What to Do at Night in Phuket?

The list of things to do at night in Phuket is endless and Phuket nightlife comes in many ways, not only on Patong beach but all around this island. There is a vast choice of places to hang for couples, singles, groups of friends and families after dinner. Phuket nightlife is legendary, originally known to be bright and bold, colourful and loud, carefree, and sometimes provocative. This was primarily true of Bangla Walking Street in Patong Beach. Things have evolved a lot in recent years, turning the red light district of Phuket into a party zone for everyone to enjoy. However, Patong beach is still the heart of Phuket nightlife, and you will find many beach clubs and rooftops to party, celebrate or relax in Phuket without ever stepping foot in Patong.

Phuket Nightlife

Here is a list of the best things to do in Phuket at night

1. Explore the notorious Bangla Walking Street

Bangla Walking Street, or Bangla Road

Bangla Walking Street, or ‘Bangla Road’ as we still call it here, is where Phuket nightlife truly happens. The small street lined with small bars that used to be Phuket red-light district has become a concentration of massive international nightclubs, excellent live music bands, tattoo parlours and all kinds of bars. It’s very colourful and rather fun, open to everyone who has an open mind. Yes, you will still see girls dancing on bars along the street, but they are wearing dancing attires. Of course, you can also explore some of the legendary and more daring go-go bars, less raunchy than those in Pattaya.


2. End the day in a beach club

Bangtao Beach Club

What goes better on a tropical island than a beach club, and Phuket has quite a few, including some famous names such as Cafe Del Mar and the local favourite Catch Beach Club. Luckily those beach clubs are all over the west coast, mainly in Bangtao and Maikhao beaches, so you should be able to find one near you.


3. Have a sunset cocktail on a rooftop bar

KEE Sky Lounge Rooftop at the Kee Resort

There are more and more rooftop bars around the island and just a few in Patong Beach. However, only a handful are really at the top of a building since an old law forbade the construction of tall towers in Phuket (thankfully). So don’t expect high rise towers like the rooftop bars of Bangkok. Instead, many ‘rooftops’ are built high on hillsides, offering superb panoramic views of the ocean and fantastic sunsets opportunities.


4. Eat and shop in one of Phuket night markets

Night Markets in Phuket

Night markets in Phuket are always a popular way to end the day, probably because most of the time, night markets are not only for shoppers: at least half of the market is dedicated to local food, drinks and live entertainment. You can even select your seafood, and someone will cook it in front of you. You can then take it to the table of your choice, get some drinks at another stall, and enjoy a good and cheap dinner and the legendary street food experience.


5. Party until late in a nightclub

Best Clubs in Phuket and in Patong Beach

Phuket nightlife would not be complete without dance clubs, and you will be surprised by the international level of Phuket Night Clubs as they welcome famous DJs. Sounds and light systems are state-of-the-art, and the stage dancers, music, and beat will take you away. Most clubs are on Bangla Walking Street in Patong, and each has its music style.


6. Enjoy talented musicians in a live music bar

New York Live Band Phuket

Live music bars have always played a large role in Phuket nightlife. Thirty years ago, you could already hear the sound of Hotel California coming out of every bar and even restaurants, not always well played. Still, nobody minded as it was somehow the island anthem. Things have evolved, and some band got excellent, as well as sound and light systems. They are a bit everywhere, but the best are in Patong and Phuket town. It’s like going to a live concert for the price of a coke or a beer!


7. Discover what a Go Go Bar really is

Phuket Best Go Go bars

Go Go Bars may not to everyone’s taste, but they are also legendary. In recent years, they switched to become party places, and everyone is welcome (as long as you are 18 years old, obviously). Men, couples, ladies often want to see it at least once in a lifetime so they can talk about it once back home. Scams are rare as long as you don’t follow one of the many touts trying to lure you on Bangla road. Go Go bars are so easy to find anyway.


8. Enjoy a stage performance at Phuket Simon Cabaret

Simon Cabaret Phuket

Phuket Simon Cabaret is another long time stage performance with glitters, special effect, excellent sound light systems, which have long been one of the famous Phuket nightlife experience. The stage design, costumes and choreographies are beautifully executed. However, the main reason why the theatre is always full because the pretty ladies on stage (and they are gorgeous) are all male!


9. Watch a Thai show at Siam Niramit and Phuket Fantasea

Thai Village at Siam Niramit

Siam Niramit is another big size stage performance in a massive theatre near Phuket Town. The show narrates some episodes of Thai mythology with fantastic stage design, sound and light system. Before the show, you have time to explore replicas of old and traditional villages from each region of Thailand. It’s beautiful and a change for superb selfies.

Phuket Fantasea is another similar stage performance narrating Thai mythology, but their extensive use of elephants on stage or riding for entertainment purpose made it controversial.


10. See what Muay Thai fights are about

Bangla Boxing Stadium

There are several places to watch Muay Thai fight in Phuket, and the two best known are in Patong. Bangla Boxing Stadium (which is no longer on Bangla, but they kept the name) and Patong Boxing Stadium, somewhere in the back streets of Patong. Muay Thai is not for everyone as it can be violent and even bloody, but it is part of Phuket Nightlife and is a trendy martial art in Phuket, judging by the amount of Muay Thai Camps Phuket.


FAQs about Phuket Nightlife

  1. ✳️ Where is it best to party in Phuket?

    a. Phuket has an incredible array of party places:
    Bangla Walking Street
    Night Clubs
    Go Go Bars

  2. ✳️ Are there any rooftop bars and beach clubs in Phuket?

    a. There are a few rooftops and beach clubs in Phuket:
    Catch Beach Club
    Cafe del Mar
    The Sundeck
    The Kee Sky Lounge
    Vanilla Sky

  3. ✳️ Are there any live bands and shows?

    a. You can watch a stage performance or enjoy a live band:
    Phuket Simon Cabaret
    Phuket Fantasea Show
    New York Live Music

  4. ✳️ Can I go shopping at night in Phuket?

    a. You can enjoy shopping until late at one of the night markets:
    Chillva Night Market
    Phuket Walking Street Market
    Malin Plaza Night Market
    Naka Weekend Market

  5. ✳️ How late can I party in Phuket?

    a. Phuket bars and clubs are open until 2 am (officially), but most of the time they are still active past 4 am.

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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 Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.