Second installment is upon us…. It’s been a pretty good few weeks at the Mango. A group of guys from the US Military descended upon us. We have a good relationship with all Forces who are always welcome. Guys, thanks for stopping by and we look forward to seeing you again.
It’s the time of year when the bar is quiet. Most of our loyal friends live outside Thailand. Some of the more fortunate of you visit several times a year. Some of you can only visit every so often. Either way, we appreciate your loyalty. We are not in the business for the money. There isn’t any! We don’t enforce any kind of drinks quotas on the service girls who then in turn hassle the customers. There is no hard sell and no salary cuts. These ingredients all add to the fun and friendly atmosphere at the bar.
Now for the blog….. it takes time to put this all together. It takes time to filter out all the daily spam and delete the abusive rantings of idiots. It takes time to proof read YP’s stories to ensure the innocent are not offended. With my workload increasing and my spare time decreasing, I find myself having to ask myself if I want to continue the Big Mango Blog. Statistics are up on last year, but Readers stories are down. I am no Smitty and don’t have the brains or creativity to post every few days. I don’t have the I.T knowledge to put something together in record time that a desktop publisher would be proud of. I just can’t do it I am sorry to say. The only reason I keep this going is out of loyalty to contributers. The people that are sitting at their desks right now with a coffee having a 5 min break from reality.
So I ask of you. All of you, help me out a little. Get creative. Tales, jokes, snippits, reviews.. send them in. When the day comes when there is nothing to fill these pages with, I shall not let the blog just sit in cyberspace getting filled with spam and keyboard warriors. It’ll just get switched off and the bar info page will be all that is left of this blog.
- At your service…..
One thing we like to pride ourselves in at the Mango is our Personal Service. You’ll not hear yourself being called a ‘customer’, but a ‘guest’. Our patrons are our guests, and more often than not, our guests become our friends.
When you come to the Mango, there are many things we can offer apart from the usual bar stuff. If you want someone to talk to, we can be your ear to bend. If you want someone to play pool with, then prepare to get beaten at pool. If you need a hotel for the night, the staff will be happy to recommend one and even make the reservations for you, and, if you crap your pants, we have even been knows to clean you up and see that you get home safely. It’s what we do.
My favorite part of the being in the Mango is when we get the chance to take someone, or a group on a little tour of the surroundings. For all you veterans out there thinking what’s the big deal, let me explain.
When a newbie walks through a gogo door, the girls don’t leave the guy they’re with and come and wai you. The Mamasan doesn’t come over and wai you. The bartenders don’t shake your hands and the owner/manager doesn’t come and buy you and your group a drink.
The reason for this is because when the Mango has a party, we hire girls. When the Mango crew hits the Plaza, we spend a lot of money. When the Mango goes out, we make a point of saying hello to other owners and giving them custom. For several years, the Mango has built up a good relationship with many other bars. We know that we’re never going to keep a guest in their seat all night, so we make every effort in recommending their next port of call, and even take them there also. For this, the other bar owners welcome us and our guests in a way that makes the encounter memorable. Each time, our guests have come back to the Mango to reaffirm their loyalty.
I’ll not spoil the fun by telling you what a few hour tour of the Plaza entails when you come for a stroll with the Mango crew… come and see for yourselves
Remember the Duke of Wellington? If you do, then you may remember the Thai Manager ‘Kwan’. Kwan is now the big cheese at the Big Mango Bar. She knows her stuff. She takes no shit and you’ll be a fool to mess with her! If it wasn’t for Kwan, the Mango would be no more. I have learned a lot from the wonderful Kwan. Now, when I am in town, I spend a lot of time entertaining folk around the Plaza. It’s a tough job but hey, I love to do it. So it was of no surprise when Kwan told me that as soon as I was in a cab to the airport, she was taking our Army boys on a Nana tour! Great!! Kwan knows the people I know, and I am sure provides the same level of entertainment as me. So if you fancy a Nana tour – just ask Kwan (aka Nightwalker!)
One thing though.. she doesn’t know about Lolitas, so lads, let me do the tour of that one.
- Comings and Goings
As mentioned above, the Mango would like to say farewell to U.S Forces guys that happened upon the Mango last week. We have a good relationship the force, be that the Ozzies, Americans, Brits. A good bunch. Most of all we like the French Foreign Legion – mainly because none of them are French
Welcome ‘Craig’. Newbie to the Mango and blog reader. Challenged the girls to pool but didn’t have them scared! Hope you had a good time.
Many happy returns to Rick Masters who flew into Bangkok last weekend to party like a rockstar.
