Nana Journals

An anthology of some of the best writings, photos, and information pertaining to the Bangkok
nightlife featuring comments and highlights from the best blogs and websites on the subject.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Wow! The Big Mango Bar is Moving In Next Door

Does the little old lady still have the little garden that she tends to in the front yard?
And the girls that look bored at the massage parlor?
And the mercedes still parks at the very end of the soi?
And the coconut ice cream guy rides up on his bike in the afternoon so I can buy cold treats for the receptionist?
And just a little closer to soi Nana is a little market with a couple tables where you can get a bite to eat? The Thai neighborhood regulars always sit there. And my Thai girl would buy soda water at the tiny market to rinse with after a blow job….
It was always so peaceful.

You guys will probably use my hotel for short-time use….
I wonder if the prices are now going up because of Big Mango is now in the neighborhood?

Damn, there goes the neighborhood!!!

Pmmp: You are sooo spot on. I’ve spent a few days there now and I’ve seen all that you’ve mentioned. The garden lady is our next door neighbor. She has indicated on more than one occasion that she would like a job in the bar.

(photo by Randy Magnus)

Suan Lum Night Bazaar in Bangkok, Thailand Closes

Bangkok’s popular Suan Lum Night Bazaar is to finally close, with its hundreds of tenants moving out to make way for a mall and hotel complex.

“It is the intention of Crown Property Bureau to comply with the court order and to carry out this order as stated,” said the Crown Property Bureau in a statement printed in Thai language newspapers.

Tenants refusing to leave could face “seizure, arrest or imprisonment,” warned the agency.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Western Girl's Impression of Soi Cowboy

Men of all ages frequent this street, and become the patrons of strip clubs and the clients of women they choose to go home with.
As I stood with my mouth open and eyes bulging from confusion and disbelief at the spectrum of men who walked before me,
I thought about their mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters – and all the other women who played invaluable roles in their lives. Would these men so mindlessly venture down Soi Cowboy if the women in their lives were watching?....

Some dancers looked at themselves in the mirrors as they danced, others watched the crowd, and some noticed us near the bar and gazed with soft, lingering eyes. Around the stage, eager men – many of whom were old, balding and overweight – appeared mesmerized by the girls’ charm.
Though I had read extensively about the Thai commercial sex trade and had even witnessed the dynamic between men and women at a US strip club (first year Women’s studies project – but that’s a different story),
I quickly learned that I was unprepared for the evening’s events. I was caught off guard when I saw the numbers attached to women on stage — and realized the numbers were for purchasing them for the night. I became overwhelmed and turned my head to cry.

After a couple of minutes, I glanced upwards above the stage and realized that a glass ceiling separated two dance floors. The upper level had girls dancing as well, and the floor below them was transparent so clients could have a full view up their skirts.

As we were about to make contact, two dancers came over and swarmed around us, enclosing us in a small circle. It felt as though we were long time friends – just catching up as young, jovial girls often do. We danced, sang, drank and talked together – enjoying each other’s company, without the interference of men, until one of the girls was called on stage to dance and I was jolted back to the reality of the situation.

Erin's Earth Travels

(Editor's note: Just bar-fine one. They are not victims, they are professionals, and will show you a really good time if they like you. And you can hear their story, as they send the money back home for the sick buffalo, and to gain merit with their family.)

Cockroaches Found at Nana Hotel in Bangkok

Cockroaches are being reported at Nana Hotel,(across from Nana Plaza), both in the rooms and at its restaurant, and these are not the ones on the sidewalk for us to eat.

(ad of Nana Hotel from After Dark Magazine from 1967)

Nana Hotel Update. Part 2
Noticed Nana Hotel prices lately? I just ate lunch there this week and saw that all their prices went up significantly. Had three dishes and drinks and the bill was almost 800 baht. It was about $25 US for lunch at Nana Hotel for two people.

Their lunch buffet is still 200 baht but I had it a few weeks ago and it was the worse buffet I’ve ever had.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Book of Portraits of the Katoeys (Ladyboys) from Nana Plaza

Now available, a 120 page 8x10 inch book of color portraits of the Katoeys of Nana Entertainment Plaza, by Randy Magnus.
It can be ordered at:
The Katoeys of Nana Entertainment Plaza.

