The thought of Bangkok at night sparks images of neon-lit signs, seedy bars, and some bad voodoo. With the prominence of places like Patpong, Soi Cowboy, and Khao San Road, as well as movies like “The Hangover” and “Only God Forgives,” the city has acquired an infamous reputation for the intensity of its nightlife. From dusk to dawn to dusk again, Bangkok seems to have an endless supply of midnight oil fuelling its crawling creatures.
But taking a closer look at the capital at night turns the dial from wicked to well-behaved. When the sun falls and the temperatures drop, the people of Bangkok emerge. Shopping, exercising, working—beneath the superficial surface of booze and bars lies a diverse and far less degenerate array of activities, giving the phrase “the city never sleeps” a fresh meaning. The people make the city, and at night the true cogs in the machine breathe life into Bangkok.
The Colours of Pak Khlong Talad. The beautifully glowing flower market in the Old Town stays open around the clock, but it’s busiest around midnight, when a truckload of freshly cut orchids, roses, and jasmine flowers arrive.
Wat Benchamabophit. In Thai tradition, monks set off early in the morning to do their morning alms. While they usually make their way through town, monks at the so-called Marble Temple wait for people to come to them to make merit by giving daybreak donations, such as food and flowers.