Tun Phu, founder of the Patpong dynasty, is born in Hainan, China. His family moves to Siam (Thailand).
Tun Phu changes his name to Poon Pat and marries a Thai woman in Bangkok.
Birth of the fourth child of Poon Pat, a son called Udom.
Poon Pat co-founds Siam Cement Company.
King Prajadhipok of Thailand bestows an honorary title to Poon Pat, who becomes Luang Patpongpanich.
Udom attends the London School of Economics and later the University of Minnesota from 1940-1945.
Udom Patpongpanich receives training by the OSS first at Fort Benning in Georgia and later in Sri Lanka by Jim Thompson before being deployed to Thailand.
The Patponpanich family buys a banana plantation on Silom Rd with a teak villa on the edge of Bangkok for 3000 US Dollars .
Luang Patpongpanich passes away. Udom takes over the family business and starts constructing shophouses & office buildings in the area.
Udom persuades major foreign companies to move into the Patpong area. Caltex, Shell, Air France are just a few of them.
Jim Thompson founds the Thai Silk Company on the nearby Surawong road.
Tony Poe (Anthony A. Poshepny), from Long Beach,Ca. joins SEA Supply, a CIA front company in Bangkok, supplying arms to Chinese Kuomintang Nationalists in Burma.
Mizu kitchen, Patpong’s first restaurant, opens.
Tony Poe is awarded the Intelligence Star medal for his training and inspiration of Asian paramilitary troops.
Patpong becomes the Central Business District of Bangkok – by day. By night, it morphs into an entertainment district
The Vietnam war results in the first American soldiers coming to Bangkok for R&R. Air America and other CIA operations set up shop in Patpong.
Rick Menard leaves the US military after fighting in Vietnam and moves to Thailand, where he is introduced to Udom Patpongpanich.
The Madrid bar opens, quickly becoming a favorite haunt for C.I.A agents & Air America pilots.
Tony Poe is training Hmong tribesmen to fight the North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao communists. Poe and his fighters begin cutting off ears of killed combatants.
Rick Menard opens the Grand Prix Lounge + Bar as a sports bar with dancers in Patpong – Bangkok’s (and Asia’s) first Go-Go Bar.
Air America (allegedly) helps smuggle opium out of Laos. Tony Poe, disillusioned, is extracted from Laos and stays in Thailand, to train more fighters.
Patpong spills from Patpong Soi 1 (today’s market) to Patpong Soi 2. The upstairs bars start offering naughtier shows, including nudity – and soon more.
People from all around the world start coming to Patpong, among them many celebrities.
The Mississippi Queen Go-Go Bar opens in Patpong, followed by many others in short time.
Tony Poe retires and stays in Thailand with his Hmong wife. His story becomes part of the Colonel Kurtz character in “Apocalypse Now”.
Charles Sobhraj and his fiancé Marie Leclerc live in Kanit House on Soi Sala Daeng, and frequently visit Patpong and it’s bars, on some occasions even with their victims.
Patpong features prominently in the Oscar-winning movie “The Deer Hunter”. All street signs were painted over in Vietnamese for the shoot of the famous bar scene in the “Mississippi Queen”.
Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken starred in the Deer Hunter movie. The bar scene was filmed in Patpong’s legendary Mississippi Queen.
David Bowie visits Bangkok to hold a concert. He films his “Ricochet” video in Bangkok, including a scene in the Superstar Go-Go bar in Patpong.
Jean Claude Van Damme films the introduction to his “Kickboxer” movie on Patpong Road.
The Encounter Bay Ship is seized and 72 tons of Thai marijuana is confiscated by the U.S. coast guard. The owners of Patpong’s Superstar bar are arrested and pleaded guilty.
The musical “Miss Saigon” is released.
The Night Market opens up in the evening hours on Patpong Soi 1.
Parts of the movie “Beautiful Boxer” about the transgender kickboxing (Muay Thai) champion Parinya Charoenphol are filmed in Patpong.
Patpong becomes one (of three) designated “entertainment zones” in Bangkok, allowing its bars to stay open longer.
The opening sequence for the documentary “Whores Glory” by Michael Glawogger is filmed in Black Pagoda.
The Patpong Museum opens its doors, celebrating the long history of one of Thailand’s most iconic places.
Patpong Museum wins the Museum Thailand award as best local and community museum
Patpong Museum wins TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Visitors Award as top 10% attraction worldwide.