Must-do Bangkok Nightlife Experiences

Published On April 6, 2017 | By Staff Writer | Thailand, Travel Planning
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Take a break from your busy schedule and escape to the lovely tropical country of Thailand.

Among all the cities in Thailand, Bangkok is the only city that boasts a subtle mixture of modernism and traditional Thai characters. Although the city becomes more and more modern, Thai tradition is still involved in many life aspects.

This capital city is an exact answer to your unexciting and boring life. Bangkok keeps you excited during day and night. Your eyes will be indulged in the magnificent views of temples, your mouth will savor the tasty Thai food, and your soul will enjoy the lively atmosphere this city offers.

Nightlife is one of the most popular activities to enjoy while you’re here. Check out these must-visit Bangkok nightlife spots.

Experience Bangkok nightlife like a local

Bangkok nightlife is not merely about bars and clubs. The city offers a broad range of night entertainment that you won’t find elsewhere.

Places like Sukhumvit and Khao San Road are very touristy and foreigner-friendly. Tourists and expats fill up the place more than locals. If you want to enjoy an authentic Bangkok nightlife, then go to a Thai bar or club, where only 10% or fewer visitors are tourists.

Speaking of Thai clubs, they have slightly different things compared to your favorite clubs back home. The clubs in Thailand usually don’t have a proper dance floor. The room is full of tables and chairs where you will spend most of your night. Thais love to dress up for a night out. No shorts and flip-flops, please!

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One of the locals’ favorite places is ONYX. This club was formerly known as Slim and Flix. It is located at the Royal City Avenue, the Bangkok nightlife central area. The club has a massive room that can accommodate up to 2,000 people. Many famous international and national DJs have performed here, like The Chainsmokers, Freddie Le Grand and much more. The club has a fantastic lighting and sound system. If you love EDM, this place is a great place to go!

Chon Keaw! (re: cheers!)

Watch a ladyboy show

Ladyboy is always an ultimate attraction for tourists. The transgender phenomenon in Thailand is very common and locals are very accepting of this community.

To meet and watch ladyboys perform, you can go to a cabaret show in Bangkok. A cabaret show is a spectacular performance where ladyboys play specific roles to pay tribute to a famous world myth or legend, impersonate Hollywood celebrities or show the glamorous Thai culture on a stage. It is a place to start off your Bangkok nightlife journey.



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The ladyboys wear colorful and extravagant costumes. The show has a spectacular stage set with a high-tech lighting system and excellent stage decoration.

The most popular cabaret shows in Bangkok are Calypso Cabaret and Playhouse Magical Cabaret. The performers will put you in a good mood with all the dances, singing and spectacular performance. It is suitable for people all age.

After the show, you will have the chance to take pictures and greet them. You won’t believe your eyes how pretty the ladyboys are.

Drink a cocktail on a rooftop bar

Bangkok city landscape is another great thing you cannot miss about the capital. There is nowhere else you can enjoy the Bangkok nightlife and a 360-degree city view other than a Bangkok rooftop bar. It is an excellent place to watch the sunset, enjoy a romantic date or just chill with friends.

There are several rooftop bars spread around the city. The most favorite bar is the Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar on Sukhumvit Road.

Octave Rooftop bar

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The bar is located on the 45th floor at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. It has several zones, such as lounges, private rooms and, of course, the rooftop terrace. You can enjoy an excellent selection of fusion food like Asian-style tapas platters, seafood bar along with the finest wines and cocktails.

Despite being an expensive place, every Baht you spend here is worth it! You’ll get excellent service, great atmosphere and delicious food. Keep an eye on their happy hour! They have a  2-for-1 cocktail promo for a particular time.

Party at Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit is the primary destination for  Bangkok nightlife favored by tourists and expats. The place has a variety of bars from casual bars to high-end clubs. The nightlife scene on Sukhumvit is very vibrant and lively. Walking through the street, you’ll see colorful neon lights and hear the music shouting from one bar to another.

There are many soi (re: small street) in Sukhumvit. Soi 11 is the most popular one. This alley is always busy any night of the week. Compared to other streets, Soi 11 has a very strategic location, only few minutes away from the BTS station and very close to plenty of accommodation.

There is a wide variety of entertainment on this street, from low budget bars, dive bars, football bars, cocktail bars to high-end clubs. Always remember to bring your ID!

The most famous club in this area is Ce La Vi. It has all you wanted in a nightclub. It is located on the 39th floor of Sathorn One Building. They have a massive room and rooftop terrace. The club mainly plays hip-hop and house music.

Stroll at Khao San Road

Khao San Road is the center of the backpacking universe. There are tonnes of hostels, bars and other tourist-friendly places to hang out. The road is one kilometer long and packed with, budget accommodation options, internet cafes, bars, cheap restaurants, travel agents and everything you need to make your travel much easier.

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This road is always open. At the daytime, some merchants sell merchandise, food and other daily need goods. When it gets dark, the place transforms into a great Bangkok nightlife spot! Bars and nightclubs open up, and it is time to get the party started.

Whether you want to have a crazy night or simply enjoy the lovely weather at night, Khao San Road is a great place to stroll. The street is a car-free area with a hipster and artsy atmosphere.



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