Nightlife & Thai Girls in Khon Kaen

Last updated: December 11th, 2018 | in Isaan | Khon Kaen | Nightlife | Thai Girls

Khon Kaen GirlThe nightlife scene in Khon Kaen is diverse and bustling and has a lot more to offer than most foreigners think. Really by walking around town during daytime and almost getting bored if you don’t know the nice places to visit you wouldn’t think that this place has so much to offer after sunset.

Khon Kaen is the second biggest town in Isaan (after Korat) and has the biggest and oldest university in all of northeastern Thailand. Needless to say that there are countless of young and attractive local Thai girls to be met.

While the various nightlife spots are spread all over town, the most popular area is in the town center near the big hotels like Pullman and Kosa. Within 1 km radius you will find dozens of local and foreign oriented bars, night clubs, soapy massage parlors and night markets. Below are the best nightlife spots in Khon Kaen and where they are located.

Bar Scene in Khon Kaen

Bar in Khon Kaen

The highest concentration of bars in Khon Kaen can be found all along Pracha Samran Road, 5 minutes walk from the Pullman hotel and 10 minutes walk from Central Plaza. It’s the type of places that have mostly Thai locals hanging out yet still very open to foreigners, some have a really nice and cosy set up and most have live music and TV screens showing live sports.

As with most of these places the line between bar and nightclub is very thin. Some have a big “Red” or “Black” sign outside indicating Jonnie Walker whiskey is sold inside and that’s how they promote the night clubs too. Whether bar or club, it doesn’t really matter though, there is no cover charge for any bar or nightclub in this area so you can just walk inside, order a couple of drinks and see if you like it.

Some of the nicest and most popular bars on Pracha Samran Road include 99 VintageLevels Up, Rads and the Farang owned Blue’s Bar. These are all ordinary bars and don’t have any ladies employed to hook up with the male clientele but again the “ordinary” local girls are fairly easygoing and approachable if you dare to do the first step.

Girly Bars in Khon Kaen

Girly Bar in Khon Kaen

You will find only a couple of foreign oriented girly bars and no go go bars in Khon Kaen. In that regards Khon Kaen is a little disappointing so if you stay for more than just a couple of nights you might just check out the other places mentioned here, use the dating sites or hop on a minivan to single-farang-paradise Udon Thani leaving every hour from Central Plaza (1.5 hours, 100 Baht).

The best bars with the most attractive girls on the small strip are My Bar, Happy Bar & Erics. They are all located on the street between the Pullman and Kosa Hotel. Most of them have pool tables (free) and TV screens showing live sports and/or YouTube.

Drink prices in these girly bars are very reasonable, and if you have just arrived from Bangkok you will love it here. Most have happy hours until 9pm with beers for as low as 65 Baht and even after that you never pay more than 80 or maximum 90 Baht for a beer. Lady Drinks are also reasonable priced at 110-130 Baht. The bar fine is 400 Baht in all places. Like everywhere else, they close either at midnight or 2am, depending on the current regulations with the officials. So you might just wait until the girl of your choice finishes work, that’s what the Thai guys usually do.

Night Clubs in Khon Kaen

Night Club in Khon Kaen

Most of the night clubs in Khon Kaen are spread around the Pullman Hotel as well. They all have the typical Thai nightlife venue set up with small tables and chairs all around including the area where there would be a dancing stage in western style clubs. There are live band performances from about 10pm to 2am and at around midnight it gets not just super packed with the young and hip local crowd but also the volume is turned up to eye splitting levels.

The most popular night club in Khon Kaen is U-Bar (see picture above), located just behind the Pullman Hotel. It’s really an institution here and even attracts celebrities from Bangkok that fly in just to party here for one night.

Monroe Club is the most popular late night spot in the bar area of Pracha Samran Road, just 10 minutes walk from U-Bar. It’s owned by the same guys who run Rads and two other bars that are always packed.

Bar Gru in Khon KaenAnother nightclub located in the basement of the Pullman Hotel is The Underground that serves its home German brewed Kronen Brauhaus Beer.

And then there’s one more hugely popular night club in downtown Khon Kaen: Bar Gru (see picture). It’s located just opposite the Khon Kaen Hotel, about 1 km north of the Pullman Hotel. It used to be called Snop and I wouldn’t be surprised if they rebrand it again in the future, so just look at my map to make sure you will find it.

