The governor of Chonburi province has ordered all restaurants to be shut immediately for onsite eating and drinking. Only takeaway from restaurants will be allowed. The province includes Pattaya, previously one of Thailand's premier tourist areas now a
ghost town because of the virus.
The order - effective immediately - came as a swathe of further restrictions were announced ramping up Phakrathorn Thienchai's response to the Covid-19 situation.
Also closed forthwith are huge tourist
attractions namely Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Nong Nooch Garden and the Four Regions Floating Market.
No one is allowed to bring food and alcohol to consume in public areas - reservoirs were mentioned in the order in particular.
All bars, spas
and tradition massage are to remain closed until the crisis subsides.
Furthermore, the governor has also announced that no alcohol can be sold between 6pm and 6am. This is in addition to Thailand's existing laws that only allows the sale of
alcohol between 11am and 2pm and after 5pm.
The move to ban the sale of alcohol from 6pm is understood to have been implemented in order to discourage people from gathering in public - which too have also been banned, with group gatherings in
parks, beaches and even communal areas of condos now banned.
Beaches remain open during the day but social distancing should be practiced.
Thailand's public health minister and deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul has told a press conference that the Public Health Ministry will suggest additional precautions to the government and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday, including the temporary
closure of bars and entertainment venues, including nightclubs, concerts, live music venues and other venues where people congregate.
Anutin says these measure would be to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus , and would be based on
zone-by-zone decisions by the government and coronavirus response teams.
Anutin announced several other measures will be suggested to the PM, to include potential limitation of travel for Songkran and enforced cancellation of private cultural and
A meeting of the Covid-19 Administration Centre, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, approved a motion to postpone the Songkran holidays from April 13-15 to later dates. The meeting cited the reason of increasing social distance and
minimising public movement both domestically and internationally.
The new date for Songkran will be announced later.
On the topic of bar clsoures, the government agreed to close all venues with a capacity for more than 50 people, such as
entertainment premises, boxing stadiums, and universities, and the topic will be discussed agaon on 17th March.
I was out with my girl on Walking Street. We took a go-go bar
stroll on Sunday evening between 8 and 9 o'clock. It was lively on the street with people from all over the world. Among the Westerners, the older generation 60 plus dominated; almost exclusively men. Plus smaller mixed groups of Russians, mostly
couples. The largest group, however, was made up of Asians. Japanese, Koreans, several Indian groups of men. There was a complete lack of the Chinese package tourists, who in the last 5 to 6 years really clogged up Walking Street around this time.
The first Gogo was the Dollhouse .
Here about 30 girls dance in two shifts. There is also a show show with two to three girls and a table on which two girlies loll around and fondle each other.
Most of the girls are at most average. But even here, a pretty girl can
be found. Among the good 30 girls, two or three were quite pretty. But this is individual and subjective. There is one very attractive one; but her big boobies are made of plastic.
In the Dollhouse there is always something going
on. There is always a sufficient number of guests; mainly old white men. There is no fear of contact here. Next to us, two pensioners, who were having quite a rough time with two girls. They sat down on the laps of the men - sometimes with their faces
turned towards them, sometimes with their backs - and the gentlemen grabbed them and cuddled around violently with the young things. All this for a lady-drink and for the duration of a round of dancing; so about 20 minutes.
Here I met girls who knew me from last year. They recognized me immediately, even though I'd only been to Beavers once. I must have bought them a few ladydrinks and must have been in a good mood, which then jumped over to the
girls. Maybe it was the other way around ... hahaha
I gave the draught beer plenty of credit. My girl desperately tried to stop me from drinking, but I reigned roughshod over her as the alcohol level increased and I stood up to
Here are a whole range of very pretty girlies at the start. The ensemble - line-up - is a feast for the eyes. About 30 girls dancing in two shifts. In between there is a show interlude of a very beautiful, slim and also tall dancer, a Russian, who
inspires the audience with her solo dance. An almost professional choreography, everything very aesthetic and wonderful to watch. If I remember correctly, one layer dances bare and one in bikinis.
If you are looking for a pretty
girl, you are in the right place. I suspect that the prices of these girls are also significantly lower than in the hip gogos of Soi 15 and WS.
