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10 Things to Do in Bangkok at Night

Bangkok's nightlife is very active, you can visit the night markets, enjoy street food or take a cruise on the Chao Phraya river. Want to know more, read on!

Andressa García

Andressa García

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10 Things to Do in Bangkok at Night

Vista de la ciudad por la noche |©cle_mobil

During the night in Bangkok, there are endless amazing activities to enjoy the city. You can go to visit the night markets, such as Patpong market and Asiatique market; or if you want a more popular plan, you can go to enjoy the good food in Chinatown or embark on a cruise on the Chao Phraya river.

Whichever plan you choose to live the night in Bangkok, you will enjoy it, because without a doubt, touring the city at night is one of the best things you can see and do in Bangkok. Another plan you can not miss is to go and enjoy the bars on the rooftops of the city.

1. Visit the Wat Arun temple and admire its illuminated beauty

Wat Arun by night|©YH Lim
Wat Arun by night|©YH Lim

If during the day it is amazing to visit the Wat Arun, which is one of the best temples in Bangkok, go at night, you will love it. From dusk until late at night, the temple is illuminated, and one of the best ways to see it is by taking a ferry on the Chao Phraya River, which will take you directly to the temple. To see it and appreciate it in all its splendor, you can look at it from below or climb the steps to appreciate the city from the top.

You will love the illuminated decoration of the temple because it mixes gold and white colors that are reflected in the river. Without a doubt this is a breathtaking view that you will not want to miss and you can not stop photographing. The temple is open until approximately 20:00 every day. It also has several buildings and structures that you can visit, one of them is the crystal bottle pavilion and the porcelain pavilion, where you can see a large collection of Chinese porcelain.

Details of interest

  • Price: To board the ferry, you will have to pay around 54 euros per person, while to visit the temple, the entrance fee is usually around 3 euros per person.
  • Hours: The temple opens until around 20:00, every day, so you will be able to visit this site during the early evening hours.
  • Location: This temple is located at 34 Thanon Arun Amarin in the Thonburi Area.

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2. Enjoy the illuminated city from a cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Night boat|©Petr Petrov
Night boat|©Petr Petrov

Beyond just going to visit a single temple, one of the best night plans is definitely to sign up for one of the best cruise tours in Bangkok, one of those that take you along the Chao Phraya River, to enjoy the views of Bangkok at night and illuminated. In this kind of tours you can not only go to explore the river, but also see some of the temples and attractive places of the city that are located on its banks.

Undoubtedly a landscape that you can not fail to photograph is the silhouette of the city of Bangkok, while you take the opportunity to enjoy a good dinner with drinks and live music. The best thing about this kind of tours is that, if you want, you can stop at some of the floating markets to buy souvenirs and try local food.

Also, if you travel to Bangkok in April, you can not miss the opportunity to take one of these tours to enjoy the panoramic views of the fireworks during the Thai New Year. Another site of interest you will see during the tour is the Mahanakorn Tower, which is one of the tallest buildings in the city and at night you can see it fully illuminated.

Details of interest

  • Price: To take a night boat ride on the Chao Phraya River you will have to pay around 25 euros per person.
  • Duration: This ride usually lasts about 2 hours approximately.
  • Location: The whole tour takes place on the Chao Phraya River.

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3. Experience the nightlife atmosphere of Patpong market

Patpong night|©David Yap
Patpong night|©David Yap

Patpong night market is a popular place for locals and visitors alike and is located very close to the Silom district. If there is one thing that will catch your attention here, it is the stalls selling clothes, jewelry, souvenirs and other items, making it a perfect place to shop for souvenirs of your trip. The market opens between 18:00 and midnight, so it is an ideal option if you want to experience the nightlife.

One thing you need to know about this place is that, as it is a popular market, there are often possible scams or robberies, but beyond that, in the Patpong night market you can buy a variety of items. After your visit to the market you can buy authentic Thai souvenirs, or even branded clothing and watches. If you are looking for something authentic you can choose from different handicraft products made of wood or ceramics, or you can take home antiques and paintings by local artists.