Tawan Daeng in Khon KaenAnd the last one in the top five of the best night clubs in Khon Kaen is Tawan Daeng (see picture). It’s a franchise found in every major town in Isaan and this is the biggest one. It’s really a mix of bar, restaurant and club with lots of tables where people eat and drink while watching and dancing to the Morlam song performances on the huge stage. Seriously: This is the ultimate nightlife experience in Isaan so make sure to check it out.

Drinks at Khon Kaen night clubs are obviously slightly more expensive than in the ordinary bars (not a big difference though if you order a bottle of Johnnie Walker whiskey like most locals do) but then there is generally no cover charge – for Thais and foreigners alike.

Soapy Massage Parlors in Khon Kaen


The Charoen Thani Hotel has a soapy massage parlor called Lily (see above). The price is 2,000 Baht for 2 hours including everything. There is also a group of girls in the fishbowl offering a normal massage (and other services that you can talk about later) for 450 Baht for 2 hours. Lily’s is located near the hotel lobby on the way to the car park, right after you walk outside the lobby door you see it on the right side.

Nuat Kao Khon KaenThe Kosa Hotel has a soapy massage parlor called Nuat Kao, located on the ground floor as you pass reception take a left through a door outside and Nuat Kao is on the right side. Depending on the girl (fishbowl/sideline) the price is 2,500/2,700 Baht  for 1.5 hours including everything. On the third floor there is another massage place that has more average girls to choose from. The price is 450 Baht for a Thai massage and 650 Baht for a oil massage, both 2 hours. Additional services you can arrange with the girl.

Villa Massage Khon KaenThe next place and the most popular among Farangs is Villa Massage. It’s the cheapest soapy in town with fishbowl girls for just 1,000 Baht and sideline girls for 1,300 Baht. You may see some Farang expats there drinking beer while making up their choice. Funny here the fishbowl doesn’t have a glass so you can hear what the girls are talking. The reason why the price is so cheap here is because most of the ladies already have children. Still, some of the sideliners are really attractive. The building is quite old and when I came there the first time it started raining heavily and the lights went off right before the “massage” part. She then turned on the flashlight on her phone.

Caesar Massage Khon KaenThere is another soapy massage parlor in Khon Kaen that only few foreigners know about. It’s called Caesar Massage and located on Sri Chant Road (or better known as Soi Khao Niao). The girls there are divided into four groups and the price is 1,300, 1,600, 1,800 or 2,000 Baht for 1.5 hours including everything.

The Pullman Hotel doesn’t have a soapy massage but rather the best spa in town. The cheapest offer here is a one hour Thai massage for 650 Baht but you can also go for a three hour “Isaan Tranquility Ritual” for 3,500 Baht.

Happy Ending Massage in Khon Kaen

Happy Ending Massage in Khon KaenThe good news is that there are plenty of small massage salons spread all around Khon Kaen. However, the bad news is that most of those are traditional shops with masseuses not willing to give you the special happy ending at the end of the session. You got the best chances at the salon opposite the Pullman Hotel, just around the corner from the girly bar area. If you are really out for happy endings you might just want to take the minivan up to Udon (1.5 hours) that’s where you’ll find what you are looking for, similar to the places in Bangkok and Pattaya. Massage prices in Khon Kaen are generally 200 Baht for Thai Massage and 300 Baht for Oil Massage (1 hour).

Karaoke Bars in Khon Kaen

Karaoke Bar in Khon Kaen

If you want to go out for girls (called tîao-yǐng, เที่ยวหญิง = sortie-woman) like the Thai guys do, then you can have a lot of fun in the karaoke bars with very attractive Khon Kaen girls. No need to be scared to get ripped off there, that doesn’t usually happen just make sure you ask for the prices in advance. Common charges are 150 Baht/hr for the room rental and 200 Baht per girl. You cannot take out girls in the karaokes like in the beer bars for the Farangs, means you would need to wait until she finishes (usually at 2am) and then make arrangements with her.

