Nightlife & Entertainment

Khao San Road
Other Bangkok Areas

Khao San Road & Banglamphu

Once an area used almost exclusively by budget travellers due to the large number of cheap hostels and guest houses located here, Khao San Road in Bangkok's Bang Lamphu District just north of Sanam Luang now attracts young locals who enjoy its trandy outdoor restaurants and bars. Best known of these international venue are Susie's Pub in Susie's Alley just off Khao San Road, and the Bangkok Bar, which is located just inside leafy Soi Rambutri, virtually opposite Khao San Road.

Elsewhere, there are dozens of bistro-style outlets and delightful cafes set in old Chineses shophouses, expecially on Phra Athit Road.

Here are our recommended. Enjoy your night time !
Name Address Tel. Type
Sabai Bar Located in Sunset street on Khaosan Road (66) 0-2282-5893 DJ
Bangkok Bar Located on Soi Rambuttri (66) 0-2629-4443 DJ
Lava Club Under Bayon Building (66) 0-2281-6565 DJ
Suzie Pub
Off-Khao San Road (66) 0-2282-4459 DJ
Gulliver's Traveler's Tavern Khao San Road at the Police Station end (66) 0-2629-1988-9 DJ / Cable TV with big football matches
The Brick Bar
265 Khao San Road, back of Buddy Lodge (66) 0-2629-4477 Live music / Pop
Shamrock Bar Second Floor of Khao Sarn Center (66) 0-2282-4366 Live bands / Rock

Other Bangkok Areas

Unusually amongst big cities, Bangkok does not have one major entertainment district. Instead, it has many areas offering leisure time activities. So wherever you stay, great nightlife opportunities are never far away.

Sukhumvit Road
Regarded by some people as the Bangkok equivalent of London's Kensington and Chelsea, Sukhumvit is unquestionably the most cosmopolitan area of the city. With the skytrain serving more than half its length, thus easing access to the various pleasures located on the main road and its adjoining streets, Sukhumvit is favoured by foreign residents as the place to live and play. It is also popular with well-to-do Thais who either live in modern condominiums or mansions set in huge compounds and enjoy the area's international flavour.

Essentially, Sukhumvit can be broken down into four distinctive entertainment areas: Nana, Asoke, Emporium and Thong Lor. Each has its own charms and attractions, and appeals to different groups of people.
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Nana, which includes Sois (side streets) No. 3 to 19, is perhaps best known for the four-storey entertainment plaza near the mouth of Soi 4. Farther down the Soi is a number of small restaurants and British-style pubs. Other busy night venues can be found in Sois 5, 7, 8 and 10. While many are simple bars serving food and drinks, a growing number now have full-sized pool tables. All along the main road are international restaurants, bars and all kinds of shops. A favourite among drinkers and lovers of pub grub is the Huntsman Pub in the Landmark Hotel. Also on Sukhumvit itself, next to Soi 13, is Clinton Plaza, a former office block transformed into an entertainment centre, with bars like the Living Room offering live music. On the opposite side of Sukhumvit is Sukhumvit is a new open market, with shops selling handicarfts, paintings and antiques, along with restaurants and foot massage parlours. At the far end of Soi 11 is the highly successful Q Bar, a musical venue that attracts young locals and expatriates in vast numbers, particularly at the weekend. Until recently Soi 12 was probably best known for the memorably-named Cabbages & Condoms restaurant created by a Thai-Scottish former politician who popularised birth control in rural Thailand. Now, with the opening of the Ministry of Sound, the first Bangkok version of the famous British disco of the same name, the street's fame will probably switch to a new generation of party-goers.

Asoke is the start of the "Green Route", a series of back lanes that offers drivers an alternative way of avoiding the congestion on Sukhumvit itself. Along this circuitous route are numerous restaurants and bistros serving all knids of ethnic cuisines. Among the best ae Baan Kanitha for Thai, Le Dalat for Vietnamese, Oille for Southern French, Homework for Thai and Swing for Mediterranean. On the approach o Soi 31 is Aise, a nightclub popular with young Thai crowd. A few metres down Soi 23 is The Ship, yet another of Bangkok's British-style pubs, complete with mock fireplace, wooden beams and darts board. And to make sure visitors from the UK feel even more at home, there's a small fish and chip shop a few doors away.

