Entertaining Yourself in Bangkok, without Having to Stay Up All Night

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.

You can still entertain yourself without sleeping at a ridiculous hour in Bangkok. Head to Siam Paragon's Enigma theater or Nokia Ultra Screen for a movie seen in absolute luxury. In the Enigma, all the seats are sofa beds, outfitted with comfy...  Read More

You don't need to stay up late to enjoy Khao San Road, as the famed backpacker street bustles with activity throughout the day and night. Khao San Road has gone from being a hippie and backpacker haven to moving a bit more upscale. While it...  Read More

It's only open until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, and while it does stay open until midnight on Fridays, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a great people watching and entertainment spot worth an early evening or afternoon in, as there are now hundreds...  Read More

While the party might get going after dark, those in the know come to this high-rise bar for their 2 for 1 happy hour promotions, combined with a superb skyline view at sunset. Located in the heart of Sukhumvit, just steps from the skytrain and...  Read More

Regis Bar, St. Regis
Photo courtesy of St Regis Hotel

For an early night out, consider drinks at the Regis Bar. The Regis Bar, on the 12th floor of the luxurious St Regis Hotel, has brought several novelties to the Bangkok bar scene. One is the traditional art of champagne sabering, which hails...  Read More

Yunomori Onsen
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

There's no need to stay up late in Bangkok when you can go chill out and have a relaxing hot spring bath and get a long peaceful night's rest. This Japanese bathhouse takes all the traditional love of bathing from Japanese onsen (hot spring)...  Read More

Looking for an early night out? While Bangkok does have dozens of multiplex cinemas where one can find posh seating and freezing air conditioning to help soothe away the stresses of the city heat and chaos, it really is not known as a place for...  Read More

Mambo Cabaret
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

No need for an ultra late night out. Go humor yourself at the wildly entertaining Mambo Cabaret. Many people cringe at the thought of seeing a transvestite cabaret, but these ladyboys put on one of the most professional and entertaining shows...  Read More

Amorosa Bar, Arun Residence
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

For a sunset drink that will have you home early, head over to the Amorosa Bar. Most Bangkokians don't know that the best view of Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) is seen from across the river, from the 4th floor of the stylish Arun Residence, and...  Read More

The Moon Bar
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts

No need to go barhopping late here, as the prime time to visit is sunset. The Moon Bar, perched on the rooftop of the Banyan Tree Hotel, offers one of the most stupendous panoramic views of Bangkok, and a sunset here is a memorable occasion,...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave