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Bangkok as a party city is OVER RATED?

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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

I never realized it, until I read the back cover of my hand me down SOUTHEAST ASIA guide book.

the city that doesnt sleep? That really not accurate! I have been to bars in Silom that no people! an army of staff, but no people and the alcohol in my GIN TONIc was probably a teaspoon.

as for cheap beers, 60 BAHT was the lowest in KHAOSAN... And so I learn how to drink whiskey here with my backpacking mates.

The party city reputation is over rated. I won't call it a party if half of the crowd is working (selling love). My local friend told me that. I can't believe they are workers, because in some countries people who sell XXX in clubs are hell gorgeous. I cant tell who is working and who is not. But I can tell who is lady boy, even if I am drunk.

And I think most bars close at 2:00 am. Then everybody goes to another bar, where the drinks are so expensive and they close in 30 minutes.

WELL, I love Bangkok though. But I am leaving. I have a theory that the southern islands are just BANGKOK with a beach. They will have their little KHAOSAN and the bars that close too early.

WILL I REGRET IT, If I dont hit any of the southern islands?

I am going to PENANG and maybe LANGKAWI as well... and INDONESIA... so I'll have lots of days in the beach.

I do like clubbING, but I am not loving the crowd in BANGKOK... Is there a difference in the clubs located in the islands.

I am thinking about going to KRABI, on the premise that I can get the cheapest accomodation. I just want to see a beach, so I can compare them with the beaches, I'LL SEE IN MALAYSIA and INDONESIA.

2. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 8y

My opinion... Bangkok is a starting point for most, a base and that's all. I have been to Bangkok numerous times and the last time I went I booked a flight down to the islands within 20 minutes of being there, and before I had even found a hotel. I don't think much of Bangkok, and I usually leave it 'till the end of my holiday. As for the islands... I think you will miss a lot if you don't visit them, I have travelled the world a lot and I love the Islands of Thailand better than most placed I have been to.
My advise, hit the islands and forget about Bangkok for the time being, but I do like bangkok at the end of my holidays, to pick up a few bargins and just live in the maddness for a night or two!

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

I'm in Phuket now... I had a bad day though.

I cant leave my passport and stuff at the hotel, so I can't go swimming.

I'm paying 200 for a dorm room. The place is really nice. But practically empty and the a lot of the facilities were broken, which made me feel very uncomfortable.

I'm out of here to tommorrow. Unless the sunset will impress me.

4. Posted by Shirak (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Bangkok still has plenty of partying going on, you just have to know where to go. For a good strong drink, there are plenty of options, Sky Bar and Moon bar being among the more spectacular and Q bar being among the most well known. Late nights can be had, among other, at Funky dojo, Scratch Dog, Boss and so on. A good overview of all this great city has to offer can be found at [snip]. I trust you guys will not get lost again ;-)
The offers of the city also include a vast number of excellent restaurants these days, so more relaxed enjoyment is also possible.
Best wishes

J

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

BANGKOK SLEEPS TOO EARLY.... and lonely planet calls it one of the 24 cities.

Manila sleeps 6 am on a week night. Bangkok has more visitors and is more popular as a party zone. But when I look back after months in KSR, I realize Malaysia has more 24 JAM places... Bangkok sleeps so early, for a reason. Its probably to force you to go to another bar that operates for 1 hour and sells very expensive WATER based drinks.

They motels also need to make money, so when the bars close at 2:00 am, you are off with a lady boy to some motel.

6. Posted by luke_black (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

I've heard that Thailand put up a curfew for bars and clubs because of underage drinking and drugs problems.
And of course you'll see XXX workers in silom, that's where it's renowned for.
Have you tried going to RCA (royal city avenue)? It's a long road with many different bars and clubs. Although it also closes around 1 or 2 am, but the scene is more vibrant than silom.

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting luke_black

I've heard that Thailand put up a curfew for bars and clubs because of underage drinking and drugs problems.
And of course you'll see XXX workers in silom, that's where it's renowned for.
Have you tried going to RCA (royal city avenue)? It's a long road with many different bars and clubs. Although it also closes around 1 or 2 am, but the scene is more vibrant than silom.

I tried RCA, but I cant find the bar street... It just a long road with very expensive men's club.
I was going to check out this RNB club. I couldn't find it. I ended up waiting at BANGKOK HOSPITAL for friends to pick me up and go to SILOM, the curfew capital of ASIA.

They have a problem with underage drinking, but they dont mind if we take young sex workers to our hotel, when the clubs kick us out at 1:30.

CLOSING AT 2 AM in a supposed Party Zone is just IRRATIONAL, PARADOXICAL and Hypocrtical.
They close early for the motels to make some money.

8. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Malaysia, a supposed conservative Islamic state, is a city that never sleeps.

But Bangkok, supposedly liberal and cool, sleeps at 2 am, that is something that GUIDE BOOKS fail to write about.