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Re: Only in pattaya - Another round up of large breasted men - video
« Reply #90 on: March 09, 2017, 11:45:10 AM »
Round up of 50 lady boys from Soi Bua Khao and Walking Street - article in th. siamchonnews.com.

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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #91 on: March 09, 2017, 04:47:51 PM »
do people actually pay these :o
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #92 on: March 09, 2017, 05:27:23 PM »
It does say on the wall behind them  'the performance of important  case'

Looks like they've rounded up the cream of the crap,   oops!!!   I meant crop
 
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Re: Only in pattaya - Guess what the cops found
« Reply #93 on: March 11, 2017, 12:42:42 PM »
Not a round up of crusty ole tarts this time - a hoard of weapons being sold on social media - delivered by post

full article in th. siamchonnews.com.

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Walking Street more like Hell Zone than Happy Zone as man attacked



Walking Street in Pattaya is more like Hell Zone a week before the area is officially designated as the resort’s first “Happy Zone”.

The observation comes after the experience of a Thai/ Indian man who was beaten up and threatened with being shot and thrown in the sea by bouncers at a discotheque in the famed South Pattaya street.

Dipak Kumar Tiwaree, 30 said he was at the Nasa Discotheque on Thursday evening. He had been taking some pictures with his mobile phone when the bouncers led him out back of the disco. Dipak said the Indian owner also was there.

“I was asked, Who are you working for?” I said I was not working for anyone, I was just having a night out”, he said at Pattaya police station on Friday.

He claimed that one man got out a gun and stuck it in his ribs saying that he could easily shoot him and throw him in the sea – no one would know.

He was then physically attacked by ten bouncers, he claimed, and tossed outside where the guards told police he had been making trouble inside.

He said that police at the scene did not lift a finger to help him. Despite being in some distress he was not even given first aid or a drink.

Later at the police station on Thursday night he came face to face with his tormenters again. When police stepped out of the investigation room he was left alone with them – one made the sign of a gun with his fingers and pointed at him.

Nothing was resolved.

So later on Friday Dipak went back to register a formal complaint. He had facial bruising and a wound on his forehead and bruises all over his body, he said.

Police said they would get everyone together again to come to a just settlement for all sides

Top brass police are due in Walking Street next Saturday to declare the entertainment area a “Happy Zone” where tourists will be safe from trouble.

Source: Siamchon

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Re: Only in pattaya - have I really become an expat
« Reply #95 on: June 27, 2017, 05:38:59 PM »
Are Pattaya Expats Really Expats?

Lets consider the facts on being an ‘expat’

For all us expats living in Pattaya have you ever stopped to think how much we have really changed our lives by becoming an expat in Pattaya?

My life seven years ago was based in the UK and I was very much part of the rat race on my daily commute into London, and I can only describe it as predictable and comfortable; I liked my life but knew I wanted more.

What exactly happens in our minds that one day we decide not only to break the norm but up sticks and move to Pattaya, Thailand? We all, as expats, share that one trait that we have taken the decision to come and live abroad; however different we all are – we share that one bond. But are we really that different from our fellow compatriots still living in our domestic countries?

When I made this move I remember the feeling of empowerment and control, I had well and truly broken the grasp of societies noose and escaped to a new country, with minimal concerns about the financial implications. It was as liberating as it was satisfying to realize we can all make decisions irrespective of the pressures from society trying to stop you, such as mortgages, jobs and families.

But, was it really that bold? As I sit back in my leather chair at my desk in my office, with all the comforts I would have had back in the UK, I have to beg the question – have I really become an expat and become different for the experience or am I merely an English man residing in another country? And yes I think there is a difference, as I think the big step we all make from our home countries is not really as big as we think.

Let’s put it another way. Do you watch Thai Television? (Of course you don’t), Do you still enjoy food from your home country, like the odd fried breakfast or burger on the BBQ? Who do you socialize with, I bet 9 times out of 10 its people from your own country rather than elsewhere? We relocate but we don’t change; so have we really broken the norms of our life before?

