bangkok night life
When people talk about the nightlife in a particular tourist destination, the images that come to mind are usually of clubs, bars and so on. Now, Bangkok does have these in droves, and if you’re into those kinds of experiences, you’re sure to have your fill. And some say that Bangkok offers some of the best of this in the world. But it’s also important to keep in mind that different people enjoy different kinds of evening experiences. And Bangkok is diverse enough to cater to people with varying tastes, personalities and preferences.

If you’re looking for nightlife that’s a bit more rowdy, you’ll have many options. As far as clubs go, you’ll find that there’s a wide range of these available. From the Demo club in Thong Lor Street, to the Grease nightclub in the Piman 49 Complex, people who enjoy house, techno, dubstep and more will be able to find a club to their liking. If you’re into something a little bit more flamboyant, you can also have a look at the various ladyboy shows, with their large production numbers and costumes, and where not everything is as it first seems.

However, don’t think that that’s all Bangkok has to offer. If you’d like to experience nightlife that’s more relaxed and picturesque, you can try out one of the city’s well-known river cruises. You’ll find yourself entertained on board by live bands, and treated to a generous amount of local cuisine. And you’ll get to enjoy all these while making your way past some of Bangkok’s most iconic attractions and landmarks.

My personal favorite which falls somewhere between the two is simply visiting a place like Central World. You and your companions can spend time having a look at the various stores. This is especially great when it’s sale season. Then, you can have dinner at one of the restaurants there, before heading for the cinemas to catch a local film.

What I like about spending at least one night in Central World or some other Bangkok mall, is that it gives me a better idea of what it might be like to live in the city. I have a better idea of how much food, drink and entertainment generally cost. I get to see which particular clothing and other styles are popular, or at least well represented in the stores. Catching a local film is particularly helpful, since I gain a better understanding of what local people find funny, scary or exhilarating. And the local movie also exposes me to how things might look in a Thai home, office, or perhaps some far flung part of the country that I’m not going to be in a position to visit.