Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok is an interesting area to visit in this great city. The Marriott hotel group have just taken over & renovated a huge new property which is the opposite end of the spectrum when you compare the street food vendors operating just 200 metres up the road from them.
Every morning I walk for 30 to 40 minutes, today I statred in Soi 11 Nana & wound up in Soi 22. I checked out the buffet breakfast at the Marquis, but at B850 or $25 USD it is a little over my budget, plus I’m not too keen on a buffet breakfast anyway, so I walked 25 minutes back to JW Marriott & enjoyed eggs Benedict, avocado & crispy bacon with an extra large latte for B350, or $10 USD thanks to the 20% discount I receive on my Marriott Griffin card.
Wine Depot opposite Marriott Marquis
This is on my list to try next time I’m in Bangkok, TripAdvisor rate it 280 out of 9,472restaurants in Bangkok. Even more amazing is New York Style Steak & Burger upstairs is rated 181 from 9,472.
I must admit I doubt whether either one deserves such a high rating.
Also opposite the Marriott.
Three identical office buildings.
Taking up most of the sidewalk these food stalls are part of Bangkok’s charm & character.
Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok beer bars
I’m sure this little square comes alive at night. 🙂
Guess who is hogging the fan?
Another pampered pet. 🙂
Indian, Thai or Italian, make your choice.
Another place to eat on Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok.
Sidewalk restaurant on Soi 22
The graffiti certainly brightens up the decor. 🙂
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When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINKyou will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.
Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road between Nana & Asoke stations is on the 32nd floor of the hotel. L’Appart restaurant at the recently opened Sofitel is a delightful multi-faceted venue occupying the entire 32nd top floor of the hotel tower.
Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok is only one station or 10 minutes from where I stay in Soi 11 Nana. Asoke station is adjacent to Terminal 21 one of the many Bangkok shopping malls.
From the corner of Sukhumvit Rd, on the left is Terminal 21 & on the right is the Pullman Hotel. The first street on the right is the famous Soi Cowboy.
Asoke Montri Road
Rajadapisek Road This is the other side of the intersection coming from Rajadapisek Road. The tall building in the centre on the 25th floor is where you can find one of Bangkok’s great sky bars, the Long Table.
Hemingway’s at Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok
Another beloved expat bar and restaurant, Hemingway’s, shut its doors at the end of October 2016. The land was purchased by Japanese developers who plan to build a 27-story hotel on the site that sits directly at BTS Asoke at the top of Sukhumvit Soi 14.
Unlike in the US, the UK and Australia, there are no laws in Thailand to protect historic buildings. If there were, this rare and gorgeous specimen would have been protected. Sadly the owners spent one million USD (THB35 million) renovating the house and opening the restaurant just four years ago.
Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 25 claim to be the only rooftop craft beer bar in Bangkok. I’m not into craft beers however an Asahi bottle was reasonably prices at B160, or $4.50 USD.
Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok
To state the obvious when visiting Bangkok Sky Bars it’s always best to arrive before sunset to get the benefit of seeing the city in day light, dusk & night.
Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok
The crowd was building up, mainly Thai locals.
I’m guessing this abandoned has bees sitting here for at least 10 to 15 years.
Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok is another spectacular venue to add to the many other “must do” places to visit in this great city. Located between Sukhumvit 69 & 71 only
five minutes walk from Phra Khanong BTS station.
Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok
As usual with Bangkok Sky Bars it’s always best to arrive before sunset to get the benefit of seeing the city in day light, dusk & night.
Who is this guy?
He greets you as you arrive at Sky Walk condominium, he could almost be saying “take me to your leader”. 🙂
Here we are at the bar
If you fancy a cocktail Pina Colada, Mojito or Mai Tais are around 200-250 Baht.
OK, back to the wonderful view
The late afternoon traffic is starting to build up.
Open from 6 pm to 1.30 am.
Compared to many of the other Bangkok Sky bars drink and food prices are quiet reasonable starting at B120 for a Singha beer.
