Over 100 police have been raiding bars and clubs on Walking Street and checking farangs' ID. The terrifying prospect of being banged up in a foreign prison was in prospect for several who were arrested.
Bizarrely the police claimed that it was a bid to somehow reassure tourists that Pattaya is a safe place to party. As
I doubt the half dozen or so foreigners carted off in the back of a police pickup would agree.
From what I can gather the primary objective was to catch visa violators as during the raids both Thais and foreigners were asked to produce I.D. which led to a number of party people checking bin sooner than they hoped and making an unscheduled
stop at the police station to answer a few questions.
The bars targeted included Sensations A-Go-Go and 808 nightclub, both popular with the tourist and expat crowd.
The Duke's Lounge on Soi Khao Noi Soi 9 has closed; it has reopened under new ownership as Sinner Lounge .
777 Nicky Bar near Mabprachan Lake has been closed for quite a while; it was a disaster from its first beginnings.
Saxo Bar Club on Soi Khao Noi has been renamed Le Rouge , probably referring to cheap red wine.
White Oyster Lounge
At White Oyster Lounge on Soi Chaiyapornwithi the gates are already wide open at 2 p.m.
There are still diving nymphs, but they are wearing string bikinis now, because of police . That being said there are some twenty-somethings now with pretty bodies, who are not shy to show the contents of those string bikinis.
The whole lot (especially the tiles and the fans) needs a bit of repair and cleaning.
Bottled Heineken 80 baht now, lady drinks 130 baht.
La Guinguette on Soi Siam Country Club Soi 27 is only a pale shade of its former self.
The very fat Thai female owner and the fat girls completely ignored me, their only customer.
The fans were extremely dirty; I doubt if they are ever cleaned. The swimming pool was fenced off, but I could see a naked farang sunbathing next to it.
You can order food there, i.e. pizzas, etc. (warmed up items from the freezer I guess).
Bottled Heineken 80 baht.
Butterfly Bar off Soi Siam Country Club is still doing business as usual and about the cheapest bar on the Dark Side, for barfines and lady drinks that is.
They still open (and close) early and have females in all ages and sizes at a uniform price of 1,000 baht for ST. All of them are freelancers, who seem to value the discretion of the premises. Some of them appear to commute from as far as
Barfine (ST room included) still 220 baht (50 baht for the girl).
Standard lady drinks still 80 baht (30 baht for the girl). Bottled Heineken still 80 baht.
Dick Farang noted that the recently opened Wonderful A-GoGo was already closed on Pattaya Soi 13/1 (Soi Yamato) a few days ago and it now looks to be reverting to an open bar.
Meanwhile Shanghai A-GoGo on Soi Leng Kee has also been dark for a few days, although the associated bar is continuing on. The previous staff at Shanghai seem to have moved on to Touch which opened this last weekend on Soi LK Metro.
At the location on Soi Khao Noi Soi 9 where The Duke's Lounge and Golden Gate Bar used to be, Sinner Lounge has been opened by the people from Som Bar.
Nothing seems to have changed.
The sub-average girls were lazily sitting outside. The MILF who followed me inside spoke very little English and was aai maak maak (very shy).
I did not notice ladyboys this time.
They still have a car park opposite the defunct Som Bar and Clover Bar.
Bottled Heineken 80 baht, apparently no happy hour.
Saxo Bar Club
A couple of days ago Saxo Bar on Soi Khao Noi reopened, once again under French ownership.
The terrace is now curtained off with evergreen trees in containers.
To get in you have to ring the doorbell.
It was still as dark as before and the interior still looked the same.
I happened to be the only customer and I saw four chubby females in their thirties with pot bellies.
They were clad in short black dresses without underwear and when they were sitting on bar stools their pussies were displayed, not unlike Bar de la Poste on Soi Lengkee. For a lady drink they would reveal their charms and try to get you
I am a bit confused as to the name as inside I saw a sign Sexi Saxo Bar .
Open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., which is early even for the Dark Side.
