previously a GoGo called Teasers (not Teazers which is a coyote bar and is still gong strong next door to New
Living Dolls One).
I tried several short time bars in Soi 6. Butterfly & neighbour Superstar , were great fun.
There were a few Cuties ladies in both bars. I preferred Butterfly, less girls but they're friendly and know how to party and be fun too.
Good sex too of course. I had fun with Som and Leedear , great bodies! In Superstar, Bee is also really cute. I paid 300+1000 for ST, but figure out after that it could work for 1000 all inclusive...I did not care really as ladies
were great. Bar fine was 700 at first, then become 500 later...
Sakura Club 69 A-GoGo on Soi 15 was recently re-opened under new management. The new owners have now renamed the bar to Climax A-GoGo.
Climax is a pretty appropriate name but it has been used before. The most notable was the rock music bar
under Polo. The house band from there are still known as Climax and are now playing at the Utopia Lounge on Soho Square. And in strange, but probably not coincidental progression, the current Climax A-goGo team previously had the bar above Utopia
Lounge named Utopia A-GoGo.
There is also a Climax Pattaya Entertainment which is a spa massage place off 3rd Road.
Wanthana's A-GoGo is located on the Beach Road end of Soi 6.
Wanthana's seems to have declined into a minimal sort of operation.
On my last visit there were just 4 dancers in the bar with 1, and sometimes 2, dancing and 1 to look after
the customers, ie just me, and one on sentry duty outside.
My hostess was attractive enough and a friendly girl but somehow when a bar is empty it seems to dampen the action somewhat.
There were reasonably priced drinks so no problems
I think there are probably a few lessons to be learnt for the barkeeps as some of the mistakes seemed a bit obvious. There were always a few too many male staff around. These hardly add to the experience for customers, and can be a bit
intimidating. given the well feared tendency for them all to pile in should an argument get out of control. The bar also flirted with a tom boy wait staff, which again is unlikely to show much interest in giving the customers a good time. The bar also
employed a mix of lady boy dancers, but this is another policy that has not got a good success rate in GoGos (though it seems less of an issue in non dancing bars). For me the biggest failing was setting up a whole army of staff on the outside trying to
get people in and then leaving the inside of the bar more or less empty with just the minimum dancers on stage and nobody out looking for lady drinks.
Hooty's A-GoGo is located on the southern stretch of Walking Street near the Walking Street Tree and next door to Insomnia.
The bar doesn't look like its going set Pattaya alight anytime soon but it has evolved into a good staple.
are usually half a dozen girls dancing on the central stage, a couple dancing on tables just in front of the audience and one or two in the Jacuzzi. Probably an average crew but the average on Walking Street is pretty good.
There's usually a few
friendly girls wandering around in search of a lady drink and it seems a pretty relaxed sort of place to hang round for a few beers and a chat with the girls.
There's no draft beer but there's a cheap bottled Chang at 70 Baht. The drinks prices
are generally lower than average.
Hardly one of Pattaya's high energy bars, but I find it a reliable place to find a bit of fun for a beer or two.
Shark A-GoGo is located upstairs on Soi Diamond. It has entrances on Soi 15 and Soi Diamond.
The bar has now re-opened after a month of renovation.
The bar is totally restyled, changing from table dancing to a gogo with a central stage.
Perhaps taking a cue from the successful launch of sister bar Fahrenheit, the bar is laid out similarly with a long thin central stage packed with girls. There are also a couple of small podiums at the end. There is plenty of comfortable bench seating
and it is a little more spacious than Fahrenheit.
The bar has actually decreased in size overall with some space being given to an open walkway to the adjoining Tiger A-GoGo.
The bar has some good looking girls dancing, but on my visit the
fashion for cramming the stage with dancers means a vey long dance roster of 30 minutes. Hopefully just a teething problem whilst they get act together. The girls were dancing in a range of not much to very little. The standard issue bikinis are very
The bar has kept the generally reasonable drinks prices but the bar seems to have dropped the happy hour.
But it all looks pretty good. Hopefully they won't lose Shark's emphasis on good hands on fun in trying to recreate the
high energy 'watching' bar of Fahrenheit.
Hot & Cold is located on Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)
As mentioned whilst comment on Club Nevada, The Sois 13 are having something of a meltdown in customer numbers.
Hot & Cold is a shadow of its former self but at least the shadow still offers some good hands on fun.
Actually the bar is a
bit more flexible than either Far East Rock and Nevada and scales down the number of dancing ladies to ensure that customers can maximise their time with a lady on the lap.
The bar recently let go a few ladies and a few oldies departed. There are
usually still a couple of attractive girls around, but it is now highly likely that new recruits will move rapidly on to greener climes.
The decline in numbers now means that it is very hit and miss as to whether there is an opportunity for fun.
But there's still a reasonable chance of an enjoyable visit, which is more than can be said for many GoGos.
Club Nevada is located on Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)
Soi Post Office has surely seen better times in terms of customer counts, with all 3 surviving GoGos a shadow of their former selves.
Nevada now seems to have scaled down to about half a dozen girls and the welcome staff duties are assigned to a
It all seems a bit of a shame as Nevada has been on my list of bars for a regular visit for a long time.
