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01 February 2022
William R.  Morledge

February's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: Stickman to Return
Memorables and Forgettables
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #187
   At the beginning of January, as the can be seen from the graph below, the Omicron strain of the Coronavirus began to make itself felt in Thailand.   The authorities anticipated there would be another large "wave" of outbreaks.   But in spite of an initial steep increase in cases, the number of new cases started to plateau after the first week.   As per global findings, these local Omicron cases were virtually all mild, almost always requiring only "home isolation" or "Hospi-Tel isolation" (Government-converted hotels).   (...cont'd below)
      Soi Cowboy, one of Bangkok's three main Night Entertainment Areas, is slowly getting back on it's feet, as Thailand cautiously rolls back the travel and lockdown provisions.   Re-openings are slow, usually only serving in the outside verandah areas.

      Simultaneously, the Government decided to continue with their 20 January plan to re-implement the "Day Pass" Test & Go scheme for arriving tourists and residents.   Although Thailand's tourism arrivals for February were down from a year ago, the newly re-implemented Test & Go pass has already seen a surge in bookings (and re-bookings).   In addition, the Government has included additional areas in the "Sandbox" scheme.   For those planning to travel to Thailand, a summary of current Government guidelines is found in the box immediately below.   As the Government can frequently revise requirements (without notice), it is advised that prospective travelers update frequently at the Tourism Authority of Thailand <link>.   It goes without saying that prospective travellers to Thailand also will need to check on restrictions, requirements and rulings for their country of origin and any other country on their itinerary.

      A Summary of Current Government Guidelines on Covid-19
Bangkok, 20 January, 2022

   Thailandís Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today approved the resumption of the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) entry scheme, the reopening of Pattaya and Ko Chang Sandbox destinations, and the reintroduction of the Sandbox Extension programme effective from 1 February, 2022, from 09.00 Hrs, Thailand time.   

   The Thailand Pass system reopens for new TEST & GO applications from 1 February, 2022, 09.00 Hrs. Thailand time, fully vaccinated travellers from any country around the world can apply for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass up to 60 days in advance.   While other previous rules under the scheme remain unchanged, the CCSA approved additional requirements to ensure stringent COVID-19 precautions:

   All new TEST & GO applications must submit a proof of prepayment for 2 separate nights of accommodation at government-approved hotel/s, such as, SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), AQ, OQ, or AHQ on Day 1 and Day 5, and the expenses for 2 RT-PCR tests on Day 1 and Day 5.   The prepayment for Day 1 must include an accommodation, a test and a prearranged transfer from the airport to the hotel.

   Travellers can book 2 different hotels for the accommodation on Day 1 and Day 5.   However, on both Day 1 and Day 5, they must stay within the room for the RT-PCR test result. The second RT-PCR test will not be required if the travellerís length of stay is less than 5 nights, or his/ her scheduled international departure date out of Thailand is on Day 5 or before.   For example if the traveller plans to stay in Thailand for 3 days, then he/she does not have to undergo the second RT-PCR test, but he/she must leave for another country immediately.   However, whether the traveller will be required to take another RT-PCR test depends on the airline and the final international destination.

   Meanwhile, travellers who have applied/ obtained their Thailand Pass QR code before 22 December, 2021, with scheduled arrival dates in Thailand from 24 December, 2021, onwards, are still required to undergo their second COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique at government-designated facilities on Day 5-6 of their stay in Thailand, or when they experience respiratory symptoms (no additional cost).

The Covid-19 Certificate of Vaccination for International Travel

      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 :
         Bangkok Eyes will continue our efforts to encourage tourism by providing updated information on travel and entertainment which could be useful to those wishing to visit Thailand.   Travellers to the Kingdom, once through the entry drill for testing, etc, currently have a great amount of leeway in travelling in-country, and visiting Night Entertainment Venues.   However there are current regulations for wearing masks in most circumstances - public transportation, public and commercial buildings and other locations accessible to the public.   However when in restaurants and pubs, bars, etc, there is no requirement to keep masks in place once seated.   Social Distancing is technically still 'on the books' but virtually entirely ignored.   Foreigners in Thailand must keep their vaccinations up to date, and should keep proof of vaccination with them when out and about.   It appears that global attitudes are following England's example - they are treating the Coronavirus as an infection similar to the annual influenza flare-ups, and generally getting on with their (individual) lives.   The fear of the virus, the 'Coronaphobia' of which we have often written, is rightly rapidly disappearing, and Planet Earth is tacitly admitting, inch-by-inch that which we have been saying for the duration : "Lock-downs Don't Work".


