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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Few Soi Cowboy Girls

Ran into the Soi Cowboy photo guy who goes around and charges for instant portraits, and asked to take his picture. A few of the girls at Cowboy 2 got jealous and wanted to have their photos taken also. Just a few of the many girls in Soi Cowboy.

Bangkok Tales

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ladyboys at Cascades in Nana Plaza

At my third and last night in BKK, finally I had time to go to Cascades, but only at about 1 a.m. . The place was very quiet, oviously most of the girls were barfined, not many stunners there. I ordered one san miguel light 150 baht, and went to toilet. I was the only one there.. When I finished, some girls came in, and I took the chance for pictures.. and the more pictures I took, the more girls came in.. haha.. they enjoyed it, as much as I did..

Your Pattaya Photo Blog

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Deaf Girls Hanging Out at Nana

Lately there have been 5 or 6 deaf girls hanging out at the Nana Hotel sign across the street from the entrance of Nana Plaza. I thought they were just checking out the scene, but this guy he tried to pick up one of them, thinking that a girl that can't talk might be cool, and he was given the price of 1,500 baht for short time. But he didn't get any further. They just keep on talking to each other with their hands.
I think they just want to have a group larger than their immediate group to hang out with and to feel a part of.
Or maybe they are just waiting for someone to invite them into Nana Plaza to see for themselves what its like.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

The New Look of Nana Entertainment Plaza

The sign at Nana Plaza got repaired today. It appears that the delay in lighting it up was not a content issue, but rather an electrical situation of fixing the wiring.

Inside Nana Plaza the beer bars dominant the center part of the ground floor, with most of the go-go clubs on the ground floor also including beer bars outside their clubs in addition to the ones running down the middle.

(photos by Randy Magnus)

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Closing Time at Nana Entertainment Plaza

Its 2am, closing time at Nana Plaza, when some girls get a bite to eat, some look for a last minute date for the evening, some go home, and some are just not really ladies at all.

A Few of the Girls at Angelwitch in Nana Plaza

Showgirls @ Christmas Eve Party.

Here are just a few of the many fine girls that can be found at Angelwitch in Nana Entertainment Plaza. You can come and see them for yourself.

Angelwitch in Bangkok

Dave The Rave

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Lights of Nana Entertainment Plaza

Walked around Nana Plaza in Bangkok last night, checking out the signs, the people, the girls.

Saw part of the show at Angelwitch, and when the featured pole dancer JoJo did her routine, the place got excited. She really livens up the evening.

Also, the jacuzzi with the cute little nude Thai girls in only soap bubbles at Billboard will get the blood a-pumping, as was evident by some old geezer who tipped 1000 baht for all the girls in the tub to divide up as he did a little dance.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Burger Mobile Outside Nana Plaza

The old burger cart located just outside Nana Plaza had been there for years. Left for a short time during the cleanup process of Nana Entertainment Plaza, and then she was able to return.

But now she has a brand new "Nana Burger Mobile" that can be packed up and driven off under its own power. The burger business must be doing good just outside Nana Plaza.

Please note that she raised her prices by 10 baht per burger to help pay for the burger mobile. Go and check it out and have a burger. Its the same burgers as before with the same girl operating it.

(photos by Randy Magnus)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Lone Star A-Go-G0

The old Carnival go go bar in Nana Plaza had a soft opening today as Lone Star A-Go-Go. The mechanical bull is still there with new covering, thus the slogan of "Come in for a Ride."
It's worth a drink and a chance to match your bull riding stills with the girls and to see the new cowboy-girl outfits.

Official opening is December 1st, 2012.

(photos by R. Magnus)

Here is a shot by Dave The Rave of a couple of the employees at the new Lone Star A Go-Go.

You can see more on his site by clicking on Dave the Rave.

Live Music at Nana Plaza

Popped into Nana Plaza last night only to find a rave rock band had wheeled in their portable PA system into the entrance blasting their music throughout the complex, complete with guitars, drummers, and a singer. The entrance barkers and the band's friends were dancing away.

You never know what to expect these days at Nana Entertainment Plaza as what I was thinking as they wheeled out into soi 4.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Nana Plaza Food Court

To get to the Nana Plaza food court you go thru a beauty salon and up 2 flights of stairs.

The first thing to notice is how hot it gets in there. So most of the girls phone in their orders and have runners deliver their food to their respective go-go club.

A few of the choices include pork with egg over rice and green papaya salad. Please note that the food is geared for the go-go dancers, who like it very spicy.

A couple of the hard working cooks preparing the food to be delivered to various parts of Nana Entertainment Plaza.