The decline in visitors is not easy for the gogos that lose out. Once numbers decline then if there's not many girls dancing
then a proportion of customers do a U turn as soon as they enter the bar. Others might not be bothered by a lack of dancing, but may be similarly inclined to do a quick exit once realising there aren't enough girls to enquire as to where they come
from and see to their immediate needs. And the problems only get compounded should a couple of girls be invited out by customers.
But the bar still offers the chance of a friendly companion for a drink or three. Its just that the chance of this has
happening has declined in line with Pattaya's vanishing expat scene.
Roxy is located on Walking Street in the south stretch by Tony's and Insomnia
The bar has cut back on its previously large team of welcome staff. It used to compete with the likes of Iron and Casnovy, but now just a couple of girls outside in
the usual check patterned dresses.
Inside is a bit hit and miss in terms of interaction, but there's usually a fair few good looking girls for those who enjoy watching the dancing. They usually cram the stage with girls and perhaps don't leave
enough on hostess duty. There is also a show segment to the stage entertainment. Perhaps more an excuse to raise the barfines of the prettiest girls rather than any serious competition for Angelwitch.
Its really then just about how many customers
there are in the bar. If you can get hold of a pretty girl for company most things seem good about the bar. If not, then it is all a bit middling.
Last time I was sitting between two tables of free spending farangs and they were having a great
time cornering more or less all the non-dancing girls in the bar.
If one had asked them, then they would surely say it was the best bar in town. I on the other hand, found it to be a bit naff due to the lack of available girls. The truth must lie
somewhere in between.
Champion is located on Walking Street just south of Soi BJ.
Apart from the cheap drinks the bar doesn't seem to have an awful lot to offer at the moment.
The onset of low season has meant something of a slowdown in this bar. There are
still plenty of bars that attract a good trade but Champion hasn't really been one of them for quite a while. It's not really a high energy sort of place and the girls are on the wrong side of average.
The bar is hardly stylish and the facilities
leave something to be desired.
At times gone by the girls generally danced nude but now topless is the norm. And the low season reduction in the number of girls means that they are hard pressed to fill the bar's many dancing stations.
ends up with the girls dancing too much and not really having enough time to take care of their customers.
So it rather ends up a bar with not enough below average girls with not really enough time to take of customers. Hardly the recipe for
Walking Street success.
On Saturday night, 120 police raiders gathered at 2 popular Thai venues in North pattaya, Differ and Hollywood.
These 2 pubs are always full of tourists on the weekend, many of them Thais, and many of them teenagers. The police entered and
requested ID's from every visitor, and searched them for weapons, drugs and being underage. The officers also administered urine tests, so, altogether, it took about 2 hours to complete the operation. Many tourists from both pubs failed to produce ID
cards, so were fined 200 Baht each and released.
Many teenagers who tested positive for drugs were taken to Banglamung Hospital for backup tests to confirm their drug use, before being brought to the police station for legal proceedings.
Alcatraz A-GoGo on Walking Street has introduced a Happy Hour on draft beer. The Carlsberg draft will be sold at 60 Baht from 8 to 10pm. It gets expensive thereafter though at 99 Baht for a small glass.
Beavers A-GoGo also on
Walking Street has moved in the opposite direction and increased its all night draft beer price to 65 Baht.
Meanwhile Club Oasis on Soi Buakhao is competing for the most variable price prize. It had been 60 Baht for some time, then added
VAT to make it 64 Baht, then lowered it to 42 Baht, then decided to drop the VAT making it 39 Baht. Now they have increased the price to 49 Baht. Still a very good price, particularly as it is served in a good sized glass.
Fahrenheit A-GoGo on Walking Street has started a simple show with five dancers starting in bikinis and string-skirt. Just one show at 10pm for the moment.
Titty Twister 2 is the new sequel bar to the deepest darkside bar Titty Twister.
It is located on 3rd Road just by Buffalo Bar. It can't be missed with its striking sign borrowed from the movie Dusk to Dawn. The bar bills itself as a Rock n Roll bar and features pool, live music and girls. It should be open already with a
grand opening party set for Saturday 19th March.
Back on Walking Street opposite Tony' Disco, the Hot Tuna Poll Bar has been cleared out. Not sure what the plans are now.
Club Oasis A-GoGo on Soi Buakhao has wisely discontinued its pricing policy of adding VAT to bills which correlated with a clear decline in customers. The new prices are the Ex VAT prices so the bar has reversed the effective 7%
increase. The draft beer is now the best value in town at just 39 Baht and served in a good sized glass.
It may not be a total cure though, as the bar also seems to be struggling to find girls who take much interest in the customers.
on Soi LK Metro has now found a couple of topless dancers, but the large majority are still coyote. In a rather tame concession to over dressing, some girls at least take off their camouflage shirt and dance wearing a solid bra.
The sign has
been relit at Baby Boom A-GoGo just off Soi Buakhao nearly opposite Soi Honey. Nobody on welcome duty so it still looks a bit dead.
Wanthanna's A-GoGo is still struggling on Soi 6 too. Assuming that Shark is re-opening tonight and that Baby
Boom is having a come back then the GoGo count is restored to a more healthy looking, but maybe optimistic, 75.
In the second meeting of the year for the Pattaya Model Project, city Permanent Secretary Suthorn Ratanawaraha proposed creating three color-coded zones to regulate closing times. Establishments operating in the yellow Zone A would close
at 2 a.m. Those in orange Zone B at 4 a.m. and those in the red Zone C could stay open 24 hours.