February's Thai Smile remains a selfie..

BOOKS ...worth a read !

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   READER :     Sirs,
       Your soulmate Stickman will be writing again when more Bars are back in business.   I (would have) never come to Bangkok if I never read his columns and seen his photos.   And he introduced me to your site.   Good news indeed.
       Yes, the word is out that Stickman will return.   We are in favor of more, not less, Bangkok Night Entertainment sites on the Internet.   We are looking forward to Stickman once again providing us regular updates to his Stickman's guide to Bangkok <link>.   At the same time, we hasten to warn against cheap imitations attempting to capitalize on the 'Stickman' name - Caveat Emptor....
   READER :  
      Congrats on your upcoming 20th Anniversary.   It will be this February, right?   You stuck with it and you made it work, where everyone else has stumbled and fallen along the way.   Bangkok's nighttime activities, at least some of them, will hopefully be preserved in the historical record, whatever that might end up being..

            We are surprised at the number of readers who actually remember our earlier issues <link> from 1992.   What started out to be an offline home-study exercise in "How to make a website" has grown and changed and grown again.   The Bangkok Eyes team stands strong, and we are aiming at the next 20-year landmark....
   READER :  
      Sure do appreciate your comprehensive, and I must say, unique coverage of the Night Time activities in Bangkok during these pestilent times, it seems no one else is giving it a thorough look-at.   But kindly suggest that you please refrain from recommending treatments for Covid-19.   This is something that should be left to the WHO and the CDC in the US.   Other than that, keep up the good works.
      We do appreciate the compliments, however it will be necessary to correct you on a couple of points.   Bangkok Eyes does not recommend Covid-19 treatments.   We have, however, reprinted the following for management of Covid : Mask-up, get vaccinated, practice social distancing (when possible), and personal & area hygiene.   We have reprinted only that which the authorities have been recommending for the last 2 years, to include WHO.   We do so, as our readers, those planning to travel to Thailand, will need to know what will be expected of them when they arrive in the Kingdom.

   Additionally, we have gone to considerable effort to 'de-politicize' the Pandemic when writing about it on our site - we have separated the reality of the Coronavirus from the 'Coronaphobia' (the unsupported, unreasoning fear of the Virus exhibited by many nations - as exemplified by unnecessary, Draconian lock-downs, etc).   An example of our depoliticization - last April (10 months ago) we made the Three-Year "Virtually All" Projection.    We stated:
1 In Three years, virtually all populations will have been vaccinated.

2. In Three years, virtually all populations will have had the Coronavirus, (to include many asymptomatically.)

3. In Three years, virtually all populations will be getting annual booster shots.
      When we made this projection, no one was even talking about booster shots.   Our Three-Year "Virtually All" projection was ignored as ridiculous.   Fast-forward to the present - recent news reports tell us on a daily basis how those who have already been vaccinated, to include triple-vaccinated, are still catching Covid - albeit mildly - (for example, virtually all of Israel, university campuses, aboard ships, etc.)    Every day that goes by, our previously 'radical' Three-Year "Virtually All" projection becomes closer to reality.   --As an aside, as of December, our staff are quad-jabbed - (2 + 2 boosters).

      Two months ago, in early December, we analyzed what the scientists then knew about (not speculated about) the Omicron Strain.   We stated that what was needed was to view it from a brand-new 'frame of reference'.   To the dismay of friend and foe, we stated :
The Omicron strain of the Coronavirus is in fact the best vaccine.

It has, virtually across the board, mild side effects, similar to the common cold.

It kills percentage-wise less people than do the reactions to the current vaccines.

It propagates faster than the vaccines can be disseminated.

The acquired immunity from Omicron is better than from vaccines.

