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3 Best Red Light Districts in Bangkok

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A lot of us see Bangkok as the world’s best destination for adult entertainment.

And that’s clearly thanks to its amazing red-light districts that it gained this reputation.

How Red-Light Districts Work

The bars in Bangkok’s red-light districts do not have any dress code.

And there’s normally no cover charge. 

So it’s relatively easy to enter, look around at the girls dancing on stage then just walk out if you don’t like the place or the girls.

Once you’re seated and happy with the view, you need to order some drinks.

The price for a cocktail or beer is between 140 and 250 THB.

Lady drinks are anywhere from 150 to 300 THB. 

And if you take a girl back to your hotel you will need to “bar fine” the girl.

This will add 600 to 2,000 THB to your bill depending on the place. 

Check this guide for more details on what really goes on at gogo bars in Bangkok’s Red Light districts

So if you’re looking for a fun night out at a naughty bar in Bangkok for foreigners, you will find them in 3 main areas throughout Bangkok:

  • Nana (home of Nana Plaza)
  • Soi Cowboy
  • Patpong

Nana (Sukhumvit soi 4) and Soi Cowboy (between Sukhumvit soi 21 and 23) are at the top of Sukhumvit Road, while Patpong can be found in Silom in the soi (street) of the same name.

Each red light district in Bangkok has hundreds of sexy girls working in plenty of gogo bars to entertain you for hours, so it really does not matter where you start.

They are all close together and you can easily visit all three areas in one night.

Here is what you need to know about each of the red-light districts in Bangkok.

Nana Plaza

entrance sign of nana plaza in Bangkok

Sukhumvit soi 4 is often referred to as soi Nana.

Located a few minutes’ walk from the BTS station of the same name, you can spot the madness starting as you get closer to the entrance of the soi.

When you enter the street, all the bars and even the sidewalk are packed with girls and ladyboys along the road waiting for clients, and with street food stalls blocking the traffic.

But the best place to visit is Nana Plaza.

Claiming to be “The Worlds Largest Adult Playground”, this place has enough venues to keep you busy for days.

It has 3 stories full of bars, gogo bars, ladyboys’ dens, BJ Bars, and other adult venues.

If you’ve never been to Bangkok, or to Nana Plaza, you might want to give it a try; it’s worth a shot.

And if that’s too much to handle for you, a quick stop at one of its BJ bars will help you release the pressure.

Go explore, and please, don’t fall in love.

That’s the N°1 rule for every red light district you’re gonna visit in Thailand.

Bars we recommend in Nana:

  • Hooters (in front of Nana Plaza)
  • Bangkok Bunnies
  • Billboard
Thai gogo bar girls from Billboard Bangkok in nana plaza

Most of the bars in Nana close at 2 AM, and Nana Plaza shuts slowly between 2 and 3 AM.

You can go to Hillary II down the road for after-parties to enjoy live music. They’re usually open until 4 AM.

Or you can hop on a free taxi to get a few drinks at Mixx (the club will pay for the ride).

Soi Cowboy

the world famous red light district Soi Cowboy in Bangkok

Located just a 10-minute walk from Nana, between Sukhumvit soi 21 and 23, Soi Cowboy is a small street (about 150 meters) of pure craziness.

Gogo bars after gogo bars, girls are waiting outside under the red neon lights, trying to attract people to their bar.

This iconic red-light district gained worldwide attention after being featured in the Hangover II movie in 2011.

Nowadays, it’s arguably the most famous and busiest red-light district in Bangkok.

It became so popular that it’s not unusual to see families walking down the street with their kids.

Don’t ask us why anyone would think it’s a good idea.

Bars we recommend in Soi Cowboy:

  • Crazy House
  • Baccara
  • Shark
  • Suzie Wong


patpong night market and red light district in Bangkok

Patpong is a 2 street red light district in the Silom area.

Patpong has a night market every evening in the middle of the street from 6 pm to midnight, and on both sides of the road, you’ll find a few shops, bars, and a lot of gogo bars.

Patpong is also known as the best place in Bangkok to see ping pong shows.

It’s the best red light district to hang out if you’re staying in Silom/Sathorn area and if you want to do it the same night, a gogo bar, a ping pong show, and a BDSM/fetish club (Barbar fetish club).

Bars we recommend in Patpong:

  • Bada Bing
  • Glamour
  • Black Pagoda
  • Barbar Fetish Club
thai gogo girls from bada bing in Patpong

Like in every tourist area, there are good and bad venues.   

You can learn more about the best gogo bars in Bangkok in our full report.   

So if it’s your first time, stick to the venues we recommend and we can guarantee you’ll have a great time.

And as in every bar you go to in Bangkok, keep an eye on your bills and make sure they put receipts in the cup holder in front of you as your order.

Or pay as you go.

That’s the safest way to avoid any misunderstanding or scam.

Or you can always hire a sexy tour guide to show you around.

That’s the best way to tour any of Bangkok’s red light districts (or all of them) with an expert and make the best of your time there.

For more tips and recommendations on Bangkok nightlife, read our guide.

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