Sunday, 29 December 2013

U-fly Wind Tunnel Pattaya

U-fly Vertical Wind Tunnel, off Sukhumvit Soi 87, (opposite Makro), is one sure way to blow away the hangover blues.

U-fly and Splashdown 'Wipeout' Waterpark are welcome new attractions for Pattaya. A ski slope next please.........

If I was Brooksy, I'd do my next charity 'jump' here!!!! Only catch is they may have to turn up the fan revs a notch to get him off the ground.........

Friday, 27 December 2013

Cheers Cheers

My new favourite beer......

Wipeout at Splashdown Waterpark Pattaya

The Splashdown Waterpark Pattaya is now open near Bira on Highway 36. Based on the Wipeout TV show, there's a fun challenge for everybody. Get your swimmers on!!!!!!

You can also find Splashdown on Facebook.

Sexy Asian Lady #165

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Photos from Insomnia Pattaya's Full Moon Party

An album of photos from Insomnia Pattaya's recent Full Moon Party.

Inspiring moments and tragic events of 2013 in 6 minutes

The six-minute video highlights everything from the movers-and-shakers of 2013, such as Pope Francis, Edward Snowden, Jennifer Lawrence and Malala Yousafzai to those who died this year, including Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker. The video also focuses on several tragic events like the Boston Marathon bombing, the crash of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco and the typhoon in the Philippines.

No blockbuster movie comes close to the real thing.

Created by filmmaker Jean-Louis Nguyen

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Photos of 'Pretties' from the 30th Thai Motor Expo

An album of photos of the 'pretties' from the 30th Thai International Motor Expo.

via Cruiser's Photography.

Photos from Insomnia Pattaya's recent Sexy Black Party

An album of photos from the recent Sexy Black Party at Insomnia Pattaya.

One Shirt's got to be around somewhere!!!!!

Monday, 2 December 2013

CTH add Stadium 7 channel with English pundits

CTH have added a new Stadium sports channel to their roster that shows EPL games with English pre/post game pundits and also game review/preview pundit programs during the week. The channel also has a never ending cycle of replayed games but they have to fill the time in somehow.

If your channel list is up to date then you should find Stadium 7 on C137.

If it's not up to date then you can either contact the CTH Support Desk for info on how to update your channel list or you can gird up your loins and read on with the Rag.....

1. Power on your TV with CTH as the source feed....... (did I really need to put that... you'd be surprised...)

2. On the CTH remote, click Menu

3. Scroll left/right so that the Settings icon, (cog), is the first icon shown on the left side

4. You should new see a list of options above the Settings cog. Move the highlighter up/down until Dish Settings is highlighted and them press OK on your remote

5. You will be prompted to enter a Message Box password. Key in 0000 on your remote, (that's four zeroes)

6. You have two red buttons on your CTH remote. One is for power on/off and one is for Subtitles. Press the Subtitles red button on your remote to to start the search/update channel list option

7. Wait for the blue progress bar to reach 100% and then press Exit on your remote

8. Select C137 on your remote and you should be watching Stadium 7.

Who's your Daddy????????

p.s. If your system is totally screwed I am NOT the CTH Support Desk. Best of luck with that one......

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Nine Inch Nails topping Silver Lake Music Festival 2014

The Nine Inch Nails will be topping the bill at next year's Silverlake Music Festival starting 1st March 2014.

Othe acts include The Hives, Foals, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Rebelution, Blackhead, ETC., Singto Numchok, 25Hours, Scrubb, Slot Machine, Musketeers, Better Weather, YAMIN, ZuZu Angel.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Friday, 22 November 2013

Thailand - Scams and accidents scare away tourists

Thailand's attractiveness to foreign tourists is under threat from fraud and poor safety standards.

After a recent bus accident in Chon Buri that injured 26 Russian tourists, the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUTI) recently urged Thai authorities to improve safety standards, or face a possible boycott by its members.

The RUTI also reportedly demanded the Thai government solve these issues by the end of November, otherwise it will consider taking action to maintain the safety of Russian citizens. This action could include cancellation of all scheduled charter flights from Russia throughout the period of December 2013 to March 2014.

Officials from the TAT and the ministries of Tourism and Transport will hold a meeting on November 26 to discuss the Russian complaints, according to Transport Minister Somsak Pureesrisak.

Rag - that gives the authorities just 5 days to find a solution.......

Read the full article at The Nation.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Sunday, 17 November 2013

How porn is rewiring men's brains

In his book, The Brain That Changes Itself, the psychiatrist Norman Doidge writes about a phenomenon he began to notice among his male patients in the mid 1990s. They watched porn – “everybody does,” they told Doidge – and were experiencing “increasing difficulty in being turned on by their actual sexual partners, though they still considered them attractive.” They found themselves having to fantastise about porn scenes to get turned on.