If you want to have something to eat or drink during your tour, inside you can also find bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The market also offers a wide variety of street food. However, I recommend you to go to this area together with a tour guide in the middle of one of the best Bangkok tours, because Patpong is also known for hosting strip bars and similar places, so it has established itself as a slightly dangerous place.

Details of interest

  • Price: If you know the site on your own, you won't have to pay anything. If you take a guided tour of this area, you will have to pay around 15 to 20 euros per person, and you may have to pay a little more when you take a night tour.
  • Hours: The market is open every day between 18:00 and midnight.
  • Location: The market is located at the beginning of Silom Street.

4. Have a drink on top of a skyscraper at the Sky Bar

night view from the restaurant|©kittikorn nimitpara
night view from the restaurant|©kittikorn nimitpara

If you want a plan with alcohol and a couple of panoramic views, I recommend going up one of the best skyscrapers in Bangkok to see the city from above. A good place to do this without a doubt is the Sky Bar located in the Lebua Hotel. It is a famous rooftop bar located at the top of a 63-story skyscraper, so you can imagine the spectacular panoramic views of the city that you can appreciate from there.

It is also a place known for its elegant and exclusive atmosphere. During your visit to this place, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide selection of drinks and dishes of international cuisine, so it is certainly a good place to start a gastronomic tour of Bangkok. You can't miss taking amazing pictures from the height where this bar is located.

When visiting the Sky Bar, keep in mind that the place is quite popular among celebrities and exclusive visitors, so you are likely to find queues to get in, plus the food and drinks usually cost a bit more than in other similar places.

Details of interest

  • Price: To enter this place you will have to pay around 400 baths, which is the equivalent of about 12 euros per person.
  • Hours: The bar is open between 18:00 and 1:00 every day.
  • Location: the Sky bar is located on the 63rd floor of the Lebua State Tower, on the corner of Silom and Charoen Krung Road.

5. Take a night tour in tuk-tuk

parked tuk tuk|©Minh Nhat
parked tuk tuk|©Minh Nhat

One of the must-do activities in the city is to sign up for a tuk tuk tour in Bangkok at night. This experience will take you to explore some of the most incredible sights of the city, illuminated with thousands of LED lights that glow in the darkness of the night. Among the sites you can go and enjoy illuminated are the Mahanakorn Tower, Buddha temples and other similar sites.

Most of these tuk tuk tours around the city take you to see the temples, markets and traditional food of Bangkok. It is definitely an activity that will take you to experience the magic of the city at night. And during this tour you can even taste delicious Thai food dishes.

Details of interest

  • Price: A tuk tuk tour of the city can cost around 20 to 25 euros per person.
  • Schedule: This tour is completed at night, although you will have to coordinate with your tour guide, the exact schedule.
  • Location: The tour will be all over the city.

6. Enjoy the lively nightlife in Khao San Road

Khao San Road|©Tosterr
Khao San Road|©Tosterr

Khao San Road is one of the liveliest streets in Bangkok, so during the night it becomes an amazing place to appreciate and enjoy the vibrant and diverse nightlife. Along this street you will find numerous bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from, as well as street vendors to buy food and souvenirs. During the day it is considered a good destination to include in a bike tour of the city, but during the night it is perfect for enjoying the festive atmosphere and meeting new people.

You can dance the night away at one of the many electronic music clubs, or you can enjoy drinks at an outdoor bar. Perhaps if you prefer a more crowded atmosphere, you can check out Khao San Road, which is always full of tourists and locals. If you are backpacking or want to save some money on your accommodation, this is an area you might consider staying in.

Interesting details

  • Price: You don't have to pay anything to enjoy this place during the night. If you want to take a bike tour to see the site during the day, you will have to pay around 20 euros per person.
  • Hours: I recommend you to go to enjoy the night atmosphere from late at night, from 19:00 onwards.
  • Location: The entertainment is spread out all along Khao San Road.

