"a stopover in Bangkok. We went to the red light district"

A nighttime view of Soi Cowboy, another of Bangkok's red light districts
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA nighttime view of Soi Cowboy, another of Bangkok's red light districts - Credit: moomoobloo
 Bangkok (population 12 million) is the largest and capital city of Thailand. Its Thai name is Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning ‘city of angels’. Bangkok has been an important trading and strategic defensive city since the 15th century and is a global city in that many multinational companies have their South-East Asian headquarters there. Bangkok is also visited by thousands of tourists every year, who come to see some of its more famous sights including the Grand Palace, Wat Po (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn).

Patpong, the red light district, is another of Bangkok’s most famous sights. Home to a daily night market, the area is also synonymous with Bangkok’s thriving sex industry and markets itself, unfortunately, to Western tourists and expats. Patpong features numerous go-go bars, strip clubs, sex shows, ‘massage parlours’ and other brothel-like establishments - some of them are illegal, many not.