Love it or hate it
Rama IX Rd
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Love it or hate it, and if you talk to enough people who live in Bangkok they'll fall into one of those two camps, RCA is an (evolving) institution in Bangkok.
An entertainment district that hosts more than 50 bars, restaurants, clubs, and cafes, RCA is jam packed every weekend. It's not the most conveniently located, requiring a taxi or motorcycle ride from MRT Petchaburi or Airport Link Makkasan (or Airport Link Ramkamheng — they're about the same distance from RCA) but once you get there, there's no real reason to go anywhere else until closing time. Route 66 has four sections (yes, it's that big) and at least two of them focus on hip hop. 808 brings in big-name international DJs focusing on dance and electronic, and has one of the best sound and light systems in town. Cosmic Café has rotating live music scene, but it's quite indie, with some fun mash-ups, like reggae and traditional Isaan music. RCA also hosts the only two lesbian bars in the city, E-fun and Zeta, both for the ladies only. Live music is beginning to make a big headway into the RCA music scene - something that Bangkok desperately welcomes. The bars change as fast as backpackers change socks (so every couple of weeks), so head out and find someplace that looks good to you.
To reach RCA grab a motorcycle or taxi from BTS Petchburi or Airport Link Makkasan or Ramkamheng — every cabdriver in the city will know where RCA is.
Last updated on 30th August, 2012.