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Night on the Town: Bangkok Bustles with Spectacular Entertainment

by Brandon Schultz

Dec 1, 2023

© Tourism Authority of Thailand

November 2023

More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.

Before a long night out, it’s increasingly popular for Bangkok locals to gather at community hubs like theCOMMONS, now with two locations in Bangkok. These multipurpose venues combine markets, makers, studios and classes, but most gather in the food halls for communal meals and events before heading out on the town. Here you’ll find some of the city’s trendiest bites enjoyed by hundreds of locals nightly, making it a perfect first stop for visitors. Whether you’re just looking for a top meal before your evening plans or are looking for new friends to offer insider recommendations, you’ll find it all here.

Moon Bar

Moon Bar at Banyan Tree © Tourism Authority of Thailand

Secret bars — essentially speakeasies — steal the spotlight in Bangkok right now, with nightlifers scouring Google for directions to enticing bars with names like Secret Storey, Secret Chamber and Shuushuu.hiddenplace. You’ll find these hot spots in many Bangkok neighborhoods, as long as you know where to look, and easy web searches for “Bangkok secret bars” generally do the trick. For LGBTQIA+ visitors looking for community-specific revelry, the Silom district remains the center of queer nightlife. Lined with clubs, Silom Soi 2 offers a party-forward atmosphere, while a somewhat calmer scene of bars and restaurants prevails along Silom Soi 4.

Attending a lavish cabaret show has long been considered a must in Bangkok, and these remain top tickets today. Thai cabarets famously feature kathoey individuals, historically known as “ladyboys,” though the formerly affectionate term has begun to phase out as Western social norms spread. Still, this is far from LGBTQIA+-specific entertainment, as Thai audiences at large appreciate cabarets, with Calypso Cabaret at Asiatique The Riverfront one of the most popular, especially with visitors. Even without the cabaret, Asiatique proves perfect for an evening along the river complete with night markets, dinner cruises and carnival-style amusements.

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