The nightlife scene is
well and truly alive in Phuket
and particularly in
where you will find the majority of the bars and clubs.
Here you will witness the craziness of Bangla Road
thumping loud music and bars and clubs all lit up.
From late afternoon till the sun comes up, Bangla Road is
closed off to the traffic and becomes a walking street and
its party time and every night of the week is like a
Saturday night, all year round.
Bangla Road has many Soi's or side streets running off the road
and expect to be hassled to enter the bars or clubs walking
down any of these to enter a bar, a nightclub, or to see a
There are Beer Bars, Go Go Bars, Night Clubs, Discos, Live
Music Venues, Sports Pubs, Cabaret Shows, and Karaoke Bars
in Bangla and you are spoilt for choice as all these venues
are located all right next to each other.
There are also lots of hotels here which cater for those who love to
party on every night in Patong known as -
Guest Friendly Hotels
Tai Pan Nightclub, one of the most popular clubs in Patong.
One of the many beer bars
at Tiger Bar or Soi Tiger.
The usual lively bar
scene at Soi Eric.
There are too many bars in
Patong to name them all and there are some different types
of bars, to keep all kinds of tourists entertained. Most of
the bars cater for single males of all ages and employ
women to keep them entertained. The Aussie
, located about half way down Bangla Road,
is a favourite place for Aussie's to have a drin and the bar
is one of the largest in Bangla Road and you can't miss it
when you walk past as it is so big. There are many other smaller bars all
around Patong with most of them being very small open air
bars, which are located right next to other competing bars,
especially in Bangla Road. The Kangaroo Bar, the Honky Tonk Bar
and P-One, are also very popular bars on Bangla.
These bars are
everywhere in Bangla Road and are basically a bar that employs pretty
girls known as bar girls to stand out the front trying to lure customers
inside to drink at the bar or keep them there by
Once you enter the bar, you will more than likely be asked
to play connect four, the jackpot game, or hammer the nail
into a piece of wood. When plying these games, don't play
for drinks because you will most likely lose. Remember
these girls play these games every night and have had a lot
of practice, so don't waste your money on
The best option is the jackpot game, because its simply a game of
rolling 2 dice to match the numbers on the top of the panel, and its all
luck. You can actually score yourself free drinks playing the jackpot
For a small fee known as a bar fine, the bar girl
relieved of her duties at the bar and is allowed to go with
anyone she wants. The prices of the bar fines vary but are
usually around 300 to 500 Baht.
Go Go Bars:
There are go go bars in
and a go go bar is a bar where good looking
girls who are wearing very little, dance around poles to the music.
Expect to pay more for drinks at these places than what you
would at a Beer Bar and any other place in Patong. Some of the most
popular go go bars here are Rock Hard A Go
and Roxy A Go Go.
One of the most popular go
go bars, the Roxy A Go Go.
Another popular bar, World Famous - Rock Hard A Go Go.
Soi Sea Dragon, which is
one of the larger Soi's on Bangla.
Nightclubs and Discos
Patong has quite a few decent nightclubs and discos with
loud pumping sound systems and the occasional
international dj. The clubs here have a mixture of Thai
people (mostly females) and tourists from all over the
Plays mostly hip hop and electro music every night and this is a favourite
place for the Thai girls to have a dance and it is jam
packed every night of the week. Hollywood has quality
lighting and a really good sound system and the management here know
what they are doing as they put on ladies nights and prizes and
extra free drinks to keep the women coming back every night. You can expect to be
approached by many friendly ladies when you are in this
club. Hollywood is open till very late and it really gets going after
Is also a hot spot for the Thai girls, here they
pump out a mixture of dance music from house to hip hop
and electro. Its big and gets a large crowd here,
especially later on in the night. The women are not shy
Is more popular among the tourists but you will still see
many Thai women here. Seduction often has well known international dj's playing and 2 floors of quality
thumping sound systems pumping out hip hop and
Is on the main beach road around the
corner from Bangla Road and is an older
club that has been around for a while. The disco is more
suited to an older tourist crowd.
Located on Rat U Thit Road, strait across the road
from Bangla. The club has a mixture of djs and live
bands with the bands playing early in the night and dj's
later on in the night.
A smaller club situated
right between Tai Pan and Rock City and is pretty popular
with both the tourists and the Thai girls. It is known to
get busy here after 2.00am and is often still open until
One of the newer clubs to hit the
scene. This club has a slightly open air setting with a
large bar and views over
Bangla Road. The club plays hip
hop, dance music and classic hits. There are also regular
The newest club in
Phuket which is located where Sound
Club used to be. Some world class dj's have played here
and it is the place to be if you are into dance music.
