Red Light Districts in Bangkok, Thailand: Red Light Areas

If you are planning to visit Bangkok, taking a peek at one or few of Bangkok red light districts most probably is on your to do list as Bangkok nightlife for adults is well-known. This article will help you discover Bangkok red light area names, streets where they are located and the selection of Bangkok red light district hotels. 

Bangkok Red Light Districts

There are 3 main red light districts in Bangkok: Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and Patpong. Plenty of go-go bars can be found in any of these Bangkok red light districts but they all have something unique and offer different experience. Bangkok red light districts open daily and the action there usually starts at around 19:00.

Soi Cowboy Red Light District

The most famous Bangkok red light district is Soi Cowboy. Soi Cowboy is a short (only 150 meter long) street, which becomes Bangkok’s brightest street as soon as the sun sets.

The selection of venues at Soi Cowboy is really good as you can find more than 20 go-go bars and more than 10 beer bars there. You will never be short of the options to choose from and experience Bangkok nightlife for adults at its best. The most popular go-go bars in Soi Cowboy are Baccara and Tilac.

Soi Cowboy

Thinking of what to expect Soi Cowboy during the day? Look around and you will get an idea about Soi Cowboy Red Light District at the Daytime.

Nana Plaza Red Light District

Another popular red light district in Bangkok is Nana Plaza - a U-shaped three story building-sex complex, claiming to be “The World’s Largest Adult Playground”.

There are around 30 go-go bars spread over all three levels of Nana Plaza building. Go-go bars within Nana Plaza offer all that Thailand red light districts are famous for - go-go dancers, live shows, pole dancers and relaxing atmosphere. Nana Plaza is known for having the biggest selection of ladyboy bars as well. There are also beer bars on the ground floor and even short time hotels on the upper level of Nana Plaza building. The most popular go-go bars in Nana Plaza are Angelwitch and Spanky's.

Nana Plaza

Patpong Red Light District

Patpong is the oldest red light district in Bangkok located at the heart of Bangkok's sex industry where Thailand's go-go culture started. Patpong Red Light District consists of two parallel streets surrounded by well-known Patpong night market.

More than 20 go-go bars, some of them older style, can be found at Patpong. There are also many bars of various kinds on both of Patpong’s streets. The history and surrounding night market offers unique experience here if compared to other Bangkok red light districts. There are also sex shows, including Ping pong shows, featured on several upstairs bars, but most of them are run by scammers and better to be avoided.


Patpong Night Market is one of the best known night markets in Bangkok and it’s quite popular between tourists. Souvenirs, gifts, clothes, handbags, jewellery and other touristy stuff can be found on sale at this night market.

Patpong Night Market

Bangkok Red Light District Hotels

Best places to stay near specific Bangkok red light district are listed here: Soi CowboyNana PlazaPatpong.

Soi Cowboy Red Light District Hotels

While there are no hotels that would be located right on the street of Soi Cowboy red light district in Bangkok, plenty of hotels for different tastes and budgets can be found in a short walking distance from the red light area. The closest well-rated Soi Cowboy red light district hotels are the following:

The Continent Boutique Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit - hotel with outdoor swimming pool that exhibits a panoramic view of Bangkok city elevated from the 37th floor

Jasmine City Hotel - 5-star hotel offering rooms with a fully equipped kitchen less than 100 meters from Soi Cowboy

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal21 - high-rise 5-star hotel, which shares the same roof as Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

Tai Pan Hotel - affordable hotel a short walk from Soi Cowboy red light district

Nana Plaza Red Light District Hotels

Nana Plaza entertainment complex houses some short time hotels that are, of course, not available or suitable for a longer stay. However, you can find plenty of hotels next to Nana Plaza red light district such as:

Majestic Suites Hotel - comfortable hotel just around the corner from Nana Plaza

Nana Hotel - hotel opposite Nana Plaza

Dynasty Inn - Nana Plaza can be reached within a 1-minute walk from the hotel as the hotel is located next to the nightlife venue

The Landmark Bangkok - 5-star hotel offering accommodation with Bangkok City views behind the entertainment complex of Nana Plaza

Patpong Red Light District Hotels

Patpong red light district also boasts a big number of different level accommodations in a close proximity from it. The closest well-rated Patpong red light district hotels are the following:

56 Surawong Hotel Bangkok - affordable 3-star hotel on Soi Patpong 1, opposite Patpong red light district

Le Meridien Bangkok - newly renovated 5-star hotel in Bangkok’s central business district, a short walk from Patpong red light district and its lively night market

Montien Hotel Surawong Bangkok - 5-star hotel located next to Patpong red light district in the midst of the vibrant entertainment, business and shopping district of Silom and Surawong

Ekanek Hostel -  hostel a 1-minute walk from Patpong that provides cheap accommodation and facilities like terrace and shared lounge

Other Bangkok Red Light District Hotels

If you are planning to visit all 3 Bangkok Red Light Districts, the most convenient areas to stay are Asok area near Soi Cowboy and Chidlom area near Erawan Shrine.

Hotels in Asok area

While staying in Asok area you will be in a walking distance from Soi Cowboy, one BTS SkyTrain stop from Nana Plaza and a short ride by MRT Metro from Patpong. You will find a number of hotels and other places to stay in this area with some of the best hotels in Asok area being:

Grande Centre Point Hotel Terminal21

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Bangkok

Sukhumvit Suites Hotel

Red Planet Bangkok Asoke

Hotels in Asok area

Hotels in Chidlom area

If you want to stay not too far from all Bangkok's Red Light Districts but spending all your time near one of them doesn't seem attractive to you, you should consider staying in Chidlom area near Erawan Shrine as all 3 nightlife entertainment spots are just a few BTS SkyTrain stations away from there. Nana Plaza is 2 stops and Soi Cowboy is 3 stops away from Chidlom on BTS Sukhumvit line. Patpong is even more near, just on another BTS line - Silom. You will find a number of hotels and other places to stay in this area with some of the best hotels in Chidlom area being:

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

InterContinental Bangkok

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Holiday Inn Bangkok

Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok

Best Place to Stay in Chidlom Area

Bangkok Red Light Area Map

Where to Stay in Bangkok?

What is the best area to stay in Bangkok if not only red light districts interest you? The answer can be found here: Where to Stay in Bangkok.