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Chiang Mai Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs (2017)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I only spent 6 days in Chiang Mai but it was enough to get a quick overview of the city's nightlife. I managed to visit all the most famous bars and nightclubs, a task which is not so difficult considering there aren't more than 20 interesting venues.

I didn't really enjoy the party scene there. Chiang Mai is the 4th largest city in Thailand but it is provincial and conservative. The thing I hated the most was the curfew on bars at 1AM. Even on a Saturday night you'll struggle to find a decent club open after 2AM. For a tourist and university town, that's really a shame.

Also, most nightclubs have live music instead of a DJ. This means the customers will rarely be dancing, but instead they'll stand around tables or sit in sofas watching the show. If you are going out alone, this isn't the best configuration to meet other people.

Finally, generally speaking foreigners and Thais don't mix. If you go to a tourist bar or club, the crowd will be almost 100% foreign and inversely if you go to a Thai nightclub, the crowd will be almost 100% Thai. There are not some many places in-between (except those with bar girls). That's very different from the situation in Jakarta.

Nightlife Areas in Chiang Mia
Chiang Mai Nightlife Areas
There are 3 main nightlife areas in Chiang Mai, each catering to a different crowd:

→ Nimmanhemin (or Nimmanheminda) Road - also shortened Nimman:
This the posh area of Chiang Mai and it attracts mostly young Thai students. You'll also occasionally see a few foreigners, usually under 30, who are long term residents in Chiang Mai. From the Old City, it takes about 10-15 minutes to reach using a taxi.

Almost all the nightlife in Nimman is located just south of the upmarket mall Maya. More specifically, the highest concentration of bars, restaurants, live music clubs and coffee shops is in the Soi 7 and soi 9. In 2017, the most crowded places are Mirror Café (a beer garden/sports bar with pool tables and a live music room), LISM, LVMC (Living Machine Chiang Mai), Rush Bar and Wanz Café.

These venues are quite similar to each other. They have Thai music (often from a live band), a Thai crowd, sports on flat screen TVs and a hipster design. They are generally inexpensive, with local beers costing between 60 and 80THB.

Outside from Soi 7 and 9, Nimman also has larger nightclubs with more professional live bands. They will normally have a 200THB entrance fee and the drink menu will be more expensive (a beer will cost up to 100THB for instance). You can go there later in the night as they close around 1AM. 3 are spread around a huge parking lot at the end of Soi 6, namely Infinity (the more upmarket), Loft (not to be confused with the gay club Loft Hero) and TaWanDang (it has working girls). You can also try Warm Up just a few blocks away.

→ Old City (and particularly Boon Yoo Market)
The nightlife within the old city is scattered in various locations but the best area is definitely in Boon Yoo Market (also called Soi Reggae). This is where all the backpackers and all the international students gather to party every night. You will be surprised by the number of foreign girls too. There are only a few Thais who are interested to meet foreigners (including some freelance prostitutes).

Zoe in Yellow is easily the most busy bar/club in Boon Yoo Market (and maybe in Chiang Mai). It is split in two venues including a pub and a semi outdoor beer garden. It has pop/electronic music that will get the drunk patrons dancing by 10PM. It is so full that the crowd spills to the streets and to the adjacent bars (like Roots Rock Reggae). It closes at 1AM.

In the old city, another busy place is the North Gate Jazz Coop. It is a semi-opened small bar on two floors with live Jazz/Reggae/Soul/Blues music every night. I went there a few times as I was staying nearby. It was always full with a mix of more mature expats and tourists. A local beer costs 80THB.

Finally, on Chaiyapoom Road, north of Tha Phae Gate (East Gate), there are some naughty venues with freelance prostitutes. The most popular, Spicy nightclub (same group as Spicy Bangkok) is a proper disco (with a DJ). It can be fun but it closes at 1AM. On the other side of the road, 500 meters in the south, Mandalay is a Thai-style live music club that closes at 2AM (200THB entrance). You can also try the gogo bar Spotlight.

If you are looking for an after-hour venue, there are two in the Old City:
- Living Room (closes at 6AM) is a billiard lounge hidden in Sithiwongse road, behind Miami Hotel. It has no sign at the entrance.
Jack Wan is even more hidden and it does not have a sign as well. You'll find it 100 meters from Spicy, near Mad Cow Burger (closes at 5AM/6AM).

→  Loi Kroh Road
This area is within walking distance from the Old City and from the night market. There are no nightclubs there except the new Safe House (click to read my review).

If you walk around, you'll find plenty of beer bars that all look alike. The best area is within the Loi Kroh boxing stadium where you have around 40 of them. Each has about 8-10 hostesses that will try to grab you and force you to sit down as you walk by. They can accompany you for drinking, for playing pool or for sleeping if you pay (15$ bar fine + 30-50$ for the girl).

There are also more normal live music bars that don't have prostitutes. Among them I liked Interbar even though the band was awful. They all close at 1AM but depending on the number of customers, they may stay open an hour more with the curtains closed.

→  Other Areas
I've seen other bars on other parts of Chiang Mai but they often seem to be catering to locals only (they only have Thai signs).

If you feel like exploring, you may want to check the Santhitham student neighborhood where more bars can be found (including Differ Club). Another club I wasn't able to try but that seems interesting is Take It.

Chiang Mai Nightlife Map
This is a map I created to help me when I was going around the city. Each color represent a type of venue (click here to full details).

Hotels Near the Nightlife
Nobody comes to Chiang Mai specifically for the nightlife. I imagine you want to find a hotel near the tourist attractions first, and if possible close from the bars/nightclubs.

The best area for that is anywhere near the Tha Phae Gate. It is walking distance to the Old City and walking distance to the Night Market. Also, it is near an important road with fast access to Nimman or to the airport.

These are my recommendations (I appreciate if you book from Agoda as I receive a small commission out of your booking - no additional cost for you):

Amora Tapae (60$): The best location in Chiang Mai. A bit old but good value or money.
Duangtawan (60$): It has the nightclub Safe House inside. Walking distance from the beer bars.

Thapae Loft Hotel (65$): A brand new hotel near the Sunday market. 
P21 Hotel (40$): Modern and comfortable hotel. Good WIFI.

Thapae Happy House (30$): Excellent value for money for this clean and new property

Meeting Girls in Chiang Mai
Compared with Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket or Samui, it is relatively more easy to meet girls, foreign or local, in Chiang Mai.

I think the main reason for that is that there are less male tourists and much more female tourists than elsewhere in Thailand.

The bars and nightclubs I would recommend for meeting girls are Zoe in Yellow, Mandalay, Warm Up, TaWanDang, Spicy, Safe House and The North Gate Jazz Coop. Some of them have a high proportion of working girls.

In local clubs like Infinity (and those I listed in Nimman Soi 7/9), girls will be a bit harder to approach. If you are not living in Chiang Mai they may lose interest quickly.

Online dating is a more easy way to find someone. Tinder does not work very well apart with foreign girls. Thai Cupid or Thai Friendly are much better options and they have the largest database of users in Thailand. The girls there are looking for serious relationships so you should start chatting with them a few weeks before your trip.

Patong Nightlife (Phuket) - Best Bars and Nightclubs

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Phuket is one of the most renowned nightlife destinations in Thailand. It has a frenetic party scene, yet most of its bars and nightclubs are concentrated in the 1-km long street of Bangla (or Walking Street) in the beach town of Patong.

