If you’re deciding on what to do in Bangkok and you settle on the world famous Bangkok nightlife scene, head straight to Sukhumvit Road , and within this party animal mecca, Soi 11 is Party Central . There are plenty of things to do in Bangkok at night, and especially on Sukhumvit, which is always busy but makes a transformation from its daytime bustle to a whole other world at night, and guaranteed to keep pumping into the wee hours. The BTS Skytrain runs directly over Sukhumvit Road, making it easy to explore all the things to do in Bangkok at night from centrally located Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 , which is conveniently situated smack in the middle of this adult playground. There are many restaurants, bars and clubs to be found along Sukhumvit Road and its many sois, including some of the hippest hangouts in the city. Sukhumvit Soi 11, in particular, is the place to go for funky bars and throbbing clubs. Whether you are looking for classy cocktails or a night of decadence, the Bangkok nightlife on Soi 11 will deliver.
At Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 we have some of the best food and drink to be found in the City of Angels, starting right at street level with El Gaucho Argentinean Steakhouse , featuring a show kitchen, wine cellar and private dining room, along with a spectacular bar and terrace area.
Relatively new on the Bangkok nightlife scene, our Grand Opening of Alex Brasserie in April 2017 added a new check-off on the bucket list for what to do in Bangkok, with its chic and multi-cultural dining scene. The busy Bangkok nightlife on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is glittering all that brighter with this fun and innovative combination restaurant/bar which offers flawless French cuisine and delectable drinks in a warm & cozy brasserie décor setting. The restaurant has decidedly gourmet offerings, but is also designed to satisfy the city’s night owls who are looking for a fun experience after dinner.
Completing the culinary selection at Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 is the hotel’s photogenic Pool Bar, where you can enjoy the breeze and a bevy of colorful cocktails, along with bite-size food and hearty dinners to suit any degree of hunger, all while enjoying a swim surrounded by Bangkok’s famous skyscrapers.
With no shortage of things to do in Bangkok at night you’ll want to take in all it has to offer, though, so a few of the bars and clubs close by to check out include these nearby gems:
Levels Club & Lounge has three distinct party zones housed in one connected space, offering a great alternative to the already rocking nightlife scene on Soi 11. Combining elements of a terraced bar, classy lounge, and a box-like clubbing room, Levels has one of the best sound-systems in the city.
The Australian Pub is a lively bar popular with expats who come here to watch sports on the big screens and feast on barbecued treats. With both indoor and outdoor seating, choose between the air-conditioned interior or watch the world go by from the street-side porch.
Havana Social Bangkok is a cool speakeasy bar and cigar lounge on Sukhumvit Soi 11. With its dim lights, classic rum cocktails, exposed beams and crumbling plaster – you’d swear you were in 1940’s pre-revolution Cuba. Bar staff are smartly dressed and coiffured, and so are the socialite crowds.
Sugar Club Bangkok is the only genuine hip hop club in Sukhumvit, with some of Bangkok’s best local talent taking control of the sound system. A live dance crew sets the tone on the central stage.
Zanzibar , located in a converted Thai house is a restaurant and bar with a spacious, softly lit terraced garden and live jazz in the evenings providing a classy kick. Indulge in Italian/Thai fusion cuisine, then lounge out on the comfy couches or shake it on the floor later in the evening.
As for food Sukhumvit’s eateries run the gamut, from noodle shops and street vendors to international restaurants and fast-food outlets . The staggering variety is a testament to the diverse cultures that have converged here. The street food here is some of the best in Bangkok, but just as interesting, though not as cheap, are Sukhumvit’s many restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe. Most are tucked away down the area’s many sois, here are a few of the nearby eateries worth checking out:
Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology has a reputation as one of the best Indian restaurants in Bangkok. Charcoal’s relaxed atmosphere and reasonably priced menu make it a popular eatery for locals and tourists alike.
Charley Brown’s Mexicana Restaurant is a fun place to try popular Mexican dishes in a modern, causal setting sporting a vibrant interior of brightly colored walls and Andy Warhol-style portraits.
Daniel Thaiger Burger – Daniel Thaiger started as a gourmet food truck serving one of the best burgers in Bangkok and has since found a permanent home for its signature beef, lamb and fish burgers on Soi 11, along with a delicious selection of Belgian beers and ciders on tap, all in a unique Industrial Loft décor focusing on wooden beer barrels.
Belga Rooftop Bar & Brasserie – sits on top of the Sofitel Bangkok Sukkhumvit hotel, 32 floors up, with stunning views of the city from its terrace. Belga’s renowned chef has an eclectic and unique Belgian menu, washed down with Belgian beers poured from a copper beer tap positioned at the center of the open kitchen with a warm décor of dark woods with impressive tapestries.
Oskar Bistro – serves classic French and European dishes with a modern twist under the tutelage of its Michelin-starred French chef. The bar is modern yet cozy, serving an array of value-for-money wines and creative cocktails. Good live and DJ music insures its status as a Soi 11 hotspot.
Despite its pulsing nightlife and invigorating street life, Thailand’s capital nevertheless squeezes tranquil temples, palaces, and gardens in among the charming chaos, making for captivating days to contrast with its alluring nights. 2 days in Bangkok will dazzle your senses. For a sampling of what to do in Bangkok if you have only 2 days in Bangkok, here is an itinerary that combines some ideas for what to do in Bangkok in the daytime, with some of the best things to do in Bangkok at night. Get ready, you have a whole 2 days in Bangkok!
