If Germany has its Oktoberfest, Bangkok has Novemberfest... November is the start of Thailand's annual beer garden season, where tables and chairs are brought out onto the street and Singha, Heineken, and a welter of other beers are available on tap!
Although a nationwide affair, beer gardens are more prevalent in the Bangkok capital where they are setup virtually everywhere. You can get some pretty inexpensive deals on draught beers, with a large jug costing only in the region of 80-100 Baht (around $2 to $2.50). A lot of places make a tremendous effort to make this time of year a great experience, with many venues setting up a stage and offering live music (including pop and jazz) and spectacular sound and light shows.
The best thing about the Beer Garden Festival is that, unlike in Germany, the beer garden season stretches right across the festive period, going on to mid-January. Key venues are shopping malls such as CentralWorld on Ratchaprasong Junction where you can enjoy big beer brands that include Singha, Asahi, Heineken and, of course, Beer Chang. Other great venues include Esplanade Ratchadapisek, Major Cineplex Ratchayothin, Central City Bangna, Central Rama 3 and The Mall Bangkapi. This is a great time of year that both visitors and expatriates look forward to. If you are in town right now, take a look around and join in. It won't take you long to find somewhere to have a nice glass of beer!