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Nana Plaza Bangkok sex sin sleaze

December 15, 2014 by David Herd

Sex in the city

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Nana Plaza Bangkok 

Nana Plaza Bangkok sex sin sleaze it’s all there. I have been a frequent visitor for 20 years & have seen the LadyBoy population rise from 10% to around 40% today. This does not suit me at all, give me the sexy young girls any day. 🙂

Was Lollipop, now Suckers

Nana Plaza Bangkok

I prefer the name Lollipop but I guess they are now referring to the people who enter the premises. 🙂

Here is the name a few months ago

Nana Plaza Bangkok

This post is going to show you the old and the new Nana Plaza Bangkok

 Nana Plaza Bangkok

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Nana Plaza Bangkok seems to be forever changing not always for the better. In fact Soi Cowboy is more spectacular and the girls seem friendlier, the downside is that it is more expensive.

December 2014 with friends

Nana Plaza Bangkok

I like to stay at the Dynasty Hotel which happens to be only 40 meters from Nana Plaza so it is a very convenient drinking spot for me. In the photo above is Bow, Matt Harkness and Roland Bonnici.

The Plaza comes alive after 9 pm

Nana Plaza Bangkok

The later it gets the busier it becomes.

Entrance from Soi 4 to Nana Plaza Bangkok

Nana Plaza Bangkok

The plaza does not look too appealing in daylight.


Nana Plaza Bangkok

Nana Plaza Bangkok is square-shaped, with a single opening on the west side, and consists of a ground floor and two additional floors. It started as a restaurant area in the late 1970s. During the early 1980s, a few go-go bars appeared and gradually replaced the restaurants. The composition of the bars has changed over the past few years; the last non-go-go bar, the Woodstock Pub, was sold in 2005 to the Rainbow Group and reopened as “Rainbow 4.” A few bars offer a more pub-like or beer bar format without dancing; as of late-2009 only the Cathouse remained. Three short-time hotels operate on the top floor. Short-time hotels rent out rooms by the hour or more to the NEP patrons to take a bargirl (or kathoey) for commercial sex. Most bar girls working at bars in Nana Plaza are willing to leave with customers upon payment of a bar fine.

Spellbound is now Bangkok Bunnies

Nana Plaza Bangkok

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.

My favourite Nana plaza girl

Nana Plaza Bangkok 

Her name in Phung but to me she will always be Cleopatra. I met her at the Plaza in 2001 and for the next 7 or 8 years each time I would visit Bangkok I would look her up. She left the Plaza 3 or 4 years ago and I believe she now lives with a guy in Europe.

Kathoeys or LadyBoys

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Most bars in Nana Plaza do not employ kathoeys, but several do so exclusively. As of mid-2013, these venues are Obsession, Voodoo (ground floor), Casanova, Temptations (middle floor), Carnival and Cascades (top floor). With the exception of Voodoo which exclusively employs post-op kathoeys, the staff at the remainder are almost all “pre-operation”, in contrast to the kathoey bars in Patpong. A number of post-op kathoeys can be found at other bars managed by the Crown Group, namely Lollipop,Hollywood Rock, Fantasia, and G-Spot as well as the independently run Erotica.

Here is Cleo in June 2006

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Hard to believe 10 years has flashed by.

September 2006

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Nana Plaza Bangkok with some Australian friends in 2006, from the left is Tony Murphy, David Herd (me) John Sinclair & Brian Rawnsley.

Sinclair has a black list.

Nana Plaza Bangkok There are quite a few of us on s black lit so I thought I would design a shirt in appreciation. 🙂

 More friends at Nana in 2008

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Good friends Nick & Sharon from the Gold Coast and Rod Perrin from the NSW central coast who lived in Pattaya. RIP

Here is a quick video from 2008

Nana Plaza 1999

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Poor quality photos from the early digital cameras.

Nana Plaza 1999

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Very different now in December 2015.

 Nana Plaza 1997

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Nineteen years ago and nothing much has changed.

 Gorgeous girls in Nana Plaza 1997

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Nana Plaza in my opinion was much better in the 90s.

My gorgeous Jane

Nana Plaza Bangkok

  I met Jane in Nana Plaza Bangkok in 1999  and I took her to Pattaya and Koh Samui.

