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Kanchanaburi Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi has an extensive lineup of bars and pubs along its riverside stretch, from the Allied War Cemetery to slightly north of the bridge. Most riverside guesthouses also operate their own bars and some, karaoke pubs which open until the wee hours. Nightclubs are more expensive and cater mostly for well-to-do holidaymakers from Bangkok. So, expect to pay for expensive food and drinks, but the live bands and DJs make the experience worthwhile.

Budget travellers will find themselves at home in the bars on Mae Nam Kwae Road. Favoured by backpackers looking to share travel tales as well as good times, these venues offer a relaxing, friendly atmosphere in which you can feel totally at ease. Most have a pool table, TVs and an outdoor seating area where you can just sit and people watch. South of the main backpacker’s strip, Song Kwae Road is home to a large concentration of brash pubs and clubbing venues.

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Buddha Bar

Fusing Caribbean chill and African vibrancy, this lively watering hole envelops you in its off-the-wall atmosphere. For starter, there’s a ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ fixing your drinks behind the bar counter, and he happens to be the manager of the place. It’s a favourite haunt of bikers, rockers and backpackers. Come here for tasty barbecues, drinks, Thai reggae music and a friendly vibe.

  • Location: Mae Nam Kwae Road
  • Price Range: Affordable

Buzz Pub

Catering to the young and energetic crowd, this upscale pub is a favourite among urban holidaymakers from Bangkok who come here to have a blast. Mingle among the locals and take to the dance floor as DJs spin the decks with the latest hip-hop, indy and electro house tunes. Monthly live concerts are part of the experience here as well. Parties begin after 19:00, so plan to arrive after dinner.

  • Location: Near the City Pillar
  • Price Range: Pricey

Discovery Nightclub

If you like loud music and brash parties, this riverside establishment is it. Frequented by the well-off Bangkok crowd, Discovery delights revellers with live concerts, great band performances and an extensive drinks list. No cover charge.

  • Location: Song Kwae Road
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Glitzy

This spacious discotheque-karaoke pub is very popular among the night owls from Bangkok. It offers a combination of live band entertainment and DJs, who rock the house with the latest dance grooves. The karaoke lounge has individually decked out private rooms. No cover charge.

  • Opening Hours: 20:00 – 01:00
  • Location: Saeng Chuto Road, near Night Market and Allied War Cemetery
  • Price Range: Pricey

No Name Bar

Actually this bar may have a name, as it’s got ‘Get Sh*t Faced on a Shoestring’ emblazoned on its crimson-coloured façade. This legendary institution on Mae Nam Kwae Road is run by a group of British expats and offers tasty Thai dishes as well as hearty English meat pie, mashed potatoes and the all-time-favorite fish & chips. Backpackers love this place for its laid-back ambience, great food and beers. There’s also a pool table and large-screen TV telecasting live football matches to add to the entertainment.

  • Location: Mae Nam Kwae Road, near the Allied War Cemetery
  • Price Range: Affordable
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The Resort

With its urban, classy atmosphere, this upscale pub-restaurant is a welcome change to the down-to-earth pub-crawling scene along Mae Nam Kwae Road. The shaded garden terrace is often packed with diners who descend here for a delectable Thai dinner accompanied by live music, custom-mixed drinks and a chilled out atmosphere. Note that it opens for dinner only.

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
  • Location: Mae Nam Kwae Road, just south of the bridge
  • Price Range: Affordable - Pricey
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