So, you find yourself in Bangkok, the epicenter of nightlife, but your budget is…lacking. Are you out of luck? Maybe if you’re only familiar with sky bars and swanky hotel lounges! If you’re looking for a more unique & authentic Bangkok experience then look no further, we have you covered with 2 nights of Madness!
A good way to go out in Bangkok on a strict budget is to hit up some of the free-flow events at different restaurants & bars. You pay a set rate and drink unlimited for a set amount of time, typically 2-3 hours.
First Night in BKK
Kansai Izakaya, Ratchada
Ratchada is a great place to get away from the pretentious bars on Soi 11 and experience a laid-back Thai hangout spot. This place offers a 2-hour free flow for 300 baht (roughly $9 USD) for unlimited Asahi beer. It’s a great escape from the typical Chang or Leo and an incredible deal. What’s not to love?
Location: 56/34 Ratchada Soi 4, Huay Kwang, Bangkok (facebook)
The 51 Tasty Moments
Here’s another great example of free-flow goodness, this time featuring wine. If you’re going for a classier vibe and a more open space, laid back concept, check this place out. Tuesday-Sunday they offer 6:30pm – 8:30pm free flow wine and have a wide array of food vendors scattered around. It’s a great place to start your night & get a bite to eat.
Location: 64 Sukhumvit 51 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Wattana, Bangkok (facebook)
The next best thing to free-flow is Happy Hour. There are plenty of Happy Hours throughout BKK, but not all are as “happy” as they may advertise. Here are a few places to take advantage of on a night out!
Sky on 20
Sky bars are the holy grail of Bangkok nightlife. Most of the time they are too expensive to justify a “nice view”. Here you can indulge your glamorous side without spending a fortune. Every night between 5pm – 8pm you can find beers for 120 baht (3.75 USD) and cocktails for 200 baht (6.50 USD). This is a fraction of the cost at other rooftop sky bars and a lot less pretentious.
Location: 26/F, Novotel Bangkok Hotel, 19/9 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok (facebook)
Second Night in BKK
Another strategy to execute a great night out without spending too much is to head to one of the many famous Thai Night Markets. Here are a few that are interesting, not overly crowded, and won’t run you dry!
Rachada Train Night Market
Known for the colorful roof photo motif, this night market offers delicious food stalls, affordable clothing & antique booths, and of course countless bars & restaurants. This market has a much more local feel to it, and the prices reflect this. You can find anything from cheap to mid-range bars throughout, a typical beer will set you back 1 dollar but the pricier stuff for about 3 dollars. It’s open until 1:00am Thursday-Sunday, so make sure to check it out!
Address: Ratchadaphisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok
Chang Chui Night Market (Airplane Night Market)
Chang Chui is the newest night market to appear in Bangkok and offers a much more alternative & creative vibe…and yes, there is an abandoned airplane inside! It’s a breath of fresh air compared to the overcrowded and dirty markets scattered around BKK. You’ll find a younger, hipper, and more artsy crowd here. You can find both craft beer ($4) and domestic beers ($1) on offer, along with reasonably priced street food. It also serves as a great Instagram photo!
Location: 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Bang Phlat, Bangkok (website)
Last but not least. . .
The Infamous… Khaosan Road
We can’t talk about cheap nights out without mentioning the ‘Mecca’ of backpacker debauchery. Yes, it’s crazy. Yes, it’s dirty. Yes, it’s ridiculous & slightly embarrassing. It’s also a classic night out whether you’re visiting or live in BKK. It’s a right-of-passage to Bangkok nightlife that nobody should miss you on. Cheap beer…buckets, and street food. What more could you ask for?
Bet you haven’t seen one of these fried creature in your lifetime, fried croc meat, hell yeah (sorry vegans)
Pro Tip: Hit up a 7/11 and walk around people watching with a roadie. Trust me, you will be VERY entertained!
Do you realise there’s a ‘drunk-o-meter‘ on each hot spot? Once it reaches full, which i’m sure you will be after going to Khaosan Road, this picture above may be an example of a great selfie moment that you might not be exactly proud of (hint).
Now you have no excuse to not enjoy a night out on the town when you’re visiting Bangkok! There truly is something for everyone here, now all you have to do is get out there and explore!
Article by: ‘Thai Expat guest writer’