Nana Plaza

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Nana Plaza entrance sign in 2017
Nana Plaza, November 2015
Nana Plaza November 2015

Nana Plaza (formerly Nana Entertainment Plaza), occupies a three story building in a red-light district of Bangkok,[1] claiming to be The Worlds Largest Adult Playground.[2][3] It is on Sukhumvit Road Soi 4[4] about 20 metres (66 ft) from the Nana Hotel, and about 300 metres (330 yd) from the BTS Skytrain's "Nana Station".[5] 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.

Along with Soi Cowboy and Patpong, Nana Plaza is one of the Bangkok red-light districts which attract primarily tourists.[5]

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.[5] 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[6] – 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.[7] Short-time hotels rent out rooms by the hour or more to patrons to take a bargirl for sex. Most bar girls working at bars in Nana Plaza will 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.[1] In 2016 two waitresses in the plaza's Bangkok Bunnies go-go bar said that they received monthly wages equivalent to £130 ($165) and daily tips equivalent to £11–16 ($14–$20).[8] This compares with a 2016 average monthly wage in Thailand of around 13800 Thai baht ($388).[9]

As of November 2017, there are eight kathoey (ladyboy) bars in Nana Plaza;[10] these venues are True Obsession (ground floor), Straps, Chili, DC-10, Casanova, Mercury, and Temptations (middle floor), Charades (top floor).[11] Several other bars have a few ladyboys in their line-ups mixed with their regular go-go dancers.

List Of Nana Plaza Bars[edit]

Many bars have changed name and ownership in recent times. The following list is accurate as of December 2017.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ "Top 10 Go-Go Bars at Nana Plaza, Bangkok". OverseasAttractions. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Nana Plaza". Nana Plaza. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Nana Plaza - Bangkok Hot Spots". bangkok.com. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Nana Plaza Guide". WOS. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. ^ Drummond., Andrew (7 September 2012). "OUTLAWS TAKE OVER BANGKOK SEX TRADE (HUB) HORROR!". AndrewDrummond.com. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Nana Plaza". Bangkok Nightlife. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  8. ^ Nicola Smith (16 October 2016). "Thailand's red light district switches off to mourn the passing of King Bhumibol". Telegraph. London. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Thailand Average Monthly Wages - Forecast". IECONOMICS. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Nana Plaza - The Worlds Largest Adult Playground | Deranged Society". Deranged Society. 25 December 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Nana Red Light District Guide". Bangkok Red Eye - The Ultimate Guide to Bangkok's Red Light Districts. Retrieved 2 December 2016.

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Coordinates: 13°44′28.9″N 100°33′11.4″E / 13.741361°N 100.553167°E / 13.741361; 100.553167