The Thermae Coffee House

Added by: Yorick
4 March 2003
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The Thermae Coffee House, commonly referred to simply as the Thermae, is perhaps Bangkok’s most popular and best known sleazy bar. The Thermae is located on Sukumvit Road between sois 13 and 15. If you haven’t been there before, it’s quite easy to walk right past it and miss it.
Many who go to the Thermae describe it as the “Star Wars” bar of Bangkok, reviving memories of the villains, criminals, miscreants and weirdoes in the Tatooine bar of the 1977 George Lucas classic. Indeed, many of those within the Thermae, both the girls and the guys could hardly describe themselves as aesthetically pleasing. To enter the infamous Thermae, you walk down a short flight of steps and enter this lucid, smoky, almost depraved environment.

The Thermae Coffee House, commonly referred to simply as the Thermae, is perhaps Bangkok’s most popular and best known sleazy bar. The Thermae is located on Sukumvit Road between sois 13 and 15. If you haven’t been there before, it’s quite easy to walk right past it and miss it.
Many who go to the Thermae describe it as the “Star Wars” bar of Bangkok, reviving memories of the villains, criminals, miscreants and weirdoes in the Tatooine bar of the 1977 George Lucas classic. Indeed, many of those within the Thermae, both the girls and the guys could hardly describe themselves as aesthetically pleasing. To enter the infamous Thermae, you walk down a short flight of steps and enter this lucid, smoky, almost depraved environment.
The Thermae opens at 8:00 PM but it’s not a lot of fun going there before 11:00 PM because before then, it’s very quiet. A few of the hardcore, both men and women, may be milling around, catching up on the gossip – who did what to whom and when. More folks start wandering in around midnight and it starts to get busier around 1:00 AM, usually peaking between 3:00 and 4:00. After 4:00, people start to slowly drift away, perhaps with a new found friend. If you are there to the bitter end, 6:00 AM, you’re eyes will have to adjust to the bright light of day.
If you are standing around inside the Thermae, watching the never ending freak show, don’t be surprised to see the local constabulary strolling through. Rumour has it that the Bangkok Police run the Thermae and this may be the reason that the place has never been busted for opening after 2:00 AM (when most bars are supposed to close according to the law) Anyway, a good place to go and enjoy some of the facinating Bangkok nightlife…..

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