Why Go to Bangkok: This Asian capital’s palpitating energy, year-round warm weather, and anything-goes nightlife lure many a bachelor party to Bangkok — it’s no wonder they filmed “The Hangover Part II” here!
Best Ideas: From daring the groom to eat a scorpion from a street vendor to group axe-throwing and partying celebrity style atop some of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, the Thai capital has plenty of crazy foodie experiences, daytime bonding activities, and wild nightlife. After all, anything goes in Bangkok.
Good to Know: Bangkok has enough bars, clubs, and restaurants for a never-ending list of things to do, but remember to be careful navigating the strip club and massage parlor scene, as things can escalate quickly. Sex trafficking runs rampant in the city, so if girls look underage or forced and you feel uncomfortable, exit the situation ASAP.
Bangkok is an attack on the senses — and not for a faint-hearted groom. Perched on the edge of the Chao Phraya River, the city’s vibrant culture is fast-paced and different, so prepare to trade burgers for street noodles and taxis for tuk-tuks. The city is enormous, but some of the best neighborhoods worth visiting are Chinatown for street food, the riverside for fancy hotels and boat adventures, backpacker hub Khao San Road for souvenirs and budget bars, Sukhumvit for all-night-long debauchery, and Thong Lor for hip coffee shops and art galleries.
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Travel & Getting Around in Bangkok
Thailand’s capital city is very far from the U.S. Unfortunately, you can’t fly nonstop, but you can fly via a number of carriers that stop in Asian, European, or Middle Eastern hubs first. Expect a long journey with at least one layover.
While the city does offer taxis and ridesharing services via Uber and Grab, traffic in Bangkok is notably terrible, making travel between neighborhoods difficult. Using the BTS (Skytrain) and MRT (underground) public transport systems — which are modern, clean and function efficiently — may be the best plan for your group. They’re also cheap: A BTS fare runs from 50 cents to less than $2. Of course, the quintessential tuk-tuk experience is a must, but just make sure to clarify pricing (and bargain hard) before getting in — the same goes for taxis. A short tuk-tuk trip usually costs around 30 baht, or $1. The river ferry is another affordable way to get from A to B, but expect crowded ferries full of locals and tourists alike. You can also ride banana boats up the river, ideal for groups, but those will cost a bit more and you may get splashed with river water during the bumpy ride. Take motorcycle taxis at your own risk.
The weather in Bangkok is always warm, but March to June are the hottest months. The rainy season runs from July to October and the most pleasant time to visit is between November and February when it’s dry and warm. The city is busy year-round and you may escape with just a downpour or two during the rainy season, so visiting all year long is possible.
In general, you’re a tourist in a large city, so be aware of typical city dangers like pickpocketing and tourist scams, especially if you’re drinking heavily. Guard your belongings in tuk-tuks, where thieves on motorcycles can speed by and reach in to grab your valuables. The good news is you can barter whenever possible and make sure you do or you’ll be mercilessly overcharged when buying goods, food, and while riding in taxis, which prefer to quote you an overpriced number — always insist they turn on the meter instead. Oh, and definitely don’t drink the tap water.
For an even wilder Bangkok bachelor experience, take a side trip to Pattaya, one of Thailand’s busy beach towns notorious for its party atmosphere and reachable in under two hours by car. With all-night clubs, quirky cabaret shows, and a thriving red-light district, there’s lots of crazy evening fun to be had, but daytime is just as cool. Boat parties are typical and adventurers can participate in a number of adrenaline-pumping activities like skydiving and bungee jumping — and there’s always beach time if you’re nursing a hangover.
Why Go Here? Bangkok is known for its wild party scene but also for its colorful and serene culture, which you can find hidden beneath the neon lights and busy streets. The city is full of magnificent temples and mouthwatering food and is extremely affordable, especially compared to other capital cities around Asia and throughout the entire world. There are endless options for activities, ranging from things as calm as cooking classes, energetic as axe throwing, and as wild as ping-pong shows — you know what those are, right? With year-round warm weather and welcoming locals, Bangkok is the perfect place for a party-loving groom or one more interested in flavorful cuisine and Southeast Asian culture.
The Pros and Cons of Having a Bachelor Party in Bangkok
- Epic partying (from trashy to classy and everything in between)
- Plenty of cultural, adventure, and tourist activities
- Delicious food
- Endless accommodation options
- Very affordable (once you get there)
- You can visit year-round (if you don’t mind a bit of rain)
- It’s extremely far from the U.S.
