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01 July 2022
William R.  Morledge

COVID Travel Update
July's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: Soi 7 in Limbo
Traces of Our Past - The Movies - 1946 - (II)
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #192
         Commencing 1 July 2022, the Thai Government pulled out the last stops for travel into and out of the Kingdom.   The only remaining requirements for virtually all foreigners wanting to visit is confirmation of vaccination against Covid-19 and pass a body-temperature scan on arrival.   (The last two stumbling blocks removed as of 1 July were the requirement for obtaining the Thailand Pass, and a US$10,000 Covid Insurance policy (which prevented the elderly from travel due to their inability to obtain the insurance.)   (...cont'd below)
Nana Plaza has been the first to return to near-full operation - the New Normal virtually indistinguishable from the Old Normal.

            We note that while the Covid Pandemic has been downgraded to a lesser category, and the number of transmissions now greatly decreased, there are still a number of cases in Thailand.   Most Thais continue to wear masks, even though masks are not now required.   However, in many instances it is recommended that masks be worn.   Travellers to Thailand should, if for no other reason than courtesy, carry masks when outside their hotels / residence.   Those requiring further vaccinations while in Thailand can obtain them free of charge.   It is also recommended that travellers have extra ATK tests in their possession in the event symptoms of Covid appear.   Night Entertainment Venues remain open, technically until midnight, however many are staying open until 02:00 hours (- and we don't see anyone wearing masks in those Venues....)   A detailed summary of Pre-Arrival, On Arrival and During The Stay requirements are provided below:
A Summary of Current Government Guidelines on Covid-19
Bangkok, 01 July 2022

First and foremost, the two biggest obstacles to Thailand returning to "The Old pre-Covid Normal" have been removed :

1. The Thailand Pass requirement has been removed.

2. The US$10,000 health insurance requirement, has been discontinued, thus welcoming all travellers with proof of either a certificate of vaccination, or a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR, or professional ATK test result.

Follows is a summary of changes as posted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand ...

"This information has been updated on 24 June, 2022.

      The following rules will be in effect from 1 July, 2022, with specific requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers from all countries/ territories with scheduled arrivals from this date.

Pre-arrival requirements :

Vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

      1. A valid passport, or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.
      2. A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination
      3. Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.
      4. Travellers 5-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before travelling to Thailand.   Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
      5. Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers must have the following documents for entering Thailand: A valid passport, or a border pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.

On Arrival Requirements :

Upon arriving in Thailand, all travellers must undergo entry screening including body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.

The vaccinated travellers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the Kingdom.   *For arrivals by land using a border pass, they will be allowed a stay of no longer than 3 days within the specified areas only.

Likewise, unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers who have proof of a negative result from an RT-PCR test or professional ATK within 72 hours of travel will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the Kingdom.

The unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival.   All expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the travellers.

During the Stay :

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow the health and safety standards.   Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested.   If testing positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment."

         Bangkok Eyes notes that the Government can change travel and/or health /safety and/or Night Entertainment policy from time to time, so prospective travellers should update on a regular basis, both with the Tourist Organization of Thailand (TOT), and your local Thai Consulate.   Links immediately below.

Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) website <link>.
Thai Consulate <link>.

The Covid-19 Certificate of Vaccination for International Travel
(Reprinted by request.)

      For Thais and foreigners living in, or otherwise vaccinated against Covid-19 in Thailand, your records have automatically been maintained at the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health.   Your records can be accessed by you at any time by downloading the Moh Phrom app on your smart phone, and filling in the data - exactly as recorded on your hard copy vaccination certificate given to you at the time of vaccination.

      Should you be planning to obtain your "International Certificate" (yellow booklet below) to travel outside of Thailand, open your Moh Prom app and scroll down to the International Certificate box - and click-and-apply.   Note: foreigners are given a 13 digit ID number in lieu of the Thai National ID number, which you will find on your hard-copy certificate, and you will be required to use it when applying.   You will be able to book an online appointment to obtain your Covid-19 Certification of Vaccination on the app - which, when completed, will usually involve a wait of approximately one week to ten days.   When you go to pick up your certificate, bring your passport and hard copy vaccination certificate(s) for verification purposes.   The pick up point is at the Bang Rak Hospital Building next to the new Saint Louis BTS station on Sathorn Road.   The fee is fifty (50) Baht.. The earlier requirement to present your onward travel documents / airline tickets is no longer in effect, all are welcome to process for the new yellow booklet.   We recommend all expats process for this certificate, as the rules and regulations on the international scene are in flux, and you may be required to show the certificate at many and various points of entry, etc, to include getting back into Thailand.
               In summation    ( Revised from previous issue.)
         Bangkok Eyes will continue as necessary our efforts to encourage tourism by providing updated information on travel and entertainment which could be useful to those wishing to visit Thailand.   The requirement to wear a mask has been cancelled, however in many locations it is recommended that travellers and citizens alike wear masks (for example, in the Skytrain.)   Many Thais wear masks, and were wearing masks before Covid19 because of fine-particulate pollution.   Also,Medical facilities will ask patients to continue wearing masks.   Therefore, it is recommended that travellers carry a mask with them when out and about.   Foreigners in Thailand must keep their vaccinations up to date, and should keep proof of vaccination with them when out and about.   Tourists are free to travel to any part of the Kingdom.

