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Pattaya boomtown! Tourists throng Walking Street! But where are the farangs?


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7 hours ago, impulse said:

 

Have a look at the departure area in BKK and you'll see the Chinese with suitcases stuffed full of goodies they've bought in Thailand to take back home.  Spend, they do.  Just not on the stupid things westerners fritter away their holiday money on.

 

I think you have a valid observation.  The Chinese definitely have a custom of bringing things back from a trip to give to friends or relatives, or may be a way of showing off, I'm not sure of the roots of the custom

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They walk up and down...usually following someone with toy on the end of a stick...they do not spend anything in the bars/entertainment venues..then back to their chinese owned hotels 

Russian wives looking for their husbands? 

Seeing the sights that walking street offers but will not be participating that's for sure. Just passing through. It's all about the money and Thailand is not a value for money destination anymor

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11 hours ago, Xaos said:

This are buses dropping chinese to go follow flag go through WS then back to 2nd rd. hoop on bus go to prepaid resteurant. Heres thier other photo. 

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Yes.  Just like at the BKK airport.  While sitting there this July and waiting for the bus to Pattaya, in about 1/2 hour I saw well over one dozen of the groups blindly following their little flag bearer/tour group leader.  And on arrival and later in August at departure, just a casual glance shows groups and groups of them.  As you said, organized pre paid tours, in and out.  I so miss Pattaya of say 2004 or 2005.  An actual low season, a fun high season. 

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10 minutes ago, RickoMortis said:

14 years ago the standard price for any bar girl in Pattaya was 500 baht £8, for that she would stay all night long for adult fun between the sheets. These days the Bar girls are demanding 4,000 Baht, plus a Bar fine for 4 hours of, adult, fun between the sheets (£96) due the the very strong Baht and the weak Pound. Greed has ruined what was a very cheap place now every thing is over priced not just Bargirls, but beer prices and hotels. Most of us old timers now find our adult, entertainment in the Philippines where the Bargirls and the beer prices are very cheap still. Much more for your money and often its a buyers market even when just renting. Ive allways spent money on Women and Beer then would waste the rest. 

Cheap prostitutes and cheap beer 

Where to go to next ?

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2 hours ago, atyclb said:

 

thai alphabet definitely has "l" sound consonants, two as i recall. reason most thais pronounce farang as falang is laziness/shortcut pronouncing the "r" consonant in farang

 

the same with . aroy .   usually spoken .   aloy

I seem to hear the opposite. For example, I have heard Thais saying "shopping morr", instead of "shopping mall". For some reason they seem to have a hard time to pronounce syllables with "L".

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11 hours ago, Ricky J said:

Too expensive, girls getting fat, security getting nasty, too many bar bins being ripped off, girls putting a way TOO high a price on themselves, and the attitudes getting really horrible, the racism is becoming obvious,,,, did I forget something ???

Soi dog's.

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45 minutes ago, gk10002000 said:

I think you have a valid observation.  The Chinese definitely have a custom of bringing things back from a trip to give to friends or relatives, or may be a way of showing off, I'm not sure of the roots of the custom

I see Chinese tourists buying clothes in Primark and C&A on the Damrak in Amsterdam,I always wonder what percentage of the clothes are made in china,keeps the economy ticking over I guess.

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10 hours ago, kingofthemountain said:

20 years ago there was much more bars than now (Probably 50% more)

for example all the zone beetwen second road and beach road, from walking street

to Naklua (Including this 2 locations) was almost bars areas, where you have now mostly

hotels, condos, and mails or small streets dying (From soi 13\1 to soi 13\4).

What went wrong? It's easy to understand for all the one coming from the euro zone

https://fxtop.com/fr/loupe-graphique-historique-taux-change.php?C1=EUR&C2=THB&A=1&DD1=01&MM1=01&YYYY1=2005&DD2=13&MM2=11&YYYY2=2019&LARGE=1&LANG=fr&CJ=0&MM1Y=0&TR=

15 years ago you had more 50 bahts for 1 euro, today it's 33 bahts

and in the same time the prices have doubled for the 2 things most of the

men come in Pattaya for (The booze and the girls, nobody come in Pattaya for the beach or the sea)

I remember it was a dead zone after you crossed central road till you got to soi6.

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The dollar is still 30 baht to the dollar so it's still not bad for Americans.  However Indians and Chinese cause the others to not wanting to be there.  Most thai ladies shun the Indians and say they are dirty and will never go with them.  I never will forget I heard 5 Indian guys haggling a streetwalker on the beach one night.  They were trying to get her to go back with all 5 of them for a total of 2000 baht and all 5 get a chance with her.  If they had offered her 1500 baht each I bet she would've said yes.  Those guys must've had one desperate lady accept that deal before so they figured to try again.  

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18 hours ago, webfact said:

But many Thai posters on the Facebook site asked - Where are the farangs? 

 

They noted that most of those in the pictures were Indian and Chinese; the few Westerners in sight were probably Russian, they reckoned. 

All these Thais have not read the news for the last year or so?  TAT has been in the news many times talking about the huge number of Chinese and India tourists.  Nothing newsworthy here

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