Bangkok is a city that never sleeps. The city is amazing during the day, and it's even better at night. Bangkok is famous for its bustling nightlife and is just as vibrant as you’d expect it to be. These 12 Bangkok nightlife spots are the best places to enjoy your night out in Thai capital.
1. Chao Phraya River Cruise
Bangkok dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River is a must do experience when you are visiting Bangkok. During your dinner cruise you will have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Thai capital’s stunning scenery and famous historical sites such as the Royal Grand Palace & Wat Pra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Bangkhunprom Palace, Kanlayanamitr Temple and the Rama VIII Bridge while floating on the river, sipping drinks and enjoying food on board.
2. Rooftop Bars in Bangkok
There are several sky bars and restaurants in Bangkok offering lovely rooftop views throughout the year. The rooftop bars in Bangkok is where you can admire the skyline of Thai capital while sipping some cocktails at night.
3. Chatuchak Friday Night Market
Do you know that Chatuchak is open at night? During the day, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest market in Thailand. However, on Fridays it is also open at night, from 9 pm until 5 am. Mainly fashion clothes are sold at Chatuchak Friday Night Market. The prices are normally even lower than during the day as most of the vendors offer wholesale price.
4. Khao San Road
Khao San Road is filled with crowds of tourists. If you are staying around the old town of Bangkok, this is a place where you should go in the nighttime. Khao San Road becomes lively from 5 pm and remains like that until 2-3 am. Khao San Road is filled with lights, sounds, shops, vendors, bars, and restaurants.
5. Yaowarat / Chinatown
If you are a food lover, you cannot miss Chinatown. As soon as the sun sets, the restaurants open and line up both sides of Yaowarat Road. This area is famous worldwide for its street food. The food here is well-known for its deliciousness, whether it is noodle or drinks. The most famous restaurants in Chinatown are Nai-Ek Rolled Noodles, Lad Na Heng Yod Pak, Nai Mong Hoi Tod, etc.
Asok area is filled with business centers and both, local and foreign office workers like to hang out here at night for relaxation after work. There are many hotels in the area as well, so tourists visiting Bangkok also join the crowd. There are plenty of chill-out restaurants offering Thai food, Japanese food, Korean food, as well as many pubs and bars.
7. Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique the Riverfront is an unusual night market in Bangkok which is very popular between tourists. Occupying a large complex of old warehouses on the bank of Chao Phraya River, Asiatique the Riverfront feels more like an open-air shopping mall than the real night market.
If the location of this night market doesn’t look convenient, choose another night market in Bangkok from the list: Bangkok Night Markets.
8. Soi Cowboy
The most famous Bangkok red light district is Soi Cowboy. Soi Cowboy is a short (only 150-meter-long) street, which becomes Bangkok’s brightest street as soon as the sun sets. The selection of venues at Soi Cowboy is really good as you can find more than 20 go-go bars and more than 10 beer bars there. You will never be short of the options to choose from and experience Bangkok’s nightlife at its best.
9. Nana Plaza
Another popular red light district in Bangkok is Nana Plaza - a U-shaped three story building-sex complex, claiming to be “The World’s Largest Adult Playground”. There are around 30 go-go bars spread over all three levels of Nana Plaza building. Go-go bars within Nana Plaza offer all that Thailand’s red-light districts are famous for - go-go dancers, live shows, pole dancers and relaxing atmosphere.
Patpong is the oldest red-light district in Bangkok consisting of two parallel streets surrounded by well-known Patpong night market. More than 20 go-go bars, some of them older style, can be found at Patpong. There are also many bars of various kinds on both of Patpong’s streets. There are also sex shows, including Ping pong shows, featured on several upstairs bars, but most of them are run by scammers.
11. Talad Rot Fai Ratchada (Train Night Market Ratchada)
Talad Rot Fai Ratchada is one of the most interesting night markets in Bangkok to visit. If you like a touristy vibe, then you should like this place a lot as you can truly enjoy the atmosphere that this market has to offer. It’s really worth to spend a few hours exploring the stalls, eating street food and soaking in the atmosphere.
It is well known that Bangkok’s Ari area is the place that attracts hip people because there are many restaurants, boutique shop, cafes and stylish hangout bars in the area. During the daytime, you will find many small catchy shops here, but at night Ari area is filled with open-air bars. If you are a drinker, there are many semi-pub and restaurant style venues to choose from.