Bangkok GoGo Bars
Bangkok is in(famous) for its nightlife since many decades. Best known is the Patpong area, which is going strong now for more than 30 years. Also being around for about two decades is Soi Cowboy, a long time favorite of long term expatriates. The last ten years we witnessed the rise of Nana Plaza.
Patpong is located at Silom Road, while the other main a go go bar areas are all located on Sukhumvit Road.
The above entertainment areas all cater to tourists and expatriates living in Bangkok. While local men occasionally visit, especially at Soi Cowboy, they are in general discouraged from entering the area (barowners and bargirls want to avoid trouble with them, and between them and foreign customers). There is a go go entertainment area that caters to Thai men at Saphaan Kwaai, where foreigners are allowed to visit but seldom do.
Patpong: world famous since decades. Is on the program of most tourists during their first visit to the place. Many bars around, the main group being the King group bars. The main street is occupied by numerous vendors, an added attraction for tourists. Definitively interesting place to visit, drinks are reasonable, girls somewhat expensive (see later). Patpong is located at at beginning of Silom Road .
Soi Cowboy: has been around for a long time, with ups and downs. Generally speaking somewhat more laid back than the other areas. Caters to both tourists and long term residents. Many of the latter seem to prefer this place. More easy to just have a beer and observe the action, than the other places, where the girls tend to be more active. Many small bars in this area however, where you can find quiet some action too. Soi Cowboy is close to the Asoke Road-Sukhumvit Road intersection. It runs parallel to Sukhumvit Road and consist of a street 300 meters long in between Asoke road and Sukhumvit soi 23.
Nana Plaza: the rising star the last few years, at the expense of both Patpong and Soi Cowboy. Three floors of bars built around a central open space. Lately becoming more expensive, with the highest consumption prices of all the entertainment areas (though not in all bars). Nana Plaza is located at Sukhumvit soi 4.