The 5 Best Party Destinations in Thailand For Nightlife

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Thailand, the so-called Land of Smiles, is a place where fascinating cultural traditions meet jaw-dropping landscapes and a vibrant backpacking scene. This much-loved destination is frequented by travelers from all over the world who come here in search of everything from spiritual enlightenment to an unforgettable party. And Thailand certainly knows how to throw a party. If you’re looking for the best party destinations in Thailand, you’re in the right place.

It’s safe to say that Thailand is one of the most popular party destinations in Southeast Asia. From Koh-Phangan’s legendary Full Moon Party to Bangkok’s infamous red-light district, Thailand’s night-time exploits are well-known on the global stage. But Thailand’s party scene is more varied than it lets on –  between eclectic beach bars, craft breweries, and sophisticated rooftop bars, there’s a vibe to match every type of late-night reveler. 

So, what are the best places to party in Thailand? Join us as we take you through everything you need to know about having a good time in the Land of Smiles.

Bangkok

Bangkok has a wide array of nightlife experiences.
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Our tour of Thailand’s best party destinations begins in the country’s capital, Bangkok. This is a city of sensorial overload – bright lights, loud noises, and strong smells. Considered ‘the gateway to Asia,’ Bangkok is the first stop on many backpackers’ itineraries, so it follows that the city has a lively nightlife scene.

The riotous Khao San Road is an infamous party strip, loved by backpackers for its bars and clubs, cheap hostels and legendary late-night street eats. The party never stops on the Khao San Road. Once the sun goes down, the strip comes alive with bright lights, blaring music, and hoards of tourists. While the drinks are cheap and the parties plentiful, the area has a shady side – from scammers to seedy businesses. It certainly makes for a memorable experience (well, depending on how much you have to drink!), but the Khao San Road certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste. 

Luckily, there are plenty of other places to spend an evening in Bangkok. For those in search of something a little more sophisticated, you may want to head to one of the city’s many rooftop and sky-high bars.  With lavish interiors, panoramic views, and often eye-watering prices, Bangkok’s rooftop venues make for a luxury experience. If live music is more your thing, check out Bangkok’s jazz bars and pubs, where local and international performers jam on a nightly basis. Or sedater still, a dinner cruise along Bangkok’s River of Kings is a pleasant way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city by night.

Bangkok by night is a place of multiple possibilities. Will you brave the crowds of drunken revelers on the Khao San Road? Perhaps you’ll stumble into one of the red-light district’s infamous Go-Go bars, or wind up in a subterranean speakeasy. Wherever the night takes you, you can be sure that you’re in for a good time.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand is a partygoer's favorite!
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After a hectic few days in the brilliant chaos of Bangkok, most visitors to Thailand head out of the city for some rest and relaxation. Thailand’s well-trodden backpacking route takes you one of two ways: down south to the islands, or northwards to the mountains.

If you opt for the latter, you’ll probably end up in Chiang Mai. A favorite with ex-pats and tourists alike, Chiang Mai is a sprawling yet laid-back city nestled between verdant green countryside and peaceful villages. It’s one of Thailand’s top party destinations with plenty of clubs, bars, and restaurants to choose from.

The Nimman Road area is the epicenter of the city’s nightlife, with a broad range of places to go and things to do at night. Warm Up Café is a famous haunt favored by groups of youngsters who flock here to listen to live music and chill out in the large alfresco garden. The Beer Republic is another popular spot, serving up over 15 different international beers, lagers, and ciders on tap. Meanwhile, for those looking to dance until dawn, Infinity Club is rumored to have the best sound system in Northern Thailand. 

But it’s not all booze and dancing in Chiang Mai. For something a little different, why not head to a ladyboy cabaret show? The Miracle Cabaret, a spectacular showcase of modern and traditional performance art, combining musical elements from cultures all over the world. It makes for an unforgettable experience!

Check out our Chiang Mai vs Phuket comparison guide to find out more about what Chiang Mai has to offer!

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is famed for its diving scene, but it is also a thriving party destination.
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Next up on our list of the best party destinations in Thailand is Koh Tao, a stunning island in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Tao is famed for its array of underwater delights, with people generally heading here to scuba dive. However, there’s plenty to get up to on the island after a day spent underwater! 

