Sunee Plaza

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Sunee Plaza
Map of businesses in Sunee Plaza June 2010
Map of businesses in Sunee Plaza June 2010
LocationPattaya, Thailand
Coordinates12°55′22″N 100°52′22″E / 12.9226545°N 100.87291°E / 12.9226545; 100.87291Coordinates: 12°55′22″N 100°52′22″E / 12.9226545°N 100.87291°E / 12.9226545; 100.87291

Sunee Plaza is an area in Pattaya known for gay nightlife.[1][2] It is just off Soi V.C., which intersects Second Road in south Pattaya.[3] It is built around two parallel streets, with a cross-linking street. All the buildings in the plaza are owned by Madame Sunee,[4] a Thai national, and are leased to the various businesses.[5] In the past, Sunee Plaza had been referred to as "the heart of the extreme city."[5]; however in recent years, the Plaza hosts only a few bars. As of 2019, Most of the gay life in Pattaya has now relocated to Jomtien Complex.

Businesses[edit]

The first gay bar at Sunee Plaza was open in 1996 and carried a name Crazy Pub[6]. Soon behind it Sunee Plaza Bar opened. Topman Nightclub was the first gogo bar (now [2019] at that building the Irish pub and hotel Jazz is located).[citation needed] In 2010 in Sunee Plaza more than 50 institutions focused on LGBT including beer bars, go-go bars, host bars cafes, restaurants and budget hotels. Sunee Plaza at that time boasted the largest collection of gay venues in one location in Thailand.[7] As of 2019, the quantity of gay establishments in Sunee Plaza has decreased significantly. Now there are fewer than a dozen beer bars, a few restaurants, and only one hotel. Additional services includes small shops, hairdressing salons, taxi services, travel agencies, and a few restaurants. The main reasons for closing gay institutions in Pattaya:

  • toughening of business rules in Thailand in general after the military junta came to power in 2014;
  • city administration desire to improve the image of Pattaya as a family destination;
  • competition from online dating mobile apps;
  • Recent influx of Arab-owned businesses on Soi 17 and in the Sunee Plaza area;
  • rental increases by the owner of Sunee Plaza, Madame Sunee.[8]

Police raids[edit]

The police for conducting expeditious checks regularly Sunee Plaza institutions. In July, 2008[9], July, 2010[10] and March, 2013[11] during raids underage males involved in gogo bars as dancers were found. During raid in July, 2008 one of the caught minors was only 8 years old[9]. By results of conducting raids in July, 2008, October, 2009[12], January, 2011[13] forbidden narcotic substances are found in blood of bar’s staff.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duthel, Heinz (2018). My Ladyboy Date: Give love a chance. BoD – Books on Demand. p. 21. ISBN 9783746064253.
  2. ^ "Purple Roofs Travel Newsletter: October 2009 - Sunee Plaza, Pattaya, Thailand". www.purpleroofs.com. Purple Roofs. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ Naven, Daniel (13 October 2013). "Guide Fot The Hottest Gay Night Life In Pattaya". The iTravel Channel. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Gay Pattaya – Gay Pattaya Guide". earthgayguide.com. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b Somsak, Khun (10 April 2013). "Sunee Plaza in Pattaya: Ein beliebter Treffpunkt für Gays › Thailand Aktuell". www.thailandaktuell.com (in German). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Beer bars in Sunee Plaza". Sunee Plaza Official website. Archived from the original on October 17, 2011.
  7. ^ "Sunee Plaza – the BIG secret". Thai-Spice magazine. September 14, 2010. Archived from the original on April 17, 2011.
  8. ^ "Sunee Plaza - gay district in Pattaya". GayRove.com. 21 February 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Underage Bar Workers As Toung As 8 Years Old". forum.thaivisa.com. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Underage Boys found in Police raid of South Pattaya Gay Bar". www.thailandnews.co. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Police find 17 underage boys in raid of Sunee Plaza gay bar". www.pattayamail.com. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Underage Employees And Drug Users Found In Sunee Plaza Boy Bar Police Raid". forum.thaivisa.com. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  13. ^ "46 arrested as 100 police sweep Sunee Plaza for drugs". www.pattayamail.com. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2019.

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