A bustling city with friendly locals, exceptional cuisine and an electric nightlife scene, Bangkok hosts thousands of visitors from all around the world every year. This eclectic capital of Thailand offers a variety of fun activities for all age groups – from enormous shopping centres and romantic dinner cruises, to ladyboy cabaret shows and night clubs.
If you’re planning a trip a summer trip to Bangkok then here are some of our favourite after-dark things to do in Bangkok this year, for a night you won’t forget.
Night markets are a quintessential Bangkok holiday stop. Chang Chui Plane Night Market is one of the new kids on the block – a mix of artsy, urban and ecocentric all rolled into one.
Riding high on its theme of sustainability, the different zones of the night market are built from repurposed scrap materials for that rustic-industrial aesthetic. The centrepiece of this night market is the huge decommissioned L-1011 TriStar Lockheed military plane, which has been turned into a museum and by-reservation Thai restaurant.
With street food vendors, artisan crafters, live music, vintage clothing boutiques and even Insects in the Backyard – Thailand’s first edible insect fine-dining restaurant – you won’t be short of things to do in this quirky new night market.
Chang Chui Plane Night Market Address: 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Khwaeng Bang Phlat, Khet Bang Phlat, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand Nearest Station: Bang Bamru station
Enjoy the Bangkok city lights from the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, alongside an extensive buffet of seafood, Thai dishes, sushi, salads, pizza, pasta, cheese and desserts. After your meal take the elevator to the panoramic Observation Deck floor and then to the Revolving View Point with its 360-degree rotating view.
Grand Swiss Hotel 180° Sky Lounge Address: Bangkok Sky Restaurant, 76th & 78th Floor Baiyoke Hotel, 222 Ratchaprarop Rd., Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Nearest Station:Ratchaprarop Airport Rail Link station
Located on the banks of the renowned Chao Phraya river, the Asiatique is a massive night bazaar and shopping mall with over 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants all under one roof. Its convenient design and organisation into four main categories, and a complimentary map of its stores and restaurants makes it easier to navigate the enormous shopping area. With charming storefronts and a wide range of fashionable Thai brands as well as affordable stores selling inexpensive merchandise, and an upscale dining selection of Italian, Thai and seafood restaurants, you are sure to find something you enjoy.
The Asiatique is also home to the famous Calypso Cabaret show, one of the best ladyboy shows in Bangkok. With colorful burlesque performances by Thai ladyboys and impersonations of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, it’s a performance not to be missed.
If you like an adrenaline rush, don’t miss the Muay Thai Lives: The Legend show at The Stage. It’s your classic action movie in real life – an up-close spectacle of Thai martial arts, sword fighting and impressive acrobatics, tied in with a riveting storyline.
Explore the many things to do at the Asiatique mall before and after the shows, and then take a late night walk along the promenade for a splendid view of the Chao Phraya river.
Asiatique The Riverfront Address: 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Wat Prayakrai District, Bangkor Laem, Bangkok 10120 Nearest Station: Saphan Taksin Station. Exit 2, go to the pier and take the Asiatique Shuttle Boat