Police, Chonburi immigration police and soldiers have raided Flexx Club pub at the south end of Walking Street, Pattaya.
They asked the pub staff to turn the lights on and stop the music which caused the revellers to panic and they tried to flee the scene but the officers had already sealed the exit doors. The officers then inspected passports, visas, ID cards and
searched for drugs.
Upon inspecting the pub they found 32 foreigners without passports, 5 foreigners and 5 Thai girls failed drug tests. In addition the officers found cocaine on the ground near the DJ stage.
The police that they had raided this pub because there were rumours that people take drugs there and also it stays open after hours.
The raid was a bit of a showcase and the news was carried by Channel 7 TV.
Farangs are warned to carry at least a copy of their passport or else a picture on their smart phones showing the photograph page and the visa and/or entry stamp.
Of course this is not the sort of thing that endears visitors and tourists. One Pattaya forum poster wrote, perhaps echoing the thoughts of many:
If this is going to be the norm in Thailand I'm out until a proper democratic government is installed.
No matter how clean you are if you get caught in a situation you are history and no one can help you, you are totally screwed
I just don't need to take these risks. Okay for business people to say its all good, no problem it will all be fine but I don't go on a holiday to be loaded into a army truck by military personnel. Sitting in a bar and being breathalysed, drug
tested, filmed for TV news, and if you aren't carrying your passport you are taken into custody.
Boom Boom Karaoke was a rather spacious beer bar on Soi Khao Noi owned by a farang and his Thai wife. It has been sold to an old Thai lady and is being repainted. The sign has been changed to Welcome Inn and is yellow and better
visible than the previous one. The exact location is the northern side of Soi Khao Noi, halfway between Sukhumvit Road and the railway.
On Soi Khao Talo, also halfway between Sukhumvit Road and the railway, at the location of the former Ann's Angels some refurbishment activity is going on; not sure what it is going to become.
At the connection of Soi Khao Noi Soi 9 and Soi Nern Plab Wahn Soi 24 Titty Twister was sold in 2013 to a German who renamed it Offshore Base. However the new venture did not last long and it was closed before Songkran 2014. The
location in the middle of nowhere and the lack of ST rooms will not have helped.
Kayak Bar on Soi Pattanakan seems to have a strange business model.
Pop, the shy non-barfineable virgin , was still there, this time being beautiful in a black dress until halfway her calves.
A 21 years old rather chunky mother of two, whose name I already forgot, was wearing an also decent blue dress under which it was difficult to guess the quality of the goods. She expected 3,000 baht ST and she would not budge to less than
Barfine was 300 baht and the room was 200 baht extra.
There was also one obligatory ladyboy (apparently a must at the Dark Side).
Bottled Heineken however was still 50 baht (happy hour ?).
Walking Street GoGos, Ginza I & II, have been shut down by the authorities. Ginza I for 60 days and Ginza II for 30 days.
There are now numerous venues around Walking Street displaying closure notices. Presumably something needs to be seen to be done to appease the Americans. The annual Trafficking in People report for 2014 has just downgraded Thailand to its bottom
tier, mostly for treating its foreign labour as slaves. This lowly ranking will result in a loss of US funds and the inevitable diplomatic pressure. This could result in renewed actions against nightlife venues.
In the meantime there are still 82 venues with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less that could be the targets of future police raids.
Update: Related to trafficking or not?
There has been a spate of police raids with the following current closures
New Living Doll Show Case : 60 days
Tipsy Disco : 60 days
Harem Club : 30 days
Lucifer Disco : 60 days
Ginza II : 30 days
Ginza I : 60 days
Oukiva doubts the connections between the raids and the US report about trafficking. He notes that previous years have also seen a lot of police activity in May and June.
Praphan Prathoomchomphu, Deputy District Chief; Head of Stability Division, organised the police raids. Upon searching 2 venues the police found 4 female employees who were under 18 years old and 14 male and female employees who had consumed
Khomsan Aekkachai (Chonburi Provincial Gorvernor) ordered the closure of these entertainment spots. He also warned entrepreneurs of every kind of entertainment venue that hiring under the aged staff is illegal and if there is any type of sexual
service being offered its classed as human trafficking and the venue owners will be punished fully to the extent of the law.
King Kong Bar is located near to the 2nd Road end of Soi 6.
Once upon a time King Kong Bar was noted as the raunchiest in Pattaya but a succession of new owners preferred a more prim and proper image to their bar. This resulted in long period of obscurity with barely a mention in dispatches.
It is now reported that King Kong has been bought out by the more fun loving Click Bar.
Hopefully this could mean a return to the hey day of King Kong when it was the soul of Soi 6.
Tiger A-GoGo is upstairs on Soi Diamond with stairs up from Walking Street.
The bar has gone dark but the reason is not yet clear. Tiger seems to be the weak link in the Tiger/Shark/Mandarin/Lighthouse/Fahrenheit/Crazy House chain and may be temporarily closed to provide girls for the opening campaign for Crazy House.
In the meantime there are now 84 bars in Pattaya with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less.