The focal point of the island’s party scene is Sairee Beach. This beach is lined with many bars and restaurants, making it the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the outset of your evening. After dark, the sandy strip comes alive with fire shows and live music.

Just off the beach, you’ll find AC Bar Beach Club, a buzzing joint popular for its swim-up bar and after-dark pool parties. Fishbowl Beach Bar is another Sairee Beach establishment. Cheap drinks and regular parties often featuring international DJs, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a serious party in Koh Tao.

If you’re looking for a good spot to meet people, COCO Bar is a great option. They host regular game nights, including an inter-country shots tournament, where you team up with fellow countrymates to out-drink other nationalities. There’s no pressure to get involved, but these types of activities are a great ice-breaker whether you’re taking part or simply watching.

All in all, Koh Tao is a thriving party destination that gives more famous spots like Koh Phangan a run for its money. If you’re feeling brave, be sure to try the island’s signature drink, the Samsong Bucket – a ​​deadly combination of whisky, tonic water and energy drink.

Koh Phi-Phi

Koh Phi-Phi is one of the best party destinations in Thailand, with a wide array of places to go and things to do!
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Koh Phi-Phi holds a special place in many backpackers’ hearts. This lusciously green island has a slightly more laid-back vibe than its rowdier cousins Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. That isn’t to say that there aren’t great places to go out in Koh Phi Phi, it’s just the vibe is slightly more sedate: think funky beach bars rather than riotous all-night parties. Nonetheless, the wide variety of bars and nighttime entertainment makes this Koh Phi Phi one of the best party destinations in Thailand.

Try the Sun Flower Beach Bar, situated on the northern end side of the Loh Dalum Bay, for a more low-key spot to view the sunset and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. Or take in some Muay Thai boxing at Reggae Bar. For party animals looking for something a little more lively, Slinky Beach Bar on Loh Dalum Beach is an open-air nightclub with classic fishbowl cocktails, neon face paint, and even a mechanical bull for those up for the challenge!

Koh Phangan 

Koh Phangan is one of the best party destinations in Thailand.
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No article about Thailand’s nightlife would be complete without mentioning Koh-Phangan. This island is arguably the most famous of all of Thailand’s party destinations. Home of the historic Full Moon Party, Koh-Phangan is a must-visit for anyone who loves to party. Each month, the island attracts between 10,000 and 30,000 people who come here to experience the magic of The Full Moon Party for themselves. This all-night beach party originated in 1985 when a group of friends decided that the moon looked most beautiful in Koh-Phangan and decided to host a monthly party to honor it. Nowadays, you can expect all sorts of different music styles, fire-eaters, neon paint, firework displays, and of course, buckets of cheap cocktails! A sensory explosion, the Full Moon Party is a night you’ll remember for the rest of your life. 

But if you can’t visit during the Full Moon Party, don’t worry – there are plenty of places to enjoy an evening throughout the rest of the month. From chilled beach bars such as Coral Bar, to thriving clubs such as Ku Club, Koh Phangan really is a party-goers paradise. 

Interested in finding out more about what Thailand has to offer? Check out our guide to Thai food culture for a rundown of the country’s delicious culinary tradition.

Is Thailand a good party destination?

Thailand is a great party destination. From the chaos of Bangkok, to the all-night parties on beaches in the southern islands, there’s a rich and varied range of nightlife experiences to enjoy in this Southeast Asian paradise. It’s no wonder that Thailand has been named one of the best places to party in Asia!

Where is the best place to party in Thailand?

Thailand has many brilliant party destinations, but one stands out for the rest: Koh Phangan. The island’s legendary Full Moon Party is Thailand’s most famous nightlife experience. This night-long open-air party is a great place to meet like-minded people and dance the night away under the brilliance of the full moon. However, Bangkok rivals Koh Phangan in terms of the variety of its nightlife scene. The party never stops on its famous Khoa San Road, but there’s also plenty of high-end rooftop bars, river cruises, and red-light district wonders to discover after dark, making it a very entertaining city to explore by night.

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Charlotte Hanwell is a writer and travel enthusiast from London. Her studies of Spanish language and literature have taken her from Barcelona to Buenos Aires. In between travels, she loves to run, read and cook her way around the world.