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8 Best Areas To Stay In For Nightlife In Bangkok, Thailand - Updated 2021

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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 rooftop bars 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.

1. Royal City Avenue (RCA) (from USD 91)

best area for nightlife in bangkok | royal city avenue (rca)
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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 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.

Lancaster Bangkok

Address: 1777 New Phetchaburi Road
Price: from 91 USD

Breakfast in the room Newspapers Barber/beauty shop Physical distancing in dining areas Outdoor pool Kid meals Tour desk Food can be delivered to guest accommodation

2. Sukhumvit (from USD 48)

Sukhumvit Road -01
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Sukhumvit Road is Thailand’s longest road and offers plenty of nightlife, from bars and clubs to two red light districts. Start your night off at Octave, a rooftop bar offering a 360-degree view of Bangkok. It 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.

Romance Hotel Sukhumvit 97

Address: 99/9 Soi Sukhumvit 97
Price: from 48 USD

Laundry Daily housekeeping Safety deposit box Non-smoking throughout Smoke alarms Security alarm Internet services Shuttle service (additional charge)

3. Huai Khwang (from USD 71)

Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok, Thailand - panoramio - Masahiro Awatani (2)
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Located near central Bangkok, Huai Khwang is a district that’s easily accessed by public transport. It’s an area 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.

Avani Atrium Bangkok Hotel

Address: 1880 New Petchburi Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkapi
Price: from 71 USD

Room service Tour desk WiFi available in all areas CCTV outside property Contactless check-in/check-out Internet services All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Gift shop

4. Soi Cowboy (from USD 249)

Soi Cowboy night
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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.

Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok

Address: 47 Sukhumvit Soi 15 Klongtoey
Price: from 249 USD

All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized WiFi Access to health care professionals Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Chapel/shrine Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Children television networks Parking

5. Thonglor (from USD 53)

Food a plenty in Thonglor/Sukhumvit
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Thonglor is an upscale street in Bangkok, 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.

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit

Address: 2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana
Price: from 53 USD

Shoeshine Family rooms Non-smoking throughout Business centre Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Outdoor pool Soundproof rooms Airport shuttle

6. Silom (from USD 68)

Silom Bangkok Thailand Photo D Ramey Logan
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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.

Amara Bangkok Hotel

Address: 180/1 Surawong Road, Sipraya, Bangrak
Price: from 68 USD

Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Delivered food is securely covered Cashless payment available Process in place to check health of guests Free WiFi WiFi Designated smoking area

7. Chinatown (from USD 39)

best area for nightlife in bangkok | chinatown
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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.

W22 by Burasari

Address: 422 Mittphan Road, Pomprabsattrupai, Pomprabsattrupai
Price: from 39 USD

Cashless payment available Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning First aid kit available Vending machine (snacks) Shared lounge/TV area Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Lift

8. Khaosan Road (from USD 41)

Khao San Road at night by kevinpoh
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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.

Innspire Bangkok

Address: 4/4 Soi Troksil, Dinso Road, Bavornivet, Pranakorn Distirct. Innspire Bangkok
Price: from 41 USD

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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Nicole is an American expat living in London, England. When she moved from the midwest to London in 2012, it was her first time leaving the US. She has traveled steadily since then, making trips...Read more

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