Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is filled with sparkling shrines and exciting street life. It’s one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and recently has been winning plenty of awards confirming that it’s a must-see city. There’s plenty to explore, including Buddhist temples like Wat Pho, museums such as the Bangkok National Museum, and loads of markets including the famous Taling Chan Floating Market. And for those who prefer to see the city after the sun’s gone down, you’ll be pleased to know it has a thriving nightlife scene. From party hotels and hotels with a rooftop bar to night markets to clubs, there’s plenty to do well into the wee hours of the morning. We’ve compiled some of our favourite and best areas for nightlife in Bangkok, Thailand. So read on and explore the options.
Shopping in Bangkok can never be more luxurious than Siam Area. This neighbourhood is home to some of the biggest upscale malls in the city, like Siam Discovery, Siam Center, and Siam Paragon. This district is where you’ll find a few luxurious nightlife hangouts, too. Gourmet Bar right inside Novotel serves handcrafted drinks by expert mixologists. Heaven Bangkok, on the other hand, has a mix of everything: hip restaurants, laid-back entertainment venues, and contemporary bars. If you want to splurge for a night, you know the place to go.
Designated as an entertainment zone by the government, Royal City Avenue or RCA is a street filled with bars and clubs. Seven nights a week the area is filled with 20-somethings looking to let loose and party the night away. There are plenty of venues to chose from. If you like a wild party, you must stop at the legendary Route 66 Nightclub. This large venue close to Bangkok’s nightlife area has multiple rooms to cater to a wide range of music tastes. If you prefer a nice drink without the loud music, head to Cocktail, where you can order a drink from award-winning mixologists known for their behind-the-bar flair. Or head to the Proud Market to indulge in a wide range of street food, from curries to kebabs and steaks to crab.
Sukhumvit Road is Thailand’s longest road and is the ultimate Bangkok nightlife street, with plenty of bars and clubs to two red light districts. Start your night off at Octave, a rooftop bar offering a 360-degree view of Bangkok. sits on the 45th floor of the Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and has plenty of seats so you can relax and watch the sunset with a drink. Then head to Beam nightclub, a dance club with a focus on house and techno music. With a great sound system and a laser light show, you’re sure to have a blast dancing the night away. And if you’re feeling a bit naughty, head to one of the go-go bars in the red light districts.
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Located near central Bangkok, Huai Khwang is a district that’s easily accessed by public transport and is one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok for nightlife. It’s a place with plenty of restaurants and shops, so there are loads to keep you occupied. It’s also known for its night market. The Huai Khwang night market has an old-school market charm: there are no dazzling neon lights but it has a seemingly endless supply of stalls for foodies and bargain-hunters alike. You’ll find street food vendors alongside fresh food stalls. There’s plenty of goods to peruse, from clothing to knick-knacks to toiletries. You can even get a manicure or a Thai massage. And if you prefer to party while in Huai Khwang, you’ll be pleased to know Royal City Avenue is located within the district.
Soi Cowboy is one of the red light districts located along Sukhumvit Road. Bright neon lights light up the multitude of go-go bars which line the streets. The go-go bars are brightly lit with seating arranged around the stage—if you’re feeling shy, you can sit at the back. Tilac Bar is one of the most famous in the district. This bar has one main stage and six smaller stages, with 15-20 dancers performing at any given moment. There’s even a large screen playing sporting events. But there are plenty of other go-go bars to choose from, most of which have fairly-priced drinks, so try a few out.
Don’t know where to stay in Bangkok for nightlife? Thonglor is an upscale street in the city, popular with wealthy locals and increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination. It’s lined with boutique shops, fine dining restaurants, as well as clubs and bars. Beer lovers will want to stop by Brew Pub, which serves up drinks from micro-breweries around the world. Its located on the ground floor of an outdoor mall, so sit with a drink and enjoy some people watching and conversations with friends. If you prefer to sit higher up, head to Baan Puen Bar, a rooftop bar which serves good food and is known for its live music. And if clubbing is more your style, head to the Do Not Disturb Club which plays EDM music and highlights local DJs.
Silom is known as the financial centre of Bangkok, but it’s also well-known for its lively nightlife. It was the city’s first red light district, and as such is packed with plenty of go-go bars and karaoke parlours. Additionally, it’s a hub for Bangkok’s gay community. Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower is a popular tourist destination. It was featured in the film The Hangover II, and now plenty of people are eager to enjoy a drink and the beautiful view over the city. If you’d prefer a quieter spot, head to Cloud 47. With a more relaxed vibe, this rooftop bar offers up cheap drinks and excellent food. And if you prefer to dance the night away, Tapas Room is a club where you can shake it to Latin-inspired house music.
Chinatown is known mainly for one thing: it’s food! Foodie tourists love to peruse the many stalls and restaurants, from street carts to high-end establishments. And the fun doesn’t stop at night! Yaowarat Road is filled to the brim with street vendors well into the night, so you can taste anything from dim sums to homemade ice cream. If you prefer to sit, head to Tep Bar where you can enjoy a traditional Thai drink while listening to Thai music.
Historically Khaosan Road was a rice market, but today this small road in the centre of Bangkok and is known for its backpacking culture. A range of travellers from all over the world flock to this road to find cheap accommodation. And with so many people coming to the area, it’s no surprise that it’s also known for its nightlife. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars, and clubs on Khaosan Road. If you like to dance, head to Lava Gold Club, a cavernous venue which features laser shows and live DJs. If you’re a live music fan, head to Adhere the 13th, a blues bar popular with locals and tourists alike. And when you need to fill your tummy with something other than alcohol, there are endless food options. Head to a street vendor’s stall for some cheap spring rolls or Pad Thai noodles.
With points of interest like Chao Phraya Palace, National Gallery, Phra Sumen Fort, and Santi Chai Prakan Park, the neighbourhood of Bang Lamphu (or Banglamphu) has slowly earned its way on the top spots when it comes to nightlife in Bangkok. It isn’t all about Khaosan Road, which is a smaller neighbourhood included on this list. Open-air bars, street food stalls, and energetic dance clubs with Bohemian, laid-back vibes are some of the best things about this district that make backpackers come back for more.
Bangkok by night
Bangkok certainly seems to come alive at night! With multiple areas of the city offering great nightlife, you’ll find a little something for everyone to enjoy once the sun sets. From rooftop bars to night markets to red light districts, there are loads to keep you entertained. So start planning your must-visits spots!
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