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Soi Cowboy
Ranked #71 of 570 things to do in Bangkok
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

I gave the place 3 stars, but the rating could be anywhere between 1 and 5 stars depending on your interest. For visitors under the age of 20, it rates a zero, as all the venues except perhaps Old Dutch are off limits.

For mainstream interests, the Old Dutch is a characterful pub/restaurant. Many folk spend time at Country Road, but it's not for me. Five Star is a gogo bar with a live band with a good reputation, playing their own interpretations of classic rock (and sometimes other stuff - give them a tip and ask them to play a Thai rock song - maybe their choice of a Carabao song - or an Isaan song).
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Five Star is on my BKK live music tour. That tour begins at Saxophone Pub near Victory Monument (8-9PM), continues to Five Star (9-10PM), segues to the Living Room (Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 10-11PM), and ends at Tawandang German Brewery on Rama III. Get to the last place by about 11PM, and stay until close - as the show there builds to a crescendo about 1AM depending on what night of the week it is (latest on weekends). If you fall off the tour at one of these stops, no problem - just pick it up the following night!

Soi Cowboy is just adjacent to exit 2 from the Sukhumvit Metro underground station. Turn right at the sidewalk outside the station, and thread your way through the street vendors until you reach the first side soi. Turn right again and you're there.

Please note: there is no fee for Soi Cowboy, but you are expected to buy at least a drink (one per person, water to vodka straight) if you stay in a bar.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Soi Cowboy is an adult entertainment area located in downtown Bangkok.
Unlike the rather seedy Patpong, Soi Cowboy is OK to hang around in and to simply watch the parade go by. Yes there are numerous Go Go bars that cater for all manner of desires, but there are also many good restaurants to be enjoyed.
If you are a single male, you will find it very easy to enjoy the company a female companion.
Common sense is required when you wonder up and down the Soi, but to be honest I found this to be a pretty safe area to while away a few hours.

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