Bangkok it is the capital of thailand, a country considered by many travelers as one of the best destinations in Asia when it comes to two things: spectacular beaches and nightlife.
Many tourists consider Bangkok to be the mecca of gay tourism in Asia because there are many bars, saunas and nightclubs gais So if you like the idea of going on a trip and combining beaches, cheap tourism (Thailand is not an expensive country), culture and nightlife Bangkok undoubtedly seems to be first on the route.
The landscape makes the city and the city makes the landscape. Bangkok It is on the delta of the Chao Phraya River, in the central part of the country, and is inhabited by about eight million people but in the suburban area there is twice the population.
Although the settlement dates from the XNUMXth century and was in the XNUMXth century it became the center of the territory, then called Siam, the great modernization of the city took place in the XNUMXth century. As it usually happens when a city grows out of control nor project, the result is something without structure, with insufficient public services and pretty chaotic.
From a time to this part the government has implemented some improvements, especially in transport, but there are so many people living together, so much noise, so many neon lights, that Bangkok is going to shock you, although yes, I think at night it is going to amuse you a lot.
Nightlife in Bangkok
In Bangkok there are many bars, clubs and saunas and it is one of the best cities in the world to go out at night in general or to be gay in particular. Bangkok's nightlife has a reputation for being wild but it must be said that it is not what it used to be because in recent years the government has emphasized compliance with certain regulations to control drug use, nudity, schedules and others. .
Today most of bars, discos and restaurants must close before 1am and a few are allowed to continue until 2 am. The more informal bars are open all night, yes, but not the ones that are more organized. As tourists we must always carry your passport because the police can ask for it or enter the bar or disco, turn on the light, ask for documents and even do drug tests. Not always, not often, but it can happen.
The move, the center of all gay nightlife, stop by Silom. Every city has its gay place and Silom is everything here. Everything. In the streets of Silom you find restaurants, bars, luxury hotels, towering skyscrapers and hundreds of stalls in the streets that concentrate many locals and foreigners.
The stalls sell a little of everything, from clothes to food, at cheap prices. Not that this whole place is gay so for this you have to point to the main streets that are: Silom Soi 2, Soi 4 and Soi Twilight.
The first is a simple alley with several gay clubs, among them the most famous of all, the DJ Station. At the entrance, which is free, they check your backpack but the good thing is that prices are the same in all bars And you can go from bar to bar with your glass in hand no matter where you bought it. The music is rather international and the audience is mixed. There are always people, although much more on the weekends.
The disco that you cannot miss is Dj station. It has three floors and there are shows of Drag Queens so it is the most famous place in town. You can take the BTS to Chong Nonsi Station or Sala Daeng, or you can take the MRT to Silom Station. From there the disco is a few steps away. It usually closes between 3 and 4 a.m. and admission is cheaper on weekdays, with one free drink, and more expensive on weekends with two drinks.
These are others nightclubs in Silom:
- Lucifers Disko: people with horns, electronic music. It opens every day between 7 pm and 2 am. Admission is free.
- Soi Thaniya: the vibe here is Japanese. In Patpong there is a lot of Japanese bar and restaurant but it doesn't mean that it is a place for Japanese.
- 9 Night Club: It has three floors and a lot of people. It has a very glamorous drag queen show. It opens every day from 7 pm.
- Tapas: it is a gay friendly but not gay place.
The second gay street is called Silom Soi 4, a short street full of gay bars. It is ideal to sit down with a drink and watch the people go by. The fun explodes between 9 pm and 12 am and is the common site to start the night before going dancing. The busiest bars are the Balcony Barm the Thephone and the Stranger Bar.
Bangkok's red light district is Soi Twilight or Soi Pratuchai. Go go bars, boy shows y streepers and that kind of thing. In its great majority everything is thinking for foreign tourism. The landscape is full of neon lights everywhere and many people, so the truth is that this place cannot be overlooked.
The best are the Thai shows dressed as cowboys, or almost dressed we could say. One of the best shows does Bangkok Boys. Naked bodies? The offer in sight? This is Soi Twilight.
In short, what should be clear to you if you are going to do gay tourism in Bangkok is that there are three places to visit at night and you can visit all of them in the same day ... although I think you would dose the fun.
Silom Soi 4 is the street of gay bars, Silom Soi 2 the street of gay discos and Soi Twilight the street of sex. What do you fancy?