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.
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
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 aka Secrets, 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 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 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.
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.
Amazing Bangkok busses transporting tourists all over Thailand, many are decorated in bizarre colours often featuring Japanese cartoon & Disney characters. Eagles, serpents you name it they have got it. I have never seen anything like it anywhere in the world, take a bow Thailand for giving us so many great photo opportunities.
Bright & exciting colours
I have no idea how they produce these amazing creations, I’m guessing it’s all created on computer then automatically painted on the production line, then again how would I know? 🙂
There was a comment on Facebook that explained to process, it is a vinyl wrap, using the same machines that produce outdoor posters, then they just wrap them round the bus.
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I see Johnny Walker at the front
I’m also guessing they didn’t get permission to use the Johnny Walker logo. 🙂
Six exhausts and speakers for sound.
This beast is one of my favourites
It was parked a few meters from where I live in Soi 1 Pattaya so I was able to have a close look.
Eight lethal exhaust pipes
Imagine if a motorbike crashed into the back of this bus, the exhaust pipes were on a 45 degree angle with sharp edges pointing upwards. Perfectly positioned to impale a human being. You gotta love Thailand.
Beach Road Pattaya
Every morning hundreds of busses converge on Beach Road Pattaya bringing thousands Chinese tourists who board the boats to go para-sailing and visit Koh Larn island.
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This yellow one will get noticed.
There are so many amazing styles, this one looks like a huge yellow monster. 🙂
The Eagle has landed.
And the beat goes on, it must be a prestige thing the way some of these guys push it to the limit.
You light up my life
Or so the song goes, I really want to ask a question, do you think this guy is trying just a little too hard?
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Another photo taken way back in 2006 of the Siam Paragon, Hanging fences, I’m not sure if they are still there or not.
The Main floor
Strangely the level that is linked to the skywalk is called the Main Floor, despite it being one above the ground, and the floors above that are then the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, up to the 5th, which is taken up by the Cineplex and its 15 large size theatres. There is direct access to the centre from Siam BTS Skytrain station.
Siam Paragon is opposite MBK
Only 5 minutes walk on an elevated path from the well know MBK centre.
As I mentioned for Siam Paragon get of at Siam station, MBK is actually one stop further at National Stadium station.
Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi Rd are surrounded by some of the best shopping in this great city. Everybody knows about Pratunam markets where you can buy clothes and accessories at rock bottom prices, now however there is much more competition at places like Palladium World and Platinum Fashion Mall which offer air conditioned comfort which you certainly don’t get at Pratunam markets.
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GLOW Pratunam Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi
Right opposite Pantip Plaza the well known Bangkok I.T. centre. Book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.
Several floors of hardware and software, I have been shopping here for 20 years.
Computer and camera shops are located on the 3rd floor, as well as hardware, RAM etc for sale. Some shops specialize in building computers to your specifications. The fourth floor has more computer and repair shops.
Platinum Fashion Mall
Platinum is a 5 billion Baht shopping mall in Petchaburi Rd Pratunam, almost next door to Pantip Plaza, which specializes in fashion clothes and accessories both retail and wholesale.
The Amari Watergate hotel is a reasonably priced hotel in the middle of this shopping district, book through THIS LINK and you will get a discounted room for around $88 + tax.
Palladium World Shopping mall.
Located on the corner of Phetchaburi Road and Ratchaprarop with the 3 gold domes, I believe it’s bigger and cheaper than Platinum Fashion Mall and has a bazaar type layout featuring long alleyways of tightly packed stalls.
Palladium World from street level
It certainly does not look as spectacular as it does from the Red Sky Bar.
Foot massage at Palladium World
After a couple of hours walking there is nothing like a foot massage. 🙂
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Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom is in full swing. Chock-a-block full of high rise office buildings, up-market condos, lots of embassies, luxury hotels & very expensive shopping malls. I love the area which is close to where I stay in Soi 11 Nana.
Weird & wonderful
Most of these modern buildings can be seen from the sky train which is by far the best way to move around Bangkok.
Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom
Is another huge building site which will add another sky scraper to the Ploenchit skyline.
One of my favourite buildings on Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit
Park Ventures recently achieved the highest office rental in Bangkok of B900 per M2 per month. The building is 35 stories high and has an elevated walkway leading to the station and various shopping malls including Central World which is directly opposite. The section jutting out is the infinity at the Okura Hotel.
