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WoWasis Book review: ‘38 Million Dollar Smile’ / ‘Bangkok Free Fall’ by Richard Stevenson

Richard Stevenson is the nom de plume of Richard Lipez, an American author best known for his series of novels involving the world of private eye Don Strachey. Here at WoWasis, we’re always looking at new twists on the Bangkok Fiction genre. The ‘bar girl meets western man’ theme has been covered in dozens of […]

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WoWasis visits sex fetish bar, ‘BarBar’ in Bangkok

Note: We here at WoWasis field all sorts of questions about Asia. Many of them are about entertainment options and Bangkok always heads the list. We’ve gotten several queries recently about fetish and S&M activities in Bangkok, so we thought we’d go right to the source, by interviewing Barbara, who manages BarBar, a noted fetish […]

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Pa Farang on My old Bangkok haunts are going away. What’s happening?

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: My old Bangkok haunts are going away. What’s happening? Dear Pa Farang, Hi there–greetings from the US. I used to live in Bangkok 1989-1990 on Soi Polo off of Wireless Road. There was a fantastic streetside restaurant there that did fantastic grilled […]

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Farewell to Bangkok’s Washington Square by Dean Barrett

One of Bangkok’s most treasured entertainment zones, Washington Square on Sukhumvit, has been plowed under. It was a haven for GIs, spooks, writers, oil workers, and drinkers. Bangkok author Dean Barrett has written a fine tribute to Washington Square, reprinted here as it appeared in the April, 2013 issue of After Dark Magazine.             Molly […]

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Thai Teens’ pregnancy rate appears to be uncontrollable, feeding Bangkok’s bar scene

In our tours around Bangkok’s night spots, we here at WoWasis has noted that seemingly a majority of the city’s bar girls are young mothers. In an article published by Reuters this week, the situation appears to be accelerating. The article reports that “even though the overall birthrate is dropping, teen births are on the […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee’s Three Reasons to be wary of “dating” a bar girl

I was chatting with a friend the other day and he happened to mention that he was “dating” a gal who works in a Nana Plaza go-go bar. It is needless to say that one doesn’t “date” such a gal, but merely pays a certain amount of money for a certain amount of time and […]

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Bangkok’s Nana Plaza sex emporium good for another 10 years now that master lease has been renewed

To the relief of millions of punters worldwide, Bangkok’s Nana Entertainment Plaza has had its master lease renewed for another ten years. This three story atrium boasts dozens of go-go and beers bars, to go along with five ladyboy bars. In short, there’s something here for everyone. Prior to the signing of the lease, there […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on great-looking Thai women and bad-smelling foreigners

One of the things I really enjoy about living in Paradise is the lack of the political correctness that is so pervasive in the west.  It really is refreshing to be able to make an observation about others without having to become the victim of the PC brigade.  I can remember being on the sky […]

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The tuk-tuk driver took me on a wild goose chase in Bangkok

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: The tuk-tuk driver took me on a wild goose chase  Dear Pa Farang, I agreed to pay a tuk-tuk driver 50 baht to go to a temple. Instead, he drove us around to two different gem shops.you to gem shops, and finally […]

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WoWasis Book review: Timothy Hallinan’s ‘The Fear Artist’

In his latest book, The Fear Artist (2012, ISBN 978-1-61695-112-2), veteran Bangkok Fiction writer Timothy Hallinan sure knows how to make a reader feel that he or she is in Bangkok:  The soi itself is almost as featureless as the stucco wall: a thin seam of asphalt too narrow for two cars, framed by a […]

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