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.

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Who Should Go There: Those who you want to meet interesting people from around the world and cut loose without burning a hole in their pocket.

Khao San Road

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How To Reach Khao San Road: The closest BTS Skytrain stations to Khao San Road are Siam Station and National Stadium Station. From these stations, you can take a taxi to reach Khao San Road. This would take around 20 minutes if the roads are clear.

Coolest Thing To Do: Dancing on the streets with random strangers. The street food here is pretty awesome, too.

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.

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Cost: Entrance fee is Rs 300/ US$ 5
How To Reach The Club: It’s right in the middle of Khao San Road.

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.

Street Massage

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Cost: Rs 300/ US$ 5

2. Sukhumvit

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.

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Who Should Go There: Those who want to party till the wee hours of the night, or experience the infamous adult entertainment industry of Bangkok.

Sukhumvit

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How To Reach Sukhumvit: The BTS Skytrain runs through the entire stretch of Sukhumvit. It’s the best way to get around the area.
Coolest Thing To Do: Check out the clubs and bars featured in The Hangover Part II movie at Soi Cowboy.

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.

Octave Roof Top Bar

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Cost: Local beers start at Rs 340/ US$ 5 and mocktails start at Rs 440/ US$ 7
How To Reach Octave Rooftop: The nearest BTS is Thong Lor, a 3-minute walk from Octave.

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.

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Cost: Drinks at go-go bars usually cost Rs 200-300/US$ 3-5
How To Reach Soi Cowboy: It’s walking distance from the BTS station Asoke.

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.

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Cost: Cocktails start at Rs 560/US$ 9 and Thai beers cost around Rs 240/US$ 4
How To Reach The Iron Fairies Bar: It’s a short taxi ride away from the Thong Lor BTS station

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.

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How To Reach Nana Plaza: It’s walking distance from Nana BTS Skytrain station

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.

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Cost: Beers start at Rs 500/ US$ 8. Cocktails and spirits cost around Rs 600/ US$ 9
How To Reach Levels Club & Lounge: It’s a 10-minute walk from Nana BTS station.

3. Silom

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.

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Who Should Go There: Those who want to party in style in flashy clubs and stylish hangouts, or those who simply want to stroll along Patpong.

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How To Reach Silom: Both the BT Skytrain and MRT underground subway connect to Silom. They are the most convenient and cheapest ways to reach Silom.
Coolest Thing To Do: Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Bangkok skyline from Lebua Sky Bar, made popular by the boys in The Hangover Part II.

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.

Lebua Sky Bar

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.

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Who Should Go There: Those who are looking for the best clubs to dance the night away

RCA

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How To Reach RCA:The MRT underground subway takes you to Petchaburi station. From there, you can take the local cab to get to RCA.
Coolest Thing To Do: Party at legendary clubs, Route 66 and Onyx – they’re like celebrities in the clubbing world of Bangkok.

Best Things To Do On RCA

Dance The Night Away At These Legendary Nightclubs

Route 66

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.

Route 66

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

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.

Onyx Club Bangkok

Cost: Entrance fee is Rs 600/ US$ 9.
How To Reach Onyx: It’s a 20-minute drive from Petchaburi MRT station

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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.

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Who Should Go There: Families looking for cultural experiences, mainly night markets and cabaret shows.

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How To Reach Asiatique Riverfront: The easiest and fastest way to get there is by boat. Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin, and take the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 11 in the night.
Coolest Thing To Do: Grab something delicious from the street markets and sit by the riverside. Or, you could check out Calypso Cabaret, the most famous one in Bangkok.

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.

Calypso Cabaret

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.

Muay Thai

Cost: Rs 2,400/ US$ 38

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6. Chinatown

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.

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Who Should Go There: Foodies who want to try traditional Thai food.

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How To Reach Chinatown: The easiest and fastest way to get there is by the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin and, from the pier, take the boat. Hop off and walk up Ratchawong to Yaowarat, and you will be in Chinatown.
Coolest Thing To Do: Try the local street food.

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.

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How To Reach Chinatown: Take the MRT Underground to Hua Lamphong Station. From there, it’s a 15-minute walk or a short tuk-tuk ride.