- You can’t fly there nonstop
- It’s crowded with lots of traffic
- The nightlife scene can get trashy/seedy quickly
Best Bachelor Party Attractions and Activities in Bangkok
Bangkok bachelor party activities tend to fall into two categories: day and night. Or perhaps it’s better to specify them as normal and raunchy. It’s no secret that Bangkok’s nightlife and evening activities are pretty wild, but you can mix and match some of these late-night affairs with daytime group activities that you might actually remember the next day. For ease, the night activities are listed within the bar/nightclub category in this guide.
Thai Boxing at Watchara Muay Thai GymWatchara MuayThai Gym, Sukhumvit 1 Alley, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand
Sports enthusiasts should plan to check out Thai boxing with Muay Thai Knockout. The stage at Asiatique market is where the matches take place, and it’s best to get tickets ahead of time as they do sell out. Wandering through the market before or after them is a fun way to see all the wares and grab some snacks before the real fun, too. If you want to go a step further, book a private lesson for your group at Watchara Muay Thai Gym. Be aware that these classes are usually pretty intense even if you’re in great shape, so do this activity on a day you aren’t feeling hungover or jet-lagged. (Photo by @little_beer)
Axe Throwing at Golden Axe Throw ClubGolden Axe Throw Club, Sukhumvit 10 Alley, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Challenge your crew to axe throwing, where you chuck an axe at a target and hope to hit the bullseye, not the groom by mistake. The Golden Axe Throw Club allows groups to book private lanes at a reasonable, low price. (Photo by @olly____t)
Go on a Bike Tourfollow me bike tours bangkok
Bike through the bustling streets of Bangkok with Follow Me Bike Tours, which offers cycling tours of the city both day and night, as well as biking food tours — ideal for your first experience with street food — and jungle tours. Private tours can also be curated to include scavenger hunts or barbecues at the end. (Photo by @followmetours)
Head to a Pool PartySO Sofitel Bangkok North Sathon Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand
Beat Bangkok’s intense heat by heading to a pool party. The ones that happen every last Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at SO Sofitel’s Water Club and rooftop infinity pool are the most famous, but the pool scene at other city hotels is pretty fantastic, too. (Photo by @sosofitelbangkok)
Go-Kart RacingEasykart.net โกคาร์ท Go-Karting (Bangkok, RCA Plaza), Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok, Thailand
You can’t go wrong go-karting at EasyKart, one of Asia’s largest indoor tracks. The complex also features a bar and foosball and pool tables. If your bachelor party falls on a holiday, this may the perfect activity, as it’s open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 1 p.m. until midnight each day. (Photo by @easykartbangkok)
Show Off at a Shooting RangeBangkok Shooting Range, Soi Phahon Yothin 2, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand
Blow off some steam at the Bangkok Shooting Range, where you can practice your marksmanship with revolvers, pistols, shotguns, and assault rifles, all with the assistance of highly experienced professionals. Groups of up to 20 can shoot at the same time so the activity is ideal for small to larger parties. (Photo by @mattie_leong)
Try a Traditional Thai Cooking ClassChef LeeZ Thai Cooking Class Bangkok, Seri Thai Road, Khlong Kum, Bueng Kum, Bangkok, Thailand
Those who love food or cooking or simply want to experience a sliver of Thai culture through their palate should do a cooking class, the tamest activity on this list. The perfect group activity, Chef LeeZ’s Cooking Class typically starts with a morning visit to the market to pick up fresh ingredients before heading back to the school to whip up not one or two, but 12 different traditional Thai delights. Courses are best for groups of under eight, and the school welcomes vegans, vegetarians, meat lovers, and those with allergies, from virgin cooks to experienced chefs and everyone in between. (Photo by @wesuhhlee)
Party on a Private Boat19/394 หมู่บ้านเชาวลิตถนนริมคลองบางค้อ, จอมทอง กรุงเทพฯ, 10150 Khwaeng Bang Kho, Khet Chom Thong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10150, Thailand
Treat yourselves to a private boat party on the Chao Phraya River with Thai River Cruise. Having your own private boat comes with its perks — you choose the dinner menu, the music, and cruising time and pile on enticing extras like a lights disco, pulsing sound system, and karaoke. Private boats can hold up to 30 guests. (Photo by @thairivercruise)
Have a Thai Massageสุขุมวิท ซอย 26 Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
If it’s a traditional Thai massage or spa experience you’re after, Thai massages are some of the best in the world. Try Baan Sabai Spa, where you’ll find experienced therapists offering a variety of massage and other spa treatments. Note that this is an actual massage, not a code word for something else. (Photo by @baansabaispa)
Best Bachelor Party Hotels, Resorts, and Airbnbs in Bangkok
Bangkok is gigantic and fairly spread out. It’s likely you’ll have to move around the city for various activities, so as long as you stay in the city center, you’ll be able to get wherever you need to go by Uber/Grab, taxi, tuk-tuk, or public transport.
