Bangkok After Dark: Five Hippest Places To Experience The Bangkok Nightlife
Bangkok gets more lively and fun as the day passes by. By night, the city really turns alive, with the district after district lighting up to accommodate the throngs of night owls who are looking for places to party, dine, and shop. Bangkok's nightlife once had a reputation for being rowdy and sleazy, but over time, this perception has significantly changed.
Book your flights at the Momondo site and prepare yourself to embrace the intense nightlife in the streets and districts of this wonderful city. Below are some recommended venues to party in Bangkok:
With its space-themed interiors and edgy house music, Bed Supperclub is the most popular, if not the best, nightclub in Bangkok. Aside from being one of the hippest and happening dance clubs in the city (internationally-renowned DJs like Sven Vath and Drum n' Bass DJ Pendulum have already graced its dance floors), Bed Supperclub also boasts a unique dining environment where customers are served their food while lounging on white beds in the restaurant area.
Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar
Nothing can beat the 360-degree view of the Bangkok skyline from the Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar. This rooftop bar, a favorite haunt of tourists and guests at the Marriot Hotel Sukhumvit, is the perfect place to watch the sunset or just chill around with friends and loved ones. Its open-air layout offers a refreshing take for people who are tired of crowded and noisy bars. Also, the views from Amari Watergate Bangkok Hotel, and especially from the executive lounge are pretty amazing too.
Patpong Night Market
Bangkok's nightlife is not all about drinking and partying. The Patpong Night Market in the Silom area offers great deals on knick-knacks, branded items, and souvenirs. Be warned though, that some sellers will rip off unsuspecting tourists by charging exorbitant prices for their goods. Make sure you know what the average prices of most goods are and that you can haggle your way around the market on your own. The Patpong Night Market, which is a few minutes walk away from the Sala Daeng train station, is open from 6PM to around 1AM.
Loy Nava Dinner Cruise
For those who want to experience the best of Thai culture and cuisine, the Loy Nava Dinner Cruise is the best option. Visitors can experience riding a teakwood rice barge in style along the great Chao Praya River. This romantic cruise has excellent dining (local Thai cuisine is served on board) while offering some spectacular views of the city's riverside. Traditional Thai dancers also provide entertainment for guests. Though the price can be quite steep ($200 for the entire cruise package), the trip and experience are all worth it.
The Playhouse Theater and Cabaret
Unlike other "ladyboy" shows in Bangkok, the shows from the Playhouse Theater and Cabaret are wholesome and have none of the risque content that other sleazy attractions offer. Everything is Broadway-style, which means the focus is on the impressive dancers, showmanship, set, costumes, and music. The theater offers great views of the stage, while the staff ensures that you get the best dining and entertainment service possible. The Cabaret is located in Asia Hotel, along Phayathai Road.
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