Top 5 Bangkok nightlife experiences

  • Posted onApril 15th, 2013

Saxophone PubBangkok is  city filled with culture, adventure, and the weird and wonderful, and the exploring doesn’t stop at sun down, in fact you could say at night is when the real Bangkok comes alive. But Bangkok isn’t just about sleazy gogo bars and neon lit nightlife, this is a city filled with diversity and choice, for all the racy and raunchy, there is the refined and revered, for every sleazy saloon there is a slick and sophisticated option.

To help you discover the best of after dark adventure, here are our top 5 Bangkok nightlife experiences:

Siam NiramitMarvel at the Siam Niramit Cultural Show

Hosting an 80-minute spectacular stage show filled with dancers, animals, and staged fights depicting epic scenes from Thai history, the Siam Niramit show is a breathtaking performance.

This is top notch entertainment Thai style, with state of the art special effects, over 150 professionally trained actors, dancers, and stunt people, set on the world’s largest stage! The show also includes an option to dine on traditional Thai fare, and includes a replica Thai village where you can watch traditional crafts and shop for unique gifts.

Sky BarLook down on Bangkok city from a Bangkok Rooftop Bar

Bangkok has a number of stunning rooftop bars where one can enjoy a cocktail or evening meal, looking down on the sparkling city skyline. This is where you’ll find Bangkok’s jet-setter, celebs, and hi-so crowds, enjoying the breathtaking views and cool breeze.

There are a number of rooftop bars worthy of being mentioned, such as the Vertigo and Moon Bar on the 6st floor of the swish Banyan Tree hotel, the Sky Bar at the State Tower, made famous for it’s appearance in Hollywood’s Hangover 2 movie, and Park Society at the Sofitel So in Sathorn, overlooking the lush Lumpini Park.

Brown SugarKick back in a jazz lounge

Bangkok has a rather cool collection of classy jazz lounges where you can easily spend the evening sipping on a bourbon listening to some moody tunes with like minded live music lovers. From grimy basements to sophisticated hotels bars, there’s something to suit every taste.

Bangkok’s jazz lounges feature lots of local talent as well as cameos from some of the big international stars, in notable bars such as the classy Living Room at the Sheraton Grande hotel, the ever popular Saxophone under Victory Monument, and the long standing Brown Sugar Jazz Boutique.

Bed SuperclubDance to the Bangkok beat at a super club

By super clubs we mean state of the art nightclubs hosting some of the world’s best international DJs, drawing in a very sexy crowd.  From dub step and dance, to trance and techno, there are no shortage of top notch clubs to be discovered banging tune until the very early hours.

Many of the most famous clubs can be around Sukhumvit soi 11, here you’ll find clubbing institutions such as Bed Supperclub, Q Bar, and exciting new ventures like Bash and Levels, or over on the Royal City Avenue where clubs such as Route 66, Slim & Fix, and the Beat Lounge, draw in  the party loving locals night after night.

Patpong Night MarketAfter-Dark Shopping Experience

If you’re not in a partying mood then why not try some after dark shopping at one of Bangkok’s night markets. Here you’ll find plenty of interesting scenes and chance to do some late night bartering while eat midnight snacks Thai style.

Notorious night markets in Bangkok include the crazy Khao San Road Market where you can get everything from fake IDs and counterfeit DVDS, to tacky Ts and deep fried insects, the Patpong Night Market where market stalls run between the infamous gogo bars, and my personal favourite, the Rod Fai Market, with antiques and all types of wonderful memorabilia, and a rocking live music bar known as Rod’s.

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