The legend of the Buzzstop
Legend has it that George was travelling around Asia when he ran out of money in Tokyo, Japan. Alone and destitute, he discovered a small Irish pub in downtown Tokyo, where he befriended one of the tinniest little Irishmen he had ever set eyes on in his life. Legend has it he was only about 90 centimetres tall. Of course, after quite a few pints of the auld black stuff (Guinness), the little man offered to help George, telling him he was a leprechaun on tour. George naturally laughed and said there was no such thing as a leprechaun. “I should know, I’m Irish”. So the little fella said he would prove it to him and offered George one wish. George thought he better humour him, beens he’s been buying George pints all day. He played along with him and said “OK. I wish I was back in Ireland”. “Be gorra”, the wee man said and George found himself standing in the middle of Thailand.
So ends the legend of the deaf leprechaun, and begins the legend of the Buzzstop.
The history of the Buzzstop
The Buzzstop was established in December 2002 by George and his beautiful lady Phaichit. You might ask yourself why Songkhla, of all places. Well, why not Songkhla!
This laid-back big friendly town provides you with a unique glimpse of Thailand’s deep south. Its people, including foreign residents, are friendly and helpful and will welcome you with open arms.
If you are an animal lover, why not visit the excellent sprawling Zoo (means of transport is advised) or take a tour of the town’s superb aquarium so that you’ll be able to identify the next critter that finds its way to your delicious sea-food platter. Sea food? Yes, plenty of excellent seafood awaits you here and when you’re done, go buy some bananas or peanuts for the friendly interacting monkeys at the famous monkey hill (Khao Tang Khuan). And then make your way (on foot or by funicular) to its top for some spectacular views.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a spin around the Aquarium’s go-cart course, go paragliding or take your chances and do a bronco on the back of the banana boat.
Maybe you'd want to get deep in the jungle and join the weekly hash house harriers at the Parlang bar or, if you're a golfer, meet the monthly golf muggers on Songkhla's challenging nine-hole course. And after you complete the muggers' competition, have a good party and meet some really good people at the Buzz-stop or the Corner Bier.
But there is much, much more on offer here and, contrary to some danger warnings, Songkhla is a relatively safe haven for the weary traveller.
So, welcome - Céad Mille Fáilte (Thousand Welcomes).