Soi Freedom on Bangla Road (Soi Eric)

Soi Freedom is a neat and relatively large alley lined with dozen colorful bars and a good live band at he end of it. Located in the middle of Bangla Road in Patong Beach Soi Freedom was long ago better known as the iconic Soi Eric. Soi Eric was once popular because it was the only street in Soi Bangla playing one single music from each bar, while other streets around sounded like the battle of the bands. Technically not much as changed except for the name… as we says here, it’s ‘same same but different’.

Some bars are still there, Smiley, Kingdom Bar, Blue Shark Bar, Lucky Bar and Sunset Bar, and further down the old ‘Freedom Bar’ that might be at the origin of the new name, but what is new is the live band that replaced that old unfriendly gogo bar.


Soi Freedom gets busy later in the night. Each bar had roughly the same design and after a couple of drinks you might not retrieve yours after a visit to the ‘Hongnam’ (means ‘Toilet’, write it down, you’ll need it a lot). The ladies are nice and friendly and will always try to invite you to one of their bars, using all kind of funny catch phrases; it’s actually quite entertaining.


Be a nice guy and have a drink toward the end of the lane, that where the bars have more difficulty to get customers so you’ll be doing a good thing, but that’s also where you will enjoy a great live band answering to the cool name of ‘Barbie’s Army Band’. Singers and musicians are really talented so have a seat and enjoy, it’s worth it!


Soi Freedom Map

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run and manage large international online travel guides.