Some of the best hotels can be found along the riverside through Yan Nawa, near Lumpini Park, or in Siam. Luxury hotels are fairly affordable in the city and if you want to splurge, many have impressive suites (more on that below.)
Great for Backpackers: Khao San RoadKhaosan Rd, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
If it’s budget backpacker hostels you prefer, Khao San Road is the place to be, but don’t expect to sleep much as the area is busy, loud, and full of fellow backpackers and bachelor parties. (Photo by @davidays7)
W Bangkok106 N Sathon Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
The W Bangkok is one of the most happening hotels in the city, with a dark, sexy vibe and room touches like sequined boxing gloves and gold velvet sofas. Part of Marriott’s Bonvoy program, the W Bangkok’s prices are fairly reasonable, with the most basic guest rooms starting at $140 per night. Its Extreme WOW presidential suite is the ultimate splurge for bachelors, a corner suite with an enormous living room, insane city views, and amenities like a private hot tub and steam room. Prices for this epic suite start at $950 per night. (Photo by @wbangkok)
Lebua HotelState Tower Bangkok, 1055 ถนน สีลม แขวง สีลม เขตบางรัก กรุงเทพมหานคร 10500, Thailand
“Hangover II” fans can also visit the famous Lebua Hotel — you may remember the scene filmed on the golden-domed rooftop. And, you can even stay in the Hangover Suite, where some of the cast stayed during filming. The suite is perfect for groups, with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and four balconies, plus special touches like complimentary welcome “Hangovertinis” and a fully stocked mini-bar. Rates for the suite start at $545 per night, while regular guest rooms start around $120 per night. (Photo by @spence_meister)
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel155 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Even the most basic rooms at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel (starting at $149) are beautiful and Thai-inspired, but the two-bedroom Jim Thompson Explorer suite is a dream (rates start at $2,250). Its teak walls and chandeliers are perfect for design gurus wanting an elegant, antique Thai experience. (Photo by @anantarasiambangkok)
SO Sofitel Bangkok2 N Sathon Rd, Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
The site of Bangkok’s famed pool parties is also a fabulous place to stay overnight, with themed rooms where you can choose the vibe you’re into: water, earth, wood, metal, or fire. SO Sofitel Bangkok’s rooms are colorful and comfortable, and many overlook Lumphini Park and the city skyline, as does its stunning infinity pool. Rates start at $130 per night. (Photo by @sosofitelbangkok)
Bangkok Garden VillaBang Phlat, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Larger Airbnb rentals are hard to come by in the crowded Thai city, but the Bangkok Garden Villa is one of the few that can sleep up to 15. With five bedrooms and four bathrooms, it also comes with arcade games, a small pool with a waterslide, and plenty of outdoor relaxation space surrounded by zen landscaping and greenery. Room rates range from $200 to $300 per night. (Photo courtesy of Airbnb)
Mad Monkey Bangkok55 Phra Sumen Rd, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
For true party animals wanting to conserve cash, a hostel is the way to go. Mad Monkey Bangkok is clean and comfortable but also has a major social vibe — there’s always a party happening at the Mad Monkey swimming pool. Private double rooms go for around $45 per night, and at just $13 per person for a bed in the four-bedroom dorm, you’ll have plenty left for your booze budget. (Photo by @samileahegan)
Best Restaurants in Bangkok
Sample Some Street Food1 Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Bangkok’s dining scene is a little bit different. While you can make a reservation or stop into a sit-down joint, street food is affordable, enticing, and easy to find on every corner. Some of the best places to go for street food are night markets, like JJ Green. Chinatown, Victory Monument, and Soi 38 Sukumvhit are excellent places to sample a variety of meat, vegetarian, rice, and noodle dishes, as well as tropical fruits, juices and, of course, Thai beer. You can get filling meals from most street hawkers for about 30 or 40 baht (or around $1 to $1.50). (Photo by @nold_94)
To fully enjoy street food throughout your trip, follow these tips:
- Avoid tap water.
