Phuket’s most famous Bangla Road wakes up with sunset. For transport, a red light comes on, indicating that the time has come for dancing, unbridled fun and sexual pleasure.
The length of Bangla Road is only 450 m; small streets and alleys called “soi” depart from it. Together, they make up an impressive pedestrian zone, full of clubs, bars with live music, cheap beer, brothels and massage parlors. Barkers actively invite to institutions, promising unprecedented pleasure.
Most of the bars operate in the open air, speakers screaming at the same time create an incredible cacophony in sound strength, but it does not seem to bother the local inhabitants at all: waiters, bartenders, katoy, go-go and other public who work in the entertainment sphere.
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Here are the main “attractions” of Bangla Road.
This 100-meter street resembles one large club, on the sides of which go-go are constantly dancing in blinking light to loud music. There are beer bars. The most popular are Suzy Wong’s, Exotica, Two Brothers, Crow’s Nest, Mickey Mouse and Scandinavian Bar.
Men’s companies in such institutions do not go unnoticed. A charming girl who will offer to play some kind of board game, for example, jenga, will surely sit down at the table. Its meaning is that you need to build a tower of wooden blocks. Anyone with a building collapsing buys a drink. It is easy to guess who will be affixed.
The street is located opposite the nightclub Seduction and the famous club Tiger Disco, which burned, moved several times, but always kept its name. The quarter rearranges a 2-storey complex with bars. Having a roof is a rarity for these places and a bonus during the rainy season.
Sometimes it seems that all the bars on Soi Tiger look like one big club full of guests, but this is not so. There are still slight differences between drinking establishments.
You should definitely visit Crazy Horse, Sin City and Star 69 – go-go bar, in which prices are much lower compared to similar establishments.
If you want to meet a ladyboy, head to Cocktails & Dreams Bar.
Soi Freedom (ex-Soi Eric)
This lane survived a real rebranding. Unprecedented and sad bars have changed over the past couple of years. Here, fans of sports broadcasts are waiting for whom they have specially installed large flat screens to enjoy every moment of their favorite game. Young ladies with Soi Freedom are older than their colleagues in other streets, less persistent, and there are more clothes on them.
The main places are Smiley, Freedom Bar and an obscene institution called Blowjob Bar.
This street is also called Soi Kathoey (Katoev Street). Representatives of the “third sex” are gathering here – transvestites and transgender people. Beautiful girls can be seen right away, taking just a few steps along the sidewalk. They dance on small stages and gather crowds of onlookers. Cabaret Moulin Rose is famous for its nightly shows.
One of the most visited streets. It starts right behind the club Russian A Go Go. On the right is Tao Bar. Here is the largest disco island – Seduction. The Light at the End of the Alley is a seafood restaurant with the sonorous name of Number One Seafood Patong. In the next building there is a guesthouse, a public toilet and a hairdresser.
Once a busy street has lost its popularity, the old days have sunk into oblivion, but several worthy places are still preserved. There are bars in which music of different directions sounds. The most iconic places are the Aussie Bar, located right at the entrance, and the White Room Nightclub.
This street, which is closest to the beach, starts from VIP Room Patong (formerly Hollywood Discotheque). There used to be bars at Soi Easy, now there is a large food court. It works from 12.00 to 02.00. On the shelves with food you can find delicacies of Thai and Asian cuisines.
Bars functioned here several years ago, then they ceased to exist, and the Bangla Mall appeared on the site of drinking establishments. Nowadays, everything is back to square one. Bars and clubs are starting to reopen.