Nightlife in Patong is rather male-oriented with your typical a-gogo dancers, bar fines, freelance prostitutes, naughty massage parlors and ladyboys. It is a (paid) sex paradise that acts like a magnet for single males from all over the World. While Russians are the main nationality, you also have hordes of Northern Europeans (UK, Germany, Scandinavia), Asians, Australians, Americans, Indians and Arabs. There are also thousands of foreigners who retired in Phuket or started their own businesses (restaurants, bars, tours, etc).

But Patong also attracts "normal" tourists, including families, couples and backpackers. They come mostly for the beach, but you can see them walking on Bangla street at night. They are just curious and not particularly interested in the sex trade. They might have a few wild night outs during their stay though for the sake of being on holidays. They make Patong nightlife a lot less creepy than it could be and I thank them for that.

My most recent trip to Patong was in December 2016. During 3 nights straight, I went to every nightclubs and bars I could find until they were all closed. This review is a summary of my findings. Please leave a comment below if you need more information.

Best Hotels Near Patong Nightlife
Hookers don't seem to bother families in Patong
If you are in Patong for party, I advise you to stay within walking distance from Bangla Road. By doing so, you will avoid the tuk-tuk mafias (charging ridiculous prices even for a 100-meter ride) and even better, you will avoid the temptation of driving back home while drunk. It is also better to be surrounded by like-minded people and not families/couples.

Agoda has created a great list of hotels located within a short distance from Bangla Road. Among them, the following are considered girl-friendly:

4-star and 5 star Hotels:
Sleep with Me (4-star): It is 200 meters from the nightlife and 100 meters from the mall JungCeylon. Price starting at 80$ on Agoda (check for better rates on HotelsCombined). Rated 8.5/10

Swisshotel Resort (4-star): This is where I was staying. It is in the same building as Hard Rock Café and Hooters Patong. The price was 75$ during high season but you can get a cheaper deal on Rated 8.1/10.

Millenium Resort (5-star): The closest 5-star from Patong Beach. It is inside Jungceylon Mall. The first bars and clubs of Bangla street are just across the street. Prices starting at 85$ on Agoda (or compare on Rated 8.3/10.

Kee Hotel is a family resort but it is connected to the infamous gogo bar strip of Soi Sea Dragon.

3-Star Hotels:
Yorkshire is a popular choice among regulars of Patong. It is both girl-friendly and a 200-m walk from nightclubs. Their basic room is comfortable and costs 50$ per night (compare prices now: HotelsCombined). Rated 8.2/10.

Summer Breeze is another favorite: 1-minute walk from the nightlife and quite cheap (less than 35$ per night if you book here). Rated 8.3/10.

Hostel/Backpacker (Not girl-friendly)
Just one floor above the nightclub Illuzion, there is a hostel called Kool Backpacker. They have dormitories for less than 10$ and all the guests there are party-people. Rated 8.1/10.

Note: Even the girl-friendly hotels in Patong may ask you for a "joiner" fee (around 300THB) if you bring someone who wasn't part of your initial booking.

Meeting Girls in Phuket/Patong
You shouldn't be too naive about the kind of girls you'll meet in Patong. As it turns out, even Western girls may end up being eastern European prostitutes.

If you are OK with paying for sex, then you won't need to make a lot of effort to be happy (but you should know that prices are higher than in Bangkok or Pattaya).

If you are not into prostitution, your best chance is to connect to popular dating websites like Thai Cupid or Thai Friendly. You can create an account a few weeks before arriving to make sure you already have some contacts on your first day.

Forget about Tinder. It is 20% lady boys, 30% prostitutes, 30% average looking, 10% Russian girls who don't reply messages.

Nightlife Areas in Patong
map phuket nightlife patong
Patong - Bangla Street Nightlife Map

90% of Patong nightlife is within Bangla and the adjacent small streets (called Soi).

Bangla Street Nightlife
Forbidden to non-authorized cars and motorbikes, it is lined up with cheap restaurants, bars, huge nightclub complexes and strip clubs. You can also find ATMs, money changers, convenience stores, banks, souvenir shops, fast foods and pharmacies.

Touts and girls will approach you ever few meters with various offers. Most often, they'll try to sell you a ping pong show or an all-you-can-drink promotion. For the latter, the touts are often foreigners.

Adjacent Streets (Soi) from East to West:
→ Soi Vegas: The two dirtiest bars in Patong are on this street (Belvedere and Money City). You can also find some local food.
→  Soi Tiger (or Soi Crocodile): Thai food and a ladyboy cabaret bar (Cocktail and Dreams).
→  Soi Viking: You have a very crowded Scandinavian bar (Grabbarna Grus) and a massage parlor.
→  Soi Sea Dragon: The highest concentration of gogo bars (Suzie Wong I & II, Harem, Lover Club, Upstairs, Exotica, No. 1)
→  Soi Freedom (ex-Soi Eric): A fun and crowded street full of beer bars and prostitutes.
→  Soi Gonzo: Nothing special, the alley leads to the nightclub White Rooms

Elsewhere in Patong:
→ OTOP market's bars: This market is located about 100 meters across from the Swisshotel Resort (10 minutes walk from Bangla Street). There are bout 20 tiny beer bars which all seem to be foreign-owned (especially by Australians and Germans). They are very laid-back and popular with expat residents to watch sports. You can get beer from 60-70THB.
Fat Mama's Beer Bar in OTOP
→  Paradise Complex (Soi Paradise): This is where most of Patong's gay nightlife is located. In this area, a recommended hotel is the foreign-owned, gay-friendly Connect Guesthouse.

Best Nightclubs in Patong
Party in Illuzion Nightclub Phuket
I wrote a detailed review about it called 9 Best Nightclubs in Patong. If you don't have time to read it, below is a quick summary.

Nightclubs in Patong are almost all free except White Room (200THB entrance). They are easy to get into as there are no queues and no dress code. If you are a small group, you should consider purchasing a bottle of alcohol as it will give you access to a table (minimum price 3,500 THB/100$).

All the nightclubs below run the same open bar promo: All-you-can-drink for 800THB from 10pm to 1am (the recently-opened Ecstasy has a deal for 599THB until 3AM but it won't last long I guess).

DJs will usually alternate between commercial EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Hip-Hop, Rn'B and Top 40. The only places where I listened to more original playlists were in the VIP rooms of Illuzion and Seduction.

The most recommended nightclubs in Patong are the following:

→  Illuzion is my favorite party place in Patong. Ranked 93rd best nightclub in the world by DJ Mag, it is brand-new and modern, with a huge stage where sexy dancers, acrobats, DJs and singers perform all night long. You have less prostitutes than elsewhere and most of the customers are young Westerners. It closes at 4AM but a smaller VIP club with tech house music stays open until 6AM.

Seduction is a huge nightlife complex with a beer garden, a regular club, a VIP club (Blow), a hip-hop bottle club and a rooftop restaurant. The regular club normally gets full every night with a mixed crowd a bit younger and lower-class than Illuzion. The VIP club has great music but it is happening only for special events.

Tiger Nightclub is also a multi-story complex, perhaps the most famous on Bangla street due to its enormous tigers statues above the entrance. On the ground floor, there are dozens of cheap beer bars with each a staff of bargirls and gogo dancers. On the second floor, there is the largest disco in Patong. It looks weird but it can be fun, especially if you party from the podium. It attracts less Westerners and more Indians/Arabs/Asians. Almost all girls in Tiger are prostitutes.