Speaking to a fellow English expat he admits he likes it when it rains in town and thinks it is because, in some small way, it’s a creature ‘comfort’ from back home; and I have to admit somewhere in his wisdom I think he has a point.
Arguably being an expat in Pattaya – with all that Pattaya has to offer – is the easiest step anyone can make moving from their home country. The city is awash with fellow expats and tourists, and in many Sois I see a greater ratio of foreigners to Thais. That’s pretty startling.

Let’s not finish on what could be construed as a negative point, as it’s not meant to be. We have been able to become expats in Pattaya with minimal disruption to how we are used to living our lives. We can eat, drink and socialize the same; only in Pattaya it’s just that much better than how we remember it used when we lived in our home countries. But, our bold moves to relocate to Pattaya probably aren’t as bold as some of us might think.

Thanks to Dan Cheeseman, Director and Co-Founder of Inspire eMagazine  inspirepattaya.com
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Re: Only in pattaya - They claim that Pattaya is not what it once was
« Reply #96 on: July 11, 2017, 03:05:31 PM »
Pray for Pattaya, Really?

A few expats in Pattaya have recently coined a phrase across social networks that has hitherto been reserved for cities having experienced a terrorist attack; this in relation to what they cite as the fall away of Pattaya of old – citing empty restaurants and bars as being a shadow of their former glory days.  They claim that Pattaya is not what it once was, and for that we must ‘pray for pattaya’.

On face value I can understand, although not agree, with their positions. Tourism in Pattaya is up, but for most business tourism is down. You see although the streets may be heaving with Chinese tour buses and locations like Bali Hai look more like the Beijing in rush hour than a seaside pier, business do not get a slice of this Chinese Yuan Currency coming in to the country – this reserved strictly for the tour operators and their cliché.

Traditional leisure operations designed originally for the Western single male tourist are feeling the pinch – but isn’t the truth that they have been feeling this pinch year on year ever since the pound crashed against the baht in 2008 – with the Brits losing almost 30% on their exchange rate from 72 baht to 52 baht per 100 baht. Anyone retired here in Thailand became 30% poorer practically overnight.

And then the Russian arrived in mass and Pattaya started to see couples and families holidaying in a resort previously reserved for older, single white males wanting nothing more than to drink, party, pick up women. – And for some at least, play golf.  The changes in Pattaya were already beginning.

The Russian market energised the property with even lower end Russians dreaming of a holiday home abroad buying into the Pattaya dream…and then the Ruble crashed and these Russians dreams were shattered, with many unable to make final payments on their off plans units. And just like that, Pattaya had a glut of new property needed selling to complete the projects.

Pattaya,l ike Thailand actually, consistently has boom and busts, but each time shows great bouncebackability…and after the Russians the saviours were the Chinese.

Speaking to many realtors and developers that have tapped in to this market, they believe the Chinese property buyer has another 5 years of boom left.

So parking these global changes that impacted on Pattaya evolving, take a look a little closer at what has been going on in the bars, or for that matter what hasn’t.

Bar girls found mobile phones – they found Badoo, Tinder and even Facebook to meet guys – and that changed the whole landscape for beer bars. Guys in the bars were no longer needed like they were before – and that was crushing. The single males Pattaya Disneyland was being dismantled, and being done so very quickly.

Maybe others should not be saying ‘Pray for Pattaya’ but ‘Rejoice in New Pattaya’ – and place you can now have a family and bring your kids to for a holiday.  Pattaya has so much to offer now, and any nay-sayer who disses Pattaya just hasn’t scraped the surface and their opinions should be discarded.

A cleaner Pattaya that can now tap into the forecasted 50 million tourists that analysts say will be visiting Thailand by 2030, up massively on the already record breaking 30m + tourists already visiting this great country.

Does Pattaya want a piece of this pie? Absolutely – the future is very rosy if it offers the right proposition to this new breed of tourists gracing our shores.

We can live in the past and stagnate or we can jump on board – unfortunately the one constant in life is change so embrace the future and be part of it, or fall by the side.

