DAVE’S NIGHTSEEING TOURS – SUNRISE TO SOI COWBOY
For some time now, my friend Nick has wanted to hit the town with me. Nick is currently based in Cambodia as a mine clearance specialist. Obviously, any day off from the minefields would be relaxing, but I wanted to introduce Nick to some places that he has not visited before. I took a night off from my duties in Angelwitch Go-Go Bar and I looked forward to the night ahead. I wasn’t feeling 100% but I was determined to meet Nick and spend some quality time with a good friend. Nick was about to experience one of my “nightseeing tours” and he seemed keen enough. We arranged to meet at Sunrise Tacos Mexican Grill, which is located in the Leader Price Complex. (For those not familiar with the Leader Price Complex, it is right next to Time Square Building between Sukhumvit, Soi 12 and Soi 14). Several months ago, the owners of Sunrise Tacos decided to take over a vacant space directly opposite their shop. At first, I was not sure what Greg Lange was intending to do with two Sunrise Tacos shops. Was Greg intending to open two branches of Sunrise Tacos in the same complex? This all became very clear when Greg explained the concept to me. The original Sunrise Tacos is a small place, and it now provides a 24 hour takeaway and delivery service. The new, larger premise has become a cosy restaurant that is stylishly designed and furbished. The credit for the interior design goes to Mrs Lange. Greg’s wife Nui has done a superb job!
Just in the “nick” of time, I arrived at Sunrise Tacos shortly after my friend had arrived. We shook hands and eagerly looked through the menu. Nick told me that he had not eaten Mexican food in ages. I was very confident that he was in for a real treat. We both noticed that there was Caldo De Res or Hearty Beef Soup on the menu. Being curious, we both ordered the Hearty Beef Soup. Now we have to redefine the word “soup” here, because those with a smaller appetite would think this was a meal in itself. It definitely isn’t half-hearty! Speaking to Greg, he jokingly said, “I’m Director Of Portions.” Those of you that know Greg realise he is a BIG man with a BIG appetite. In fact, Greg’s definition of fast food is anything that can move quicker than he can! The portions are nothing short of very generous for the price. The beef soup was delicious; it was full of tender pieces of succulent beef. Many of you will know that is it not easy to get quality beef in Thailand.
Nick decided to try one of the Sunrise Specialities. He chose the California (red snapper) fish tacos. Nick thought that this special fish dish was good value at 189 Baht. It included three tacos with Mexican fried rice and beans. My choice was a regular burrito. There are so many styles and ingredients that the service staff filled out a menu sheet for me. I ordered a grilled burrito with ground beef, Mexican rice, refried beans, coriander, fire roasted bell peppers and onions, Sunrise salsa, sour cream and cheese. I got all that for 168 Baht, which I thought was very reasonable. After we finished our food, it was time to visit a few bars.
We walked from Sunrise Tacos down to Soi 8 Pub. I introduced Nick to the owner Dave and his manager Murray. They are both New Zealanders who I must say are very friendly hosts. I suppose you could say that the “theme” at Soi 8 is being what a real pub should be. We both received the customary Kiwi warm welcome and a cold beer. Being somewhat of a creature of habit, I ordered two Kronenbourg Lagers. I was pleased to see that Soi 8 Pub only charges 100 Baht for a half pint of Kronenbourg. I took the first sip of my beer. Aaaah, that’s better! I was feeling replenished after a stroll in the humid heat of Bangkok’s open-air sauna. It is Thailand’s hot season and the amorphous monster of heat has risen. And, if you don’t believe me, just try walking along the stifling streets in the afternoon! At least during the night, there is sometimes a welcomed cool breeze to stop us farangs’ from roasting.
Soi 8 Pub was reasonably busy for a Monday in the slow season, but something was missing. Then, upon enquiring with Murray, I discovered that there was no live entertainment. Unfortunately, Richie could not make it due to business commitments. It was shame, because I had booked a night off especially to listen to the tremendously talented Richie. Oh well, there’s always next time. Hey Richie, you owe Dave The Rave a couple of song requests!
One of my occupational habits alerted me to an American standing at the bar. He looked rather weird to say the least. His appearance was scruffy and he had his T-shirt on inside out. He also had a strange look in his eyes. That’s not a good sign in a respectable pub may I say! The Go-Go Guru wants to let you guys know that running a bar in Thailand, is definitely NOT a job sent from heaven. We do have some real whackos to deal with at times. I could see that the American was complaining incessantly about something and Dave was trying to reason with him. Even in a family friendly pub, there is never a dull moment. This guy was ranting on-and-on and starting to get on everybody’s nerves. Eventually he left Soi 8 Pub. I discovered afterwards that he had the sheer audacity to say to Dave, “Hey, I’m a farang, so I’m special.” Yeh right, he was special. The special slob had his T-shirt on inside out and looked as though he had been dragged through a hedge backwards. Furthermore, this guy didn’t have personality, he had poisonality! The situation all boiled down to this guy not having loads of women hanging off him. One Soi 8 regular tried to explain the fact that it was not a go-go bar. Friendly advice fell upon deaf ears! To top it all, the guy had to be escorted to his hotel because he had no money left to pay his bill. What the hell was this idiot thinking?
In a separate incident, Dave told me about a farang who said, “I want water but I don’t expect to pay for it!” What a cheeky barsteward!!! Some of the liberties these cheapskates take are shocking! Considering these guys had set off the “DD” or “dickhead detector” the situation was dealt with very professionally. Dave kept his cool throughout this bizarre episode. Afterwards I noticed that Nick and Dave were getting on very well. Nick told Dave that he would visit Soi 8 Pub next time he was in Bangkok. By now, time was getting on, so we drank up and said our goodbyes.
Because Nick usually spent most of his time visiting Nana Plaza, he wanted to visit Soi Cowboy for a change. By the time we were ready to go to Soi Cowboy, both Nick and I were a bit pushed for time. Nick was meeting some friends later and I didn’t want to be out too late. I feared that I might have a touch of the old Bangkok boogie (Delhi belly). This was going to be a whistle-stop trip to Soi Cowboy. The taxi entered Soi 23 and slowed to a halt. We walked into what looked like a lively Monday night in Little Las Vegas. We received a warm welcome from the Baccara Bar cheerleaders. I do like the friendly approach by the reception girls outside Baccara. A couple of them are very cute too, which is an added bonus. Down Silom way, the aggressive touts and door attendants, is one BIG reason why I rarely visit Patpong. When approaching a venue, friendly smiles and warm welcomes make all the difference. As Union Hill said to me last Friday night, “Bangkok’s bars are supposed to be fun.”
When we walked inside Baccara Go-Go Bar, the downstairs stage was full of bikini-clad go-go dancers. There were customers spread all around the room. Baccara was doing its usual brisk trade. The distinct lack of cigarette smoke definitely made a pleasant change. With no “smoke screen” to obscure our vision, Nick and I viewed the line-up. On this particular night, there were a lot of go-go girls downstairs and there were some cute dolly birds among them.
Nick asked whether we should go straight upstairs and I nodded in agreement. We made our way up the narrow, winding staircase. Upon entering the top level, I noticed that there was a lot of people spread around the room. Most seats were occupied on both levels and this was impressive for a Monday night in the hot season. We sat at the bar and ordered two drinks, which cost 140 Baht each. Nick had not visited since the renovation and Baccara Bar is now bigger on both levels. And, it is fair to say it is bigger and better.