→ Stars Phuket is a Russian strip club until 4AM, but after that it becomes one of two after-hour clubs in Patong. It is quite small (100 pax capacity), but you can also hang out in the next-door Pool Club. The music is hip hop and Rn'B.

Tai Pan is an old nightclub popular with long-term Phuket residents. It is just one low-ceiling room with plenty of tables and dancing poles. There is always a show on stage: Dancers, live bands, DJs. At least 90% of the girls are prostitutes.

Some other nightclubs you may be interested to try in Patong are White Room (similar to Seduction), Hollywood and Ecstasy. You can read a complete review about them here: 9 Best Nightclubs in Patong.

Best Gogo Bars and Erotic Clubs
Girlie bars are everywhere in Patong and they make take several forms:

→ The cheapest are the ubiquitous beer bars that can be found every 20 meters (and especially in Soi Freedom or Soi Tiger). They can accommodate around 15-20 customers with a staff of 10 bar girls. You can sit down only for drinking beer (from 70THB), or ask for a girl's company. In that case, you should buy her lady drinks (200-240THB each) on which she gets a commission. To bring the girl back home with you, you must compensate the bar owner with a "bar fine" (short term - 1,000THB, long Term 2,000 THB), and then pay money directly to the girl (short term - 2,000 THB, long term 3,000 THB). That's a lot of efforts and money to end up with a prostitute!
Dirty Angel in Soi Tiger
Gogo bars are larger and more expensive. They have a podium with girls dancing in lingerie/bikini/uniforms, topless or naked (depending on the bar). Customers can seat all around and enjoy the show. Like in beer bars, you may ask a girl to join you. The prices for ladies drinks and bar fine are 25% higher.

Most of the famous Patong gogo bars are located in Soi Sea Dragon. The group Suzie Wong manages at least four gogo bars there (Suzie Wong I & II, Harem, Exotica) and another one on Bangla (Rock Hard). They are the best ones (hottest girls, great atmosphere, good music, first drink for 99THB).

You can also try the new Upstairs Gogo Bar (nude and topless girls, first beer 99THB then 200THB), No1 A GogoDiablo A Gogo and Club Lover.
Suzie Wong's Gogo Bar (without the girls)
Erotic clubs or Ping Pong Shows. Those clubs are a trashier version of gogo bars. They usually have older, less attractive girls who will do some kind of sexual performances. Most often, it involves inserting something in their pussies.

Honestly, it is pretty gross. With my own two eyes, I've seen a girl removing an actual frog from her vagina (and it wasn't a small one) then trowing it on a customer. The staff looked depressed and tourists were rather uncomfortable. The bar is called Money Night and you'll be asked to buy a 900-THB beer to enter (I paid 300THB after negotiating).

Another sex joint is Belvedere Luxury Club (next to Money Night on Soi Vegas). This place also charges 900THB for a beer but I wasn't able to negotiate the price down. They told me that the reason they were so expensive was because they were the only place in Patong with live sex performance on stage. As I didn't want to pay, they only let me inside for a few minutes. All I saw was a half-empty room with a mix of Russian and Thai hookers.

Note: Many tourists get scammed in ping pong shows. They get inside because they are promised a 99THB beer, but they ignore that it only applies to the first drink. After that, they get charged between between 500THB and 1,000THB per drink.
Sensual milk bath in Belvedere Club
→  There are a few Russian strip joints in Patong. More luxurious than Thai ones, they also cost more and have a bad reputation for scamming customers. I tried Moulin Rouge where I paid 330THB for a beer. It was rather quiet with just 2 Russian girls dancing, one of whom was topless. You can also go to L'Amour Club and Stars.
Best Bars and Live Music Pubs
Live Music in Patong
The number of pubs with live music on Bangla street is impressive. The most famous ones are crowded every night and they have great bands (Thai or Filipino). They are cheaper than nightclubs (around 120THB for a beer) and they have a more diverse crowd (more women, more couples).

The only thing I don't like about them is that the songs played are pretty much always the same: Adele, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, etc. After 3 nights out it gets boring.

The recommended venues are in this order: New York Bar (in front of Illuzion nightclub), Tao (belongs to Suzie Wong Group), Red Hot, Molly Malone's Irish Pub, Hard Rock Cafe (expensive), Rock City (classic rock), Heroes, Monsoon and Smiley. You can hear the bands from outside actually so just walk around and pick the one you like.

Best Bars on Bangla
Something that surprised me about Patong nightlife (compared to Bali nightlife for instance) is the lack of sophisticated bars. There are luxury beach clubs and lounges elsewhere on the island, but not many in Patong.

If you are looking for a nicer setup, you can go to the Patong Beach Club, about 300 meters from Bangla Road. They have a more upmarket Russian and Asian clientele, plus a few expats. It does not get so crowded though unless they have an event. It is just above Wine Connection an expensive wine shop and restaurant part of a Singaporean chain.

I also liked the new restaurant/lounge Cocoon. The upper floor has a laid-back setting overlooking Walking Street with Russian dancers and foreign DJs mixing chill/deep house tunes.

If you are Scandinavian, and more particularly Swedish, you will probably end up in Grabbarna Grus. I have always seen it packed with young, somewhat chubby blond girls and guys.
Grabbarna Grus Swedish Bar
More Tips About Patong Nightlife
Best time to enjoy Patong nightlife
All the information you've just read mostly applies to the high season which runs from December to February (with a peak during the Christmas holidays and Chinese New Year). More tourists choose to visit the island during this period because the weather is always sunny, the sea is quiet and the water is clear blue.

The rest of the year, and particularly in July or August, you will have considerably less people visiting Phuket. In Patong, the occupancy during the low season may not even reach 50%.

While you will get cheaper deals on hotels, you can't expect that all bars and nightclubs will be crowded.

Travel Insurance
One foreigner dies every three days in Phuket. The most frequent causes of death are drunk driving, drowning and strangely, suicide. There are thousands of non-lethal accidents every month and the worst ones may end up costing you a lot of money (a medical evacuation from Phuket to Australia = 100,000$). Other common problems like dog bites, malaria, dengue fever, food poisoning, flu, etc... can be treated in Thailand but you will get charged a highly inflated tourist price.

Before or during your trip, you should subscribe to a comprehensive travel insurance online, for instance on World Nomads (recommended by Lonely Planet). It costs a few dollars per day and it can save you a lot of trouble if something happens to you.

If you have any additional questions about Patong (Phuket) nightlife, do not hesitate to leave a message below. I'm also interested to know about your favorite bars and nightclubs if I missed them.

Phuket Nightlife: 9 Best Nightclubs in Patong (Updated Dec 16)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I just spent a few days days in Patong beach writing a detailed Phuket nightlife guide.

This smaller article is a ranking of the 9 best nightclubs in Patong. All of them are located along Bangla street (also referred to as Walking Street), which makes club-hopping very easy and fun. If you start early and finish late, you can do all of them in one night easily (and you'll still have time for a few gogo bars and live music pubs).

At the end of the review, I give more general advice about clubbing in Patong: Prices, dress code, safety, where to meet girls, the best hotels near the nightlife, etc...

Top Nightclubs in Patong

Illuzion is without any doubts the best nightclub in Phuket at the moment. It beats the other ones in every category: Music, ambiance, design, events and crowd.

It was ranked 93 on DJ Mag's Top 100 Nightclubs in the World 2016 (the only Thai nightclub on the list).

