In the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, lies Patpong, one
of the most vibrant and colourful areas of this Asian
metropolis. The Patpong area is a couple of blocks between
Silom and Suriwong Roads, just down from the Sala Daeng Skytrain
Station and is home to the city's most popular
and renowned night market, many fine shops, restaurants, five star hotels and
the main draw of all, some of the city's most boisterous
nightlife. If you're visiting Bangkok, or are lucky enough
to live here, you'll know that the main attraction is the area's
world class bars.
The Patpong area as we know it
today, was founded in the late 1960s when a number of bars were
erected for the US servicemen who were enjoying R + R away from
the battlefields of Vietnam. By day the area was
home to the offices of international companies, including a
number of airlines, but by night it transformed into something
far more exciting.
When the troops pulled out in
1975, Thailand's increasing tourist trade discovered the area and
since then Patpong has been a magnet for tourists and locals
Alone in the most exciting Asian
capital, men gravitate to the Patpong area in search of
cold beer, fun and the company of Thailand's beautiful bar girls.
But Patpong is not just the
one dimensional experience it was until the early '90s.
The area has exploded and now features a vibrant night market
popular with tourists and the area is home to a number of very
good dining options.
Bangkok bar areas come and go, but
almost 40 years on, it is Patpong where tourists and locals alike
head for a night of fun in this Asian paradise.
Patpong has developed and
it is not just known as a red light area. Patpong is more
diverse than any of the city's other bar areas and is home to open air bars, live music
venues, pool halls, gogo bars and other specialty bars.
You truly are spoiled for choice.
No visit to Bangkok is
complete without a night at Patpong, and should you find
yourself moving to Bangkok or spending prolonged periods of time
in Bangkok in the future, Patpong will certainly be one of the
spots you spend a lot of time.