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Re: Only in pattaya - Foreigner Posing As A Policeman Robbing Tourists
« Reply #97 on: December 28, 2017, 01:24:16 PM »
Foreigner Posing As A Policeman Robbing Tourists In Pattaya

Pattaya police are on the hunt for a foreign man who has been robbing tourists in and around the city pretending to be a cop.



full story + pics @ stickboybkk.com
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Re: Only in pattaya - The 5 signs to look for that you should go home
« Reply #98 on: January 07, 2018, 01:16:06 PM »
The 5 signs to look for that you should go home and leave Pattaya

Living away from home and especially in Thailand in places like Pattaya can be moments of pure bliss, you are living the dream, right? But is everyone really living this dream life and are there red flag warning signs that you are better off jumping on a plane and getting back home?

This vlog playfully but with an air of seriousness looks at the warning signs that perhaps you are better off back home than in Pattaya.

We are have different standards and acceptable living conditions, but if you have succumbed to a 3k baht a month studio with no aircon and a cold, broken shower or even possibly a large barrel you need to fill with water. You know the type, studios in the same block as the workers of Soi Baukhao, then this is sign number 1. Your not living the dream, go home.

Sign number 2.  When you complain on one of the many online food groups when a breakfast costing 99 baht and that it is too expensive or the tea is not tetleys. Perhaps a member of staff didn’t courtesy for you too? Remember you do have the choice to buy a more expensive breakfast, but perhaps you are watching your sedang a little more than you should. I even see one guy complain to a restaurant that his curry serving was not big enough – it was a 149 baht meal deal that came with naan, rice and half a pint of beer. What does the guy want?

Drinking can often cross the line in Pattaya and become a big problem for some guys here. I knew one guy that said he got drunk not just everyday but twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon after he woke from his lunch time nap. If you are drinking everyday and before 5pm, Pattaya may be about to consume you and spit you out. Be warned, it could be time to leave.  Another big sign, if you have stopped drinking in a beer bar and now drink outside a 7-11 or a Thai shop as it’s cheaper; this too is a little alarming. That’s my sign number 3.

Number 4: If you have no money. I am sure there are many guys here that would struggle to even get a flight home anyway. They will live here with no health insurance and be the wrong side of 60 years old. It is a matter of time before something bad happens.

And finally, you have had or are having a bad experience with your Thai partner. Maybe they have taken all you have got and you are feeling depressed, alone and skint – but seem to think another teelak is still out there for you. Go home before you fall off a balcony.

To many this list will read as a bit of light hearted fun but I have lived in Pattaya for over ten years and sadly seen expats die far too young from over drinking, I have seen them not wanting to give up on Pattaya even with no money – and their life is worse than if they were just to get on a plane and go home. Pattaya is a fantastic place but too many people try and live the dream without the means to even pay for one good meal a day.

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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #99 on: January 07, 2018, 02:14:07 PM »
i'm alright jack, but you should just go home. typical of many the new expat that has emerged over the years,the grabbing all give nothing back. climb down of your high horse we are all the same lying down.the go home brigade is out again.some expats have not got nothing to go back to. being smug is not the answer,where as some helpful tips might be on how to economize on limited incomes. Pattaya is not thailand and probably the worst place to live on a budget anyway.

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You find yourself waiting for the Thaivisa email to arrive in your inbox so you can quote and reply to the comments of other posters rather than thinking of something original, interesting or amusing to post.  ;D
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #100 on: January 07, 2018, 04:53:39 PM »
no.7

you know when it's time to go home, when your in your cosy little air conditioned office writing about expats and where they go wrong.

who said stickmanbangkok ;) Sorry for the long rambling e-mail

Book smart but street dumb!

I met a working girl in Bangkok about a week ago, and now she wants to marry me. I'm not exactly sure how I let things get to this point. Everything just moved so fast. Apparently her family has already made arrangements and is expecting me to pay a huge dowry to them. I told the girl that I am basically broke and have nowhere near enough money to pay the dowry or the cost of the engagement ceremony, so the family is not happy now and the girl says that if I am not able to pay for the ceremony, that the father has already chosen a replacement to marry her.

