Bangla Road really comes to life after sunset. The road is closed to traffic and becomes a 400-metre festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer. Jammed most nights of the year, it is quite a friendly and lively place to walk around as bars and clubs compete with each other for customers.
Beer bars occupy most of the street's length, with several go-go bars and a few pubs, restaurants, discos and shops rounding out the attractions, both on Soi Bangla and down its side streets. Street performances are also common most nights, which can make dodging around the tailor shop salesmen, leaflet distributors, street vendors and ping-pong show touts more difficult, but it is all part of the fun.
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Getting your bearings in Bangla Road
Soi Bangla can be roughly divided into 3 sections, each with its own particular atmosphere. The end of Soi Bangla, furthest from the beach and closest to Rat-U-Thit Road and Jungceylon Shopping Centre, is home to most of the biggest and best nightclubs in Phuket. Further west, and you'll find the midsection where you will find most of the go-go bars along Bangla Road as well as many touts that would usually block your way.
The beach end of Bangla Road – from Soi Freedom – is the most easygoing part. The southern side of the road is lined almost exclusively with beer bars. Across the road are some of the area’s most notable establishments. You’ll also find ladyboy cabaret dancers posing for photos around here, directing people towards their venues. The beach end of the street is taken entirely by shops, selling suits, souvenirs and fast food.
The main 'sois' of Bangla
Soi Seadragon is go-go central – virtually every entrance along both sides of its 100-metre length is such a place, with a line of beer bars right down the middle of the covered street. There is a back entrance, which leads to the KEE Resort and convenient underground parking (for a small fee).
Notable venues here include the famous Suzy Wong’s right at the KEE Resort end and with plenty of beer bars in between.
Soi Tiger is located opposite Seduction Night Club and the striking Tiger Nightclub and is home to perhaps 2 dozen beer bars. The street is named after the former Tiger Disco, from before it moved to its current signature venue, and it still carries the name and signage (though it's sometimes called 'Soi Tiger 1' while the iconic disco building is 'Soi Tiger 2).
As one of the few bar complexes that's completely roofed, Tiger gets pretty steamy and crowded but is a great refuge from a sudden downpour. The lines that divide one bar from another are pretty vague here and it sometimes feels like one huge party.
Soi Freedom (Soi Eric)
Soi Freedom is a very narrow, beer bar-lined soi, which has – like several of Bangla Road’s side streets – undergone a name change over the years and may still be known by its old moniker: Soi Eric.
Each of the bars here follows effectively the same design: plasma TV showing a football match, neon sign with bar’s name, Connect 4 games on the bar and friendly staff to play against. Notable bars include the well-established The Smiley Bar and the eponymous Freedom Bar.
At one point in Bangla's history, Soi Hollywood was formerly known as Soi Easy. It was renamed following the reopening of the Hollywood Phuket nightclub directly over it.
Soi Hollywood contains a couple of very cheap beer bars and a lot of pool tables. Right down at the far end is the entrance to a go-go bar as well as public restrooms.
Soi Lion was once a small but popular group of bars located at the top of Bangla road. It was most likely named after Lion Livemusic nightclub. The lane once disappeared from the Patong nightlife scene, replaced by the defunct Bangla Mall.
Soi Lion then returned after many years at the very beginning of Bangla Road, next to the Hollywood Phuket club and under the Moulin Rouge Phuket Russian nightclub. Smaller in scale, it is still home to cheap drinks and good live music.
Minor sois (offering mostly food)
Soi Patong Resort
Soi Patong Resort is the link between the long-established Patong Resort and Bangla Road. It is about 100 metres long and offers the type of venues geared towards travellers.
The soi contains numerous restaurants, bars, massage parlours, tailors, an internet café, drinks shop and souvenir shops. Notable places include the Boogaloo Bar and the Da Mario Italian restaurant. You can find the start of Soi Patong Resort opposite Soi Seadragon, next to Parrot's Bar & Restaurant.
Soi Viking is opposite Illuzion Nightclub. Sometimes also known as 'Soi Absolute' after the Absolute Bangla Suites right at the end, Soi Viking was originally named after the long-gone Viking Restaurant and Bar. It is mostly a dark and quiet street, but with some notable attractions.
New York - Live Music Bar, by the entrance, is very popular and other clubs further down also draw crowds during high season. The street even has a back entrance to Tiger Bar, boasting the same extravagant frontage as the famous Bangla Road nightclub complex's main entrance. You'll also find some tailor shops, guesthouses and a shisha bar here.
Widely referred to as 'Soi Toilet' (or the Thai translation: 'Soi Hong Nam'), this narrow covered alley is a treasure trove of local food vendors. Most of the vendors sell fresh seafood, which can be enjoyed on the tables and chairs set up along one side of the alley.
Soi Lao is popular with Thais and virtually unknown among tourists and expatriates. It takes its nickname from the public toilets at the far end, with a lit-up sign by the entrance pointing the way to them. You can find Soi Lao next to Soi Patong Resort, through a narrow alley near a sign for... toilets.
Nightclubs on Soi Bangla
Seduction Nightclub - Phuket
Seduction Nightclub is one of the largest discotheques in Patong Beach. Located right on the main nightlife entertainment strip of the most popular resort in Phuket, it is found on the second floor of Seduction Complex – a nightlife entertainment complex with 5 separate venues – and can host a large crowd of dancers and partygoers (up to 3,000!). You can easily find the club toward the eastern end of Bangla Road, opposite Moulin Rouge Phuket.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10pm to 4am
- Location: Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 343 173
White Room Nightclub Phuket
White Room Nightclub is an old and well-known name on Patong Beach’s famous Bangla Road. At some point in the past, it had a major reboot, providing a large, chic and modern party space.
The first-class lighting rigs and sound systems – along with top talents on the decks – make it a fantastic place to party while the décor and design give it a degree of sophistication.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 10pm to 3am, Sundays from 10pm to midnight
- Location: Soi Gonzo, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)81 582 1756
Illuzion Club & Discotheque Phuket
Equipped with the latest first-rate sound and lighting equipment, Illuzion is a striking venue on Bangla Road that's able to hold almost any type of event.
From standard dance clubbing rocked by house music and special guest DJ live performances to Las Vegas-style shows performed by local and international professional dancers, Illuzion can suit a wide range of partygoers’ preferences for a fun night out.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm to 1am
- Location: 31 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)93 583 4766
You simply can’t miss Tiger Nightclub when exploring Bangla Road. The imposing complex covers some 5,000 square metres of space across 3 floors. The building is fitted out with stone-like cement décor with large concrete tigers overlooking the street from the second floor. The ground floor is packed with beer bars while the upper levels are home to a nightclub where parties go on into the wee hours.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8pm until late
- Location: 49 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)83 183 7777
Hollywood Phuket is a nightlife institution of Bangla Road. The nightclub was, for many years, the bright star at the beach end of the party street, but at some point briefly changed names to VIP Rooms Patong Beach.
After returning as again as Hollywood, and back as the home of great parties with excellent EDM and house beats in the long and stylish venue, it continues to attract the partying crowd of Bangla Road.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm to 6am
- Location: 7 Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)93 642 0495
- Location: Bangla Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand