Patpong is located near the commercial hub district of Silom. Though only consisting of one main street Patpong is filled to the rafters with go-go bars, English pubs, and small dance clubs. And in between these seedy establishments filled with scantily clad women gyrating their hips to techno beats on stages is the famous outdoor Patpong Night Market situated right on the street that is closed off to traffic starting at 5 pm. There is an ongoing joke that in Patpong’s Night Market you can find fakes and knock-offs of Rolex, Coach leather goods, brand name clothes, and woman. Yes, even some of the women there are fake and in Bangkok, they have considered the minority third gender called simply Lady-boys.
To experience the best of Patpong’s nightlife offerings it is best to stay in a hotel near or around the area of Soi Patpong. Now Patpong as I mentioned above is just a small street. It is sandwiched between Silom and Surawong which are major thoroughfares on the map so you can’t miss it. Patpong is also close to Soi Thaniya or Japan Town (Another nightlife scene you should not miss.) that are lined with female hostesses attracting Japanese clientele. These areas are also where the best hotels are located in. Hotels such as the Montien, Silom Serene, Baan Heritage, and the Tawana Ramada. Staying near these hotels is a good idea because they are very close to two of Bangkok’s fastest mode of mass transportation, the BTS Skytrain and the MRT underground train system.
Traveling on the BTS and MRT is a great way to avoid Bangkok’s ridiculously congested traffic nightmare and cheap. It will take you to the major commercial shopping centers such as Siam Paragon and the Emporium as well as other nightlife hot-spots such as Nana Entertainment Complex and Soi Cowboy. Best of all, the MRT and BTS are ice-cold air-conditioned and believe me you’ll appreciate it.
As far as when to go I would suggest between October to early April which are the cooler months thus the high season. The rates for hotels are higher but rather still affordable because of the advantages of the Western currency exchange rate. You will also get a better deal in terms of room quality for the rate that you pay at a Western hotel. I notice the rates that I pay at a motel or hotel in the United States, I can book a 4 or 5-star hotel in Bangkok with a free international buffet breakfast that includes an omelet station. I’m not kidding. The difference in hotel room quality and service is between night and day. But of course, the same rule still applies here as well as anywhere else. The more you pay the better the qualities in the room and service you get. So don’t expect to pay $20 US dollars a night for a hotel with an Olympic sized pool and a decent gym. Though you still might get a pretty decent free breakfast.
No matter which hotel you choose I suggest you check out the reviews first. Many hotel reservation companies have customers who give updated information and reviews about the hotels they’ve recently stayed in. Don’t rely on the hotel reviews that you see on guidebooks because the information will be outdated at the time of print. Bangkok hotels go through frequent renovations so an updated review can give you an advanced warning. My last final advice is to relax and enjoy your trip to Thailand.
Edwin M. Clark is a business consultant who travels and sometimes lives in South East Asia specifically Thailand for over 8 years. His experience and knowledge in the region have provided valuable information and resources for business ventures and mid-range to major corporations in the travel industry.
For more information on the hotels mentioned in this article that is located near the nightlife of Patpong visit Bangkok Hotel Reviews – Silom and Patpong Nightlife Areas
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