This time I received a pleasant welcome from the Baccara service girls. In fact, one service girl greeted me with a welcoming smile and a “wai.” (NB. The “wai” is the traditional Thai greeting where the hands are placed together in a prayer-like gesture). I think that the “wai” is very special, because it is uniquely a Thai custom. I did not return the “wai” because the service girl is considerably younger than I am. Instead, I smiled, nodded and said, “Sawatdee.” Always remember that in most cases, it is the person of lower social standing that initiates the “wai.” More frankly, I still see far too many farangs who “wai” everybody and their dog. Some naÃ¯ve newbie’s get so carried away; they even “wai” fellow farangs! Only the other night in Angelwitch, three Aussie newbie’s must have given Dave The Rave five “wais” in about an hour. They were accompanied by Aussie expat veteran JP. However, I am not quite sure if that is a good, or a bad thing! One evening JP walked into Angelwitch wearing a neck brace. After several swift shots, JP left Angelwitch with the neck brace wrapped around his leg. This was my concern for the Aussie newbie’s — it was most probably a case of the blind leading the blind. Anyway, I digress…
OK guys, back to Baccara. The dancers upstairs wear a white blouse, a pleated navy blue skirt, ankle socks and training shoes. After a couple of songs, the blouse is removed. Hey, that’s because all that dancing is hot work! Tonight Baccara had a better line-up than my previous visits and the dancing dolls were more approachable. I thought some of the dancers were pretty and their figures were outstanding. The crowd was a mixture of Asians and Westerners. The only problem was a man (who appeared to be Indian), standing directly in front of Nick’s view. He kept moving around and would not sit down. After a while, this irritated Nick so much that he wanted to leave. We drained our vodkas, paid our bill and exited Baccara.
Shark Go-Go Bar was the second place that I wanted Nick to visit. Shark Bar had a good crowd, as it usually does. We found a seat and ordered our drinks. In Shark Bar, they sell Sky Vodka and Nick was suitably pleased with the taste. To be honest, I am not much of a vodka drinker, so I didn’t really know whether it was particularly good or not.
A go-go dancer, who recognised me, came over and plonked herself down beside me. I couldn’t help but notice that she looked rather “ding dong” (nutty as a fruitcake). Her mannerisms were VERY erratic. She proved this by suddenly thrusting her hands towards my head. I thought, “Look out it’s a Shark attack!” I pulled my head back and then she pulled a funny face at me. To touch another person’s head (especially aggressively) is forbidden in Thai society. If she had touched a Thai man’s head like that, she might well be counting her teeth! NEVER EVER let a bargirl abuse your head. Now guys, I am talking about the head on your neck! Her weird behaviour was explained; I could see that her eyes were heavily glazed. Say no more! Thankfully, after a short period, the Shark swam away. This was the most extraordinary encounter I have ever had in Shark Bar. Mostly, the dolly birds are farang friendly.
Nick spotted a girl sitting on the opposite side who he thought was absolutely stunning. I recognised her straight away. It was Pin, who formerly worked in Angelwitch Go-Go Bar in Nana Plaza. Yupinda or Pin is so gorgeous that she was the After Dark Asia centrefold in volume 2. Pin has even appeared in some sexy, glamour magazines in Australia and America. It came as no surprise that Pin had already changed into her street clothes and was therefore, otherwise engaged.
At last a breakthrough — a lovely little dancing dolly recognised Nick. Nick is a handsome lad and as soon as the girl saw Nick’s smiling face, she was over in a shot. As luck would have it, she had a lovely little friend with her. The two girls sat next to us. Now this was more like it! Nick ordered lady drinks for them both. Wow! These two really were dolly birds! They both used to work at Baccara, but Tip had a problem with a Baccara bargirl. Tip left Baccara and took Pung with her. Both girls are very farang friendly and gorgeous too. Tip and Pung are very pretty and have sexy, slender figures. For you keen dolly bird watchers in Shark Bar they are Tip (44) and Pung (97). Tip and Pung would comfortably embellish any go-go stage in Thailand. The girls politely told us that they had to dance, and that was our cue to visit another go-go bar. From this experience, I will have to go out with Nick more often.