She says she does not want to marry this other man since she does not love him and she has never even met him or seen him before, and that she loves me and wants to spend the rest of her life with me. I'm not sure if I'm being played or if there is something fishy going on, but I am just completely confused. Thai culture is completely foreign to me. I was always book smart and never the type to make impulsive decisions, but lately I feel like my judgment and ability to make rational decisions has eroded for some reason, so any help would be appreciated.

All my instincts are telling me to run away from this situation as fast as possible, but at the same time I would feel terrible if what this girl is telling me is true and that she will now be forced into marrying a man she doesn't love and has never even seen or met before. Sorry for the long rambling e-mail, but I am pretty lost at the moment and don't know anyone else to talk to for advice. Any tips would be appreciated.
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #101 on: January 07, 2018, 05:08:12 PM »
Take Steps,  great big ones.
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #102 on: January 07, 2018, 05:13:10 PM »

 ::)
♥ But she loves him she said so ♥
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #103 on: January 07, 2018, 05:50:06 PM »
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I met a working girl in Bangkok about a week ago, and now she wants to marry me.

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♥ But she loves him she said so ♥

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Re: Only in pattaya - "wandering about"
« Reply #104 on: February 02, 2018, 01:31:53 PM »
Twenty five hookers rounded up on beach road reports siamchonnews.com the charge  "wandering about"  this time  they were fined 1,000 bht each before being released to go back to their favourite spot to earn a crust. Wouldn't they be better to round up the cheap charlies that's feeding them the dough. Dangerous game pulling a freelancer, with a bar girl you have somewhere to go back to if you was to meet with a problem. But to fine them now they need extra punters to recover that money, is that stimulating or what.

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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #105 on: February 02, 2018, 03:32:50 PM »
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this time  they were fined 1,000 bht each before being released to go back to their favourite spot to earn a crust. 

Nice little earner for the BIB, bet they didn't get a receipt....lol
 

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Re: Only in pattaya - Guess what's now banned in pattaya
« Reply #106 on: February 05, 2018, 06:46:21 PM »
Bar goers in Pattaya were a bit upset this week after police put a stop to one of their favourite pastimes. 

NO ... Not smoking this time   No not prostitution. What DARTS nah surely not, yeah you now need a licence according to thepattayanews.com to play darts, now where are the pwicks, not in the dartboard that's for sure ;)

To play darts you need a dartboard license...but the license doesn't exist :spin

Dart boards/leagues suspended throughout Pattaya, Businesses told New license coming



Local darts player and darts associations were surprised to hear on February 2nd, 2018 that all darts leagues are to be suspended and dart boards to be taken down. The Pattaya Darts association says it has been told there is a new license that will need to be purchased by bars specifically for dart boards and dart leagues. This includes electronic dart boards, magnetic darts, etc.

However, at this time the darts license is not available. The Pattaya News can confirm that multiple area businesses have taken down their dart boards as a precaution, including the Retox group or suspended dart leagues at this time. Local dart players and the Dart Association of Thailand will be reaching out to City Hall to speak further clarification on this enforcement and when the license will be available as well as the cost.

Several days prior to this announcement The Pattaya News can confirm that the HK Darts Bar, located on Soi 6 in Pattaya, was raided by Thai law enforcement officials and multiple electronic dart games were confiscated and removed. They were also told they did not have a license for the machines (Even though one is not currently available) and as of this writing remains closed by law enforcement for license violations.

We here at The Pattaya News will provide followup when we have more information from City Hall and The Thailand Darts Association on this enforcement and license regulation regarding darts.

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Re: Only in pattaya - Guess what's now banned in pattaya
« Reply #107 on: February 05, 2018, 07:02:03 PM »
Forbidding traditional British barroom activities is probably the easiest way to get rid of drunk Brits without colliding with the interests of the Thai alcoholic beverages  industry.
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #108 on: February 05, 2018, 07:05:27 PM »
what about Ping pong  :evilgrin
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #109 on: February 05, 2018, 08:32:52 PM »
have i got this right a bar was raided for no darts licence, but a licence does not exist

four in a row anyone :salute
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Re: Only in pattaya - Rack up your balls if you have a licence
« Reply #110 on: February 06, 2018, 12:01:26 AM »


Pool Tables, Dance Floors to be taxed/licensed in addition to dart boards

The Pattaya News and local business owners have sought clarification from Pattaya City Hall and the Ampur on the news that dart boards are to be licensed and taxed. Officials from city hall clarified the following:

A. The current entertainment license does NOT cover pool tables, dart boards or dance floors. A business will need BOTH licenses. All types of dart boards, pool tables, etc are included even small play versions or magnetic/electronic dart boards.

