Soi Cowboy is a short street in Bangkok that features go go bars similar to Nana Plaza and Patpong and is about one hundred fifty metres long located near Sukumvit road. The street also caters to tourists and expatriates with the go go bars following the common pattern in Thailand that of alcoholic beverages being served and women in bikinis dancing on stage.
There is also topless or even nude dancing and the area attracts people who want to watch them while having a drink. The soi was given its name after an African American who opened one of the bars there and wore a cowboy hat. The Norwegian group Getaway People released a song Soi Cowboy about the area while American rock band Sun City Girls features a song in From Beyond the Rig Veda that uses traditional melody.
American actor Hugh Grant visited the area while shooting for the movie Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason that showed the Tilac bar in the area and Soi Cowboy girls who also appeared in the movie. The film Bangkok Dangerous and The Hangout Part 2 were also shot in the area of Soi Cowboy that remains a fascinating destination for entertainment enthusiasts.