Soi Cowboy is a short street, running through the Sukhumvit district and not far from the metro station of the same name. During the day it is more or less innocuous, but at night it turns into one of the most popular entertainment places in the whole of Bangkok.
The street began to develop into a popular entertainment center in the Thai capital back in the late 1970s, when the expatriate T. G. "Cowboy" Edwards (he rarely took off his cowboy hat in public) opened the first bar there. Later, an authoritative columnist of Bangkok’s nightclubs named the street after the owner of the first bar in one of his articles.
Over time, Soi Cowboy turned into a red-light district, luring curious the tourists with its bright lights and its atmosphere of endless party and frivolous entertainment.
Although it is just 150 meters long, Soi Cowboy is home to around 20 go-go bars and nightclubs. Each of them is illuminated with bright lights and plays with different colors and each of them tries to attract visitors with provocative and tempting names. It is worth mentioning that the most popular facilities fill up with great speed and if you want to get good seats for the show, you should arrive well in advance. In addition, it is worth considering that according to the Thai law, most facilities close at 1 a.m. and only some of them are allowed to work until 2 or 3 a.m.
Soi Cowboy was repeatedly used as a setting for famous Hollywood movies. Episodes for “The Hangover: Part II,” “Bangkok Dangerous” and “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” were all filmed there.