01 The TripPacker's Review
Soi Bangla: The playground for creatures of the night.
For many, the day doesn’t start until the sun sets, which is exactly when Soi Bangla comes to life. So for you creatures of the night looking to have a few pints (or shots), dance at the disco, enjoy some company, or simply do some shopping, head down to this street on Patong Beach.
Soi Bangla is without a doubt the epicenter of nightlife on Phuket Island. During the day, nothing happens on this street. However, when the sun is out of sight, Bangla is closed to traffic and becomes a walking street. Glowing neon lights, music blaring left and right, and street performers animate this stretch of road by the beach.
Bangla, like Pattaya’s renowned Walking Street, is further divided into several other sois with beer bars, go-go bars, pubs, discos, restaurants, and shops aligned one after another. Though raunchy in nature, there is nothing to worry about. Bangla is unthreatening and a lively place to take a walk. You’ll see people of all ages here including families with children.
It is worth noting that Bangla wasn’t always like this. Patong Beach used to be a quiet and secluded place, inhabited mostly by locals in the area and a few American GIs from the naval base, because of the steep mountain that separates it from the rest of Phuket. As time went by, development began that eventually gave easier access to this part of the island.
Although Patong Beach isn’t the quiet place it used to be, together with Soi Bangla, it has become the most entertaining place on the island. If you’re looking for a night out on the town, Soi Bangla has more than enough life to keep you awake until the wee hours of the night.
02 General Info + How to go
|Address||:||Soi Bangla, Patong Beach, Phuket|
|Opening Hrs.||:||Every day from 18.30 onwards|
|Highlight||:||Beer bars and street performances.|
How to get there
Travel along Route 402 (away from town) for about 5 kilometers and you will reach Kathu District. From there, take Route 4029. It is the only route to Patong Beach.