The Focus on Bangkok’s Best Nightlife Areas

Where is the best nightlife area in Bangkok city? Well the truth is that there is not just one spot that is the best.  The best nightlife spots are somewhat scattered over the city and they all offer an amazing time.

World Famous Nightlife

The Bangkok nightlife is world famous for its nightlife and entertainment options.  This city never seems to sleep.  If you are coming to Bangkok for a holiday then I am almost certain you are coming in part because of Bangkok’s well known nightlife. And If you are wondering where to have fun, after reading this article and you will know exactly where all the best hot spots are.

Using the map below you can easily see where these best nightlife locations are in relation to one another, so you can really get a feel for the Thailand nightlife and the layout in Bangkok city. If you want to know more specifically about the red light areas, then check out the post titled Red Light Districts In Bangkok

Unlike the Pattaya, that has areas that are more close to each other, Bangkok’s are more spaced out, and it will take too long to walk to to them.  Your best bet is to get a taxi, or take public transportaion. Getting a taxi in Bangkok is super easy as there are so many of them AND it is very cheap.  The Subway and Skytrain system in Bangkok is one of the best in the world and very clean, it is also very low in price as well.


Sukhumvit Road: Bangkok’s Main Tourist Street

Nana Plaza red light district in Bangkok, a Famous nightlife area


This street is considered to be a main street in Bangkok.  Right on top of this street is the BTS Sytrain.  Along Sukhumvit Road you can find more nightlife hot spots. Sukhumvit Road is one of Bangkok’s longest roads. At the north end of it is where most of the action is and where we will focus our attention on.

(from east to west)

  • Nana:  Two things to know about this place:  Not only is it a building complex full of beer bars, go go bars, but the whole area surrounding the building itself is one huge entertainment hot spot.  The building itself is called the Nana Entertainment Plaza (NEP). It is considered to be the biggest red light district in the Bangkok.  Close to Nana are other alleys with more entertainment options like the Sukhumvit Soi 11 nightlife area.
  • Asoke: About 1 km west of Nana you will see a street called Asoke. Around this intersection are more beer bars, some restaurants and Soi Cowboy which is arguably the best red light district is in Bangkok. Soi Cowboy is located between Sukhumvit Soi 21 & Sukhumvit Soi 23, adjacent to Sukhumvit road. This location is also useful because both the subway line and the Bangkok Skytrain meet in this intersection and is considered a major central hub of the city.  It is arguable that this area is the best place in Bangkok for nightlife.
  • Phrom Phong: A bit more further down from Asoke. Not as busy as the previous two places, but still happening in terms of nightlife. Good sushi restaurants here, and more action on Sukhumvit Soi 33.  It is worth mentioning that this place is also a good place to hang out in the daytime for massage action. More on this later.
  • Thonglor: Considered an upscale nightlife spots for the wealthier Thais.  Some really nice venues in this area, with dining and live music. Some of the best clubs in Bangkok are in Thonglor.

Sukhumvit Road Is One Of The Best Nightlife Areas In Bangkok

Two of Bangkok’s three red light districts are on this street. The Sukhumvit nightlife is also geared towards foreigners and is full of tourists.  There are countless bars and restaurants all along this street.


RCA: Bangkok’s Nightlife and Disco Hot Spot

The ONYX Nightclub On a Saturday Nightlife in BKK Thailand

This is a really nightlife area to check out.  Especially if you are the party type and want to go clubbing in some of Bangkoks best clubs such as Route 66, Onyx. If you want “normal’ hot Thai girls then this is the place you want to come.  RCAS is somewhat upscale and you will not see hookers here…at least not overtly.  It is not like beach road in Pattaya.  To read more about that check the article on the The Best Nightlife Hot Spots In Pattaya City.

The clubs in RCA have a style code, so don’t dress like you are going to the beach.

From my experience this is also a great place in Bangkok to take a Thai girl out for a date. First have some dinner at one of the restaurants, get your drink on to get the vibe going. After dinner you can hit up the clubs.


Khaosan: A Backpackers Haven In Bangkok

Picture of the Nightlife on Khaosan Road, Bangkok Thailand

Sometimes when I think of the nightlife in Khaosan in Bangkok it reminds me of the movie The Beach with Leaonardo DiCaprio. This place is the type you would read in your cliche backpackers tourist guide of Bangkok.

Usually when I’m at Khaosan I see people that I usually wouldn’t see in the other areas in Bangkok. Unlike areas such as Sukhumvit and RCA, the crowd here is mostly backpacker varieties. You will also find younger Thai girls who are infatuated with the western lifestyle and want to meet farang guys.  It reminds me of my college days partying.

Some people like the nightlife in Khaosan and some people don’t. Usually people who have been coming to Bangkok for quite some time don’t come here too often. Personally for me it is not my cup of tea. I do go sometimes just to check it out, or when some girl suggests to meet with her and her friends there.  It is worth mentioning that Khaosan road is just the street name. This whole area is called Khaosan.  Just know Khaosan road is where the action is in the evening.

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Amigo is a freelance writer and photographer living and working in south east Asia, spending the majority of his time in the beautiful country of Thailand. He loves to travel and write about his experiences on the web in order to help others with travel topics.