What ID To Use To Get Into Nightclubs In Thailand For Foreigners
Thailand is an amazing country with so much to see and do, and as such, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and quite rightly so. Thailand is a rapidly developing country, and Bangkok now offers amazing nightlife options, including unbelievable bars and nightclubs that rival the best that even New York or London can offer. After a hard day shopping or visiting temples in the capital, what better way to unwind than by visiting some of Bangkok’s ultra-modern nightclubs?
Which form of ID should I use?
Use a photocopy of your passport as a form of ID to get into bars and nightclubs. Technically, whilst visiting Thailand you are required to keep your passport with you at all times, and you could be asked to produce it if needed. However, not only is this impractical but in the years that I have spent in Thailand, I have never been asked to produce mine. And you also run the risk of losing your passport, which would certainly be stressful, and potentially mean that you have to waste a day or two getting an emergency travel document to get home. So the most obvious answer is to carry a photocopy of your passport – and this is indeed what many tourists do. There are photocopying shops all over Bangkok, if you can’t find one, then your hotel should be able to give you a copy. For a small fee, many copy shops in Bangkok can create a laminated, credit-card sized copy of your passport data page, which is much more convenient to carry around with you, and will last a long time.
Can I use my driver’s license?
Most of the time, no. Using your driver’s license from your home country can be hit and miss, whereas a copy of your passport will be widely accepted. You will find that most bouncers will only take a fleeting glance at your ID anyway (it’s quite likely that a Thai bouncer cannot read English). More upmarket venues, such as those found at the RCA plaza, and some of the swankier nightclubs on the Sukhumvit road, will be more stringent in checking ID, whereas you will find that none of the bars and clubs in the Khao San road area, for example, will ask.
What is the legal drinking age in Thailand?
The legal drinking age in Thailand is 20, if you appear to be considerably older than this, you are unlikely to be asked for ID anywhere. Generally, bars will not ask for ID, but nightclubs with door-staff will usually ask to see ID for younger-looking patrons, although they are not as thorough as you might be used to.