Amsterdam has nothing on Bangkok when it comes to red-light districts. A common stop on the ‘to-do list’ for many tourists are the four Bangkok red light districts, Thaniya, Nana Entertainment Plaza, Soi Cowboy and the far from discreet, Patpong district. The most touristy and extreme is Patpong, where you can witness ‘ladies’ performing wild, mind-boggling tricks with various parts of their anatomy not regularly used quite that way! For three floors of go-go bars, flashing neon lights, blaring music and a smorgasbord of the female kind head straight to Nana Plaza complex in Sukhumvit Soi 4.
Wat Pho Temple
For a more peaceful and tranquil experience, visit Bangkok’s most famous Wat Pho temple and the reclining Buddha. Make sure to dress appropriately, with long sleeves, covered legs and remove your shoes. Go on a Sunday to watch students being taught traditional Thai music and dance.
Open: Seven days a week 8.30am-6.30pm
Running along Yaowarat Road from Odean Circle is the chaos and charm of Bangkok life, Chinatown. This seriously crowded, slow moving obstacle course of eclectic oriental street vendors, traffic and shoppers can entertain you all day and night.
The greatest shopping centre in Bangkok is MBK, it’s the place to be on the weekend for locals and tourists alike. Do some serious shopping amid the eight floors and 2,000 shops or watch a fashion show or band perform right out the front of the centre.
For a touch of home-grown talent you can’t miss a glamorous lady-boy show. With flamboyant costumes, fantastic sets and extensive musical tributes to all your favourite female artists. Prepare for a dazzling night with ‘girls’ who’ll leave you smitten.