Here is beautiful Cleo saying goodbye

Nana Plaza Bangkok

I have great memories of time spent with Cleo.

Hooters arrives in Nana

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Right opposite Nana Plaza Hooters on December 23rd 2015, it may prove to be a little too expensive for the Soi 4 Nana Cheap Charlie’s.

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The entrance to Nana Plaza, Hooters and the Hillary bar.

This photo says it all. 🙂

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Quintessential Nana Plaza. Here is the my history over the last 20 years.

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.

Nana Plaza Bangkok

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

Check out this link to see the surrounding area.


Well you have now seen the old and the new Nana Plaza Plaza Bangkok, thanks for visiting.



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Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

September 3, 2013 by David Herd

I love living in Pattaya

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resortFun city Pattaya Thailand resort with my English friend Bill Austin, where else in the world are you going to find these terrific VW cocktail cars? Pattaya is a city of extremes, anything your heart desires is available here, from fabulous five star hotels & restaurants to down & dirty backstreet beer bars offering sex drugs & rock & roll. OK, so we admit there is sex in the city but there is so much more to this wonderful seaside resort, four million tourists each year can’t be wrong. Only 90 minutes south of Bangkok airport and thousands of miles from stress. Just ask this guy in the photo below. 

No stress on Pattaya beach

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

This guy really does not look comfortable.

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Looking north toward Wongamat

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Pattaya beach leaves a lot to be desired, too many umbrellas & deck chairs cover most of the sand, very cheap to hire them, only 30 Baht or $1 each. They cost 3 times more in Phuket. At least there is sand on the beach unlike Europe where they prefer pebbles. 😆  Just remember what you have probably already read in the press, hiring a jet ski is flirting with danger, 80% of the operators are running scams, when you return the ski they will claim you have damaged it and try to extort huge sums of money from you. Sadly many police are part of these scams as well, they will pretend they are on your side and negotiate the asking price down from say 60,000 Baht ($2,000) to 20,000 Baht, in Thailand unfortunately they have turned corruption into an art form. However it is no worse than Indonesia, India or Brazil, so just be careful.

Life really is a beach

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

It is low tide and the Thai lad is chatting up the Russian babe, sorry pal I really don’t like your chances of success, but give it your best shot.

Here is my live webcam from my balcony overlooking Pattaya beach in Thailand.

Super low tide in Pattaya  Pattaya beach

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

The beach looks great at low tide.

Thousand of people flock to the boatsFun city Pattaya Thailand resort 

  Every day thousands of tourists prove this really is fun city Pattaya, para sailing and trips to the nearby islands are bar far the most popular tourist activities. Sadly in 2013 4 people have died para sailing, due to irresponsible boat drivers, many of whom are unlicensed.  

Para Sailing in Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort 

They buzz around like mosquitoes. 

Motorised kite

Beautiful Pattaya sunset

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

The view of Pattaya bay from my balcony.

Amazing sunset

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort  Another amazing sunset from the balcony of my Markland condo, it is almost like the photo is split in two parts.  

Thai street kitchen in Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

  The Thai people are very enterprising, they will set up their little business anywhere, if the police move them on they just set up around the corner.  

 Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort 

  Pattaya is not just beaches, bars & restaurants, there are lots of great attractions for all the family. Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens is a great day out. You can ride an elephant here and even see them playing football.  

Bath time for the baby elephant.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

He is loving every minute.

Siracha Tiger Zoo

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Siracha Tiger Zoo is only 30 kilometres north of Pattaya, it is very good value with a 180 Baht entry fee for locals.


Riding on Baht bus in Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort 

  Pattaya has a great transport system called Baht busses.  You pay only 10 Baht (40 cents) and press the button when you want to get off.  There are hundreds of them so you never wait any longer than a minute or two.  

Phoenix Golf Club Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

A huge disadvantage when playing golf in fun city Pattaya is being guided by beautiful caddies, it is compulsory to have them accompany you, isn’t that a real downer? OK, so they are not all beautiful like these two, however having them with you makes your bad shots seem unimportant.  😛

Ok, lets get back to the beach.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

If you look closely and are not distracted, you will see the great lounges for hire at the beach club which is at the Pullman hotel in Wongamat. If you are anything like me you will say “what lounges”?