Collin Piperell
Collin Piperell, a longtime Bangkok resident and popular author, passed away on 29 June 2022.   A prolific writer on a wide variety of subjects, he was one of the few who wrote and spoke intelligently on the Bangkok Night Entertainment Scene.   Godspeed.

Christopher G. Moore

       The Thairish web channel sits down for a chat with author Chris Moore on his life and times in Bangkok.   Click HERE and go directly to the YouTube interview.

This July's Thai Smile smile is from a July of many Julys' passing...

BOOKS ...worth a read !

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   READER :     Sir,
      Going through your old issues I fell on the April 2021 Readers Corner where you're searching for the missing Sea Hag bar.   As it would be, I came across an ancient old newspaper clip from 1965 that mentions that bar.   I have no idea what, if anything was so special about this bar, but I am sending the quote your way for what its worth.

   READER :     
      Ad from 1956 you may be interested in.
Editor's note: 'Talofa' is a Samoan word equivalent to 'Aloha' in Hawaii.   Duncan Hines pioneered restaurant ratings for public consumption (NPI), first with his book, then with a syndicated column.   The W.C.T.U. is the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (since 1873).

      When it rains, it pours.   A little over a month ago I was on New Road looking for the location of the long-extinct Europe Hotel, as it had been advertised together with the Sea Hag in the June 1969 Bangkok Traveller's Guide bar list.   As it happened, I took a chance and went into the Ah Song Tailor shop - that had been in business since 1936 - they might remember something...   The owner of the tailor shop, originally reluctant to talk to me, confirmed his premises were IN what was once the Europe Hotel.   Sometimes one just gets lucky...   The 1956 date noted just above is most significant in that it helps 'cement' New Road as one of Bangkok's earlier Night Entertainment Areas in the 1950's - 1960's.   I find the language, the choice of words, in these ads from decades past to be amusing / interesting - and even occasionally historically relevant.   A thousand thanks to both of you, we have provided a map (above) which correctly locates the Europe Hotel.
   READER :  
      Having a suck few days then read, "D.J.s are as indispensible to Night Entertainment as zits on your gluteus maximus."   Now all's well.

      We received a lot of feedback, written and verbal, on our comment describing the uselessness of D.J.s - some saying we were just 'sh*t-stirring'.   In all fairness, we should not make blanket statements - as there were three D.J.s in the entirety of Bangkok's Nightlife history who knew how to play music for A Go-Go girls to dance to.   Not in any particular order, first was the D.J. at the Mississippi Queen, who would record rock albums onto cassette tapes for you in his spare time.   Next was the D.J. at the Woodstock (before it became a poolbar-restaurant) on the 2nd level of the NEP (then Nana Entertainment Plaza).   And last, but not least, was the D.J. at the Safari (when the Safari was run by Ning).   These guys knew what Rock & Roll was - may their efforts never be forgotten.   Some of the D.J.s would also announce changes of 'floors', and would handle the rare problem at the bar, but other than that, it's "teats on a boar-hog"...
Thanks for reading and for writing in.
Don't hesitate to send your questions and comments - always welcome.
Note: Text may be edited for brevity and/ or clarity.
'Reader's Corner' moderator -

'Boge' Hartman
Historical Research
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Let the Follies begin-

    Vol. XXXI      No. 07
                           Bangkok,  01 July 2022                         
   Free Distribution

               Patpong 1 Road Night Entertainment Area continues to reopen at an ever-increasing pace.   In the video clip below we swing quickly past King's Castle (the outside bar now also open), Tip-Top (still as a pool bar), the newly reopened Takara Massage and the reopened Wild Cat (now a pay-for-show bar on the 3rd level), then the yet-to-be signed Happiness.   The last bar to come up on the video is the King's Castle I.   This end of Patpong 1 seems to be the hub around which the reopening is taking place - let it roll...   (Video filmed 02 July 2022.)

       Gone but not gone, Thigh Bar, one of the older bars on Patpong 1 has rolled out the red carpet once again.   We stepped inside past all the food carts (which should be removed as soon as possible) and found a number of regulars and new faces at the bar...   

            Venues open June 2022 through 1 July 2022 :
         *    King's Castle 1 - REMAINS OPEN

         *    King's Castle - REMAINS OPEN

         *    Emperor Club - REMAINS OPEN - 5th level above Shenanigans.

         *    Tip Top - - REMAINS OPEN - as a Pool Bar.

         *    Wong Barber - REMAINS OPEN

         *    Derby King - REMAINS OPEN

         *    Shenanigans - REMAINS OPEN - (On Suriwong Road)

         *   Unnamed massage parlor - REMAINS OPEN - Upstairs above Thigh Bar.

         *    Radio City - REMAINS OPEN

         *   Happiness Bar - REMAINS OPEN

         *   Takara Massage - REOPEN

         *   Wild Cat - REOPEN

       Once again the Patpong Museum expands Entertainment opportunities with a variety of content at its several Venues in the Patpong Night Entertainment Area.   Check out their "Patpong Now!" events - <link> here....

       As the Pandemic clouds begin to clear, the Pink Panther throws its doors open once again.   Prime agendum unchanged.   Good to see them back in the thick of it...

       After an extended Covid-closure, Meet The World (just say, 'the World') has reopened up on The Ramp.   They continue partying where they left off...


