When the sun goes down, Thailand’s streets come alive with lights, music, and fun parties. Bangla Road, located in the beach resort town of Patong in Phuket Province, is one of the country’s top nightlife destinations. Bangla Road, one of Patong’s most popular attractions, is also known as Patong Walking Street. This famous street is closed to traffic at night and becomes a lively area for pedestrian traffic only. The road is approximately 400 meters long, and there are several sois (side streets) that are also included in the celebration. With this Bangla Road guide, you can have a fun and safe night out in Phuket.
The Best Way to Get to Bangla Road
Bangla Road is located on Phuket Island’s southwestern coast, next to the beautiful Andaman Sea. It is about an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport. It will take between 35 and 45 minutes to drive from Phuket Town to Bangla Road.
There are also a number of open-sided or modern air-conditioned bus services that connect Phuket Town and Patong. The bus fare is usually 10 baht. Phuket Bus Terminal One on Phang Nga Road, Phuket Bus Terminal Two on Thepkasattri Road, and Central Market Terminal on Ranong Road are the three main bus terminals. Buses in Patong stop at Jungceylon Shopping Mall, which is a short walk from Bangla Road.
Tourist may also be able to take a songthaew to Patong, which is a truck or other large vehicle convert into a miniature bus. A songthaew ride usually costs 15 baht, and they do not run on a set schedule. Look for the vehicle destination (it is usually display in the front window or along the side), then flag it down, and it will come to a halt for a pickup.
What to Expect on Bangla Road for First-Time Visitors?
A night out on Bangla Road is unlike any other. It can be useful to have a quick overview of what to expect for those who are visiting for the first time. The street line with everything from bustling nightclub to laid-back sport bar, but the party always spill out onto the street.
- Almost every bar and club on the strip has a covered roof but no three-sided walls. Because they are so open, tourists can expect to hear a mash-up of music styles as they walk down the street.
- Rather than settling at one bar, most tourists prefer to spend the night bar hopping to find the best parties.
- Some venues feature live musical performers of various genres, while others feature DJs spinning local and international dance music.
- Neon lights, billboards, televisions, and colorful decor items adorn the street, adding a fun flair to the experience.
Bangla Road Nightclubs and Bars
On Patong Walking Street, there are numerous bars and nightclubs to choose from. Some are laid-back beach bars or sports bars with cheap drinks and live music, but no performers. Other bars have a small stage area for dancers and singers, or go-go dancers who perform directly on the bar top. The best way to experience the best of Bangla Road is to have a drink at a few different establishments to get a sense of the different vibes. It’s worth noting that some of the more well-known establishments do charge a cover fee to enter.
Bangla Road is a great place to have fun and celebrate the nightlife in Phuket. For those who are visiting for the first time, it can be useful to know what to expect on this lively strip of bars and clubs before you go out. From live performers to DJ’s spinning music from all over the world, there really is something for everyone that will help you experience Thailand like never before. If you’re looking for a safe space with lots of options, Bangla Road should definitely be your next destination!
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