Music and shows: 8 resident DJs, including 4 international ones, playing commercial EDM, Rn'B and Old School. The playlists are not very original unless there is a guest DJ. Their "secret VIP room" in the back has more underground/tech house music.

To complement the DJs, Russian sexy dancers and acrobats perform every night from the elevated stage. You also have foreign singers (hip-hop performer on Fridays for instance).

Design and Facilities: 5,000m2, Ibiza-style mega-club with 10 bars and countless VIP and VVIP areas. Fantastic lighting and special effects (pyro, lasers, a 100m2 HD LCD display, etc).

Ambiance and Crowd: Mostly foreigners (expats and tourists) with much less prostitutes than elsewhere. The club is the busiest in Patong, every night of the week. Even though clubbers are segregated between "normal", VIP, VVIP and VVVIP, it is so packed that you'll still manage to mix with (almost) everyone.

Illuzion has a weekly schedule that includes:
Tuesday: Master D (Hip Hop - R'nB)
Wednesday: DJ Kraiz (EDM)
Friday: Live Hip Hop and Swag Party

They may welcome a more famous DJ on Saturdays (once every month) such as Sven Vath, Danny Avila, Tom Swoon, Kura or Nakadia.

Free entrance
800THB for free flow alcohol from 10PM until 1AM (avoid it - it is better to go to Illuzion after 2AM)
Table/bottle service available with minimum purchase of 5,000THB

Contact Them:
Instagram: Illuzion Patong
Facebook: Illuzion Phuket

☝ Insiders Tip:
Illuzion closes at 4am, but the party continues for 2 more hours in a smaller club behind the stage. The door policy is stricter so you only have a VIP crowd, including many expats and some of the most beautiful girls I've seen in Patong (not sure if they were freelancers or normal girls). The music is also nicer, more underground. I paid 310THB for a Rum Coke there.

The best nightclub in Patong before Illuzion opened, Seduction is a huge complex with at least 5 separate areas. They are always crowded and happening, having recently welcomed DJs like Skrillex, Calvin Harris and (soon) Diplo. It reminds me of SkyGarden in Bali (though not as fun).

Ground Floor
Outside the main building, on the left, the Seduction Beer Garden can be avoided as there isn't anything special about it.

Second Floor:
The main club is on the 2nd floor with a free entrance all night long. It is a large rectangle room with a VIP zone behind the DJ and tables occupying most of the dance floor. The DJs play your usual commercial songs (Hip Hop, EDM, Top 40). It is full every night of the week with a younger and lower-end crowd compared to Illuzion. Many Europeans, Americans, Russians, Arabs and Indians. There is also a fair share of prostitutes (let's say 60%), including Russians (I presume as I saw a hot blond girl mingling with an old Chinese guy). Like elsewhere, beers costs 200-250THB and there is a 800-THB free flow promo from 10pm until 1am. You can get a table as long as you purchase one bottle of spirits (minimum 3,500THB). A bottle of Black Label costs 3,900THB.

You cannot smoke inside but it is allowed on their balcony (with a view on Walking Street). It's the best place to meet girls actually.

Third Floor:
On the 3rd floor, there is a VIP club called Blow. It is a relatively small space with a low ceiling and a window overlooking the main disco. You normally have a dress code to enter but I saw several guys wearing only shorts. I didn't pay anything to get in, which is surprising for a VIP club.

It was not very crowded but I liked the music (deep house) and the ambiance. It seems to be popular with expats and residents of Phuket. Recent events include performances by DJs Sebastien Leger, Chocolate Puma, Dillon Francis, A-Trak or James Zabiela. You can check their upcoming schedule of events on their Facebook page: Blow VIP.

Fourth Floor
On the 4th floor is VIBZ by Seduction. It is a bottle club with hip-hop and Rn'B music. You don't really have a dance floor but instead around 20 white sofas with low tables. I only had a peek for a few minutes then left as it wasn't really crowded. More information: VIBZ by Seduction.

Fifth Floor
Finally, there is also a rooftop restaurant called Higher that I did not visit.

☝ Insiders Tip:
I met two girls inside who were drinking for free after they were given a bracelet by the manager downstairs. Obviously it only works if you are really hot.

Contact them:
Facebook: Seduction Disco
Instagram: Seduction Nightclub Bangla Patong

Tiger Night Club
This is also a mega complex, built on three floors. It is the most peculiar building on Bangla Street and the easiest to recognize with its 3 massive tigers statues in a fake jungle backdrop. It is a good alternative to Seduction and Illuzion if you are looking for a more "Thai" nightlife experience.
On the first floor, there are around 40 small beer bars that are each owned by different individuals (sometimes by foreigners). Each of them has its own name (the most famous are Pussy's Penitentiary and Pink Paradise). They start to get crowded early in the afternoon until close. They look similar to those you can find elsewhere in Patong: A circular bar, a few stools, TV screens, a 1,000THB bell (to give free drinks to every one) and a handful of bargirls entertaining customers. 1 or 2 girls will do sexy dancing or pole dancing. It is quite noisy and messy, but it is certainly fun. The prices are low: 100-120THB for a local beer.
On the second floor, you have the actual Tiger Disco. There are signs saying it is the "biggest nightclub in the world". It's probably not true, but it is still a huge and for sure the biggest in Phuket.

Most of the space is occupied by tables and high chairs, with a large podium in the middle, some private VIP areas on the side, and a VVIP zone behind the DJ. You also have two more quiet rooms where you can play pool.

The crowd is mixed and quite representative of Patong:
- Arabs and Russians are renting most VIP rooms and stay by themselves (with hookers) on the edges.
- Europeans, Australians and Americans are wild on the podium.
- All around, in darker corners, Thai bar girls are actively making eye contacts with anyone possessing a heartbeat.

While prostitutes make up at least 80% of the girl's population in Tiger, there are still plenty of opportunities with foreign girls. They seem less stuck up than in Illuzion and Seduction.

The music is commercial EDM and hip hop with some Arab songs from time to time. When I visited, they had two pairs of Russian sexy dancers next to the DJ. I found that staring at the Tiger statue with laser eyes just behind them was even more captivating though!
Free entrance. The prices on the second floor are on par with other nightclubs (200THB for a beer).

Contact them:
Facebook: Tiger Club Patong

Stars (After Hour Nightclub in Patong)
As I was walking aimlessly on Bangla street at 5AM, I noticed there were many people entering this nightclub on the basement of Illuzion. I went to have a look and discovered it is the current go-to after-hour spot in Patong.

From late afternoon until 4AM, Stars is a cabaret show featuring Russian strippers. After that, it becomes a late-night hip hop club. It is small but it looks quite fancy with velvet sofas and tapestries. 

It is actually part of a pool lounge that also stays open late (called Tazmania). It was surprisingly very busy and there were plenty of pretty girls (many of whom where accompanying foreigners). A Russian girl was pole dancing frenetically but I imagine she was an employee.

You can only fit 20 people on the dance floor and I didn't see a bar so it's best to book a table. If not, you can still order from the pool bar and it's rather affordable (250THB for a Whisky Coke, 100THB for a beer).

Contact them: 
Facebook: Stars Phuket

White Room
This club has a similar setup to the second floor of Seduction: A big rectangle room with 600-pax capacity, lots of tables and a VIP area in the back. It is the only club in Patong where I paid an entrance fee (200THB). Before 1AM, they also have a free flow for 800THB. It was crowded with tourists and only around 20% of Thai prostitutes. The music was a mix of hip-hop/EDM/Top 40.