            Venues in transition June 2022 through 1 July 2022 :
         *    Tavern Three Saloon - REOPEN

         *   Top Light Bar - RECLOSED

            The Corner Live Music has reopened its doors after the cold Covid winter, but it is no longer at the corner of Cowboy & Asoke, it is now at the corner of Cowboy & Soi 23 (it recently took a bite out of Kazy Kozy's real estate).   And now sits opposite @ Corner....   Let the rock resume unabated...

            Likewise, the The Peep has come out from under Covid's dark cloud and rolled out the red carpet once again.   May they persevere...

            Likewise, the The Shadow, Cowboy's second katoey bar, has also reopened...   With so many Venues reopening on Soi Cowboy, it has once again become a major 'player' in the Night Entertainment Scene...

            We note: Moonshine Joint has closed temporarily, their front 'verandah' used by Jungle Jim's patrons...

              A quick look at the brand-new and instantly popular Blondie ......and it's pop-art 'Big Eye' - an original and entertaining feature on its own...   A Go-Go the modus operandi.   They occupy the long-closed Rainbow 1 digs on the ground floor.   Welcome them to the machine...

            Venues in transition June 2022 through 1 July 2022 :
         *    Rainbow 2 - REOPEN

         *   DC-10 - RECLOSED

               The Mani Bar & Grill (we didn't see a 'grill'...) opened newly in the long-Covid-closed Toh Roong.   Located street-front in the Maison Hotel compound (ex: Rajah Hotel).   The best 'people-watching' Venue on the Soi - let the nightgames begin...

               Last month the 2nd level Swan Isan Mak Muan had taken down it's signage and was going to be something else.   This month they changed their mind, and remain the Swan Isan Mak Muan.   The only problem is they are seldom actually open...   Let's just see how long this lasts....

            Venues that transitioned June through 1 July 2022.
         *   Heaven @ 4 Bar - RECLOSED

         *   V Good Massage - RECLOSED

         *   Nit Massage - REOPENED - Located deep in the Soi.

            The 4 Sport's bar was closed when we passed by the other evening.   As it has done so in the past, we will check back and see whether this is a permanent closure or not...
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

            The Sugar Bowl was also closed when we passed by.   And likewise, they have a habit of opening and closing.   We'll keep an ear to the ground and get back atcha...
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

 SOI  22  
            The White Night Bar on Subsoi Hana has disappeared after only one month, being replaced by the Kiss Bangkok Massage 2, which relocated from Subsoi Lemongrass.   These two subsois continue to play musical chairs, so we expect the White Night Bar to reappear one day soon....
 SOI  22  

            TJ's Sports Bar has newly opened in the old Craik digs in Subsoi Titanium.   Welcome them to the bright city lights.
 SOI  22  

            We tried to get a shot of the new Sasiya Massage (which moved into the long-closed Titanium digs) - and the new bar next door on the left (to be named).   Seems all we got was a photo of an automobile....   Buddy's can be seen at the far right.   We'll try to get some passable pics next issue...
 SOI  22  

            The tiny street bar Ice Bar located at the top of Soi Titanium, gets a little bigger each month.   Let's see where this goes...
 SOI  22  

            The snctm Men's Society is showing signs of life.   The first rule of SNCTM Club is you do not talk about SNCTM Club....
 SOI  22  

            Venues in transition June through 1 July 2022.
         *   Singha Bar - RECLOSED

         *   5 Star Bar - RECLOSED

         *   Survey - REOPEN - In Subsoi Lemongrass - Relocated from Soi Dead Artists (Soi 33).
 SOI  22  

            Cindy's Secrets ladyboy lounge has relocated from Soi 7 Plaza to the back of the subsoi next to Baan Phuan Massage.   Another Soi 7 Plaza bird flown the coop.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            In the vernacular, WTF?   Last month the brand new Dragon double-wide bar-restaurant opened with fanfare.   This month, not only is it closed, the chattel has been removed and the owners are putting up signs to lease the 'commercial' premises.....   (Don't you know what the night can do....?)
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Big B's reopened after a temporary closure last month.   Status quo ante.   Let the good times roll...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Venues that transitioned from June through 1 July 2022. (Not inclusive of above.)
         *   Lotus Massage - CLOSED - in Subsoi.

         *   Ban Thongdee Massage - CLOSED - in Subsoi.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
             A lone security light illuminates part of the Moonshine Pub signage.   Yes, the Soi 7 Plaza is still entirely shut-down.   People have even run out of rumors....   (But the 10 Baht pay toilets are still operational... - must be a big money-spinner....)

            The Casanova Japanese Venue has opened in the Covid-closed Honey digs on Subsoi 4.   Welcome to the fray...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            The RIP reopened last month, only to close again this month.   Oh, well.   Located in Soi Pan Pan.   Any changes and we will so advise next time 'round...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Having shaken off most of the Covid-Blues, Soi Eden (Sukhumvit Soi 7/1) is now nearly fully reopened - with renovated, re-purposed and new bars.   One such new bar, The Entrance had yet to put up signage, so we will try to include a pic next issue.   Welcome The Entrance to the Big Uneasy.
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            The popular blues bar Green Room Bangkok was closed when we passed by at the beginning of the month.   Hopefully this is temporary - live blues bars are too few and far between.   We'll be letting you know if there is a change of status....
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years

      Midnite Hour continues to highlight Bangkok's grand old Cinema Houses from previous eras, and the films then being shown in the Kingdom.   (Some of these films destined for greatness, others rightfully finding their way into the dustbin of history).
      This month we review post-war Bangkok's most popular Theaters and Movies from May 1946.    It is evident from the clippings that the world was still recovering from World War 2, and Bangkok's denizens were hungry for most any diversion - even the flood of (mostly) American movies from before the war.

