Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

All the Bars of Asia

My ‘goodbye’ message from Microsoft was entitled ‘One Way Ticket to Bangkok, please’ but the first title I came up with was ‘All the Bars of Asia’.  I have decided to make sure I keep a running list of all the bars I have frequented while traveling this year.

For the record, this is NOT a complete list of places we have drank at (drinks with dinner)–just the bars!

  • Tokyo, Japan–Narita Airport Bar.  The Jack on the Rocks were short and simple.
  • Koh Phi Phi, Thailand–The Sunflower Bar.  Rebuilt after the tsunami, made to look like little shipping vessels.
  • Koh Lanta, Thailand–beach bar by Koh Lanta Palm Bungalows.  Laid back and red glow lights.
  • Koh Ngai Villa, Thailand–Tiki Bar next to the bungalows.  Great pina coladas with fresh fruit.  Neat atmosphere.  Partially owned by some Aussies.
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand–La Villa Pizzeria.  Technically, an eating establishment with drinks but the Gin and Tonics were too good to go unnoted.
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand–The Drunken Flower.  Expat bar with great mojitos and a cool dog named charcoal.
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand–The Wine Bar.  This was a nice wine bar (which isn’t always accessible in Thailand) that is owned by a German.  Some techno in the background.
  • Chiang Rai, Thailand–TeePee Bar.  Nice ambience.  Cheap(er) drinks.  I liked the place.
  • Luang Prabang, Laos–The Hive Bar.  Happy hour is 2:1 here between 5-9pm.  Feels upscale!  Great drinks.
  • Luang Prabang, Laos–The Wine Bar. On the main strip.  Lots of wine.
  • Vientiane, Laos–The Chicago Bar.  Quiet bar with nice drinks.  Slightly dark with reddish lights.  They let you select movies to watch upstairs. I was propositioned by a woman in the bathroom.
  • Vientiane, Laos–Sticky’s.  Expat bar.  Good nachos.  Happy hour on Wed and Friday nights.
  • Bangkok, Thailand–Witch’s Tavern.  Expat bar.  Expensive but they do make a nice gin martini.  They also wear Jack Daniels T-shirts and shirts that say “God is busy, can I help you?”.

I will reserve picking my favorite this year but in the running are Koh Ngai Villa Tiki bar, The Hive and the TeePee Bar.   


April 9, 2007 - Posted by | Laos, Misc, SE Asia, Thailand, Travel


  1. I only recognize a couple places on that list, but they’re good ones. The Hive is great – I feel like every traveler in Luang Prabang goes there at some point. I do not, however, recommend walking back to your guest house along that obscenely dark road along the river while drunk. Hypothetically speaking.

    I also remember Sticky’s in Vientiane. Did you eat there at all? The food in that place is amazing! Although, to be fair, it might have to do with the fact that everywhere else in Laos seemed to have menus consisting of: fried noodles, fried rice, or faux Pho. Actually, there is that minced meat salad, too (lop?) – it’s pretty good – but rare to find.

    Comment by Seth | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. What I want to know is….how does Sang Tip and Coke compare to Jack and Coke?
    You should be an expert on this by now…

    Comment by jolifanta | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. We at at Sticky’s as well. The nachos were great. The Burmese food is pretty different so far and pretty good. I wasn’t too crazy about Lao food. Francie loved the lop but I…not so much.

    Comment by Greg Martinez | April 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thank you! Very interesting article.

    Comment by Kohlanta | April 27, 2010 | Reply

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