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Nana Plaza ~  Nana Entertainment Plaza  is a 3 storey red light district in Bangkok, which is said to be the largest sex complex in the world. It is located on Sukhumvit Road Soi 4 in Khlong Toei District it is opposite the Nana Hotel, within walking distance of the BTS Sky Train's Nana Station. The name originates from the Nana family ( with Lek Nana the most prominent member ) who own much of the property in the area and still has much influence in Thailand.

The Plaza is like a square, with a single opening on the western side, and consists of a ground floor and two additional floors. The area was re modernised a few years ago. However it still looks a mess. It started as a restaurant area in the late 1970’s. During the early 1980’s a few go go bars appeared and gradually replaced the restaurants.  

A few bars offer a more pub like or beer bar format without dancing. 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 bar girl  for commercial sex. Most bar girls working at bars in Nana Plaza are willing to leave with customers on payment of a bar fine. This is the place that determines what visitors to Bangkok think about it as a whole.

There are three areas like this around Bangkok, Nana plaza, Patpong and Soi Cowboy. Many capital and large cities around the world are the same. They all have their red light districts. This will never change, no matter what law is passed.

Not all places around Nana are bad or sordid. I stayed many times in hotels around here because its so central. Sukhumvit Soi 4 is where most of the bars are and where many visitors head to play pool or drink beer or just for good food.

Soi 10 , you will find a small park called  Chuvit Garden also known as Chuwit Park. It was created in 2006 by Chuwit Kamolvisit who owns the area. The block was formerly known as Sukhumvit Square. The park is open to the public daily from 08:00 to 10:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.

Soi 12, you will find the famous Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant. Odd name I know but a very worth while charity is based around it. The PDA uses the profit from its restaurants and hotel near Pattaya to promote awareness of birth control, family planning and sex education along with HIV awareness. The Population and Community Development Association ( PDA ) was founded in 1974 as a non-governmental organization with the initial aim to compliment the efforts of the Royal Thai Government in promoting family planning in Thailand, especially in areas where knowledge and access to services were scarce.

Bangkok, Khlong Toei District