Bangla Road features on almost all of Phuket’s bar crawls, which offer the inside scoop on local nightlife and introduce you to fellow revelers. Patong sightseeing tours also typically make a stop at the street for an ice-cold beer, and tend to introduce you to top attractions such as Chillva Market, Karon Beach, and Windmill Viewpoint. Rock Hard is one of the street’s oldest institutions, where you can watch live dancing, enjoy loud music, and sip tropical cocktails.
Things to know before you go
- With its bars, street vendors, and tailor shops, Bangla Road is a must-visit part of Phuket.
- Bangla Road can get incredibly crowded during peak season—avoid it if you're claustrophobic or averse to strobe lights.
- The area is home to an abundance of nightclubs charging different entry fees—consider purchasing skip-the-line admission tickets to avoid waiting in line on the day.
How to get there
Bangla Road is adjacent to Patong Beach, which takes a few minutes to reach on foot. From Phuket Old Town, located on the opposite side of the island, Bangla Road is a 45-minute drive—depending on traffic—via Route 4029.
When to get there
The best time to visit Bangla Road is after sunset, when bars start booming out loud music and revelers begin to flock to the region. For a more relaxed atmosphere, explore the streets during lunchtime.
The Show at Simon Cabaret
Simon Cabaret is famous for its Las Vegas-style transgender cabaret performance that features elaborate costumes, vibrant choreography, and contemporary music. Watching the show is a great way to kick off a high-energy evening on Bangla Road, and there are seating options to suit all budgets.
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