American Splendor

It may be hidden from prying eyes off Sukhumvit Soi 22, but Bangkok's Washington Square is a compact slice of Americana lost in space and time. If you're in the Thai capital and happen to need a fix of bourbon and Johnny Cash tunes—or a quiet spot to chow down fried chicken amid Jim Beam and Burma Shave signage—then you've found your mecca.

Washington Square's genesis dates back to the 1980s, when its collection of raucous bars, women and cheap accommodation drew hordes of U.S. expatriates and adventurers, including many former servicemen who had chosen never to return...

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