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It's been about 8yrs since I set foot in Pattaya, so clearly high time I booked a holiday with view to returning in a year or two on a more permanent basis. I'll write this in a diary style though not on a day to day basis as I have things to do, and with that in mind I'll keep it short and sweet. At this stage it's only fair to point out that I was expat from 97 - 11, so naturally I'm still stuck in a 2011 timewarp so my findings will tend to have a then and now approach.

 

Things didn't start well I have to say. I had pre-booked a room on soi Chaiyapoon at shall I say, one of the better known GH's on that street and through a brief exchange of emails,  a large room was procured. Having secured a flight with Thai Airways, and setting up collection through the  Bell Transport bus, I was ready to roll. Now un-beknown to me, Thai Airways flights have been routinely delayed for a while due to some re routing issues (but not reflected in their timings). We actually arrived at Swampy about 45 mins late and missed my 4pm date with the coach by 30 mins. No problemo, the rep says, pay B30 and get the 6pm bus - so I thought what the hell it'll give me time to exchange some notes at the Value Plus booth on the basement level and a quick trip to the jet-sip et for some chilled tea.

We finally roll into Pattaya some time before 8, and eventually I am deposited outside said GH by the minibus. One slight technical problem though - it was fucking closed and shuttered, but at least I wasn't standing in the middle of the street in the pissing rain. That would have been just too melodramatic. Then I remembered a BM saying he had actually stayed opposite, so I trundled my case across and secured a room, albeit on the top floor. A decent enough room for B600 I guess, and all was dandy - that is until the Triangle Bar started up their live performance at 9-ish and rocked my world. Not a problem for most as you're most likely to be heading out before then, and coming back after 2 when they're done. But tough shit if you want a quiet night in.

The next morning I went across to try and re-secure the original room, only to be told it was already rented out and that the whole place closes at 6pm anyway. I didn't feel like arguing so opted to stay another night where I was and find another quieter place, which turned out to be the Chaiyapoon Inn at the other end of the street, which I know from previous experience, isn't partially submerged every time it rains. Nice little hotel, very reasonable in price thanks to the time of year. Sadly though, my room had A/C problems and they couldn't move me to a similar room, so the hunt was on for another gaff! I'd already chatted with the lb cashier in the NYC bar opposite, so was surprised when she suggested I try a room upstairs as they have a few for renting out. A large room with A/C, fridge and TV - nothing spectacular but for B500 a night it hit the spot perfectly. Entrance through the bar, keycard after it closes for the night. Fast wi-fi @ 86/38 for those that need to know.

 

So far, so good......... TBC.

 

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15 hours ago, Pdoggg said:

Looking forward to your adventures Ring Master! :drinks:

Seems like you hit a few roadbumps. I heard water was being shut off in parts of Pattaya today. Hope the water is flowing at your guesthouse! 

Not had any problems here, but  it's always been common enough in certain parts. I remember a long while back, one quite posh area going without water for several months - imagine that in your multi-million baht house. I'm actually living over a bar which rents out rooms upstairs (pretty discrete considering) but it does appear to be deep in the heart of Ladyboyland as I can hear the constant squawking over the telly..........

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I'm still searching around for the optimum brekkie, not that I want to travel very far. So far, I reckon Retox (soi leng kee) has the drop on the others at B99 for a full English - a simply massive plateful which I struggled with though they should supply statins on request. Cheap Charlies is another place nearby which can set you back B89 for a full English though not in the same category as Retox. The redeeming feature is the lb waitress who looks disarmingly familiar. Yes, I also have a built-in tranny sonar which is sounding off at all to frequent intervals. Biggest dissapointment goes to Continental Bakery at B149. They still can't do toast properly even if they do make it themselves - probably warmed it up on the window sill.

 

TBC...

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23 hours ago, bumblebee said:

Always good to hear of others experiences during the low season as I have only ever been there once at this time of year and it was fairly dead around town.   Thanks for the on the ground report RM. :hi:

Always liked low(er) season myself.  had a few dalliances in the two night I spent in town this week and the lowest was an 8 and the others were a 9 and a 9.5!!  OUTSTANDING!!!

Bought a couple of shirts one morning from a stall and they seemed well chuffed for the biz.  After that I walked thru Mikes Shopping Mall and they were all over me like a rash.  Just got the feeling the were desperate for some sales......

