law, all bars and clubs are supposed to close
at 1 or 2 am (2 am for places offering dance floors
and live music).
The reality is quite different, however, as any
visitor to the city will quickly find out. Most
of the bars in areas like Patpong actually do
close at 2 am, but then the action moves to late-night
discos in the area and renowned bars like 'the
Thermae' where the partying continues through
to the daylight hours and on through the next
day for those still on their feet.
has a reputation for wild and rowdy nightlife. In fact, 'sanook'
or 'fun' would be a better description. The city's nightlife
is relaxed, safe and very enjoyable. You don't need to dress
up, and you won't break the bank. The city's nightlife goes
way beyond the over-worn naughty image from the Vietnam days.
And it really does go on around the clock.
tourists, the main centers for evening entertainment are concentrated
around Silom Road (Patpong,
Thaniya, Silom Soi
2 and 4),
Sukhumvit (Soi Nana, Soi
Cowboy, Soi 33)
and most recently Khao San Road. First-class hotels are often
good centers for nightclubs and discotheques, which are generally
quite cheap and of very good standard. Pubs and bars can be
found all over the city, many specializing in live music and
usually offering food as well.