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nightlife in thailand

Thailand is world renown for its colourful nightlife !

Each of the main destinations in Thailand have there own nightlife area. The nightlife varies from drinking bars to discotheques and Go-Go bars.

The main spots are:

- Papong Night Markets Area, Asoke (Soi Cowboy) and Nana Plaza.

Chiang Mai
- Near the Night Markets is the Chiang Mai Entertainment Complex.

Hua Hin
- Between Damnern Kasem Road and Soi Kanjanomai.

Koh Chang - The main bars are located at White Sand Beach along with the sole nightclub on the island.

Koh Samet - A few bars are dotted along the main west coast of the island.

Koh Samui - Chaweng, Lamai and Maenam Beaches.

Pattaya - Walking Street and Soi 1 - Soi Diamond.

Phuket - Bangla Road, Patong Beach.

All large tourist destinations will have some sort of local bars area.

Drinking Bars:

Drink Prices can vary widely. All establishments usually have bar girls to chat to you. They make their income from you buying them 'Lady Drinks'. Bar girls talk to both men and women.

Many drinking bars have bar games to play with the girls like Connect Four, Dice games and a fun game where you have to drive a nail all the way into a tree stump in one go with a hammer. It is not very easy while under the effects of the local beers like Chang Beer.

Go-Go Bars:

Formed in the early post wars days of Vietnam, Go-Go bars feature the latest music and scantily clad girls. Entry is free, but drink prices are maybe 20% higher than drinking bars. Expect to pay 60 - 120 Baht for a beer or spirit.

Along the Patpong Night Markets in Bangkok and Bangla Road in Patong Beach in Phuket you will find touts on the sidewalks with cards listing acts in live sex shows at certain Go-Go bars. Again, entry is usually free or around 200 Baht including a free drink, but make sure you check the list of acts to make sure you really do want to go in. Drink prices are similar to normal Go-Go bar prices.

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Nightclubs and Discoteques:

Most nightclubs feature the latest western and local Thai dance music. Often throughout the night stage shows will be performed singing western or Thai songs. Entry to the clubs costs 100 - 200 Baht and usually includes a free drink. Drinks as usual, are more expensive at nightclubs. Expect to pay 100 - 200 Baht per beer or spirit.

We can recommend the following Nightclubs for a great night:

Bangkok - Landmark Hotel and Hollywood Disco at Nana Skytrain Stop.

Koh Samui - Green Mango Nightclub at Chaweng Beach.

Pattaya - Excite, Hollywood, Tony's, The Palladium and Marine Discoteques.

Phuket - Banana Discoteque, Bangla Road, Patong Beach.