I use to enjoy eating at the various food stalls around Nana Plaza, sampling their dishes at the different locations along the walkways. The cooks would get to know you, and it was a friendly atmosphere.
Now its extremely hot in the small quarters all of them are placed into the same room that's located in the very top of the Nana Plaza complex. I was sweating bullets from both the spiciness of the food and from the heat in the room that's generated by all the cooking that's going on in one small quarters.
So if you want to eat at Nana, phone in your order and have it delivered, and avoid all the stairs. Leave that for the delivery boys to climb up and down.

photos by Randy Magnus

(Please note that the Hamburger Stand at the entrance of Nana Plaza is back, the same as before she left.)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ladyboy at Nana Plaza

A ladyboy at Nana Entertainment Plaza that wanted her photo taken. She had a great body and seemed to be friendly, probably a fun time in a short-time room can be had.

(photo by R Magnus)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The New Look for Nana Plaza

The new sign at the entrance of Nana Entertainment Plaza, which has yet to be lit up, although Stickman mentioned that he saw the sign on once.

The new look at Nana Plaza appears to be less neon and more big plastic back-lit signage, like this giant sign for Pretty Lady which reads "Nana Main Station."

The big G-Spot sign at the back end of Nana Plaza is gone, and on two sides the signage is under construction at Nana Plaza. Can we expect more back-lit plastic signs in place of the neon that was always in need of some repair?

As you can see that much of the neon is gone, and Nana Plaza is under construction.

It just doesn't seem to be the same.

(photos by Randy Magnus)

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Soi Cowboy

soi cowboy by eyefull2012
soi cowboy, a photo by eyefull2012 on Flickr.

Is Soi Cowboy in Bangkok becoming a tourist attraction like Walking Street in Pattaya? People walking, not many stopping.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Bangkok Nightlife

Bangkok Nightlife by CamelKW
Bangkok Nightlife, a photo by CamelKW on Flickr.

Recent shot inside of Nana Entertainment Plaza.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Nana Liquid Disco on Wednesday Nights

Nana Liquid which is across the street from Nana Plaza, in back of the Nana Hotel, use to be Nana Disco, is having different theme nights on Wednesday night.
I liked the wet t-shirt theme from a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Under-Aged Sex in Bangkok, Thailand

First, if sex with minors appeals to you, don’t go to Thailand. Sooner or later you’ll be caught.

Second, check the girl’s ID card. Thailand uses the oriental calendar. This year (2012) is 2555. Therefore, the girl’s ID card must show that she was born in the year 2537, or earlier. Any number higher than 2537 means the girl is under-age. No matter where you meet the girl, whether it is at a bar, on the streets, at the beach, or anywhere else, make sure to check her ID card before you take her to a room with you.

If she claims she doesn’t have one, don’t take her. Perhaps the girl is Laotian, working illegally in Thailand. That’s not your problem. That’s her problem. However, you still need to be sure that she is at least 18. Don’t rely on simply asking the girl how old she is. Some girls will lie about their age.

If you have any doubt, don’t take her. The law still applies, whether she is a Thai citizen or not. If she has no ID card, but you wish to bar fine her from a bar, at least verify her age with the bar owner or the mamasan. If there is no kind of documentation available at all, then you are at serious risk. If you take her anyway, make sure to have the desk clerk at your hotel question the girl. The desk clerks know all the bullshit that takes place. If the desk clerk says there is no problem, you can believe that. If he says that there is a problem, get rid of the girl . . . quick.

It also couldn’t hurt anything, even if the girl showed you what you perceived to be a legitimate ID card, to have the desk clerk check it anyway. If the girl is carrying a fake ID, the desk clerk will know it. The police will not be sympathetic at all, even if you were duped by a fake ID.

If it were me, and I found that I had innocently bar fined an under-age girl, or a girl carrying a fake ID, I’d be right back at that bar demanding the money refunded.

Consorting with minor under 18 years of age, with or without the consent of the minor, is a criminal offense. Section 319 of the Penal Code reads:

“Whoever takes away from the parent a minor over fifteen years, but not yet over eighteen years of age, guardian or person looking after such minor for financial gain or indecent purposes with the consent of such minor, shall be punished with imprisonment of two to ten years and a fine of four thousand to twenty thousand baht.”

If you engage in any kind of sexual activity with anyone who is even one day younger than age 18, then you are committing an extremely serious crime in Thailand. The consequences will be devastating, and your life is quite likely to be absolutely destroyed. At best, if you are caught, you might be able to bribe your way out of it if you have enough cash with you, and we’re talking about a minimum of US $5000, and probably much more than that by the time you’re through. Don’t count on being able to bribe your way out of it at all, though. As they say in the west, “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” Whether you agree with it or not, the laws about sex with minors in Thailand are quite strict and if you are caught, now you have a big problem.