Thai Brothels in Khon Kaen

A couple of rather shady brothels can be found on Soi Na Muang 25. Just walk past the Glacier Hotel late at night and you’ll see a few old houses full of young girls. The last time I checked this area I only found one brothel (they are raided by the officials from time to time) with one teen girl sitting outside and a 40-year old or so Tom who was obviously the manager told me that they have only fishballs here while pointing at the food cart in front of her. Only fishballs I asked? Yes, only fishballs. They didn’t serve foreigners, at least not at this place, or at least not this girl.

Ladyboy in Khon KaenLadyboys in Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen is one of the best places in Isaan to hook up with hot ladyboys. One place where some can be found are the girly bars opposite the Pullman Hotel. Especially Happy Bar has one quite naughty ladyboy (in Thai they would say dʉ̂ʉ – เด้อ). She would come up with things like “You know? Buy one get one free” when she sees you hanging out with a lady. Or “He has 3 balls. How many have you?” when she plays pool with someone. Another great place to meet ladyboys in Khon Kaen is Central Plaza, especially in the fashion and beauty shops and promotion booths. And of course, like everywhere, the easiest and most convenient way to meet them is the Ladyboy Online Dating Site.

Night Market in Khon Kaen

Night Market in Khon Kaen

There are quite a few night markets in Khon Kaen but the most popular one is definitely the Walking Street Market, held every Saturday from sunset to about 11pm on Na Soon Rachakarn Road. It sells everything from local food to clothes and handicrafts. There are even a couple of live bands playing Thai hits right on the street.

More Nightlife Spots in Khon Kaen

There are a couple of other nightlife areas that are worth checking out. Such as the Kaen Nakhon Lake where many expats live, just drive along the road leading around this lake and you’ll find a good dozen of both Thai and Farang bars. The next area is Nai Mueang Alley where several bars are clustered around Tawan Daeng. And last but not least, just south of the Khon Kaen University (by the way the biggest and oldest in Isaan) there are dozens of popular restaurants and drinking spots. They are spread all along Maha Witthayalai Alley.

Map of Nightlife in Khon Kaen

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22 Responses

  • Bowthai says:

    Coming to Khon Kaen. What is the best hotel near good bars to have a drink and meet girls? How is the Pullman or Kosa?

    • Michael says:

      I stayed at the Kosa and it is nice. Terrible breakfast if you want farang food. Not sure if they are guest friendly as I didn’t try.

  • John says:

    Just come back from Kohn Kaen. So much has changed Eric’s, Happy Bar and My bar still plodding on. Found a lovely place for English Breakfast at Beung Kaen Nakhon Lake called “Lakeside Bar Restaurant” run by Falang and his wife and kids, no girls am afraid but nice place to bring your girl for food and drink with a lovely view of the lake.

  • Derek Corn says:

    I didn’t have much luck at the karaoke bars … the first I went to didn’t want me to even go in (I was alone by the way), they kept telling me “it’s Karaoke Club”. The second, I went in with the girl, bought a beer for myself, 2 glasses of water for her (shot glasses as it turned out!! Grr) and it was 750Baht in total (!!). I was only there for 30mins. The girl wasn’t very friendly at all, didn’t sing, hardly spoke English at all, so it was a total and utter waste of money.

    • Maroon says:

      Hi my friend. That’s why the first one didn’t let you in. Because you are a farang and as many of them just complaining about prices and services. You want all the fun but than as a cheapskate.

  • Joe says:

    Hi guys…I would like to know if you know those girls giving Soapy Massage with a Happy End from those hotels are safe??? I mean…How do we know they have not HIV or any sickness? Thank you

    • The C Man.. says:

      Well, let me put it this way.. If you hook up with a girl in a club or a bar, how do you know she doesn’t have it..?
      Just been to Ceasars today.. Very clean, sweet girl, and everything is safe.. So I would say they are taking good care of them selfs.. I went with the one I found hottest, she was actually in the 1700 group.. Nice :-) The best pussy I have had so fare in Thailand..!

  • BJ says:

    Did Valentine’s move? Get closed down? Reopening soon?

