Just spent 10 days in Bangkok, this is a good time to go, not a hint of rain at all, stayed on Soi 4 which is where Nana Plaza is situated, good hotel called Dynasty Grande ------ which is actually on Soi 6 but you have to drive in via Soi 4.
They have a special promotion at the moment with rates starting at 1880 baht as oppose to the normal 2280 and they even upgraded me to a larger room, they were clearly not busy.
Prices are pretty much the same as a year ago but the exchange rate is the killer, currently 48.50 baht to £ ------ a few years back I was getting 71.
Local beers such as Singha and Tiger cost about £3 in the Go-Go bars and about £2 in the outside bars, some bars are cheaper during the day up until about 8pm.
NANA PLAZA ------ a few changes in the last year, the open air bars have been demolished and replaced by smaller bars, not sure why that is but there was talk of the old bars being a fire hazard.
Carousel bar on the top floor has closed down but the builders are inside and it is due to reopen under the name of “Billboard”.
SOI COWBOY ------- Some bars busy, some dead but it seems to pick up at weekends, Shark or Baccara are probably the best bars but the latter has lots of Japanese clients who have pushed up prices.
THERMAE ------- this freelancer bar is a total waste of time if you are a westerner, you will be ignored in favour of men of Asian appearance.
BEER GARDEN ---- another freelancer bar on Soi 7, some of the most unattractive women on the planet, if you like them over 30 with stretch marks then this is the place to go ------ cheap and nasty.
To be truthful I struggled to find anything that really appealed to me, had a few freelancers but I was really just going through the motions.
I met one really sweet girl on my last night, I went into one of my old favourite bars called the Golden Beer Bar in front of the Nana Hotel and right away this girl caught my eye, dressed OK, lovely smile and even spoke reasonable English, I soon paid her barfine and we strolled back to my hotel about 5 minutes away --------- had I met her on night one it could have been a very expensive holiday, sometimes things work out for the best.
If you are on a tight budget you might do better to avoid Bangkok and head for Pattaya.
Claims to be 25 years old and I have no reason to disbelieve her.