6 cool bars in Bangkok’s old town

Bangkok will leave you with loads of impressions after a day of sightseeing.  To process all of these you deserve some time to slow down. Luckily Bangkok is home to a enormous variety of cool bars that are the perfect place to do just that.  Find here some of the coolest bars in Bangkok’s old town and Chinatown that are popular amongst local Bangkokians (and for good reason!) and visitors alike.

Swing Bar by ChingCha

Bangkok is famous for her numerous high buildings and fancy rooftop bars that offer a one-of-a-kind view on the ‘city of Angels’.  Although there is practically no high-rise in Bangkok’s old town there are still bars to be found on several (lower) rooftops. The ChingCha bar, also known as ‘Swing Bar’ is one of them.  Located on the fifth floor of the ChingCHa Hostel, this casual rooftop bar blends perfectly into the authentic Thai atmosphere of the area.


The Swing Bar offers stunning views on the Giant Swing, the landmark of Bangkok’s old town.  Come here to enjoy a variety of craft beers (both local and international) and cocktails. The Swing Bar is also a good place to have delicious Thai food for dinner after a long day of sightseeing.


Tip:  Have our Tuk Tuk drop you off at the Giant Swing around 17:00 and enjoy a magnificent sunset at the Swing Bar.

There Bar & Garden

There Bar & Garden

This bar is a great place to sit back and relax while enjoying a Thai craft beer or a fresh cocktail in the outdoor garden.  There Bar is part of Here Hostel (do you see it!) and is the ultimate place to meet fellow travelers and exchange tips and experiences. Visiting the garden will make you feel like you are far away from Bangkok’s hectic streets. Not only can you enjoy both local and international craft beers, there are also a variety of delicious and fresh cocktails available while you look back at the day and forward to the night and day to come..


There Bar & Garden is not only popular amongst travelers but some Thai people also know to find the place.

Ba Hao Bangkok

Ba Hao Chinatown

Soi Nana in Chinatown is slowly becoming the hippest and coolest street of Bangkok.  New art galleries, boutique hostels and cocktail bars are being opened in a rapid pace.  Bao Hao one of these cooler bars that are located on Soi Nana in Chinatown. This Chinese-themed bar is tucked away in a contemporary shop-house and is worth a visit.  Their aim is to deliver an authentic yaowarat/chinatown inspired cultural experience and bring you back to Bangkok’s Chinatown as it was in the 70’s. Other than their cocktails their menu also has Chinese tea, beers and a variety of popular (Chinese) snacks to come with your drink.


Ba Hao Bangkok is located in Chinatown’s Soi Nana and can easily be reached after a day of hopping on- and off our Tuk Tuk’s.

Jham Jun Bar & Bistro

Jham Jun Bar


Jham Jun Bar is another casual rooftop bar in the Old Town.  Not far from Khao San Road, Rambuttri and Phra Arthit the Jham Jun Bar is located on the fifth floor of the Fortville Guesthouse. It’s an open bar / restaurant that offers a simple view one the enlightened Rama VIII bridge at night.


Jham Jub offers a variety of both Thai and international food as well as different kind of beers.  Both food and drinks are reasonably priced and the place is popular amongst the younger Thai crowd that study or have been studying at nearby universities.  Being not well known amongst visitors this place will give you the experience of a local hangout in the vicinity of Khao San Road.

Samsara Bangkok

Samsara Bangkok

This hidden gem is located in one of those charming little wooden houses that you may see along the Chao Phraya river.  Visiting here will make you feel like you are visiting a friend’s house (that has several cats). The little terrace on the river offers amazing views on the Chao Phraya River and is best visited during sunset with a drink and a small snack.


Samsara only opens in the late afternoon and can easily be reached by Tuk Tuk.  It can be a challenge to locate the place as you will have to find your way through a small alleyway first.

Phra Arthit road

Sometimes part of the fun when traveling is choosing the bar that you like.  If you are looking for some cool bars that are popular by local Bangkokians in Bangkok’s old town you should definitely visit Phra Arthit Road.  This streets is full of cool and interesting bars that are popular among Thai people.  It’s within walking distance from Khao San Road and Rambuttri but offers a more local experience.  Choose the bar that you like and enjoy your drink!


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