Thailand Nightlife - Thai Night Life Guide
Thailand is a great place for entertainment night life,
bars, pubs, clubs and a gogo. Patpong in Bangkok, Patong
in Phuket and Pattaya are particularly famous for these.
Koh Pha-Ngan, on east coast of south Thailand , is home
to the famous full moon parties
Patpong Bangkok Thailand
Patpong, located between Silom and Suriwong Road in the
heart of Bangkok's commercial district is the original "farang"
area of strip joints in Bangkok. This area dates back to
the '70s, In recent times, the area has seen a steady increase
in the number of street vendors and now there's a busy night
market market running down Patpong 1 and along the Silom
Rd end of the soi.
Patong Nightlife in Phuket Thailand
Patong Beach is without doubt the main center of the island's
entertainment scene, providing a wealth of beer bars, clubs,
live music, a-go-go bars and cabaret shows. Kata and Karon
Beach as well as Phuket Town offering such a diverse range
of restaurants, clubs and nightspots that its difficult
to know where to start.
Patong probably has the best and most varied nightlife
scene in Thailand. here, located within a radius of half
a kilometer around Soi Bangla, are over 150 bars, pubs,
discos and ago go bars.
Drinking alcohol in Thailand, especially if you like Western
tipples, is actually comparatively expensive - but still
very affordable by Western standards.
The misnamed Thai whisky (lao) refers to a number of distilled
rice liquors, the best known being the infamous Mae Khong
("Mekong") brand and its competitor Saeng Som.
The only resemblances to whisky are the brown color and
high alcohol content, and indeed many people liken the smell
to nail polish remover, but the somewhat rum-like taste
is not quite as bad, especially when diluted with cola or
tonic water. This is also by far the cheapest way to get
blotto, as a pocket flask of the stuff (available in any
convenience store or supermarket) costs only around 50 baht.
Out in the countryside many villages distil their own moonshine
(lao thuean), which is strictly speaking illegal, but nobody
seems to mind very much. Especially when hilltribe trekking
in the North you're likely to be invited to sample some,
and it's polite to at least take a sip.
Beer is a bit of an upmarket drink in Thailand, with the
price of a small bottle hovering between 50 and 100 baht
in most pubs, bars and restaurants. For many years the only
locally brewed beer was Singha (pronounced just Sing) but
it has lost market to cheaper and stronger Chang. Two upmarket
brands are available today, Heineken and Tiger, and longstanding
minor brands Kloster and Leo enjoy some popularity. Thais
like their lagers with relatively high alcohol content (around
6%), as it is designed to be drunk with ice, so the beer
in Thailand may pack more of a punch than you are used to.
Imported liquors, wines and beers are widely available
but prohibitively priced for the average Thai. A shot of
any brand-name liquor is at least 100 baht, a pint of Guinness
will set you back at least 200 baht and, thanks to an inexplicable
340% tax, even the cheapest bottle of wine will set you
back over 500 baht. Note that, in cheaper bars (especially
the go-go kind), the content of that familiar bottle of
Jack Daniels may be something entirely different.