Nightlife in Thailand has a somewhat seedy reputation, mainly to to biased portrayal in the media. That's not to say red light districts don't exist - they do, but they're usually confined to one stretch per destination, and commonly interspersed with wholesome innocuous institutions. On the whole, there are varied nightlife providers catering to citizens of the night (bars and clubs are required by law to close between midnight and 2am in designated areas). The capital of Bangkok boasts some of the classiest bars in Thailand if not the region, with Michelin starred restaurant-trained mixologists serving delicately concocted cocktails alongside a wide variety of imported wine, beer, and spirits. The Kingdom's capital is one of the most happening cities in Asia, with areas like Sukhumvit, Thong Lor and Silom crammed with top restaurant choices, fashionable bars, sophisticated rooftop lounges and pumping dancefloors.
In all Thailand's beach destinations, many five star hotels organise regular public parties in their onsite bars, while beach bars offer sea, sand, and something strong. From jazz lounges to beer bars, there is no shortage of nightlife hotspots i to head for a night cap. Koh Phangan's famous Full Moon Party attracts thousands of revellers every month, while music festivals in places like Hua Hin bring international artists to Thai shores and allow visitors to combine a tropical vacation with world class live performances. Thailand also offers a diverse range of cultural entertainment options including extravagant theatre shows, live cabaret, powerful displays of the country's famed Thai boxing arts, as well as more gentle, family-friendly offerings such as traditional Thai dancing and puppet shows. For those in search of the ultimate beach vibe, many of Thailand's islands retain a distinct, paradise feel with modest but comfortable beach bars and local oceanfront eateries providing the perfect spot for an evening of cocktails, tasty food and friendly, hospitable company.
Posted by Wayne Hue