Some bars have been reported closed over the curfew period as they chose not to open during the restricted hours available. Other bars have been hit by increased police raids of late. Here is a round up of where we are at.
Amethyst re-opened after a short closure during the curfew period
Apple Pub on Walking Street is closed for reasons unknown.
Booze Lounge on Soi Buakhao was closed on police orders, but this was rapidly resolved, and the bar soon re-opened.
Coyote Club has opened on Walking Street, previously Silver Star 3
Crazy House has opened on Walking Street, previously Teazers.
Diamond A-GoGo on Soi Diamond was reported closed during the curfew period but is now open.
FunHouse A-GoGo on Soi Buakhao has closed, this looks rather permanent with a notice on the door telling staff how to get monies owed.
Harem Club on Soi Diamond was reported closed during the curfew period but is now open.
Harem A-GoGo on Walking Street is closed seemingly as a police enforcement action following a raid.
Hooty's The Pussy tricks show bar closed as part of a redevelopment plan for an extension of Insomnia
Living Dolls Showcase is closed on a 60 day police closure order following a police raid.
Nui's A-GoG o reopened after refurbishment including a change of name from Nui's Club 2. The bar has also picked up staff and dancers from the closing down Roxy.
Roxy is set to closed as part of a redevelopment plan for an extension of Insomnia. The staff and dancers have moved to Nui's Club.
This all leaves the GoGo count at 85 bars with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less
An update spotted on the forums. It seems that the Roxy/Hooty's building is destined to become an expansion to Insomnia next door. Hooty's has already become a store room for the builders and Roxy has a limited life remaining. hence the
move back to Nui's.
Most GoGos are doing their best to work round the curfew by opening early, but there seems to be something else going down. The bars opening early seem to be doing so in a low key way, as if to try and attract as little attention as possible to
the fact that they are open early.
Maybe nothing, but one has to wonder if someone is trying to limit GoGos to the 8pm to midnight slot.
As the Midnight curfew came into effect, early on Sunday Morning, The Royal Thai Navy, with assistance from Pattaya Police and District Officials, formed a checkpoint in Central Pattaya to check those who were on the streets after the curfew.
The Checkpoint on the Sukhumvit Road featured heavily-armed Navy personnel who were assisted in searching vehicles and individuals by Pattaya Police and District Officials. Traffic came to a standstill on the main highway as every vehicle was
checked along with its occupants.
Items of concern, including knives, ammunition and other illegal items were found and those accused of being in possession of such items were detained and handed over to the Police, by the Navy, for further legal procedures.
A Navy spokesman said that those who fail to comply with the midnight to 4am curfew will be subject to stricter enforcement by the Police from now on.
Authorities raided Harem GoGo Club on Walking Street at around 11pm on 28th May.
I saw the authorities take away all sheesha and a dozen of liquor bottles from the bar. And they checked ID cards but it is reported that nobody under age was found.
The bar was dark on 29th May but re-opened on 30th May.
On the subject of closures, Diamond A-GoGo on Soi Diamond has been closed for a few days but perhaps this is down to it specialising in the late night trade just when the army declared that there won't be any.
Harem has opened up on Walking Street at the venue that was once G-U-Y Club. It is a table dancing venue presumably associated with the Harem Flatrate Club on Soi Diamond.
The new venue features table dancing. It opened with 6 Models (topless) and 11 Coyotes.
Bottled beer:130B soft drinks:95B water:60B lady drink:150B, no draught beer and bar fines of 1500 Baht.
There are now 85 bars in the Pattaya area with Thai girls dancing in bikinis or less
12th April 2014. Thanks to Dick Farang
One day after its opening, I visited Harem A Go Go ( Harem 2 ) on Walking Street opposite Baccara.
It was a narrow building (about 4 metres broad), inside it was small and it was arranged more like a table dance style gogo. At each side were three booths, each with a pole on the table.
Behind that were the disc jockey and one more booth with a table and pole that seemed to be the gathering place of the staff.
The seating was extremely uncomfortable, even much more cramped than at Angelwitch.
The toilets were at the first floor, which was a complete mess.
Most dancers were coyotes, nothing to write home about, but there were also girls in black bikinis. Two or three of those bikini girls occasionally took off their tops.
Most customers appeared to come from the subcontinent.
Bottled Heineken was 130 baht.
The mamasan from Harem Flatrate Sensation on Soi Diamond, who also was there, told lady drinks were 180 baht and barfine 1,500 baht. When I asked her if that was all-in, she answered: No, this is Walking Street
Mai Lu Si Bar , owned by Dutch language Belgian Charlie and his wife Pookie, is reopening at its new location in the soi opposite Pattaya City Hospital on Friday 4th April 2014. There will be a party from 8pm.
The new premises are more spacious and nicer than the former ones on Soi LK Metro.
Belgian beers will be available again within some weeks. The problem with imported beers is that the tax on them has been raised to 450%.
On 6th April a new bar, USABAR , will open at the location of the former UMIM bar, next to Kik Bar and Blue Cat at the Dark Side.
I have been told that the owner is the widow of an Englishman who already owns Jungo bar, also at the Dark Side.