The Wild and Crazy Side of Phuket Nightlife
If you’re spending some time in Phuket and like to have a little bit of fun with the nightlife scene, you are in luck. Phuket is quite famous for its lively and diverse nightlife. The main strips are rowdy late into the night, but there are also some quieter areas of you need a break from the chaos. Make no mistake, the Phuket nightlife is not known for its quiet or serene beauty but instead its lively, boisterous, and frankly, sexual, nature. We’ll focus primarily on what Phuket is best known for, and that is the wild side. There is also a quieter, and even family-friendly, side to Phuket to enjoy as well, and you can find plenty of information about that elsewhere.
Patong Beach, and specifically Bangla Road, is where all of the action is in Phuket. Here you’ll find the famous beer bars, go-go bars, “ladyboys”, pubs, and sports bars. As you walk up and down Bangla Road, also commonly referred to as “Soi Bangla”, you’ll find pretty girls greeting you and coaxing you into their establishment to have a drink and some fun as well. Nudity has long since been forbidden at go-go bars, however, it is quite common for many of these bars to ignore local law. If that is what you are looking for, you can certainly find it. There is also an active sex trade in Phuket, but be sure to read up on the best way to approach this, as it can, of course, be a risky endeavor if you go in unprepared.
In addition to pretty girls in Patong, you’ll also run across “ladyboys” quite frequently. The name itself is quite descriptive, as it is indeed a lady and a boy, or more specifically, a transvestite, man turned lady. They can be extremely entertaining, so even if you are not interested in transvestites, if you have a sense of adventure, it may be worthwhile to spend some time with them for a once in a lifetime experience.
Aside from the more racy go-go bars and ladyboys, there are also plenty of tame, non-nude and non-sexual, bars for those who might be looking for something a bit more comfortable or like home. Sports bars and pubs are similar to what you might see out west in Europe or the United States. These bars serve your typical beer, mixed drinks, and cocktails and will often have TVs playing popular sports matches. Many will have pool tables and darts to enjoy inside as well. The biggest defining factor between these bars and the go-go bars and beer bars is that the sports bars and pubs won’t have working girls inside of them. This is a great place to go if you want to have fun but are not interested in the sexual distractions elsewhere.
There is plenty more to Patong and especially Phuket as a whole, such as beach clubs, night clubs, karaoke, live music, theater/shows, boxing matches, and more, but Phuket nightlight is best known for its wild and crazy scene along Bangla Road. If this is what you are looking for, you will surely not be disappointed with what you find here in Thailand.