Bangkok is a very multicultural city and just about every major festival from around the world is celebrated in style in various venues around the city. The Thai people love to party, and they bring a sense of fun and vibrancy to any occasion. This is certainly true of Halloween, and on the big night itself gruesome ghouls of every shape and size can be seen running amuck through the streets of Bangkok.
Different ways to celebrate Halloween.
Although trick or treating or not really the done thing in Thailand, while the kids stay safe and sound at home, fun loving adults put on their most elaborate costumes and head out to special Halloween parties in some of the biggest venues in the city such as Q Bar, Levels and The Overstay.
Go to Khaosan Road on the night of the 31st or the weekend before and you will find the entire road transformed with spooky decorations and stages complete with dancers clad in sexy costumes gyrating on top. Weave your way through groups of zombies, vampires and a whole collection of other creepy characters to join wild parties hosted by most of the bars and clubs along this hedonistic strip.
If partying isn’t your style, you can celebrate Halloween by enjoying a decadent meal at one of Bangkok’s leading restaurants. Special Halloween meals are created by some of the city’s top chefs as well as celebrity chefs who jet into the Big Mango especially for the occasion.
Dress to impress.
Image is everything in Bangkok, so before heading out, make sure that you put together a fabulous Halloween costume that is sure to impress. Costumes can be bought at several department stores in the city such as Paragon and Central World, or you can have fun creating your own sexy costume at home. If you are searching for inspiration, simply pick out a figure hugging outfit, rip it up a little and dose yourself in fake blood.
Halloween is also celebrated in a number of other parts of Thailand where Westerners and local people like to get together to dance the night away. In the seaside city of Pattaya, Halloween takes on a super charged sexy theme when most of the local go-go dancers compete to see who can create the most provocative Halloween style costume. In the northern city of Chiang Mai, which is known for its live music, many of the local bands get in one the fun by playing special spooky gigs.
Experience the Thai ‘Halloween’
Incidentally, if you want to witness Halloween Thai style, head to the village of Dan Sai at the end of May to enjoy Phi Ta Khon. This Buddhist ghost festival takes place over three days and is held to banish evil spirits from the village. During Phi Ta Khon the villagers of Dan Sai dress as ghosts and monsters and many attach large painted phalli symbols made from wood to their costumes. The celebration is full of drinking and dancing and tends to be extremely wild. Everyone is invited to join in the fun, and this is a great way for travellers to connect with local people.
So, wherever you decide to celebrate Halloween this year, follow the Thai example and really go wild. This is one of the nights of the year where behaving badly is not only allowed, it’s expected.
By Kirsty Turner.