13 Best Areas For Nightlife In Bangkok, Thailand - Updated 2024

best area for nightlife in bangkok
Nicole
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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 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 the best areas for nightlife in Bangkok, Thailand. So read on and explore the options.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 12, 2024.

1. Nana Plaza (from USD 48)

Nana Plaza entrance sign Bangkok 2017
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Nana Plaza is known around the world as one of Bangkok’s raciest spots, featuring numerous go-go bars as well as establishments where visitors can grab drinks and food. Bought and updated by the Panthera Group back in 2012, Nana Plaza has been improved with security systems and overhauled infrastructure. You can’t brag about experiencing the Bangkok nightlife for adults without a night partying at Nana Plaza.

Each floor of the plaza has something exciting waiting for visitors, from themed bars to delicious local foods. And don’t forget, no kids are allowed here!

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Ambassador Hotel Bangkok - SHA Extra Plus

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: 171 Sukhumvit Road Soi 11

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre

2. Asiatique The Riverfront Destination (from USD 894)

Asiatique The Riverfront - A wharf02
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Asiatique The Riverfront Destination is proud to call itself Thailand’s largest food and beverage place, and that’s on top of being an amusement park with lots of rides and attractions. As one of the most happening places in Bangkok, you’ll have to plan if you’re looking to enjoy the culinary delights, shopping, as well as entertainment here.

There is also the largest Ferris wheel in the country here, so take the kids for a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round ride. Snack stalls are also all over the place, so there are plenty of options for quick refreshment breaks. There are numerous standout places to dine, such as the Sirimahannop, a three-masted restaurant ship with dining areas on the lower and upper decks.

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Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside

Wifi Available

Address: 2074 Charoenkrung 72/4 Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bangkorleam

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

3. Siam Area (from USD 130)

Siam Paragon
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Shopping in Bangkok can never be more luxurious than Siam Area. This neighbourhood is home to some of the biggest shopping malls in the city, such as 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.

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Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square

Wifi Available

Address: Siam Square Soi 6, Rama I Road, Siam

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

4. Royal City Avenue (RCA) (from USD 90)

Designated as an entertainment zone by the government, Royal City Avenue or RCA is a street filled with some of Bangkok’s finest 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.

Tip from Trip101 local expert

A lot of Thai nightclubs have a policy where patrons can leave their unfinished bottle at the venue and pick it up the next time they visit. There is usually a time limit, but if you feel you might be back in a couple of days, it is better to store than to chug. Also, if you want to party like the locals skip the cocktails and order bottles and mixers for the table.

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Lancaster Bangkok

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 1777 New Phetchaburi Road

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

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5. Sukhumvit (from USD 35)

Bangkok City as viewed from Octave Rooftop Bar and Lounge
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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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Romance Hotel Sukhumvit 97

Wifi Available

Address: 99/9 Soi Sukhumvit 97

Parking 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Free parking

6. Huai Khwang (from USD 82)

Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand - panoramio
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Located near central Bangkok, Huai Khwang is known for its nightlife. This party-centric district is easily accessed by public transport and is one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok for leisure. 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.

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Grand Mercure Bangkok Atrium

Wifi Available

Address: 1880 New Petchburi Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkapi

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

7. Soi Cowboy (from USD 88)

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.

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Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 47 Sukhumvit Soi 15 Klongtoey

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden

8. Thonglor (from USD 177)

Food a plenty in Thonglor/Sukhumvit
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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.

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Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit This is a Proud Certified property where you can be extra sure of a welcoming stay.

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

9. Silom (from USD 102)

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.

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Amara Bangkok Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: 180/1 Surawong Road, Sipraya, Bangrak

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry

10. Chinatown (from USD 44)

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.

Tip from tour guide

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The best place to try all the famous traditional Thai food and some Chinese cuisines is Chinatown in Bangkok. It is famous for its street food, and you should definitely try the dim sum, roasted duck, and seafood dishes such as crab and prawns here. 
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W22 by Burasari - SHA Extra Plus Certified

Wifi Available

Address: 422 Mittphan Road, Pomprabsattrupai, Pomprabsattrupai

24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms Internet services Lift Safety deposit box Billiards

11. Ratchada (from USD 27)

Night market
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Most tourists and expats in Bangkok choose the clubs and bars along Sukhumvit Road since it is closer to their hotels. However, for some of the best nightlife in the city, tourists should make their way to Rama IX. Just off the main road, RCA on one side and Ratchada on the other, are the favored spots for locals. The clubs feature indoor-outdoor seating, great music, and reasonably priced drinks. When I was at University, this is where we chose to party and it continues to remain one of the most popular nighttime spots for locals.

If you are not in the mood to party, Rot Fai Ratchada is an impressive night market. Here you will find hundreds of stalls selling clothes, concocting elaborate drinks, and even drawing tattoos.

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Stay Hotel BKK

Wheelchair accessible

Address: 45 Ratchadapisek 17, Dindaeng, Bangkok Thailand, Ratchada, Bangkok, Thailand, 10400

12. Khaosan Road (from USD 34)

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.

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13. Bang Lamphu (from USD 32)

Khlong Bang Lamphu, Bangkok, Thailand
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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.

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Navalai River Resort

Address: 45/1 Phra Arthit Road, Phra Nakorn

Lift Air conditioning Luggage storage ATM/cash machine on site Free WiFi WiFi available in all areas Pool bar Designated smoking area

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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