Annabels, Soi Diamond
Music at a pleasant volume,
lighting adequately bright so that the girls can be seen well. About 30 girls at the start, dancing in two shifts. A lot of meat is shown, on top.
I was not at all enthusiastic about the female line-up, significantly below
average. I checked with my girl to see what she thinks of the girls. "Not so good, not pretty, at most average". In addition her critical expression. Good that I had her with me, so I was not alone with my judgement.
However, when I scanned the girlies a third and fourth time, I discovered three girls with natural (!!!) beautiful big hooters, full boobies. Real ones, no plastic, no silicone.
A go-go shed for Japanese and Koreans. About 60 girls, many of them very pretty girls dancing in bikinis; there is nothing naked to see here.
Personally, I don't like this gogo-boîte.
Mostly full of Japanese and Koreans and maybe a few other men from Asian countries. Also quite high prices for drinks and lady drinks.
A lot of the girls with plastic tits. For whoever likes that, here you go.
In addition to Rich A-GoGo Runway/Nui's Club 2 was also dark on Friday. Again the reasons are not yet clear. The bar is a bit rundown in terms of its presentation so it rather looks the part to be closed. It is has been open at
that location for as long as I can remember.
These 2 closures with as yet unknown prospects leaves the GoGo count at 68, its lowest ever.
Allso notable last night was the longest snake of Baht buses waiting to fill up to go to Jomtien, that I
have ever seen. Presumably this is reflecting a sudden drop in tourist numbers.
Maggie Choo's is the latest acquisition by the ever expanding Nightwish Group.
Wet Six Club towards the beach end of Soi 6 is closed and the word is that the bar has been acquired by La La Land.
Kiss KTV Bar never made its
opening and its references to the Korean KTV karaoke scene suggest that it many need a little rebranding in light of Korean tourism taking a covid-19 hit.
Meanwhile the most notable news is that Pook Bar has closed. It has been the mainstay
of the Ladyboy trade for aver long time. (I can just about remember Pook A-GoGo when it was operating with born and bred ladies).
Club Nevada on Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office) closed yesterday 29th February.
Today I saw the movers who took out all the sofas. Hopefully some much needed renovation is going on, and it's a only a temporary closure.
I was told a month. It was a goldmine in the past when the old mamasan was taking care of it, the bikers loved it. Some nudity on stage was the rule, but since then... only a bunch of those clothed old fugglies.
IMHO, renovations won't do it without a complete staff change.
The GoGo count is now perilously low at 70.
Update: It seems likely that closure is permanent.
The Nightwish groups opens another new bar on Soi 6
27th February 2020
Utopia bar has opened in the central section of Soi 6. It is the 28th member of the rapidly expanding Nightwish Group.
The group has a characterful naming policy based on emotions, vices and sins. Whenever a new one joins the chain, it always inspires
a thought about alternative suggestions. My favourite is to add 'Gluttony' to the vices set. And how about "Infidelity', 'Naivety' or 'Gullibility'.
I recently stopped by So Nice but it was a bit of a struggle. There were no ladies that would get a job anywhere else bar the daytime gogos. In fact there were hardly any dancers at all.
In the past the ladies would try and make up a bit by
being outrageously naughty in the bar. But on my last visit, (based on too small a sample to suggest anything other than a one off), the dancers were not offering the usual naughtiness.
It crossed my mind that perhaps this was related to practical
and sensible concerns about Chinese flu. But the end result was that there was no point being in the bar.
At the time the flu was not quite so obvious a threat as it is today, but surely the flu will put a but of a dampener on hands on fun. In
fact it doesn't bare thinking about what will happen to any type of bar, should things get any worse.
Angel A-GoGo on Soi Diamond has gone dark, at least for a night. The reasons are not apparent and maybe it is a little soon to jump to conclusions.
Thailand has been reporting massive drops in the numbers of tourists, not just from China. The risk
is not just about getting the flu yourself, it is also about the possibility of getting stranded should there be a breakout in another country and flights get cancelled.
It must be worrying times for the bars. Perhaps expats could help out by
drinking a bit more.
Update: Still dark
17th February 2020.
Well Angel A-GoGo is still dark and it doesn't look like much is happening so this now leaves just 72 GoGos open around Pattaya. This is getting down
to lows not seen for many a year.