Soi Bangla is one of those places that you will either love or hate. It’s the cornerstone of nightlife in Patong and it’s not likely to change in the near future. There has been some talk of Patong becoming more of a destination for families, but with the bars and clubs at Soi Bangla still touting cheap sex, we’re unsure how true this claim is. There are less go-go bars along Bangla than in places such as Pattaya and Patong. What you’ll find are more beer bars and street walkers.
On the up side, if you want the chance to meet random sexy Thai girls, Soi Bangla is an easy place to do it. Just don’t forget that most people around Soi Bangla want your money.
A typical example of this are the games the bar girls of Soi Bangla play with customers. Chances are you’ll be hustled at Connect 4 or that weird game of hitting a nail into a tree trunk with the wrong side of a hammer. Bar girls know how to get free drinks, so bear that in mind.
If you simply must sample the delight of Patong’s beer bars, you need only stroll around Soi Bangla to find some of them. Soi Bangla has several of its own little sois, each filled with bars and discos. The atmosphere is pretty hectic and the crowd an odd mixture of people.
We don’t usually venture up these sois much, but for the benefit of those who might, here’s a run down.
Soi Easy is not an open-air soi, but it is one of the most boring areas in all of Patong. This soi isn’t far from the beach road and is where the Aussie Bar is located. There are a bunch of other nightspots here, too. Nothing to write home about.
Soi Gonzo is generally considered a step up from Soi Easy, but that isn’t saying much. There are a few bars and some places to nab cheap booze, otherwise, the main draw of the soi is that its less crowded than some of the other areas.
Perhaps the most busy part of Soi Bangla is Soi Crocodile, which usually finds itself packed with people every night. In this soi you can experience the delights of having your photo taken with ladyboys, who pretty much have the run of the soi. It’s primitive entertainment at its worst and it’s incredibly popular.
Probably the second-busiest soi is the oddly named Soi Eric. We don’t know who Eric is, or was, but his ideas for Patong nightlife haven’t exactly set the world on fire. Lots of bars and places to wax your loose change. A DJ plays the music for the whole soi and keeps the sounds blaring.
Soi Tiger is more of the same off Bangla. There are numerous beer bars, many full of sexy Thai girls ready to go one-on-one at Connect 4. Soi Tiger is usually one of the busier Bangla sois. Soi Tiger is, of course, home to Tiger nightclub.
Known as a haven of Soi Bangla bar scene, Soi Seadragon is the place to be if you want to get up close and personal with bar girls in Patong. There are rows of bars all around. This is a large, popular soi.
Soi Sukhumvit Road off Rat-U-Thit Road at the end of Soi Bangla is another fairly dull place that lacks any of the real buzz of some of the other sois. They do have pool tables though.