B. There is to be a separate license, which they stated is available to purchase (at this time not confirmed or price confirmed and our contacts have stated they continue to inquire about this information but cannot get a set answer.) through the Ampur.

C. You will need a separate license for each item, for instance, if you have a pool table, a dart board and a dance floor you will need 3 separate licenses.

D. The license is based PER dart board or PER pool table. So a pool hall with multiple pool tables will pay substantially higher then a beer bar with a single pool table.

E. Dance floors are to be charged per square foot of the dance floor. This is why some discos, such as Bamboo near Walking Street, have opted to get rid of the dance floor.

F. Enforcement is currently taking place, regardless of the ability to properly get the license at this time, which is why multiple businesses have removed their dart boards or dance floors. Pool tables being announced as well will likely also cause disruption.

We here at The Pattaya News will continue to provide updates as we get them as this affects many tourists and expats alike in Pattaya.

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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #111 on: February 06, 2018, 10:09:40 AM »
Looks like the Thais are now rapidly catching up in cashing-in for bureaucrazy

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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #112 on: February 06, 2018, 04:45:53 PM »
The penis tax which was on the cards  :o pay by the inch - they have decided to wait until the weather warms up so they will get more revenue
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Re: Only in pattaya - sex with "Mr Claus" on Christmas Day
« Reply #113 on: February 06, 2018, 09:21:56 PM »
Why is it the most humorous news articles are always from pattaya - So that's why i got no pressies on christmas day santa was rumping with his bumchum. that's got to be santa, surely. well he only comes once a year, be careful they'll be taxing it soon i'm sure. The daily news reports ...

A ladyboy had stolen 5,000 baht from the tourist called Claus on Christmas Day. He met a ladyboy who suggested sex. when the mincing was over he used the bathroom only to find on his return 5,000 bht short. she/he went off with the money, the ladyboy being on bail from a previous charge claimed the money was from services rendered.   https://www.dailynews.co.th/regional/625254

Not as unlucky as an italian man who died on the job in pattaya 71yr.old . Police reported that a 71 year old gay Italian man died during oral sex on Sunday morning. A 22 yr old thai man said he was hired for sex. He was about to climax, completing the act with his own hand but passed out.
https://news.sanook.com/5223522/

is there really a need for all that info. i mean what a blow that was. died by his own hand is that suicide.
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Re: Only in pattaya - sex with "Mr Claus" on Christmas Day
« Reply #114 on: February 07, 2018, 03:42:15 PM »
So that's why i got no pressies on christmas day

you got no presents as he now has an empty sack :lol
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Re: Only in pattaya - Soi Hongnam
« Reply #115 on: February 09, 2018, 08:27:04 PM »
Surprising how many bars in pattaya don't have a toilet, when you gotta go you gotta go, so if your near soi 7 just use your nose to find the nearest toilet
a  five-gallon bucket, toilet seat, and shower curtain to protect toilet-goers modesty. The bucket is periodically drained into a nearby sewer, so they say.