Fun loving Council Chairman Tavich Chaiswangwong said he supports making the entire city an official 'red light' zone, with all bars given equal
opportunity to operate around the clock. He argued the city has been growing out of control for two decades and sees nothing changing. With so many bars already ignoring closing times, he reasoned, the city might as well make it official.
Toyz is located in the Covent Garden Complex a few paces off Walking Street down Soi 16
Toyz is an old school, small traditional GoGo. It has comfortable bench seating overlooking a long and narrow central stage.
It has not so many
girls on show, but they are an attractive team. On my latest visit there were a couple of naked girls on stage. The bar has been topless for as long as I can remember so perhaps they are making an effort.
The bar is traditional in that there is
nothing going apart from the gogo dancing. The girls don't seem very proactive in hunting out lady drinks. Maybe just a characteristic of a small bar with few girls and fewer customers. There seems to be something of an inertia problem, maybe like
shyness in making the first move. Once a bar gets over a critical mass of people enjoying themselves then it seems to suck everyone else into the fun.
For the moment the bar is probably best for those seeking out an attractive girl for a rapid
takeaway. Customers after a few drinks worth of entertainment will probably be better off heading on over to Relaxxx, for a bit of interaction, or upstairs to X-Zone for a naughty show.
Club Oasis is located on Soi Buakhao near the Soi Diana/Soi Lengkee junction.
I have been a regular visitor to Oasis without ever being much of a fan. Mostly because it is a convenient rest break point on a regular journey. Rarely have I been
persuaded to stay beyond the required single beer and toilet visit. The bar has generally been ok, it's just that it is very popular and there are usually just too many guys for the amount of girls on duty.
But ever since Office opened up I have
moved my allegiance there. It is a bar where I stand a good chance that friendly girls will persuade me to stay a bit longer.
I have a feeling that it's not just my trade Oasis has lost, but perhaps a few others too. Oasis seems to have compounded
the problem with some sort of management policy change resulting in the recruiting of overdressed girls who seem more interested in willfully ignoring customers than interacting with them.
And then there was the imposition of VAT as an add on
At least it is reasonably clear that it will be added with the welcome sign giving the draft beer price with '+VAT'. The bins on the table also make it quite clear. There are still prices on the wall that are not clear though.
on earth a bar wants to aggravate customers, particularly at check bin times when the tip is so readily withheld. It's not as if there can be any trade or business customers. And surely when many of the customers are from countries where 20% is the norm,
then if they don't notice the VAT they will irritated by the extra charge. But if they do notice that VAT will be added then they may jump to conclusion that prices are 13% higher than they actually are.
Anyway with all these negatives adding up I
wasn't surprised on my last visit to find the bar pretty empty at a peak evening hour.
However I think this has already registered with bar connections and the bar was offering a very cheap 42 Baht (39 Baht + VAT!) draft beer in a good sized
In addition the girls had reverted back to a GoGo dress code, with bikinis and topless being the norm. The coyote dancers have probably shipped out to the newly opened M*A*S*H. Also there were more customers enjoying a bit of girly company
than there has been in my last few whistle stop visits.
So hopefully any recent negativity will be but just a blip.
The police have been continuing to target bars primarily for drugs tests.
The latest excursion was on Thursday night with a change to their usual pattern. Instead of raiding an entire soi, the police targeted a few bars around town. Surely
generating a little speculations on how the list of venues was drawn up.
Passion Dance Club on Soi 6 was one of the unlucky recipients with police taking away between 3 and 10 girls depending on the report. But the stools outside Passion are said
to be empty this afternoon.
The oft visited Champagne was next on the list with 3 trucks of Volunteer police organising a mass piss test. It was reported that 3 girls pissed purple and were taken away to the station.
A little further along
the same soi, Kiss A-GoGo suffered an unwanted visit. 2 Girls were said to be taken away in tears.
First impressions of new coyote bar on Soi LK Metro
Another theme bar has opened on the rapidly upgrading Soi LK Metro. The latest edition is M*A*S*H A-GoGo, taking inspiration from the US TV comedy set in a Korean War field hospital.
The bar features a central stage with stacked comfortable bench
seating around the sides of the bar. It looks pretty smart but not really much like a field hospital.
There were 4 coyote dancers, all fully dressed in bras, tops, and short skirts or shorts. Most of the dancers had a military camouflage shirt
which pretty much was the main concession to the theme of the bar.
I spoke to a girl who danced topless at sister bar Office, so presumably the coyote dress code is the choice of the bar rather than the girls. There weren't even any bikinis on
show, so maybe the coyote dress code is a long term feature of the bar. There was no sign of a Jacuzzi or play stage that would suggest any naughtier plans for later.
The drinks were reasonably priced with a cheap draft beer.
I'm not sure
that war themes are generally very sexy. After all its a very much a masculine dominated occupation.
I'm also not really into coyote bars, they seem to attract dancers who aren't really into the scene, and tend to be a bit choosey or pricey or
So a bar that adds to the diversity of Soi LK Metro rather than another option for traditional GoGo addicts.
