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Having A Whale Of A Time At Lollipop

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Whales in the naughty boy bars were pretty common back in the day with 1,000 baht bills flying around like confetti and the sweet sound of cha-ching ringing in the ears of bar owners.

As times change so has the go-go bar business and the days of big spenders blowing hundreds of thousands in a few hours have all but dried up.

Sure, they still make an appearance now and again as one did out of the blue last week at Lollipop in Nana Plaza.

Whale Of A Time

Armed with what must have been at least a million baht, one guy had a whale of a time and the staff were very well compensated for giving him the night of his life.

20,000 baht tips were handed over to each and every dancing dollybird who joined him at his table for a drink.

The Papasan must have creamed his pants when he was gifted a whopping 100,000 baht tip as the western guy said his goodbyes.

His bar bill was a juicy six-figure sum that would have fed a small Isaan village for six months.

And please, please don’t email me with your doom and gloom about how this guy spunked his cash away because it was precisely that, HIS CASH to spend however the hell he wants. For all we know he could have been given a month to live and wants to live large while he’s still breathing.

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Khaosan Is Killing It

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A stroll down Khaosan Road at 10PM on Friday night would have anyone thinking that everything in Bangkok is back to normal post-Covid.

And it was. At least after 9 at night.

busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

Street full, bars bouncing, drinks flowing, music pumping, hawkers galore, elephant pants aplenty.

The customers were 50% Thai, and 50% foreigners, most of whom were tourists but not what you’d see on Sukhumvit right now.

The overwhelming majority of visitors were farangs.

Lots of families, young couples, groups of guys and gals in their 20s enjoying all this backpacker paradise has to offer.

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But here’s the kicker – there weren’t very many “real” backpackers about.

Everyone was well-dressed (ignore the elephant pants fad), showered, looking good and not skrimping on the abundance of cheap drink deals on offer.

busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

Large bottles of beer ranged from 80b to 150b with 120b the most popular price pick for bars and even then many do buy 3 get 1 free making that 360b for four big bottles.

Who can complain about that? It’s a steal.

busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

Gas and grass are also big business with locals and tourists sucking it up and in until sunrise in some places as there is a different approach from police and authorities in this part of town when it comes to getting things back on track after two years of nothing.

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Not everywhere is open all night but plenty of places are on both Khaosan Road itself and round the corner on Soi Rambuttri with the party still going in some at 4AM.

Even at this late hour, the crowd is still a mix of locals and tourists.

gas and grass khaosan road july 2022

When you do realise all is not as it was before Thailand closed down is during the day.

Pre-covid Khaosan was fairly busy in daylight hours with stragglers wandering around and tourists looking lost not knowing what to do or where to go but that right now is missing.

Lots of the shops on surrounding streets are still closed making the place look far from normal – that is, until after dark.

Everything will take time but for now, Khaosan Road is killing it at least at night and long may it continue on the road to recovery.

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All Quiet On The Bangkok Front

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After a 5-day long weekend work was a killer yesterday and things have been slow around here as there really isn’t much going on right now in Bangkok to talk about.

There are definitely more tourists about but not vast numbers that some silly news outlets would lead you to believe there are. And about half are from India.

All Quiet On The Bangkok Front

Expats just seem to be going through the motions doing what they do week in, week out.

If you have something to share with us that we’re missing out on shoot us an email at stickboybangkok@gmail.com so we can check it out.

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