      Green Hell (1940), a stereotypical 'jungle' movie, replete with 'natives' with poison arrows.   Also starring Vincent Price - who later declared it should have been included in the 50 Worst Films of All Time.   Nevertheless, in 1946 it served as legitimate escape from the day-to-day...
      Last day for The Great McGinty (1940)....   "When The Daltons Rode" was another pre-war film (released 1940) starring Kay Francis and Randolf Scott (with two 't's)..,

      The Silpakorn Theatre was almost exclusively for live presentations.

      Sunny was a musical originally released in 1942 (not in 1946 - as implied above)...

      The Oscar-winning Dumbo (1941) was Walt Disney's fourth full length release, and dubbed by many as his best to date.   Note: The billing, above, is incorrect - 'Dumbo of the Circus' was a later re-release (of several) of the Dumbo story.

      The conductor at Chulalongkorn University for those performances was none other than Phra Chen Duriyanga, who -before the war- composed the music for the Thai National Anthem.   Also spelled 'Phra Chenduriyang' (also Piti Vadyakara), he was actually born Peter Feit, a luk khrung son of a German-American immigrant.   We were quite surprised to see members of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Band also performing there - hadn't they gone home from Indonesia by this time?   Note: ticket prices quoted in 'Ticals'.

      White Cargo, originally a stage play, was made into a film of the same name in Britain.   On its New York release in 1930, the outcry began...   The 'distaff interest', Tondelayo, was a black woman - and America was still very much segregated.   The Production Code Administration immediately placed it on the list of 'sources not to be considered' as it was deemed to violate the Hays Decree.   In 1942 MGM remade the film with Hedy Lamarr as Tondelayo, but to get around the racial issue, she was cast as 'half Egyptian - half Arab'.   (WTF?)   Nevertheless, America's Legion of Decency still managed to condemn it, and the film was subsequently banned in Trinidad and Singapore...

      Based on Doolittle's B-24 raids on Japan from the decks of aircraft carriers, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (originally released in 1944) won an Oscar for Special Effects.   One of many 'war films' that would follow the end of WWII.

      Arabian Nights (1942) was nominated for four Oscars (not winning).   This film marks the first use of three-strip Technicolor by Universal Studios.   Also starring Maria Montez who is almost unknown today, but during the era she was known as The Queen of Technicolor - mostly due to her appearance in Arabian Nights.    In cinematic circles she is better known as having starred in several 'cult films' of that period.
      "We couldn't find anything on that 'Chinese Talkie', but The Navy Steps Out" (1941) was a popular Lucille Ball comedy.



With thanks to Cool Text

Bangkok Eyes goes back in time to see
Who was New - And Who was Through
in the Expat Night Entertainment World
How many of these old 'Oases'
Do you remember ?

Patpong 1
July 2002

   *  No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Patpong 2
July 2002

   *  The 2nd level Bua Luang Target added 'Karaoke' to their signage.

   *  The The Pink Piano Bar & Lounge reopened after a one-month closure.   It was located on the second level above the Pink Panther.   While the Pink Panther is still in operation, the upstairs is not presently occupied.

(Total Nitespots that month: 56 )

Soi Cowboy
July 2002

   *  The Juke's New A Go Go Duck began renovations, soon to become Shark.   Today that property remains Covid-closed Shark.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Cowboy Annex
(Asoke Corner + Asoke Plaza)
[ ~June 1998  to  04 February 2005 ]
July 2002

   *  The V.R. Bar - CLOSED - In Lolita's Corner (The 6-Pak)

   *  The Run Amok Bar - CLOSED - In Lolita's Corner (The 6-Pak)

   *  (A muay Thai Boxing Ring) - CLOSED after only one month.   Asoke Corner side.

   * The original Spanky's Bar - CLOSED in the back, on the Asoke Corner side.

   * The Hole In One - NEW - on the front side of the Asoke Plaza.

   * The Princess - CLOSED - in the 4-Pak.

   * The Boom - REOPENED - in the 8-Pak.

(Total Nitespots that month: 42 )

Nana Plaza
July 2002

   *  The Sugar Beat outside bar beer CLOSED   No bar occupies that space today.

   *   The Obsession - REOPENED.   It is still at that location today.

   *   The 2nd level Vixens / Hard Rock - RENOVATING.   No Nitespot currently operates at this location.

   *   The 2nd level Silver Dragon - CLOSED.   Currently the Covid-closed Mercury Ladyboy Bar.

   *   The 3rd level Cascade - REOPENED.

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
July 2002

  *  Bobby's Arms - OPEN - EXPANDED - Connecting to Bobby's Arms main dining room which up until then was only accessed by the 2nd level PP2 Car Park.   No Venue currently exists at either location.

  *  Play -  NEW - Those digs currently occupied by Bas Living Room.

  *  The 2nd level Pharaoh's Music Bar added "Karaoke" to their signage. - Today those digs are occupied by the Covid-closed Fork & Cork.

