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Centara Grand Mirage Fireworks showcase was a class act

Driving my new 900 Triumph Speed Twin to Centara, eating Japanese cuisine, to shooting the Centara Grand Mirage fireworks was top shelf.

Centara Grand Mirage Fireworks starts with my new Triumph 900 Speed Twin motorcycle

And not for everyone. Not everyone’s going to shell out 400000 baht for a Triumph motorcycle. This one, I got in black, is even more stunning than the red 2017 Triump Street Twin I drove for five years. While Triumph’s attention to detail and paint now surpasses Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki.

I have been parking my Triumph 900 Speed Twin between a Ducati Multistrada and a 900 c.c. Kawasaki. Both develop over 100 horsepower. The Ducati’s a monster that has to be living hell to thread through Pattaya’s busy streets. While the big Kawasaki with its sport riding position, hard narrow set and narrow handlebars is probably not much better. Both motorcycles belong on multi lane interstates.

Whereas my Triumph 900 Speed twin sits low and streamlined between the Ducati and Kawasaki.

It appears to be much smaller than either one of them. Yet, it can do it all. The Triumph is supremely comfortable, unlike the Kawasaki. But it’s far slimmer and agile than the Ducati which enables it to slice and dice through city traffic.

My Triumph 900 Street Twin to my inkling is close to perfection for this part of the world. And exquisite in almost every department starting with its engine sound that proclaims it’s a Triumph.

Centara Grand Mirage Fireworks
With the Ducati Multistrata on its left and Kawasaki 900 on its right my Triumph 900 Speed Twin looks small and compact. Paints a lot better too.

So what does my new Triumph 900 Speed Twin have to do with the Centara Grand Mirage Fireworks?

I have been a member of Centara Grand Mirage’s Fitness center for eight years now. And will remain so because I believe there’s no equal to it in Pattaya. While I also believe there’s not a single hotel or resort in Pattaya that can compare to Centara Grand Mirage with its opulent gardens. There’s even a 360 meter long swimming pool Centara calls the Lazy River. Which was engineered to look straight out of an Amazon River Tropical rainforest.

I figure I deserve the best that my pocketbook can afford. I have the finest big motorcycle for handling Pattaya’s busy traffic conditions. Which is very highway capable should I ever do any touring. And my Triumph’s far more beautiful and practical than the Ducati or Kawasaki flanking it. While Centara’s the creme de la creme of all Pattaya’s high end hotels and resorts. So if I am going to shoot fireworks I’m going first class all the way. Which is why I’m calling this video the Centara Grand Mirage Fireworks show.

So I start off on my new Triumph Speed Twin, which is as close to perfection as a motorcycle can get. With its unique Triumph engine sound.

The Centara Grand Mirage Resort is only 800 meters away. So it takes just a couple minutes to get there.

I sit down alone for dinner at one of Centara’s restaurants. And this one’s Japanese. I was going to take one of my girlfriends here to night but at the last minute she changed her mind. Telling me she wanted to go to her sister’s birthday party at a bar in Soi Bukoi. But nothing lost there. I will see her again. But not tonight. I can’t explain how happy I was go be sitting there alone in that Japanese restaurant. After all, the girlfriend had already told me she doesn’t like Japanese food. And how she only likes Thai food.

Which gets to the core of why I’ve decided to do shoot the Centara Grand Mirage Fireworks here at the Centara Grand Mirage Resort.

I have a lot of friends who have little or no interest in Japanese food. Whereas I hardly eat American food anymore. Preferring Thai, Japanese, Lebanese, or Indian food to what most Westerners live and die for.

Click on the picture above to get the video.

Most guys I know do not exercise at all. While I will exercise four or five times each week. And I exercise hard. So as long as I am going to put all that effort out, I deserve to have the best facilities I can get to work out in. Centara Grand Mirage Resort’s got between a quarter of a million and half a million worth of exercise equipment in its fitness center.

My Japanese meal starts with (to the left) a seaweed salad. Karioke Chicken. And a unique Japanese soft drink. My salmon sushi has not arrived yet or the Miso soup.

I will soon head up to the 19th floor which is open to the sky where I will be shooting the Centara Grand Mirage Fireworks. This is going to cost me another 1000 baht just to have several appetizers and two Singha beers. But I will be living it up in style and comfort. While only one other resident in my condo building has a Centara Physical fitness membership, and this person just happens to be my American neighbor. The rest of the residents won’t part with the cash to buy a Centara physical fitness’ membership. Even if they exercise at all.

The view of the city is spectacular up on Centara’s 19th floor.
The small appetizers I am getting with two beers for my 1000 baht.

Why I am selling my beloved 2018 Triumph Street Twin

30 minute hands on review (three year’s ownership of the 2018 Triumph 900 Street Twin.)

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Surf and Turf 2018 (note, this is the best fireworks video I ever did or saw)

Deliverance from Songkran insane Thai water festival in Pattaya

Deliverance from Songkran the infamous Thai water festival that kills.  Especially in Pattaya.  Which offers us 10 days of insanity.

