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Think it is only Pattaya that’s changed? You may want to look in the mirror

I was out for a walk with my two kids earlier in the week in Pratamanak and I bumped into a fellow expat who I have known for the best part of 12 years. It was great to catch up with him as in many ways our lives are fairly similar.

As we are both in business in Thailand it was predictable that the subject of Pattaya and the lack of customers (Western) was discussed. Through our years we have seen Pattaya change so significantly. What once was reserved for the Western retiree, saw the Russians arrive and then the Chinese and Indians. The bar scene has been declining throughout this perpetual transition and the town is now geared very much towards mass tourism and groups. The free independent traveler has become more marginal and that has made it tougher for many business outside of the tour group circles.

Without question over the last decade Pattaya has continued to reinvent itself and has dramatically changed.

As we both discussed the changes, my friend hit on something perhaps many of us fail to recognise: We have changed too.

But it’s not only Pattaya that has changed, is it?

The one constant in life, as the saying goes, is change, and these changes are in ourselves too. And that has a massive impact on your perception and views on where you live, like Pattaya.

Twelve years ago when I first arrived I was attracted to the apparent relaxation of rules, shall we say. Jumping on my motorbike without a helmet whilst hitting all the bars for a beer, somehow too even the bumpy roads only added to the attraction. I was kind of rebelling to how it was in the UK where there was a rule for everything.

I remember back then my friends were all starting to settle down and their idea of fun was a family BBQ with neighbours whereby all their kids would run around the garden together. Back then it was the furthest thing from my idea of a good time and I wanted to escape, before I became like them. It seemed predicable, boring and nothing more than following the rules of domestic family life.

But now all those things I rejected, I find myself now wanting. I have a family now and I want them safe and happy. To be able to offer the very best for them.

You see Pattaya and I have a lot in common really – Pattaya is a bit like me

You see Pattaya and I have a lot in common really – Pattaya is a bit like me. It has grown up. It wants some structure and doesn’t want drunken expats driving around town, it doesn’t want a bar scene and it wants to adapt to the global market we operate in.

The reality is, just like me, Pattaya was always going to as it had no choice. Imagine if all it’s hopes rested on the Western retiree – it would be in serious trouble.

It may make some expats feel marginalised and increasingly pushed out but we must accept the market conditions and rather than cry into our beer, take some accountability for our lives and what we want to do.

There is still a place for the Western Expat in Pattaya, it’s just different now.

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31mar(mar 31)00:0030nov(nov 30)23:59The ‘Formula One Race’ Starts at Hooters Exciting F1 Games

01may00:0030sep(sep 30)23:59PERFECT DUO at Hard Rock Cafe PattayaEnjoy our perfect match of 6oz LEGENDARY® BURGER and a SOFT DRINK of your choice for only BT. 299 ONLY at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya.

01sepalldayTerre Et Mer at Caprice Restaurant Royal Cliff PattayaBeef. Lamb. Monkfish. Or a fancy plate of Bouillabaisse, We are serving them all at Caprice – A Taste Of Riviera.

01sep08:4631dec(dec 31)08:46Premium Cuts at Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar Royal Cliff PattayaEnjoy our butcher’s premium selections at Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar – Excellence & Heritage!

01sep08:5631dec(dec 31)23:56Exotic BBQ Skewers at Breezeo Royal Cliff PattayaTry our new Exotic BBQ Skewers and enjoy our chef’s special menus that are grilled to thrill!

01sep09:0731dec(dec 31)09:07Special Prime Beef Teppanyaki at Chamu Royal Cliff PattayaShowcasing one of the most popular dishes in Japan, try our new Teppanyaki promotion and let us bring Japan to you at Chamu – Japanese Corner.

01sep09:2031dec(dec 31)23:20Silk Road to Huang Chao at Huang Chao Royal Cliff PattayaDiscover Marco Polo’s favorite noodle dishes at Huang Chao – Royal Cantonese Cuisine

01sep09:5631dec(dec 31)23:56Flavours of Siam at Larn Thong Royal Cliff PattayaWe are serving world class cuisine from the 4 regions of Thailand at Larn Thong – Authentic Thai Traditions. This is your opportunity to explore the famous dishes from each region without ever leaving Pattaya!

01sep10:0631dec(dec 31)23:06Gold Medal Cocktails at The Bars of the Royal Cliff PattayaLife is good, especially on the weekend. Drop by and enjoy breath-taking views while you sip and savour our new refreshing cocktails.

01sep10:1931dec(dec 31)23:19World of Cupcakes at Café Royal Royal Cliff Beach HotelEnjoy the most adorable selection of cupcakes at our Café Royal located at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel!