(Total Nitespots that month: 10 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
July 2002

  *  The 33 Center Pub - REOPENED - Today those digs are home to Akane Fashion Massage.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  9 June 2006)
(Also called 'Tobacco Road',  'Soi Rot Fai',  'The Tracks',  'Soi Zero' & 'Machim' [Thai] )
July 2002

   - No changes that month / year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 16 )

Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
July 2002

   *         The Sazanka Akasuri Korea Style Massage - ADDED the word 'Sazanka' to their signage.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

Clinton Plaza
(Originally ''Entertainment Plaza'')
[ ~February 1999  to  June 2003 ]

July 2002

      *  Suzy & Crazy Bar - has removed their neon and commenced moving to Sukhumvit Square.

      *  The (unnamed Short-time Hotel) and Chan's Corner located in the warehouse have both - CLOSED

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

''13 Night Market'' Entertainment Area
(Originally 'Old Thermae Compound')
[ April 2000 - March 2005 ] 

July 2002

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )

Sukhumvit Square
[ February 2002 - 26 January 2003 ] 

July 2002

         Below is the 1 July 2002 Midnite Hour survey of Sukhumvit Square Night Entertainment Area .

Facing Sukhumvit Rd
Bar Chemo II - NEW (ex: Jo Jo's Bar)
After Work - NEW
Sweet Home Bar (Seminal Bar)
Montika Bar

At the Rear
A-10 Bar & Pool
Country Road Beer Bar
Tippler's Tavern
Artistic Bar
(Oasis) - CLOSED renovate
The Retreat Bar
Kat Beer Bar - RELOCATE to- (ex: Speto)
Bar Sanuk
Lemon Tree
Infinity Bar & Karaoke
Friend Bar
@ Ease

East Side - On Soi 10
Rolls Royce Bar
Star Bar

In The Happy Today "8-Pak"
Chemo Bar
Ying's Corner II (Add "II")
Rose Garden
Tu Bar
Wan's NEW (ex: Eddy's CLOSED)
Lovely Bar

West Side
(Mooney) - CLOSED
Lucky Cat Bar
Hello Bar
Walker Bar Pool & Dart
Suzy & Crazy Bar
Say Hi
Harry Potter - REOPEN
The Vibration (The Bar In)
Relax Bar
(Total Nitespots that month: 39 )


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      New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority keeps statistics on the number of graffiti 'incidents' that occur each year.   This year, through the end of April there have been 209 'graffiti assaults' on New York's subway cars.   This is more than a 200 % increase from statistics going back to 2018, triggering the fear of a return to the 'bad old days' of the '70's and 80's where entire trains had been covered in graffiti.

Excerpt Copyright Washington Post

      Transit officials attribute the increase to the reduced travel restrictions since the lessening of the Covid-19 pandemic.   More specifically, they have attributed the increase in train graffiti primarily due to foreign graffiti artists who travel to New York specifically to tag a subway car.   (Any graffer who would want to hold his head high amongst his peers must have the bragging rights of a New York subway tag)...

Excerpt Copyright Washington Post

      And the authorities may be correct - it is obvious from murals and tags found around Bangkok that many of the 'graffiti vandals' are in fact individuals or 'crews' from various countries...

Excerpt Copyright Washington Post

Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original photographs or artwork resides exclusively with the creators.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1347
Zebra Sans
8 ft high x 17 ft (inclusive)

Graffiti #1348
Pale Rider
6 ft high x 14 ft

Graffiti #1349
Puff On
6 ft high x 16 ft

Graffiti #1350
A Fine Mess
6 ft high x 16 ft

Graffiti #1351
Golden Egg
8 ft high x 28 ft

Graffiti #1352
Good Goth
8 ft high x 14 ft

Graffiti #1353
Grey Ghost
6 ft high x 8 ft

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- Ed)

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William R. Morledge


"The Archives" - All Our Back Issues Here

- 2022 -
01 JAN -   Omicron - a "Big Deal" ?
01 FEB -   Omicron Milder, Stable
01 MAR -   Bangkok Nitelife rebounds
01 APR -    Covid High amid Reopenings
01 MAY -    Pub Crawl - In The Time of Covid
01 JUN -    Nitespots Fully Open
01 JUL -    Thailand Reopens
- 2021 -
01 JAN -   Covid surges - Nitespots hit
01 FEB -    CoV-19 Vaccine Delay - Bars in Tatters
01 MAR -   CoV-19 Vaccine here - Bars reopen
01 APR -    Covid stable - Travel eases
01 MAY -    Covid 3rd Wave bashes Nitelife
01 JUN -    Nightlife Dark Ages Continue
01 JUL -    Covid Worsens - Lockdown widens
01 AUG -    Covid-19 Skyrockets - Blanket Testing
01 SEP -    Covid-19 Cases down - Nitelife ailing...
01 OCT -    Covid Cases Down 60%
01 NOV -    Covid Eases, Hopes Rise
01 DEC -    Covid Eases Again - Nitelife Restarts

