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  • An immigrant from China builds a business empire
  • Rice and cement – what connection could there be?
  • First contact with the OSS
  • 3000 US$ for the whole of Patpong
  • What does a Dragon’s head have to do with it?


The Legend of

Tony Poe

  • Tony Poe, the real-life Colonel Kurtz in “Apocalypse Now” ?
  • Leader of tribes, collector of cut-off ears
  • CIA and Air America set up shop in Patpong
  • Opium trade in the Vietnam War

Todays Patpong take Form

Rick Menard +

Gogo Dancing

  • The Grand Prix Lounge + Bar opens in 1969 – the first Go-Go Bar in Asia
  • Bob Hope, Don King and Willem Dafoe and others show up – what’s the secret?
  • Patpong grows – more “naughty” shows appear
  • The inner workings of the streets and houses of Patpong

A super star falls in love with a Superstar

David Bowie

in Patpong

  • David Bowie’s legendary visit to Bangkok and Patpong in 1983
  • Did he get lost in Go-Go Land?
  • Patpong becomes a brand name, the “fun” place to visit while in Bangkok
  • The motto: Sex, Drugs and Rock + Roll
  • More Go-Go’s, bars, discos and clubs open in the now 3 streets of Patpong

Thai Style a Go-go

The Go-Go


  • The difference between Western and Thai style ‘A Go-Go’
  • The Styles of Go-Go
  • Have a drink in a replica of Bangkok’s first Go-Go Bar, “Grand Prix”
  • Go-Go girls from the 70’s to today

Patpong Deepest Secret

The XXX Side

of Patpong

  • Patpong’s dark and secret underbelly –
  • What do snakes, fish, birds and razor blades have in common?
  • Experience a kind of “Ping Pong show”