I'll be taking a business trip to Bangkok for a week with my coworkers/buds. We'll be working mostly during the days, but my coworkers and I (we're a coed group of 20-30-something year olds) would love to go out and explore at night. We're really down for anything whether it's clubs or bars or night markets (if there are any). Any suggestions?
Bangkok is one of the world capitals for bars/clubs & markets, you just have to decide on the kind of night you are after.
Quiet drink at classy interesting bar:
- Ashley sutton bars are really unique and interesting for a drink before a big night out, there are lot of Ashley Sutton designed bars, here is information about Maggie Choo's which is one example.
- Bangkok sky bars are always great for a cocktail while watching the sunset. There are a lot of them:
- Another place that is not exactly quiet but they always have a live band on and are open before the dance clubs if you’re looking drinks before a heading out in Sukhumvit area is Bangkok Beat:
- If you’re around Khao San Road area, the roof bar always has live acoustic music on, there are plenty of bars and clubs on Khao San road that attract a younger backpacker crowd.
Dance clubs for a big night out:
After watching the sunset, having a quiet drink and watching some live music if you feel like a big night out and going to a dance club, most of the really great young expat and wealthy local clubs are located around Sukhumvit District on Soi 11 (Street 11).
There is also a huge club district called Royal City Avenue (RCA) which is whole district full of clubs by itself, just say RCA to any taxi driver and they’ll know. The below clubs are expensive for Bangkok standards but you’ll still find them cheap, they attract a younger crowd and are much more upscale.
Youtube video of route 66 club:
Nest, Qbar, Bed supperclub & Levels are all on soi 11, within walking distance of each other and I’d recommend checking out Levels, nest & Qbar first, Narz is on soi 23, Velvet is soi 33 and RCA is a separate area probably about $2-3 (60-100 baht) max by taxi from soi 11.
As in most cities, clubs are mainly big on a Thursday-Saturday night so not sure how they’ll be if you don’t arrive on a weekend but you’ll find plenty happening every night of the week in Bangkok.
Markets / Shopping:
After that night out you may struggle to make it to the markets the next day. There are a few markets in Bangkok, you'll see lots of street stands around Khao San & Sukhumvit roads, http://www.chatuchak.org/ (also called JJ Market Sec. 5) is a big weekend market if you're there on a weekend but you can also go shopping in MBK Center which will have most things you can find at a market as it's a big shopping centre of small stands and retailers, like a giant indoor air conditioned market. http://www.mbk-center.co.th/en/home/index.php
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I don't know how, um, tight, you and your coworkers are, but no surprise, that's A LOT of partying to be done in Thailand. There are the most popular places for younger adults to hang out at night are the famous Soi CowBoy area, which is a red-light district, Patpong Night Bazaar Bangkok, which is another entertainment district, and Khao San Road, a short street filled with bars, some of which are open 24/7. They're fun and eye opening to walk through at least once.
For a more chill time, Suanlum Night Bazaar Ratchadapisek, Major Avenue Ratchayothin Flea Market, and Ratchadapisek Night Market are three of the more classy and legit night markets. Patpong, mentioned earlier, also has a night market if you don't mind some of the seediness of the red-light district.
If you're looking for classy establishments to hang out with, Bangkok has some of the nicest rooftop bars/restaurants with amazing views that are open till fairly late. Sky Bar is one of the most popular ones because it was actually featured in the movie Hangover 2, and with good reason -- not only is the building gorgeous, but so is the view! Vertigo Bar and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree, and Long Table are two other very popular ones. If those three aren't convenient, here's a good list of other rooftop bars in Bangkok: http://www.bangkok.com/top10-rooftop-bars.htm
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Check out Bamboo Chic. They have something called "Platinum Happy Hour". Very, very chic bar.