Bangkok Nightlife: A Guide To The Best Areas In City (2019)
As the sun goes down, Bangkok opens its eyes to transform into the liveliest capital in South-East Asia. An electrifying atmosphere pervades the city as it comes to life in an explosion of lights, music and dance. Add to that its carefree vibe, a dose of madness, and an insane party culture, and voila – you have the craziest nightlife in all of Thailand.
Bangkok is a sensory overload even for the most hardcore party animals. Its not all action, though – there are plenty of amazing cultural experiences to be had in the night. But choosing where to go and what to do can be overwhelming when there are a million things to do and when everything seems tempting. Unfortunately, the night is short.
To help you decide, we’ve created a comprehensive guide on nightlife in Bangkok. Needless to say, memorable nights come free with it.
1. Khao San Road
Known as the centre of the backpacking universe, Khao San Road is where globetrotting youngsters come for cheap stays, cheap eats and, of course, cheap booze. It has an anything-goes vibe to it, where every night people guzzle bucket loads of booze and dance right in the middle of the street.
Things To Do On Khao San Road
1. Dance On The Streets Of Khao San Road
Drinking and dancing on the streets is an experience unique to Khao San Road. You can get cheap beers for as little as Rs 100/US$ 2 from supermarkets like 7/11.
The ritual is simple: buy bucketloads of beer, make new friends, and dance senseless right in the middle of the road.
2. Make Merry Till The Sun Comes Up At The “Club”
The Club is the place where the young and hip go to show off their slick moves. Throughout the night, you will be grooving to the pulsating music, with cool lighting, laser beams and special smoke effects adding to the feel.
3. Eat Rotis, Pad Thai
Thailand’s gift to the world is its cuisine and Khao San Road is one of the best places to experience it. You can get amazing Pad Thai for as little as Rs 70/US$ 1 and delectable milk cakes (rotis) for Rs 20/ US$ 0.3.
4. Get A Massage On The Road
For starters, it’s not the type you’re thinking of – Khao San Road provides outrageously good Thai massages right on the street. It’s a cool way to enjoy the vibe of the place while saying goodbye to sore muscles.
Sukhumvit is like a Disneyland for party lovers, with something to suit every mood and taste. The nightlife here includes anything from glamorous rooftop bars and thundering clubs to flashy beer bars and seedy hangouts. It also hosts the world-famous red light districts of Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza.
Things To Do In Sukhumvit
1. Sip A Cocktail While Enjoying The View At Octave Rooftop
No rooftop bar in the city has a 360-degree view of Bangkok that matches the one from here. Octave has a laidback lounge-like feel to it, making it ideal for a fancy dinner.
2. Check Out The Go-Go Bars At Soi Cowboy
The famous red-light district is bathed in pink neon lights coming from a hundred different go-go bars on the street. The procedure is fairly easy: buy a drink for yourself, and if a pretty lady sits next to you, buy her one, too.
3. Enjoy A Drink At The Iron Fairies Bar
The inspiration for Iron Fairies came from a fairytale book the owner wrote himself, and it’s achieved cult status in Bangkok ever since. This is a magical bar designed like an ironsmith’s shop, with small winged creatures at every corner giving it its name.
It’s a great place to enjoy some signature cocktails, while enjoying soothing jazz music.
4. Experience The World’s Greatest Adult Entertainment Complex, Nana Plaza
If you’re in the mood for something visually exotic, Nana Plaza is the place for you. Labelled as the world’s greatest adult entertainment complex, it houses open-air beer bars, go-go bars and tantalising ladyboy shows.
5. Shake A Leg At The Levels Club & Lounge
It’s a rooftop bar, classy lounge, and club all rolled into one, with one of the best sound systems in Bangkok. DJs pump out bass-heavy EDM music, as revellers set the dance floor ablaze.
Thailand’s Wall Street by day, it’s a trendy area that morphs into a playground for hardcore revellers at night. The nightlife is bustling and diverse, spanning dazzling rooftop venues and stylish bars to Bangkok’s original prostitution den, Patpong Road.
Things To Do In Silom
a. Marvel At The Ambience In Maggie Choo’s Bar
A small wooden Chinese door leads you into a massive bar, which will remind you of Gringotts Wizarding Bank from Harry Potter. With massive vault doors, dark brick walls, old paintings, and a couple of swings hanging from the ceiling, Maggie Choo’s is worth checking out simply for its ambience.
Cost: Beers start at Rs 400/ US$ 6.