The city lights are coming on
In my opinion enjoying a cold beer or a Margarita & watching the city lights come on in Bangkok is the perfect way to spend an evening.
Pra Khanong district
Pra Khanong district is a middle class residential area rather than a commercial district.
Only 12 minutes by Sky Train from Nana.
I usually stay in Soi 11 Nana and it only takes 12 minutes by Sky Train to get to Pra Khanong station. Then take exit 3 and walk 5 minutes along Sukhumvit to the Sky Walk Condo.
As you can see the restaurant is stunning
A small beautifully designed intimate room with chandeliers to add to the opulence.
Well worth a visit
On this occasion I dined elsewhere however I certainly will return to Cielo try out the intimate restaurant.
Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall has a rather sophisticated concept of presenting it’s fabulous products, compared to most other Bangkok shopping malls is quite fabulous & unique. For instance the above photo is at Dean & Deluca which is a chain of upscale grocery stores.
Dean & Deluca
I never thought I would say it but Bangkok now rivals Tokyo with the highest quality shopping experience in the world. It’s certainly not by accident however as the concept in this store was created with the help of a Japanese design company called Nendo, and the result as you will see is quite remarkable.
No problem, grab one of these mini Segways & make a nuisence of youself on the sidewalk. 🙂 They say you can travel up to 20 km on a single charge. Here’s a tip from the FiveStarVagabond, you will buy a lot cheaper on Lazada. 🙂
Need something to hold onto?
No problem, this is the one for you.
Openned in mid 2016
Quickly gained the reputation of being the best shopping mall in Bangkok.
I’m sure these gadgets are going to cause lots of headaches in the future.
Lots of models to choose from
They are becoming very affordable.
It’s no secret everybody in Thailand loves elephants.
The WOW! factor is everywhere
Full marks to the staff who have put all this together.
Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho is rated number 1 out of 517 things to do in Bangkok by TripAdvisor. Not sure how they come to this decision, however it certainly is very impressive, as is The Grand Palace & Wat Arun. Above is a couple of tourists posing with a Thai Guardian Statue.
Chinese stone sculpture
There are many different statues & sculpture at Wat Pho including these imposing Chinese stone sculptures.
Symbolic offereings to Buddha
Candles, lowers & insence are some of the items used to honour Buddha.
The blue sky enhances the beauty of the buildings.
Ashes of the Royal family
According to Wikipedia many of these structures contain the ashes of the Royal family in years gone by.
As you can see it’s an 18 minute taxi ride from MBK or Siam Center, will only cost about B80 in a taxi.
Too many Buddhas is never enough
Wonderful ornate Golden Buddhas.
Open from 8.00 to 17.00
Entrance fee B100 which is far better value than B500 at the Grand Palace.
The wonderful reclining Buddha
At forty six meters long and 15 meters high it is one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand.
Beautiful from any angle
In 2013 I visited the Reclining Buddha in Yangon, it is in fact larger than Wat Pho, 66 meters long & 17 meters high.
Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho
In my opinion however this one at Wat Pho is the most beautiful.
The Bell Tower
Installed to call the monks to prayer.
Lots of tourists
Is it any wonder with such a beautiful blue sky to enhance our photos. 🙂
Another wonderful statue
Around every corner awaits another surprise.
Ancient golden statues
There are multi linguel guides you can hire to explain the meaning of all the statues, paintings & symbols.
Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace is an iconic South East Asian red light district. My first visit was 1997 which was the start of a long and happy connection, not necessarily because of the Thai girls who are there basically to relieve you of your hard earned cash, more because of the great times I have enjoyed with friends from all over the world. This photo blog showcases them and many of the gorgeous babes we got tangled up with over these two great decades of decadence. 🙂
Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace
In the middle photo is Doug Ritchies from Adelaide, he was responsible for introducing me to Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace in 1997. For the last 25 years or more he has lived near Kingscliff just south of the QLD border. I have some great memories from Adelaide in the 70s when Doug & I were on the rampage. 🙂
Sadly four friends featured throughout this photo blog are no longer with us, RIP.
