Places To Visit In Bangkok: Soi Cowboy

Why You Should Visit Soi Cowboy

In your travels to Thailand, you might have come across one or two red light districts, the most well-known being Patpong.  These districts are often filled with hawkers who hassle tourists and make them feel uncomfortable enough to purchase something.  Soi Cowboy is one of the lesser known – and therefore infinitely better – red light districts in Bangkok.

Soi Cowboy is where you will find locals, regulars and anyone who knows where the good red light scene is in Bangkok.  The district itself is one long street that boasts over 2000 bars run by friendly locals who don’t seem to be interested in ripping off tourists.  Apart from this, there is an almost constant stream of performers, jugglers, hawkers and live animals from cats to elephants walking up the street at any time!
Brief History Of Soi Cowboy

One of the newer red light districts in Bangkok, Soi Cowboy has traditionally been more sedate and less commercialized than many of the other high profile red light tourist destinations.  However, over the past few years, prices have been continuously rising.  Despite this, you will still see far more Thai faces than tourists, and there are many bars that offer topless and nude dancing, as well as adult shows.   
Tips for visitors to Soi Cowboy

Soi Cowboy is a long side street between Sukhumvit Soi 23 Road and Soi Asoke Road.  The prices of drinks in this area vary between 50 to 100 Baht for beer and liquor, and more for coolers and drinks that are more popular with the ladies.  Most bars offer good happy hour specials, and almost all of them feature some type of erotic dancing. 

Soi Cowboy is known for being a little more sedate than many red light districts in Bangkok, but it makes up for it by having a more authentic, tourist-free and relaxed atmosphere.

One Response to “Soi Cowboy”

  1. on 11 Mar 2010 at 2:35 pmobio

    “The district itself is one long street that boasts over 2000 bars run by friendly locals who don’t seem to be interested in ripping off tourists.”

    There is so much mis-information in that sentence, I’m not sure where to begin. Soi Cowboy is not a long street, it is a very short street. It has maybe 20 bars on it, tops — where you got the 2000 number I cannot fathom. The “locals” aren’t local, they’re from the far off reaches of Isaan for the most part, and they’re not “friendly”, they’re selling their bodies, except for the men — who are yes, trying to rip off tourists.

    This site fails. Get your info somewhere else folks. Better yet, don’t visit Soi Cowboy unless you’re shopping for flesh and know the risks.

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