Famous has a beach club and a rooftop swimming pool
which has a clear bottom which you can look up into from the
nightclub or down into the nightclub. The club is very popular with
The Factory Bar,
viewed from Rat U Thit Road.
People chilling out and
dancing at the Factory Bar.
The bar scene in Soi Tiger,
a popular place in Bangla Rd.
Live Music Venues:
There are some live
music venues particularly where the end of Bangla Road,
meets Rat U Thit Road. Margaritas, Rock
City and Tai Pan
are the main
venues for live bands which play throughout the night.
The name pretty much says
it all, pubs with big screens in them where you can enjoy
a drink and watch your favourite sport. They have live
satellite viewing from around the world with soccer,
racing, rugby and rugby league.
There are your usual pubs here
too, which also show some sports events when they are
available and have the typical things in them that most
pubs have, such as - pool, darts, etc. Many of these pubs
are also part restaurant.
people like to go and see these shows, where
transvestites (Lady Boys) dress up and put on a show.
Here you can see Thai men who look a lot like ladies and put
on a colourful display.
Bangla Road on a busy
night. When walking up and down here, expect to be
hassled for the same things over and over, such as - a
ping pong show, cigarettes, or bar girls repeating
Bangla Road - looking
towards Rat U Thit Road. This is where Rock City, Tai
Pan and Baya nightclubs are located. It is also where
most of the massage places are
Soi Sansabai, located
strait across the road from Bangla. There are many bars,
places to eat, plus hotels and guest houses here.
Looking over the balcony
in Tiger Disco. Tiger really gets going later in the
night and it gets packed with sexy Thai women.
There are a few karaoke
bars in the Bangla Road area, most of them have a band
with live music that you can sing along to. These bars
cater mostly for the older crowds and play older styles
Most of the karaoke places outside of the Bangla Road
cater for Thai people and play mostly Thai songs, which
no westerner would know. As a westerner at one of these
places, listening to people sing Thai love songs can be
You only have to be in Patong
for not even a day when you would have heard the
annoying voices coming out of a loudspeaker of a ute -
repeating the same things over and over, trying to
promote the Thai Boxing. The boxing at Bangla
Boxing Stadium, is fake which some tourists
either don't know about or don't really care and just
want to see a good show. The real boxing is at
Patong Boxing Stadium. Here you will see fights for real titles.
The nightclubs on Rat U
Thit Rd, this road joins Bangla Rd.
Many tourists love to
have photos with the Lady Boys.
A bar in Soi Eric, with many other
bars in the background.
There are many lady boys in Phuket
Patong has the
largest concentration of them and you will see most of
them hanging around Club Crocodile and in and out the
front of Soi Crocodile.
Most newcomers here love to have their photo taken with
them, but expect them to ask you for money to get the
picture taken. If you don't pay them they can get quiet
nasty and they don't care if they make a scene or
Lady boys can be serial pests, annoying the drunk
tourists, hoping you will think their real woman so they
can go back to your hotel. Towards the end of the night,
they can get pretty desperate and will hassle any man who
walks past them.
Most lady boys are tall, much taller than the usual Thai
girl, so that is one way to spot them out. Other ways are
to watch them walk, they walk like gay men, also listen
to them talk, if the voice is deep or there is any doubt,
don't go there, unless of coarse you are interested in
lady boys and believe it or not, some men actually are
interested in them. Other things to look for are the
Adams Apple, really long fake eyelashes, contact lenses
and way too much makeup.
Nightlife in Other Phuket Areas
There are a number of bars here
and even some beer bars. Most of the bars here are
concentrated in and near the area known as The Circle.
Some people prefer the laid back feel of Karon
places like Patong.
Has a similar nightlife scene to
and has many bars all located together at the
northern end with plenty of bar girls
around and the
occasional bar here and there in other areas of Kata.
Has some bars located near
or on the beach and a well known nightclub and bar called
. Djs here play a range of dance music
such as - house, hip hop, breaks and lounge music and the
occasional international dj has been known to drop in to
spin a few tunes from time to time.
Most clubs and bars here
cater for Thai people, with places that are filled with
locals having a good time dancing to there favourite
tunes or singing Karaoke. Tourists have been known to go
out in Phuket Town too, but its a bit of a hike to get
here for a night out if you are staying on the western
side of the island.
There are many places in Phuket Town
to sing Karaoke, but
as mentioned before, it can be quiet boring for any
westerner who doesn't know any of the Thai songs or
Soi Seadragon - viewed from the back -
looking towards Bangla Road.
Behind the stage area at
Patong Beach on New Years eve.
A very busy Bangla Road after New
looking towards the VIP section.
The large main dance floor at Tiger
The view to Bangla Road from the Factory