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Nightlife and Entertainment in Bangkok

Bangkok has amazing nightlife and offers something for every taste; the city is full of discos, bars, great restaurants, live music clubs, karaoke places, microbreweries, pubs, massage salons, nightclubs and
cultural events of just about every size and description. Bangkok’s nightlife can be wild and rowdy but at the same time can be relaxed, safe, enjoyable and great fun. In Bangkok there is always something happening.

In Thai terms, a bar serves only drinks and some snacks while a pub serves cooked food in addition to a variety of drinks

Most venues are open all day and late into the night. Most restaurants, bars and clubs are forced to close at 1:00 am, with some special nightlife zones allowing places to stay open until 2:00 am; however some places manage to avoid being closed and stay open to as late as 6:00 am or 7:00 am particularly in lower Sukhumvit. People in Bangkok still tend to go out very late; the party doesn’t get going until about midnight.

The dress code is very relaxed, although a few of the nightclubs do enforce smarter dress, sometimes there is an admission fee but this usually includes one or two drinks, you must carry your passport for ID checks (police raids are not uncommon). Since February 2008, smoking is forbidden in all air-conditioned restaurants, bars and nightclubs; you may have to pay a fine if you are caught.

Si Lom is one of Bangkok’s main party districts, the area is home of the famous go-go bat strip Patpong (known as the heart of Bangkok's sex industry) and plenty of establishments catering to all tastes, you will find theme pubs, gay/lesbian bars, live band clubs and more. The lower Sukhumvit is similar, also features bars comparable to the ones at Patpong, especially at Nana Entertainment Plaza (Soi 4, across the Nana hotel) and Soi Cowboy (between Soi 21 and Soi 23).

Khao San Road hosts some of the cheapest pubs and bars in Bangkok, worth a look are a few Volkswagen vans converted to mobile bars. The Sukhumvit area contains also a vibrant scene; this is oriented towards tourists and high-society Thais. For the expatriate community some of the most popular places are Q-Bar and Bed Supperclub in Sukhumvit Soi 11 Road. Most places actually are located either near Si Lom Road, on Sukhumvit Road or between Siam Square.

Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Soi 55) is a road becoming famous for its bars, pubs, karaoke and other night spots, there are many Japanese bars and is also an important international gourmet area.

Most Thais prefer to congregate around Ratchadaphisek Road.

Also worth a look is the Royal City Avenue or RCA, a large entertainment areas in Bangkok, it contains a number of bars, discotheques, nightclubs and live music pubs. Royal City Avenue also houses cinemas, a go-kart racing track and restaurants

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