Soi Cowboy as it appears today
Originally called Soi Gold Label after its first bar (opened in the mid 1970’s)
The Gold Label was regarded as the first real bar catering to foreigners on the street . It was also the first go go bar on the Soi.
Soi Cowboy as it used to be.
In 1977 a retired airman TG Edwards opened his first bar and ended up owning a couple of bars and a restaurant on the street. Sadly Edwards lost everything in a divorce battle with his Thai wife and ended up dying a poor man.
TG Edwards wearing the hat that started it all
He was often seen wearing his signature cowboy hat but it was the legendary columnist Bernard Trink who is responsible for coining the name Soi Cowboy. it stuck and Soi Gold label became known as Soi Cowboy and the rest as they say is history.
The Legendary Bernard Trink in 1960’s
Original bars included Fanny’s, Dolls House and Midnight Bar..see if you can spot them on them on the tour.
‘Nuff said’ – as Bernard Trink would say!
We hope you enjoy the tour.