I was buying drinks and ringing bells until a couple of days ago ... it's always been dangerous with traffic , just need to look left / right / behind you ... plenty of older girls around especially in the beers bars , massage places ...Rockitt;420466 said:Quite a decline in western tourists numbers, probably due to the high Thai baht. Big increase in Indian and Chinese visitors. It’s had a big impact on the smaller bars and the general atmosphere of the place. I don’t feel it’s so friendly here like it was when I first visited.
The girls must be feeling the pinch too and I spoke to a couple the other day and they said they don’t get many lady drinks now and nobody rings the bell.
The traffic on Soi Bukoaw is crazy now. I made a video a few years ago near LK of the busy traffic but that’s nothing compared to now. Bloody dangerous if your walking around there. Totally lawless bike riders bombing up and down.
But the biggest difference for me is I’m getting older and the girls seem younger. Not really comfortable with that.
Having said all that it’s still a great night out if you can afford it.
I however really hated Patong this trip ... bars selling buckets of booze , buy a beer and a free shot ... all about nightclubs now rather than the bars .., more like Kuta or Magaluf than the Patong I used to love ..