Generally spoken Phuket is one of the best nightlife and entertainment destinations in South East Asia. There is a huge variety of popular spots to party or relax with some cocktails in either a party crowded atmosphere or at a stunning seaside location overlooking the Andaman Sea.
Here are our Top Ten tips for spots of entertainment and nightlife in Phuket
Soi Bangla, Patong
Soi Bangla is probably the most notorious Party mile street in and around Phuket. Here you can find almost any time of the day a place to party and enjoy some drinks. Most of Phukets biggest night clubs are located here in a mix with countless girl bars. Don’t miss out the special ladyboy Street with their daily evening performances. Most of the major clubs hosting international DJs all year round like for Example the recently refurbished Seduction Club or Illuzion nightlife complex.
Night Clubs on Soi Bangla
As mentioned earlier some of Phuket’s biggest night clubs are located very close to each other on Soi Bangla. They offer a variety of international Guest DJs and local events. Some of the major names are Hollywood, Seduction, Illuzion, Tiger and the after hour club of Tai Pan which only gets busy after 2 AM. Generally the clubs start to get busy around 23.30 pm or midnight with the peak hour around 1 AM.
Phuket offers a lot of venues with quality live music. If you want to enjoy a different night out in a cool atmosphere there are various spots to enjoy awesome bands in a great pub atmosphere. Some Venues are Timberhut in Phuket Town, Hard Rock Café in Patong, Red Hot Club in Phuket recently renamed to the margherita bar or the rocking angels bar also located in Town.
Walking into the Simon Cabaret show theatre in Patong is just like entering a movie house. There’s the same Kenny G saxophone music, the same plush seats and the same dimmed lights. It’s only when a basso profundo voice announces the show and the curtain rises on live performers glistening with sequins and shimmering with feathers that things are different.
Yes, this is real live show time and the flash and flesh are pure Vegas except for one thing – the ‘girls’ on stage are actually men. Since 1991 Simon Cabaret has been entertaining visitors with its mélange of camp, glitter and cornball and it still is one of the island’s biggest draws.
An intoxicating blend of legend, myth, imagination and pure show business with a twist of history thrown in to make the final result even spicier, Phuket FantaSea is a heady brew that fascinates visitors to Phuket. FantaSea is also a theme park and has one of the largest buffets in Asia. Its family friendly and attracts each day a huge amount of tourists who want to enjoy this spectacular show.
Often exhilarating and always riveting, Muay Thai – or Thai Boxing – is the most intensive body contact sport in the world. Patong has two Thai boxing venues, one on Soi Sai Namyen that has shows every Monday and Thursday and at Bangla Boxing Stadium behind Jungceylon which features fights on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Fighters from all over the world are competing against each other.
Gay Scene of Phuket
The streets leading to Royal Paradise Phuket are almost all taken over by gay bars, restaurants, and massage parlors. Some of the leading gay bars are The Flying Handbag, Boat Bar, Kar and Dempsey’s has an A-Go-Go show. Connect Guesthouse is a good place to check out if you’re seeking information on the gay scene in Phuket. It’s a steady growing and well accepted community in Phuket with a yearly parade reflecting all the special and colorful characters.
Kata Beach after beach bars
High on Kata Hill overlooking Kata Noi Beach you’ll find three very similar bars called After Beach, Small Viewpoint and Baan Chom. They all play Bob Marley music and they all have fantastic sunset views. At the southern end of Kata Beach stands the Ska Bar – a lovely place to spend a starry night sipping on a cool one and listening to the sound of breaking waves and reggae music.
Siam Niramit Phuket is a tastefully done cultural extravaganza that adds variety and vitality to the island’s entertainment scene. Perfectly located just off the By-Pass Road in the outskirts of Phuket Town, it is set in prime lakeside land. The show features songs, dance routines and traditional martial arts from ancient times in Thailand. There is a huge variety of colorful and breathtaking performances in a huge indoor semi outdoor playground right next to the main hub of Phuket, Bypass Road.
Dino Park is a mini-golf course and restaurant located right in between Karon and Kata beaches on the Beach Road itself. The 18-hole course is themed on dinosaurs and has many large and life-like cement dino statues, along with an erupting ‘volcano’ as well as a Flintstones-themed restaurant.