Guide to Thailand’s Nightlife
Thailand’s night attractions and activities have been a magnet for tourists from all over the world for decades. Enjoy the camaraderie and festive atmosphere of its vibrant cities whether you are travelling alone, with a loved one or a bunch of friends. Thailand’s nightlife options will be the stage for unforgettable memories for a lifetime.
Best time to visit: Since the nightlife attractions coincide with the crowds, the best time to visit would be the high season – the winter months between November and February. Nevertheless, the country is an all-year destination, so you will always find most of the attractions open for business, anytime you go.
Things to do: It is time to let your inhibitions go and see the colourful side of life that blooms when the sun has set. The streets of Bangkok are home to some of the quirkiest and legendary nightspots in the world. Crazy memories wait for you as you step into the night lights of Thailand’s capital. Here are some top tips.
Muay Thai Fight
When in Thailand, do not miss the kickboxing. Muay Thai is an ancient martial art that is now a popular sport across the world. Witness this discipline in real life at some of Bangkok’s most popular Muay Thai venues – Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen stadiums, the latter of which features women fighters.
Tip: Avoid the match-ups involving amateurs in the touristy areas and head over to Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen for a real dose of the sport.
What it costs: There are usually 10 match-ups for one fight night, and the costs for a foreign tourist would be between 1000 to 2000 baht.
Best time to Visit: The Queen’s Cup in August and the King’s Cup in December feature the best fighters so if your travel dates coincide, you are in for a treat.
Suitable for: Individuals, Friends.
Keep in mind: The fighting can get aggressive and violent, so keep that in mind before heading over.
Night River Cruise
The night landscape of Bangkok is a fascinating amalgamation of modern sky-scrapers, continuous traffic, the glitter of old heritage and the many distinctive neighbourhoods, some that brim with activity all night. Witness this portrait of the city from the comforts of a luxurious boat on the Chao Praya River. The night river cruises are a great way to unwind and explore the city. The highlights include Thai cuisine and an accommodating staff, along with beautiful sights of the lit up temples on the banks of the River of Kings
Tip: Enjoy a candle-lit dinner with your loved one on this floating venue.
What it costs: Based on what kind of river cruise you choose to take, the price can range anywhere between 800 to 1500 baht per person.
Best Time to visit: Throughout the year
Suitable for: Family, Couples, friends.
Keep in Mind: There are multiple tour providers for this evening/night activity, so ensure you get one that is reliable.
Based on Hangover 2, a movie set in Bangkok, this tour features places that appeared in the comedy flick. It doesn’t really matter if you haven’t watched the movie because the Bangkok Hangover Tour covers the highlights of Bangkok nightlife, and you can soak it all in with a few hours of exploration. A night of edgy and fun attractions is in store as you visit the following destinations:
- Tilac Bar and other bars in the Soi Cowboy area
- Nana Plaza with live shows, lady boy bars and more
- PatPong, an adult entertainment district, with live shows, kickboxing, fetish clubs and other exotic shows
Tip: Make sure you have good company as this tour is a wild and extremely enjoyable one at night.
What it costs: Anywhere between 1800 to 2200 baht per person, depending on the package you choose.
Best time to visit: Any time of the year! The cult movie certainly evokes memories of fun with your best friends and the tour hours are 7.30 PM to half past midnight.
Suitable for: Friends and couples.
Keep in mind: The Hangover Tour prioritises your safety, so ensure there is a guide at all times. The costs mainly comprise the minimum purchases at the separate venues, like the expense on a drink or an entrance fee.
Thailand’s tourist hotspots are abundant with night clubs. Here are some you may choose from if you are looking for a party to go to
- Ce La Vi: This high-profile club is popular with foreign tourists and expats
- Onyx: This is the go-to destination for EDM fans
- Khao San Road: If you are looking for an open street party atmosphere with a mix of music and people from all over the world head over to the backpacker heaven where you only need to spend on drinks being sold on the roadside stalls.
- The Seduction complex in Phuket’s Patong Beach: Home to five separate party venues, this a vibrant night-spot
- The Ark Bar: One of Koh Samui’s popular nightclubs, the Ark Bar is considered an institution
Tip: Every part of Thailand has different taste in music and crowds. So, ensure you find one that suits your taste.
What it costs: Anywhere between 400 to 1000 baht or upwards depending on how much you wish to drink or go club-hopping.
Best time to visit: The clubs are open all year long but come alive during holiday season. Party time in Thailand usually starts post 9 PM and goes on till way past midnight.
Suitable for: Individuals, friends, couples.
Keep in mind: You can find bars and clubs that cater to all budgets so don’t worry about the cost too much!
Late Night Shopping
Bangkok and shopping go hand in hand, and night shopping is real fun. From fashion items to curios, after-dark shopping trips offer an experience which also includes gastronomic delights. Here are some markets you must visit for some night-shopping. Patpong Night Market- an open-air night market at Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
- Jatujak Green (JJ Green)- A Night market at Chatuchak
- Rod Fai Night Market- Vintage memorabilia, antiques, bar and eateries await at this open-air night market
- Asiatique: Ideal for those travelling with a family, this market offers a comfortable shopping experience
Tip: Night shopping is definitely something you must try out if you’re visiting for the first time.
What it costs: Depending on the package you choose, a guided shopping trip can cost anywhere between 4500 to 20000 baht for the entire trip, including stay and food for 2, not including the cost of all the curios you pick up.
Best time to visit: While most open-air markets are bustling all night, the peak hours are 5 PM to midnight to 1 AM.
Suitable for: Family, Couples, Friends.
Keep in Mind: Make sure you have your bargaining skills ready as some shop owners will quote exorbitant prices.
Lady Boy Cabaret Show
When it Thailand, make sure you enjoy the unique experience of witnessing the famous lady boy performers at the cabarets. Pattaya is famous for the shows and Vegas inspired Tiffany and Alcazar are popular destinations. The lady boys are a proud part of Thailand’s holiday culture, and they can mesmerise you with their grace and talent. Dressed in over-the-top costumes, lady boys put up a dazzling show, inviting audience participation. Engaging, funny, and yet not raunchy, the show attracts couples and families in droves. The Calypso at Bangkok’s Asia hotel is also a long running and popular show .
Tip: The Lady Boy show is world famous and should be experienced at least once. See if you can get front-row seats to catch all the action from the best place.
What it costs: It can range anywhere between 650 to 2000 baht depending on the type of show you wish to view.
Best time to visit: The shows run all year long, and the Calypso cabaret show can be seen at 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM.
Suitable for: Friends, Couples, Individuals.
Keep in mind: Since some shows are sold out in advance, try booking them a few days before.