Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
Sukhumvit's nightlife is exciting, ever-evolving, cosmopolitan and can be reduced to three main hedonistic pursuits: drinking, dancing and debauchery. Clubbers flock to Sukhumvit's sois. Hip beats, architectural flair and good-looking international crowds converge at clubs like Bed Supperclub (Soi 11).
Dress Code: NO SANDALS!
Sukumvit is an enormous area of shopping, restaurants, bars, and massive quantities of people. I arrived in a downpour of rain, and the streets will still crowded with pedestrians and cars. Luckily the rain let up around 9pm, so I didn't get soaked!
The most well known nightlife spots are Nana Plaza, Washington Square, and Soi Cowboy. I completely avoided Nana Plaza due to its seedy reputation, despite my hotel being immediately next door. Washington Square was just too far away to walk, but I hear it has much more traditional entertainment such as live music. I did visit Soi Cowboy, and was somewhat disappointed to learn that most of the bars are "hostess bars." But many of them also had pool tables, live music, and cheap drinks.
There is a big problem with putting up any tips here because Bangkok changes so quickly the place may not be there still. When I was there in Nov 2002 there were a whole string of bars along Sukhumvit near my hotel. When I was back there in March/April 2003 most of Clinton Plaza was gone as were the bars on the opposite side of the road.. However the bars that I used most were still there. Billy's Cafe and Bush Gardens are very friendly places where it is possible to get a drink without being hassled too much by the girls. Just persevere because it will happen at first.. But once they realise you're not there for the sex tourism, you can have some very interesting chats, but do buy them an occasional drink as this is how they earn their living
Update on this tip - Billy's Cafe is no demolished leaving Bush Gardens as the best place to go. There is also a bar underneath Bush Gardens, but as this is a family site I won't discuss that one.