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The World’s Largest NON-Adult Playground

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I was at an event on Thursday night at Nana Plaza’s newest bar, Twister BKK, that was something I’d never seen before at a go-go bar in The World’s Largest Playground.

It was a DJ “show” for the want of a better description. Big screen, stage, coyotes and a couple of guys doing their thing on the decks and mic. The dancers, staff and those who attended to see the “show” couldn’t get enough of it.

Me, after taking care of what I had to do, well, I ended up sat at the outside bar watching the world go by which is when I had a thought on the future of Nana Plaza.

Could it become The World’s Largest NON-Adult Playground in years to come?

The World's Largest NON-Adult Playground

The event at Twister BKK wasn’t appealing to your traditional Nana punter. This was for Thais which was obvious as I watched a group of 12 younger western guys walk in only to leave within minutes. It wasn’t what they were looking for or expecting to see. Much like many of the other customers looking for eye candy or company for the night who left for pastures new in the hour I was watching.

As I looked around, I thought the Nana Beer Garden is a decent place to meet and hang out. The soon to be renamed Short Time bar owners had touted bringing in craft beers to do something different. There’s a couple of pool tables outside the bottom end of Twister BKK that were busy the entire time I was there.

Between the nightclub style event, the courtyard bar, craft beers, pool… toss in a couple of places to eat and Nana Plaza could easily become a mainstream entertainment zone.

Sure, some bars, such as Spanky’s and Angelwitch who put on decent shows every night could still survive without the naughty element to keep visitors to The World’s Largest NON-Adult Playground entertained – with a cover charge of course.

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I shared my thoughts with Gav The Gaffer who was aghast at my musings for the future but we are living in changing times and the demographic of visitors to Nana Plaza is very different to what it was just 5 years ago. Last night alone I must have seen at least 100 western woman, some in groups of just girls, others with their boyfriends and husbands.

The naughty nightlife business is definitely not what it once was for many reasons including technology, the world economy and the people choosing Thailand for a holiday destination not looking for ladies of the night.

Yes, tourists want to see what Bangkok is famous for but the vast majority just want a look without partaking much the same as the expats calling the capital home who are a very different bunch to those who were living here 10 years ago.

I don’t have a crystal ball and could be wandering down the wrong road with this but one thing is for sure, change is inevitable and a non-naughty Plaza is not such a ridiculous idea.

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Khaosan Is Killing It

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A stroll down Khaosan Road at 10PM on Friday night would have anyone thinking that everything in Bangkok is back to normal post-Covid.

And it was. At least after 9 at night.

busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

Street full, bars bouncing, drinks flowing, music pumping, hawkers galore, elephant pants aplenty.

The customers were 50% Thai, and 50% foreigners, most of whom were tourists but not what you’d see on Sukhumvit right now.

The overwhelming majority of visitors were farangs.

Lots of families, young couples, groups of guys and gals in their 20s enjoying all this backpacker paradise has to offer.

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But here’s the kicker – there weren’t very many “real” backpackers about.

Everyone was well-dressed (ignore the elephant pants fad), showered, looking good and not skrimping on the abundance of cheap drink deals on offer.

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Large bottles of beer ranged from 80b to 150b with 120b the most popular price pick for bars and even then many do buy 3 get 1 free making that 360b for four big bottles.

Who can complain about that? It’s a steal.

busy khaosan road bangkok july 2022

Gas and grass are also big business with locals and tourists sucking it up and in until sunrise in some places as there is a different approach from police and authorities in this part of town when it comes to getting things back on track after two years of nothing.

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Not everywhere is open all night but plenty of places are on both Khaosan Road itself and round the corner on Soi Rambuttri with the party still going in some at 4AM.

Even at this late hour, the crowd is still a mix of locals and tourists.

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When you do realise all is not as it was before Thailand closed down is during the day.

Pre-covid Khaosan was fairly busy in daylight hours with stragglers wandering around and tourists looking lost not knowing what to do or where to go but that right now is missing.

Lots of the shops on surrounding streets are still closed making the place look far from normal – that is, until after dark.

Everything will take time but for now, Khaosan Road is killing it at least at night and long may it continue on the road to recovery.

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All Quiet On The Bangkok Front

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After a 5-day long weekend work was a killer yesterday and things have been slow around here as there really isn’t much going on right now in Bangkok to talk about.

There are definitely more tourists about but not vast numbers that some silly news outlets would lead you to believe there are. And about half are from India.

All Quiet On The Bangkok Front

Expats just seem to be going through the motions doing what they do week in, week out.

If you have something to share with us that we’re missing out on shoot us an email at stickboybangkok@gmail.com so we can check it out.

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