My recommendation is: stick to those over 18 years old for your own sake.

Big Baby Kenny

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nana Entertainment Plaza Sign is Gone

The iconic sign at the front of Nana Plaza is history. The neon letters have been removed and presumably the frame of the sign is about to be dismantled and taken down. The pace of renovations at the plaza has picked up as workers race to get everything ready with the high season just around the corner. By day the plaza is full of workmen painting the plaza yellow, carrying out various repairs and installing a new electrical system. With the plaza being painted yellow throughout and the iconic sign removed, the question on people's minds is whether the plaza will undergo a name change.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Getting Back to the Big Mango

The airline website tells me what time the plane gets into Bangkok and I stupidly believe them. The industry standard size carry-on luggage ensures that I don’t pack anything that is not essential. And if it is essential but won't fit, then sorry, like a wounded soldier, it gets left behind. I would rather buy it in Bangkok than have to wait for my luggage on the conveyor belt. Valuable time saving.

Fortunately, having a fast track pass allows me to not have to queue up at immigration that just so happens to be processing the latest 747 from India. With the heat of Thailand disguising my running induced sweat, I double time it trough customs, trying to blend in with a bunch of other people who have been waved through. Not that I have anything to hide, but if they were to open my case, I am sure it would take more that 15 minutes to re-pack all the items, and without my geometry set and theodolite, I would just have to put everything on that wouldn’t fit. – Thus making me sweat more.

I could stand and wait in line at the public taxi rank, but from upstairs, I can’t tell if I am going to waste valuable time going down the travelator only to end up in a huge queue of back-packers heading for KS Road, negotiating how far from KS road they could be dropped off from, and be able to walk the rest of the way, saving 20bht. Or dinner. I could try my luck and hopefully get a cab that is dropping off, but then I could have a problem like NR, who’s cab wouldn’t go on a meter and returns me back to the airport. Again.. I am in a clock here. But then, fuck the clock.. if I give him a 1000 will he put his foot down and run red lights like they do in the movies?

Only when I get to my final destination does it hit me that my schedule is worthless. Well, worthless being in such detail that takes me to specific hours. AM or PM are even too restrictive. The best I can hope for is to plan something, anything on a specific day. Usually my plans end up being pinned to a first or second half of a week.

You can read more about his adventures at
The Big Mango Bar blog

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nana Plaza Update 10-2012

It might not be high season yet in Bangkok but business has picked up in Nana Plaza with the plaza having a booming Friday night. Many of the big name bars are so full that groups entering the bar quickly found that there were no free seats and had to head off into another bar.

Carnival on the top floor of Nana Entertainment Plaza has picked up since it reopened following renovations. It's still fairly quiet, but not as quiet as it was - which shows just how bad things were. It seems that the group that acquired the Crown Group of bars (of which Carnival is one) will go through the venues and do them up one at a time.

There might be an idea to rename a couple of the gogo bars in the Crown Group which have been doing miserable trade for years. There's no value in keeping a damaged brand name. There are two bars in the group whose name I would not tinker with though - G Spot and Voodoo. Long-termers remember when each of these bars had a legitimate claim to being the best bar in the plaza.

In Voodoo's case it was in the mid to late '90s and for G Spot it was around the turn of the century. These two brand names should be retained and wouldn't it be great to see the original concept of each bar return? Voodoo was jammed with the most attractive girls in the group and G Spot had the famous shower show.

Nana Plaza has been home to packs of cats for as long as I have been in Bangkok, although with the clean-up of the plaza that started a couple of months back there do seem to be fewer around which, again, might be due to fewer vendors more than anything else.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Burger Stand at Nana Plaza is Gone

The entranceway of Nana Plaza remains clear of vendors and the days of Nana burger, the popular hamburger vendor at the mouth of the plaza, would seem to be a thing of the past.

A new currency exchange booth sprung up this week at the mouth of Nana Entertainment Plaza with Bangkok Bank losing the space to the rapidly-growing CIMB Bank.


photo from The Street Food of Bangkok.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Girls of Bangkok, Thailand

The Strip on Silom Road end of Patpong soi 2 features a shower booth, a swing and booths. Unique to The Strip, the tall booths along one side of the bar have curtains which can be closed if those inside would like a little privacy. Closing the curtains incurs a 400 baht fee. (Ed note: Can this be considered both the barfine and shorttime hotel fee?)

I find myself in Patpong's Electric Blue where the girls are having a party to celebrate the arrival of their brand spanking new bikinis.

Spanky's sits next door to Angelwitch in Nana Entertainment Plaza and also features shows, although they are lighter, less polished and sometimes a little zany - like the beach ball show where the girls throw a giant beach ball around the bar. The venue has its share of pretties.

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