- 2020 -
01 JAN -   Soi 7 "On The Map"
01 FEB -   Soi 33's Dead Artists - RIP
01 MAR -    Queen's Park Plaza gone
01 APR -    Coronavirus Crunch
01 MAY -    Coronavirus Ebbs
01 JUN -    Coronavirus is killing bars
01 JUL -    Coronavirus now rare
01 AUG -    Thais curb Coronavirus
01 SEP -    Covid blockade foils 2nd Wave
01 OCT -    Coronavirus vs Coronaphobia
01 NOV -    Trink Passes On
01 DEC -    Soi 8 Survives
- 2019 -
01 JAN -   Soi 71 + "W District"
01 FEB -    Back to Soi 26
01 MAR -   Soi 1 & Soi 3
01 APR -    Mizu's of Patpong
01 MAY -    Mississippi Twins
01 JUN -    Gay Patpong ? -Twilight Gone
01 JUL -    Bars - 50 Years On
01 AUG -    Soi 8 Reviste
01 SEP -    Copyright & the 'Net
01 OCT -    Historic Honolulu - Chinatown
01 NOV -    The Patpong Museum
01 DEC -    Queen's Park Fades - Soi 7 Opens

- 2018 -
01 JAN -   The Pub Crawl
01 FEB -   Bobby Passes On
01 MAR -    Nana - The Plaza - The Soi
01 APR -    Soi Dead Artists - Downsizing?
01 MAY -    Soi's 5, 7, 7/1 Eden
01 JUN -    Soi 24 - Going Nowhere
01 JUL -    Street Bars - They're Back
01 AUG -    Udorn in the 60's & 70's
01 SEP -    Potpourri - Odds 'N Ends
01 OCT -    Khao San + Rambutri Rds.
01 NOV -    Night Market Sri Nakarin
01 DEC -    Soi 23 - Running Hot
- 2017 -
01 JAN -   Soi 22 - the Survivor
01 FEB -    Hua Hin Nights
01 MAR -   Hooking-Up
01 APR -    Soi Than Tawan
01 MAY -    Our Saloon-Count Surveys
01 JUN -    Soi Bua Khao
01 JUL -    Soi 8 - Work In Progress
01 AUG -    NO PHOTO (more or less)
01 SEP -    Stickman Calls 'Time'
01 OCT -    Sweet Black Angel
01 NOV -    Thai King At Rest
01 DEC -    The Dark Arts

- 2016 -
01 JAN -   Railway Bazaar
01 FEB -   Sukhumvit Square Justice
01 MAR -    Paint the Neon Night
01 APR -    Udom Suk Reviste
01 MAY -    Soi Thaniya
01 JUN -    Soi Thonglor Re-up
01 JUL -    Massage Parlor Row
01 AUG -    Check Inn 99
01 SEP -    Pattaya A Go-Go
01 OCT -    Bangkok's Nitelife Maps
01 NOV -    Nitespot Demographics
01 DEC -    Pattaya's Soi 6

- 2015 -
01 JAN -    A Go-Go Bar Ratings
01 FEB -    Are Cops Gouging Nitelifers?
01 MAR -   Bad Company
01 APR -    LK Metro - Pattaya
01 MAY -    Soi 33 goes East
01 JUN -    Rachada Fades
01 JUL -    Freelancers
01 AUG -    Nana Plaza Map 2015
01 SEP -    Soi Nana Map 2015
01 OCT -    Walking Street - Pattaya
01 NOV -    Rachada - The Giant
01 DEC -    A Go-Go's Story

- 2014 -
01 JAN -   Bangkok's Got The Blues
01 FEB -   Soi 26 - Stayin' Alive
01 MAR -    Nightscene rues Mob
01 APR -    My Friend owns a Bar...
01 MAY -    Soi's 3, 5 and 7
01 JUN -    Curfew's Costly Cut
01 JUL -    Soi 13 Makes It's Move
01 AUG -    Pattaya Does The Twist
01 SEP -    Soi's 18 & 20 - Quieter is Better
01 OCT -    Soi's 10 & 14 - Lesser known Sois
01 NOV -    A Good Old Boy...
01 DEC -    Lang Suan & Sarasin

- 2013 -
01 JAN -    Not Fade Away - The Survivors
01 FEB -    Rare Old Photos
01 MAR -   Copa Reprise
01 APR -    Arise, Soi 22
01 MAY -    Where to Next ?
01 JUN -    Bangkok Noir
01 JUL -    MAPS - The Major Update
01 AUG -    Lamai Lamai Lamai
01 SEP -    Tim 'Wanchai' Young
01 OCT -    Soi Wall Street
01 NOV -    Little Thonglor - Soi 11
01 DEC -    Mississippi Queen

- 2012 -
01 JAN -    Mama-San
01 FEB -    Our 10th Anniversary Issue !
01 MAR -    How Gay Nana ?
01 APR -    Sukhumvit' Soi 23 - The Big Picture
01 MAY -    Khao San Road - Unique Bazaar
01 JUN -    Ekamai - It Used To Be Too Far
01 JUL -    Nightlife Pioneers
01 AUG -    The New Puritans
01 SEP -    Nana - On It's Own
01 OCT -    FAIL - War on Nitespot Drugs
01 NOV -    Patpong Unbroken
01 DEC -    Drugs & the Nightscene in History
- 2011 -
01 JAN -    Patpong's 'Glory Days'
01 FEB -    Nightlife In A Digital Age
01 MAR -    Co-Co Walk Plaza
01 APR -    Soi 33 Marches On
01 MAY -    Nightlife Permissiveness
01 JUN -    Ghosts of Nitelife Past
01 JUL -    STATE - The Cinema, Soi & Area
01 AUG -    Soi Darling
01 SEP -    Sri Nakarin South
01 OCT -    Soi 8 Reprise
01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

