Category Archives: Pattaya

Oong Nuat – Thai Dive Bar

Dawn rises like a broken egg over Pattaya’s eastern horizon. Back in 2007 I lived in Pattaya. Most mornings 99.999% of the population were in bed, but at Oong Nuat the outdoor bar on Soi Bongkod specialized in music by Carabao and exotic Thai whiskey i.e. deadly lao khao , as the night surrendered to […]

Halloween in Pattaya 2007

In 2007 Pattaya celebrated the old Celtic festival of Samhain with a singularly Thai flavor. Bar girls dressed in skimpy dresses and go-go girls painted fake blood on their faces. Farangs drank more than normal nights. It’s a pagan holiday and nothing says pagan better than sex go-go girls, beer, and a devilish hang-over the […]

GIRLS LIKE GIRLS by Peter Nolan Smith

The situation in Bangkok had gotten out of control. The red shirts controlled the city. The police did nothing. People called them daeng moh or watermelon. They were red on the inside. Thaksin was a fellow cop. The Army was in the hands of the old elite or phuu laak maak dee. Bloodshed was a […]

THE PIGPEN A GO GO by Peter Nolan Smith

Life is the sum of a person’s experiences. Work and family dominate the sculpting of a soul. Days are defined by routine and years by the seasons and weather. En masse we are the same, but different thanks to our participation in special events liberating our souls from the shackles of perpetual monotony. Woodstock lasted […]


Pattaya isn’t what it used to be in the 90s or 80s. The coconut plantations have been replaced by luxury villas. Interpol and the Thai Police hunt down fugitives and the Russians have taken over the hills, so three summers ago I moved north to Sri Racha with my son Fenway and his mom. The […]