It hastens global herd-immunity.
         Our assessment, 2 months ago, was likewise seen as nonsensical.   However today, without coming out and saying Omicron is the better vaccine, scientists and politicians alike are coming around to telling us that soon the Coronavirus will be no more disruptive than the annual winter influenza.   (Have a look at last week's UK reopening, for example.).   So if we are wrong, show us the evidence.   (However, time is on our side...)
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
*   Zootramp Publications



Let the Follies begin-

    Vol. XXXI      No. 02
                           Bangkok,  01 February 2022                         
   Free Distribution

            Patpong 1 Road remains a dark and drear shadow of its former glory days - as other Night Entertainment Areas areas are rushing to reopen, only two of it's Venues, both from the pre-Covid days, have reopened.

            The King's Castle 1 is the second Nitespot to reopen on Patpong 1.   Welcome back to the machine.   It's sister bar, the King's Castle reopened a month earlier.   The window of opportunity to revitalize this once-vibrant Night Entertainment Area is closing quickly - if action isn't taken to reopen / open new establishments is not taken soon, Patpong 1 will be relegated to the history books.

            Venues open December 2021 through 1 February 2022 :
         *    King's Castle - REMAINS OPEN

         *    King's Castle I - NEWLY OPEN

         *    Tip Top - REMAINS OPEN - As outside bar beer.

         *    Shenanigans - REMAINS OPEN - (On Suriwong Road)

         *   Unnamed massage parlor - (Last known name: "Thai Lady".)   - REMAINS OPEN - Upstairs above Thigh Bar

   The Pink - the bar beer adjacent to the Pink Panther has been open since January, however, this month they have added a 'giant-screen' - giving passers-by a glimpse of what is happening inside the Pink Panther.   May they keep on keeping on...

       Up on The Ramp, the Three Ladys Cocktail Lounge (also open since January) has put out some new signage - this time around, emphasizing 'karaoke'.

            Venues in transition January through 1 February 2022 : We note a large number of Night Entertainment Venues have reopened, many (such as A Go-Go bars) only partially so, awaiting further Governmental approval to fully open.   
         *    The Strip Bangkok - REOPEN

         *    Paddy Fields - REOPEN

         *    Spanky's Bar Beer - REOPEN

         *    Tavern Three Saloon - RECLOSED

         *    Chicken Divine Bar Beer - RECLOSED

         *    The World (Linda's Place) - RECLOSED - Up on The Ramp.

            The Sunshine After Skool Bar has reopened (outside area only) - all is as it was....   

            The Dollhouse has also reopened their outside area facing the Soi, and are doing a modest business once again.   It also looks like they have some new signage...   Welcome them back to the sharkpool.

            Venues opening this last month on Soi Cowboy, on or before 1 February 2022 :
         *   Lucky Star - Long Gun - REOPENED - Outdoor beer bar.

         *   The Dollhouse - REOPENED - Outside only.

         *   Sunshine After Skool - REOPENED - Outside only.

              As government restrictions continue to ease, Nana Plaza Night Entertainment Area continues to reopen Venues, to include some 2nd and 3rd level Venues.   The full listing of reopened Nitespots is immediately below.

              By the time you read this, it is likely The Jungle officially will have become Nana Plaza's newest bar.   It is located in what was once the Hillary 4.   We'll keep an ear to the ground, and get back atcha once they are up-and-running...

            Venues in Nana Plaza that have reopened in January 2022 through 1 February 2022:
         *   Rainbow 4 - REOPENED - Second level.

         *   Rainbow 5 - REOPENED - Second level.

         *   Sexy Night - REOPENED - Second level.

         *   Spanky's - REOPENED - Second level.

         *   Random - REOPENED - Second level.

         *   Whiskey & Gogo - - REOPENED - Second level.

         *   Taxi Bar - REOPENED - Second & Third level.

         *   Billboard - REOPENED - Third level.


               The Swan Club has opened newly in the Koboot Noodles digs.   The properties at the Soi' 4 - Soi 6 junction have long belonged to the Swan Group' - and they are now in the process of reinventing themselves once again.   This includes a separate "Swan Bar Restaurant" immediately adjacent (see photo).   May they prosper - where many such previous iterations have not...

