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6 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

I think I remember that. I spent more time down by the tracks though 🙂

So you remember the ole drinking spot at the train tracks. 

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4 minutes ago, holy cow cm said:

So you remember the ole drinking spot at the train tracks. 

yeah the beer bars. Anybody been to the Tahitian Queen in Pattaya? 

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2 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

yeah the beer bars. Anybody been to the Tahitian Queen in Pattaya? 

The beer bars were on the left side just before the tracks, but the oldie would have been on the opposite side of the road just before crossing the tracks sort of in a cut off Sukhumvit road and was the late late drinking open air made of nothing place. No walls just chairs etc and a roof.  Thai locals and girls would go to drink after all had closed just to continue on. That was the first train tracks watering hole for after Nana hours.

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On 10/13/2019 at 12:44 PM, villagefarang said:

I seem to remember there were three tall buildings back then, Indra Hotel, Dusit Hotel and the Chok Chai Building out on Sukhumvit.  No expressway, no skytrain, no cellphones, basically a never-ending list of things big and small.  Life is much easier and more convenient these days.  It can be a bit hard to get your bearings if you have been away for a few years, though.

I was last there 4 years ago... I didn't need my bearings. The taxi turned down Sathorn Tai and just sat there... We didn't move for 30 minutes. I got out and walked. I would have to live somewhere where there is food in walking distance.. 

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21 minutes ago, kenk24 said:
On 10/13/2019 at 12:44 PM, villagefarang said:

I seem to remember there were three tall buildings back then, Indra Hotel, Dusit Hotel and the Chok Chai Building out on Sukhumvit.  No expressway, no skytrain, no cellphones, basically a never-ending list of things big and small.  Life is much easier and more convenient these days.  It can be a bit hard to get your bearings if you have been away for a few years, though.

I was last there 4 years ago... I didn't need my bearings. The taxi turned down Sathorn Tai and just sat there... We didn't move for 30 minutes. I got out and walked. I would have to live somewhere where there is food in walking distance..

During the 30 years I lived in Bangkok, location was very important.  These days when we visit Bangkok from Chiangrai, we stay in hotels in the area where we use to live or at a friend's condo which is conveniently located fairly near a skytrain station.

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1 hour ago, villagefarang said:

During the 30 years I lived in Bangkok

so you were still a tourist  …..  

with 37 yrs under my belt I can remember numerous changes and funny stories.

 

 

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20 minutes ago, steven100 said:
1 hour ago, villagefarang said:

During the 30 years I lived in Bangkok

so you were still a tourist  …..  

with 37 yrs under my belt I can remember numerous changes and funny stories.

We are definitely tourists these days when we go to Bangkok and normally a few days is enough to get things done, see friends and shop.  Then it is back to Chiangrai where we have lived for more than 12 years.

 

The last time I was a tourist coming from overseas was back in 1975 to 1977.

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Most of the buses haven't changed though. We still have the smoke-belching pieces of **** plying the same routes.

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Property values have risen and people that own the properties are now looking to upgrade and make the changes.  A lot of the old places are going away.

All you have to do is look around the area of sala daeng and you can see it.

 

Personally I think PAT PONG is going to be gone in 10 years if not sooner.

People are not interested in the market there and the stalls and the ping pong shoes are over done.

 

Every other part of the area is upgraded and from what I am told the rents that are being charged are through the roof.

 

Khao san had to make a few changes to stay relevant as there are not as many backpackers as there used to be.

 

For the rest of the city it is easy to explain Bangkok is a major international city therefore like Toronto and Ottawa in Canada and Las Vegas and other NYC and other cities it has to grow.

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On 10/12/2019 at 3:33 AM, OneMoreFarang said:

27 years, and things changed. Amazing, and so unexpected. 😉 

Everything always changes in this world.  My grandfather was shocked at how much things changed between the early 1900's and 1980.  

      Years ago I had next door neighbours.... wonderful very elderly husband and wife in their 90's.... who lived before the Wright brothers got off the ground... and lived to see men walk on the moon and jet travel across oceans. Amazing to visit that couple and spend a couple hours talking about the past and what they had seen and experienced. 

    Things change... can't escape that..... Welcome to life and planet Earth. 

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On 10/14/2019 at 12:09 PM, moontang said:

oh, and who remembers the Hollywood Bar at NEP...never seen anything better since.  Did a grand mariner and got a juice glass filled to the rim.  

I also moss washinhton square .had many a good niye at yhe New squate one bar. It was dirty and grotty but the Girls were great.owned by a pommy.

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17 hours ago, holy cow cm said:

So you remember the ole drinking spot at the train tracks. 

Buckskin Joe's viilage, but always referred tos Soi Zero. 

 

Many things have changed radically. 

 

The mrt and Skytrain, there used to be a wet market on the corner of asoke and Sukhumvit. 

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17 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

yeah the beer bars. Anybody been to the Tahitian Queen in Pattaya? 

Yes some years ago. A certain Hash usually ends there. Or used to.

 

Back to Bangkok. What about the gravel car park at the corner of Asok. The original? location of Lolitas. 

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