That’s because, along with a great number of porn users, they had rewired the arousal pathways in their brains. The more often you watch porn and get the dopamine hit it delivers, the more the activity and the sensation become entwined in your brain.

A related problem is what addiction experts call “tolerance”, in other words the need for more of a given stimulant (harder and weirder porn) for the same amount of dopamine. In the end, the result is what Doidge politely calls “potency problems”. Compulsive pornography users become unable to maintain erections.

Even among more casual users, porn is wreaking havoc in the bedroom. Last year, American GQ’s sex columnist, Siobhan Rosen, complained about the “pornified sex” men seemed to expect – not in a relationship, when trust has been established, but from the very first encounter. She wrote about men she had just started seeing who brandished ball gags, ejaculated on to her body and used really nasty language during sex.

Nine months ago, Gallop launched – a collection of videos of real couples having sex. She was surprised (and delighted) when several porn stars sent their own home videos in. They show just how true Hartley’s words are. “Let boys know they don’t have to be hyper-masculine in order to get girls. Let girls know you don’t have to be doormats in order to be popular,” says Hartley.

Read the full article at The Telegraph.

Rag - I wonder if foreign men in Asia get a similar rewiring from all the naked ladies they see on the bar scene? Have you ever been guilty of watching TV in a go-go bar? If the answer is yes then an Asian electrician has probably been messing with your brain.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Thai Internet Service Providers

Thai Internet Service Providers - how do they match up.

For more information go to Wiki Vuze

via Finn Rødskjegg Hallberg.

Photos from Insomnia Pattaya's recent Angels & Devils Party

An album of photos from Insomnia Pattaya's recent Angels & Devils Party.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Sexy Asian Lady #161

For the latest Pattaya events, check out What's On Pattaya.

For news of LK Metro events, check out LK Metro.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Never Go To Thailand?

I don't think so..... go again and again and again..........

For more info: 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Photos from Insomnia Pattaya over the weekend

Lady in red,......

An album of photos from Insomnia Pattaya over the weekend.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sexy Asian Lady #160

The sun came out for a while on Pattaya beach today.......

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Thursday, 7 November 2013

What I learnt on a day trip to Bangkok from Pattaya

Last Saturday, I needed to get up to Rama 9 near to Fortune Town and reckoned my best options for getting there were:

1. drive

2. take a taxi

3. take a Roong Reuang bus to Ekamai or the Northern Bus Station and then use the Sky Train.

4. take a Roong Reuang bus to Suvarabhumi Airport and then take the Airport Link in to central Bangkok.

I decided Option 1 was the most expensive, most tiring and most stressful; Option 2 was more expensive than Options 3 / 4; Option 3 was fine but dropped me in the wrong part of the capital and Option 4 was untried but had the advantage of dropping me closest to where I wanted to be in Bangkok.

Being the adventurous soul that I am, I decided on Option 4.

The Roong Reuang bus to the Airport departs from the car park opposite Pan Pan on Thappraya Road, on the hour every hour, between 7.00am to 9.00pm. Tickets cost Bt134. I was surprised to see the travel time to the airport listed as 2 hours. I reckoned it would be closer to 1 hour than 2 but what did I know.

The bus departed on time, on the hour, and only had 8 passengers so there was plenty of room to spread out. The route taken was down Theppasit and up Sukhumvit to Highway 7, the quickest way out of town. Option 4 was already starting to look a winner.....

It wasn't long before I spotted the first fly in the Option 4 ointment..... the bus was traveling at something like 40mph and did so all the way to the airport. It took 2 hours.

Once at the airport you simply have to drop down to the Basement B to find the Airport Link station. You have 2 options, one is the City Link costing Bt35 and stops at all the stations on the way in to town - 4 stops to Makkasan and takes approx 25mins.  The Express links don't stop and reach Makkasan in 15mins for a cost of Bt90. When I got there, the City Link was the next train up so I paid my Bt35 and jumped on. The rolling stock is very similar to the Sky Train and seats were plentiful.

It took 25mins to Makkasan and then it was just a short walk to Petchburi Underground Station for a one stop ride to Fortune Town.


Job done, time for home.

I returned to Makkasan around 2.00pm and caught the City Link back out to the airport. I don't know if I was just lucky but a train turned up within minutes of me getting to the platform. The Roong Reung buses leave the airport for Pattaya on the hour so I knew I had plenty of time to get out there for the 3.00pm bus. Again the journey was about 25mins but seats weren't available for the first two stops. The bus counter for Pattaya is on Level 1 at Gate 8 so when you walk in to the airport from the train you need to go up one level and walk as far to the right as you can.

It's then that the second ointment fly struck home. The 3.00pm bus was already full and I had to wait for the 4.00pm bus...........

There were no empty seats on the 4.00pm bus but the driver at least flogged the horses to get us back in Pattaya in 90mins. You have the option of alighting on Sukhumvit at Pattaya Central, Pattaya South or the start of Theppasit. After that it's the car park at Thappraya.