               The three "Soi 6 bars", Bangcockney, the Hang Out Pub, and "An unnamed Venue" have been Covid-closed for months, but now are permanently closed.   That real estate is being reconfigured into two new Nitespots.   It may be April before they open - nevertheless, we will keep our eyeballs peeled, and keep you informed of any news...

            Venues that transitioned January through 1 February 2022.   The several Nitespots - reported OPEN last month - remain open this month.
         *   Swan Club - NEW - Ex: Koboot Noodles

         *   Swan Bar - NEW - Ex: Koboot Noodles

         *   V Good Massage - RECLOSED

         *   Heaven @ 4 Bar Beer Bar - REOPENED

            Soi Katoey (Silom Soi 4), continues apace for the second month in succession.   Only the Cork & Fork and the Welcome Bar have not yet reopened.   (Hugs continues to open and close as they see fit...).
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

            The Soi's smallest hideaway, the Sugarbowl - has nailed up some new neon.   Gotta let the train roll on...
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

            Venues that have transitioned in January 2022 through 1 February 2022.
         *   Hugs Bar - Karaoke - RECLOSED
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

 SOI  22  
            The Flavour 22 Bar Restaurant has opened in Sub-Soi Hana, just past the Marriott.   They are named 'Bar Restaurant' but are currently functioning as a bar.   Welcome them to the Big Uneasy.
 SOI  22  

            The Narnia Bar, closed last month, has reopened. They are sporting some new signage. (Two months ago - when they first opened - we mistakenly had them down as 'Nadia Bar' - one more for our "We Don't Make Mistrakes Department"....   Welcome them back to the neon jungle...

 SOI  22  

            Yet another for the We Don't Make Mistrakes Department - last month we noted that the Hip Massage had closed for good.   In fact, they did not - they moved upstairs, and the downstairs became the Pak Wan (which last month was a restaurant, but this month is a bar).   Hmm... we'll endeavor to get a photo of the Pak Wan next time 'round...
 SOI  22  

            Venues in transition January through 1 February 2022.   Nitespots reported OPEN last month remain open.
         *   59 Bar - REOPEN

         *   Happy Bar - REOPEN -Soi Starlight -

         *   Keep In Touch - REOPEN -Soi Starlight -

         *   Love Me Bar & Massage - REOPEN - Soi Starlight -

         *   Ampa - REOPEN - Soi Starlight -

         *   Flower - REOPEN - Soi Starlight - (Now a pool bar.)

         *   BKK 48 Massage - REOPEN - Soi Starlight -

         *   Hangover - RECLOSED -

         *   J Star - REOPEN

         *   (A new bar with no name) - Ex: Lily Relax Massage NEW

         *   Singh Bar - RECLOSED

         *   Pak Wan NEW - Hip Bangkok Massage REOPEN upstairs.

         *   Nice Massage - REOPEN

         *   The Friese Green Club - REOPENED

         *   Flavour 22 Bar & Restaurant. - NEW - Subsoi Hana

         *   Fah Massage & Nail - REOPEN

         *   Regal Massage - REOPEN

         *   Yu Ka - REOPEN

         *   Narnia - REOPEN

         *   Squeeze Inn - REOPENED - Soi Titanium

         *   Wine Depot - REOPENED

         *   Bar Black Pinkie - REOPENED

         *   Otto Bar & Bistro - REOPENED (Now both halves)
 SOI  22  

            The big news on the Soi is the brand-new Juicy has moved in lock, stock and barrel to the previous The Australian and the Bafros digs.   The larger Venue is already doing a good business - and will be competition to the Oskar and Hillary 11 for the clubber set.