Overdressed girls in MASH A-GoGo reduces the gogo count to 73 bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Covent Garden's Club Relaxxx has evolved into quite a lively bar of late, but it does seem to be living life on the edge.
Visitors should take note that staffers have a relaxxxed attitude about accurately charging customers.
separate visits in the past month additional charges have appeared on bills stuffed into the little wooden bin.
A visit this week saw multiple drinks for three additional dancers --- who never actually appeared at the table --- appeared on the
bin. Knowing the customer was distracted by women and a lttle less than entirely sober lead to suspicions dancers were simply trying on the drink scam.
Worse, service staff were less than helpful in sorting it out. The original 2,500 baht bin
still came back at 2,300. It wasn't until the bin was questioned again, with a calculator and light, that the bin dropped to it's property 1,900 baht.
In another incident, drinks normally sold at one price were separated into liquor and mixer, for
a total of 230 baht per drink. Again, once called out, the price dropped back to the normal 130 baht.
Bin padding and scams are common in Bangkok go-gos, but have been mercifully rare in Pattaya. Unfortunately, the folks at Relaxxx no longer get
the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps visitors there need to start initializing each charge as is common in Nana Plaza.
Utopia A-GoGo re-opened Saturday on the corner of Walking Street and Soho Square.
I didn't spot anything drastic changing in the layout. The main stage is in front section of the bar where there is just a little bench seating but mostly stools.
There's more comfortable seating at the back of the bar but it is way too far from the stage.
It takes a while for a bar to gain momentum in recruiting girls, so not really very valid to comment in the first few days. There were perhaps too few
girls but some were attractive enough.
The dress code was bikini or semi transparent skirts like at Super Baby with not much else underneath. Some girls danced topless.
The drinks prices follow Pattaya norms at 65 Baht for a decent sized
draft beer, 120 Baht for bottled beer, 90 Baht for soft drinks and 120 Baht for lady drinks. There is an opening offer of 20% off all these prices making 52 Baht for draft, 96 Baht for bottled beer & lady drinks, 72 Baht for soft drinks.
was a mamasang doing a good job in circulating around the customers to check that all was well.
The bar is farang managed and seems set to progress. I would guess the biggest challenges will be the southerly location and the lack of comfortable
seating with a view.
Utopia A-GoGo re-opened Saturday on the corner of Walking Street and Soho Square. It is now under new management and will be giving 20% discount off all drinks including lady drinks for the first few nights.
The bar does in fact offer a draft beer
which is normally 65 Baht but currently discounted to 52 Baht.
As is often the case for start ups, the bar needs a little more time to recruit attractive girls and persuade them to take off a few more clothes.
M*A*S*H A-GoGo is located on Soi LM Metro between Office and Champagne but on the other side of the Soi.
M*A*S*H A-GoGo duly opened on Saturday night. Early reports suggest that the design follows that of Champagne and Office but with a military
theme to uniforms
Also Utopia A-GoGo re-opened on the corner of Walking Street and Soho Square. It is now under new management and will be giving 20% discount off all drinks including lady drinks for the first few nights.
There are now 74
bars with girls in bikinis or less in the Pattaya area
The welcome staff seemed a little disorganised, lacking the usual signage. Approaching the door it didn't really look the bar was open yet. But it was.
Little if anything has changed in
the layout since the bar was last open under Paris A-GoGo management.
In fact nothing has really changed in terms of the traditional GoGo operation that has failed several times before.
But, and a big but, the bar had an excellent line up
of girls. There were 20 dancers in the bar with 6 dancing at a time (for 6 songs). Topless is the bar dress code.
Tthe girls seemed to be rather remote though, as if trained at the Super bars. The bar mirrors were the only recipients of attention
from the girls.
It seems that asking the mamasang is the official routing to get a little company.
Probably not the sort of bar that will appeal to the passing trade on the way to Baby Dolls or What's Up but maybe they can get the word out
to a few 'Super' bar fans.
The music was on the loud side, but this is often part of the package for a successful bar.
There is a draft beer at 55 Baht.
The handful of customers that were visiting at the same time as I, were probably
looking in on their way to Baby Dolls. All stayed for one beer before rapidly moving on.
Probably just not the right location for a 'Super' clone. Baby Dolls and What's Up are amybe too hot competition. I rather guess that the bar will have to get
their girls being a little more self motivated in their interaction, or else the bar will struggle for trade as per previous and similar incarnations.
The Cobra Gold Military Exercises are currently underway at the Sattahip Navy Base. Cobra Gold is a yearly multi-national exercise run by the US.
Exercises will be from now until 18th February and there will be plenty of US servicemen in town
keeping the bars busy.
Meanwhile Pattaya police are keeping armies of officers busy in their own little military exercises.
The latest exercise, titled Assault on Soi Chayaphun , involved 200 participants. The tactics follow the
usual line of: blocking both end of the soi; sending in the mobile piss test units; and conducting house to house searches.
The primary targets are bars without the correct papers and staff that may have recently taken drugs.
East Europeans make way for a return of Thai girls
It looks like Polo Entertainment is set to return to Walking Street.
Just over a year ago the management of Polo Entertainment on central Walking Street decided to move to the very expensive East European girl format pioneered by its sister bar
Galaxy Cabaret. The old gogo show bar was remodelled as Lady's Shadow Club.
