The ‘city of Angels’ (Kreung Thep) is a massive metropolis that offers unique experiences for the tourist and like most tropical cities, Bangkok comes alive when the sun goes down. Thai culture is unique in many respects and the Land of Smiles was the only SEA nation to avoid colonisation, hence their colourful culture has no western influence. If this is going to be your first time in Thailand, prepare for a sensory overload; sights, sounds, smells and even touch like you’ve never experienced before lay in wait, and with that in mind, here is our guide to Bangkok by night.
Famous Street Food
If you’re wondering where to eat in Bangkok at night, you are literally spoiled for choice; Thai people love to eat and their street cuisine is undoubtedly the best in the world. Grilled satay pork sticks, BBQ chicken and sticky rice, and all for a couple of dollars, while the coconut cream curries are to die for! Every area of this huge city has street vendors and you simply must try ‘Kao Man Gy’, chicken and steamed rice with some really spicy sauces!
If you fancy the Thai experience, head for an area by the name of Petchaburi Road, where there are a few huge disco warehouses where the Thai teenagers go. Be ready to experience vibrating lungs as the bass is DEEP! At 2am, taxis and tuk-tuks wait outside the entrance, to whisk you back to your luxury accommodation.
There are two main areas for Go-Go bars, not far apart; the first is Soi Nana, on Sukhumvit Road, where you will find a few dozen bars with pool tables and local ladies with whom you can chat if you buy her a drink. 5 minutes in a taxi and you will arrive at Sukhumvit Soi 23, also known as Soi Cowboy, which emerged in the early 1970s to cater for the US military stationed in Vietnam. This a short and narrow road of around 500m, with bars on both sides of the road and it comes alive at about 7pm; if you’re wondering why the dancing girls have number badges, you can actually ‘hire’ a lady for the evening, for a small fee. If money isn’t an issue, ask one girl to accompany you for a sightseeing tour (she will know all the best places) and you get to spend time with a very attractive guide!
One thing is for sure, visiting Bangkok will be an amazing experience and when the sun goes down, the city is a great place to explore.