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Tony's has been around for a few months as just a restaurant, closed in the late evenings.   But that was then, this is now.... they are now open evenings for inside and outside partying.   Note their late-nite Happy Hour...   Bright lights, big city...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            The Oskar, one of our city's Instagram Girl magnets, has reopened after an earlier reported Covid scare.   Welcome them back to the fold...
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Venues that transitioned from January through 1 February 2022.   Other venues previously reported as OPEN remain open.
         *   Jewelry Bar - NEWLY NAMED - (Tewly Cocktail Group)

         *   PDT Bar (Please Don't Tell) - NEWLY NAMED - (Tewly Cocktail Group)

         *   Oskar Bistro - REOPENED

         *   Juicy - NEW - (Ex: The Australian + Bafros)

         *   Tony's - NEW

         *   Club Koreana - RECLOSED

         *   Bai Po Massage - REOPENED - In Soi 11/1.

 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
             The Soi 7 Plaza continues on a roll - new bars keep opening (although now there are very few vacancies).   It is undeniable that the Soi 7 Plaza bars' overwhelming popularity has been due to the fact that they have been virtually "the only place in town" that was wide open during the lockdown.   However, now that Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza are slowly reopening, it can be anticipated that much of the custom will be trickling back to their old haunts.   This will also apply to the Soi 7 girls, who for the most part, are working freelance, or semi-freelance at Soi 7 Plaza.   Nevertheless, we can anticipate that the Plaza will continue to be a popular after-hours meeting place, as the bars within have made a lot of friends of late, and many new 'regulars' of their own.   Let the good times roll...
 SOI  7

            The Bitch, under renovation last month, has opened, occupying one of the last available spaces in the current Soi 7 Plaza plot plan (see map below).   We're not sure how they will fare with their 'edgy' name, but welcome them as they give a roll to the dice...   It looks to us like the next door Boss has the right idea on attracting custom...

             A photo (for the Archives) of the 789 Bar neon.   We noted last month that they had moved into their new, expanded digs within the Plaza - (and shortened their name from Ida 789 in the process)..
 SOI  7

            The B R Bar, originally along the north wall, has expanded into the recently departed Phoenix 2021.   -May the Phoenix find greener pastures...   Currently occupying both areas, the B R Bar is now one of the larger bars within the Plaza - shake it, don't break it, ladies....
 SOI  7

             The Lips, last month opened softly without a single piece of signage having been nailed up.   But it looks as though they are fully open now and have put up some neon in full view of the whole world.   Get down tonight...
 SOI  7

            Last month's Nitespot updates are included on the map below.   As the Soi 7 Plaza has it's full compliment of old and new bars in it's new configuration, we will not be publishing monthly map updates.   The below map survey was on 01 February 2022.   We also include the summary description of changes below.

            Soi 7 Plaza Venues that transitioned in January 2022 through 1 February 2022
         *   Steel & Ink

         *   Big B's Bar & Karaoke - (Was open only 1 month - a Wait & See item.)

         *   Private - (Yes, that's the name of the bar) - (Temporary closure? - a Wait & See item.)

         *   Phoenix 2021 - (Taken over by B.R. Bar)

         *   Bitch - Was part of Together. - NEW

         *   The Lips - Was part of original Day & Nice. - NEWLY NAMED

         *   B.R. Bar - EXPANDED - Took over Phoenix 2021.

         *   Aurora - REOPENED


            In our January issue we noted the impending opening of another new bar, the Paco 19 Club, on Soi 33.   This month we can confirm that it has opened.   It took over the reins from the Fortune 17 Karaoke after a lengthy renovation.   Paco 19, like the Fortune 17 before it, is aimed at Japanese clientele.   Welcome them as they step into the firing line...
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST  (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Deep into the Soi on Sub-Soi 6 (next to the two Tsubaki bars) the Izakaya Sazanka has opened its doors.   Welcome them to the nightgames.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST  (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Opening new in the old Love Teen specialty massage is the Belle massage.   We can assume from the 24 hour call out service info that it is also a specialty massage parlor.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST  (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Venues transitioning January through 1 February 2022 :
         *   Izakaya Sazanka - NEW - In Sub-Soi 6

         *   Paco 19 Club NEW

         *   Belle Massage - NEW

         *   666 Class - REOPEN

         *   Fortune Club Girls Bar - REOPEN - In Sub-Soi 3.

