dddave Posted May 13, 2009 Report Share Posted May 13, 2009 I've probably been to ISAN TAWAN DAENG, the large, Thai Morlam music club on Phatanakhan just past Suk.71 20 plus times over the last five years and always had a good time. Yes; loud and crowded but always fun, especially if you take along a few Isan girls. I've recommended it to friends and on this forum many times. A group of twelve of us went there late last week; what a disappointment! IMHO, the place has really gone downhill and it will probably be my last visit there; even my girlfriend said "Not go again!" First of all, while it has always straddled the gay/straight line, now it's theme is predominantly gay. Boy dancers by far outnumber girls and the greatly diminished chorus line now has several LB'd mixed in. There were very few female singers and among those, some were also LB's. Most of the male singers were second rate and not the least entertaining; the girls with us were as bored as we were. The live band was not nearly as lively and upbeat as in the past, no excitement in the music at all. In the past, they'd always get the place rocking with everybody dancing aside their tables but this time, most of the dancing was when the band was on break and recorded music was played. The place has also become much more pushy in terms of un-ordered food and drinks. I know that all Thai clubs do this but it has never been a problem at Tawan Daeng in the past. This time, staff kept putting un-ordered plates of nuts and fruit on the table even though we asked them to take the stuff away. Beer and soft drinks were also replaced without being asked. With such a large group it is hard to keep track of who had what but when we got the bill, it was pretty clear that is was well upholstered but once again, such a large group makes it tough to challenge so we just paid up. It seemed like every server in the place showed up with their hands out when we departed; once again, far more pushy that past experience. It's really sad to see what was a great place for farangs to experience a bit of Thai sanuk and culture slide into being just another gay joint. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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