Photographs by Randy Magnus

This is a land where the boys are often prettier than the girls.
Someone told me that if it looks too good to be real, its a Katoey (Ladyboy.)
These girls are from Nana Plaza clubs Temptation, Cascade, Obsession, and Casanova.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Werewolf's #1 Found Photo

This image of Britney Spear's
shaved beaver is Werewolf's
most popular found photo.
See for yourself, hidden at
Werewolf's Lair.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Stickman Update During This Slow Season

Hollywood in Nana Plaza has canned their happy hour leaving just Erotica and Pretty Lady as the only two nightspot in the plaza with happy hours.
Each bar offers 80 baht drinks before 9 PM but I can't understand why so little is done to promote it. Unless you catch the small signs inside the bars advertising happy hour prices, you'd never know!

Tilac in Soi Cowboy, a lady drink will set you back just 100 baht. Shark Bar has heaps of really pretty girls but I would suggest the venue is in dire need of a new DJ...

Phuket doesn't quite have its usual charm at the moment with daily rainfall making the streets quiet. Many bars are quiet and while that might put some off visiting, the flip side is that it's an excellent time to go girl shopping, short or long time, before the remaining girls get discouraged and go back home too.
In Kata, Karon, Chalong and Rawai, one has their pick of the girls and there are still some cuties if you want to take one home to take care you through the rainy season. As far as a shorter period goes, my secret spies on the paradise island confirm that you can have company all night long for a thousand baht, a far cry from Bangkok or Patong prices. Barfines have climbed up in some bars from 200 to 300 baht but overall it's still a good deal.

This weather we're currently experiencing in Bangkok really is a drag. I don't mind the rainy season per se because it lowers the temperature and the air is a little clearer for a day or so.
But what I don't like is that it makes going out and meeting friends a real pain.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bangkok Nana Plaza Video

Yet another Nana Plaza walk through video. Very brief scene inside one of the clubs.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mikes Place in Patpong 2

Mikes Place, a bar in Patpong that is in the same space that used to be occupied by Lolita’s.
I wonder what they do there.
Read a review (sort-of) at Werewolf's Lair

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Cyclone in Burma

Offically 78,000 are dead, UN estimates death total could exceed 200,000. They are trying to survive and are in desperate need of outside aid. The military government is hoarding the relief, and refusing outside aid workers from entering the country.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tattoo Festival in Pattaya

For more information on this event, click on 2nd World Tattoo Arts Festival in Thailand, thanks to Jimmy Wong.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A Gulliver's Girl, Really?...

...Really I am quite excited because I know that soon I will be making love to a man that I do not know.
That is quite exciting. I will let him make love to me even though I will hardly know anything about him and I will probably never see him again.
I think I am starting to think like a bad girl, even though I am a good girl really.

A Bad Good Girl in Bangkok

(Billy Bangkok of The Farang thinks this is a fake blog. Read what he has to say about it here.)

Gulliver's is located at Soi 5. Its a popular place to pick up freelancers.

Friday, May 02, 2008

pmmp's comments on showing up early at Spice

Next stop, Spice.
I’ve never been here before 2:00am so was curious to see what it was like.
One word, horrible. A complete waste of time. It was empty, the music was loud, and the staff were running around doing whatever the hell they wanted.

The worse part was when the Coyote girls who are so full of themselves came by with the tray of 200 baht Tequila Shots. Perhaps the biggest ripoff in Bangkok since each shot probably cost them about 5 baht. Anyway, the thing that was annoying is how the Coyote girls try to work the girl your with and peer pressure you into buying one.

I actually got a bit rude when the second set of Coytote waitresses came over and asked again if I want to be ripped off and buy their shit Tequila. We left after that.

Spice would be done if they weren’t so connected to go late late.

(Spice Club is located in the basement of the Ambassador Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11. It’s mainly an After Hours disco but is also open during evening hours sometimes hosting some big name Thai bands.
The After Hours disco is loaded with freelancers and usually stays open all night.)

pmmp at The Farang Speaks 2 Much

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Dean at The Londoner in Bangkok, Thailand

God, I love Thai women.
I was sitting at the Londoner the other night and two lovely young things walked in and the waitress approached them to find out where they wanted to sit, etc., and while she did I raised my hand and the waitress said, "Yes, Dean?"
I said, "Are they looking for me?"
And while she laughed, one of the girls looked at me
and said,
"Not now."

(Great sense of humor.)

Try that in the States.
On second thought, better not.
Dean Barrett