Barfine ST 300 baht (room included), with the girls expecting 700 baht (or more) for boom boom .
Bottled Heineken 70 baht, first drink free, lady drinks 110 baht.
In a busy burst of news in the run up to high season, The Dollhouse has opened on Soi 15.
It is a well known name in both Pattaya and Bangkok. Pattaya's branch was located for many years under the Marine Disco but was in decline when it closed due to redevelopment of the site. The Bangkok branch has continued throughout.
The bar has now moved to Soi 15 next door to What's Up in the Venue that was once Illusion Pattaya, and before that, Top Girls.
Meanwhile Pandors's coyote bar, probably so called due to a sign writers error, has closed on Soi LK Metro. The venue will now converted to a GoGo and will be helmed by another well known Pattaya name, Ricky, previously managing at Private
Dancer A-GoGo. Set to re-open on 11th December 2015.
On Soi Diamond the overpriced GoGo, Only O, has been dark for the last 3 nights. There are plans to get it reopened ready for Christmas on 22nd December.
The recently opened GoGo, Taboo , on Walking Street has been briefly closed and looks to be undergoing transformation into a disco or nightclub. Flyers promoting upcoming events feature DJs rather than dancers.
And still including Taboo in the list pending confirmation of changes, then there are now 86 GoGos around Pattaya.
More information has come to light regarding an apparent ISIS plot to target Russian and other western tourists in Thailand.
The plot, which was revealed in a leaked memo obtained by Khaosod English, was marked as Secret and allegedly issued by the intelligence unit of the Royal Thai Police Special Branch. The memo claims to cite information obtained by the
Russia's Federal Security Service or FSB.
The source told Thaivisa that a briefing was held early on Thursday, prior to the leaking of a memo to the press. During the briefing, officers were told of plots to target foreign tourists in Bangkok's Khao San Road, as well as on Walking Street
Senior officers were told how security will be increased at major locations across the country and that Immigration will be stepping up the screening of foreigners at all border checkpoints.
Taboo opened on 27th November 2015 the latest in a long line of attempts trying for success at the Beach Rd end of Walking Street. The bar takes over from Fairies, Eclipse, Coyote Club and Silver Star 3.
The name Taboo was previously used for a GoGo in the Covent Garden Complex.
Assuming that bar continues a GoGo tradition then it will be the 84th on the list of Pattaya GoGos.
Last night Shonky's Bar on Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2) was dark. The old-fashioned street lamps had already been removed.
Dolls coyote bar on Soi 6 has indeed reopened.
Everything inside is rather chaotic and cheaply laid out, even by Soi 6 norms. There are three different stages with chrome poles, two of them consisting of white transparent plastic cubes with lighting inside.
They appear to open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
I saw about a dozen dancers in black coyote outfits and a bottle blonde owner/manager/mamasan. Most of the coyotes were average or slightly better.
The best looking girl was Ann, a 27-year old, slim threeholer who started her career at Super Baby A-GoGo on Soi Diamond and after that has been freelancing on Beach Road for several years. Only pity Ann has added some tattoos.
Not the slightest nudity.
There were several customers, including a Japanese (the first one I have ever seen on Soi 6, but I am not a regular there) who was showering 20-baht notes.
Music was deafening.
For everything Dolls coyote bar is more expensive than Passion Dance Club, also on Soi 6.
ST in-house fun 1,500 baht all in (500 for barfine and room, 1,000 baht for girl).
At the previous location of Bamboo Bar on Soi Khao Noi Angels Place has opened. It has become more a kind of a bikers' place. In the open-air bar the sofas near the street have been replaced with high tables and bar stools.
There were a cashier who was not available and a fatty and two oldies who used to work at Bamboo Bar before.
At the rear of the complex is still a (mostly empty) beer garden.
On Soi LK Metro at the previous location of a Japanese-styled karaoke, opposite Crystal Club and between Queen Club and Showgirls Entertainment Centre, one more would-be gogo has opened: Ninja A-GoGo.