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Only the usual suspects! Of interest? Well it's horses for courses here - I'm staying opposite zaza massage and according to our lb cashier the large, brash one called Lisa (the 'hello gurl') has a biggun' at least and is popular with farangs. Can't really confirm this as I'm a femboy addict but might be worth a shot if that's your bag.

There does seem to be a fair few kat bars in this neck of the woods, all the way from (in)Action Street down to Tree Town and MiT. I prefer to hunt 'em down in the wilds so it's the latter two for me as I enjoy the mix of gurls and girls. Took a stroll along beach road up to the Dusit but unfortunately the Fuzz were doing one of their sweeps that night and carted all the hookers away. I'm still planning tonight's endeavours; keep meaning to visit Walking Street but aren't feeling the love.

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8 hours ago, ring_master said:

. I prefer to hunt 'em down in the wilds so it's the latter two for me as I enjoy the mix of gurls and girls. 

There certainly is an excitement hunting in mixed bar areas, never knowing when a hidden gem will emerge from all the GG clutter...and noise.  I know now you feel about a reluctance to check out WS, it can be like an assault course getting past the Chinese tour groups.

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Ah.....OK......so I did actually go to WS last night! After a very relaxing 2hr massage at a proper place I thought what the hell, may as well go tonight whilst I'm in the mood. It's a sight these days - so many tour parties on their zero dollar tours and Christ knows who and what else. And then there's the bars/discos catering to specific nationalities (like they're too good to mix with anyone else), all unbelievably busy for low season. Linda bar was quiet though, and Katoeys r Us was dead, though at B110 for a draught beer I don't think they'll be busting the doors down to get in.

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Lets be honest, there really is no reason to go to Walking Street.  Between the traffic, the hustle, the herds of lookey loos its just not that great for, especially, us long term mongers.  I used to enjoy the Happy Hour at Honeys or was it Happs Go Go where they always danced topless.  Used to be 60-70 baht for a watered down Sangsom + Coke.  Good for a couple of pops and some eye candy.

The only other reason i would visit that area is to put on the feed bag @ The Beer Garden.  Was there recentl with a couple of gents and it was busy.  Food was good, service was good and priced right!

Otherwise i would be happy NOT to go south of VT 6!!!!!!

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I have many happy memories of WS from 'the old days' of 10yrs back, all stemming from my time living in South Pattaya, so I'm sad to see it's turned out this way. I took a ton of photos at a couple of the go-go's then, and was surprised to see a few of the girls still working there, so now of course I've got to go back and show them!

As a place to live I found South Pattaya to be OK (I used to live in Centre Condo next to the temple) as it's more of a commercial district, so if I decide to go again I'll take a closer look at Mosaik as they just offered me a smaller size apartment for B700 a night. With a couple of supermarkets on my doorstep, it makes a very good point for self-catering even if it is just for a cup of coffee and some cake. I very much doubt if I'll be staying on soi Buakow again - place is a death trap for walking along and you just can't get away from it all even if you want too.

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Walked down to South Pattaya this morning for brekkie at a small bistro owned by an old friend. Conversation got around to 'retirement visas' as I was kind of under the impression that it was a no-go area to use an agent these days what with the new regs and everything - I'm really talking about trying to avoid the 800k deposit for whatever reason you might have. He says that 4 or 5 of his customers use Cambodia Inter (a place I used to use for border runs) and have been doing so for some time now. As it was on my way back I popped in to confirm the costs and details (22k for the initial and then 14k every year). For B200 they'll even run you up to soi 5 and do the lot for you while you wait. Still not sure if I want to come back here and live as I've yet to check out Cambodia, but it could well put Pattaya back in the running if I went this route. We shall see....

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On 6/19/2019 at 7:17 AM, ring_master said:

I have many happy memories of WS from 'the old days' of 10yrs back, 

EZY Bar was the main draw for many of us down that way at that time as you know.  Then later on when Karl wasn’t looking we could nip over to Linda bar and watch the passing show.  Was never a big fan of Jenny Star Bar, but it it did contribute to the attraction of the area for our scene.  

Good times indeed.

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Talking of JSB, I've still got some photos I took there in 2002. In those days you could get little Amy there for B500 LT - or any of them for that matter. Then stardom arrived in the shape of the pornographers and the internet - the rest is history.

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14 hours ago, ring_master said:

I've still got some photos I took there in 2002.

Now that’s ladyboy scene history for sure.  My first time hitting WS was late 2003, Linda bar was much busier then, probably as there were not too many alternative venues for them to gather. I passed JSB every night but never ventured in.  Thanks for bringing back some early Los memories RM. :hi:

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