Now Lady Shadow's Club is set to revert to Polo and there are now adverts for Thai models and coyote dancers.
Now doubt more will be revealed about the new format
in due course, but I will leave it to others to investigate. The previous iteration of bars all featured extortionate pricing and were best avoided.
A new bar has opened on Soi 6 called Lovejoys. It is an open bar located at the centre of the Soi, just by Chili Bar.
Presumably it is part of the chain of Lovejoy Bars, with the original being a very popular bar in Jomtien. The bar there targets
the cheap beer trade. It also has a very strange idea of the barfine being 5 lady drinks. But saying that, it's more of a drinking bar than a girly bar.
It will be interesting to see how it pans out on Soi 6.
The aircon bars seem on the
retreat in Soi 6, with most recent bars being of the open front variety, often with less emphasis on the girls.
Shark Club A-GoGo on Soi Diamond has joined the list of GoGos being revamped. It will be closed for a few weeks of renovation. In the meantime, the dancers are working at sister bar Tiger
On my last visit the Shark GoGo end was already not being
used, and the girls were all at the Shark Club end. One has to guess that this latest 'renovation' may be more to do with a rationalisation concentrating on Tiger and Fahrenheit. It does seem that the current fashion is for high energy GoGos with lots of
girls to make for a lively atmosphere. One bar full of girls may be better than two bars half full of girls.
I would guess that any renovation will be to do with replacing the table dancing with something more central. Table dancing seems a little
past its prime on the Walking Street scene.
There are now just 72 Pattaya area bars with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Sexy A-GoGo at the top end of Soi 7 has closed for 2 weeks of renovation. According to a notice on the door the bar will reopen on 15th February 2011. Hopefully rejuvenated as well as renovated.
In the meantime the girls are helping out at
Kiss A-GoGo, an associated bar on Soi LK Metro. Perhaps they are increasing the numbers at Kiss to give it a bit of a push.
In the meantime there are 73 bars in Pattaya with girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Actually some bars are getting
very reluctant to show off any flesh. Sexy Girls A-GoGo on the next soi is getting close to failing the definition. The girls are wearing crop top blouses and traditional flimsy gogo skirt. The naked girls in the shower keep the bar defined as a GoGo.
But it does seem a bit of a trend to have coyotes and overdressed dancers in the bars these days. Perhaps a shortage of girls means that the dancers can name their own terms.
No doubt the girls will be well dressed at the new V2O location on the
corner of Soi 15 and Walking Street. The bar specialises in vodka served at sub zero temperatures. It has been going quite a while now moving from its previous location upstairs on the alley to Happy A-GoGo.
Finally the roving police piss test
machine visited Soi Pattayaland 2 a couple of nights ago. As usual the police descended in great numbers and visited many, if not all, bars on the soi. They seem to be concentrating on checking bar licences and bar workers rather than haranguing
The bar may be called Relax(xx) but it's been anything but calm at the Soi Covent Garden go-go bar which, in the past 10 days, has suffered a chain reaction meltdown resulting in the arrest of the owner and the departure of most of its staff.
The climax came in the wee hours of Friday when - for the second night in a row - a brawl broke among warring dancers. In front of a small, dumbstruck handful of customers, more than a dozen girls - and one of the mamasans - began pushing, punching,
kicking, scratching and pulling hair.
The mamsan involved was seen kicking a topless dancer in the chest with a high-heeled shoe. But she got worse than she gave. Unfortunately, one Indian customer got caught in the middle of the melee and also
got an elbow to the face. It turns out he was at the center of what started the fistacuffs finale.
According to the dancer who took the stiletto to the tits, the mamasan had tried to force her to go with the Indian. The mama had already told him
the barfine - normally 700 baht - was in fact 1,000 baht. Not knowing the mamasan was pocketing the extra 300 baht, he'd agreed. When the dancer rejected the office - both due to his South Asia extraction and because the dancer hated the mama for
cheating customers - she refused to go. That set off the fireworks.
By the time the dust settled, the boxing mama and a third mamasan left the bar for good, taking more than 10 girls with them. There's now just a handful of hangers-on left.
How long they'll be there is anyone's guess. Relaxxx, owned by a much-disliked Turk, has from the outset seemed to care very little about what customers actually want and only about what Turk's desire to attract Arab customers or the music levels what
his Thai wife prefers. Loud music is nothing new in Pattaya go-go bars, but the decibels in Relaxxx run literally into ear-ringing territory. Not even the Insomnia disco is louder.
The result - predictably to all but The Turk - is that there are
fewer and fewer customers. Relaxxx is the owner's third stab at a bar in the cursed location that housed (in order of bankrupt bars) Babe Watch, Taboo, Black & White and a short-lived Arab disco. In launching Relaxxx, the owner began by paying his
star girls as much as 1,000 baht a day cash and even regular showgirls 20,000 baht a month.
That all began to unravel in January when the big boss began cutting salaries. Cash would no longer be paid on the day. Then the 1,000 baht became
20,000 baht a month. Then it dropped to 12,000 baht for showgirls.
Within two days of the salary cuts, Immigration Police showed up at Relaxxx and arrested The Turk. Specific charges are hard to come by, but they asked a lot about passports and
visas. After paying 100,000 baht - a figure confirmed by two independent sources - The Turk was set free.