I’ll throw in some old shots & videos of the plaza however this photo blog is more about the terrific people who will forever be in my memories.
More from 1999
The thing I notice most comparing the 90s to 2016 is the LadyBoy population in Nana Plaza has increased buy a huge amount, which really does not suit me at all.
August 1999 & yes I was another punter finding a gorgeous young girl who was happy to accompany me to Pattaya & Koh Samui.
Soi 4 Nana
Those great years in the 90s saw elephants wandering down Soi 4 looking for bananas. Here is my good friend Paul McNeil from San Diego contributing to their appetite.
More from the 90s
There has never been a shortage of pretty faces in Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace.
Let’s jump to 2016
For me this is the quintessential shot of Nana Plaza because I can assure you I have met some suckers there over the last 20 years. I’m talking about those delusional types who actually believe the girls who call them “handsome man” & tell them how much they love them. 🙂
Now believe me I’m not knocking the ladies who are there to make a living, I just find it strange so many Farangs can be sucked in by their stories. All these girls either have a Thai boyfriend or husband in the background who gladly accept a fair % of the girls earnings.
December 2014 On the right is my friend Roland, a barrister from Sydney, beside him is Matt originally from Adelaide, now running a factory for SMR Automotive in Rayong producing accessories for the motor industry. Here is a funny story, Matt actually receives a hardship allowance from his employer for living in Pattaya, priceless. 🙂 Bow is Matt’s live in girlfriend, a wild child who is a lot of fun after a few drinks.
I’ll let your imagination run wild about what goes on inside. According to “Stickboy” this LadyBoy bar had to close for a couple of days in March 2016 for some minor infringements.
Jane February 2003.
You may remember my friend Jane who I took to Samui in 1999, here she is back at Nana in 2003 after a stint working in Switzerland.
We met in 2001 at the Voodoo bar
This is where I met Phung who very quickly became my favourite Nana Plaza girl for the next 6 or 7 years. I preferred to call her Cleopatra which I think suited her better. 🙂
Here she is in 2007
The last I heard of Cleo she was living with a punter in Switzerland. I really thank her for the great times we spent together.
The usual suspects
From the left is Greg Clee who for some strange likes to call himself Jack Dawson, John Sinclair, originally from Adelaide who has been living in Thailand for about 15 years & Sean Fenton from North Queensland. Greg lives in Pattaya and owns “Heaven Above” in Soi Diamond off Walking St. John lives in Soi 4 Nana and is a regular at the Plaza. Sean married a Thai girl from Kanchanaburi and has produced 2 or 3 kids with her.
Oh! I forgot to mention John Sinclair aka “Secrets” has a habit of placing people on his black list, I have recently been put back on after a couple of years of being in favour, Greg is a long time resident on the list & I think Sean is on shaky ground.
The Black List
I thought this could be our club shirt. 🙂
John Sinclair aka Secrets
There is the man himself sitting in his favourite spot.
The entrance now
The next photo will show the original entrance.
Back when Nana Plaza was a shopping centre. Photo credit BeenToBangkok.
Here is the action at the Nana Plaza entrance
This is Beer
This photo was from around 2000, however Beer (a great girl) has been well know in the Plaza for quite a few years.
John Martin aka Pothole & Apple 2003
John David Martin aka Pothole Bin Ladin, the Mouse of Markland. He took “Apple Pie” to Australia a couple of times before discovering he was simply one of 5 different punters from around the world she was collecting money from. A few years later she married one of the guys, a retired English police officer, produced a child then accompanied him to Buckingham Palace when he was awarded an MBE. Not bad for a bar girl from Nana Plaza.