The newest of Sukhumvit's entertainment zones is based around the stylish Emporuim department stroe beside Soi 24, and includes Sois 18 to 39. The store itself is a major draw on the its own, thanks in part to the popular Greyhound and Kalaprapruek restaurants within, and also to the excellent cinema complex located here. On the opposites side of Sukhumvit it is Soi 33, a narrow lane that is rapidly gaining a repulation as a kind of upmarket entertainment area. Most of the outlets here follow the cocktail lounge format with funky music. Owners tend to name their premises after famous painters like Renoir, Van Gogh, Dali and Monet.

Soi 33 has several popural restaurants, most notably Pan Pan serving Italian fare, and Om Thong, which specialises in Thai cuisine. On the first floor is Above Cafe, another hangout for the young Thai set. Another elegant Italian restaurant, Fino, opened recently after major renovation to its building. The area is well served by pubs. The oldest, the Bull's Head, is set on a small half-circular lane behind the Villa supermarket, while the newest is an Irish pub called the Dubliner. The latter is set on the entrance to Washington Square on Soi 22. An English pub, The Londoner, is located in a sprawling basement on the corner of Soi 33. Next door is popular ten-pin bowling alley.

Soi 22 is an increasingly busy nightspot area, with a frowing number of bar and restaurants picking up a steady strem of business from the 1,000-room Imperial Queen's Park Hotel. Among those that thrive from this traffic is Larry's Dive Bar, which offers pool, good dining and friendly atmosphere. Adjoining is a shop dedicated to scuba diving. A short walk away is La Havana, a live music venue featuring Latino and Salsa. It also frequently hosts fun jam sessions involving local and foreign musicians, along with Latino and Salsa. The nearby Bourbon Street at the back of Washington Square is one of the few restaurants in Bangkok specialising in Cajun cuisine from the southern states of America.

Some interesting international restaurants can be found in Soi 18 and 20. They include Bei Otto, Bangkok's best known German eatery , and Chesa, a recently opened outlet specialising in Swiss food. Both are located at the top of Soi 20.

Thong Lor
At the heart of this area is Soi 55, also known as Thong Lor, a long and winding street with all kinds of entertainment venues located on both sides. They include restaurants, pubs, karaoke lounges and even a traditional Chinese tea house. Not to be missed is Witch's tavern, a purpose-built English pub featuring live music and Bangkok's only big band. For those who want to sample Thai culture, a couple of the city's best theatre restaurants are located within this area. The Piman Thai Theatre on Soi 49 is located inside an authentic Thai house, while Baan Thai is set just inside Soi 32.

Thong Lor is linked to Soi Ekamai (Soi 63), which is also noted for its numerous small restaurants, nightclubs and pubs, including Y50, a modern bar, and Barbaska, a restaurant-cum-bar. In between is Soi 53, a leafy residential lane and home to No. 53, a trendy bar/restaurant popular with young Thais.

Silom Road
Bangkok's main business street, Silom is also the focal point of a thriving entertainment industry. Patpong Road, which links Silom with Surawong Road, is known around the world for its nightly market, music halls and bars, but it is by no means the only area with afterdark attractions.

Convent Road, for intance, is witnessing a rapid increase in restaurants, including the elegant French outlet What's Up. At the Silom end of Convent is Shenanigans, the city's first Irish pub, which regularly draws alarge crowd of local and expatriate business men. Its nightly live musical entertainment has also proved a big hit. Another Irish pub, O'Reillys, is set on Silom itself while The Barbican can be found round the corner amid the lounges and karaoke bars of Thaniya Road, an area favoured by the city's sizeable Japanese communicaty. The oldest pub of all is Bobby's Arms, located in the Patpong car park. A younger local crowd have made Silom's Soi 4 their own preserve. the format on this pedestrianised lane is small bars playing techno music with plenty of space outside for the party crowd to study each other. The reopening of Tapas, a bar and dance venue, has much to do with the street's recent rejuvenation.

