When people usually arrive in Bangkok during the day, all they see is a cosmopolitan city with not much to offer to tourists—it’s full of malls, it’s dusty, smelly, and there doesn’t seem to be much of “authentic” Thai culture at all, only concrete buildings! The city is usually a stopover for visitors on their way to the beaches or provinces so people usually ignore what this city has to offer.
If you’re staying in the Bangkok for at least one night, try to get around by nightfall. That’s when the city really opens up. Of course, it’s a bit tedious if you’ll have to try and figure out where to go in a strange city at night, and if you aren’t up for figuring that out, or if you’re just doing a quick stop-over in Bangkok, you can try taking an all-age friendly, short tour of the city after dark.
An easy tour starts out in Bangkok’s own Chinatown. Known worldwide as a place for foodies to visit, Charoenkrung Road is quite used to people flocking to it come nightfall for some of the best street food and tea houses. When you enter the road, your eyes will be bombarded with so many lights, hear the hustle and bustle of people trading gold, paying a visit to one of the Chinese temples, and definitely smell the salivating aroma of fresh food cooking.
After you’ve had your fill of food and drink, the tour will drive you by the temples containing the Reclining Buddha and the Emerald Buddha, lit up brilliantly to make it look like precious stones, glowing in the night. The tour ends at Khaosan Road, a small strip of street known across the globe as a hub for backpackers in the city—cheap accommodation, handicrafts, clothes, fruits, and other bric-a-brac can be found here. The quick and easy night tour will usually cost around 52 USD per head, and is actually quite practical if you are also staying in Khaosan Road.
After the tour, there’s bound to be more than enough time to experience the rest of the nightlife that Bangkok has to offer. Check out the rooftop bars and the nightclubs for a fun night, or if you’d like, take a quick peek into the red light districts, watch the katoey (transgender) performers or go to one of the well-known go-go bars for a fun nightcap. After at least one night of seeing Bangkok in its fullest glory, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to keep coming back.