Top 3 Best Nightlife Areas in Bangkok

Last updated: October 12th, 2016 | in Bangkok | Nightlife

Anyone visiting or living in Bangkok comes at least for some part because of the happening nightlife. So if you are going for a trip to BKK or have been living here not too long and a bit overwhelmed by the range of places to hang out, here’s the top 3 best nightlife areas in Bangkok to give you a clue at least in which area to head out depending on what you are out for.

1. Sukhumvit

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Located right next to Siam, this is Bangkok’s most prominent nightlife area. To be more precise Sukhumvit is the general area which is divided into several smaller sub-areas which are all conveniently located along the Sukhumvit BTS Skytrain line. The hotspots are

  • Nana: Lots of beer bars,¬†go go bars including one of Bangkok’s three main red light districs, Nana Plaza in Sukhumvit Soi 4, countless of bars also great for playing pool. Nana has Bangkok’s highest concentration of hookers. Besides that there are lots of international restaurants and some of BKK’s best night clubs especially in Sukhumvit Soi 11.
  • Asoke: Located right next to Nana, a bit more quiet though still a bunch of good restaurants, girl and beer bars in Sukhumvit Soi 22 (no. 2 beer bar street after Soi 4) and another Redlight district: Soi Cowboy, Bangkok’s brightest street connecting Sukhumvit Soi 23 and Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Thanon Ratchadapisek) right outside the Asok BTS / Sukhumvit MRT station.
  • Phrom Phong: Located right next to Asoke, the main action here is going on in Sukhumvit Soi 33 though more and more Japanese Karaoke Bars here replacing the beer bars (which are concentrating in Nana). Still decent range of pretty good international restaurants in the whole area.
  • Thong Lor: Bangkok’s Hi-So district located right next to Phrom Phong. Every time I come here I seem to spot a super hot and beautiful Thai Movie star (though normally my friend recognizes her as I don’t watch Thai TV too much). Here you find not just Bangkok’s best wine and cocktail bars but also some of Bangkok’s most beautiful women.
  • Ekkamai: Located right next to Thong Lor. Not too much going on there right now but still a few less known (and pricey) bars and clubs, seems it’s trying to catch up as fast as possible these days and being the second Thong Lor in town.

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2. Khaosan

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All these three best nightlife areas have their own typical crowd. While Sukhumvit (see above) attracts a lot of expats and tourists and RCA (see below) is the playground for the local boys and girls (though also becoming more and more popular among foreigners) in Khaosan it’s mostly the young and hip backpacker folk dancing on the street while sipping Chang Beer they bought in the 7-eleven or from the street vendors after midnight (when it’s not permitted to purchase alcohol in the shops). Of course there are still a lot of bars (some of the most popular one’s being Gulliver’s, Gazebo, 999 West and Brick Bar) and a few clubs (The Club, Deep, Lava Club and The Cliff Club).

Note that: Khaosan is quite a lot more than just Khaosan Road. Obviously the most action is going on right on Khaosan Road but this is just the center of Khaosan area and there are many side streets that have a lot more bars and clubs to offer.

Since there are so many tourists in the area it doesn’t really matter when you come here. Khaosan is partying hard and wild from sunset to sunrise 365 days a year. Though there are slightly more hot chicks (beautiful Thai girls and women, some hookers, some not) heading to Khaosan on Friday and Saturday nights.

3. RCA

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RCA stands for Royal City Avenue. In fact this is Bangkok’s largest nightlife area. Though it’s still a local favorite, more and more foreigners come here and do how the locals do by opening a bottle of Johnny Walker (or some Thai whiskey) in some of Bangkok’s most famous nightclubs.

The good thing about RCA like with any other local Thai nightlife area is that people are authentic and there are barely hookers around (at least not foreign oriented, what doesn’t mean you can hook up the normal way with someone) the downside is that the young Thai folk that normally get sponsored by their rich parents is kind of showing off while standing together in groups and sipping their black label with soda and ice.

The three most popular clubs in RCA are Route 66, Flix and Slim. Besides that there are lots of other smaller venues as well as restaurants, bars and lesbian bars.

