There are many reasons millions of tourists flock to Bangkok each year. If we were to list them all, the city’s bustling nightlife scene would surely rank among the top. From cocktails in an elegant venue above the city to the grungy underground basement music scene, Bangkok has a hip nighttime vibe for everyone, no matter what your preference in entertainment may be.

Rooftop Bars

Bangkok is home to more rooftop bars than almost any other city in the world. These upscale venues offer an open air experience and breathtaking views of the city below. Fine champagne, elegant cocktails and the best wines are all on the drink menus here. Some of the favorite rooftop bars in Bangkok are:

Ladyboy Shows

Transvestites are not widely accepted in many cultures around the world, but Bangkok’s progressive society not only embraces them, but showcases them in their world-famous Ladyboy Shows. These shows are full scale musical and theatrical productions with a cast of transvestites performing on glamorous stages. The best place to check out one of these world-famous shows is the Playhouse Cabaret at Suan Lum Night Bazaar where the performers are decked out in full Vegas showgirl-style regalia and belt out some of the most popular tunes in pop culture.

GoGo Bars and Red Light Districts

Sex sells in Bangkok – and it is perfectly legal to do so. Because of this, the city has a flourishing Red Light District scene that attracts travelers from all over the world. There are three main Red Light Districts in Bangkok – each one offering something different, yet the same – with scantily clad (or nude) women, flashing neon lights and lots of alcohol. Some of the most frequented Red Light Districts in Bangkok are:

Bangkok Clubs

Bangkok’s notorious nightlife scene did not happen by accident. The sheer number of clubs in this city pretty much guarantees it’s a one of a kind party place. Bangkok’s clubs are loud, bold and crowded – perfect for night owls who want to dance the night away and party well into the next morning. Many of Bangkok’s newer clubs offer a multi-level club experience with a variety of music genres under the same roof. Some of the most popular Bangkok nightclubs are:

Bangkok Jazz Clubs

If light shows, ravers and throngs of partying 20something are not your cup of tea, Bangkok also has a number of cool jazz clubs where you can relax to the smooth jazzy sounds of local and international jazz artists any night of the week. Some of these venues are more upscale and enforce a dress code, but others are just cool places to come as you are and kick back. Some of the best jazz clubs in Bangkok are:

Gay Bars and Clubs In Bangkok

As we previously stated, Thailand is one of the more progressive countries in the world when it comes to the acceptance of alternative lifestyles. In fact, there are several districts in the city that cater to the GLBT lifestyles as well. The music and entertainment offered by the gay clubs in Bangkok are as wide and varied as the people who frequent them. Some of the offer caberet style shows while others are just typical club venues with Djs and plenty of room for dancing and socializing. Some of the more popular gay clubs in Bangkok are:

Other Nightlife Options In Bangkok

If the club scene isn’t really your thing, Bangkok has plenty of other venues that may be more to your liking. The Muay Thai Live at Asiatique is one of those choices. It is a theatrical production that showcases martial arts and its history in the Thai culture. Another great non-club choice for nightlife entertainment in Bangkok is Siam Niramit Cultural Show & Dinner, which offers nightly dinner theaters featuring some of the most over-the-top theatrical productions in Thailand. Plus, it’s family friendly as well.