Nana Plaza (formerly Nana Entertainment Plaza) is next to Soi Cowboy probably one of the most famous complex for adult entertainment. It’s situated on Sukhumvit Soi 4 close to BTS station Nana.
Clubs & Hotels at Nana Plaza
At the time of writing this post Nana Plaza houses a little more than 30 different strip clubs on three stories, most of them being mixed, meaning that besides women also ladyboys can be seen on stage.
Eight of them are kathoey (ladyboy) bars. For those of you who haven’t been to Bangkok, or Thailand for that matter, before, it might probably be hard to recognise ladyboys, since most of them look like normal women. Not to be confused with transvestite women, ladyboys are transgender.
It’s worth mentioning that there are a total of around 18 “genders” in Thailand, differentiating based on how a person dresses/appears and which kind of person they are interested in. But I may right about that in another post someday.
So back to topic… besides the mentioned stripclubs Nana Plaza is also home to a couple of short time hotels, which rent rooms by the hour to customers who rent out one (or more) of the girls for sexual services. This usually involves paying a so called “bar fine” as well as paying the girl for her services.
Location & Reachability
As mentioned Nana Plaza is situated at the beginning of Sukhumvit Soi 4, about 300 metres away from BTS station Nana, making the BTS or so called “Sky Train” the easiest way to reach Nana Plaza without being scammed by Taxi or TukTuk drivers.
Thanks to intersections between MRT, BTS and Airport Link it shouldn’t be to hard to find your way. If you are insecure or simply prefer to drive by car I’d recommend using Uber or Grab. It’s going to cost more than public transportation and even a bit more than a regular taxi but you can be sure that you are not being scammed and that you actually have a decent commute getting to Nana Plaza, since MRT and BTS can be quite crowded depending on the time of the day.
POIs in the Area
If you are staying near Nana Plaza or simply want a change of venue, you may want to checkout one of the many other bars situated at Sukhumvit Soi 4.
Other than that you maybe want to check out Sukhumvit Soi 11 which can be reached by foot in five to ten minutes. Simply turn right when entering Sukhumvit Road from Soi 4. So existing Nana Plaza you just have to turn right twice, and cross the street at BTS Nana station.
And if that’s not enough I recommend wandering a round a bit on Sukhumvit Road as there are many Sois with different bars and restaurants worth checking out.
Nana Plaza Review
I haven’t been to a lot of strip clubs in my life, but still I’ve had my share and I have to say personally I consider visiting Nana Plaza a total waste of time, but a must-see for every first time visitor. The clubs are packed with girls who are just dancing (I’m not sure if you can actually may call it that) without any emotion. Depending on the club customers are approached more or less aggressively to buy ladydrinks, and on top of that most of the girls are average looking in my opinion. So unless you are already drunk or just don’t care what the girls look like there are many better locations to spent your time at, while you are in Bangkok. But again, I do believe that as a tourist Nana Plaza is one of the must see locations, even if it’s just for one beer in one of the 30+ clubs.
Last but not least, as always I’d like to know your take on things. Have you already been to Thailand and visited Nana Plaza? Would you go there again? And if so, why?
I’m looking forward to your opinions.