On the short-list of what to do in Bangkok there is one must-see sight, the dazzling, spectacular
Grand Palace , hands down the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 – and for 150 years the home of the Thai King – the Grand Palace remains the spiritual heart of Thailand and continues to leave visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail.
Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew , the Temple of the Emerald Buddha , generally regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha is a highly revered Buddha statue painstakingly carved from a single block of jade. According to legend, it originated in India, where the sage Nagasena predicted that the Emerald Buddha would bring “prosperity and pre-eminence to each country in which it resides”. The Emerald Buddha is therefore deeply venerated in Thailand as the protector of the country. Historical records date its finding to the 15th century in Chiang Rai, it was brought to Bangkok in the 18th century and enshrined at Phra Kaew Temple in 1782.
Wat Pho is considered Thailand’s first university and the spiritual home of Thai massage. The majestic temple complex is one of Bangkok’s largest and oldest, existing before Bangkok was established as the capital in 1782. It has served as a medical teaching center since the mid-19th century and remains a school for Thai massage and a center for traditional medicine. Have a Thai foot, face, or total body massage while visiting the temple, which is also home to more than 1,000 Buddha images (the largest collection in Thailand), and Bangkok’s largest reclining Buddha, 46 meters long.
Wat Arun is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because of its different Khmer design. Wat Arun is made up of decorated spires, the tallest spire over 70 meters high, all beautifully decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain. Although it is known as the Temple of the Dawn, it’s absolutely stunning at sunset and when lit up at night. For some magnificent photographs of Wat Arun, grab a table at the rooftop bar of Arun Residence, directly across the river from the temple. At the temple itself, you can climb the central spire, but the steps are very steep. When you reach the highest point you can see the winding Chao Phraya River, with the Grand Palace and Wat Pho opposite. Although Wat Arun is very popular with tourists, it’s also an important place of worship for Buddhists, so, as with all Thai temples, make sure you dress appropriately.
After a full day of temple gazing, the question of what to do in Bangkok after sundown is easily answered once you’re back on Sukhumvit Soi 11, where the opportunities of things to do in Bangkok at night are endless, and all the aforementioned night spots on Soi 11 are just getting started. Rock on!
It’s been said that you can’t know a city until you’ve wandered through its markets, and since this is your last day in Bangkok you’ll want to stock up on gifts and souvenirs to pack home. Bangkok has oodles of markets, but it’s the floating markets that really get travelers up early with cameras in tow. There are at least five floating markets around Bangkok, some with stalls balanced on sampans and some that spread across whole neighborhoods. Damnoen Saduak has been Thailand’s best known floating market for a long time, it’s huge, lively, full of boats selling food and fruits, and it’s colorful – the quintessential floating market. Amphawa , the second most popular market in Thailand, is located 90 km southwest of Bangkok. It’s cute and fun, very authentic with many little wooden houses neatly lined up along the canal, selling souvenirs, snacks and sweets. Tip: don’t miss the amazing little temple swallowed by a giant tree right across the river. The third most visited market is Taling Chan . Located only 12 km from downtown Bangkok, Taling Chan is open all day and has a large local market attached to it. There are small long-tail boat cruises to take you around the nearby canals to get a relaxing glimpse of the surrounding neighborhoods.
As evening falls it’s not time to stop shopping yet. Choose either one of these options for your last night in town and you’ll be fed and entertained till your 2 days in Bangkok come to a gratifying conclusion. Don’t have time to go around the world right now? No problem, just spend an evening at Terminal 21 and visit several world-famous cities in one night . Wander through the shops of Tokyo, saunter down London’s Carnaby Street, bag a bargain in an Istanbul zouk, or grab a bite at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Terminal 21’s curvilinear glass-and-steel façade resembles a modern airport, and the theme continues once you step inside. From the Arrivals boards and escalators to the Information displays and air hostess uniforms, everything replicates a 21st-century airport terminal.
Terminal 21’s nine floors house over 600 shops, a Cineplex, a gourmet market and a food court with Thai and International fare . Destinations include the Caribbean, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul and San Francisco. At perhaps the best food court in town find everything from dim sum and phad thai to Hainanese chicken rice and vegetarian ready-to-eats. Don’t forget to leave some room for the many desserts on offer. To complete the total experience, Terminal 21 has an eight-screen Cineplex, and two of them are 3D screens. Terminal 21 is a delightful shopping and dining experience with its own edge and is definitely worth visiting.
Or, check out the new Train Market in the Ratchada area of Bangkok, with a friendly night bazaar feel complete with antiques curios and street food near the Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station . The new Train Market is central and compact, making it easy to pop in for a little browsing anytime in the evening, Thursday to Sunday. The market is split into long avenues organized according to merchandise. Up towards the back end of the market is a row of bars, with VW Vans pumping out Thai and Western pop tunes. Everyone is very friendly and conversation flows easily between tables. As in all markets in Bangkok, bargaining is expected as there is no set price for anything. That being said, this market is popular with Thais, so prices are lower here than you might find in
Chatuchak Market .
Designed for both business and leisure travel, Mercure is conveniently located on bustling Sukhumvit Road, one of the city’s most popular locations , with easy access to the city’s must-see shopping and dining destinations. All 232 spacious rooms and suites feature authentic Thai-style décor and furnishings with thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Additionally, the hotel’s recreational offerings ensure you have plenty to do during your stay. Our signature Thai silk décor is seen throughout the property from the lobby to the guest rooms and the public areas. Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, offering an unforgettable experience for all visitors with a special commitment to quality.