The Five Star Vagabond

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Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

September 8, 2016 by David Herd

Turn the clock back to 1997

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace


 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.

August 1999


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.

Lovely Jane


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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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



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.

Straps on the 1st floor.

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace


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.

Jane old friend

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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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

Sinclairs black list 1


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.

The original

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace


Back when Nana Plaza was a shopping centre. Photo credit BeenToBangkok.

Here is the action at the Nana Plaza entrance

Hooters Bangkok Nana Plaza

This is Beer

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace


 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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

Not so long ago Suckers was Lollipop and Bangkok Bunnies was Spellbound.

Before it was big Lollipop

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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)

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace


Of course this is another bar that has long since disappeared. However you have to admit she sure was pretty. 🙂

Pretty Lady Bar

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

Was one of the bars located where Suckers & Bangkok Bunnies are now.

2009 at the Pretty Lady Bar

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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. 🙂

Landmark Hotel



Virtually next door to Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace is the five star Landmark hotel.

For a great hotel rate in Bangkok just book through this link.

As we have said already, nothing stays the same


It used to be Spellbound, now Bangkok Bunnies.

Bangkok Bunnies


 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.

Nana Plaza Bangkok sexy bars

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.

Nana Plaza Bangkok 2008

December 2015


My friend Hamish Elton & I kick off the night at Big Dogs in Nana Plaza.

2004 at Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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.

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace


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.

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