Good times did not return, however, In the wee hours of Wednesday, a disgruntled dancer and alleged ya ba addict - who'd worked just two of
the past seven days - showed up near closing with three Thai male thugs to demand a week's salary. The lead mamasan and the boss refused. While the boss snuck out the back, the mamasan was not so lucky.
Driving home by one of her showgirl friends,
the two women realized the thugs and dancer were following them on two motorbikes. In one hand, the girl held a knife. The women pulled into a nearby condominium with a guard at the gate who assisted them and turned away their would be attackers.
The next night the disgruntled dancer turned up for work and was set upon by the showgirl driving the mamasan home. Blood was spilled and appalled farangs were again treated to the sight of a dangerously out-of-control bar.
Bar fights among staff are not uncommon. In fact, Paul, the amiable manager of Club Misty's, got in a fight with the Thai manager in the middle of the bar earlier this week. Misty's has enough of a good reputation to weather a brawl between a
well-liked manager and a male Thai manager who wants to bring his drinking buddies in the club over the wishes of management.
For Relaxxx -- with hostile management, insufferable music levels, dancing hoodlums and now, a lack of staff - it's only
a matter of time until we add another to the list of failed enterprises in Covent Garden.
A mass police force gathered and descended on Pattaya Soi 13/3 (Soi Pattayaland 1)
They were targeting gay GoGo Dancers urine, which they tested for drugs.
Gambling in an internet cafe was also discovered.A
On 27th January police
closed the street at both ends and visited each venue for drugs tests. They also asked bar licenses.
Out of 200 dancers and workers, 20 were arrested after their urine turned purple after the urine test. The Gentlemen's Club internet cafe was
closed down. Ms. Gamonpan Thephum supervisor of the Gentlemen Club said that the club used to be an Go Go Gay Bar, but business wasn't good so the owners decided to turn it into an online games internet cafe.
If life is getting a little hectic at Walking Street's high energy GoGos, and you fancy a moment of quiet reflection then Naughty Girls is the place to go.
You can enjoy a relaxing beer in your
own company, secure in the knowledge that nobody will do anything that could possibly impinge on your personal space.
And there is an attractive setting for your quiet contemplation. The venue features modern, nicely styled decor and there are
several attractive dancers on the central stage. The girls provide a pleasant background, but thankfully they never attempt to move into your foreground, lest they disturb your peace.
So having supped your beer, you can emerge from the venue,
relaxed and composed, ready to head back into the high energy fun of Pattaya nightlife.
Tim Bar is located on 2nd Road next door to the Avenue Mall and opposite Mike's Mall
As always the bar was doing a good trade on a January weekday early evening.
There were about 6 girls dancing all in a lingerie bikini affair. There were
about another half dozen or so waiting their turn to dance. There was one very attractive girl and there were a couple more who could get a job on Walking Street.
There were also countless hostesses dotted around the bar.
But somehow the GoGo
aspect of the bar doesn't really seem to be the focus of attention of the customers. I think it is something along the lines of TQ 1 or TQ 2 where it is primarily a meeting point for a community. Maybe Danish bikers. Just a guess after there seemed
to be a certain amount of appreciation for a Danish rock act appearing on the playlist.
Anyway the girls didn't seem to be particularly interactive, so I enjoyed a beer's worth of Tom Petty and went off to seek a bar more focused on GoGo
Club Mistys is located a few metres off Walking Street on Soi 15.
On the face of it, the bar has many good things going for it.
It is a large, modern, nicely styled bar with comfortable seating around the edge of the bar, just in front
of that are large table dancing stages and there is the main stage in the centre.
There are usually plenty of attractive girls on show with about half dancing at any one time.
In addition the bar has a well liked host and good support on
Pattaya forums. Presumably these two points are linked.
But for all of this the bar is generally very quiet. I for one find it a very lonely bar and I suspect that the overall lack of customers is probably down to other people having the same
experience. I don't think there is any particular discouragement from girls hooking up with the guys because there are usually a couple of customers being well looked after.
I put it down to perhaps just the layout of the bar not being very
conducive to the usual smiles, body language and proximity that usually do the biz in other bars.
Possibly the bar is just a little too large and the guys in the comfy seating are just out of range of the girls dancing on the central stage. There
are table dancers a bit closer, but it is usually more comfortable and less awkward to watch the centre stage girls at normal eye level than try and watch someone towering nearly directly above.
Even when the girls are walking around the bar they
are still a fair way away from customers and it is not easy to catch their glance.
Anyway, just a guess, trying to wonder why the bar is not as good as it really should be.
The site has a healthy sized photo and video gallery; information and photos of our 2nd-floor Party Room and penthouse VIP Suite. Both rooms can also be booked on the website.
Users can also
sign up for our VIP Card -- which entitles holders to an across-the-board 10% discount on more than just drinks. Best of all the Sapphire Club site offers its VIP Club members an exclusive Members Only online section offering special content,
photos and videos.
Finally, the site is integrated with Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare so that users can comment and log-in using their accounts on those services.
Beach Club is located a few paces off Walking Street on Soi 15.
I had a very enjoyable visit at a peak time on a January evening.
And one has to notice that the customer count must have been somewhat disappointing for the connections.