Note that: While Thai people have normally go in the clubs for free, foreigners have to pay a cover charge (usually 200 or 300 baht including one drink). Also, different from most other nightclubs in Bangkok (with exceptions like the ones in Thong Lor, Ekkamai and a few venues in Sukhumvit Soi 11 like Levels and of course all the five star hotel clubs) all clubs in RCA have a dress code, means strictly no shorts and flip-flops / sandals.

Sukhumvit, Khaosan & RCA: Bangkok’s best nightlife areas. Of course there are a lot of other happening spots in Thailand’s capital and I have barely mentioned BKK’s three red-light districts here.

Some other great nightlife areas in Bangkok include¬†Ratchada Soi 4 (almost 100% Thai bars and clubs) Huai Kwang area (get off Huai Kwang MRT station exit 4, not just BKK’s soapy massage capital but also lots of laid back local bars like Huai Kwang Terrace and The Park) and Ramkhamhaeng area (BKK’s main student area, check out the Sois to the southern end of Rajamangala Football Stadium for the best venues).

What’s your favorite nightlife area in Bangkok?

About Redcat

Redcat

Redcat lives his dream by living and traveling in Thailand. On Thailand Redcat he shares his experiences and advice to all aspects of (night)life in Thailand. Redcat is also fluent in Thai both spoken and written and is author of the books Thai Beginner’s Course and Thai Love Course.

13 Responses

  • Tim says:

    Great site here.

    I was thinking to go to R66 but I’ll be by myself. Will this be really odd or awkward? I’m aware it isn’t Climax!

  • Steve says:

    I’ll be in Bangkok for 2 months starting in March.
    I have a choice of apartments: One located near RCA, the other located near On Nut BTS.
    Which one should I take?
    On Nut is closer to BTS but the RCA one has nightlife/restaurants within walking distance.
    I’m torn between the two.
    p.s.I’m over 40 so not sure if RCA is too young of a crowd for me.
    Any advice is appreciated,thanks.

  • Indy says:

    Thanks for your information. I’m looking forward to upcoming stay in Thailand. I would like to celebrate my husband 35th birthday any suggestions or ideas of where to take him?!

  • Jae says:

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    I really enjoyed and had lots of information from your articles preparing my vacation to Bangkok and Pattaya this year.
    I will try many of your recommended hot spots during my stay even though I am not farang though..I am from S Korea.
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  • hugh loh says:

    i want share my experience and give a challenge. i always hang around RCA 66 and Scratch Dog.
    I flirt this interesting group Mistress thai girl. They always hang around RCA 66 and Scratch Dog with open bottle and hunting for guys since have old husband.
    Group member is Fa Chan, Yinn, Praw & June.
    Fa Chan is Mistress of Yasuo Torato (Jagota brothers Trading Co.,Ltd), small breast with push up bra, have one america mixed son. Her old sister take care the son when she out to play. Pity and stupid Sister.
    Yinn – Mistress of Sarut, super fair japanese look with big boob.
    Praw – Freelancer Model, Thai Boy friend, tall with great body.
    My 1st pick up is with Fa Chan the Public Toilet, she anyone also can do.Have countless boyfriend from other countries. Enjoy the 1st night with Fa. Neck scar, Small breast with Birth Operation scar on abdomen. She have honda city car where we drive vacation more places for few days and nights.The Son Bell is cute.
    Yinn more tough lady, spend some effort only manage to get her. I must said very enjoy when she on top of me with her big boob, really enjoy it.
    Praw is very hard to tackle but i accomplish the task. She is most perfect girl with the sexiest body. She young compare with Fa (30), Yin (32)
    Hope you guys bump into this group ladies and start the challenge.5555555
    ~Hugh Loh

  • D says:

    Phat Pong!
    And also there is another area with clubs like RCA that includes The Funkey Monkey???
    Cant remember where

  • RCA is definitely my favorite spot in Bangkok, as it is probably the best place to pick up quality girls (read, non prostitutes) at night. There is a lot of foreigners there now though, and will only continue to attract more. Even with that said, it’s my top spot to hunt for girls at night.


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