Contact them:
Facebook: White Room

Cocoon Club
Located next to Seduction, Cocoon is a small bar-lounge built on two floors. It was opened just a few months ago and it is already one of the popular venues among young expats and long-term residents of Phuket. A reason for that is their focus on alternative electronic music (Deep House, Deep Tech, Lounge).

The main action is on the open-air second floor. It features a large central bar and sofas on the side. You can go there around 11pm for some pre-clubbing drinks. They have dancers and acrobats to keep you entertained.

Contact them:
Facebook: Cocoon Club Phuket

Tai Pan Disco
One of Patong nightlife's oldest venues, Tai Pan is more suitable for guys who are looking for prostitutes. There is one main room packed with young gogo dancers, strippers and freelancers. In contrast, most customers are old Western guys. That might explain why they are so cheerful and laid-back.

The music, mostly top 40 remixes, is much louder than elsewhere (to the point that my ears were hurting). A beer costs 180THB with a free shooter if you come early enough (the security guard will give you a coupon). Open bar until 1AM for 800THB. The club closes at 4.30AM.

Contact them:
Facebook: TaiPan

Ecstasy is a brand new boutique nightclub that does not have a large crowd yet. The only people inside looked desperate as if they had been smuggled by force from the street.

It is relatively small, with a 300-pax capacity and only 2 VIP corners. There is also a mezzanine but it was closed (probably because empty). It has a modern look, mainly due to its large LCD display behind the DJ. The dance floor area is well lit and slightly elevated, but the rest of the club is darker with a low ceiling.

To attract more people, they are having a really interesting open-bar promo at 599THB until 3AM. If you are both poor and an alcoholic, that's a deal you can't beat.

The DJs in Ecstasy play EDM/Rn'B, like almost everywhere else in Patong. You can buy a bottle of Red Label for 3,500THB, a bottle of Black Label for 4,000THB, a beer for 180THB and a standard glass of alcohol for 240THB.

Contact them:
Facebook: Ecstasy Patong

This club was called Hollywood a few years ago, then it changed its name to VIP room, and it's called Hollywood again since December 2016. You can access it by walking up some stairs covered in red carpet and bordered by two giant Oscar's statues.

They have live music from 9pm to 11pm, then a DJ until 3am and, finally, a Thai band until close. In between, foreign gogo dancers (female and male) will perform various shows. Monday is a hip-hop night.

It wasn't very crowded when I went there, especially compared to any of the venues above. A few tourists, some Thai groups and girls who seemed to be freelancers. The design and the setup of the club is decent though, especially the LED rain effect on the ceiling.

The prices are reasonable, around 100THB for a beer and 280THB for a cocktail.

Contact them:
Facebook: Hollywood Phuket

Meeting Girls in Patong Nightclubs
To summarize, I would say that there are four types of girls you might meet in a Patong club:

→ Thai working girls: Depending on the clubs, they make up from 95% to 20% of the women crowd in Patong. They are straight-forward: They are looking for a guy who will pay to have sex with them. You'll generally see them sitting down or standing in a corner with short skirts and high heels, trying to make high contact with guys who pass by. Some are bargirls trying to earn extra cash while other are 100% freelance prostitutes.

→ Thai party girls & professional girlfriends: These girls, usually more pretty than average, live a good life having multiple boyfriends and sugar daddies. They have charming and fun personalities, ideal for spending a good night out. They often sleep around, sometimes asking money, sometimes not. For sure, they are your best bet for a free one night stand. They often sit at a table with a bottle of alcohol (courtesy of the boyfriend who thought he was paying for school) and you'll notice they call the waiters by their names.

→ The Thai tourist: Usually from Bangkok, she is on holiday with her friends. If there are guys in her group, she will be quite hard to approach. If she is with girls, it won't be difficult. She might be reluctant to go home with you because she does not want to leave her friends alone or to look bad in front of them. Get at least her number. This is the best type of girls if you are looking for a more serious relationship. Most often, they can be seen on Walking street stopping every 2 minutes to take selfies. Inside the clubs, they stay in quiet areas when they are sober, then after 2 drinks they loose control and hit the podium.

→ Western tourist girls: Most are within a group of guys or with their boyfriends. Some are alone but they will be chased by 50 other guys (if they are pretty). Russian and eastern European girls are a special sub-category: Cold as ice, the most pretty are either prostitutes or impossible to talk to. I did manage to meet several though after befriending a Russian guy.

Using Dating Sites to Meet Girls
Chatting with girls on dating sites and inviting them for a drink is an excellent strategy for scoring with non-prostitutes.

You should start chatting before you arrive in Patong by connecting to either one of the two most popular Thai dating websites: Thai Friendly or Thai Cupid. Thai Friendly has more girls in Thailand but it does not have an international database (especially Vietnamese and Filipino girls). Either way, you can sign up on both for free, see if there are girls you like, then upgrade to a 25$ paid membership to improve your success rate. You can cancel it after you leave Thailand.

Tinder and Badoo (which I normally recommend because they are free) do not work well at all in Phuket. There are just too many guys and not enough girls.

Girl-Friendly Hotels Near Patong Nightclubs
I slept in the 4-star Swisshotel Resort which is 300 meters from Bangla street and rated 8.1/10 on Agoda. I paid 75$ per night (you might find a cheaper price here) for their most basic room which I found a bit expensive. The upside is that it shares the same building with Hard Rock Café and Hooters. There is also a street full of cheap beer bars just in front of the hotel (most of them are owned by foreigners). It is a girl-friendly hotel, but you have many families and children.

If you plan on partying hard and getting naughty, I advise you to stay in other hotels with a more open-minded customer base (note that you may be asked to pay a joiner fee of about 300THB if a girl comes with you at night). I didn't stay in the following hotels but they are the most recommended in specialized forums:

Budget Guest-Friendly Hotel in Patong:
Summer Breeze (1 minute walk from the first clubs), rated 8.3/10 and 35$ per night (or find a cheaper rate here)

If you want to spend less than 10$ for a cheap place to stay, there are dormitories just above the nightclub Illuzion. The name of the guesthouse is Kool Backpacker (but beware, they are not girl-friendly).

Best 3-Star Girl-Friendly Hotel
Yorkshire (2 minutes from the nightclubs), rated 8.2/10 and 50$ per night on Agoda (a few dollars less on HotelsCombined).

Best 4-Star Girl-Friendly Hotel
Sleep with Me (4 minutes walk from the clubs, 2 minutes from Jungceylon Mall), rated 8.5 with prices starting at 80$ per night (compare rates here).

Best 5-Star Girl-Friendly Hotel
Millenium Resort is a great choice for high-end clubbers (though popular with families as well). It is within Jungceylon Mall and next to Walking street. Rated 8.3/10 with prices starting at 80$ on Agoda (or try to find cheaper prices here).

Choosing a hotel near the nightlife also allows you to avoid the tuk-tuk mafia (200THB minimum to go anywhere).

General Advice about Nightclubs in Patong
Dress Code
You can enter any nightclub in Patong wearing just sandals, short pants and a T-shirt. That said, it is not a bad idea to try to look better than other guys, especially if you want to meet non-prostitutes. Wearing a buttoned shirt can help you with that.

Every nightclub I've been to was free (except White Room = 200THB). I was surprised as I read on other websites about people being charged up to 300THB in most clubs. I was in Patong early December and maybe it wasn't high season yet. Please leave a comment if you had to pay.