Looking forward to ROLLN hitting town. Looks like our paths will not cross this time. You have our number. Call it if you need someone to bail you out!
I got an e-mail from Derek the other day who is going to be in town on a stop-over for 8 hours and was hoping to use the Mango as his base camp! I have Jonas on stand-by for when you get to the Mango to have a few refreshing cold ones and to be a wingman. Sorry to have missed you.
Doc Bond will be arriving in a week. The staff are all ready with the orange juice.
- New Story this week
If you’re a visitor to Thailand who likes to do as the locals do, you may board one of the motorbikes that whisk the country’s inhabitants from one golden beach to the next. But in the process, you may pick up some less desirable local habits, such as ignoring traffic rules, ditching the helmet and having a drink or two before setting off.
Big mistake. Thailand ranks worst in the world for motorbike and two-wheeler casualties, with more than 11,000 motorbike drivers or passengers dying annually. Official statistics suggest such incidents account for 70% of the country’s road fatalities.
Many die because they don’t wear a helmet. According to a Médecins sans Frontières report, unhelmeted riders in Thailand are between two and three times more likely to be killed, and three times likelier to suffer a “disastrous outcome”.
Thailand’s government introduced a “year of the helmet” in 2010 and is following up with a 100% helmet use campaign to highlight the danger of riding unprotected. Both schemes are part of an ambitious “master plan on road safety” aimed at hitting the UN target – set by the organisation’s decade of action for road safety (pdf) – of fewer than 10 deaths per 100,000 people.
Yet Thailand remains wildly off the mark; only 47% of those driving or riding pillion wear helmets. Official figures suggest neighbouring Asian countries fare little better, with motorbikes accounting for 61% of fatalities in Indonesia, 58% in Malaysia and 62.8% in Cambodia.
- Round up / news gossip
Closing all around is still 2am. With the low season kicking in, you may find certain bars closing their doors earlier than the 2am.
Incoming……(e-mails sent in)
If a hooker has sex against her will, is that rape or shoplifting?
Egypt are trying to bring in a new law, that lets a husband have sex with his wife upto 6 hours after she’d died. This leads to ‘normal’ folk asking themselves the question ‘would you’?
– Would I? Depends how badly she was burned in the fire that killed her.
Just to spice things up I said to my wife, “we’ll do a bit of role playing tonight. She was well up for it. So I said “you dress up like Whitney Houston and I’ll run you a bath..”
Stumbled across this website. A shining example of mixed races in the workplace www.bigbustycoons.com
Wife : ‘Do you want dinner?’
Husband: ‘Sure! What are my choices?’
Wife: ‘Yes or no.’
- Whats happening in the bar – food specials, parties?
We’ve been smashing stuff up in the bar again. This time we’ve made the bar longer. Why? I hear you ask? Well, I can’t really call it a complaint, but the other week, we literally had a full bar and there was nowhere for me to sit. I am either doing something right, or something wrong when I can’t even get a seat in the Mango. – So, the Mango ‘Nightwalker’ and her team set about the modifications after closing – and opened the next day with an extended bar and more seating. I hope to once again be hoofed out of my seat due to too many people in there!
Nice to see we get a mention in Suk Psyco website. For those of you who don’t know it – it’s a site full of reviews of gogos and nightlife. Not so nice to hear that our girls are ‘non-lookers’. But then he goes on to mention that we only have 2 pool tables, quotes the wrong price of our beers and isn’t too complimentary about our burgers. I challenge you to find a better burger for the same price!
You can have a burger like this one – if you wanna pay the price.
Party. coming up on June 9th. 4th Year Anniversary. Should be a big one. Sticking with the ‘4’ as a theme.. there will be Pints offered at 40bht. There will be things like buy 4, get one free.. and a whole of other ‘4’ related stuff if we can think of it.
I believe the food being on give-away will be.. Chicken Tikka Masala. Love it!
The usual daily specials….
Mondays – Beer Lao 79bht
Tuesdays – Beer Chang 79bht
Wednesdays – Beer Leo – 79bht
Thursdays – Heineken – 89bht
Fridays – San Mig.Light 89bht
Saturday – Tiger Pint Draught 99bht
Sunday – Heineken Pint Draught 99bht
Hamburger / Cheeseburger 89 / 99bht (find a better value burger if you can!)
Upstairs at the Mango we have a party room. Open party nights and any night you want if you have a group. Just ask… we can supply all your needs!
* Up coming events (sports)
I am sure there are all kinds of sports on…. Just ask!
Formula One – 27th May – Monaco GP If Schui or Kimi wins… free drinks!
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