There was a fair bit of ebbing and flowing but the ebbs were very sparse. However this situation was not the slightest bit disappointing for customers. The girls were a bit more keen than usual to get interactive and there were plenty of them available.
There is a much wider range of girls now that a couple of years back when the bar could command a little more exclusivity. But there were still a fair few very attractive girls. In fact I think this more pragmatic approach to recruitment may have
helped the bar. One girl in particular, that made my visit a treat, had learned her trade in a far more generally friendly bar than Beach Club has ever been.
Actually having set yourself up with some good company the bar is generally very customer
friendly. There is cheap beer and the lady drinks are great value at 105 Baht. There were no pestering mamasangs and the service was polite and efficient.
And even better, the bar has an excellent rostering policy for girls entertained by
customers. The basic dance roster is ludicrously long for girls without customers, but if the lady drinks are forthcoming then on her next turn to dance, her roster is reduced to just 3 songs. And if the drinks keep flowing, on her next turn she dances
just one song.
Somehow the decline in exclusivity seems to have brought the bar down to a far more customer friendly proposition than before.
There seems to have been something of a shift in foot traffic over the last year. Highly successful gogos on Walking Street and Soi 15 seem to have taken some of their trade at the expense of those on
Soi Diamond. The basic gogos of Paris (now closed), Carousel, The Sea and Naughty Girls are probably most in the firing line. The others have various specialities that are diverting enough for customers to make an effort.
Anyway of the four
mentioned, the Sea has been the most successful at upping their game to keep hold of customers.
In fact on my last couple of visits, there have been quite a few girls keen to get a bit interactive. And consequently there have been quite a few
happy looking customers enjoying the bar.
The Sea has always had a goodly amount of dancers for a small bar and the bar has consistently maintained a good quota of attractive girls.
It doesn't really compete with the new breed of high
energy bars, but it is a good example of a more traditional format GoGo.
The draft beer is cheap at 55 Baht, but the music is a bit too noisy, verging on uncomfortable.
I rather predict that the layout of this bar will not work out well.
It certainly looks good. No problems on that front. It is basically a narrowish bar with a long line of table dancing positions. There
is also a small unused stage towards one end an an unused Jacuzzi at the far end.
I for one do not find it very comfortable craning my neck upwards to watch dancers high above me and right in front of me. Its ok for a quick glance but not really
comfortable for a long period.
I reckon if you did a scientific man-watching experiment at say Oasis, where there are seats with a dancing table in front of them, then I would postulate that customers will spend most of their time watching the
more distant central stage with just an occasional glance at the girl towering above them.
The trouble with Kiss is that the long line of tables mean that there aren't any tables at the other side of the room where one can watch the dancing a bit
Table dancing had a bit of a fad a few years ago when there would be a bit of fun tipping the girls to squat down for a revealing look and play. But those days have long gone as the continuous tipping got a bit wearisome. Now I
think table dancing only appears in bars as an add on. It provides a nice busy atmosphere where there is something going on wherever you look. The central stage is still the main focus though.
Otherwise the bar is farang run and seems a decent
enough place. There is the mandatory cheap draft beer and most prices seem reasonable.
There were 3 girls dancing an unnecessarily long dance roster of 6 songs. They were dancing topless. The girls were about average which isn't bad in Pattaya.
There were about 8 girls in total in the bar. Way too small a number, but its still early days.
I haven't found the girls to be particularly friendly on my couple of visits so far. But I guess that will change. If the bar wants to keep customers
then they will need to provide good customer care to make up for the lack of comfortable dance watching options.
Sexy A-GoGo is located at the 2nd Road end of Soi 7 and is not to be confused with Sexy Girls A-GoGo on the 2nd Road end of Soi 8
A while ago there were usually a couple of decent looking girls on hand. More recently the more youthful wing of
the bar was down to one. And now she has moved on to grace the stage at Heaven Above. And like they say: and then there were none.
So now there is a well below average line up of ladies.
But if you are happy just to have a drink and
a chat then the bar is decent enough with cheap beer and friendly ladies. A couple having learnt their customer care skills from Hot & Cold.
Peppermint is located directly on Walking street in the vicinity of the Walking Street Tree.
Not much changes at Peppermint. They have a formula and stick to it. It has cheap beer and reasonable lady drinks but the takeaway prices are very top
end. But within this ranges it offers something for everyone, and hence maintains a perpetual busy state.
Now there are 5 bars in the chain (Peppermint, Happy, Baccara, Cavern and Beach Club), it is always tempting to speculate about how they are
running off against each other. On my last couple of visits I think it is clear that the top notch girls have moved on to Baccara, but there are still plenty of girls at Peppermint to please most customers. If anything, the bar in the chain that has
suffered most from the ascendancy of Baccara is Happy. This was pretty much a pick a number and go bar, but now the best girls are gone, it is a little lacking.
Peppermint however has always had a bit more in the way of interaction between girls
and customers, and the lively atmosphere has persisted better.
Anyway for all intents and purposes the bar is the same successful GoGo bar that it has been for years.
Tiger Club is located on Soi Diamond entered via stairs up from Walking Street.
The Tiger/Shark bars have often made for enjoyable visits. They feature that rare mix of good looking AND hands on friendly girls. However the bars have also been
somewhat flawed by long dance rosters and expensive drinks (with the gimmick of discounts hardly worth having).