The drinks usually cost around 200THB for a local beer, 250THB for spirits, 300THB for cocktails. A cheap bottle of Smirnoff, Absolut or Red Label cost around 3,500THB (100$).

If you are on a budget, you can get drunk outside the clubs for twice less. Margarita bar in front of Illuzion is one of the cheapest bars I've seen and the owner is friendly (though probably poisoning me with fake booze).

Many touts on the streets (sometimes foreigners) sell open-bar promotions. The new Ecstasy club has the cheapest and most interesting one (THB599 until 3AM). In other venues, it costs THB800 and runs from 10pm to 1AM.

According to the weird (but fascinating) website, at least 274 foreigners died in Thailand in 2016. Among them, 111 died in Phuket. I let you imagine how many additional non-lethal accidents there were.

Party-related deaths are unfortunately too common, from the drunk-driving accident to the fight with security guards.

To reduce the risks, you should follow these rules:
- Do not drink and drive (choose a hotel close from the nightclubs I suggested earlier).
- Do not ride a motorbike at night.
- Do not use drugs (it's much safer to do it in Europe, Australia or the US).
- Do not provoke Thais or get into fights with Thai people, especially those working for nightclubs (they are recruited among the local mafia).
- If you bring a girl back to your hotel, remember to keep all your valuables locked in your safe.
- Make sure you have a travel insurance that covers medical evacuation (WorldNomads for instance which is recommended by both Lonely Planet and Rough Guides).
- Once you leave Bangla Street, try not to behave as a drunkards and please keep your clothes on.

If I forgot a nightclub or if there is a new opening, please leave a message in the comment section below!

Safe House Nightclub (Chiang Mai)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Safe House is the newest nightclub in Chiang Mai. It is located in the nightlife area of Loi Kroh Road where dozens bars and live music pubs can be found. More precisely, it is in the basement of the Duangtawan Hotel.

You need to pay an entrance fee of 200THB that does not include any free alcoholic drinks. Inside, the cheapest beer will cost you 100THB and the cheapest cocktail 200THB.

There is an underground vibe to Safe House that I really enjoyed. The lighting is quite aggressive (flashing lights) and the overall design is minimalist. The music was a bit too loud yet I was happy to hear some tech-house/techno instead of the usual mainstream EDM/Trap party anthems. I have no idea if that's what they intend to play all the time or if it was just a one-time thing though.

I was there a bit early at midnight and it was still very quiet. The few people there were young tourists (wearing shorts and sandals) and two groups of Thai girls (no idea if they were prostitutes or hi-so girls).

Overall: If Safe House could manage to stay open a little later (at least 3AM) and to maintain quality clubbing music, there is no doubt it could become the best nightclub in Chiang Mai.

Safe House Nightclub - Chiang Mai
132 Loi Kroh Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Phone number: 061 090 5000
Instagram: Safe House

Operating Hours:
Every day from 11pm to 2am

I took the pictures above from their Facebook page. They were taken during a NYE event which explains why the club was so full.

Read also: Chiang Mai Nightlife - Best Bars and Nightclubs.

30 Best Bangkok Nightclubs in 2016 - Nightlife in BKK

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
There are so many nightclubs in Bangkok that it may be hard for first-time visitors to decide where to party. I'm compiling here a description of the venue from the entire Bangkok nightlife scene to help your planning.

For each venue, I included a link to their Facebook page. I encourage you to check the opening hours, event and entrance fee there directly. In general, most clubs are open until 2-3am and they will charge you between 250THB and 400THB for the first drink/entry. The most expensive, Onyx and Cé La Vi cost 500THB.

Beware! Not every hotel in Bangkok will accept if you bring a girl to your room. If you want to avoid an embarrassing moment, you can book the following guest-friendly hotels (that are also close to the nightlife): Heaven @ 4Ambassador BangkokRuamchitt Plaza HotelSukhumvit 12 Suites and Sofitel Bangkok.

Meeting Thai Girls in Nightclubs
Thai Friendly is the best dating site to meet Bangkok Girls
It is actually quite difficult to meet normal Thai women within nightclubs in Bangkok, especially if you are a tourist. Don't expect to find a one night stand easily unless you are willing to pay for it.

The best and easiest way to find a girl is to connect to the dating site Thai Friendly. It is free but I recommend you to spend some money and upgrade to the premium version. It costs the price of two cocktails (20$) and it will allow you to send as many messages as you want. They have over 1 million member and at least a thousand girls online at any time. If you are a normal human being you should match with tons of girls.

What you need to do is to contact them a few days before actually arriving in Bangkok. Try to find the fun girls who like to go clubbing and party, chat with them a bit, then get as many phone/Whatsapp/Line numbers as you can. Once in Bangkok, just invite them to join you on your nights out and you're basically almost certain you'll end your night with someone.

You can create an account here: Thai Friendly - Free Sign Up.

Tourist Nightclubs in Bangkok
I will start with the nightclubs you should actually avoid. Tourist nightclubs are the worse, but unfortunately many visitors only go to these places. One of the reason is that they ask for advice to taxi drivers who get a commission on each person they bring (200THB). This is why some taxis will even offer you a free ride.

In this category, you have the following nightclubs: Shock39, Spicy, Climax, BossyEQ. CM2 was one as well but it reopened under the name Play by CM2 and I haven't been back there since. Those places are all pretty much the same: They are rather dirty, have no design, rarely organize special events, rely on an endless supply of tourists and have 99% prostitutes. The only positive thing is that they stay open later than usual (until 5am-6am). The ratio guys/girls is terrible, meaning you may struggle to find a decent looking girl, even if you are willing to pay.

You should cross them from your clubbing list unless you fit into one of these categories:
  • You love commercial music (Top 40, Hip Hop)
  • You want to find an average-looking, yet expensive hooker
  • You want to party after 3am
  • You want to party in short pants and flip flops
  • You are a 20-year old countryside boy on his first trip abroad
  • You come from a country where clubbing is forbidden
Some tourist clubs are a bit better though. In particular, you can try Mixx or Insanity. They have a similar concept (Freelancers + Tourists + Stay Open Late + Commissions to Taxi) but they are classier.

Insanity is very near from Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza so all the girls working in gogo bars tend to visit after they finish their work. It has a nice set up, it is modern and you may meet some normal girls as well. The music is not too bad, mostly house and EDM. I like the set-up with the central podium. It is popular with Koreans and many girls seem only interested with them.

Mixx is OK as well, but quite expensive. You have two rooms there, one of which has hip hop music. It is located in the 5-star Intercontinental Hotel so the crowd is upmarket and the prostitutes more like high-class escorts (some are Russian). It closes at 5am. It is popular with expats as well.

Expat Nightclubs in Bangkok
Those bars and nightclubs are preferred by richer expats and travelers who are already familiar with the city.

Levels (on 6th Floor of Aloft Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 11)
This nightclub almost made the tourist clubs lists. It has lots of prostitutes (pretty ones I must admit) and a mixed crowd of 30-something expats and travelers. You may still meet normal girls though, especially if you say you have a good job in Bangkok. The music is EDM and House with a hip-hop night on Sundays. A nice feature is the garden rooftop from which you can smoke. The entrance is free but drinks inside are pricey.

Cé La Vi (on 39th Floor of Sathorn Square)
Used to be called Ku De Ta. Sister branch of Cé La Vi in Singapore. This is the top high-end nightclub for expats in Bangkok at the time of writing. You need to dress sharp and bring money. It's a good place to meet other people and possibly some upper class Thai girls. If you are looking like a tourist, you can forget about it though. Hip hop ladies night on Wednesday. The music style changes often depending on guest DJs or events. There are probably high class escorts but they are discreet.

