Where to Stay in Bangkok for Nightlife – A Guide to The Best Areas
Looking for the best areas in Bangkok to let loose at night? Whether you want to dance till you drop at a nightclub, chill out at a beer bar, sip cocktails at a swanky rooftop bar or explore seedier hangouts, there is a place for you to set up camp.
Our comprehensive guide on the best areas to stay in Bangkok for nightlife will help you make the right choice based on your taste.
Bangkok’s nightlife is mainly concentrated in these 3 areas.
Khao San Road/ Banglamphu
Khao San road is the most popular area of Bangkok, often known as the mecca of the backpacking universe. This area is mostly thronged by globetrotting hippies on limited budgets. You wouldn’t find any five star hotels around the area, but plenty of budget guesthouses and decent mid-range hotels.
If you are in Bangkok to party, then this is the place to be! It helps that you can buy cheap booze right off the supermarket shelf and dance on the streets. Despite the numerous bars lining the street, the merry making happens in the middle of the road. Now this is an experience unique to Khao San.
You can find some incredibly cheap Thai food on the streets here, right from Pad Thai to grilled meat to fried scorpions. The area also has markets selling affordable and trendy clothes, shoes, and accessories.
Cons: There is no MRT (Subway) or BTS (Skytrain) connection directly to Khao San road. So the only way to get to/from Khao San Road is by bus, ferry (walking distance to the river), taxi or tuk-tuk.
Sukhumvit is at the centre of all nighttime action in Bangkok. Made up of small lanes (called Soi’s), each of these Sois are lit up by a hundred bars catering to your every taste. Beer bars, nightclubs, rooftop bars, and the infamous go-go bars – you can take your pick.
Being one of Bangkok’s most modern neighborhoods, there are plenty of excellent accommodations, from trendy hotels to cheap hostels.
Sukhumvit has tonnes of good fine dining outlets, spas and shopping outlets. A short drive away lies Siam square, the world of larger-than-life megamalls. Your every imaginable shopping need will be taken care off here.
The area is well-connected by the BTS Skytrain which covers the entire length of Sukhumvit. It’s the best way of going about the area since the roads are jam packed throughout the day.
Cons: It’s a bit far from the cultural attractions of the city.
Bangkok’s Wall Street by day, Silom is one of the best areas to stay in the capital city. Come nightfall, it morphs into a hub for nightlife with trendy clubs, flashy bars and chic rooftop venues happily co-existing with the raunchy streets of Patpong – Thailand’s original red-light area. It has a more local feel to it than Sukhumvit with plenty of street food and night markets.
The range of accommodation spans from hotels and guesthouses to boutique international chains like Dusit Thani, Le Meridien and Sofitel. There are tonnes of outlets for those who want to indulge in some fancy dining.
It’s extremely well connected to the rest of Bangkok by Silom MRT station and Sala Daeng BTS station, making it a great base to explore the city.
Cons: It’s not great for shopping and accommodation can be a bit pricy.
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