My family lived up the street for a number of years, and many of our out of country guests (men and women) were interested in visiting a 'go-go bar'.
If loudly pulsating roomfuls of lithe robotic Thai dancing girls is what you seek to experience, Soi Cowboy is waiting for you to hitch your wagon and hoist a beer.: A 7-days a week, 'evening-only' experience (closed for certain Thai holidays).
The Go-go bars are not 'family' venues, but our kids were always delighted and fascinated by the lights and friendly action when walking through the Soi. There's something for almost everyone - whether your intention is to 'get lost', just 'take a look', or if you're looking for some juicy ammo with which to take moral potshots at Thai society from a Western-centric perspective. Careful though, what you may think you understand about Thailand and Thai Culture may be very different from what is real.
The Soi is brightly lit and reasonably safe... but with any Thai road watch out for the motorcycle traffic that sometimes weaves through the crowd.
In my experience, Soi Cowboy motorcycle taxis were a bit cavalier in their approach to driving, so best avoided. And, as everywhere in Bangkok, don't engage with the taxis parked along the streets - always pass them by without engaging and flag a cab that's driving by. Be sure that, before you depart, you're getting a metered ride.
Try the vending carts in the Soi for a sampling of Tukkadan (deep fried grasshoppers that are like crispy potato chips and somehow decent with beer) and other creepy crawly Isaan delicacies. If you’re unsure, have one of the bar girls show you what to order and how to eat it. It's a story that you'll remember for the rest of your life... "Did I ever tell you about the time I ate fried grasshoppers on Soi Cowboy?"
There's a decent English Fish & Chips diner just around the corner on Soi 23 if you're looking for food choices that are somewhat more mundane.... mushy peas are de rigueur.
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