- Go for cooked vegetables instead of raw ones.
- Make sure the fruit is peeled in front of you.
- Don’t eat anything that looks like it’s been sitting out in the heat all day.
- Pack tummy meds just in case.
Raan Jay Fai327 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
For a truly memorable street food experience, try the Michelin-starred Raan Jay Fai restaurant. The signature crab omelet is worth the long wait in line. Best of all, this is probably one of the few Michelin-starred spots in the world that stays open until 2 a.m., the perfect time to sample their famous drunken noodles dish, which sells for $12. (Photo by @carloilusorio)
Cabbages & Condoms10 Sukhumvit 12 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
For a relaxed lunch, visit nonprofit restaurant Cabbages & Condoms, where the proceeds from your Pad Thai go to The Population & Community Development Association, which supports health education about HIV/AIDS and rural development. Instead of after-dinner mints, you get condoms. It’s somewhat pricier than the usual Bangkok restaurant, with mains around $5 to $15. (Photo by @cabbagesandcondoms)
Queen of CurryCharoen Krung 50 Alley, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
For no-frills, delicious Thai curry, salads, and stir fry, visit Queen of Curry. With both indoor and outdoor seating, the restaurant caters to both locals and tourists with affordable Thai cuisine. Make sure to specify how spicy you want your curry! Prices are generally $3 or $4. (Photo by @maritaholiday)
Waterside Karaoke Restaurant13 16 ซอย Prasert Manutakit 33, Khwaeng Nuanchan, Khet Bueng Kum, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230, Thailand
Waterside Karaoke Restaurant lives up to its name with several different sections of overwater, riverside Thai dining. At night, the space comes alive with lanterns and colorful lights, a sign that karaoke is in your future. Expect to pay $7 to $10 for main courses. (Photo by @watersidekaraoke)
Blue Elephant233 S Sathon Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
For a fancier dinner complete with exceptional cocktails, Blue Elephant is located in the middle of Bangkok’s busy financial district — but hidden away in a colonial mansion. Thai chef Nooror Somany Steppe whips up what the restaurant refers to as “Royal Thai Cuisine.” Expect to pay all the way up to $55 for a locally sourced ribeye with spicy Thai herbs, crunchy perilla seeds, and “forgotten husband” sticky rice. (Photo by @blueelephant)
Broccoli Revolution899 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
If you need something healthier to balance the booze and Pad Thai, Broccoli Revolution offers vegan-based Thai and international cuisine. The eatery has menu items like cold-pressed juices, healthy bowls and salads, as well as homemade french fries and zucchini pasta. Dishes hover around $5 to $7. (Photo by @broccolirevolution)
BKK Bagel Bakeryมณียา เซ็นเตอร์ 518/3 Phloen Chit Rd, แขวงลุมพินี Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
After a long night out on the town, you’ll need a hearty breakfast to refuel. And when two friends, one American and one Thai, searched Bangkok for New York bagels and found none, they opened their own spot, BKK Bagels. Even better, they deliver via Food Panda if you can’t bear to move from your hotel room after a crazy night out. A Veggie Monger avocado bagel sandwich costs a little over $6. (Photo by @bkkbagels)
Best Bachelor Party Bars and Clubs in Bangkok
Bangkok has some of the wildest nightlife in the world. Options range from classy rooftop bars to backpacker pubs and of course, a less distinguished scene, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Make sure if you’re planning to visit a rooftop bar or a fancier club that you dress appropriately: no flip-flops, tank tops, shorts, or backpacks. Bring your ID with you just in case. Group reservations at clubs or fancier rooftop spots are always recommended.
