Bangkok never sleeps like NYC and Las Vegas. Bangkok transforms itself as the sun goes down, becoming one of the world’s most vibrant capitals. There are ladyboy shows, cabarets, go-go bars, rooftop restaurants, river cruises, nightclubs, and a lot more. The nightlife in Bangkok is a huge draw for a lot of tourists. It can be an extravagant experience, a sensory overload for many first-time visitors.
Khao San Road, Sukhumvit, Silom, and the Patpong Night Market are usually the favorites. Many believe that Bangkok nightlife is all about sex. In truth, the city offers much more.
Chao Phraya River Cruise
Food, history, and culture come together on the Chao Phraya dinner cruises every evening. You can get on board a traditional rice barge or a luxury cruiser with music and dancing. It starts at 8 in the evening and lasts for about 2 hours. A pretty hostess will greet you at the foot of the stairs and guide you to the boat of your choice. You will be traveling up the river passing through the Wat Arun temple, Grand Palace, and below the Rama VIII Bridge. The city will glow on both the banks.
Nightlife in Bangkok – Roof-Top Dining
Have a sumptuous buffet dinner on top of Thailand’s tallest building – the Baiyoke Sky Tower. This 87-floor building is an entertainment, eating, and shopping hub in the Ratchathewi district. It is very close to the Pratunam Market and Victory Monument. You will get incredible 360-degree views of the entire city from the top.
Or you can also head to the Octave Rooftop on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 57. It has a laidback lounge-like feel, which is perfect for a leisurely dinner with views. Sip a cocktail while enjoying the views. To enjoy the nightlife in Bangkok, you can visit other rooftop lounges and bars as well, like the Sky Bar or Yao in the Marriott.
Asiatique – The Riverside Mall
Asiatique is a huge open-air shopping mall, a night bazaar, and one of the most popular places to eat in Bangkok. On the banks of Chao Praya, it has more than 1500 boutiques, retail shops, and 40 restaurants. It has the longest waterfront promenade of Bangkok. You will get Bangkok’s famous street food here and also many branded restaurants. There is Muay Thai of Thai boxing, calypso cabaret, puppet theater, and shops that sell handicrafts and gadgets.
Khao San Road
Head to the Khao San Road for some of the best nightclubs in Bangkok. Lava Club, Superflow City, The Bank Club, Adhere the 13th, Tak Sura, Molly 31st, Brick Bar, and The Club are some of the best places to visit for a party. But you will often see the party extending out on the street too. Drinking and dancing on the street is very common. Buckets of booze are sold right on the street. Often called the center of the backpacking world, globetrotting young travelers come here for cheap accommodation, food, and booze. You can also get a massage on the road.
Nightlife in Bangkok – Sukhumvit Road
One of the city’s most important roads, Sukhumvit offers everything. You will find many nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, beer joints, and rooftop lounges. There are hundreds of massage parlors. Some of the biggest and best hotels in Bangkok are also located here. There is Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy, two of the most famous red-light areas in the world. Sukhumvit offers something for everyone.
Sex in Bangkok
A nightlife in Bangkok guide is never complete without its sex scene. You will find many go-go bars and strip clubs in the city, but most of them are in the famous Patpong, Nana Plaza, and Soi Cowboy areas.
The bars are usually safe with mostly friendly dancers. Sofas surround a central stage where the dancers shake to live music. Pay for a “lady drink” and some extra and you can take someone to your hotel. You will find many girls on the streets as well enticing you to enter a bar or asking you to take her to your hotel. Angelwitch, Tilac Bar, Baccara, and Billboard are some of the best places. The world’s largest red-light building is at Nana. It is spread across many floors.
If you are looking for something different, a cultural side of nightlife in Bangkok, then the Siam Niramit show is for you. It will take you on a historical and cultural journey. You will be entertained by numerous dancers, musicians, singers, and animals, showing off their world-class performance. The sound and light systems that create a backdrop, are ecstatic. The Siam Niramit show is held at Huay Kwang, which is close to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Click this link for more information on the city’s Siam Niramit show.
Patpong is a very good place for shopping as well, apart from its sex scene. You will get many cheap deals here. You can also go to the Rot Fai Market, Chatuchak Friday Night Market, and for a unique experience to the Plane Night Market. There are of course man huge malls too like the Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Terminal 21, MBK Center, Century Mall, CentralWorld, and Pantip Plaza. You will find everything – clothes, handicrafts, accessories, shoes, electronics, and more. Many of them have huge food courts as well.
Nightlife in Bangkok – Clubs and Pubs
There is no dearth of discos, clubs, lounges, and pubs in Bangkok. The dance floors are packed with cute girls and sometimes ladyboys. Khao San Road and Sukhumvit are both party hubs. Try Onyx, a European-style nightclub. The entry fee for foreigners here is around 300-400 baht, but that includes free drinks. Insanity and Sing Sing Theater are both top choices on Sukhumvit. There is also Beam, Route 66, Demo, and GLOW. They are all very good places.
If you are a jazz fan, then here are some popular places for you. Choose from the Saxophone Club, Brown Sugar, Bamboo Bar, and The Living Room.
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