It is a double-unit shophouse with single-tier bench seating on the right-hand side and double-tier bench seating on the left-hand side. The seating is less cramped than at other gogos in the area such as Champagne A-GoGo.
In the middle is a rather broad stage with a total of eight chrome poles.
The dancers went on stage for very long dance stints in teams of five to seven. I saw one topless dancer and two bikini dancers; all the others were overdressed coyotes. Most of them seemed to be in the 30-35 age bracket and were average looking
Although they had opened only a couple of days before, it was all but crowded and nobody stayed long.
Not the slightest begging for lady drinks.
I got a terrible headache from the deafening music and tears in my eyes from the cigarette smoke.
It may sound strange, but at several occasions I have detected a foul cigarette smoke smell in very recently opened venues.
Even in Pattaya the Law of Natural Selection ( Survival of the Fittest ) seems to apply.
Last night, on Soi LK Metro opposite Pandors's, Amethyst Club was very much closed.
The combination of poor quality and ridiculous prices did not seem to pan out very well.
On the corner of Soi Buakhaow and Soi LK Metro, Climax has been dark for several nights.
On Soi Yamato (Soi 13/1) the ladyboy gogo Stringfellows has recently closed with a bar for sale sign.
Stringfellows used to be owned by a German Englishman or English German, Bob Denzel, who in the past also owned Goldfingers A-GoGo on Soi 7 and has been a (Past) President of Rotary Club Taksin-Pattaya. Their website
http://www.stringfellows-ladyboys.com/ still seems to exist. On internet there has been a rumour that the ladyboys have not been paid over the last three months.
On the corner of Soi Diamond and Second Road the building where Byblos GoGo Bar used to be is completely gutted.
Michelle Happy Bar on Soi Khao Noi Soi 9 has become Nok & Nok Happy Bar .
It seems to be owned by a Nok who is a hairdresser and another Nok who stays in Sweden.
At my visit there were two fatties and one oldie.
Bottled Heineken 75 baht.
M Pub and Restaurant is located on the right-hand side of Soi Khao Talo when coming from Sukhumvit Road, about fifty metres before Soi 10.
It is owned by an old ailing Norwegian, Papa , and his Thai wife.
I always wonder why some bars that are by no means restaurants have the word Restaurant in their names; perhaps it is a licence or tax kind of thing.
I used to avoid this place because there were only old hags, but now they have some friendly, albeit chubby to very chubby, threeholers in the 20-25 age bracket.
Barfine 300 baht ST (room included), the girls expecting 1,000 baht ST.
Bottled Heineken 70 baht, lady drinks 100 baht.
At The Place 2 Bee on Soi Lengkee, the price of a bottled Heineken has gone down from 85 to 75 baht.
Since the Belgian manager, Roger, has moved to sister bar Vikings Corner Bar on the corner of Third Road and Soi 19, the Norwegian owner, Tom, and his cute girlfriend are often meeting and greeting at The Place 2 Bee.
Siam Café on Soi Siam Country Club has changed its name again to the original name Due Café .
However, there is no link with the previous Belgian owner of Due Café.
The Duke's Lounge on Soi Khao Noi Soi 9 has reopened with new staff.
A girl who had started working there the same day was very "shy" and did not want to "smoke" or to "boom boom". This seems to happen more and more and I wonder what kind of "job description" new applicants
get to hear from the owners/mamasans, if any.
Bottled Heineken 85 baht.
On the corner of Soi Banlang (aka Soi Siam Country Club Soi 18 and Soi Phon Prapha Nimit Soi 18) and Soi Banlang Soi 12 a new bar has opened: The Scrapyard Bar.
In the outside section are a bar with bar stools, a pool table and some tables with chairs were the girls were sitting, "eating".
At 6.30 p.m. it was still hot outside. In the inside air-conditioned section are a bar with bar stools, some high tables also with bar stools and some sofas with coffee tables.
I talked with a 22-year-old very solid girl without children who had been working there for a month. She spoke very little English, was very "shy" and did not want to "smoke" or to "boom boom".