Stickman Readers' Submissions April 24th, 2024

Quick Trip Around The Block Part 2 – Pattaya (19 – 22 April)


19 April (Friday)

Took another quick trip this past weekend to Pattaya from Singapore to experience Songkran. Arrived in Bangkok around 5 PM and grabbed an AOT taxi to the condo I was renting in Central Pattaya. Usually a 90 minute drive but when the driver reached the left turn to get onto Pattaya Klang it was a 90 minute drive from there to Central Pattaya, about 5 km. I did think ahead and packed only a backpack, putting my clothes and valuables in a garbage bag to make it waterproof, and ended up getting out of the taxi and grabbing a motorcye the rest of the way. Still took me 20 minutes and by the time I go to the condo, I was drenched and muddied. Changed clothes and walked over to Beach Road for the festivities. Unbeknownst to me, as I thought Songkran was going from the 19th – 21st, I found that my dates were off and I was a bit late. I caught the last 3 – 4 hours of fun. For those that have never experienced Songkran in Pattaya (this is my 4th or 5th time) I suggest you go. I’m not sure there is anything better than being surrounded by beautiful Thai woman in all kind of dress soaking wet from head-to-toe. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it down to Soi 6, which in my opinion is the best place to hang out during Songkran but I still had a great time. No real issues except a few pushing matches by foreigners that were quelled quickly. I did read that tons of tourists got robbed by the Thai gangs operating in the area (money, passports, wallets, etc.). Got to Walking Street and the chaos continued. I was starving as I haven’t eaten yet and found that I-Bar opened a restaurant next door, food was decent and reasonable. I didn’t venture into any bars, but some were open with plastic covering the door ways. I ended up walking around a bit more, enjoying the view and the excitement of the event and headed home for the night.

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20 April (Saturday).

Did some mundane things the next day, breakfast, massage (no happy ending), got my nails cut (self-love), went to Central Mall and bummed around. Later in the evening, with Stickman’s column in mind, I headed out around 9 PM to Walking Street. The following reviews / thoughts are my own, understanding that some might not agree or think this bar is better than that one, but I hope this gives a bit of insight to how things are going.

[910 PM] Pin Up: Decent number of girls on stage, probably around 40. Girls mostly doing the Thai bored shuffle. There was a split in lookers and non-lookers, most were in bikinis. Ignored me all together, 90% of the customers were Asian.

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[930 PM] Peppermint: About 10 girls on stage, some topless, some not. Girls themselves had a bit more energy, dancing away. Crowd was mostly MAWMs (Middle-aged White Males), but wasn’t very crowded. Happy hour ended right after I ordered so it goes till at least 930 PM. It didn’t have many lookers so I left shortly after.

[950 PM] Baccara: Similar to Pin Up, mostly Asian customers. When I sat down, I swear one of the girls was white (Russian maybe) but I was told she was Thai. I’m not sure though. Pretty face but looked like she breast fed a few kids before. Girls on stage were decent, I would give it a 50/50 rating, some lovely, some not so much.

[1020 PM] Moon: I was 1 of 5 customers in this place. Girls were very outgoing and fun. Even had a few real lookers here. Bought a drink or 3 here. Decent place to get some attention if you’re a white male.

[1048 PM] Sensations: Mix crowd of Asians and Indians, club was maybe half-full. Another 50/50 rating in terms of girls looks.

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[1106 PM] Iron: Asians were the predominant customer here. Variety of dressed girls. A few diamonds in the rough. Probably around 70 – 75% capacity.

[1120 PM] XS: I see why this go-go is #1 in Pattaya. 90% capacity, 85% Asian. Asian customers were spending like crazy here. Very little chance to be noticed as a white male unless you’re also willing to drop some serious baht. When I checked this place out I had Billboards in mind for comparison, I definitely would give XS the nod for Pattaya but for overall best go-go in Thailand it has to be Billboard.

[1151 PM] Sky Lounge: My last go-go. This place had a solid line up and would say the majority of the girls looked good. Surprisingly mostly white farangs in this place so I got a lot of attention and ended up staying for a while talking to a few young ladies.

[1230am – 2am] As you can imagine, by this time I was pretty liquored up. Went to Candy Shop to do a few laps to check out the free-lancers and listen to the band, had a few more drinks and ended up in 808 upstairs. Walked around for a while and headed home.

Altogether a decent night. I feel the free-lance scene has changed on Walking Street a bit. Didn’t seem there was a lot of girls looking, maybe they just weren’t looking for me. I was once a Bangkok only fan back in the late 90s but since 2007 I switched to Pattaya. After this trip I am once again leaning towards Bangkok for a better place to have fun.

21 April (Sunday). Again, didn’t do anything exciting enough to write about and just relaxed most of the day.

22 April (Monday) I had an early flight to Singapore and when I landed, I went straight to work for the remainder of the day. Note: Bangkok Airport started using the automatic immigration machines for foreign passengers, quicker line. Unfortunately, I think there is still a few bugs being worked out as 50% of the people using it had to go into the regular immigration lines after it failed to read their passports.

Take care –



Next Trip: Bangkok, Phuket, or Bali. I haven’t decided yet, but it will be at the end of May.


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