Nana Plaza Bangkok
Nana Plaza (officially Nana Entertainment Plaza; shortened NEP) is a 3 storey red-light district in Bangkok, which is rumoured to be the largest sex complex in the world. It is
located on Sukhumvit Road Soi 4 across from the Nana Hotel, within walking distance of the BTS Skytrain’s “Nana Station”. The name originates from the Nana family which owns a lot of property in the area and has still much influence in Thailand.
Along with Soi Cowboy and Patpong, Nana Plaza is one of the Bangkok red-light districts which serve primarily westerners.
The Plaza is in the shape of a square, with a single opening on the western side, and consists of a ground floor and two additional floors. It started as a restaurant area in the
late 1970s. During the early 1980s, a few gogo bars appeared and gradually replaced the restaurants. The composition of the bars has changed over the past few years; the last non-go-go bar, the Woodstock Pub was sold in 2005 to the Rainbow Group and reopened as “Rainbow 4.” A few bars offer a more pub-like or beer bar format without dancing; as of late-2009 only the Cathouse remained. Three short-time hotels operate on the top floor. Short-time hotels rent rooms by the hour or more for the NEP patrons to take a bar-girl (or kathoey) for commercial sex.
Most bargirls working at bars in Nana Plaza are willing to leave with customers upon payment of a bar fine. Many bars in Nana Plaza do not employ kathoeys, but several do so exclusively. These venues are Obsession (ground floor), Casanova, Temptations (middle floor), Carnival and Cascades (top floor). The staff at these are almost all “pre-operation”, in contrast to the kathoey bars in Patpong.
A number of post-op kathoeys can be found at other bars managed by the Crown Group, namely Lollipop, Voodoo, Hollywood Rock, Fantasia, and G-Spot as well as the independently run Erotica.
Nana Plaza is a common setting of the crime novels by John Burdett.
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Located in Sukhumvit Soi 4, Nana Entertainment Plaza is Bangkok’s sleaze central. Notorious for its racy themed go-go bars – from school-girl and leather dominatrix to ladyboy – it’s literally a ‘sex mall’, with three storeys of eye-popping activity all focused around a square-shaped central atrium.
Unlike at the better-known Soi Cowboy or Patpong, Nana is a ‘more adult’ scene. That means no families, no markets and few curious tourists strolling in for a look. It is still worth a look if you are looking for an exotic visual experience, and a photo to talk about when back home.
Walking down Soi 4 from Sukhumvit Road, you’ll know you’re approaching Nana when you spot the line of street vendor carts preparing an array of weird and wonderful bites. These include ‘som tum’ (spicy green papaya salad), ‘kai tod’ (charcoal-grilled chicken) and fried insects, among other odd delicacies – comfort food for the bargirls who mostly hail from Thailand’s northeastern Isaan Province.
Young girls in halter tops and short mini-skirts can be found filling up bags of crispy
invertebrates, which they chop up and eat with rice and a dash of ‘nam prik’, chili and shrimp jam (watching them refuel on these down-to-earth pleasures, even joining in, makes for an interesting diversion from the other sorts of pleasures found here)
Greeting you when you pass beneath the monstrous ‘Nana Entertainment Plaza’ entrance sign is a mass of glowing neon signs, yelling at you from all directions. Shouting even louder than the neon is the intriguing cast of upfront characters – ladyboys and girls – who will try and accost you… it’s all light-hearted and unthreatening.
On the ground floor are mostly open-air beer bars to choose from. Girls will try to tempt you in for a drink or a game of Jenga but not much really happens here. The shows and the A Go Go Bars with naughty names like Lollipop,Pretty Lady and Red Lips are located on the first floor. Girls here will step into your path and will try to drag you in for a look with a naughty laugh.
Ascend up the escalator to the first floor and it’s mostly go-go bars. These include Spankys, Carnival, Angel Witch, Fantasia and Rainbow 3. Rainbow 4 is one of the biggest
, with hordes of Japanese-looking girls attracting a busy mix of Westerners and Japanese spectators.
G-Spot, Cassanova and Temptations are among the most popular, and it’s no surprise – they’re ladyboy bars and put on dazzling shows. Angel Witch, on the left, with its lesbian and dominatrix shows is also a big hit. A lot of thought and energy clearly goes into the costumes and performances here – girls in elegant but provocative strips of white satin were strutting gracefully to ‘Nights in White Satin’ on a visit.
For relative calm, head for the bar on the left corner of the entrance. This is a humble watering-hole, with beers and a raised terrace view onto the street and alleyway.
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