Thailand Nightlife Guide

What really goes on when the sun
goes down in the land of smiles

The Author's Niece in a Pattaya Bar

One Night in Bangkok

Many visitors' expectations of Thailand nightlife seem to extend no further than the much-hyped go-go bar scene, but there are lots of other entertaining options for you to indulge in once the sun goes down. Should you be visiting Thailand for the first time, then this is possibly going to be a particularly exciting occasion. The cities and beach resorts are abuzz with electrifying activities for you to enjoy.

There are many live jazz venues where you can go should you wish to listen to some soothing sounds or if you like something a  little more upbeat, there are plenty of nightclubs, night markets, karaoke bars, teahouses and hotel lounges.

For dancing, there is an assortment of nightclubs, discotheques, beach parties and pubs. Other forms of entertainment include cabaret shows, comedy houses, concert halls and folk clubs. It's non-stop entertainment everywhere in Thailand. 


Soi Cowboy in Bangkok

Thailand Nightlife - Bangkok

One night in Bangkok as the famous song goes, is just not enough time to enjoy the exciting and energetic scene in this cosmopolitan city. The same also pretty much goes for the rest of the country as well. Live entertainment doesn't stop.

Bangkok Nightlife is for many modern tourists, a chaotic kaleidoscope of pure sexual fantasy that seems to extend no further than the adult playgrounds of Nana Plaza Entertainment Center, the infamous Pat Pong red light district and the street around Soi Cowboy. There are other pleasurable options once the sun goes down in this sometimes complex but always vibrant environment. 

Exquisite dining at some of the best local and international restaurants, superb theatre, concerts and art shows, live jazz venues and dance clubs and some of the best nighttime shopping. There is certainly something for all age groups.


Thai Beer Bar in Phuket

Thailand Nightlife - Phuket

Phuket Nightlife is mostly centred on the Patong beach area with Bangla Road and Soi Sunset being the most lively areas for the ultimate night time entertainment. The club scene revolves around dozens of discos with the likes of Tai Pan, Banana Disco and Tin Mine. Hundreds of beer bars with sexy hostesses provide numerous fun, laughs and excitement for all who dare. Go-go bars are abundant and thriving on nearly every street. 

Market stalls are abuzz with a variety of goodies from local handicrafts to cheap designer clothes. Foot massage salons are everywhere and the girls there offer treatments for tired feet while the naughty massage parlours offer anything else your heart desires. It's non-stop party time with some superb and deceptively feminine shows such as the world famous Simon Cabaret, setting the scene with elaborate stage sets, and highly professional performances that alternate with a few comic laughs.


Girls at a Go-Go Bar in Pattaya

Pattaya Nightlife

Pattaya Nightlife where it's show time with girls, girls and more girls and with a fair number of ladyboys too for good measure. The infamous Walking Street which is closed to vehicle traffic during the evening is one such place to be for an ultimate nightlife experience. To understand a bit more of what really happens when the sun goes down in Pattaya, you may also like to read my latest Nightlife in Thailand chapter where the saga continues into the night.


My Favourite Band in Pattaya


Live Bands at Suan Lum Night Bazaar


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