The 3 Best Red Light Districts in Bangkok
To many, Bangkok is known as the world’s best destination for adult entertainment.
And its amazing red-light districts contribute mainly to this reputation.
So if you’re looking for a fun night out in the best gogo bars, it’s easy, you will find them in 3 main red-light districts throughout Bangkok:
- Nana (home of Nana Plaza)
- Soi Cowboy
Nana (soi 4) and Soi Cowboy (between 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.
Nana and Nana Plaza
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 street.
When you enter the street, all the bars and even the sidewalk is packed with girls and ladyboys along the road waiting for clients and with street food stalls blocking the traffic.
But the real deal is inside Nana Plaza.
Claiming to be “The Worlds Largest Adult Playground”, this place has enough venues to keep you entertained 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 Nana Plaza, you might want to give it a try; it’s worth a shot.
And if you feel stressed, 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 rule N°1 for every red light district you’re gonna visit.
Bars we recommend in Nana:
- Hooters (in front of Nana Plaza)
- Bangkok Bunnies
Most of the bars in Nana close at 2am, and Nana Plaza shuts slowly between 2 and 3am.
For after parties, you can go to Hillary II down the road to enjoy live music. They’re usually open until 4am.
Or you can hop on a free taxi to get a few drinks at Mixx or Insanity (both clubs will pay for the ride).
Located just 10 minutes 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 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:
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, and on the side 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 in 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
- Black Pagoda
- Barbar Fetish Club
A last warning about these places. Like in every tourist area, there are good and bad venues.
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 bars 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.
For more tips and recommendations on Bangkok nightlife, read our guide.