My next choice was Tilac Go-Go Bar and it was very busy. For such a large go-go bar, it is amazing how they fill it with people. There were loads of guys and gals all around the place. Tilac was really rocking. We did not stay long but I spotted buxom babes all over the place. If you like a buxom babe, this go-go bar is a real booby trap!
Nick’s Nightseeing Tour had ended and he said that we must do it again sometime. Nick headed back to Nana Plaza to say goodbye to some friends, and I called it a night. Please stay tuned folks for more of Dave The Rave’s Nightseeing Tours!
A few readers have recently asked me to write about Soi Cowboy. I did a “Search” in the Search Box at the top right of the Home Page. Guess what guys? No less than 10 Soi Cowboy entries from the last couple of months popped up. So, you avid Cowboy fans can do the same search and read all of the Soi Cowboy entries. It’s a simple at that. Enjoy!
The new sign that is to be erected above the entrance to Walking Street is still not finished. Hopefully, it will be up for all to see fairly soon. Is it really such a big job? Because, it seems to be taking ages.
TIME TO GET HAMMERED
Hammer Disco is due to reopen very soon. The guys at Hammer Disco have wisely decided to install an escalator. Smart move! For the time being Ocean 10 on Walking Street have closed their doors. It is rumoured that Ocean 10 is being renovated. In the meantime, the live band from Ocean 10 might be playing at Hammer Disco when they reopen.
GULLIVER’S OPENS ON WALKING STREET
I have been informed that a sister branch of Gulliver’s Traveller’s Tavern has opened on Walking Street. Apparently, there is a classic car on a podium outside the new Gulliver’s Pub. Check it out!
IT’S NOT COOL FOR CATZ
Its official folks! Catz Go-Go Bar is for sale. Some go-go bars like Taboo have not made it that far, because they have been forced to close their doors. Sadly, there will be more closures/sales to follow, because of complete and utter saturation. In what is clearly a sign of the times in Pattaya, Catz Go-Go Bar joins a record number of bars for sale. It is currently listed on Sunbelt Asia’s website.
COYOTEES CURTAIN CALL
Coyotees Go-Go Bar located in Soi Marine Plaza has around 12 Showgirls. The management are known to be fussy about who they employ in their line-up. Also, the management insist on training their showgirls. They do the exotic erotic well.
CLEANUP CAMPAIGN HITS WHAT’S UP GO-GO BAR
What’s Up Go-Go Bar are in full swing and the “naughty but nice” sexotic theme keeps the crowds coming back for more. Equipped with a birdbath and bird belters, they are following the cleanup campaign. Talk about keeping your dolly birds clean and whipping them into shape… In What’s Up, there is a lot of whip and dip!
TOP OF THE HOT SPOTS
Many go-go bars in Pattaya are struggling to maintain a decent amount of trade on a regular basis. But, the top hot spots battle on relentlessly. Here is a list in alphabetical order of a suggested TOP 10 go-go bars that are renowned for hot babes and/or good shows – Angelwitch, Club Boesche, Coyotees, Happy, Heaven Above, Living Dolls 1, Living Dolls Showcase, Peppermint, Super Baby and What’s Up.
*Note that individual taste varies, so this list is meant as a general guideline.*
TALES OF THAILAND
A farang guy gave a false name to a bargirl. Some time passed and they ended up in a relationship. The bargirl was becoming more attached to her newly found farang boyfriend. One day she surprised him by getting a tattoo of his name. There it was for all to see – Ted Bundy!
(For those that may not be aware, Ted Bundy was one of the world’s most prolific serial killers).
NOTE THE QUOTE — DIETS AND ARCHAEOLOGY
“My wife is on a diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn’t lost any weight, but can she climb a tree!” (Henny Youngman).
“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.” (Agatha Christie).
Crystal Images kindly supplied the photos of Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza. Thanks Sean!
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Dave The Rave — Go-Go Guru.