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Nana Plaza (officially Nana Entertainment Plaza; shortened to NEP), occupying a three story red-light district building in Bangkok, claims be the largest sex complex in the world. It is on Sukhumvit Road Soi 4 about 20 metres (66 ft) from the Nana Hotel, and about 300 metres (330 yd) from the BTS Skytrain's "Nana Station". The name originates from the Nana family (Lek Nana being the most prominent member) which owns much property in the area and still has much influence in Thailand.
The plaza's U-shaped building is roughly square-shaped, with a single opening on the west side, and consists of a ground floor and two additional floors arranged around a courtyard. It started as a restaurant and shopping center in the late 1970s. During the early 1980s, a few go-go bars appeared and gradually replaced the shops and restaurants.
In 2012 Nana Plaza was sold to Nana Partners Co Ltd, a partnership that includes the Eclipse Group - one of Thailand's largest bar and nightclub operators - for a rumored $25,000,000 after the land was inherited by seven sisters who wanted nothing to do with a red light area.
Several short-time hotels operate on the middle and top floors. Short-time hotels rent out rooms by the hour or more to the NEP patrons to take a bargirl for sex. Most bar girls working at bars in Nana Plaza are willing to leave with customers upon payment of a bar fine. Smoking is banned indoors, there are no elevators. The building closes at 2:00 a.m. and lies dormant until the following evening.
As of November 2015, there are six kathoey (ladyboy) bars in Nana Plaza; these venues are True Obsession (ground floor), Straps, Casanova, DC-10, and Temptations (middle floor), Charades (top floor). Several other bars have a few ladyboys in their line-ups mixed with their regular go-go dancers.
Nana Plaza is a common setting of the crime novels by John Burdett.
List Of Nana Plaza Bars
Many bars have changed name and ownership in recent times. The following list is accurate as of February 2017.
- Nana Beer Garden
- Bangkok Bunnies
- True Obsession
- Rainbow 2
- The Sports Bus (outside bar)
- London Calling
- Easy Lick
- Short Time
- Rainbow 3
- Sexy Night
- Rainbow 5
- Twister Bar (formerly Rainbow 4)
- Diamonds Bangkok
- Mandarin Upstairs
- Balcony Bar
Gallery: Nana Plaza Entrance Sign
Gallery: Inside Nana Plaza
- Central Information Services, LLC (2006). Bangkok for Shy Guys: No-nonsense Travel Guide for Shy Independent Male Travelers. Central Information Services, LLC. p. 140. ISBN 9780978994303.