Nightlife in Bangkok

When the sun goes down, Bangkok’s party lights come on. A good way to start the evening is with a visit to the Moon Bar at Vertigo, a cocktail bar at the top of the Banyan Tree Hotel. At 61 floors up, this bar offers arguably the best panoramic sights in Bangkok where you can see Bangkok spread out before your eyes. Sip a superb cocktail as you take in the enormity of this impressive city. Sunset is the best time to go. A dress code applies and there is a restaurant attached to the bar.

If you are looking for more local food, Blue Elephant is a staple in Bangkok. Despite having its roots in Brussels this popular restaurant (which also includes a cooking school) serves Thai food in a wonderful Colonial building. A definite must try. And, of course, there is Bangkok’s China Town. You’d be remiss to not sample the excellent Chinese food in Bangkok. Head to Yawolat Street for street food or try one of the many restaurants. You won’t be disappointed.

For those wanting to combine food and entertainment, visit Sala Rim Naam, part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for their wonderful dinner and traditional dance show. Set in a beautiful, traditional Thai-style pavilion you can enjoy the set menu while the entertainment unfolds around you. Another popular night time show is traditional Thai puppetry. In action, these shows can impress with the lifelike poses performed by the puppet operators. Try Suan Lum Night Bizarre or the King Power Theatre for the pick of the best.

Of course there are also the inimitable ‘ping pong’ shows. The content is very explicit, and a personal choice if you want to visit, but if you do decide to experience this infamous part of Bangkok’s nightlife, be careful. Research recommended shows and agree the entire price up front – exorbitant drink prices may be used to make up for seemingly low entry fees especially in Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza.

If you want to party late into the night, Khao San Road is the place to be. Try the local tipple, Sang Som whiskey, as you rub shoulders with the best of Thai nightlife. However your night unfolds, Bangkok will keep you out as late as you let it.

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