Bangkok is a very popular setting for a bachelor party thanks to the number of crazy nightlife antics and activities to enjoy. Whether you imagine a night of hitting the best clubs and swankiest bars, chilling out with a fine cigar and single malt, or getting a glimpse of Bangkok’s darker side, we have listed all the most popular places and activities below. Of course, this usually involves booze…lots of booze!

    Start planning your (or your friend’s) last night of freedom with these top tips for an unforgettable stag, bucks or bachelor party in Bangkok. Your exact itinerary will obviously depend on your interests and length of trip, but here are the most common ideas that we have seen or experienced in Bangkok. We have also given you some pointers on where to stay and how to get around this frantic city.

    This one's limited to weekends but if your gathering happens on a Saturday, there's a high chance that a rooftop pool party will be taking place somewhere in the city.

    The location might change but the concept is the same: slip on your best beachwear and get down to cool house and EDM tracks. Be sure to buy drinks by the bottle and ask for a prominent table as close to the pool or DJ booth as possible. No stag wants to be sat at the back!

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    Bar hopping on Soi Cowboy

    For the uninitiated, Soi Cowboy is a 100-meter pedestrianized strip of go-go bars, strip clubs and drinking holes that are lit up in garish neon every night of the week.

    Most of the bars stick to the tried-and-tested principle of rows of seating surrounding a central stage on which 10 (or more) dancers move to house and EDM tunes. Its inclusion in a bachelor's night out is obvious. Start at either end of the strip and work your way down, stopping at whichever place catches your eye.


    Wake yourselves up at an ice bar

    Yes, you read that correctly – a bar made of ice! There are a couple of bars like this in Bangkok, set up inside what is basically a walk-in freezer. Temperatures can drop below -5°C so even if you’re lagging behind and ready for bed, this should give you the boost you’re looking for.

    You can find a couple of ice bars in Sukhumvit. The most convenient is the Thaitanium Ice Bar on Soi 22, between the Asoke and Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain Stations.

    Location: 30 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8pm to 2am

    Phone: +66 (0)2 258 3758


    Ring the bell at a beer bar

    Beer bars refer to a certain type of boozer in Bangkok. It’s a cheap and cheerful type of place, usually with cheap drinks and aging ladies behind the bar who will try flirt with the customers and play bar games.

    These types of bars can be found in Sukhumvit, principally around Nana and Asoke, but also in Silom around Patpong. If you're looking for some harmless banter with the locals, these are great places to have a few cold beers. Ring the bell above the bar, which means you are willing to buy all the girls a drink. You will instantly gain some fans for the rest of your time in the bar.


    Splurge at a gentlemen’s club

    At first glance, gentlemen's clubs are like very fancy versions of go-go bars. There are girls on stage dancing between live music sets and any girl is happy to come and sit with you at your table and the table service is professional.

    Some gentlemen’s clubs in Bangkok are more suitable than others for foreigners due to the language barrier, but we suggest The Pimp in Ratchada or one of several clubs found on Ekkamai Road in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok.


    Claim the top table in one of Bangkok’s best clubs

    A bunch of lads out on tour are going to want to hit a club at some point and, if you are going to do it, do it right! That means taking a table with a top-shelf bottle (some clubs may require more than 1 bottle minimum spend), so you can have a full view of the DJ, dancefloor and everyone on it.

    The club depends on your style, but we would suggest The Club at Koi in Sathorn for its sophisticated vibe and impressive booths overlooking the dancefloor, Onyx for its Asian-style EDM madness or Levels for western R’n’B and party pop that gets everyone on the dancefloor. If you want a good table, be sure to call ahead.


    Have a peek into an S&M Bar

    What to do if you’re getting to the end of the night and you feel the bachelor hasn’t been subjected to enough memorable ‘punishment’. In Bangkok, the answer is easy: take him to an S&M bar. There are 2 bars offering this service, both owned by the same team: Barbar in Silom and Demonia Fetish and BDSM Club in Sukhumvit.


    Getting around

    As this is a bachelor party, you might think it is ‘baller’ to rent a stretch limo – but it's not! Bangkok traffic is infamous and a vehicle that big will only add to your journey times.

    Instead, we would recommend hiring a luxury minivan if you want to add a bit of style to your journeys. Otherwise, just use taxis or download GrabTaxi and let modern technology solve the problem for you.

    photo by Ilya Plekhanov (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    Where to stay

    Knowing where to stay in Bangkok can have a huge impact on the success of your bachelor party. You need a hotel that is conveniently placed close to the nightlife hotspots, don’t mind a little bit of banter with some cheeky (but hopefully respectful) guys and still offers all the usual amenities that make for a great stay. We recommend a prominent hotel around the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok.

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveler

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