Pothole in 2014
He lives in the same building as I do in Pattaya and actually has this photo as the wallpaper on his phone. He really should be managing one of the Nana Plaza LadyBoy bars. 🙂
Nothing stays the same
Not so long ago Suckers was Lollipop and Bangkok Bunnies was Spellbound.
Before it was big Lollipop
It was small Lollipop, plus of course Spankys is no more. Trying to keep abreast of the changing names at Nana Plaza will just give you a headache.
They used to let motorbikes park inside
Thankfully this is no longer allowed which makes us all feel a lot more secure in this crazy world in 2016.
My fabulous family in January 2011 (my favourite Nana Plaza photo)
What a great holiday we all had, starting at Nana Plaza in Bangkok then heading down the road to “Sin City” Pattaya. The little guy at the back with the glasses is my brother Warren, the 3 at the front are his beautiful daughters (my nieces) Laura & Elyssa& son Michael. The dark good looking German lad is Bjorn Luders, Michaels partner who sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer early in 2016. RIP Bjorn, we miss you buddy.
On that same 2011 trip
On the left is my friend Bill Austin from Trowbridge in Wiltshire & the far right one of my oldest friends Tony Murphy from the Gold Coast. Next to Tony is Don Wenham who like Bjorn sadly lost his long battle with cancer this year also.
This was at the Pretty Lady bar
Of course this is another bar that has long since disappeared. However you have to admit she sure was pretty. 🙂
Pretty Lady Bar
Was one of the bars located where Suckers & Bangkok Bunnies are now.
One of my best friends Phil Thomson from the Gold Coast bought his 21 yo son Michael to Thailand in 2009 to gain some experience with the fairer sex. Michael took to the task like a duck takes to water. 🙂
Virtually next door to Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace is the five star Landmark hotel.
The more things change the more they stay the same. It is a never ending cycle at Nana Plaza, one business goes bust and another steps in. Bangkok Bunnies is one of the largest clubs in the complex. The photo was taken February 20 2016 as was the following YouTube video.
With friends at the Plaza in 2008
Good friends Nick & Sharon from the Gold Coast in Australia, and ex Sydney policeman Rod Perrin from the NSW central coast, he used to live in Pattaya. Sadly a couple of years after this photo was taken Rod passed away, RIP old buddy.
Here is a quick video from 2008.
My friend Hamish Elton & I kick off the night at Big Dogs in Nana Plaza.
2004 at Nana Plaza
Two Aussies from Sydney, Mr Stingy & Kenny cockroach with their new found brides in 2004. A couple of years later Stingy took two freelancers from the Nana Hotel car-park back to his room at the Dynasty Hotel for some fun & games. He awoke many hours later after being drugged to find the room safe had been cleaned out including his precious gold chains.
March 1999, gorgeous girl from one of the Rainbow bars.
If my memory serves me correctly she was from from one of the Rainbow bars. Below are more from around 2001.
This was around 2oo1 as well.
So many girls & such little time. 🙂
2008, we lose anther friend.
On the left is Greg Clee from Pattaya & Ron Collier from Byron Bay in Australia. Sadly 3 years later Ron passed away.
Rainbow 4 November 2007
We travelled in a large group from Australia because Etihad airlines were offering 2 seats for the price of one to promote their airline. On the left is Simon Markby & the guy in the middle is Robbie Sheriff.
Braces can look rather sexy
x On the right is my friend “Ice” I was seeing her regularly over the next 2 or 3 years. I would love to know where she is now.
Simon Markby RIP
Simon passed away on the Gold Coast on July 9th 2012. He is the 4th friend of mine in this photo blog who is not with us anymore, it is certainly a reminder to enjoy life as much as you can while you can.
At Rainbow 4 with Ice November 2011.
She was such a nice girl, as I said before I would love to know where she is now.
That’s all for now
Here I am in 2015 with my crazy friend Pothole, (one of the most unique personalities I have ever come across) I hope you enjoyed my 20 years of memories from Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace.
When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD. Only 5 minutes walk to Nana Plaza.