After the sun wanes, Bangkok gets its second breath. The heavy traffic subsides, the mad rush is over. Especially on the weekends this energetic city bustles with things to do, be it shopping, clubbing, bar flying, fine dining, a cinema, bowling or a cultural show. Tracking these venues down can be a daunting task for first-timers and, so, here we’ve compiled five areas famous for nightlife in Bangkok and descriptions of all that’s found within each one. All these areas can easily be reached by public transportations, planning that legendary night out doesn’t get any easier than this!
Royal City Avenue – more commonly known as RCA – is the epicenter of Bangkok’s clubbing scene and an officially designated nightlife zone so you can be assured of a party seven nights a week. Clubbing institutions like Route 66 and Slim are packed every night and, at weekends, they’re rammed to capacity. There are so many options for visitors to RCA; enjoy international DJs, as well as live concerts and soundtracks by popular local artists all in one night. RCA is separated into four blocks: Block A is closest to Rama 9 Road, and, at the opposite end, Block D leads onto Petchaburi Road, both of which have MRT Underground stations. Even in midweek RCA gets busy. However, on weekends it’s overrun with impeccably dressed young revellers, most of them Thais in their late teens or early 20s. The vibe is young, the mood carefree, and with lots of security you can feel safe as you party the night away.
Thonglor is situated around Sukhumvit 55 , one of the most vibrant districts for nightlife in Bangkok and this is a great place to play after the sun sets over the city. This trendy neighborhood boasts dozens of excellent restaurants, places to sit and enjoy a beer or two and cool clubs where the city’s bright young things gather to let their hair down and dance the night away until the early hours of the morning.
Khao Sarn Road, Either you love it or hate it. Usually you hate it when you’re sober but after a few drinks, it’s the most awesome place on Earth. Khaosan Road Bangkok is full of people trying to sell you junky souvenirs, lure you into suit shops, tempt you into ping pong shows and backpackers drunkenly stumbling along the road… all to the backdrop of some cheesy, pumping dance tunes.
It’s not ideal for families, at least not at night time anyway, but Khaosan Road is absolutely brilliant for solo travelers and groups of friends. Everybody on Bangkok Khaosan Road is in Holiday mode; people are typically pretty merry and talkative with one another so it’s a great place for finding new travel buddies.
Ratchada Night market
This place has an interesting vibe to it with many locals chilling out at cafes or pubs, many of which feature live bands. A full stretch of hip bars line the back of the night market stalls, which naturally attracts crowds of local university students and young adults. The bars add an air of funk to this market, the crooning voices of live singers resonating all over the lanes of stalls. There isn’t much in terms of shopping unless you are into vintage and restored items that can be used to decorate your place. There is also a huge shed with vintage automobiles for photo taking.
Soi Cowboy is a small street about 200m long located close to the intersection of Sukhumvit Road and Asoke Road. It is just about 100 meters from the intersection and connects Asoke Road with Soi 23 Sukhumvit, running parallel to Sukhumvit Road. It is right next to the subway station exit. Soi Cowboy is popular with the expat community in Bangkok , going where the experienced locals go is a good indication of where the good restaurants are and the same goes true for go go bars. Be prepared to be tugged on by dozens of ladies as you enter the threshold of Soi Cowboy. This widely popular red light zone was just recently renovated and enjoying a surge in visitors as a result. The drinks in the go go bars at Soi Cowboy have gone up in price. But don’t worry it’s still not bad compared to western bar prices. The best thing of all is that most of the bars in Soi Cowboy do have Happy Hours or drink specials such as a 2 for 1 or cheap draft beers.