Above ElevenFraser Suites Sukhumvit 38/8 Sukhumvit Rd. Soi 11 32nd Floor Bangkok 10110 Khlong Toey Nua Watthana, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
While the SkyBar at Lebua has the most famous rooftop thanks to “The Hangover Part II,” Above Eleven spans two floors and has a stylish yet inviting vibe. The bar also serves Japanese/Peruvian fusion cuisine. (Photo by @aboveeleven)
Cru Champagne BarCentara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 road,, Phatumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
A stylish sky-high spot to enjoy an outdoor drink and snack, Cru Champagne Bar serves G.H. Mumm Champagnes and delicious cocktails. One of the world’s highest Champagne bars, the 360-degree views of Bangkok are magnificent. (Photo by @cruchampagnebar)
Havana Social41, 3 ถนน สุขุมวิท Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Inspired by pre-revolutionary Cuba, Havana Social is a hidden gem of a bar where you can live Cuban music on weekends. Being a speakeasy, entry isn’t as straightforward as it is at most bars: Plan to step into a decrepit phone booth, dial the secret code, and wait for the fake door to slide open and let you in. You can call 028 216 6111 ahead of time to get the secret entry code. For table bookings, call 080 467 7409. (Photo by @havanasocialbkk)
Onyx BangkokRoyal City Avenue ถนน พระราม 9 Khwaeng Bang Kapi, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand
Dance all night long at Onyx, an Ibiza-inspired nightclub that brands itself as “the biggest and best dance party extravaganza ever conceived in Bangkok.” Expect superstar DJs, the latest in sound and light technology, and a huge dance floor. VIP tables are also available for groups. (Photo by @onyxbangkok)
Goldencoins TaproomEakamai, ซอย 10 Khlong Ton, เขตพระโขนง กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
If it’s craft beer, you’re after, Goldencoins Taproom usually has six Thai IPAs on draft. The long, wooden tables and low stools are perfect for groups to enjoy a no-frills, beer-fueled experience. (Photo by @goldencoinscraftbeer)
The Soi Cowboy StreetSoi Cowboy, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Soi Cowboy is one of the most famous red-light districts in Bangkok, a long street with bright lights and action every night of the week, whether it be pubs, go-go bars, strip clubs, or beyond. For a tamer experience, walk along the street and just soak it all in. (Photo by @julielivelaughlove)
For those wanting more than just an evening stroll through Bangkok’s more notorious neighborhoods, pick a spot and head inside. Expect go-go dancers and ping-pong shows — these can also be found around the Patpong night market area and in the Nana neighborhood — which are essentially sex shows, but we won’t ruin the fun by telling you where they fling the ping-pong balls from.
Suzie Wong4/13 Soi Cowboy, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
LadyboysThanon Patpong 1, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Bangkok is also known for its ladyboy bars, where you can see these effeminate men pose, dance, and party with bargoers in Nana, Soi Cowboy and Patpong. (Photo by @giorgos_x)
Naked Sushi205/21 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
For those who want to combine dinner with girls and drinks, there’s naked sushi, where a model poses as a serving tray and will come to your hotel room covered in sushi. Mojo Sons will arrange the, er, feast and quote you a price for one hour. (Photo by @mojosonevents)
MassagesPhrom Phong กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand
Late-night massages almost always come with something a little extra. If this is on your bucket list, your special service can best be found in the Phrom Phong or Nana area. (Photo by @jenkt89)
The Pimp Club BangkokPracha Uthit Road @, Opposite PT Gas Station, ซอย โรจนมิน แขวง วังทองหลาง เขตวังทองหลาง กรุงเทพมหานคร 10310, Thailand
A slightly higher-end gentlemen’s club than you might find on streets like Soi Cowboy or the Patpong market, The Pimp is known for having the most beautiful dancers in the city. Groups can reserve private rooms, complete with karaoke and private dancers. (Photo by @pimpbangkok)
When navigating uncharted territory like erotic massages, sex shows, and beyond, use your best judgment. If it feels overly sleazy or like things are getting out of hand, quickly exit the situation. However, plan to pay before doing so — staff will be fine with you leaving, but make sure to pay up first if you owe anything to avoid any issues.
Bangkok Hangover ToursSukhumvit 4 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
All of this Bangkok bachelor fun may seem familiar — maybe you’ve seen “The Hangover Part II,” where a bachelor party goes awry in Bangkok. If you want to head to some of the places featured in the movie, you can do so with Bangkok Hangover Tours, which will guide your crew through areas like Soi Cowboy, Nana, and PatPong, pointing out all the bars and nightclubs filmed in the movie. (Photo courtesy of Bangkok Hangover Tours)
Bangkok can be everything you want it to be when it comes to hosting a bachelor party. From group bonding activities like axe throwing to street food adventures and wild evenings out on the town, you can combine a variety of activities alongside unique cultural experiences, making a Bangkok bachelor party one to remember.