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7. Dine and shop at Asiatique The Riverfront night market

Asiatique: The Riverfront|©Ronit Bhattacharjee
Asiatique: The Riverfront|©Ronit Bhattacharjee

If a visit to a night market was not enough, then you have to go to Asiatique The Riverfront night market, you will love it because it is a good option for dining and shopping. In fact, inside this market you will be able to find many options to buy traditional Thai objects and handicrafts and other interesting products. You will also be able to find amazing dining options.

And when it comes to dining, you should know that at Asiatique The Riverfront Night Market, not only will you find multiple Thai food and drink stalls, but they also have a wide range of international delicacies to offer you.

In addition, during the night the atmosphere becomes even more vibrant and entertaining because you will find live music, street performances and other activities for all tastes. If that was not enough, you can also climb the giant Ferris wheel next to the market, from which you can see panoramic views of the city and the Chao Phraya River.

Details of interest

  • Price: You will not have to pay anything to enter the Asiatique The Riverfront night market, but you will have to pay for your consumption.
  • Hours: The market is open during the day and night, but to enjoy the street entertainment and festive atmosphere, I recommend going during the evenings.
  • Location: The market is located on the former docks of Bangkok's East Asiatic Company, which itself is on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

8. Take a night tour of Lumpini Park and attend an open-air cinema session

Lumpini Park night|©rung sirapat
Lumpini Park night|©rung sirapat

Believe it or not, if you want to enjoy a much quieter plan in the city, I recommend you to go for a nice walk and explore the illuminated nature in Lumpini Park. Also this park is ideal for walking and hiking through its many paths, even during the night. In addition, you can take advantage of stargazing and enjoy the nighttime vibes.

In this place you can take a tour of the lake area and fountains. Even, if you want to practice some physical activity, you can participate in the Tai Chi sessions that are installed in the park during the night. Another interesting activity that you can do in this park in the evening is to attend the open-air cinema sessions. The best thing is that these movie screenings are free and occur especially on weekends.

Interesting details

  • Price: You will not have to pay anything to enter the park, the entrance is free.
  • Hours: The park is open between 4:30 am and 9:00 pm, every day.
  • Location: This park is specifically located at 139/4 Thanon Witthayu, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.

9. Visit the Chatuchak night market

market Bangkok|©Manjik.photography
market Bangkok|©Manjik.photography

If there is one place you should visit during the night, it is the Chatuchak night market, which is known as one of the largest and most popular markets in Thailand, thanks to its more than 15,000 stalls selling all kinds of products, both Thai and international.

Inside the market you can buy clothes, handicrafts and food, but the market is so big that it is very easy to get lost, so one of the recommendations you should follow is to take a quick tour of the place before you start shopping, to locate yourself and avoid getting lost. And about shopping, something curious about this market is that the best price of the products you will get according to your ability to bargain, so it is best to bargain and compare prices before buying.

Interesting details

  • Price: You don't have to pay anything to enter this market, but inside you will have to pay for everything you consume or want to buy.
  • Hours: Chatuchak night market opens between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Location: It is located in the area of the MRT Chatuchak subway station in Bangkok, and you will be able to there are several public transportation options available.

10. Watch a traditional Thai theater show at the Sala Chalermkrung theater

Chalermkrung Royal Theatre Hall|©piggymonster
Chalermkrung Royal Theatre Hall|©piggymonster

A different option to enjoy a bit of the city's nightlife is to attend a khon performance at Sala Chalermkrung. This is one of the two types of traditional theater in Thailand, and is the perfect place to enjoy this traditional art form, which mixes the colorful traditional masks and elaborate costumes with Thai dance, which showcases careful dance moves and live music.

As for the theater, you need to know that it has been in operation since 1933 and some of the country' s best traditional theater and dance productions have been presented here. This theater is a very popular place among locals and tourists, so you should definitely include it in your tour of nighttime Bangkok.

Details of interest

  • Price: You will have to pay around 15 euros per person to enjoy the performances in this theater.
  • Hours: Although the hours for guided tours are from Monday to Sunday between 10:00 and 18:00, during the night you can enjoy the performances presented at this place.
  • Location: The theater is specifically located at 66 Chalermkrung Hall, Charoen Krung Road and Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon District.

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