In the last couple of months the bars have seen a change of approach which has put Tiger back on my favourites list. Drinks prices have
been reduced and are now on the cheaper half of the Pattaya scale. Lady drinks are 120 and draft beer is 60 Baht (45 Baht in Happy Hour).
Also the bar has changed the dance rostering so that the girls dance for a fxed amount of time (15 or 20
minutes). The girls are in 2 teams which swap over at the ends of each shift.
I guess that these changes are related to the new sister bar at Fahrenheit which seems to be doing very good business on these terms.
Anyway Tiger has been a good
place to visit in the last few weeks
It may take ages, but closing time may evolve into 4:30am, whilst tea money may evolve into licence fees
There will be no official change in Pattaya bar closing times until at least 2012 as a host of city, provincial and national government officials draft a Pattaya Model project to revise zoning, operating hours and tax systems for entertainment
Speaking at the first meeting of the Pattaya Model board, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome dashed the last hopes of bar owners and party lovers hoping to see closing times pushed back this season to as last as 4:30 a.m. when he said the
draft plan will take a year to complete and even longer for the Cabinet to debate and approve.
Spearheaded by the National Counter Corruption Commission – whose criticism of the Pattaya Police Department's lax enforcement of national
bar-closing times prompted a November crackdown – the new zoning plan is being eyed as a possible model for tourist-centric cities around the country. It would not only cover operating hours, but business zoning, tax collection, security, and
Even the usually taboo subject of under-the-table payments to police officers is being discussed.
Publicly acknowledging the illegal tea money bar owners pay to police to stay open past legal closing times and put on
nude shows, the mayor said the goal to make the bribes legal, with bar owners tipping off officials on competitors breaking the law and paying into a fund to have regulators enforce them.
This will reduce the police department's obligation to
control the bars and focus more on other burdens, Itthiphol said. It also generates confidence in tourists regarding the safety of life and property as well.
With such a sweeping scope, the draft plan runs the risk of never being
completed, both because of the difficulty of re-regulating so many matters and winning agreement of so many agencies affected.
Update: Mayor says no changes to closing time until
There will be no official change in Pattaya bar closing times until at least 2012 as a host of city, provincial and national
government officials draft a Pattaya Model project to revise zoning, operating hours and tax systems for entertainment venues.
The police raided Soi 6 en-masse on Wednesday night.
Around 200 police descended. They blocked both ends of the Soi and parked a mobile drugs testing van in the middle of the soi. They then proceeded to round up all the girls and march them off
for their piss tests.
And in anticipation of a fair few girls being caught out, they brought along two large paddy wagons.
Luna Massage is a new shop on Pattaya Klang opposite Carrefour and near the corner of 3rd Road.
Luna Massage seems to be pitching itself as a high quality massage parlour with a standard massage menu about 100 Baht higher than typical Pattaya
For the extra the rooms are very well appointed and very clean and neat. There are private rooms as wells as the traditional curtained off cubicles, and of course shared foot massage space.
The girls are also above average
with reports of a couple of cuties and also some good massage skills. The selection process is via a book of available girls rather than in person.
Extras are available, but it us very much up to the girl. This includes both services and prices.
The reviews so far suggest a range from average to top end gogo girl prices. Also extras are negotiated towards the end of the session, and with such a range of availability/price then this is sure to wind up customers who prefer fair play pricing.
It is probably set to get mixed reviews, along the lines of Dream Teen, depending on how customers react to very variable outcomes on offer. Some will enjoy and some won't.
Clinic A-GoGo opened on 29th December on Soi 7. It is located a few bars closer to the beach than Silver Star 2.
The bar is clearly modeled on its successful gogo neighbour, Silver Star 2. It is a scaled down version, attractively decorated in
The front section has a central stage surrounded by narrow bench seating around the edges of the room. Narrow ledge seating seems to be a speciality of gogos in Soi 7 and 8.
The back section is focused on quite a large Jacuzzi, which
wasn't in operation during my visit.
There were 4 or 5 girls dancing on the central stage in a range of attire.
There were probably a dozen girls total in the bar. Of these, half were attractive girls dancing in bikinis or topless. Then
there were coyote dancers in negligee shorts and bras. A couple of dancers were looking faintly ludicrous by wearing a light, possibly 'nursey', looking bikini top and see thru skirt over the top of their coyote gear.
It seems to be coming quite
common to see solid bras and shorts as gogo attire. Presumably the shortage of girls means that dancers dictate their own clothing preferences. It sure as hell ain't the customer's preferences.
The dancers were taking no interest in the customers,
save when a few Thai guys came in to sit at the back.
There was a draft beer following the same price as its neighbour gogo at 65 Baht.
There's not really very much in bar that follows the clinic theme. Possibly a bit of a lost opportunity,
or else something they will build on in due course.
Thankfully the closure of Windmill on Soi Diamond was just a scheduled one day event. The bar is still going strong (albeit with a recent loss of my favourite girls to Baby Dolls)
On another happy note there is a new GoGo on Soi Lengkee. This
is the soi that is the continuation of Soi Diana from Soi Buakhao to 3rd Road.
The bar is called something along the lines of Cherry's A-GoGo. No further details at the moment but reports expected soon. Update: This
information proved to be incorrect. The only Cherry's on Soi Lengkee is a guest house