That’s why it’s a shame when tourists get stuck spending their whole trip on Khao San Road. Many even leave thinking this one backpacker bar street is what the city is all about.
They couldn’t be more wrong! Below we’ve listed a number of other bars/areas for you to get your party on.
Sukhumvit Road Soi 22
We probably end up here on a Friday more than any other area. Sukhumvit 22 is certainly rough around the edges, but it’s full of small random bars that allow you to control the music via YouTube. The vibe is casual, the drinks are cheap, and the party can last into the wee hours of the morning. There is also a venue with live music and ice bar upstairs, along with several hotel lobbies – you wouldn’t think they’d be top party destinations, but they have welcomed drunk groups looking for a good time in past. Even when Simon crawled up on a counter to dance, the hotel staff just laughed and cheered him on.
Ce La Vi (Formerly Ku De Ta)
Sathorn Square Tower 39FL, 98 Sathorn Square Building, North Sathorn Road Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
This sophisticated club is situated on the 39th floor of the huge Sathorn One Building and overlooks most of Bangkok. It’s perfect for a dress-to-impress night with a group of friends. Share a bottle of spirits and enjoy the different music. Genres ranges from hip hop to house to commercial pop, depending on what night you go. The layout is a mixture between a lounge and a club with popular local and international DJs taking to the booth most nights. Enjoy this classy establishment and don’t forget it’s a smart and pricey club.
Sukumvit Soi 4 (Nana)
Sukhumvit Road Soi 4
Soi 4 is so much more than just Nana Plaza. There are lots of bars all down the street that offer a range of different partying experiences. There are also some amazing dance spots. Most bars will shut around 2 or 3 am, but you can stumble to EQ’s late night club for an extended party. As for Nana Plaza itself, the sheltered circle offers a range of go-go bars.
There’s more than just Nana Plaza on this street!
ซอย พัฒน์พงศ์ 2 Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500
Patpong is another area that’s branded as just being a sex tourist destination, but it’s more than that. Yes, of course those bars exist, but so do many others that aren’t as seedy – there is even a night market running alongside all the different venues.
Address: เลขที่ 1 ถนนกำแพงเพชร 3, แขวงจตุจักร, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Speaking of night markets, JJ Green is one of the most popular ones. Along with shopping, you can enjoy a casual beer, watch some live music, and wander around the outdoor stands.
JJ Green is perfect for a chilled evening.
Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Another chill area for drinking is the popular W district. You’ll find a central outdoor circle surrounded by bars and many food stalls. It’s the perfect place to start your evening.
W district is evergrowing in popularity.
3 Days 2 Nights
Lad Prao Wanghin Rd – Soi Lat Phrao Wang Hin 71, Khwaeng Lat Phrao, Khet Lat Phrao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? This place is themed like an old farm, complete with a fenced in field with rabbits, sheep, and other animals. There is a ton of casual seating surrounding the animals, and a nightclub on site for later once you’ve enjoyed a few drinks. Another plus? This bar is a relatively unknown destination to tourists.
Ratchada 4 Complex
Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10320
Ratchada 4 is perfect if you want to party with the locals and escape the tourist crowd. This places if often overlooked, but luckily we stumbled upon it. You’ll find a series of loud clubs that all have free entry. There are often live bands and a series of shows across the complex every night of the week starting at 9pm.
When you see this sign, stop and party!
Soi Chaeng Wattana 1
Okay, so we don’t actually know its name, but there’s a huge, bright pink shrimp on the sign, so that’s what we call it. What a find this place was! Here’s another venue where you’ll probably be the only foreigner in sight. It’s very Thai, with live bands, big bottles of whiskey (although we get the brandy) and loud buzzing dance moves. If you head to the outskirts of Chaeng Wattana Soi 1, it’s pretty much the only thing that resembles nightlife on that street.
Shock 39 and other taxi driver choices.
39 Phetchaburi Rd, Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
Recently many areas of Bangkok have been enforcing a rule that everything must shut at 2am. But don’t worry, there’s always somewhere staying open until sunrise if you know where to look – or who to ask. One person who will always get you somewhere is your taxi driver. Just say “disco” and they will take you to a number of destinations. One of the most common stops is Shock on Petchaburi 39. This club stays open very late and has a dance stage and floor, pool tables, and a more chilled area to suit all needs. It’s a little bit seedy and rough, but it’s a cracker.
Grab a taxi, say ‘disco’ and see where you end the night.
RCA (Route 66)
Address – 66 Rama IX Soi 8, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร 10310
Route 66 is one of the most popular clubs in Bangkok. It’s found on the popular club street known as RCA. Famous for its crazy parties, it’s popular with tourists and locals who are dressed to impress. RCA is free for locals but 300 baht for tourists. However that 300 baht can go straight toward drinks as exchangeable coupons. This mazy club has 3 main rooms. One features the latest Thai and Western hits, another is all hip hop, and the last one usually has a live local band playing. There is also a massive seating space outside for people to gather around with a bottle of liquor. The club is open pretty much every night and is very popular with university students.
Soi Cowboy, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Soi Cowboy is a small, 150-meter street that has a over 30 different go-go bars. It’s one of Bangkok’s most popular areas for tourists and expats. Most bars will have a waitress service while customers sit around the outside of a stage and watch various performances from girls in bikinis – or completely nude. This colorful street has been transformed into a popular tourist attraction as it’s known as one of Bangkok’s main red light districts.
SukHumvit Bar Crawl
Another idea is just to go to any soi off Sukhumvit and start wandering from there. There are so many different bars in Sukhumvit, you’renever too far away from the next one. Start a random bar crawl and you won’t be disappointed.
Black Wolf Bar
12/17, 12/17 Lat Phrao Rd, Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Finally, here’s a little shout out to a local of ours. This bar is situated right next to Phahonyothin MRT exit 2. It’s a small starter bar that’s actually a revamped hair salon. Drop by and give it the business it deserves.
Find the many party places Bangkok has to offer.
Khao San road is an amazing party but don’t limit yourself to just that! Bangkok is full of fun, diverse, random area. Experience them all.
Any we’ve missed? Where have you had a great night?Anywhere you hate? We’d love to know!
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