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On 11/14/2019 at 12:59 PM, GoodieAfterDark said:

Before Internet, Thailand and specially Pattaya was a little secret. 

Yes my first visit was in 2004.  I kind of stumbled on to the place actually thanks to the internet.  It was the year I finally got all my finances sorted out, new passport and was ready to visit Asia.  It was heaven, and I went back two times a year every year for the 5 years.  Noticed a change after the Thaksin coup, then a big change as the Russians moved in, then a bigger change after those Bangkok floods.  It was my opinion that anybody that could move did move to a city with any infrastructure such as Pattaya. 

 

I don't think all the bar girls are saying 4,000 baht a night.  That was not what I heard this last August when I was there.  Maybe some of the pricier gogo girls

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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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On 11/14/2019 at 5:18 AM, webfact said:

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

They are back in farangland, just like myself. Exchange rate and visa issues etc etc etc etc.   You asked for it. 

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On 11/14/2019 at 11:57 AM, James Chloe said:

I'm in Pattaya right now. It is unusually dead. There aren't many farangs, and my friends that manage bars on walking street say it is a terrible season and they would only have 1-2 customers a night. But my friend who manages a bar on Soi 6 seems to be happy. There seems to be less girls on Soi 6 though.

 

Walking street seems pretty dead, but has a ton of indians. Previously I would see walking street filled with beautiful thai women, and now it's mostly indian guys. I talked to a couple of my friends who are dancers and they said they don't go with indians because they don't spend money and laughed at me when I told them thailand expects indian/chinese to save the season.

 

Definitely no big inrush of Chinese to the gogos. I think I visited most of the ones near the first half of walking street before the indian part of it.


It's weird because more places are open around pattaya, but they're filled with older tourists who aren't partying at all -- not even sure why they're here tbh.

 

I've also noticed more white girls running around near LK metro, which is strange. 

Honestly I hope things turn around because I really love this city. 

On a side note: One of the managers at a bar on walking street just switched over from selling/managing properties. She said the real estate market is dead. "Nobody is buying or renting." So now she works in a go-go.

thats a prob im having here currently.

 

in soi buakhao seems to be older guys drinking in bars, but not really having fun or partying. they kind of just sit there and stare.

 

the only ones appearing to have a good time are the girls in the bars, but thats the act.

 

i wanted to be somewhere thats fun and makes me feel young again, like vegas would be in the states if you were a high roller, and pattaya has not been that place so far for me. hope that changes come high season.

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38 minutes ago, fhickson said:

thats a prob im having here currently.

 

in soi buakhao seems to be older guys drinking in bars, but not really having fun or partying. they kind of just sit there and stare.

 

the only ones appearing to have a good time are the girls in the bars, but thats the act.

 

i wanted to be somewhere thats fun and makes me feel young again, like vegas would be in the states if you were a high roller, and pattaya has not been that place so far for me. hope that changes come high season.

The old guys have considerably less money these days and often can't rise to the occasion any more.

 

Not an ideal recipe for having fun or partying.

 

It normally starts picking up around now in mid November when the younger blokes who are still earning start to arrive. This high season (if there is one) should be interesting.

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8 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

Only idiots pay this kind of money for a 5 minutes pleasure.

Excuse me..........eight minutes if you don't mind!!!

 

No, only joking as I do not take girls from bars, but I do have bar owner friends and know some of the girls that work in the bars, and there are indeed some "stupid" prices being asked for a "take away".

 

Not only that, if one engages in some sort of "conversation" with one of the bar girls and offers to buy them a drink, then that could end up costing 250 baht per tiny shot, before the bargaining even starts.

 

It seems pretty obvious to those of us who have lived here for quite some time, that if prices are as indicated above, then business is going to fall away (I was going to say drop off, but was being wary of the pun).

 

Many of the bar girls I know and who have been unsuccessful in their nightly interactions with farangs, end up going to a nightclub or two where they will become more readily available for a fraction of the price, up to a point when they get so drunk they couldn't give a <deleted>!!

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17 minutes ago, xylophone said:

Many of the bar girls I know and who have been unsuccessful in their nightly interactions with farangs, end up going to a nightclub or two where they will become more readily available for a fraction of the price, up to a point when they get so drunk they couldn't give a <deleted>!!

or the reluctantly accept lower prices and end up stealing <deleted> in the room...

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On 11/17/2019 at 2:59 AM, yogi100 said:

The old guys have considerably less money these days and often can't rise to the occasion any more.

 

Not an ideal recipe for having fun or partying.

 

It normally starts picking up around now in mid November when the younger blokes who are still earning start to arrive. This high season (if there is one) should be interesting.

one place thats pretty depressing is those bars in front of nirun condos.

 

the same old guys sit there and drink each night. they are kind of out of shape and dont look real vibrant. i guess they are retired and not working. they just seem to sit there and the bar girls pester them for who knows what.

 

not sure what the story is actually, ive known old guys who were broke and drinking regularly who were really outgoing and cool, but there seems to be a depressing element here i cant put my finger on. maybe its satiation when all your needs are met, theres no edge there.

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On 11/14/2019 at 5:28 AM, Beggar said:

I have been living here for more than 20 years and I have to admit that am not a bar goer. But I see more and more bars every year and endless ladies waiting for customers. The military government even has extended the opening times here in Pattaya. So what went wrong? 

 

 

Poontang too expensive?

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On 11/18/2019 at 5:28 PM, fhickson said:

one place thats pretty depressing is those bars in front of nirun condos.

 

the same old guys sit there and drink each night. they are kind of out of shape and dont look real vibrant. i guess they are retired and not working. they just seem to sit there and the bar girls pester them for who knows what.

 

not sure what the story is actually, ive known old guys who were broke and drinking regularly who were really outgoing and cool, but there seems to be a depressing element here i cant put my finger on. maybe its satiation when all your needs are met, theres no edge there.

Perhaps they,'re depressed because they can,t afford beer and boom -boom so just settle for the amber nectar.

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On 11/16/2019 at 6:23 PM, gk10002000 said:

Yes my first visit was in 2004.  I kind of stumbled on to the place actually thanks to the internet. 

What did you do a websearch for to come up with Pattaya ?

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