Soi Cowboy Lights Up One Month After King’s Death

Soi Cowboy roared back into life last night as neon lights and music were turned back on – a month after the Thai king died.

The country’s most famous adult red light district had been subdued following the death of Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13 with lights dimmed, music turned off and strip bars closing at midnight.

Girls outside Suzie Wong bar on Soi Cowboy a month after the Thai king died

Girls outside Suzie Wong bar on Soi Cowboy a month after the Thai king died

The red lights are back on Soi Cowboy after being dimmed for a month

The red lights are back on Soi Cowboy after being dimmed for a month

Hookers were even conservatively dressed in black as a sign of respect.

But a month after the of the country’s beloved monarch, restrictions on Thailand’s famous nightlife attractions were finally lifted.

The neon lights are turned back on at Soi Cowboy

The neon lights are turned back on at Soi Cowboy

Girls in black dresses wait for customers

Girls in black dresses wait for customers

A dancer tries to drag a passerby into a gogo bar

A dancer tries to drag a passerby into a gogo bar

Pictures taken on Soi Cowboy – home to dozens of gogo bars and sex venues – show girls dragging in punters from the streets as the bright neon signs lit back up again.

Brit holidaymaker Chris Papadopoulos, form Ealing, West London, said: ”I’ve been waiting two weeks for things to get back to normal. The atmosphere is back – music, girls, beer and late nights.”

A tourist strides down the neon alley

A tourist strides down the neon alley

The head spinning street of hedonism roared back to life

The head spinning street of hedonism roared back to life

Read our guide to nightlife on Soi Cowboy for all the info on gogo bars, freelancers, escorts, bars and more.

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