Bangkok, despite its reputation, no longer parties all night long. The government instituted a 2a.m. closing time for bars some years ago, and this even applies to the big nightclubs. Yet for some, even these not so wee hours are too late, and for those who prefer to be in by 10, this list is for you. Why not start (or end?) your evening with an early drink, perhaps a cocktail taking in the sunset at one of the city's rooftop bars. The Moon Bar is one of the best spots to do this from, with outstanding panoramas of the entire city. Amorosa Bar doesn't have the wide angle, but it does have the number one sunset viewing spot over Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, and is another great choice. A lot of partiers start their evening off at the legendary Cheap Charlies, and you can finish yours at this Bangkok institution.
Other not so late entertainment options include going to the cinema. Take your pick between pampering luxury at the Enigma Screen Theater in Siam Paragon or try something more artsy and avant garde at the nifty Friese Green Club. If you don't want to watch people on screen, make it real with some great people watching and outdoor entertainment at either Khao San Road, with plenty of cafes, pubs, and eateries to choose from, or on weekends at the packed Chatuchak Market, which is a must see while in Bangkok. Another highly entertaining choice is the fabulous transvestite cabaret at Mambo, which doesn't finish anywhere near the witching hour.