Wongs Place, Silom, Bangkok
Wongs Place Review - What to Expect
Wong’s Place is the stuff of legends. In a city with so much glitz, glamour and hedonism Wong’s Place is everything that isn’t. Opened in 1987 by two brothers, Wong’s Place is small, cramped, smoky, personable and intimate - so everything you would expect from a dive bar. The wall’s are plastered in history which only compliments the red hue and smokey, conversation filled, atmosphere.
Wong’s Place was there long before the Khaosan Road, Sukumvit Soi 11 and all the other tourist magnets in Bangkok today. Back in the ‘80s the Malaysia Hotel was at the centre of a growing backpacking scene in Bangkok and the only bar in the area was a tiny little hovel named Wong’s Place. Unlikely and improbable but purely through word of mouth, this small backpacker’s bar became the hotspot to meet-up for backpackers working their way around in Southeast Asia.
This is a late night - or should that be all night - drinking venue. Customers start arriving around midnight but to really experience the true essence of Wong’s Place, you should aim to arrive anytime after 2am, when most other bars in Bangkok are closing for the night. Wong’s Place is located on Soi Si Bamphen, a nondescript residential street off Sathorn Soi 1.
The crowd is mixed and eclectic. You’ll find Bangkok locals, backpackers, the hi-so crowd and even the occasional local celebrity - apparently - drinking here. The place is friendly and the conversation free flowing - everyone is welcome provided they have a drink in their hand! Wong’s Place is open until the last customer finishes drinking but be warned that if you’re not drinking, you’re going to be leaving! That’s just the way it works here.
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