- 2010 -
01 JAN -    Street Bars II - The Triple-Dip
01 FEB -    Our Kind Of Art - II    - Chris Coles
01 MAR -    The Dead Artist Bars - Soi 33
01 APR -    "Soi Ginza" - Thaniya Road
01 MAY -    Night Scene Blues (Red Shirts 1)
01 JUN -    Nitespots Recover Slowly (Reds 2)
01 JUL -    World Cup Special
01 AUG -    Those Old Photos
01 SEP -    The German Invasion
01 OCT -    Racism & Prejudice
01 NOV -    Soi 11 Revisited
01 DEC -    Soi 22 Updater

- 2009 -
01 JAN -    The Santika Fire
01 FEB -    Salt & Pepper
01 MAR -    Nana Plaza - Update & Maps
01 APR -    Soi Nana Update
01 MAY -    The Nightscene & The Riots
01 JUN -    "19" Re-Focus
01 JUL -    Rain Dogs - The Underground
01 AUG -    Soi Thonglor - A bridge-too-far
01 SEP -    Ban Chang - Our Little Secret
01 OCT -    The "Ginza Effect'
01 NOV -    Royal City Avenue (RCA)
01 DEC -    Sutthisan & The Inthamara's

- 2008 -
01 JAN -    2007 - Looking Back
01 FEB -    Owning A Bar
01 MAR -    Expat's Bangkok
01 APR -    Nude Dancing
01 MAY -    After Midnite
01 JUN -    Night Scene In Flux
01 JUL -    Our Kind Of Art
01 AUG -    Trendy Plaza Reprise
01 SEP -    The Elephants Are ....Back
01 OCT -    Grand Prix Intro
01 NOV -    Grand Prix - Rick's Story
01 DEC -    "Old Bangkok Hand"

- 2007 -
01 JAN -    Bombs Blast Bangkok
01 FEB -    Bangkok's Nightscene Websites
01 MAR -    Prasitipol Dance Bar To Fall
01 APR -    Soi 5 Neon Review
01 MAY -    A Go-Go Bangkok
01 JUN -    Arise ! Soi 11
01 JUL -    Anatomy Of A Bar Area
01 AUG -    Soi 26 - Too Far ?
01 SEP -    Chuwit Guilty
01 OCT -    Daytime Nana Plaza
01 NOV -    Cowboy - All Of It
01 DEC -    Another Nitespot Area Falls

- 2006 -
01 JAN -    Pattaya Ascending
01 FEB -    A Go-Go Then & Now
01 MAR -    ' Madrid '
01 APR -    White Heat
01 MAY -    Politics & Nightlife
01 JUN -    Fagin's Bratpack
01 JUL -    King Bhumibol's 60th Anniversary
01 AUG -    Soi 10 - The Final Shaft
01 SEP -    Pattaya's Soi Bua Khow
01 OCT -    Rachada's Other Face
01 NOV -    Soi 22s Other Bars
01 DEC -    Soi Eden Goes A Go-Go

- 2005 -
01 JAN -    Asoke Plaza Crushed
01 FEB -    The 'Nana Scene'
01 MAR -    Asoke Plaza Smashed Again
01 APR -    Sukhumvit 1 Plaza 'Arrives'
01 MAY -    Welcome 'Soi Eden'
01 JUN -    Bangkok's Bareback Riders
01 JUL -    Soi 22 - A Macro View
01 AUG -    Nana's Slide
01 SEP -    Cowboy Street Scene
01 OCT -    The Pattaya Run
01 NOV -    Soi 19 In Focus
01 DEC -    Bad Girls

- 2004 -
01 JAN -    Bangkok's Darkest Year
01 FEB -    Where Is Trink ?
01 MAR -    Soi 33 Just Won't Stop
01 APR -    Cracks In The Crackdown
01 MAY -    In The Zone
01 JUN -    "Night-Scene Jumbos
01 JUL -    Easy Square 'On The Map'
01 AUG -    Soi 1 Entertainment Plaza
01 SEP -    Khlong Toey Revisited
01 OCT -    Koh Samui's Night Scene
01 NOV -    Soi 1 Opens
01 DEC -   The Bangkok Pub Scene

- 2003 -
01 JAN -    Cowboy Crackdown
01 FEB -    Sukhumvit Square Smashed
01 MAR -    Soi 10 Survivors
01 APR -    War & The Night Scene
01 MAY -    Entertainment Blues
01 JUN -    '13 Night Market' Reborn
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza Falls
01 AUG -    Soi 24 Nightscene Review
01 SEP -    Does Soi Nana Measure Up?
01 OCT -    Patpong - Legend & Myth
01 NOV -    Easy Square 'Launched'
01 DEC -    Soi Cowboy Urine-Swoop

- 2002 -
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

20 JUN -    Soi 22's Queen's Park Plaza
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza - Already Dead?
01 AUG -    Bar Beers Now "Major Players"
16 AUG -    July: Bar Beers Gaining Ground
01 SEP -    A Go-Gos A-building
17 SEP -    Virtual Bars
01 OCT -    A History In The Making
01 NOV -    Pool Bars Come Of Age
01 DEC -    November's Night Follies
15 DEC -    Genesis: Sukhumvit's Night Scene

