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  • Bangla Road in Patong Beach

    Everything You Need to Know About Soi Bangla

    Bangla Road really comes to life once the sun sets. The road is closed to vehicle traffic and becomes a 400 metre festival of neon lights, loud music, cheap beer and sexy girls. 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. If you’re looking for a fun night out in Phuket, Bangla Road should be your first (and, often, only) stop.

    Almost all of the bars are outdoors, so the music from each one blends into a deafening mess of sound. 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.

  • The geography of Bangla Road

    What is a 'Soi'? a soi is the Thai word for a lane or small street and is a word widely used all around Thailand, even when speaking English

    The main road itself can be roughly divided into three sections, each with its own particular atmosphere:

    1. The end of Soi Bangla which is 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, including the Seduction Complex, Tiger Disco and Illuzion. At the entrance to the street, you’ll find live music at Red Hot and lightly-clad ladies at Rock Hard, many more of whom you will also find at the tightly-packed beer bar complexes of the old and new Tiger bars, which are right across the road from each other. Soi Vegas and Soi Tiger spit off the northern side of this part of Bangla Road while Patong Promenade is accessible to the south, down Soi Food Court.
    2. Head further west, towards the large LED screen at roughly the half-way point down Bangla Road, and you will find the mid-range part of the street. There are many more touts here and they are often more direct, sometimes blocking your path to accost you and try to convince you to enter their establishment or buy their wares. You will find most of the go-go bars along Bangla Road here (and many more in Soi Seadragon, which splits off the northern side of the road, opposite Soi Patong Resort), including L’Amour and Upstairs A Go-Go. You will also find probably the best live music bars in the street, including the extremely popular Monsoon. This part of Bangla Road has the most shopping options, particularly in Bangla Mall on the northern side of the road and Soi Patong Resort on the southern side.
    3. The beach end of Bangla Road - starting from Soi Freedom - is the most easy-going part. The southern side of the road is lined almost exclusively with beer bars, including Moon Bar, Sunset Bar, Kangaroo Bar and Shipwreck Bar. Most have their own unique atmosphere and style, but they are mostly very friendly and both the patrons and the girls serving them are generally older than those at the other end of the street. Across the road are some of Bangla Road’s most notable establishments, including the huge Aussie Bar at the head of Soi Gonzo and VIP Room Patong at the top of Soi Easy. You will also find ladyboy cabaret dancers posing for photos around here, directing people towards the nearby Moulin Rose cabaret show. The beach end of the street is taken entirely by shops, selling suits, souvenirs and fast food. It is also common to find street performances here.

    Main 'Sois' of Bangla (Where the action is)


    Soi Seadragon is go-go central – virtually every entrance along both sides of its 100-metre length conceals dozens of lightly-clad girls, with a line of hostess 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), but it means running a gauntlet of determined touts to reach Bangla Road. Notable venues here include the famous Suzy Wong’s right at the KEE Resort end and Exotica close to Bangla Road, with the Two Brothers, Crow’s Nest and Mickey Mouse beer bars in between. Read More...

    • Location: Near the LED sign, opposite Soi Patong Resort
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    Soi Tiger


    Soi Tiger is located opposite Seduction Night Club and the outrageous edifice that is the new Tiger Disco and is home to perhaps two dozen beer and hostess bars. This is the old Tiger Disco site - from before it moved to its new signature venue - and it still carries the name and signage (though it is sometimes called "Soi Tiger 1" while the iconic disco building is "Soi Tiger 2"). One of the few bar complexes that is completely roofed, Tiger gets pretty steamy and crowded, but is the best 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. Located right on Bangla Road, Crazy Horse is always popular, as is Sin City Bar. The brightly-lit Star 69 Bar is like a go-go bar, but without the huge drink prices. If you want to see ladyboys, head down to the end of the soi to the main entrance of Cocktails & Dreams Bar.

    • Location: Opposite Seduction Nightclub
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    A very narrow, beer bar-lined soi, it has – like several of Bangla Road’s side streets – undergone a name change in recent years and may still be known by its old moniker: Soi Eric. Each of the bars follows effectively the same design: plasma TV showing a football match, chrome pole with lightly-clothed dancer, neon sign with bar’s name, Connect 4 games on the bar and friendly girls keeping the patrons company. The girls here are generally older, more experienced and less pushy than those elsewhere. Notable bars include the well-established Smiley, the eponymous Freedom Bar and the rather direct Blowjob Bar. Read More...

    • Location: Between Sharky's and Smiley Bar
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    Soi Crocodile is now closed for renovation.
    Locals know it as Soi Crocodile or, due to the presence of the Moulin Rose cabaret show and the dense concentration of ladyboy bars, "Soi Katoey". There are prominent stages in the middle of the street, where ladyboys shake everything they've got (and some things that were just recently added) while cabaret dancers can often be seen posing with tourists by the street entrance. This is the most consistently busy of the bar sois on Bangla Road, with plenty of punters around even on weeknights in the low season. Read More...

