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Pattaya 1984

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Only a few names that haven't changed.

"Swiss" and "German" were much more present on the beach than today.

 

Not different from today: awful traffic/noise/exhaust, baht buses blocking the streets, jet skis.

 

This pan-shot over the beach: no skyscraper city in the north (Naklua), no Royal Cliff/Pattaya sign to the south.

Tight shorts (gym trousers) for western men are a rare sight today :D

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23 hours ago, KhunBENQ said:

Not different from today: awful traffic/noise/exhaust, baht buses blocking the streets, jet skis.:D

 

I remember Pattaya in the 80s well. It was very different to today. 2nd Road was two-way and without pavements as shown in the video, and unlike today you could wait quite some time for a Baht-bus to come along. Soi Diana was a dirt track as was Soi Buakow. I dont think there was 20% of today's traffic or people back then, and there were certainly no big tour buses. Pratumnak was 95% scrubland and Jomtien also had very little development away from Beach Road.

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I believe that was the year that the Liner QE2 visited Thailand.

I recall that some of the QE2 guys challenged the local Muay Thai fighters to a boxing competition. It was held at the Marine Bar on WS and just happened to coincide with one of my many trips to Pattaya. Well, never was so much fun had by the Thais with their boys knocking over the sailors one after the other. I think the final score was 10-0 despite the sailor boys being, on average, at least 2 or 3 weight divisions heavier than the locals.

Got to the stage that the Thais were clearly holding back on their level of assault (unlike nowadays!!) and were even seen to be wincing when a punch they had thrown caused the sailors to collapse to the floor. Maybe they had been instructed to hold off, wanting to extend the entertainment time.

I recall that there was a 'Whicker's World' TV episode shown on UK TV with a few shots of the mayhem. 

Good times!!

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Not a single crash helmet on the video. How times have changed!. I liked the tree umberellas on the beach - much more natural.

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1 hour ago, dabhand said:

. Well, never was so much fun had by the Thais with their boys knocking over the sailors one after the other. I think the final score was 10-0 despite the sailor boys being, on average, at least 2 or 3 weight divisions heavier than the locals.
 

 

Size is only an advantage with everything else equal. A well trained fighter with speed and reaction will always defeat a much larger non-trained/semi-trained opponent (especially beer bellied Saturday night fighters with fat arms which they confuse for muscle, of which there are so many :) )

 

Same phenomena can be seen today as in 1984.

 

 

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25 minutes ago, emilymat said:

Not a single crash helmet on the video. How times have changed!. I liked the tree umberellas on the beach - much more natural.

 

Not a single police check-point either. Might have something to do with it.

 

Like the umbrellas too. This and the low rise buildings give a whole different atmosphere to the place.

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Looks like I would have liked to have been there. I'd be willing to bet the beer was cheaper, the women cheaper, bar fines cheaper, and the people including the ladies much nicer. I think some of those baht buses were still plying their trade when I finally made it back to SE Asia in early '02. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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I remember Pattaya back in the early 70'S when it was a one lane street with a tree growing in the middle of it. Back then the water was blue and only 1 Hotel, the Pattaya Palace.  rest were guest houses. I was stationed at Ubon RTAFB  from 70-72. Twelve hours by train from Ubon to Bangkok. had a few European tourists, very gross men and women who did not use deoderant or shave. The women had more hair under there arms then me !!!! Some wore bikikis and all the gross pubes hung out as well as not shaving there legs. Gross !!!

 

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I was there in 1964.  None of those buildings existed and there was only one road "beach road".  From memory, 1 bar, 2 Mom and Pop shops and a restaurant but the beach was completely empty.  I was in the navy and we anchored in the bay and got a liberty boat for a 'banyan' on the beach.  The Americans discovered it for their R & R after  doing their 1 month in Vietnam and 2 months in  a nice hotel in BKK.  Wish I could video my memory.

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The Walking Street did not exist then, the bars were there, but it was open to traffic for deliveries, baht busses etc etc  The Yamato Japanese Restaurant shown here was my former bar "The Copa"  original name was Copacabana, but a Typhoon blew the last half of the sign off and I never replaced it  -  I sold it in 1978, A distant relative of the Datsun family was buying up all the property they could in Pattaya.  I see the Swiss Chalet was still there in his video, interesting man, a Swiss Archetech (sp) designed a lot of buildings in Bangkok during the 50's 60's & 70's ...............that was his retirement home  -  I didn't see they went all the way down to the Dick's Sportsman's place, retired US Navy man, he did fishing charters out of Pattaya, back when there were fish to catch.   Not a Russian or Arab in sight and very few South Asians.   I spent most of my time teaching Brits & Aussies the correct pronounciation for Pattaya..........it was a lost cause.

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