Beyond Silom next to Lumpini Park are several smaller concentrations of nighttime venues. Soi Sarsin has a collection of live music bars, including the long-established favourite Brown Sugar, whie adjoining Soi Lang Suan is acknowledged as a great place for Italian cuisine, Ad Makers for Thai and Le Moulin de Sommai for French. The nearby Soi Ruam Rudee, which links Wireless Road to Ploenchit, has a number of quality restaurants, including Witch's Oyster Bar and Baan Khanitha 2, which is located in a delightful old wooden house. Cutting across Silom is Chong Nonsee, a road built in recent years to give Bangkok's business area better access to the city highway system. all kinds of interesting night-spots are gragually sppearing on both sides of this major throughfare, turning the area into a new entertainment district. One of the first and still most successful is tawan Daeng, a huge beer hall with its own brewery and top-level local musicians.

Silom Road terminates at Charoen Krung, or New road, which runs parallel with the Chao Phraya River. On both sides of this majestic waterway are famous hotel like The Oriental, Royal Orchid Sheraton, Shangri-La and The Peninsula, all of which boast excellent restaurants and bars. Enjoying and drink or meal on the balcony of one of these beatiful properties is a marvellous experience. Also recommended is an evening dinner cruise on large, air-conditioned vessels operated by the Oriental and Shangri-La. Leading off Charoen Krung is a warren of small lanes where all kind of pleasant bistros and restaurants have been opened in old shophouses. Two of the best are Harmonique and Tongue Thai, both specialising in Thai cuisine. From Silom's main Skytrain statin of Sala Daeng, it is a quick ride to Siam Square, comprising a series of small roads whose best known entertainment venues are the Hard Rock Cafe and the Concept CM2 disco at the Novetel.Hotels In Silom Road

Ratchadaphisek Road
With the construction of Bangkok's underground system now well underway, some areas of the city are beginning to take on a new role. One such distric, Rachadaphisek Road, which links Asoke with the superhighway to the airport, is clearly undergoing such a change as several stations are to be sited here. The number of high-rises and hotels has mushroomed in recent years in anticipation of the convenient access the area will soon enjoy with the rest city. For the moment, though, Radchadaphisek is known as one of Bangkok's fastest growing entertainment districts, with a large number of Thai and seafood restaurants located here. At the Asoke end of the road is the newly opened Brew Pavilion, an enormous beer hall featuring live music and Spark Entertainment, a huge disco at the Emerald Hotel. Thais are a convivial race. After work or during weekends or on public holidays, they love going to places for recreation or participating in leisure. activities. The capital has a wealth of entertainment places: restaurants, sport centres, golf courses, bowling alleys, horse racing tracks, boxing stadiums, museums, public and private parks, zoos, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, beer gardens, karaoke clubs, discotheques, and night-clubs. From the above, it is obvious that there is virtually every type of entertainment to suit everyones taste or budget in Bangkok. Thai Dance
Thai classical dance is considered one of the most graceful forms of artistic expression. Dancers wear beautiful, brightly-coloured costumes fully decorated with jewels. They do not speak but use eye contact and body movements, particularly hands and fingers, to convey messages, and to indicate subtle changes of mood and feeling. Themes of the dance drama are based on the ancient Hindu Ramayana epic (widely known as Ramakien in Thailand) which depicts the fight between King Rama (a reincarnation of Vishnu) and Demon King Ravana. The dance is accompanied by percussion instruments and Pi Phat, a type of woodwind. Two of the most popular classical dances are the Khan, performed by men wearing ferocious masks, and the Lahhon, performed by women who play both male and female roles. Originally, dance performances could last for days. In modern times, only a few selected scenes are presented at dinner shows (Khan Thk). There are also other styles of Thai dance, ranging from simple. regional fiilk dances to elegant palace dances. These are usually performcd iii revue during Khan Tok dinners with several small pieces from each style. Many hotels and restaurants in Bangkok offer a classical dance show with dinner. The traditional dance performances are also regularly held at the National Theatre (near Sanam Luang) on weekends.