Glow (Sukhumvit 33)
A small nightclub on two floors with European techno and electronic music. It is an expat's favorite of Bangkok nightlife. You will barely see any tourists or Thai people (apart from the expat's girlfriends). Glow is recommended if you want to experience European-style clubbing.

Beam (Thonglor)
I have mixed feeling with Beam. It is a beautifully designed nightclub, with impressive lighting and smoke effects. I've rarely seen something similar elsewhere. It also has a great variety of DJs who play non-commercial electronic music and hip hop. On the negative side, it is pricey (400THB entrance) and the crowd not so friendly to be with. If you like it, you can also go to Dark Bar which is similar.

Mustache (Ratchadaphisek)
Under Belgian management, this alternative bar is one of the current hotspots in Bangkok. It is not exactly in the city center but 15 minutes away by taxi from Sukhumvit (it's a new location). The music there is similar to that of Beam or Glow but the crowd is younger and more laidback. You have two floors, including a rooftop bar. It closes late and the entrance is free.

Sing Sing TheaterMaggie Choos and Iron Fairies
Those 3 bar-clubs are similar as they all have world-class design, a chic expat crowd, good cocktails and non-commercial music. Each are worth a visit, ideally just after eating and before heading to bigger nightclubs.

Live RCA (Royal City Avenue)
Live RCA is a clubbing event space attracting major International DJs (techno, tech-house, house, EDM). They will have something different each week so it's better if you check on their Facebook beforehand. The crowd can be more or less expat depending on the DJ. Open only on weekends.

Other bars you may want to try to meet young expats: Revolucion and Oskar.

Backpacker Nightlife
Backpackers and expats on a budget normally party on Khao San Road. It is not classy but it can be fun once in a while. It is the best location to meet Western girls in Thailand.

You cannot go there directly with the BTS or MRT. It's a 120THB taxi ride from Sukhumvit. The advantage of Khao San Road is that everything is in one spot. You can just go from one bar to the other, buying cheap buckets of booze in-between.

The main nightclub is simply call "The Club". It is next to a bar called Golf which is always packed. If you cannot afford the club entrance (250THB), you can just party in the street, it's pretty much the same crowd and atmosphere. For a more rustic option, you can go to GulliverBrick Bar is also popular, but the crowd mostly Thai.

Hi-So Nightclubs in Bangkok
Hi-so (for High Society) is a popular term in Thailand to describe the richest Thais, the top 1%. If you are a 20-year old kid who owns a Porsche and dates a famous actress, then you are hi-so.

Hi-so Thais party in only a few locations in Central Bangkok: Royal City Avenue (Onyx) and Thonglor/Ekkamai (Funky Villa, Demo, Do Not Disturb). Thonglor is also where you'll find most hipster and trendy bars of Bangkok.

You will see the most beautiful Thai girls in some of these clubs, but you have very little chances with them unless you're part of a group. These girls are scared of tarnishing their reputation by mingling with foreigners. So you need to get the approval of the group first, and then you might get the approval of the girl.

In most Thai nightclubs (including the ones listed below), people party Asian/Chinese style: They book a sofa, order expensive bottles, stay within their small groups of friends, get drunk until they pass out and show off their wealth as much as they can. If you cannot book a table, you'll be squeezed and you'll struggle to get a drink from bartenders who are too busy to take care of VIP guests.

Booking a table means that you agree to spend a certain amount on alcohol. For instance, if the minimum spend to get a table is 300$, it means you can spend 300$ on bottles, mixers and food. If you are splitting the bill with several friends, it is often a better deal than buying drinks individually. Bottles in those clubs are not that expensive, THB2,000 is largely enough for a good whisky.

Dress code are enforced (and anyway you don't want to look like a tourist): No shorts, no sandals, no singlets. They always check IDs so make sure to bring your passport with you, even if you look 40. Some places will charge you more if you are a foreigner (Farang), but you'll get free drinks with your entry. 

Onyx is one of the poshiest nightclubs for Thai. It is pricey (500 THB entrance fee with a drink), yet so crowded you'll barely be able to move around. Go with friends and order bottle service. An ID is necessary to enter.

Funky Villa was one of the most famous nightclubs for rich Thai but it burnt down just a few days ago (end of June 2016). They had live Thai music with famous local bands.

Next to Funky Villa (same owner), they have EDM and a smaller bar  called "Dirty Bar" with hip hop.

Very young rich Thai crowd listening to live bands. Similar to Funky Villa.

Do Not Disturb Club (DND Club): Similar to Demo, located behind Nunglen. They have live Thai bands and EDM DJs.

You may also want to check Myst, Safehouse and Falabella.

Nightclubs for Middle Class Thai
Unlike nightclubs like Funky Villa or Onyx, you'll be more welcome here as a foreigner. Those places are among the most fun to party in Bangkok as long as you don't mind commercial music.

They are also excellent for meeting regular, non-prostitute Thai girls. Typically, this is where students and office workers party. Don't expect that everything will be easy though. The main problem is that girls are often already accompanied by some guys who are paying for their drinks. Because of this, they may not be so comfortable spending time with you within the club. The solution is either to befriend other members of her group and join the table, or to exchange numbers. The next day she should be more relaxed.

Many tourists avoid these clubs because they cannot get laid instantly. You will only have 5%-10% foreigners on average, most of which are younger expats.

I am only listing places with DJs and Western music. If you are adventurous and looking for a local experience, you'll also find many other nightclubs with a 100% Thai crowd and Thai live music, especially outside the city center.

Route 66 in RCA
Route 66 is the place to go to for down-to-earth, normal clubbing in Bangkok. It is really big, with several rooms including an EDM zone, a hip-hop room and a live music area. The crowd is middle to upper class. It has become more popular with expats because it is always crowded and easy for meeting people.

Clubs of Ratchada 4
Ratchada 4 is a small entertainment complex 10 minutes away from Sukhumvit. There are several nightclubs, bars and karaokes in one spot. Among them, you'll find Snop, Embassy MBS, HollywoodNext 7 Pub, etc.

Not too far, on Ratchada 4, you can visit the brand new MAD, which used to be Mansion7.

Brick Bar
This is a good place to party with Thai if you are in the Khao San Road area.

Narz is one of the oldest clubs in Bangkok. It used to be the place to go for hip hop but now they play mostly EDM/Trance. It is not as crowded as it used to be but on Weekends it's still OK.

Hip Hop Nightclubs in Bangkok
Bangkok has the largest hip-hop and Rn'B scene in Southeast Asia. On every given night, you have at least 5 venues to choose from that are either dedicated to hip-hop or having a special hip-hop event.

The best one is Sugar, conveniently located on Sukhumvit Soi 11. This is a NY-style nightclub where the Bangkok hip-hop community meets. There is a good mix of expats and Thai people. The entrance is quite cheap, 200THB, inclusive of a drink. Another popular choice, more high-end, is the Dirty Bar within Demo club in Thonglor.
G Club is the favorite club of the African community in Bangkok. They play hip-hop, Rn'B, Reggae and Afro music.

There is a recently new hip-hop club I didn't visit called Vibe. They stopped updating their Facebook a few months ago so I don't know if they are still open or not.

Some large nightclubs in Bangkok also have smaller rooms with hip hop or Rn'B. It is the case of Route 66 and Mixx.