So what did I learn?

The Airport Link between Suvarnabhumi and central Bangkok is efficient, cheap and even enjoyable with it's spectacular views of Bangkok.

With that in mind the next time I make a day trip to Bangkok I will drive to Suvarnabhumi and stick my car in the short term car park and then jump the Airport Link in to Bangkok. I'll have no traffic jams to contend with, no parking problems and no wasted time. What's not to like.......

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Koh Larn ferry sinks off Pattaya

Current reports suggest 6 people have been killed and up to 200 people have been injured in what is being described as Pattaya’s worst maritime accident in living history. 

The boat which sunk is a 2-storey ferry with a licensed capacity of 150 passengers. It has now been confirmed that 209 passengers were on-board when it sunk approximately 500 meters off the coast of Nuan Beach on Larn island, approximately 7kms off the coast of Pattaya. 

Unconfirmed reports suggest a water pump was not working on the vessel which caused it to sink in under 1 minute after passengers quickly moved to the upper-deck making the boat highly unstable.

Read the full article at Pattaya One News.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Halloween at Insomnia Pattaya

An album of photos from the Halloween party at Insomnia Pattaya.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Ladyboy water volleyball tournament a splash in Thailand

Eight sides - all made up of workers from the country's bars - descended on the Areca Lodge Hotel, Pattaya for the second annual event aimed at raising money for charity.

The winning team from Sensations Bar.

Clad in matching bikini's, the teams took to the water to battle it out in a round robin format - supported form the sidelines by their bar's patrons.

The 2013 event was eventually won by the local Sensations bar which narrowly edged out TJ's from Naklua.

The event raised a total of 1million baht - £20,000 - for four local charities.

To read the full article and view an album of photos go to the Mirror Online.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Loy Krathong festivities postponed

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has postponed its annual Loy Krathong celebrations in honour of the late Supreme Patriarch.

TAT deputy governor for domestic marketing Thawatchai Arunyik said festive activities will be suspended because the country is in mourning.

The government has extended the mourning period to Nov 23. The festival falls on Nov 17 this year.

He said the TAT will discuss the Loy Krathong celebrations, which are usually organised in Bangkok and other major tourist destinations, when the mourning period is over.

Read the full article at the Bangkok Post.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Crystal Club Agogo, LK Metro

Sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree...........

Bouncing again last night.....

Pattaya faces crime crackdown

In a move to fight widespread crime, especially that which targets foreigners in Pattaya - the resort town which attracts more than 9 million tourists a year - the local administration says it has joined hands with police to launch a larger crime-busting force.

A negative rating recently by travel website, which said Pattaya was one of seven places in Thailand that travelers should avoid due to frequent crimes, has prompted the Royal Thai Police to mobilise more officers to boost the Pattaya force's crime-busting capacity. The extra officers come from sections such as Highway Police, Marine Police, the Crime Suppression Division and Immigration Bureau, in addition to Tourism Police, who have long operated in Pattaya and Chon Buri province.

The new police task force will be led by deputy police commander Pol General Wuthi Liptapanlop and assisted by authorities in Bang Lamung district - where Pattaya is located - as well as a group of foreign civil patrolmen, Thai rescue workers and civilians from different charities.

Read the full article at The Nation.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Thailand suffers worst dengue epidemic in more than 20 years

Thailand is experiencing its largest dengue epidemic in more than two decades, with a record number of people infected by the mosquito-borne disease and 126 fatalities so far this year, health experts said on Thursday, pointing to climate change as a factor behind the spike in cases.

"We are experiencing the highest number of cases in over 20 years, but the fatalities are not alarming compared to previous years, which shows our medical response is improving," said Sophon Mekthon, deputy director-general at the Ministry of Public Health.

Read the full article at Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thailand, Myanmar visa-free agreement for signing next month

Thailand is expected to sign a visa-exemption agreement with Myanmar next month during a visit by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a Myanmar Foreign Ministry official said.

''We will sign an agreement once the Thai government has approved it. I don't know exactly when we will be able to sign but probably during the Thai prime minister's visit to Myanmar next month,'' Aung Htoo, deputy director-general of Myanmar's Asean Affairs Department, told the Myanmar Times.

The agreement approved by the Thai cabinet on Tuesday will allow Thai and Myanmar visitors mutual visa-free entry for up to 14 days if they travel by air through 23 airports in Thailand. Border crossings by land are not included.

Read the full article at The Bangkok Post.

* For nationals of Thailand and Myanmar only.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Fire at Pattaya Soi Marine / V.C.

The Bangkok Post is reporting that 20 buildings were damaged in the fire.

via Pattaya Channel.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Landfill project costing Bt450mill to halt Pattaya Beach erosion

Like other coastal cities, Pattaya is losing parts of its majestic beach to erosion at the rate of one metre every monsoon season.