  • Lung F says:

    I have been several times in KK, and for massage with Happy Endings I have always been satisfied to the regular massage places at the Bung Kaen Nakhon. I have looked many times for other places, but only saw the Ceasar’s. I actually tried it. Not too bad, but you better speak a bit of Thai. It’s not really a massage place, rather than a place where you get a good bath (with the girl) and then do the deed.
    With respect to the place near the Glacier hotel, I have never seen that place you guys have been talking about. What was I suppose to look for? A bar? or place with girls hanging out at the door? Each time I drove by that place, I never noticed any thing like what has been suggesting. I am not arguing. I just can’t read Thai, and I must have been blind each time I have been driving there! lol
    Thanks for the info on the Lily’s parlour. I will visit on my next visit to KK!!

    • Massimo says:

      Dear friends, I live in bung Kaen Nakorn, Khon Kaen, since October last year. Concerning traditional massage, the best that I found is cheewatip in bung Kaen Nakorn, near wat nong weng. One of the best that I found in Thailand, open 7 days a week, 10-22; concerning coffee, my favorite is coffee Lake view, still in bung Kaen Nakorn, open 6 days a week, Monday off, 10.30 – 18.30. Very good WiFi too. Concerning easy ladies, I have some problems. Near pulman and Kova hotels, there are some beer bars but the ladies inside are too old for me. Can someone help me to find other proper places? I just know harem in Roma hotel but too expensive and sometimes the ladies, pretty and young, are just there for the commissions on the drinks. Thanks for your help.

  • น้ำแข็ง says:

    I checked it again, talked to thai people living near by to be shur I found the right place .(I’m fluened thai reading/writing) as they showed me the place there are even 2 new small thai pubs build on the place where the girls used to be,so no way for reopening at that place .any infos about Soi 2,3 and Soi 7 in Udon are they open?

  • น้ำแข็ง says:

    It looks like the police closed the place near the Glacier

    • Redcat says:

      Thanks for the update Ice, I will check that area once I’m back in town and update the article if necessary. However, it happens all the time that brothels close for a couple of days if they can’t pay the bribes to the cops and one week later everything is business as usual.

  • dan says:

    When you go to Lily’s don’t trust a guy who seem like a manager. He will direct you to a worst beginners and at the highest price. Stay away from this guy. He is Thai in his mid to late 30’s. Get the regular Thai message at 450 bht (girls in pink shirt) and negotiate with her after. I fell for it and what was 450 bht end up 1,810 bht.

  • slick says:

    Bullshit tried it was dispointed

  • tom isaan says:

    Plenty of places for a few beers around Beung Kaen Nakhon, a couple western, mostly thai

  • Terry says:

    I was able to get out and check the scene around the Glacier hotel and I must say I was impressed. While I did not partake as it were I did enjoy meeting and talking to some the girls. Yes, some real cuties and the highest price I was quoted was 600 the lowest was 500. Not sure if there is a barfine attached.
    On another note: I went to the Kosa just to check it out. You don’t go into the hotel you just walk to the left side of the entrance and the front door is on the left. You don’t see it from the road of course. I tried a nice looking side line and two of my friend did also. My experience was negative, the time was cut by 40 minutes, the girl was an amateur IMHO and did not even try to see to my pleasure. I figure for a pro and 2,600 baht it is her job to see I was happy but I was disappointed. I did complain to the manager about the time and experience and said I would like some of the money back. He of course said no. As my friends came back down they also had the same similar stories.
    I may go back and try a regular. Usually those have always been the best for me or just let the manager select for me. That way the girls are a little more motivated to perform.
    One good note though is on the way out we did see all three girls called into the office by the manager and three other people (one woman) none of them looked happy about it.
    For my money and satisfaction Lily’s has always been a great experience no matter who provided the service. Once I even took the cashier. Actually she was the best.

  • Terry says:

    Jame’s do you turn right away from the main party road. My friend went looking guess he got confused. I will go check it out this next week.

  • Redcat says:

    Thanks for this info James!

    • jeanpierre tilmant says:

      Hi ! I am preparing a trip to Isaan district and would like to know what city is the best for nightlife and girls: UDON THANI or KHON KAEN ? side line girls?

      • Redcat says:

        Hi Jeanpierre. As I wrote in the article, there are only a few bars with farang-oriented Thai girls in Khon Kaen. Udon Thani is the best place in Isaan to meet girls (all sorts of including sidelines) both in the bars as well as on the dating sites. The guide to nightlife in Udon Thani can be found here.