Finally, Cé La Vi has a great hip hop ladies night every Wednesday and Levels has one on Sundays.

Late Night/ After Hour Nightclubs in Bangkok
The curfew policy of many Bangkok nightclubs is a big turn-off for me. The rules seem to have eased a bit the past year (you can party until 3am now), but I still find it too early.

Don't start your nights out late in Bangkok, even more so during the week. I recommend you to eat around 6pm, find a nice bar at 8pm, and hit the clubs at 11pm.

A recommended after hour club is Scratch Dog (until 6am) inside Windsor Suites Hotel. It is a place with many prostitutes but if you're lucky you can meet some normal girls as well. There is a good mix of Thai and foreign guests, including some Asian nationalities. You must pay 400THB to get in with a drink.

Even though I'm not a big hip hop fan, I would say that Sugar (mentioned above) is one of the best places for late clubbing. It closed at 6am when I went there and it had a great atmosphere with no so many hookers. People were friendly and happy to meet talk to strangers. There are some reports that the security can be racist and rough, but I haven't noticed anything special. (Update Dec 2016: Since the King died, it closes at 4am).

Mustache is closing at 6am and it is where many expats are heading for underground music. There are no prostitutes at all so if you're horny and trying to score, you should avoid. It is also a bit far.

If you are looking for a female partner, go to Insanity where you'll have the largest choice of affordable freelancers + a few normal girls. Mixx closes at 5am and have a lot of (high-class) working girls too.

Finally, tourist nightclubs like Shock39SpicyClimaxBossy and EQ are also closing late.

Free Nightclubs (No Entrance Fee) in Bangkok
If you are a guy, you must pay to get into most nightclubs in Bangkok. Girls can get for free during the ladies night (see below for a list of the best ones).

There are 2 nightclubs with free entrance that I know of. Levels and Mustache. Some Thai nightclubs like Demo are also free during the week, but they may charge a first drink to foreigners (apparently to filter the weed). Cé La Vi is free during the week but it costs 500THB on weekends.

If you are really a cheapo, you can party for free in the streets of Khao San Road. Many bars are packed with people who bought their drinks in 7-11.

Ethnic Nightclubs (Arab, African, Russian) in Bangkok
Bangkok nightlife is eclectic! There are a few ethnic nightclubs in Bangkok, near Nana Plaza in particular. I haven't been inside but I passed in front of some several times.

Arabs/Middle Eastern visitors will go to Dino Club inside Graceland Hotel (which is a girl-friendly hotel). Needless to say, it's full with hookers there. They also love to go to Shock39.

The African community gathers in G-Terminal Club that I mentioned above.

There are also some nightclubs and lounges with many prostitutes from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. For instance in Rajah Hotel, Bossy or Mixx Disco.

Japanese visitors tend to stay near Sukhumvit Soi 33 as there are several Japanese style massage parlours there (nuru massage). They also go to Thermae in the basement of the Ruamchitt Plaza Hotel where many freelancers can be found.

Asian clubbers from Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong tend to stick to the Thai nightclubs in RCA or Thonglor.

Gogo Bars
Almost all the gogo clubs in Bangkok can be found in just 3 locations: Nana Plaza, Soi Cowboy and Patpong. If you are confused about where to go: Nana Plaza is the largest complex, Soi Cowboy is the hottest, Patpong is the trashiest. You can walk from Soi Cowboy to Nana Plaza in 15 minutes, and go from both to Patpong in 15 minutes by taxi (or public transport).

In each of these, you have dozens of gogo bars, one after the other. To the undiscerning visitor, they may all look the same, but a regular could tell you the differences between each. Some will feature topless girls, some will have naked girls, some allow you to touch the girls, some have special shows, some have ladyboys, some have older girls, some are for Japanese, etc.

You are usually sitting down in a circle and looking at the girls. You can ask to talk with one and buy her ladies drink. She may also go home with you if she agrees. In this case, you must compensate the bar with a bar fine. It is best to visit gogo bars early in the evening, ideally around 7pm or 8pm, because the prettiest girls haven't been booked out already.

I've listed the hottest gogo bars in Bangkok in the following review: Top Nude Gogo Bars in Bangkok. If you are too lazy to open the link, I recommend you to try Baccara and Crazy House in Soi Cowboy, Spanky's in Nana Plaza, Black Pagoda in Patpong.

High-Class Gentlemen's Clubs in Bangkok
If you have both money and a taste for exceptionally gorgeous ladies, you may want to avoid the average gogo bars scene of Nana Plaza, Patpong or Soi Cowboy. Bangkok has several high-class gentlemen's clubs spread all over the city where you are almost assured to lose your head at the sight of dozens of scantily-clad hotties.

In Bangkok, the term "Gentlemen's Club" is used to describe a kind of hostess bars with coyote shows, where most clients are "members". To become a member, you must buy in advance several bottles of alcohol that you can use within a year. The prices aren't that high if you are a regular: At The Pimp for instance, with 550$ you get membership + 12 whisky bottles. If you go there with 4 friends and drink 2 bottles in total, you will have spent less than 30$ each on alcohol for your night out (and then you have to do it 5 more times during the year).

Without a membership, it is unfortunately expensive. In the best gentlemen's clubs, a non-member can expect to spend up to 200$ between the entrance fee, the drinks (for you and your hostess) and the tips. Again, you'll save a lot of money if you buy a bottle so go there with a few friends.

Girls in those clubs usually make enough money with commissions they get from drinks so they aren't really interested to sleep with you. Your chances of taking one back home are slim, or you'll need to spend a crazy amount of money. 

If your budget is limited, you can go to an upmarket gogo bars instead like Baccara or Black Pagoda. The best ones have a great selection of girls and a luxurious atmosphere. It is much easier to barfine someone there as well.

Here are a few recommendations for gentlemen's clubs in Bangkok: Kush Mansion, Sherbet & Pianoforte, The Pimp, Monte Carlo and Vegas.

Best Venues to Pick Up Girls
It really depends on what you are looking for: Paid sex, free one-night stand or relationship.

For paid sex, the best places are certainly the gogo bars, Mixx club and Insanity.

For one night stand, you need to find Westernized Thai girls. I'd recommend Cé La ViSugar and Levels.

For relationships, the best places are Route 66, Live RCA and the clubs of Ratchada 4.

Best Nightclubs for Each Day of The Week
Best Nightclubs for Monday: OnyxInsanityMixx
Best Nightclubs for Tuesday: LevelsSugar
Best Nightclubs for Wednesday: Cé La ViDemo
Best Nightclubs for Thursday: Route 66Levels, Ratchada 4
Best Nightclubs for Weekends: Anywhere is busy
Best Nightclubs for Sunday: InsanityLevels

Best Ladies Night in Bangkok
The best ladies4 night in Bangkok is on Wednesdays at Cé La Vi from 9pm to midnight. Girls get a free flow of sparkling wine. They also have a Free Flow wine on Saturday from 9pm to 11pm.

Levels has a great one on Sundays: Girls get 3 free drinks before midnight and all-night-long 99THB cocktails.

Insanity has a ladies night on Sundays: Girls get 2 free drinks and if they come by 4, they get a free bottle of sparkling wine.

In Hi-So in So Sofitel Bangkok, girls get a free glass of Champagne from 8pm to 11pm.

In Bangkok Betty, girls get 3 free drinks before 9pm

Any questions about clubbing in Bangkok? Please write a message below and I'll try to answer it. Photocredit: Win Photos.