Sawatdee Ka, readers!
Let’s just say, with Bangkok and nighttime, if you’re into it, they have it. Although I could list every single thing that’s available to you, you can check that on TripAdvisor, so let’s cut the bull and narrow it down to the 5 Best Things to Do in Bangkok at Night:
1. Go to a Muay Thai fight, and wonder how the fighters don’t get sick of punching each other in the face.
Muay Thai is insane. It was my first time attending a live fight, so my heart was really pumping.
Here’s some info I can share from my first experience:
- Muay Thai is also known as “The Art of Eight Limbs” because, unlike traditional boxing, it uses fists, elbows, knees, shins, — 8 contact points — to allow the body to mimic war weapons. The hands mimic the sword and dagger. Traditional kickboxing only uses four contact points and usually fighters will be disqualified if they use knees/elbows, grapple, or clinch. With Muay Thai, you get a lot more to work with, even kicks below the waist.
- Muay Thai started all the way back in the 16th century. It became especially recognized when Siamese fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured during the battles between Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siam. The Burmese would only free him if he won a battle using his style of combat fighting. He of course did win, and chose to bring two wives with him to Siam versus the money. Now his style is the most popular in Thailand.
- Muay Thai was taught to soldiers for when they were disarmed back in the day, and today there are Muay Thai schools all over the city, one just right by where we were staying, for self-defense and staying in shape.
- I picked Lumpini Stadium to watch the Muay Thai fight because it is one of the most famous stadiums in Bangkok. We took scooter taxis to get there. Efficient, and terrifying.
2. Go to Sky bar for the best views of Bangkok and try not to trip anywhere close to the edge.
If you are into sky bars, this place is the best. Sky bar is located on top of Lebua State Tower, and interestingly a scene from the Hangover 2 was shot there.
A couple of more tips:
- Dress nicely before heading here. Hanging out at a cocktail bar 840 feet in the air calls for some serious swag.
- Try to go earlier in the night, as it tends to get busier later in the evening. You won’t be fighting for the epic photos spots. I went at 8 p.m. which I thought was a good time.
- Apparently, you can’t stop on the stairway, just as a head’s up. It couldn’t be for being over-crowded because this spot definitely isn’t. I think they don’t want people tripping on them and falling.
3. Attending a ladyboy show will leave you with mixed feelings.
This is kind of the wild card, and is definitely not for everybody. But, we appreciated all the work (and money) these ladyboys put into, well, who they really are.
Bangkok is known for being totally accepting of who you on the inside. It’s not frowned upon if a man identifies as female, and vice-versa. Thailand is quite a popular destination for people who want to undergo transgender procedures.
So, low and behold, we decided to go to a ladyboy show, and it was awesome. The women were totally into it, didn’t miss a beat, and sang and dance their hearts out. You could tell how much fun they were having on stage. Of course, I sang along with them.
BONUS: Some of the places are all you can drink. Although, I’d recommend sticking to beer. The cheap wine might leave you with a not-so-fun headache in the morning.
4. Chillax inside a hookah bar.
We got the intel from a friend about this place called Bombay Blues. It’s new, the vibes are cool, and you sit on the floor with ultra-cozy cushions while trying different flavors of hookah amidst dark red lights. If you want to go out at night, but don’t want to burn holes in your pockets, check this place out.
5. Who cares, you just want to party.
If none of these suit you and you simply want to have a drink in your hand, loud music playing in the background, and club lights that leave you feeling blind, you can find that too. There are tons of clubs all throughout Bangkok, especially in the Sukhumvit area. Take a night to explore all of your options. Cheers!
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