Thai Boxing
Is not uncommon for foreign visitors to Bangkok to come across a group of Thais crowding around television sets at night watching the latest boxing match. Thai boxing, or Muay Thai, attracts the most attention of the Thai people. Your visit to Bangkok will not be completed if you do not see at least one Thai boxing match. Although boxing matches are regularly televised, attending the live event is a thing not to he missed. Thai boxing is almost universally regarded as today's most exciting ring sport. It is considered by many to be the most violent martial art compared with Japanese Karate, Korean Taekwando, and Chinese Kung Fu. A boxing stadium is normally a noisy crowded arena, full of spectators cheering and screaming support for their favourites. Each fight starts with both corners performing a ritual, honouring and paying homage to their teachers (Roam Muav Thai). A match consists of five rounds, each of which lasts three minutes with a two-minute break between rounds. The bunt is normally accompanied by the music ola three-instrument orchestra (drums, cymbals and flute). The music rises and falls with the action taking placed in the roped ring. Apart from using their gloves, boxers are allowed to use their feet, legs, knees, elbows, shoulders, or any other part of the body, except the head, to overcome their opponent. A winner is awarded for a knock-out or a points decision given by a panel of jtalges. There are two boxing stadiums in the city: Ratchadanmocn Stadium oil Ratchadaimmen Nok Road (near the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Office), and Lumphini Stadium on Rama IV Road (near Sathon Road). Events take place at Ratchadamnoen Stadium on NIondays, Wednesdays. Thursdays, and Sundays, and at Lumphini Stadium on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. However, interested visitors are advised to check in advance for information on venues, times and ticket prices.

Fish, Cock Fighting
Fish-fighting is favorite traditional pastime in Bangkok. Fish, known as Pia Kai instinctively fight one another whenever they meet. Watching fish-fighting can he very exciting. Two brightly-coloured male fish are put into a big bottle or a jar in which they attack one another. The battle ends when one fish swims away or dies. However, since this sport is illegal, the event is usually confined to small, private groups. Another popular gambling sport is cock-fighting but it is also outlawed in Bangkok. Since only a few people know where the action is taking place, visitors who are interested will have to travel up-country to Visitors may still occasionly find cricket-lighting in someb areas of Bangkok. It is a game for children. Two crickets are laced into a box and the children tickle the insects' leads with straws, stimulating them to fight one another. During the battle, the crickets often produce sounds by ebbing their wings together. The fight is usually short with one running away or being levoured by the other.

Golf has become increasingly popular among well-to-do Thais and can he enjoyed year-round. There are several golf courses located in and around Bangkok, many of which compare with the best courses in the world.

Thai Massage
Visitors to Thailand should include traditional Thai massage, also called "ancient massage" ( Nual Phaen Boran in Thai ), on their things-to-do list. However, those having sensitive muscles may prefer to abstain. A massage helps release blocked channels of energy and alleviates jet lag experienced by newly-arrived travellers. Be aware that not every place advertising massage services offer a traditional Thai massage. Massages in Bangkok come in many variations, ranging from traditional massage to the "modern" or "physical" massages with lots of soap-suds and seductive body contact. They also range from joint-breaking pulls and pushes to gentle muscle kneading. According to Thai massage aficionados, blind masseurs give the best traditional massage. Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple, is most renowned for its traditional massage. A massage here costs 90 baht for half an hour or 150 baht per hour. Visitors can also get similarservices at the highly-praised Oriental Hotel but at a much higher price tag. Many hotels in Bangkok also offer legitimate massage services. If time permits, visitors may also want to learn about traditional Thai massage at the Traditional Medical Practitioners Association Centre (at Wat Pho) which offers a thirty-hour Thai massage course.

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