Deliverance from Songkran
I spend my Songkran at Centara Grand Mirage Resort’s Lazy River.

Click here to watch the video, “Deliverance from Songkran”.

The Jack Corbett video channel presents 2 ways of celebrating Songkran in Pattaya, Thailand.  By two groups of expats. The first is my way. Which offers total deliverance from that totally insane Thai water festival. Which is avoiding it at the Centara Grand Mirage 5 star hotel.  The second is Big John’s and Billy Bob’s tactic of “damn the torpedoes. We are going to get wasted, take off our shirts.  And join the hundreds of thousands of halfwits who congregate here to serve their water god. (Billy Bob does the Walking Street go go Bar reviews with Uncle Bufford in the Looking Glass Magazine at Alpha Productions)

This high quality HD video is actually two videos in one.   It is of two simultaneous events occurring roughly 3 miles.

Let me explain.  I took my video while wading completely around one of the swimming pools at the Centara Grande Mirage resort. This swimming pool is just one of a number of swimming pools in the Centara’s magnificent “Lost World” theme park. The pool is nearly a quarter mile in length. It meanders throughout the theme park, resembling a small river in an Amazon rain forest.

There’s nothing like it anywhere. Hotel guests do miniature float trips here while riding down the shallow man made river on plastic inner tubes. Now a quarter mile stretch just to make the circumference of the River might sound like great exercise but it isn’t. This is because there’s a man made current which propels swimmers up to a mile an hour or so downstream without his having to move a muscle. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m wading chest deep the entire circumference of “The River” shooting my video with my Panasonic LX-5 camera.

There’s two videos here.  1. insane Songkran with over 200,000 people gone berserk.  And 2.  Deliverance from Songkran at Centara Grand Mirage’s Lazy River.

Meanwhile Big John’s got his Panasonic LX-5 over in Central Pattaya where he’s shooting his own videos of his teammate, Billy Bob. So there’s really two videosfused into one.   Billy Bob and Big John are experiencing insane Songkran on Pattaya Soi 8.   While I’m over at the Centara enjoying the tranquility that all those very wealthy people who I don’t normally associate. Who either have no interest in Deliverance from Songkran or are too stupid to seek it.

Even before you watch the You Tube video you might want to get a little History on Songkran and how it developed (I prefer the word regressed) into the insane Songkran it is today. It celebrates the Thai New Year that occurs in the first half of April.  Which ends here in Pattaya on April 19th. In the past and even today, Thais will sprinkle a small amount of water or dab a little mud concoction on anyone they encounter during the holiday. The key words here are “small” and “little”.  Another key word that I’ll add will be “gently”.

Today in most Thai cities the Songkran Holiday is celebrated for one or two days, and then it’s over. Sadly this is not the case with Pattaya.

A city that has a huge expat population, and has nightlife that even outstrips Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, a city of over twelve million.  Compared to practically anywhere else in the world Pattaya is a city on steroids.  It is a city that gives practically anyone complete license to do almost anything. Except for Deliverance from Songkran. The the assault and batter that entails.

To give you just aa example of how Pattaya gives everyone total license to do whatever they want. I have never, not once, seen a police officer stop a motorist for running a red light.  Or driving against the flow of traffic. I’d say nearly half the Thais here in Pattaya  drive their motorbikes through a red light whenever they want.  And that one way lines of traffic mean nothing to them. So whenever I driving my motorbike down the street I’m always meeting other motorcyclists driving right at me. Keeping in mind this is but one example of how people do whatever they want to do with their motorbikes and cars, you can fully appreciate how dangerous it is to drive here.  Especially on a motorbike.

This year during the first three days of Songkran over 180 people died on Thailand’s motorways and streets.

There would still be four days to come, and those would be the most celebrated days. During Songkran it is considered good fun to splash the driver of a motorbike full in the face and chest with an entire bucket of water. So there’s no deliverance from Songkran for over an entire week.

There’s no question that Sonkran kills a lot of people. However, the Thais did not plan it this way. What happened is groups of Eurotrash started to come here in ever greater numbers. These are that special class of Europeans called the normal people call hooligans. To be even more specific, I will call these hooligans the soccer hooligans. Most of them are British. For years these hooligans have participated in British football (soccer matches) with the express purpose of not of watching the matches. Their total goal being,  rioting “hooligan style”.   Thus causing riots and a lot of blood shed.

These people are troublemakers and they love to fight. To get a sense of how they go about their “football shenanigans”, watch a movie called “The Football Factory. “

And you will see why Spain eventually decided to clamp down on these Eurotrash once they had gone too far exporting their trouble making style to Spain.

Pattaya offers fertile pastures to hooligans.  Particularly during Songkran by offering them the opportunity to assault anyone they choose so long as they confine their assaulting with water.  Keep in mind that the biggest day for Songkran in Pattaya is on April 19th.   But these hooligans start their pilgrimage on April 11th when they start throwing water all over anyone near Soi 6’s, 7, 8 and on Beach and 2nd Roads.  And you can fully appreciate how completely out of control this holiday has gotten. While there’s no deliverance from Songkran unless you follow my advice. Or do something similar to what I’m doing.

