Just like a Thai sunrise, one will experience the Nana Entertainment Plaza at some point on their visits to the Kingdom. It is a place that you will likely remember for many reasons and, like most phenomena, requires a few visits, some ruminating and a good surveying from several vantage points to properly get one’s…

Gold Rush! Neon and naughtiness came to Soi Cowboy in a big way during the Noughties. It was cleaned up in terms of aesthetics and waste management so that it would not be too much of a blight on the immediate higher end developments that were occurring all around Soi Cowboy, and as Nana continued…

Saddle up! Completing the Triumvirate of Tease is Soi Cowboy, always and forever associated with the red-lights of Bangkok, it is a neon landing strip that is blessed with all-important accessibility in the commonly congested capital. Soi Cowboy’s evolution mirrors that of almost any other Entertainment Hotspot in Thailand: gold mines that enjoy explosive growth,…

There was still the turnover of bars, new owners, concepts and continued attempts to bring the spark back but the Western financial crisis and uncertainty created by the PAD demonstrations kept activity down to a minimum. In 2008, 10.2m foreigners visited Bangkok alone and Nana saw a nano percentage of that. Talk of the ‘Master…

By the early part of the decade, the Plaza had about twenty bars and bar fines had gone up from $8 in the 80s to $14 in the 90s. Benchmark bars like Bubble Gum, Asian Intrigue and XTC were pulling in the punters – Mon Cherie and Private Dancer likewise. Bars began to demonstrate the…

Into the 70’s… …most of the early bars were unnamed shop houses but some of the famous ones that broke the ground, so to speak, were the Red Door restaurant, Max’s Place, Roma and Amor. By ’73 one had The Horny Toad, The Gaslight, The Butterfly, Grand Prix and the Mississippi Queen. It was around…

Two Streets, a Genre and a Rich Tapestry that Spawned the Thailand that most Tourists will ever know Patpong is one of the regions best known red light districts and over the decades people from all over the world have passed through Patpong 1 and 2 and taken away memories, anecdotes and tales that take…