Soi Hongnam: Sukhumvit Soi 7 has become the city center’s de facto public toilet

more pics, full story: coconuts.co


 
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #116 on: February 10, 2018, 12:15:17 PM »
Thaiga, that is enough toilet stories. Now go and wash your hands!
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Re: Only in pattaya
« Reply #117 on: February 10, 2018, 01:34:17 PM »
Can you imagine public toilets in pattaya  :fart Off course they would go down well  ;D put a few on beach road  ;) post below from December 28, 2011
pattayamail.com


Pattaya plans beachfront public toilets
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Re: Only in pattaya - Soi Hongnam
« Reply #118 on: February 10, 2018, 08:55:53 PM »
Surprising how many bars in pattaya don't have a toilet, when you gotta go you gotta go, so if your near soi 7 just use your nose to find the nearest toilet
a  five-gallon bucket, toilet seat, and shower curtain to protect toilet-goers modesty. The bucket is periodically drained into a nearby sewer, so they say.

far too many kick the bucket in pattaya
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Re: Only in pattaya - My Very First Experience and Memories of Pattaya
« Reply #119 on: March 07, 2018, 01:24:29 PM »
Dan cheeseman has been very busy, way t go dan and good luck to yer. I see the beer swilling critics on t/v have been very busy running poor ole dan down, he's earnt the name of cheesy, little do they know trolling draws attention, free advertising for dan.

My Very First Experience and Memories of Pattaya

It feels like a dream now when I look back on my first experience of coming to Thailand, it was well over ten years ago now and things have changed a lot – both for Thailand and me personally.

A beast of a long haul flight

Even my memories of the plane journey here are very different now to when I get a plane to and from the UK when I go back to see family and friends. Roll back a decade and a long haul 12 hour flight from Heathrow to Bangkok was epic, it was unheard of to travel such distance for me. Before hand I considered a 2 and a half hour drive from London to Birmingham a long journey, now such distances I can do at a canter.

Whether it is rose tinted glasses I cannot be sure, but the plane trip seemed different. I remember seeing far more single, aging guys on the plane than is the case now. Now I absolutely see families and it’s a challenge to find the guy on his way to Pattaya for a blow out. I find the tattoos and boy band haircuts on the retirees the biggest giveaway. By virtue of the fact I am myself a Pattaya expat, I hope this gives me license to make such jokes without be torn apart on Thaivisa or another such Facebook group.

When I first traveled to Thailand it was with my younger brother, he suggested the trip to Pattaya. I was recently single and he said Pattaya would be like paradise for me. Who was I to turn down such a proposition?

Back then the international airport was Don Muang airport, so straight after the long flight you then needed to do another 2 hour taxi journey to get to Pattaya. But I enjoyed the taxi journey, for I was in awe of being in Asia. I found my energy immediately, until we arrived in Soi Baukhao.

‘Where the hell have you brought me?’


When I got out of the taxi the first thing I did was ask my brother, ‘Where the hell have you brought me?’. It was a mess, lots of overhead hanging cables, it stunk from the underground road drainage. Mt first impression of Pattaya was very bad. And then, of course, I went out in the evening into the bars and my view of Pattaya changed very quickly. I was a single guy in my late twenties so you can imagine. The women were gorgeous and all over me. My brother was right, this was paradise.

The bar scene has changed incredibly in a decade. I loved the Soi 7 and 8 adventures back then, the classic open beer bar was so much fun. Sadly these days seem numbered and are making way for air conditioned venues and nightclubs. Back in 2006 Pattaya was the stomping ground for the older Western guy, not a Russian, Chinese or Family in sight.

The Pleasant Fragrances Synonymous with Pattaya

For me though some of my biggest memories are from the smells. Wherever you went you could smell the fresh laundry from where the clothes were hanging to dry on the side of the sois. When I smell this now it immediately ignites my first memories of being in Thailand. And in the morning the chicken BBQ smell from the various food vendors found all over the Sois – it is such a symbolic fragrance of being in Thailand for me. Beautiful. Plus, and I never did find the name of the perfume, many of the women here in Thailand wear a perfume that is only found in this country, it is a local company that produces it and its much cheaper than the big brands. Because of my first hand experiences in Thailand from that first vacation, I find it a particularly sexy smell now.

Of course, the climate made a huge impact on me. Wonderful heat all day long. Thailand, from my very first vacation here, I was addicted forever. My memories of Pattaya – although certainly a little devious- I will always cherish, it was an adventure not every person gets to experience in their lifetime.

And for all you with your own memories of Pattaya from a decade ago, who cannot forget this song…

*** PATTAYA Song ***


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