Bangkok’s nightlife is one of the main attractions of the city. For most travelers it is the only destination to drink and dance the night away. With so many bars and nightclubs rivaling the styles, glitz and glamor of Western bars, it’s no wonder Bangkok is tea ultimate destination for serious parties in Southeast Asia.
The nightlife scene in Bangkok is mostly centered around a handful of areas in the central business districts of the city. Therefore, getting to Bangkok’s best bars and clubs is easy using the city’s efficient and easy-to-use subway trains and trains. And taxis should have no problem taking you to nightlife hotspots and red light districts, as those areas are well known. There are 3 prime places in Bangkok to party and it’s easy to get to all of them.
One of the best areas to start exploring Bangkok’s nightlife is the red-light district of Patpong. This area comes alive around 7:00 pm, though it doesn’t really get crowded until 10:00 pm, after everyone has dined from the many international restaurant options and food stalls selling barbecue and noodles nearby. Patpong has a mix of go-go bars and live music venues to keep all night owls busy all night long. Patpong also has a popular neighborhood full of gay bars and clubs.
Sukhumvit is a district in central Bangkok and, like Patpong, is heavily traveled by tourists looking for beer and adult entertainment. The best bars in Sukhumvit are found along Sukhumvit road Soi 11. There are many independent clubs and bars along Soi 11 and even some of the 3-4 star hotels in the area have well known bars inside. Sukhumvit is also known for its go-go bar districts of Nana and Soi Cowboy, which are not far from Soi 11.
RCA is a bit further from Patpong and Sukhumvit and is only accessible by taxi. Which is not a problem as all drivers know where RCA is located due to its popularity with the crowd. RCA’s clubs and bars are mostly made up of Thai teenagers and college students. Since it is a popular area, it is also a place to see and be seen. There are quite a few mega clubs in RCA, but there are also a handful of smaller bars with a more relaxed atmosphere.
Note that Bangkok’s clubs and bars are required to close around 1am by law. Although some avoid the closing time at 2 am until dawn. Nightclubs in Bangkok are subject to police raids for drug tests and some are fire hazards, so beware of such establishments.
Bangkok is a great place to party and have fun. But be careful about accepting drinks from strangers and keep an eye on your own drinks as you make new friends.