Sunset in Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

    Pattaya sunsets are quite amazing.

Centara Grand Mirage Hotel Pattaya.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 One of the many luxury five star hotels in Pattaya, the grounds here are like the lost city of Atlantis.  

Naklua fish market.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 Here is my friend John “Pothole” Martin buying 4 live fish for $18, they scale & gut them then pack them in ice for the trip home.  

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I do not shop here for my food.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

The photo above is at one of Pattaya’s fresh food markets, be sure about two things, there is no refrigeration here, and the Thai people eat anything and everything. 😆 Now I guarantee the pork knuckle below did not come from this market. It is about to be demolished by Muay Thai World Champion Nathan Corbett, who is here in Pattaya training at Fairtex gym for his next bout in Chicago on October 12th against Tyrone Sprong from the Netherlands.


Nathan Corbett versus Pork Knuckle.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Nathan was  Muay Thai world champion 11 times in 3 weight divisions.  

My friend Trevor training hard.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 This is my friend Trevor still training hard at 50 years of age, his passion however is golf & he plays off a handicap of 4.


The famous Thai Lady-Boys

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 Thailand is famous for Lady-boys, here is my friend Joan Baptiste from England with two of the performers from Alcazar cabaret in 2nd Rd Pattaya.


Lady-Boy, you can’t be serious?

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 My two friends from Australia had their photo taken with the most beautiful Lady-Boy I have ever seen in the 37 years I have been coming to Pattaya.


                          Beach Road pattaya

  Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 Every morning without fail I walk 25 minutes on Beach Rd, have breakfast & read the Bangkok Post, sometimes I walk back, sometimes I catch the Baht bus. 😎


A beautiful towel draped over the lounge, see more here.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

 What a lovely towel draped over the lounge, I hope I can find the store where she bought it. Sorry folks but this bis a post about Pattaya, so I must promote the mood & pulse of the city.  😆

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Foot massage.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

This lovely girl with the big smile is Jane, she gives me about 4 foot massages every week, $8 per hour, priceless. Sadly she has left & had a baby.

Pedicure from lovely Boom

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort


 My pedicure & haircut specialist.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya


Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here

Against the traffic on a busy one way street.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

This is a classic way to travel to work on busy Beach Rd Pattaya. Against the traffic on a one way street, nothing surprises me here.

Use this link for great hotel room rates near Beach road.

Walking St, famous worldwide.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

Here is my latest photo blog on Walking St 2016.

Hooters arrives

Hooters Pattaya opening night

New Years Eve 2015 and Hooters arrives in Pattaya.

That’s all folks, thanks for visiting, good hotel deals here.

Fun city Pattaya Thailand resort

here we are at Gulliver’s on Beach Rd enjoying a cold beer.

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  The above video captures the essence of Pattaya when 4 English guys arrive for a holiday in January 2013, naturally I had to play tour guide.    Well folks, many thanks for visiting my fun city pattaya photo blog, which is now my home town, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoy living here. Please send the link to friends

As you can see there is a lot more to Fun City Pattaya than you see in the travel brochures.



Pattaya – Hua Hin Mini Van


If you are in Pattaya and want to go to Hua Hin there is now a daily minivan service, they have offices in Pattaya, Hua Hin and Cha Am, for Hua Hin the mini van leaves at 8:00, 10:00, 12:00 and takes 4 hours to get to Hua Hin, priced at only 400baht. The Pattaya office is on South Pattaya Road, if your heading towards Sukhumvit road go over 3rd Road and past Soi Ko Pai/ Soi Bongkot and it’s on the left hand side at soi 10, which is around 300 meters or more from Sukhumvit Road. Pattaya Office 088 709 2365 Hua Hin Office 088 709 2364 Cha Am Office 089 254 1399 Bus leaves Pattaya 8:00, 10:00, 12:00

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As of late 2015 there is now a tour bus to Hui Hin from the bust station daily at 11 am for B400.
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 Here are a bunch of my English friends having a ball in Pattaya in January 2013. I’m sure months later they are still smiling.

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This is a fairly typical Pattaya Soi when you move a few blocks inland from Beach Rd. Between Soi Buakhao & 3rd Rd.

Here is my post on Phuket LadyBoys in 2005.


Here is a little back street beer bar.


Street food in Pattaya


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