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Work, work related, neighbors, golf and, yeah, my pharmacist 😆(I see him monthly. I 'wish' my Doctor, 'cause she's pretty 🤣). I might could have included my son's school teachers and his friends parents (I'm still in a parent's LINE group), but we just live too far away (for me). The wife still has friends from there.

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3 hours ago, possum1931 said:

What does TDY mean? Another poster who thinks he is on his smartphone texting instead of a forum

Initials can be OK if the full words have already been used, but TDY??

TDY is universally understood as "Temporary Duty".  Their military spouses were sent away...so they came back to the bars to play...😊

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Some nice posts here, yearning for a time when BKK/Thailand was a simpler, friendlier place. Sure, some of the impromptu bars which would spring up from time to time, made for decent meeting spots, especially in weird places like 'Blade Runner Alley' (the small alley between Suk soi 5-7) or Buckskin Joe Village.

The sad fact for me is that I grew weary of making pals a while ago (having been fortunate enough to have been a 'long term' expat in BKK most of my adult life, friends were thick on the ground in the aforementioned times; my own personal 'Golden years' being the late 1990s, to the mid 2000s).

Though most went home in the end, only a few from those days remain in Thailand (I myself am on sabbatical leave until this darned plague is passed).

Of those few who remain most are scattered around the Kingdom, some have sadly passed away, but the truth was that it just got too depressing, saying farewell to good people, seemingly week-in, week out, especially in the time of the strong baht so in my last few years there. Even though most, having laid down roots in BKK would return for visits, our time had passed, and try as we might to recapture that time, it remained out of our reach. though, superficially, the stage remained the same, in appearance, the cast had changed, not always to the benefit of the bigger play. 

I became pretty much of an anti-social misanthrope who found walking the familiar pavements of Lower Suk, where I had enjoyed so many great times in the past, just too difficult. Every now and again I would bump into a face from the Golden Years either a Thai or a Westerner, but the ensuing nostalgia trip recalling those happier times, was always depressing in the end, realising those times are gone, with our youths like whispers on the wind. i recall one night walking up Soi 1 where we would stay religiously in the old Golden Palace Hotel, passing the site of that institution, I felt I could almost hear the echoes of some of our wild late night pool parties still hanging in the air, but they were too far distant to truly hear. On my last visit, I found it almost painful to sit in some of those places from the 'Golden Years' such as Chequers,  Big Dog's and Lucky Luke's (or Tiki as it is now named). Luckily I got to have a last spin around Blade Runner Alley, and Check Inn 99 before that area was razed. It fills me with Joy to see the BierGarten hanging on in there while all around gets smashed no doubt for more pointless malls, which will remain empty, more over priced condos no one will buy, or another posh hotel which will run on 10% occupancy. I hope some of the old places fight on, as when attending the funeral of Sam - one of the old gang - in Wales last summer, the minister said 'while they remain in our memories, they are never truly departed' and in those places they are remembered, in fact pictures of Sam and others of the mob, are still on some of the 'rogue's galleries' in a few of our old haunts, long may they remain so.

 

 

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3 hours ago, possum1931 said:

What does TDY mean? Another poster who thinks he is on his smartphone texting instead of a forum

Initials can be OK if the full words have already been used, but TDY??

Temporary Duty Travel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_duty_assignment

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3 hours ago, Pilotman said:

if she was a young, long dark hair, dark eyes, stunning body and low morals, then, yes,  absolutely.

just went and looked again. still just me. 

 

to be honest if i was as hot as you say i would want to go <deleted> myself. 

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9 minutes ago, IvorLott said:

Soi 1 [...] Golden Palace Hotel

I stayed in that place for a few nights I think on my first visit to Thailand in the early 199x.

At that time I though it's a fifthly place - but at least cheap.

I guess if I would have stayed long enough I would have discovered that that filth was part of the theme similar to the old Thermae. 😉 

13 minutes ago, IvorLott said:

It fills me with Joy to see the BierGarten hanging on in there

I wonder how many people will miss that place after it will be gone. Many many years ago it was pretty interesting with lots of freelancers. But in the last years (decade?) it seems all the women in there are the leftover from the last decades. Maybe interesting for a nostalgia trip but definitely no place anymore to look for fresh freelance entertainment.

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I don’t trust anyone especially my ex Dutch friend , he reported me for Ganja because he rip me off motorbike in Deal , I had prescription luckily he’s  Big Mouth and Big Ego 39 years old Now,  Beware...Sounds illiterate with his English 

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9 minutes ago, Ireland32 said:

I don’t trust anyone especially my ex Dutch friend , he reported me for Ganja because he rip me off motorbike in Deal , I had prescription luckily he’s  Big Mouth and Big Ego 39 years old Now,  Beware...Sounds illiterate with his English 

As they say... with friends like that you don't need enemies...

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1 hour ago, OneMoreFarang said:

I stayed in that place for a few nights I think on my first visit to Thailand in the early 199x.

