Category Archives: Pattaya

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 […]

TO LIVE AND DIE IN PATTAYA by Peter Nolan Smith

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 The coconut plantations have been replaced by luxury villas.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 […]

Thai Bar Rules

When I first arrived in Pattaya 1991 go-go bars listed a set of rules on the wall. No photos, no fighting, no guns, no hand grenades, no durians. A few bars even had dress codes. Shirts and shoes were required by male patrons. No bare feet were allowed on the premises other than on stage. […]

Plastic Paradise

Pattaya now versus this scene in 1972 No jet skies, no beach chair mafia, no plastic bags. And I was 20 years old, so no grey hair or midriff spread either. Thirty years ago the Old Roue visited Jomtien for seaside romance with a bargirl from Walking Street. “It was sunrise. The sea was gin-clear […]

Wonderful World of Yesteryear

www.2bangkok.com published this color photo on their website. The caption said ‘Chonburi’. I have pinpointed its location to Wongamat Beach in Naklua. If only it was like that now. The problem was only few people could foresee the future and one of them was Mr. McGuire in the film THE GRADUATE. Mr. McGuire: I just […]