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I thought I saw a glimmer of hope as I was driving around Patong today, with just a few more massage parlours open and even the Indigo Hotel was open, with the restaurant attached to it advertising food at a 50% discount!!

 

So there was a bright spot until I went to Central Patong to see what was going on in the food section and was quite shocked at what I saw – – all of the stalls which were offering cooked food or food cooked to order were closed, only one small restaurant was open and it was Prime Burger, and the little supermarket area was bereft of many of the usual items it used to stock.

 

In fact I was the only farang/customer in the place until one guy came in for something and left pretty quickly, and overall the whole experience here was very depressing.

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11 minutes ago, zzzzz said:

ur saying g the food court on the 1st and 3rd floor of central mall are closed?
heading in today to check

Patong Central!

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20 minutes ago, Olmate said:

Patong Central!

LOL:
re read the post:

Only went once to the central  patong when  it first opened, never saw a reason to go back

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3 hours ago, uli65 said:

How is the Tops supermarket doing?? Is their bakery open??  they had very nice products always.

thanks for info

It was the last time I visited about a week ago, and also there are two other Bakery shops just opposite, so you are spoilt for choice. Having said that, the bread in Big C Patong is great!!

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On 10/23/2020 at 5:08 PM, xylophone said:

Took a drive in my car to Villa Market in Chalong this afternoon, just to pick up a few odds and ends and give the car a run as well as getting out of my apartment.

 

On the way back I decided I would detour up the Hasip Pee road (the top road) as I had not been up there for quite some time, but even before I got there I noticed a huge tract of land being cleared about 200 m south of the funny -looking/mini roundabout, and it was on the side of a hill, with many trees and greenery a little further up – – I have no idea what is being built there, but that and more land being cleared a little further south on the other side of the road got me guessing?

 

Anyway, progressing to the "top road" I was also amazed to see quite a bit of forest/land clearing there as well, in several locations?

 

So it would appear that some folks with money are clearing tracts of land in order to build something, and this contrasted most severely with the sight which awaited me in Nanai Road, where just opposite the now defunct development, The Park, there were scores if not hundreds of people queueing along the road waiting for a food handout!

 

Add that to the row of empty shops further down Nanai Road, and the now demolished restaurant "I Love Spaghetti" and it painted a pitiful sight of the gap between the rich and the poor here, which is mirrored all around Thailand I'm told. 


 

 

On 10/20/2020 at 10:25 AM, zzzzz said:

its been developing since i moved here in 1985>
note, all the bars, shops on the right hand side heading up bangla from the beach road to the patong resort soi, are government owned and can not be delveoped

 

Casinos>>> NO way...

 

Casinos, Casinos...

 

I am no fan of gamboling I see how it ruins lives and I would say Thailand has been blessed not to have it at least not legally...

 

But only a fool would deny China's strong influence over SE Asia...And gamboling seems to follow China were ever their influence is strong..

China's influence in Thailand is growing all the time...And I predict they will be playing the gamboling card in Thailand like they have everywhere else...

 

 I also predict that Phuket will be the first place Casinos open in Thailand because Phuket is somewhat out of the public's eye and that will give them time to workout all the kinks out of their Casino rollout....I don't like it but that is the way I see it.... 


   

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49 minutes ago, KarenBravo said:

 

An awful lot of people have been seeing it that way for decades; and yet.................still no casinos.

I'm completely dis-interested in gambling myself (never even bought a lottery ticket!), but with the gradual decline of Phuket (and Patong in particular) over the decades, I think casinos are inevitable as the situation becomes more dire. Now that the decline has shifted from gradual to exponential, and may possibly be irreversible for a long, long time, it's obvious that tourist-dependent areas like Patong are going to need some sort of rebirth in order to survive. As much as I'd hate to see it happen, I think casinos may be a major part of that rebirth.

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4 hours ago, KarenBravo said:

 

An awful lot of people have been seeing it that way for decades; and yet.................still no casinos.

 

Yes many here have predicted the "final nail in the coffin" for Phuket in over a decade now if casinoes werent allowed soon.

Let`s hope they never come.

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14 hours ago, redwood1 said:

 

 

Casinos, Casinos...

 

I am no fan of gamboling I see how it ruins lives and I would say Thailand has been blessed not to have it at least not legally...

 

But only a fool would deny China's strong influence over SE Asia...And gamboling seems to follow China were ever their influence is strong..

China's influence in Thailand is growing all the time...And I predict they will be playing the gamboling card in Thailand like they have everywhere else...

 

 I also predict that Phuket will be the first place Casinos open in Thailand because Phuket is somewhat out of the public's eye and that will give them time to workout all the kinks out of their Casino rollout....I don't like it but that is the way I see it.... 


   

Thailand should allow casinos, but only if they follow the successful Singapore model. 
 

Singapore charges Singapore residents/citizens about $100 to enter the casino on each visit, but foreign visitors enter for free.


The casino entry fee is a big disincentive for locals and has kept most of them out, while the tourists are free to enjoy losing their money and funding the singapore tax coffers.

 

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24 minutes ago, ChasingTheSun said:

Thailand should allow casinos, but only if they follow the successful Singapore model. 
 

Singapore charges Singapore residents/citizens about $100 to enter the casino on each visit, but foreign visitors enter for free.


The casino entry fee is a big disincentive for locals and has kept most of them out, while the tourists are free to enjoy losing their money and funding the singapore tax coffers.

 

Phuket would become a Triad gangster town. No thank you. 

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