A massive landfill project, to cost the central government Bt450 million, is planned to restore the city's 2.7-kilometre beach to its former glory. About 50 years ago, Pattaya boasted 35 metres of beachfront, but presently, sandy areas are less than five metres in width during high tide. Under the project, tonnes of sand would be transported to the beachfront to restore the condition of the city's North, Central and South Pattaya beaches. 

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh was optimistic that the landfill project was a sustainable solution for keeping the beachfront in pristine condition. He said the area would first undergo an environmental impact assessment (EIA) under the supervision of the Marine Department. The city has already spent Bt16 million in emergency funds to check the 29-metre erosion of North Pattaya beach. Hundreds of giant sandbags line the beach. 

Kasetsart University environmentalist Somnuk Jongmeewasin said the landfill was a stopgap solution for coastal erosion. "The sustainable way to solve erosion is to refrain from encroaching on the sea", he said. "Man made diversions of the tide and current are the main causes of this erosion. For example, the construction of the Truth Sanctuary in Pattaya Bay has had an adverse impact on the surrounding environment."

Read the full article at The Nation.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Sexy Asian Lady #156

CSI Pattaya - "Forget the DNA, just get the fingerprints......."

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tropical storm Nari to miss Bangkok?

MCOT are reporting that tropical storm Nari will miss Bangkok but the following satellite image from the Thai Met Office suggests it will be a close run thing.

I hope MCOT are right cause to me it looks as though it's got both Pattaya and Bangkok in it's sights. We may miss the heart of the storm but we will still feel it's 'beat'..... to the Arks.......

Monday, 14 October 2013

Photos of Insomnia Pattaya's Masquerade Party

An album of photos from Insomnia's October 2013 Masquerade Party.

Just giving a sample????

Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival & Competition - Oct 27

Many leading musicians from around the world will perform at the annual Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival & Competition being held at the Siam Bayshore Hotel, Pattaya, on Oct 27.

This all-day event will kick off with the adult and junior guitar competitions at 9am, followed by a world-class guitar exhibition at 1pm.

At 6pm, the "Master Concert" with performances by local guitar masters Woratep Rattana-umpawan, Sakol Siripipattanakul, Pongpat Pongpradit, Santi Kaewjai and 10P11 Guitar Duo will begin. 

The day will then culminate with a spectacular concert at 8pm, featuring expert performances from Pia Gazarek Offermann (Germany), Paul Cesarczyk (USA/Poland), Leon Koudelak (Switzerland/Czech Republic), Tomonori Arai (Japan) and Hitoshi Miyashita (Japan/Thailand), and Maria Duo (Japan). 

Tickets cost 500 baht (400 baht for students)

For the full article go to The Bangkok Post.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Beta BBC Playlister service launched today

BBC Playlister, a new digital service that allows listeners to tag any piece of music they hear on the BBC and listen to it later, has gone live.

And it works in Thailand..... but things could change.

Carrie in a coffee shop

This is so, so clever and gets funnier by the minute.

via Terry 'Crocks'

Sexy Asian Lady #153

via Nong Kamsatid & Nong Model's

What's the best cure for a hangover?

It has long been a strong coffee or even a Bloody Mary that a worn-out reveler has turned to the morning after the night before.

Now, however, experts say that Sprite may be best thing to lay your hands on.

Chinese scientists examined 57 beverages - ranging from herbal teas to fizzy pop - before concluding that the lemon and lime drink performed the best.

They first decided to look at what causes a hangover and discovered that rather than the alcohol itself, it could be the process of the body breaking down the alcohol that causes symptoms such as nausea and headache.

Study finds the lemon and lime drink is the best at helping the body process alcohol

Hangover headaches are the result of alcohol damaging the brain, causing it to swell temporarily and crash against the skull.

But as we age our brains shrink, so there is more room for it to swell before it hits the bone.

Rag - It's not the only bloody thing shrinking with age.......

Read the full article at the Mail Online.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Our happy retirement in a Thai sex haven

A group of British retirees explain why they feel young at heart in peaceful Pattaya, which has more to it than its seedy reputation.

The eastern Thai resort town and notorious sex haven that is Pattaya doesn’t seem like an obvious retirement destination.

But while Pattaya may have a tarnished image in the Western media, two British retiree couples who have lived happily in the region for the past 12 years insist it’s not as hedonistic as it’s cracked up to be.

Graham and Felicity Smith, 70 and 69, and Wendy and John Khan, 64 and 60, say that beyond the tourist traps is a tolerant and peaceful community no more debauched than others.

"In other countries there’s sex for sale but it’s just hidden," says Graham. "Here, it’s not. It’s totally different to how it’s portrayed."

Read the full article at The Telegraph.

Saturday, 5 October 2013