Soi Cowboy is one of the red-light districts in Bangkok. Soi Cowboy, located just off Sukhumvit Road, was named after an American who opened the first bar in this area. He was famous for wearing a cowboy hat. The bars in Soi Cowboy are open until 2.30am each night.
Soi Cowboy is a small, pedestrian only street which is lined with beer bars and go-go clubs. At night the street is light up by the large neon lights advertising each bar.
There are around 40 bars in Soi Cowboy. Each have an area out the front to sit and watch the passing pedestrian traffic and all the street hawkers selling a variety of things like fake Rolex watches, clothing and fluffy toys. Some of the bars do have pole dancers outside and you will see plenty of tourist stop to take photos. Inside the bars have poll dancing. On the ground floor the girls are wearing bikinis but if you go up stairs then the girls are usually dancing naked.
Soi Cowboy is easy to get to. The closes SkyTrain Station to Soi Cowboy is Asok on the BTS Sukhumvit Line. Also very close to Soi Cowboy is the Sukhumvit MRT underground Station. Both of these are only a few minutes walk to Soi Cowboy.
Bars in Soi Cowboy
Here is a list of bars in Soi Cowboy with websites to check out more pics of the bar and the girls that work there:
Suzie Wong Bar
Suzie Wong Bar one of the most popular bars in Soi Cowboy and for good reason. Suzie Wong Bar has the largest selection of girls, the best looking girls and the best live show. The shows vary from girls dancing naked to ping pong shows and lesbian acts with the girls covered in soapy suds rubbing against each other. Quality entertainment! There is no cover charge to go inside Suzie Wong's but you are expected to buy a drink. The drink prices are more expensive then sitting outside. A beer will cost 170 Baht compared to most bars that charge 105 Baht for sitting outside. The extra cost covers the show.
Baccara Go Go Bar is located at the end of Soi Cowboy just across from Cockatoo Bar. Baccara Go Go bar has a bar on the ground floor with girls dressed in bikinis. On the second floor of Baccara the girls wear raunchy school uniforms.
Cockatoo Bar is located right at the end of Soi Cowboy and has ladyboys working there. Cockatoo Bar is the only ladyboy bar in Soi Cowboy. Cockatoo Bar has a short time room upstairs. Cocaktoo Bar has over 17 ladyboys to choose from.
The Dollhouse Ago-go Bar has some pole dancing out the front with tables right up close to watch. Inside there is pole dancing on the ground floor and naked pole dancing upstairs. Their sign out the front is at least honest 'The Dollhouse - Maybe 20 Gorgeous plus a lot of ugly girls and a few fat ones!'
Bar Fines in Soi Cowboy Bars
Most bars in Soi Cowboy charge a bar fine of 600 Baht to take one of the bar girls away from their bar.
Food in Soi Cowboy
There are plenty of street vendors selling local Thai food on Soi Cowboy. Alot of this food is very spicy. The food is cheap and very tasty. At the end of Soi Cowboy is a burger joint and The Old Dutch Corner serves good Steaks, Burgers and BBQ as well as Thai food.
One of the more unusual types of food for sale on Soi Cowboy is the deep fried Scorpions on a stick. There are a few men walking up and down Soi Cowboy with these Scorpions on a tray. One of the guys said they were like natural Viagra, gets you going good!
Getting to Soi Cowboy
The easiest and cheapest way to get to Soi Cowboy is to get the Skytrain and get off at Asok Station. Soi Cowboy is just 1 minutes walk from Asok Station.
You can also get the Bangkok MRT to Sukhumvit station and Soi Cowboy is located directly across the road from the exit.
Later at night when you are leaving Soi Cowboy you will probably have to get a taxi. There are a bunch of taxis waiting right outside Soi Cowboy but these taxis refuse to use their meter later at night so you will have to bargain for the fare. Usually the taxi driver will ask for double what you should play. Remember to bargain with a bit of humour and you will get the right fare.
The other option is to walk a few blocks away from Soi Cowboy and try to pick up a taxi passing by.
Dangers and Annoyances in Soi Cowboy
Dangers - Pickpockets operate around most tourist areas of Bangkok so always be careful with your bags and wallets. The pickpockets are not just poor Thai people by dodgy backpackers from other countries trying to make some money for the holiday to last longer. Always be careful.
Annoyances - The street hawkers will come up to you to buy their fake Rolex watches or peanuts. They are mostly harmless and do leave you alone if you say No Thank you but it becomes a bit annoying having 3 or 4 Indian guys trying to sell you the same things.
Hotels close to Soi Cowboy
There are a number of decent hotels that are walking distance from Soi Cowboy including 4 star hotels and 5 star hotels.
Video of Soi Cowboy
Walking Down Soi Cowboy at night time
Also see the other red-light districts of Bangkok:
Patpong Road is the oldest red-light district in Bangkok with loads of go-go bars
Nana Entertainment Plaza is just a short ride on the BTS Skytrain from Soi Cowboy