What to Do on Bangla Road?

Bangla Road is now mostly known as Patong Walking Street, and for many decades has been the notorious heart of all Phuket Nightlife. The battle for night supremacy is raging every single night between beer bars, live music bars, rooftop bars, night clubs and, of course, those famous go-go bars!

Bars on Bangla Road in Patong

Over the years, the centre of interest has been moving up and down Bangla road depending on seasons and popularity, but the ever-changing face of Patong nightlife is worth a look. On each side of the Patong Walking Street are alleys, locally called ‘Sois’ where more you will find more modest but often cheaper beer bars.

Of course, wherever you go on Bangla Road, friendly ladies will call you with a big smile and encourage you to have a sit, a drink and play a few silly bar games. Everyone is, of course, welcome: men, women and couples.

Bangla Road Overview

Bangla road is that street that stretches all the way from the beach to Rat-U-Thit Road, near Jungceylon Shopping Mall. While it is a very anonymous one-way traffic street during the day, it turns into a crazy pedestrian walking street starting at 6 pm. At the beginning of the night it is still relatively quiet as you can see on the photo above, but past 10 pm, expect to share it with a dense crowd.

Bangla Road Walking Street

On each side, you will mostly walk past a vast amount of beer bars, and all have an open facade. Every bar comes with ladies whose mission is to convince you to step in and order a drink (nothing more). Ladies usually stand in front of the bar, showing a menu with the price for the drinks,  some ladies are dancing on counters, and some demonstrate jaw-dropping pole and acrobatic dancing skills (they are wearing cloth so don’t go imagining something). It’s easy-going and quite cheap, so have a seat somewhere, chat with the ladies, they are very friendly and watch the crowd.

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Live Music Bars

New York Live Band Phuket

Live music venues are extremely popular in Phuket. The overall quality of the bands has greatly improved with time, as well as sounds and light systems and for the price of a beer, you are watching a live concert. The good old ‘Rock City‘ is now gone but New York Live Music Bar and Monsoon. A bit away from the centre of Patong is the legendary Hard Rock Cafe with excellent musicians and bands, but also with a higher price tag. Read more

Famous Bars of Patong

At the beach end of Bangla are some iconic bars such as ‘Aussie Bar’, ‘Sunset Bar’, ‘Shipwreck’ and ‘U2 Bar’ where all you do is drink and watch the passing crowd (it’s more entertaining than you think). These are often the best places to watch sports games on large screens and play a few games of snooker!

Aussie Bar Phuket

The Night Clubs

There are quite a few night clubs on Bangla. They come and go, and no matter how popular they are, even the most famous ones can vanish overnight! Most clubs are at the top of Bangla Road where you can spend a good part of the night at IlluzionWhite Room, Sugar Club and that good old Tai Pan. Closer to the beach is the Hollywood Club that used to be a trendy spot, but lost a bit of its fame to the competition.

1. Illuzion

Illuzion Night Club in Patong Beach

2. White Room

White Room Disco Phuket

3. Sugar Club

Sugar Club Phuket

The Go Go Bars

Bangla Road in Patong is not known for scams or rip off, the way it often happens in Patpong Bangkok. If you want to see a Ping Pong show, there is no charge to enter. All you need is to order a drink which costs between 180 – 200 Baht depending on the bar. An only known exception is ‘Moulin Rouge’ a Russian Go Go (yes) which is more expensive than usual and not too friendly. In any case, a menu is presented to you before ordering. Your bill is placed in front of you, or you can pay your drink when the waitress brings it to you. So unlike some places in Patpong, Bangkok, there should be no surprise.

1. Suzy Wong’s

Suzy Wong’s, at the very end of Soi Seadragon, is one of the first go-go bars to open in Phuket and still the most famous and most popular in Patong. The party atmosphere is unique and unforgettable.

The famous Suzy Wong's Go Go bar on soi Bangla in Patong Beach

2. Harem Lounge

Harem is a large and upmarket lounge bar in the same Soi Seadragon. The design is great and the music really good. The ladies are friendly and always welcoming. Drink prices are not higher than in any other lounge but the design will make you feel like a VIP.

Harem A Go Go Phuket

3. Suzy Wong’s 3

Suzy Wong’s 3 is the latest and the most attractive go-go bar in Patong, with Chinese inspired decor and terracotta warriors inside and outside. With music played by live DJs and the prettiest ladies in town, the atmosphere is great and perfect to celebrate and party.

Suzy Wong's 3

Important Note about Touts: Touts are not working for bars! Never follow a tout in the street with his little card of whatever he says you will see in the show! It’s often no real, and you will be charged extra, walk away! The bars are easy to find (they are difficult to miss!)</p

Ping Pong Show menu on Bangla Road in Patong

The Streets of Bangla Road

In between are the ‘Sois’, which is the Thai word everyone uses for ‘alleys’ where you will find all the famous Go-Go Bars which we describe below.

1. Soi Seadragon

Soi Seadragon on Bangla Road in Patong Beach

Soi Seadragon has always been a famous street, probably because this is where most of the Go-Go Bars are. After been entirely rebuilt it has become one of the brightest lanes in Patong Beach, and this is where you will find the most popular bars Suzy Wong’s, Harem a Go Go and Devil’s Playground. Read more

2. Tiger Night Club & Complex

The Tiger entertainment complex in the famous Bangla Road in Patong Beach took a severe bite at the nightlife scene in Phuket. With three floors dominated by three massive tigers, much higher ceilings and a lot more room to walk around than the old Tiger Disco, this is a party monster. A blast of lights and colours are taking this vast Flintstones cave looking venue to a much higher level of the party zone. Read more

3. Soi Tiger


Rebuilt after the 2013 fire, Soi Tiger was for a long time the popular bar area in town. The spotlight was shortly stolen by Soi Lion next door which has been recently replaced by another shopping mall. Fame and crowd have now moved to the Tiger Entertainment, just across the street on Bangla main street: bigger, bolder and brighter and more colourful. Read more

4. Soi Freedom

Soi Freedom on Bangla Road

Soi Freedom is a friendly and relatively large alley lined with dozen colourful bars and a great live band at the end of it (they seem to come and go, unfortunately). Located in the middle of Bangla Walking Street in Patong Beach, Soi Freedom was long ago, better known as the iconic Soi Eric. Soi Eric was once famous because it was the only street in Soi Bangla playing the same music in all bars, while other roads around sounded like the battle of the bands. Note that there is a pretty good band playing at the end of the Soi. Read more

More photos of Bangla Road

Where is Bangla Road?

FAQs about Bangla Walking Street

Q. What is there to do on Bangla Walking Street?

a. Bangla Road is mostly known for the many bars, nightclubs, live music bands and Go-Go bars.

Q. Where to eat on Bangla Road?

a. Bangla doesn’t have many restaurants but you can enjoy some good local seafood at Bangla Street Food Market or pub food at the Aussie Bar.

Q. What time does Bangla Walking Street close?

a. The official time is 2 am, but bars and live music bars close around 4 am and night clubs can close as late as 5 am.

Q. Are there any hotels near Bangla Road?

a. The Kee Resort, Millennium Resort Patong and Sleep With Me are among the most popular hotels around Bangla.

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