Nightlife in Bangkok is always interesting and there is plenty
to do. Shopping of course continues late into the night, restaurants
and bars also, but at present there is a 1am curfew on almost
everything, so get out into the night by 9pm and plan to play
hard until mid-night.
Markets: The biggest is the Suan Lum or Lumpini Night Market,
this is a great place to go. Its very safe, has lots and lots
of stalls, no hard selling and the biggest outdoor food and
beer garden with live music in Bangkok. Get there around 7pm
for a beer, wander around, have another beer, there is an outstandingly
good pizza place there, husband is Italian, wife is Thai, they
have been there for ever and a day. There are many girls and
boys to get your drinks and food, tell them what you want and
the right person with the right menu will eventually arrive.
Don’t forget to tip them! They work hard for little in
return. Wander off and do some more shopping. Probably best
place for authentic and not authentic souvenirs.
The other major night market area is Patpong. This place is
crazy. Its hot, crowded, they will rip you off so bargain hard,
and then bargain harder, never buy before you walk away. The
downside of Patpong night market is the surplus of girlie bars
along both sides of the strip, you will soon find yourself sticking
to the inside rows of the market. A lot of the goods are knock
offs, and not very good at that, but if you want that, here
One of the best places in Patpong is Radio City where you can
see Elvis, Tom Jones and Ray Charles each night from about 10.30pm.
They are fantastic and the band is not only good but very funny,
every night. The guy who seems to run the place will sing Black
Betty every night, its worth going to see him and nobody else.
It’s a bit smelly and dark, but you are safe here.
Other popular ‘scenic’ areas are Patpong, Nana Plaza
and Soi Cowboy. Here you will see everything you have ever heard
about the sleazy side of Bangkok. Take it for what it is, go
and have a look if you like, just be very careful. If at any
time you feel uncomfortable get out of where ever you are. You
will usually find tourist police in these locations, look for
brown uniforms or any other expats, they will always help you
find your way. Each of these three places have their own character,
first timers will probably find themselves in Patpong because
of the night market, but you are better off at Soi Cowboy as
the touts are less aggressive there. There are many “katoys”
in Bangkok so make sure the girl you are dancing with is a girl!
Elephants: You will usually see young elephants with their handlers
in the tourist areas at night. For $1 you can feed the elephant
and have your photo taken with them, they are really beautiful
young animals, don’t ignore them for reasons of false
piety, feed the animal and let it grow up and be returned to
the elephant park where it will lead a long and happy life with
all the other elephants.