At that time I though it's a fifthly place - but at least cheap.

I guess if I would have stayed long enough I would have discovered that that filth was part of the theme similar to the old Thermae. 😉 

I wonder how many people will miss that place after it will be gone. Many many years ago it was pretty interesting with lots of freelancers. But in the last years (decade?) it seems all the women in there are the leftover from the last decades. Maybe interesting for a nostalgia trip but definitely no place anymore to look for fresh freelance entertainment.

The Golden Palace was cheap and cheerful, at around 450-500B for a room with AC, fridge, Hot water, TV, as well as a belting pool, made it  great deal for that area - if not the entire city. Agreed, it was threadbare and a little shabby,  It was a real throwback/time capsule to the VietNam R'n'R days even down to the authentic 1960s jukebox in the coffee shop. Sadly, the hotels from that era are slipping away one by one, with only the Miami remaining. 

 

I think the Biergarten is one of the last of the 'Old School' Bangkok/Asia drinking dives, many an 'Old Asia Hand' wipes away a tear at the mention of these places.

(I wonder how a 'Best Bar in Asia' thread would read in this day an age? with so many of the standard 'classics' which used to be found in the many versions on this theme now long gone. 

The quality of the women there (The BierGarten) has fluctuated over the years, from the downright ghastly to the surprisingly hot on my last visit but maybe that is more my getting on in years....

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Dogging......

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Morning coffee and community crossword in lobby of a long-stay Pattaya hotel, including two Brits, an ex-cop who lived in the same little mountain town in California as I did, and an Aussie who is now my landlord.

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I met most of my very few friends here in Thailand through the Meet Up websites, but also in several Bangkok music venues, or a couple of English-speaking Thais in my immediate neighborhood. 

 

I’ve lived here on the fringes of greater Bangkok for just under 20 years after retiring from teaching in the USA.  My best friend is my wonderful Thai wife, although our language communications are less than comprehensive – since I have an acute disability in foreign language auditory-processing (from childhood accidental brain damage to my left Planum Temporale), and her English is rudimentary.  We get along very well nonetheless.  I am a life-long hermit by nature, so I live easily without excessive social contacts. 

 

Upon moving to Thailand, I found the Meet Up websites extremely helpful in finding like-minded folks.  Movie groups, book clubs, outdoor and recreational groups, philosophical and political groups, etc.  My oldest and best friends here are from a local political Meet Up group (I am a classical liberal/libertarian). 

 

In my years here, I have looked up music venues online and wandered through many Bangkok bars searching for great Blues and Rock music.  Many years ago, the great Peter Driscoll (an English expat here, now retired) played phenomenal old-time Rock n Roll and Rockabilly in long-gone venues like Tokyo Joe’s, Nomads, etc.  Peter is a treasured friend and an incredible encyclopedia of Rock history, and I really miss his live performances. 

 

Most of my Thai friends are Rock n Roll musicians who have long played at The Rock Pub.  I have been a regular there for a long time and have got to know these bands who love Rock like I do.  We talk about our memories and experiences with Rock music, and how it has enriched our lives.  This venue is my ultimate home away from home.  Dear friends. 

 

I also have a couple of English-speaking Thai friends in my neighborhood, who I talk to weekly on my walking rambles, and we share our wisdom and insights. 

 

I have very few friends here, but they are well-chosen and cherished. 

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2 hours ago, IvorLott said:

The Golden Palace was cheap and cheerful, at around 450-500B for a room with AC, fridge, Hot water, TV, as well as a belting pool, made it  great deal for that area - if not the entire city. Agreed, it was threadbare and a little shabby,  It was a real throwback/time capsule to the VietNam R'n'R days even down to the authentic 1960s jukebox in the coffee shop. Sadly, the hotels from that era are slipping away one by one, with only the Miami remaining. 

 

I think the Biergarten is one of the last of the 'Old School' Bangkok/Asia drinking dives, many an 'Old Asia Hand' wipes away a tear at the mention of these places.

(I wonder how a 'Best Bar in Asia' thread would read in this day an age? with so many of the standard 'classics' which used to be found in the many versions on this theme now long gone. 

The quality of the women there (The BierGarten) has fluctuated over the years, from the downright ghastly to the surprisingly hot on my last visit but maybe that is more my getting on in years....

Golden Palace? Green dump more like. 

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Have made more enemies than friends. Well... maybe not "enemies", but people if I ever see again will be 1,000 years too soon.

 

The one friend I have made and trust completely... I was organising a sporting event for a group and contacted a hotel to see if they would be interested in hosting. I got a reply from a Thai guy, we met up and he showed me around and was really helpful. Later I introduced my Thai girlfriend to him and afterwards she was like "how the hell do you know him? - he's like super HiSo" (first time I'd heard the term). Turns out he's the CEO and son of the owners of the massive hotel. I had no idea and he didn't let on at all. We've become good friends. 

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