As you admire the sunset, ideally from a rooftop bar near the river, the busy roads of Bangkok will slowly become less congested and open the routes to a new city : Bangkok by night.
Re-discover Bangkok on a different perspective and enjoy a new panel of attractions unique to Bangkok nightlife. Whether it be dining, clubbing, sightseeing or taking part to a cultural experience, we have selected some of the best things to do in Bangkok by night to make sure that you will spend a memorable night!
1 – Things to do in Bangkok by night
1 – Clubbing
Most people living in Bangkok love to party and this is the reason why you’ll find bars, discos and clubs open 7 days a week. Recently, most places close at 2AM so this is better to start heading out early.
You should not miss Ku De Ta, one of Bangkok’s iconic club located on the 39rd floor of Sathorn One Building, music ranges from house to hip hop and is the place that gathers most foreigners and tourists.
In Sukhumvit, Grease Night Club is a good choice if you have not decided whether you will go clubbing or not, since you can have dinner at their Mediterranean fusion restaurant on the ground floor, or opt for a shisha on their top floor terrace before getting in the LSD club. The club boasts a futuristic atmosphere mixed to a dubstep arty background on an impressive low ceiling dancefloor.
If you wanna party with the wealthy young crowd of Bangkok while listening to some techno music in a warehouse, why not checking out Demo? This is located in the heart of Bangkok’s nightlife scene and you rather make sure to bring your ID.
Lastly, if you dream about a pool party this is also possible! Just head to the Ocean Urban Lounge in Sukhumvit, parties are organised every Fridays and Saturdays, arrive early to start with tapas and drinks by the pool as if you were in Phuket !
We hope that this short list of clubs will help you spend a legendary night in Bangkok, at least you have an idea of where to go now 🙂
2. Hangover Tour – Relive the hangover movie
The Hangover movie naturally comes to our mind when we think about spending a night in Bangkok, well you can relive the Hangover movie during this Bangkok Hangover Tour.
Described by CNN as a “safe way to see Bangkok seedier side”
Bangkok nightlife specialists will bring you in the most happening night clubs and bars, ladyboys shows or thai boxing shows of Bangkok. Your guides will not only immerse you into the Hangover movie spirit by treating you to a fake Mike Tason tattoo on arrival, but will also bring you to the “forbidden” places of Bangkok.
Discover the famous Soi Cowboy, and follow the steps of the Hangover movie characters as you pass by Nana Plaza and Pat Pong. Definitely one of the must things to do in Bangkok by night!
Discover a part of Bangkok that you would not have explored on your own in a safe way, this is ideal for a big group of friends or a hens party, plus drinks are included so just have fun !
3. Watch one of Bangkok Extravagant Shows
When in Bangkok, you should not miss its entertaining and extravagant night shows that boasts the colourful Thai culture through internationally renowned performances.
Bangkok offers splendid and unique shows that involves all kind of artists from ladyboys dancers, Thai traditional puppets, Muay Thai performers, Korean chefs, or even Elephant dancing on the scene.
Calypso Cabaret and its Lady Boy shows has gotten the heart of foreign visitors and even seduced some men that were actually looking at other men with women bodies! It will surely put you in a good mood after watching those dancers bringing all their energy and happiness into this show, and it actually caters to crowd of all ages.
Your kids will love even more the Traditional puppet show or the colourful Siam Namirit show. While Thai puppet tell you about Thailand history through cock fighting scenes and other love stories, while the spectacular Siam Namirit showcases 700 years of art and culture throughout Thailand.
The colourful and lively Siam Namirit is an award winning show that can easily be compared to shows in New York or Paris, featuring over 150 performers, 500 costumes and elephants, we guarantee that you will leave feeling enchanted by the magic of Thailand !
The Muay Thai Live Show is one of the newly comers on the Bangkok nightlife scene and its theatrical show did not disappoint at all. Witness from your own eyes surreal and theatrical fights with real punches and kicks accompanies by an astonishing sound system. Again, this show will satisfy all ages and keep you captivated for an hour!
Lastly Cookin’ Nanta, the Korean award winning show has already welcomed over 9 million spectators from all over the world and really worth a visit for a good laugh. You will enjoy a witty and humorous show telling the story of 3 chefs who are given just an hour to cook a feast under the pressure of their angry manager. This is a non verbal theatrical show that will captivates you by the mimic and gestures of talented artists. It is performed daily at RCA Plaza.
4. Dine While Watching a Thai Dance Performance
This is probably one of the best things to do in Bangkok to get yourself immersed into Thailand ‘s rich culture and while spending a colorful and joyful evening in a location you would not have found by yourself.
Ruen Thep Thai Theatre Restaurant hosts a show of traditional Thai dancing every night where you can dine and taste delicious seafood Thai dishes while being entertained by a 6-act show of classical and folk Thai dance.
Do not wait any longer to book your Thai dining and dance experience
5. Apsara Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River
Enjoy cruising aboard a splendid riverboat while passing by the waterfront landmarks beautifully lit into the night.
Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree is according to us the cruise that offers the most complete experience on the Chao Phraya River. Not only because the cruise is quiet and comfortable but also thanks to its menu and its heavenly prepared dishes served with elegance makes this cruise-dining experience one of its own.
In addition, you will be able to enjoy the personal attention from your hosts while dining with a candlelight and tasting mouthwatering dishes cooked by a Chef on-board.
We highly recommend Apsara Cruise that will provide you a serene cruising experience or even a romantic journey through the Chao Phraya river.
Do not miss taking your camera out when passing by the Wat Arun temple or the Grand Palace, both beautifully illuminated into the night !
6. Night Tuk Tuk Tour
This is according to us the best way to visit the most attractions possible of Bangkok in a limited time. Stop at no more than 7 of the most iconic attractions of Bangkok, while being guided by your Tuk Tuk driver.
The secret has been well kept that some of Bangkok’s main attractions look even more gorgeous at night while being illuminated; among them you will visit the Khlong San market, Wat Pho temple, Giant swing, flower market, Chinatown & more!
This night Tuk Tuk tour also offers a complete cultural experience as your knowledgeable guides will also teach you everything you need to know about Bangkok, and it includes a few food stops, our favorite being at a Phad Thai restaurant that claims having the best Phad Thai in town.
Be reminded that it also involves a few food tastings along the way, among them a stop at the best Phad Thai in town, so keep some space in your stomach!
7. Scooter Nightlife Tour
For the wild ones, “Drink & Ride” is a great thing to do in Bangkok to start the night while being driven around the city by Bangkok’s insiders, a tour leaded by expats who know the roads better than no one. Hop on, Hop off, 5 stops, 5 shots, and since you are not driving you can drink as much as you like!
For the foodies, they’ve customized the tour as an evening food safari that brings their guests to some of the newest and trendiest venue in town. It offers a great deal of handpicked restaurants with a view, fancy setting and tasteful Thai & Asian dishes.
Be sure that these experiences worth the ride! Find more info about the Scooter Nightlife Tour right here.
8. Rooftop dining
With years of travelling around Asia, we can easily say that Bangkok is one of the city that has the most rooftop bars and restaurants we’ve ever seen.
We could give you an extensive list of rooftop restaurants in Bangkok, but since many of you just pass by Bangkok for a few days, these are the one you should not miss :
The luxurious Vertigo and Moon Bar is located on the 61st floor of the Banyan tree hotel in Sathorn, and is arguably one of the fanciest rooftop in town. This is the ideal place to dine on top of the world with your loved one or just between friends. Make sure that the sky is blue before going as the restaurant closes on rainy days.
Located down the road and facing the river, Sirocco was featured in the Hangover movie II and is popular for its Hangovertini cocktail. Their Sky Bar is located 820 feet in the air at the 63rd floor and you should definitely not miss this one which is arguably one of the best rooftop bars in the world!
As another riverside rooftop, Three Sixty Millenium Hilton Bangkok offers as the name suggests a 360 panoramic view of the city and an ideal spot to chill in their comfy sofas while sipping a sunset drink.
Lastly, if you are around the Sukhumvit area, we suggest Octave rooftop bar at the top of the Mariott 57 Hotel, L’appart at the 32nd floor of the Sofitel, or Zeppelin Bar on Sukhumvit 69.
9. Jazz Live Music
Have you ever heard of Bangkok’s jazz culture ? This isn’t a myth, Bangkok hosts some spectacular jazz festivals every year and offers some amazing places to listen to local and international jazz artists every night in Bangkok!
Saxophone pub, Brown Sugar and Smalls are among our favourites and one of the coolest things to do in Bangkok by night!
Brown Sugar is one of Bangkok’s mythic jazz bar/restaurant with live shows every night, this makes it the ideal place for sipping an old fashioned cocktail.
Favourite of the expats, Saxophone club is another of the legendary Jazz clubs of Bangkok, the atmosphere is warm and weekends are usually busy, just swing by!
Lastly, Smalls is our bonus to this list and personal recommendation, this quaint little shop house and jazz bar offers delicious absinthe cocktails and is definitely a great way to start your night out in Bangkok!
10. Watch a Muay Thai Boxing Fight
If you are a sport fan, you should not miss watching a real Muay Thai fight (Thai boxing), which is Thailand’s 500 years old national sport.
As you enter in the Stadium you will feel an electric atmosphere and get immersed into the magic of Muay Thai.
Before the fight starts you will be able to witness a Muay Thai ceremony involving a sort of dance where fighters perform a ritual kind of warm up. Meanwhile, gamblers start betting on the winner, this is one of the only place where gambling is legal in Thailand!
Ratchadamnoen stadium and Lumpini stadium are the two main stadiums and you can join as a spectator everyday to one of these two mythical stadiums.
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, fight starts at 6PM & Sunday 4PM at the Ratchadamnoen stadium.
Tuesday and Friday at 6PM & Saturday at 4,30PM and 8.30PM at the Lumpinee stadium.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading our Top 10 Best things to do in Bangkok by night. Do feel free to add your own suggestions and do not hesitate to request our help for any other tips needed to plan your travels in Asia. Wishing you a happy journey to Bangkok!