Bangkok's nightlife has a reputation for being wild and rowdy. But at the same time it's relaxed, safe, enjoyable and great fun! Rapidly establishing itself as Asia's capital of cool, Bangkok's diverse nightlife scene features everything from excellent live music and good jazz clubs to ultra cool bars, trendy clubs and great restaurants - and go far beyond its once-upon-a-time sleazy and naughty image. Also have a look at our What's On guide to get the lowdown on exciting events and happenings during your stay in Asia's coolest capital.
Bars & Pubs
There’s a huge range of bars in Bangkok, and downtown Bangkok at night can become a frenetic, pulsating, lively place.
There are many western-style expat pubs, go-go bars, hostess bars, cocktail lounges, huge supper-clubs, street-side cheap and cheerful places and many more options. There are also lots of gay and...
Disco & Clubs
Be it the brash mega-clubs of RCA, or a dingy late-night hovel, you'll find that, even with tight closing regulations, Bangkok indeed knows how to party!
Most venues these days are both aurally and aesthetically sophisticated – quality (although not always adventurous) DJing talent, eye-catching venue design and sparkling sound systems. Admission is often free, with the exception of venues showcasing international DJs.
Thailand's katoeys are some of the most beautiful - and convincing - transvestites in the world, mostly accepted and embraced by a highly tolerant Thai society. Some families even believe that katoeys bring good luck to them, an enlightened attitude that was boosted by several Thai movies in the past two decades dedicated to katoey themes.
Thailand is a highly tolerant country where sexual preference is regarded as a personal choice when it comes to homosexuality. Gays, lesbians and transsexuals are all accepted as part of the Thai way, inspired by the teachings of Buddhism. Gay harassment is virtually non-existent.
Thai people - both gay and straight - are also known for their sweet, friendly and polite na...
The great thing about shopping in Bangkok is that most malls and department stores stay open until at least 21:00 - and some even as late as 22:00.
So there's plenty of time to make the most of the city's attractions during the day, and fit in a bit of retail therapy either before or after dinner.
Patpong, Nana and Soi Cowboy are the 3 red light districts in Bangkok.
What's the difference? Nana and Soi Cowboy are considered the hard liquor of Bangkok's red light districts where the expats and people who know where to have a better time in Bangkok hang out.
Patpong is like beer, a decent beer however. I...
The ladyboy phenomenon is very well accepted in Thailand and there is no doubt that 'girls' can be strikingly beautiful, you just have to look at the election (yes, election) of Miss Tiffany on national television! So go and have a look for yourself, it's easy going!
Some of ladyboy bars are large and in good condition with very pretty 'ladies' and some others are very rundown and the ladyboys are a lot less feminine. Over...
Rooftop Lounge Bars