One night in Bangkok; How To Do It Right
Bangkok nightlife is world-famous, and rightly so. From street beers for $1 a pop, to high-end rooftop dining and EVERYTHING in between. The city of angels and the scene in the evenings is often referred to as the best party city on the planet. And it truly has something for every budget. So let’s have a look at everything from Cheap Charlies to high-end places to be seen.
A whirlwind night eyeing the beautiful ladies at one of Bangkok’s several red light districts. Blacking out on buckets on Khao San Road among a throng of boisterous backpackers. Hanging with the young locals over in the massive clubs in RCA. Chilling with expats over fine wine and aperitifs over in the Thonglor district. So, let’s have a look:
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On a budget
Bangkok isn’t the cheap destination it used to be. A combination of a more powerful Asia, the weakening of foreign currencies and the rapid development of Bangkok means the memories of $10 a day are long gone. But don’t freak out. There are still bargains to be found.
If you’re on a budget, the best place to drink is Khao San Road. Here, you’ll find endless foreign backpackers, and a young thai crowd. If you’re over 35, you’re going to feel like a grandad! Expect plastic stools, people drinking beers on the road from 7-11 and buckets of fake alcohol mixed with local cola. Wild, fun and CHEAP!
Middle of the road
If you’re a touch older, have a full-time job with a real salary, or you live in Bangkok, perhaps Khao San road days are behind you. Join the party, that’s me too. Then there are endless places to visit. Basically you want to be on Sukhumvit road. A couple of pubs, followed by a bar/club.
A good starting point is always W District in Phrakanong, it’s an outdoor dining market with plenty of drink options. It’s a common starting point for your expats. From here, you can hit up the Irish pub across the street, and as things heat up, you can make your way to the clubs in Thong Lor, Demo and Bash for example.
High end – Perfect for dates!
And with already mentioning Thong Lor, this is the high-end area. If you want to drink in this area before it gets late, bank on $15+ per cocktail or glass of wine. Rabbit Hole, Midsummer nights dream, Seen Space and the Commons are jam-packed full of gorgeous people.
Which means, this place is perfect for dates. Thais are famous for their beauty. So whether you’re on tinder, grinder or you’re meeting people during the day, bring them to some of the bars mentioned above and you’ll be sure to impress. Models, Instagrammers, and beautiful ladyboys in Bangkok will be there in their numbers. Just remember the culture here is that the guy pays, so get ready for an expensive date if you guys plan to have a few drinks!
Since the military took over, places are due to shut down between 11pm to 1am. Boooo. But if you know, then you know! So whisper it quietly but Mixx, Sugar and the street bars on Soi 11 may have some friends in the police so the closing hours aren’t quite as strict. We’ll leave it at that.
I love Mustache. Its’a late night hipster spot. Earlier than that, you wanna be in China Town. Teens of Thailand, Tep Bar, Asia Today are all wall-to-wall hipster vibes! If you want to check in on your social media, that’s the spot. Enjoy!
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