    • Location: Between Soi Gonzo and Soi Freedom
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    A rather dark and gloomy-looking street (making it therefore rather ironic that it is sometimes known as “Soi Happy”), the entrance is flanked by the Moulin Rouge Russian A Go Go on the left and Tao Bar to the right. The light towards the end of the street is the Money Night A Go Go, which is directly opposite the Cocktails & Dreams ladyboy bar, which boasts a free cabaret. Number One Seafood Patong can be found right at the end of this 60-metre soi, which also contains a guesthouse, public toilets and a hairdresser’s shop. Read More...

    • Location: Between Moulin Rouge and Tao Bar
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    While it was once (and may someday again be) lined with beer bars, Soi Gonzo is currently a stretch of barren street and a building site. At the entrance is the long-running and extremely popular Aussie Bar complex while White Room Nightclub can be found at the other end. Read More...

    • Location: Through Aussie Bar
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    Located underneath VIP Room Patong (formerly Hollywood Discotheque), Soi Easy was once a dense collection of beer bars, but is now a spacious food court. Open from 12:00 to 02:00, there are about 10 stalls selling mostly Thai dishes, though there are a couple of international cuisine options and fruit shake stands. Slightly incongruous, at the end of this family-friendly area, is the entrance to The Secret Ago-go, as well as public toilets. Read More...

    • Location: By VIP Room Phuket
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    Soi Lion


    Soi Lion was once a small but popular group of bars located at the top of Bangla road. The lane disappeared from the Patong nightlife scene, replaced by the Bangla Mall, but is now back after many years at the very begining of Bangla Road, next to VIP Room Nightclub.

    Minor Sois (Mostly food)


    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 to tourists. As of the last count, it contained: nine restaurants, six bars, three massage parlours, six tailors, an internet café, a drinks shop and a souvenir shop. Notable places include the Stockholm Syndrome Bar & Restaurant, Boogaloo Bar and Da Mario Italian Restaurant. Read More...

    • Location: Opposite Soi Sea Dragon, by Parrot Bar
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    Soi Food Court


    True to its name, there is very little to be found down Soi Food Court except for a food court, one or two small bars and, if you keep walking, Patong Promenade. There is an area set up with metal tables and chairs where you can enjoy your meal from the nearby stalls, including barbecue ribs, fresh seafood and fruit juices. There is also a stage set up for a live music act - the same act as plays in Soi Easy, at the other end of Bangla Road.

    • Location: To the left of Seduction Complex, on the way to Promenade Mall
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    Sometimes also known as "Soi Absolute" because of the Absolute Bangla Suites located 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. Margarita Bar and New York Live Bar by the entrance are both popular and the Grabbarna Grus Nightclub further down also draws a crowd. The street even has a back entrance to Tiger Bar, boasting the same extravagant frontage as the famous Bangla Road nightclub complex. You will also find some tailor shops, guesthouses and a shisha bar. Read More...

    • Location: Opposite Illuzion Nightclub
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    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 them 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. Read More...

    • Location: Next to Soi Patong Resort, through a narrow alley near a sign for Toilets
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    Night Clubs on Soi Bangla


    Seduction Nightclub is the largest discotheque 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 five separate venues - and can host a large crowd of dancers and partygoers (up to 3,000!). Read More...

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    White Room Nightclub is an old and well-known name on Patong Beach’s famous Bangla Road, but one which has undergone 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.

    The impressively large dance floor in the middle of the long room is filled with trendy young dancers by a good mix of the latest R&B, Hip Hop, Dance and House music. Closer to the entrance, before the floor, is the main bar and seating. Read More...

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    Equipped with the latest first-rate sound and lighting equipment, Illuzion is a surprising venue able to hold almost any type of event. From standard dance club 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’ tastes. Read More...

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    Tao Nightclub Phuket combines a sophisticated décor with modern facilities and excellent drink prices to create one of the top live music bars in Patong, adding to an already lively scene of evening entertainment. Adapting perfectly to the audience, the band provides great Thai and western songs in a fun and friendly atmosphere. A plush Chinese styling - featuring leather-effect table tops, red and gold wall panels and a tuk-tuk as a roof decoration – collides with industrial-style riveted girders and state-of-the-art lighting and screens. It creates an unusual but surprisingly effective mash-up of styles and themes, which mirrors the eclectic style of entertainment. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 19:00 - late
    • Location: Bangla Road, at the entrance to Soi Vegas, Patong
    • Tel: +66 (0)87 272 2588
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    You simply can’t miss Tiger Disco: the imposing complex covers some 5,000sqm on three floors. The building is fitted out with stone-like cement décor with large concrete tigers overlooking the street from the second floor. The place offers at least three types of entertainment: girl hunting (or being hunted by girls, according to one’s character and taste), pool, and partying to live music. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 18:00 – 03:00
    • Location: Bangla Road
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    VIP Room Patong Beach brings a bit of class to the beach end of Bangla Road. With a classy look from the red carpeted entrance to the luxurious VVIP section, it is one of the smartest nightclubs on the street. It is a surprisingly long single-room club, spanning a total of 1,200 square metres. The majority of the space is taken with tables and stools, with sofas along the left-hand wall and a long bar along the right. Even though it looks high class, there is no strict dress code (though it is always a good idea to dress to impress!). Read More...

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