         *   Thanks Massage - REOPEN - Soi Pan Pan

         *   Star Japanese Snack Bar - REOPEN - Soi Pan Pan

         *   Propaganda - REOPEN - Soi Pan Pan
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            The three shop-fronts we noted last month (the former Good Time Massage, the former Kawinya Massage and one unnamed shop) have been combined to make two unnamed bar beers.   Should they get names at some future time, we shall so advise.   Let the nightgames begin...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years
      This month we took a closer look at foreign entertainers performing in Bangkok's bigger Nightclubs - and were surprised to find, among the long list of those we had never heard of, a number of internationally recognized artists.   We also found a few unusual clippings of Bangkok Venues that deservedly became a 'part of the fabric' of that era.

Real Talent amongst the 'forgettables'...
      March 1965 saw two renown celebrities entertain at the Sani Chateau.      American born Ziena Amara, real name Gail Howard, spent her 20's and early 30's out-and-about on her own, traveling, living, and entertaining in over 100 countries from 1957 to 1968 - to include 'combat tours' in Viet Nam in the '60's.   After her traveling days came to an end, she worked as a stock broker and in commodity futures.   In 1982 she used her Wall Street skills to create Smart Luck lottery systems and strategies which have brought in a whopping $101,832,154 to herself and others.   Her book, 'Born for Adventure: The World of the Sixties was My Stage' is available on Amazon.
      Tony Scott, as jazz aficionados will remember, played with the greats - some of whom were Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.   He was voted 'World's Foremost Jazz Clarinetist'.   Later, in the '60's he would tour the Asian Entertainment circuit, and was immersed in Asian cultures and meditation.   He is remembered in jazz circles as a pioneer in 'New Age', 'bebop' and 'post-bop'.
      Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area's Domino was known as a 'specialty' restaurant, but occasionally threw its hat into the 'Live Entertainment' ring.   In March 1965 they featured Miss Nina Medina.

      Nancy was another 'barber-massage combo', a forerunner of today's single-shophouse Foot-Thai-Oil massage parlors. .

Maurice at the 'Bamboo'
      Maurice Rocco, renown jazz and vocals artist, would play at more than one Nitespot in Bangkok in the '60's and '70's, but the Bamboo Bar was his 'home'.   His tragic death is covered elsewhere in our issues..

      At first glance, we thought this advert was competiiton to Jim Thompson's silk empire.   On further reading, it was in fact 'James H.W. Thompson' in his earlier years, heading up his Thai Silk Co., Ltd..

      We mention the S & C Super Market (Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area), only because it was one of Bangkok's first such so-called 'supermarkets'.   It should be remembered that supermarkets in the '60's in Bangkok were smaller than many of today's 7-Eleven's, and rarely had any 'imported foods' other than canned goods.

      Who says Sukhumvit Road's Soi Nana (Soi 4) was not 'a player' in the '60's?   The Savoy Room Nightclub was a popular Nitespot mid-Sixties.

With thanks to Cool



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
February 2002

   *  The 2nd level Queen's Castle (1) reopened after a brief closure.   No Nitespot currently at that location..

   *  The 'Traditional Massage',  3rd level above Thigh Bar reopened after a one-month closure.   No Nitespot currently at that location..

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Patpong 2
February 2002

   *  The 4th level P.P. Thai Traditional Massage closed.   Located in what is now the Patpong Museum stairwell    Currently no Nitespot occupies that space.

(Total Nitespots that month: 56 )

Soi Cowboy
February 2002

   *  The soon-to-be Soi Cowboy branch of Dollhouse continues with renovations....

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

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

   *  The Monza Bar OPENED newly in the previous "Choke Dee" and Flipper Bar digs.   It was located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   *  The To Day OPENED in the 6-Pak, Lolita's Corner - Asoke Corner side

   * The Naughty Bar - CLOSED - in the 8-Pak - Asoke Corner side.

   * The Oh ! Yes - NEW - in the 8-Pak - in the previous Oasis digs - Asoke Corner side.

   * The Ban Rim Chong Restaurant - CLOSED - On the right, Asoke Corner side.

   * The Love Scene - CLOSED - On the left, Asoke Corner side.

   * The B 52 Bar & Grill - NEW - in the previous Oraphin digs - On the left, Asoke Corner side.

(Total Nitespots that month: 42 )

Nana Plaza
February 2002

   *  The Angel Witch and the Angel Witch Beer Bar - REOPENED   The Angel Witch is currently still Covid-closed, but remains at that location - the bar beer long ago absorbed into the main bar area.

   *  The 2nd - 3rd levels Paradisio - CLOSED.   Located at the current Mandarin digs.   (Mandarin is still Covid-closed, but remains at that location.)

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
February 2002

  *  White Bar - CLOSED.   It was located in what is now the Welcome Bar.

  *  Helene's Place - CLOSED   It was a restaurant during the day, but had outside seating at night, as a bar beer.

  *  Play - UNDER CONSTRUCTION   It was located in the current Bas Living Room digs.

  *  Bobby's Arms - (The extension) OPENED newly at the end of the Soi.   No Nitespot currently occupies that space.

(Total Nitespots that month: 10 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
February 2002

  *  The Phoenix Lounge (Blue Power Shaft) - REOPENED after a month's down-time..   Located in what is now S-33 Compact Hotel.   The Covid-closed Sapporo currently occupies that location.

  *  The Luciano's Club 33 - CLOSED.   No Nitespot currently occupies those digs.

(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] )
February 2002

       *    - Honey Bar Drink & Food - CLOSED.

(Total Nitespots that month: 15 )

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

   *       - Sumire Club (Japanese) - CLOSED.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

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

February 2002

      *   Wind Mill (Kangaroo) CLOSED. - Located against rear of main building.

      *   Janny Bar NEW. - Located against the outer wall.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

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

February 2002

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )


Once Upon
A Time

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But is it ....ART ?

Check out Bangkok's dedicated page at "BKK" <link>


      Temper, real name Arron Bird, first put hand to spraycan when he was 11.   He was immediately hooked.   As soon as he became old enough, and had enough money to buy his own spraycans, he graduated to graffiti on Wolverhampton's city streets.   But for him, it wasn't the usual tags and rebellious protestations.   Quite the opposite - he would quietly spray over vulgar or fascist type tags - usually with something of his own.

      But he wasn't only dedicated, he was talented - as can be seen by his works - he has real artistic ability.

      His first commercial break, in 2001, came when he was commissioned by Coca-Cola to design a one-off soft-drink can.   After that, the commissioned work kept on coming.   Shortly afterward (also in 2001), he did a 'solo' exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.   From there, there was no looking back - he had stepped irreversibly through the looking glass - from 'graffiti' to 'commercial art'.

      His most prominent, and most profitable collection (in 2008) was his ĎPost Graphaeliteí exhibition, which sold out for a cool £1.4 million, a record for graffiti art in the UK at the time.   This collection was shown at the Royal Whitehall Palace, a '1st' for a graffiti artist (or should we say - more accurately, a former graffiti artist?).

      Temper has exhibited a number of collections, so far, 28, all of which have sold out.   He is planning another 54 or so before he hangs it up...

      Our source for background material was Euro News <link> - an excellent source of broad-spectrum entertainment.

      The photos below are outtakes from Temper's YouTube video.   For those interested in seeing the entire video on Temper and his artistic lifestyle - link to :

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1312
My Green Top
8 ft high x 12 ft

Graffiti #1313
Delta Town
8 ft high x 29 ft

Graffiti #1314
Heebie Jeebies
8 ft high x 13 ft

Graffiti #1315
Krathing Daeng
5 ft high x 10 ft

Graffiti #1316
Light Foot
3 ft high x 4 ft

Graffiti #1317
Upper Layer
8 ft high x 19 ft

Graffiti #1318
No Text
5 ft high x 12 ft

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 artwork resides exclusively with the artists.

Bangkok's original site !

SINCE  2005

Graffiti Page is prepared by Staff Contributor "Boge" Hartman.

(Boge's photo, above, is not a graffiti per-se, although there are those who have insinuated....
- Ed)

--- Datzit Fernow

William R. Morledge


"The Archives" - All Our Back Issues Here

- 2022 -
01 JAN -   Omicron - a "Big Deal" ?
- 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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