This means that anyone driving a motorbike down these two major roads stands a good chance of getting wet.  And having an accident.

Meanwhile such hooligans have their numbers swollen by many bar girls working the bars on Soi Six, Seven, and Eight, who either don’t know any better or could care less even if they did.  Even responsible Thais don’t appreciate getting doused with water for nine days straight. While having their roads made unsafe for such long periods of time.

When you watch Deliverance from Songkran, you will notice that most of the Thais gently dab a little paste on the cheeks and foreheads of those they encounter on the street. Although many Thais have adopted the Hooligan style of completely dousing anyone within range with as much water as possible most of them haven’t emulated the Hooligan style of filling their high powered squirt guns with urine and ice.

So what has happened is that the authorities have allowed the Hooligans to have a large amount of control over what goes on here. And no one’s about to try to stop them.

So now that you have a little background about how Songkran is  celebrated in Pattaya today, I’ll explain how I’ve tried to avoid it.

My girlfriend and I both have one year memberships to the Centara Hotel’s Physical Fitness Center and Theme Park. It costs a great deal of money to join but for me, it’s worth it. I take advantage of the Fitness room an average of 5.5 days a week. The machines here are state of the art with some of them costing over $10,000 each. We can use the tennis courts for free at least during the say and these courts are second to none. Then there’s that magnificent theme park wtih Centara’s many swimming areas, and above all there’s that fantastic almost unbelievably surreal Amazon rain forest like river that you will be seeing a lot of in my video.

Last year I decided to try to avoid Songkran by driving my girlfriend and I to Koh Chang which is Thailand’s second largest island. We went on the 13th of April only to find out that about half of Bangkok had also decided to drive to Koh Chang the same time we did.

So what would have been at the most a five hour trip including the ferry ride to the island wound up taking us over nine hours.

The Thais were celebrating Songkan all up and down our route. So while the municipality we’re driving through is not celebrating Songkran, the next one would.  And there are all these pickup trucks along the way with their beds full of 55 gallon barrels of water.  And squirt gun armed riders squirting everything in sight.

The traffic got so bad that it took us two hours just to get the last seven hundred meters to the ferry.  Where we eventually offloaded my Honda Civic. Then when we finally made it onto the island the sun had already set and we had to negotiate Koh Chang’s impossibly narrow mountain roads in the dark.

To make matters worse every few kilometers there’s groups of people running out into the road dousing the cars. Once we finally got to our destination on the southern tip of Koh Chang we were home free.  And done with Songkran but it was a perilous journey getting there.

This time, I’d use the Centara Hotel to idle a lot of my time away for 2013’s Songkran. When I go out to dinner or breakfast I have my girlfriend prepare food for me in the condo. Or we go to a restaurant that is close-by.  As in next door. And when I go to the Centara I walk. There wouldn’t be one person trying to douse me with water on the beach.

After all it’s far more fun to try to cause an accident to someone on a motorbike than to get someone wet who’s already wearing swimming trunks. It would take me less than ten minutes to walk to the hotel anyway.  And if I drove a motorbike there along Soi Wongmat I’d be sure to get wet just about every time.

Meanwhile  Billy Bob and Big John take their cameras into the vortex of the action. If I were still a single guy I probably would have joined them.  On the 19th, that is, during that last day of complete chaos. There was probably something up to half a million people celebrating that day.  And I must admit that it’s a perfect opportunity for meeting lots of women one might never encounter again. One just strips down to his swim trunks. I’d never wear anything else, but I would oftentimes take a towel along, which would immediately get soaking wet.  But as the afternoon becomes evening, and the air  to gets a little chilly even a wet towel provides some measure of warmth.

So here it is…..two Songkrans, with each of them experienced in completely different environments. Which one would you prefer?

If you enjoyed watching Deliverance from Songkran you might want to go directly to the Jack Corbett Video Channel.

Mistakes moving to Thailand Jack Corbett learned over18 years.

Tom Crowsen interviews expat Jack Corbett on the mistakes moving to Thailand newbies need to avoid and what to do before moving here.

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This video’s not just about the mistakes moving to Thailand newcomers need to avoid but how to handle health care, insurance, visas and other key issues.

Tom points out that anyone thinking about moving here needs to read my book Pattaya Pattaya Pattaya Confessions of Sin City newcomers can buy from But when Jack replies, read Money Number One by Neil Hutchison first, Tom agrees wholeheartedly.

But I can virtually guarantee that very few men visiting Thailand are going to take our advice. Because I’ve found that most tourists already know everything about Thailand’s bar girls. And don’t need to listen to the likes of Tom or myself.

Watch the video. Enjoy it for what it is. But I need to retract one statement I made in the video. When I commented that one needs to sign up before he’s 60 to get health insurance benefits from my insurance company past the age of 65, there’s a new policy in effect. One can sign up with Allianz Ayudhya, formerly Bupa until he’s 65 and be insured until he reaches 80 now. While he can still sign up before he’s sixty to be able to receive lifetime health insurance coverage.

To visit the Jack Corbett bookstore where you will find six of my books click here.