Get it Right on Fright Night – Thailand’s Hippest Halloween Hotspots
Be afraid, be very afraid for soon the pubs, clubs and night hotspots of Thailand will be overflowing with all manner of devilish ghouls, outlandish creatures and otherworldly beings; yes that’s right… halloween is once again upon us. But with so many parties and events planned up and down the country, knowing where to celebrate this most freakish of nights can be a little overwhelming, so here we will offer you some insight into the best and most original parties in Thailand’s big three party centres; Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, that will surely leave you screaming with revelry and howling with delight.
Never a city to shy away from a good party, Bangkok goes big for Halloween with countless venues going all out to put on the most talked about, outrageous and downright ghoulish party of the night. Here’s our top picks for where to party in the big mango.
Hosted by Bangkok’s very own drag queen superstar, the frighteningly fabulous Pangina Heals, this rooftop party on Sukhumvit Soi 11 offers unparalleled panoramic city views and some banging funky tunes courtesy of none other than Studio 54 New York’s resident DJ – Bert Bevans. Great prizes are up for grabs for best costumes, so make sure you pull out all the stops for your chance to win a two night stay at the luxury three bedroom penthouse at Frazer Suites, Sukhumvit.
Entry is 400 baht at the door (includes one free drink) and a portion of proceeds will go to the Freeland Foundation.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Maggie Choos in Silom will be taking you on a trip down the yellow brick road this halloween, so dust off your ruby shoes, polish off your tin hat or get ready to put the scare into your scarecrow for your chance to win some great prizes including a magnum of Moët & Chandon for best group.
Entry is free from 9pm until late.
No stranger to hedonism and excess, Pattaya never needs much of an excuse to party and let its collective hair down and so may be may be the perfect place to revel in the year’s most over-the-top and uninhibited night.
If you want throw some seriously devilish shapes on the dance floor head over to the Havana Bar at the Holiday Inn for a night of spooky salsa and bewitching beats. Held in partnership with Salsa Thailand, Latin beats from DJ Henry Knowles will provide the soundtrack of the night, with free salsa classes, the usual best dressed competitions and lashings of signature Mojitos at only 150 baht all night.
Entry is free from 8.00pm to 01.00am.
What better place for a night of hard partying than at Pattaya’s very own Hard Rock Hotel? These annual Halloween festivities have become something of an institution and each year organizers go out of their way to outdo the last. Be sure to treat yourself to their special spooky cocktails and get ready to rock out to live music all night long. Little one’s can get in on the action too with prizes for best dressed kids at 8.45pm, whilst grown ups have to hang around until 10.45pm for their chance to get their claws on some great prizes.
Entry is free, from 8.20am until late.
Not to be outdone by its mainland party rivals, Phuket proves itself a real scream on Halloween, with a range of parties and events to suit every taste and persuasion.
Whether you’re a fan of the Twilight movies or not, this party will really give you something to sink your fangs into. Global house masters DJ Mikey Mike and DJ Sit will ensure that sinful house music keeps pumping at this gay hotspot until sunrise thanks, whilst prizes will be on offer for the best dressed making this Patpong institution a frighteningly good place to party the night away.
Entry is free, from 10pm until late
If you haven’t had your fill of fun from Saturday night, the legendary Nikki beach let’s you stretch out the festivities with a Halloween themed buffet brunch on Sunday. The weekly fixture on Phuket’s social calendar targets the islands ‘hip, sexy elite’, only this time broadening their outreach to ghosts, zombies, witches and other creatures of the night. So same, same but different basically. A great spot to unwind after getting your freak on the night before, whilst stretching out the Halloween vibe for a precious few more hours.
Entry is 1700 baht per person, plus cost of day bed. Brunch is served from 12-4pm.