There’s no doubt that Thailand attracts hundreds of thousands tourists each year who are attracted by the nightlife.
Thailand has a reputation for being a “sex-tourism” destination. This is unfair because it’s only a small portion of Thailand, and while unique in its presentation, you can find this anywhere in the world.
This reputation has put some holidaymakers off visiting Thailand, while others are curious to see why all the fuss. It is easy to avoid the neon lights if that is what you want, or find them if it is what you are looking for.
If you don’t want to see bar girls in scantily-clad outfits, there are many other options for nightlife: pubs and clubs, cabarets, nightclubs, markets at night, and restaurants.
While some bars, such as Patong in Phuket or Chaweng on Samui and Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, may be a surprise to the average tourist, most bars with girls in them are very relaxed. You can play pool, enjoy a drink and leave. You are not required to sit with or talk to the women.
This guide will help you understand the nightlife in Thailand, as well as some of the terms you may hear.