Breakfast at the JW Marriott bakeryon Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit is always a pleasure & the coffee is excellent. Just a short walk to Ploenchit station, for an excellent room rate at the fine hotel USE THIS LINK TO BOOK.
By far the best way to get around Bangkok, as I said earlier many of the stations including Ploenchit, Chidlom & Siam have direct access walk ways to the major shopping malls.
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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 LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.
On Sukhumvit beside Nana station this bar has lots of screens showing all the sports. A separate smoking area overlooks the footpath which spares the drinkers inside the bar. The header to this post is a favourite shot of mine that was taken at “The Game”, I call it Minnesota Fats racking them up. 🙂
Beef stew at THE GAME.
At best it was barely average, next time I’ll try something different.
Now if it’s good food you want…..
A terrific new Bangkok restaurant, the Pirate Chambre at Chidlom. Hard to find but worth the effort. The fabulous lamb shank was only B480.
Enjoying a red wine at Pirate Chambre
Put this excellent restaurant on your bucket list.
Signing the waiver
Sign before you ride, the guy didn’t last to long in the saddle, they just pump up the speed and it’s all over rover.
When the Hooter’s girls saddle up it’s a much gentler ride.
Here is my hotel in Soi 11 Weekend Bangkok May 2016
Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok in Chidlom is full of high end designer stores, all the famous labels are here. There is direct access from two sky train stations, Chidlom and Ploenchit. It is also connected to Central Chidlom which is their flagship store.
Everything about Central Embassy oozes class & luxury, some of the many labels include Versace, Gucci, Prada, Givenchy and many more, in other words it’s way above my pay grade. 🙂
From memory according to Merryl Streep the devil wears it. A great friend of mine in Australia often refers to his wife as “The Prada Princess”, that’s ok because he can afford her expensive tastes.
Another wonderful design the Park Hyatt hotel above Central Embassy is expected to open late 2016. Central Embassy will be hoping they will bring potential customers as their traffic since opening has been disappointing.
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One last look
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When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if youUSE THIS LINKyou will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.
Long Table sky bar Bangkok is located on the 25th floor of the Colomn serviced apartments in Soi 16 Asoke. Walk in the door and this is the fabulous view of Bangkok. Obviously not as high as many of the Bangkok sky bars but still offers an incredible view of this great city. Photo credit Asia Web Direct.
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Grab a seat beside the pool
Happy hour is 5 pm to 7 pm, you get 2 for 1 drinks so two cold beers will only cost you B210.
Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok is quite fantastic, smaller perhaps than other bigger malls close by however the quality and presentation is first class.
Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok
Central has several department store branches in Bangkok, Chidlom however is their flagship store and attracts many expats and “well to do” Thai shoppers.
BBQ duck is delicious at Four Seasons
It does not get much better than this, there is another branch just up the road at the Siam Paragon.
Four Seasons Central food hall Chidlom
So many great food choices here and so little time. 🙂
Did I mention the choices?
The number of restaurant choices here is staggering, there are over 50 listed here, there are even cooking classes you can attend.
Catering for the Germans.
What a terrific display at this speciality Bavarian food stall, you just have to buy something.
The displays are so inviting
It really is a pleasure to shop or eat here, everything is presented beautifully.
The meat counter
Grab a trolley and shop till you drop. 🙂
For all you seafood lovers
A selection of salmon to die for, get your dose of amiga 3 here.
You will need some wine as well
If you can’t find something that suits you here you are just not trying. Wines from all the great regions of the world are on sale here.
Central wine celler
Many years ago in Sydney Australia I owned a liquor store, believe me it was nothing like you see here. In those days I would store my favourite reds until it was the right time to drink them and what an incredible difference that made.
The Central seven story building is dwarfed by a number of modern buildings opposite on Sukhumvit road.
Thanks for visiting my Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok photo blog. Incidentally you can walk directly into the neighbouring Central Embassy which has has one of the best cinema’s in Bangkok, plus many upmarket labels including Versace, Gucci, Prada, Givenchy and many more, in other words it’s way above my pay grade. The architecture will knock your socks of. 🙂