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There’s NO Closing Time Curfew Or Crackdown

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Over the past week several stories reporting nightlife closing time curfews and crackdowns have been doing the rounds and it was even picked up by The Guardian in the UK.

The reports all focus on two areas, Khaosan Road and Thonglor, with added coverage about venues elsewhere in the city being forced to close down completely as they can’t survive due to police enforcing their official closing time and high rents.

A couple of places on KSR have been told to close at midnight as they don’t have licenses to open beyond that time.

This comes after an illegal nightclub was raided and shutdown last month resulting in several senior officers being moved to inactive posts and a new chief drafted in who has put his foot down… for now.

The illegal club was packed with underage drinkers, drugs were found and it was also deemed a fire hazard. It was only 500 meters from the local police station.

Meanwhile, over in Thonglor local police have shutdown several late night venues found to be operating without the correct paperwork following complaints from local residents about noise late at night.

Due to the spotlight on them, it’s the same story as KSR with police telling some venues to close on time or else. Even Soi Cowboy are turning the neon off at 2am.

As far as I’m aware that’s it. No other areas have been affected.

Theres NO Closing Time Curfew Or Crackdown

All this talk of curfews and crackdowns is nothing short of sensationalist clickbait by those twisting the story and writing ridiculous headlines in a bid to increase pageviews.

What bothers me about all of this is international media jumping on the bandwagon and churning out stories that simply aren’t true, misinforming and misleading potential visitors to Bangkok.

If those considering traveling to Thailand read that and think bars and clubs are closing at midnight they may reconsider their plans and go elsewhere. That’s not good for anyone in the nightlife and entertainment sector.

The story originated from an English language news website in Bangkok who have been pushing links to the article on their social media channels almost a week after it was published in a bid to keep the story alive.

I haven’t seen any mention of a crackdown on nightlife in any Thai language publications. That’s because there isn’t one and anyone saying there is are simply twisting the truth.

As for the small clubs closing their doors for good, well, perhaps they should have considered getting their house in order before breaking the law and getting caught.

If you want to party late in Bangkok, you can.



Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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Easy Does It This Weekend

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Puffed Out

This weekend is a 4-day holiday in Thailand and normally I’d work through it and take some time off afterwards but with things so quiet on all fronts I decided to join the masses and take a couple of days off.

Updates will resume once I have slept myself silly and recharged my batteries.

I don’t plan on doing much of anything or going anywhere so I will still add a few updates on social media to pass the time as they don’t require much brainpower or thinking.

Whatever you are doing, be it the beach or boozing, maybe both, enjoy yourself and have fun.

See you on the other side.



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Good Times At Geisha

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Geisha Nana Plaza

Geisha on the top floor of Nana Plaza opened back at the beginning of December 2018 and went through a rollercoaster ride under its owner dubbed the Crazy Korean.

I don’t want to drag up the past as he has now left the building and no longer in charge which has seen the bar go from alright for a quick drink to lets order another round and another.

With a Thai guy now at the helm, it is a totally different bar and me saying this comes off the back of more than one visit.

Just before the shutdown me and my bro were on a Nana bar crawl and we popped in for a drink. The new boss, staff and dancers made us right at home so much so we stayed until lights out when the plan was to hit each bar for 1 drink, ring the bell and move on.

I’d have been back sooner had it not been for the coronavirus shutdown but my wait was over when i dropped by with my missus the other night.

Decent music, cold beer, plenty of attentive staff and stage packed with birds with a second shift floating around waiting for their time.

The new man was in fine form and suggested we go watch the show in the tub with a ringside seat.

Oh man, that wee blonde thing kissing my missus will be with me until she gets round to bedding her and hopefully lets me watch.

A fun bunch they are in Geisha and unlike some other bars, nobody really giving a toss what you are up to as long as you aren’t getting out of hand and making problems and I like that because in some bars staff and security have a really bad habit of staring at people who are doing nothing wrong, just having some fun.

And one last thing to come out of my recent trip was they are up for doing a photoshoot sometime soon which would be good as I haven’t done one since last October.

So there you have another bar to add to your list the next time you are in Nana Plaza. Just don’t tell them Stickboy sent you.



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A Night Out At Tartbox

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A Night Out At Tartbox

During the dry spell when there was no beer to be had Artbox at Sukhumvit Soi 10 turned into a popular spot as refreshments were available.

It wasn’t only refreshments that were available but there was also the potential to meet ladies for some short time shenanigans as there was simply nowhere else for working girls, or those short on money and an itch to scratch, to meet men with some cash to splash on a bit of horizontal mambo.

Artbox didn’t really take my fancy when a few mates had said they were going but on Saturday night they decided to drop by for a beer and a bite to eat before moving on to the Neon Alley. I caved in and decided to join them.

Having taken a wander around buying food and parking my arse close to the stage I soon came to the conclusion the sign out front needed changing from Artbox to Tartbox.

I didn’t see the security guard at the gate on cleavage duty but there must have been one as everywhere I turned all I could see was tits hanging out on display for all to see and admire.

One lady with massive melons came close to a wardrobe malfunction on several occasions as she bounced around from stall to stall with all the bloke’s eyes popping out as she passed their tables. This woman wasn’t shy and was more than happy to show off her assets.

I spotted a few familiar faces in the crowd who normally ply their trade on Soi 4 too, and yes, they were all showing off the girls like it was a competition to see who could show the most.

One thing to keep in mind if you do decide to go for a nosy and chance your arm is not everyone you see there is looking to hook up. It really is a mixed crowd so watch out you don’t get a slap for making an indecent proposal to a group of girls there to have a drink after they’ve clocked off from the office.

Will Artbox continue to be a pick-up place for ladies of the night in the future?

Who knows with bars and other nightlife venues starting to reopen there are more choices of where to go man hunting.



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