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 in Bangkok.
Birth of the fourth child of Poon Pat, a son called Udom.
Poon Pat co-founds Siam Cement.
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.
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 with a teak villa on the edge of Bangkok for 3000 US Dollars – Patpong.
Luang Patpongpanich passes away. Udom inserts the family business and starts constructing shophouses in the area.
Udom persuades major foreign companies to move into the Patpong area. Caltex, Shell, Air France are just some of them.
Mizu kitchen, Patpong’s first restaurant, opens.
Jim Thompson founds the Thai Silk Company right across Patpong road.
Tony Poe (Anthony A. Poshepny), from Long Beach,Ca. joins SEA Supply, a CIA front company operating out of Patpong, Bangkok, supplying arms to Chinese Kuomintang Nationalists in Burma.
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 Patpaong.
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 of Air America pilots.
Tony Poe is training Hmong tribesmen to fight the Nort Vietnamese and Pathet Lao. Starts 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.
The Mississippi Queen Go-Go Bar opens in Patpong, followed by many others in short time.
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.
Tony Poe retires and stays in Thailand with his Hmong wife. His story becomes part of the Colonel Kurtz character in “Apocalypse Now”.
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”.
David Bowie visits Bangkok to hold a concert. He films his entire “Ricochet” video in the Superstar Go-Go bar in Patpong, and also seem to have got lost in the cheers of Patpong for a while.
Jean Claude Van Damme films the intro for his “Kickboxer” movie on Patpong Road.
The musical “Miss Saigon” is released.
The Night Market opens up on the sidewalks during the evening and night 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.