How To Reach Maggie Choo’s Bar: It’s a 15-minute walk from Surasak BTS station
b. Groove To The Catchy Tunes At Tapas Room
Designed like a Spanish villa, Tapas Room could give any club in Europe a run for its money, as it plays the best Latino house music in all of Bangkok. So, put on your dance shoes, grab a cocktail in hand, and dance to the catchy music.
Cost: The entrance fee is Rs 600/ US$ 9 (inclusive of one free drink)
How To Reach Tapas Room: It’s a short walk from the Silom MRT station, and quite close to Sala Daeng BTS station
c. Relive Moments From The Hangover At Lebua Sky Bar
The Lebua Sky Bar is the most popular rooftop bars in all of Bangkok. Located on the 64th floor, it’s the world’s highest open-air bar and the shooting location of the movie, The Hangover. The stylish patrons who visit this bar come for its elegant ambiance, jazz sessions, and panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline.
Cost: Rs 600-1,200 / US$ 9-19 for a drink
How To Reach Lebua Sky Bar: It’s a 15-minute walk from Surasak BTS station
d. Stroll Along Patpong, Bangkok’s Original Red-Light District
Patpong is one of the world’s most famous red-light areas, a place where Thailand’s infamous go-go bar culture started. True to its name, the street is lined with neon-lit strip clubs, featuring raunchy shows and pole dances.
How To Reach Patpong: Located between Silom and Surawong road, it’s within walking distance from the Skytrain station (Sala Daeng) or the MRT station (Silom).
4. RCA (Royal City Avenue)
RCA is the epicentre of the clubbing scene in Bangkok, with some of the best dance floors in the city. This is where you groove to international DJs, talented local artists, and live musicians, all in one night.
Best Things To Do On RCA
Dance The Night Away At These Legendary Nightclubs
Dancing the night away at Route 66 is almost a rite of passage for party animals. It has achieved a legendary status, courtesy its wild parties and music that caters to everyone. Turn up any night of the week and you will have a kickass party.
Cost: Entrance fee is Rs 600/ US$ 9 (inclusive of one free drink). Drinks start at Rs 320/ US$ 5
How T Reach Route 66: It’s a 20-minute drive from Petchaburi MRT station
Onyx is the first club in Bangkok to follow the big-room style of clubbing that’s so popular in Europe. With a capacity of 2,000 and the world’s best DJs rocking it, dancing here is a one-of-its-kind experience. Dry-ice cannons, confetti bombs, and laser shows all add to the excitement.
Cost: Entrance fee is Rs 600/ US$ 9.
How To Reach Onyx: It’s a 20-minute drive from Petchaburi MRT station
5. Asiatique Riverfront
Nightlife by the Asiatique Riverfront is in stark contrast to the noisy scene in Silom or Sukhumvit. The action here is restricted to swanky rooftop bars and charming bars facing the river. The area is one of the best places to indulge in cultural experiences like night markets, cabaret shows, and Muay Thai matches.
Best Things To Do At Asiatique Riverfront
Shop At The Night Markets Or At The Mall
The markets near Asiatique Riverfront have more than 1,500 stalls. The mall has high-end shops and tons of dining outlets. It’s a good place to get yourself a funky souvenir, or grab some delicious street food.
Get Entertained By Ladyboys At The Calypso Cabaret, The Longest-Running Cabaret Show In Bangkok
Enter the world of glamour, humour and over-the-top drama at the Calypso Cabaret. Gape in awe as Thailand’s famous ladyboys sing, dance and mock celebrities from different eras – right from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga.
Cost: Rs 1,800/ US$ 28 for just the show. Tickets to the show include a free drink of your choice.
Watch real life action as professional fighters exchange kicks at the Muay Thai Stadium
Imagine two muscular fighters exchange a flurry of kicks, punches and body slams and not feel a thing. This is not a scene from a Hollywood movie, but a martial art called Muay Thai, played out right in front of you. Although the moves are choreographed, the fighting, the acrobatics and the flying jumps are all pretty intense.
Cost: Rs 2,400/ US$ 38[/su_note]
This is the place for a culinary adventure, with some of the best street food in town. There are hundreds of stalls right on the pavement, selling the most lip-smacking Thai food. Don’t expect silverware and tablecloth, though – you eat where you get a place to stand. And yet, this place is packed all days.
Best Things To Do In Chinatown
Taste The Street Food At Yaowarat Road
Come nightfall, the main street in Chinatown transforms into a paradise for foodies, with the roads lined with stalls selling the tastiest Thai dishes you can find. From tasty fruits and delicious ice-creams to fresh seafood, you get everything here.