Your Guide to the Best of Bangkok’s Nightlife

As soon as the sun goes down, Bangkok gets its second wind.  The heavy traffic subsides, the commuters head home, and the bars and restaurants emanate a life of their own as they draw in locals and tourists from all over the world.  Whether its fine dining, clubbing, cultural shows, bowling, or a nice relaxed evening spent drinking with friends, there’s so much to do in the city that you’ll be spoiled for choice.  If you’re new to Bangkok, though, below are some of the nightlife hotspots that you’ll most certainly want to check out.

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit Road is known for its luxury party lifestyle and, as such, it’s full of bars, clubs,and restaurants, many of which are by far among the best in the city.  The famous red light districts of Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy can also be found in Sukhumvit, and it’s definitely worth taking at least a walk down these streets, purely for the experience.  The best rooftop bar in Bangkok can be found atop the Novotel.  With a poolside ambiance and exclusive views over the city, you’ll definitely want to enjoy at least one drink up here.  Plus, with the BTS Skyline having a stop at Sukhumvit, it’s a really convenient area to get to no matter the time of night.

Chinatown

As you’d probably expect, Chinatown is most well-known for its food.  There are endless treats on offer here, both in the numerous restaurants and in the street stalls that line almost every road.  During the evenings, the Talat Kao fresh market comes to life, and it’s here that you’ll find a variety of exotic foods, many of which we’ll bet you’ll never have seen before.  The world-renowned fresh flower market is also just a short distance away.  If you want to indulge in a few drinks after your meal, head to Soi Nana Chinatown.  Here you’ll find one of the coolest streets in the city that’s a great place to go bar-hopping.

The Riverside

Bangkok’s Riverside area is a stark contrast to the busy downtown area of the city, but for many guests, this is what they want.  A variety of bars and restaurants dot the sides of the river, and you’ll find a lot of establishments offering live music shows and other forms of entertainment.  The Riverside is also home to a lot of rooftop bars, all of which have gorgeous views over the Chao Phraya River.  At night time, this is all lit up, and it’s hard to explain how beautiful it is.

Silom

Finally, we have Silom.  If you want a truly fun and exciting experience during your time in Bangkok, this is where you’ll want to head.  Silom is home to the city’s original red light district, and it’s here that you’ll find a great selection of go-go bars, suspicious looking massage parlors, and crazy karaoke bars.  The area around Soi 2 and Soi 4 is where Bangkok’s gay community heads during the evening, and there are plenty of other pubs and clubs dotted around.  If you’re looking for a diverse and lively area, Silom should be your pick.

Of course, there are a lot of other areas in Bangkok that are worth a visit, but the four areas above should definitely be experienced at least once.