01 JAN -    Seminal Survey -Paradisio Closes
- 2001 -

01 JAN -    Baccara opens in Cowboy
01 FEB -    Club Habanos Closes - PP1
01 MAR -    farang Connection Closes - Nana
01 APR -    Rock Hard BB Open - Clinton Pl.
01 MAY -    Las Vegas Opens - Cowboy
01 JUN -    'Wall Street' Opens - Soi 33
01 JUL -    Vixens Closes - Nana
01 AUG -    6 A Go-Go's Shut - Clinton Pl.
01 SEP -    Pussy Collection Opens - PP1
01 OCT -    Girl Friend Closes - PP1
01 NOV -    Rainbow III Opens - Nana
01 DEC -    White House Reopens - Clinton Pl.

- 2000 -

JAN -    'Cowboy Annex' Starts Up
FEB -    Agogo 2000 new at Nana
MAR -    Flowers - Clinton's 1st A Go-Go
APR -    Angel Witch new at Nana
MAY -    Dubliner now at Washington Sq
JUN -    Coco Loco opens at Clinton Pl.
JUL -    Bottoms Up new at Nana
AUG -    Crack House opens at Clinton Pl.
SEP -    Doll House / White House open at Clinton
OCT -    Rock Hard to open at Clinton Pl.
NOV -    Big Dogs opens at Nana
DEC -    Lolita opens in Cowboy Annex

- 1999 -

JAN -    Masquerade Closes @ Nana
FEB -    "Entertainment Plaza" Start-Up
MAR -    SuperStar is PP SuperBar !
APR -    Washington Square goes Critical
MAY-    New Klymaxx closes (Cowboy)
JUN -    'Wet Lips opens (Cowboy)
JUL -    Sam 2000 opens (Cowboy)
AUG -    Monica's opens (Clinton Plaza)
SEP -    Muzzik Cafe open on PP1
OCT -    No Probl'm now Cat's Meow
NOV -    Titty Twisters opens at Nana
DEC -    Londoner Brew Pub new on Soi 33
- 1998 -
JAN -    Nancy Bar opens on Floor 2, Nana
FEB -    Tabasco Charlies opens - (NEP)
MAR -    Cowboy 2 is a 'Pizzaria' - Soi Cowboy
APR -    New A Go Go Duck opens - Cowboy
MAY -    Raw Hide opens on Cowboy
JUN -    Para Disio opens - Floors 2 & 3 - NEP
JUL -    Patpong Cafe opens - PP2
AUG -    'Funny Girls' becomes 'Girlfriend' - PP1
SEP -    Masquerade opens on 3rd Floor - NEP
OCT -    Virgo opens on Cowboy
NOV -    Obsession, Beverly Hills, Red Lips open
DEC -    Lucifer Disko Tk opens atop Radio City

- 1997 -
JAN -    'Hot Rods' opens @ Nana
FEB -    Crazy Lady closes (Nana)
MAR -    3 Lounges closed - 'The Ramp'
APR -    Blue Sky Bar closes - PP1
MAY -    Crackdown at Nana
JUN -    Crystal Palace opens - PP2
JUL -    Limelight closes - PP1
AUG -    Rainbow II opens @ Nana
SEP -    Cowboy's Butterfly Gone
OCT -    Shadow drops Crazy Jack (Cowboy)
NOV -    Hollywood 2 now on 3rd Floor (NEP)
DEC -    Susies opens @ Buckskin Joe Village
- 1996 -
JAN -    Shooters opens on 3rd Floor (NEP)
FEB -    XTC Closes, then Reopens (NEP)
MAR -    Tapas back on line (Soi Katoey)
APR -    Long Gun expands (2X) [Cowboy]
MAY -    Apache reopens on 'The Boy'
JUN -    Pink Panther "upstairs" closes
JUL -    Iconic Mike's Place gone...
AUG -    Upstairs Touch Bar closes (PP1)
SEP -    Pharaoh opens in NEP carpark
OCT -    Spirit House opens in NEP
NOV -    Crazy Lady opens in NEP
DEC -    Long Gun 2 opens (now Rawhide)

- 1995 -
JAN -    PP1 Butterfly Closed
FEB -    Camelot Castle Opens
MAR -    NEPs Bubble Gum gone...
APR -    Tiny 'Imagine' Closed
MAY -    (Quietest month on record)
JUN -    NEPs Mon Cherie axed
JUL -    Play Skool opens (NEP)
AUG -    Opium Club new on The Ramp
SEP -    D.L Irish Pub (ex: Bamboo's)
OCT -    NEP 3rd Floor Opens
NOV -    Klymaxx 2 opens on Cowboy
DEC -    Chick's opens upstairs (PP1)
- 1994 -
- 1993 -
JAN -       -
FEB -       -
MAR -   Saloons - More Areas Added
APR -    Saloons -Adding "Nana"
MAY -    Red Diamond Closed
JUN -    Saloons - Tomatohead Closes
JUL -    Pretty Lady A Go Go
AUG -    Mars Party House closed
SEP -    Matterhorn & Star Pub
OCT -    Sawasdee Cocktail Lounge - New
NOV -    Thigh Bar name change
DEC -    Smile Club to open...
- 1990 -
JUN -   Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)
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