01sep13:5230(sep 30)23:52September Special Seafood Buffet at East Coast Kitchen Holiday Inn PattayaEnjoy our seafood and international buffet from 6pm – 10 pm. Don’t miss our BBQ selection serving prawns, crab, squid, oyster and rock lobster. Included is a large array of appetizers, salads and hot dishes to compliment. A fun and interactive event that could make memorable day for you!

02sep(sep 2)11:4427oct(oct 27)23:44“Infused with Love” Menu at Hard Rock Cafe PattayaThe Popular Booze-Infused Menu Makes its Encore Performance at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya

18sep(sep 18)10:0027(sep 27)22:302019 IWF World Championships at Eastern National Sports CentreThe International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) today announced a record field for its forthcoming 2019 World Championships, to be held in Pattaya

20sep(sep 20)12:0022(sep 22)23:30Asian Idol Music Festival 2019 at Central Festival Pattaya BeachThere will be idol artist representatives from 5 countries, including Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, as well as Thai idols.

22sepalldayLive Music with Soulmates at Scooters Bar Soi 6If you love quality live music and some good fun, Scooters bar on Soi 6, is the place to be on Sun Sept 22nd.

22sep05:0013:00Khao Mai Kaew Trail 2019 at Khao Mai Keao Reservation ParkThe practice field of many people For trail running

22sep18:0020:00Happy Hour Buy 1 Get 1 for cocktail at D.I.B Sky Bar PattayaDaily from 6 pm to 8 pm Purchase one and receive a second one of the same on the house

22sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

23sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

24sepalldayHooters Beach Party Feat. DJ Riviere at Hooters PattayaJoin Us Every Tuesday for our Hooters Beach Party in Pattaya!!

24sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

25sep07:3021:00Pattaya Amateur Golf Series at Treasure HillWednesday 25th September we go to Treasure Hill for this months Pattaya Amateur Golf Series.

25sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

26sep18:0020:00Happy Hour Buy 1 Get 1 for cocktail at D.I.B Sky Bar PattayaDaily from 6 pm to 8 pm Purchase one and receive a second one of the same on the house

26sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

27sep16:0018:00GTCC Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Seminar (Customs Clearance) at Mytt Beach Hotel PattayaGTCC Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Seminar: “Customs Clearance Seminar – Updated ASEAN-China FTA privilege and Thai Customs Regulation 2019″

27sep19:0007:02Exclusive Italian Wine Dinner at Acqua Italian RestaurantOn Friday 27th September 2019 19:00 hrs. onwards

27sep19:0023:00Happy Friday Beer Buffet THB 399 Unlimited Drink at DEE Beach Pub & RestaurantFREE FLOW BEER 4 hours unlimited drinks!

27sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

28sepalldayElton John Tribute Night at Scooters Bar With SecretsA musical experience on Walking Street

28sepalldayAustralian Night Wine Tasting at Havana Bar Holiday Inn PattayaHoliday Inn Pattaya invites you to join us at Wine event. This month we will showcase “Australian Night Wine Tasting Party” at Havana Bar, Spend your weekend sipping on the finest selection taste of 6 different Australian wines complement with live cooking station, Canapé’s and cheese selection.

28sep(sep 28)07:1307oct(oct 7)07:13Vegetarian Food Festival at Larn Thong Restaurant Royal Cliff PattayaRoyal Cliff invites you to experience Thailand’s Vegetarian Food Festival at Larn Thong – Authentic Thai Traditions and enjoy healthy selections for the soul from 28 September until 7 October 2019.

28sep13:0017:00Beach Party at Pattaya Modus Beachfront ResortCool party with the Chang Beach Party at Pattaya Modus Beachfront Resort on Saturday 28th September 2019.

28sep18:3022:30Saturday Seafood Bonanza, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort PattayaSeafood lovers will enjoy the wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley. The buffet line also features shrimp on ice, freshly rolled sushi, Thai noodles, Italian pasta, pizza, local Thai dishes, mouthwatering dessert corner and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ per person with half price for children from 6-12 years.

28sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

28sep20:3023:00PIPPA Presents Srirajah RockersOne of Thailand most iconic and eclectic bands, Srirajah Rockers from Sriracha, blends in soft Thai vocals and takes on multicultural Reggae influences from artists like T-Bone, The Soul Syndicate, Mighty Diamonds and many more.

29sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

30sep18:0020:00Happy Hour Buy 1 Get 1 for cocktail at D.I.B Sky Bar PattayaDaily from 6 pm to 8 pm Purchase one and receive a second one of the same on the house

30sep19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

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