Gents, if you are in Bangkok and require a decent trim to a Western standard, then look no further! We have listed our top 10 best barber picks that will have you looking mighty fine in no time at all: fashions change quickly in Thailand, so it is well worth making the effort to keep up with the latest styles or risk being left behind.
Most venues in the Thai capital will speak at least some English as well as obviously the local lingo, but you may wish to check with them in advance. If they are bilingual then be prepared to pay more, and if they don’t speak English then you may wish to bring a Thai-speaking friend along with you or perhaps a few sample pictures.
Expect edgy, vintage vibes at many of the best Bangkok barbershops as this trend is very much en vogue. Thailand’s conservative norms have changed in recent years, resulting in people increasingly expressing themselves through fashion and style.
Whether you want a luxurious experience from your trip to the salon, or if you would like a no-frills service, Bangkok has you covered on both fronts.
One of the best choices for you to try in the city. The professional barbers are able to work their magic on just about any classic gentleman’s hairstyle, from slicked back, Ivy League, undercut pompadour to neat quiff, or consult with them to recommend one that best compliments you.
Haircuts from their regular barbers at Black Amber cost THB 700 (an extra THB 100 with shampoo) or a senior barber will set you back THB 900, including complimentary whisky to keep you refreshed. Allow around 45 minutes to 1 hour for their attentive, welcoming staff to cater to all of your needs.
Other services include Traditional Hot Towel Shaves (regular THB 700, senior THB 900), Beard Grooming and Styling (regular THB 600, senior THB 700) and Shampoo and Styling (regular THB 300, senior THB 400). Top pick!
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm
More info: Black Amber Facebook
For Bangkokians looking for a barbershop located in Silom, then do consider this gem. A former face of Black Amber, Pongpitaya “Nuii” Charoensap opened his male grooming hub a few years back along with four other top barbers, hence the name Five Prows.
The premises very much resembles the standard gentleman’s cave – wooden floors, dark walls, leather sofas – with prices that are refreshingly on the affordable side. Haircuts are THB 700 and Hot Towel Shaves are THB 500, which is a bargain as the owners insist on using only the finest imported styling products.
Expect a laid-back, easygoing vibe at Five Prows: the seats are comfortable, the beats are chilled, and the staff are incredibly polite. If you are lucky, you’ll even get a quick shiatsu massage from your barber – All in all, this is one superb salon.
Location: Five Prows Silom (Map)
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm
More info: Five Prows Website
Truefitt & Hill
Truefitt & Hill holds the title of being the oldest barbershop in the world, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Established in London in 1805, they have expanded into a global sensation with outposts all over including four in Bangkok, offering their clientele levels of service unsurpassed anywhere in the world.
Anglophiles will surely love the quintessential British custom of being pampered by their first-class staff, some of the very best in the business. The Royal Hair Cut will set you back THB 1,100 if you choose to see one of their regular stylists, or THB 1,500 if you splurge to be serviced by a highly-skilled master barber.
If you need a Beard Trim Truefitt & Hill charge THB 500 to clean and trim your facial fuzz to perfection. There is also a Shoe Shine service: it takes 50 minutes and costs THB 550 using imported products from Saphir Paris and Boot Black Japan.
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 8pm
More info: Truefitt & Hill Website
Never Say Cutz
Head on over to Never Say Cutz for a New York-style barbershop experience right here in Bangkok. Thai rapper Daboyway, born and raised in New Jersey, saw a rise in interest for male grooming services in Thailand and launched NVSC as it’s also known in 2008.
Although they’re best-known for shaving designs into heads, the barbers do casual cuts just as well, and their popularity has seen them grow to have 22 locations across the city. Gentlemen’s Haircuts are THB 400 or you can treat yourself to a combined haircut, shave and beard line-up for a reasonably-priced THB 500 all-in.
Designs start at THB 450 and NVSC have become well-known as the go-to salon to get statement-making cuts with line patterns using cutting tools such as clippers and scalpel blades. They utilize the latest styling equipment from the U.S. to masterfully shape their customers’ faces, moustaches and beards.
Main Location: NVSC Siam Square One (Map)
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm
More info: Never Say Cutz Website
Smith’s Secret Barber
Smith’s Secret Barber is a one-of-a-kind salon and shaving parlour based in the nightlife area of Royal City Avenue (RCA). It describes itself as “an old fashioned barbershop without old fashioned barbers” offering quality haircuts at fair prices.
Nay Myo Thant (a.k.a. ‘SD’ Sunny Day) is a founding member of Thaitanium along with Daboyway, and owns Smith’s Secret Barber which he opened in 2020. While NVSC has gone down a mainstream route with locations everywhere, SD has kept things more exclusive with his venture and requires customers to book appointments.
A Traditional Men’s Haircut costs THB 649 including a shampoo and blow dry, or try the Smith’s Secret Classic set for THB 1469 featuring the same cut as well as a Traditional Classic Shave (Hot and Cold Towel), and a Facial Scrub with Black Peel Off Mask.
Location: Smith’s Secret Barber RCA (Map)
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm
More info: Smith’s Secret Barber Website
While there has been a sharp rise in the barbershop culture in Bangkok, Three Brothers took the game up to the next level when they brought the renowned godfathers of the neo-barber trade, Dutch duo Bertus and Leen from prominent Schorem Barbershop in Rotterdam, to conduct a workshop in the city.
With their popular branches in MRT Chatuchak and MRT Phahon Yothin stations, you can easily get to a Three Brothers Barbershop to experience retro-inspired nostalgia through the raw and rustic atmosphere at their boutiques. A globally-recognized team of barbers specialise in delivering classic cuts featuring 1950s-style quaffs and undercuts.
The Classic Men’s Haircut is reasonably priced at THB 500 and the Beard Trim and Shave is a good deal at THB 200. The shop also sells imported men’s pomade from well-known brands such as Suavecito, Layrite and Murray’s.
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm
More info: Three Brothers Barbershop Facebook
Siam Square is where it started for Tew’s in 1994, when there were over 20 barbershops vying for the custom of the hip clientele that the area attracts. Fast forward to 2021 and it is still one of the most sought-after places to have your locks professionally styled, now with three locations including the original Siam Square spot.
The other two branches in Phrom Phong and Ekkamai are also convenient to get to and Tew’s offers many services that aren’t easy to find elsewhere, like shaves, ear cleaning, facial massages, hair dye and perms. The Men’s Hair Cut is a good deal at THB 600 and consists of a cut, shampoo, conditioner and styling.
A Traditional Wet Shave is THB 400, coming with a hot towel, straight razor with foam and after shave. For your haircare needs, pick up some Bona Fide products, the Rolls Royce of men’s pomade – Tew’s is up there with the best!
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm
More info: Tew’s Website
Barberford provides an exclusive and classy feel: its quiet and intimate atmosphere is a welcoming respite from the busy nature of Bangkok. The London-inspired chain of four downtown branches features dim lighting and refined decor with minimalist undertones.
Cozy, private rooms feature at their ‘Relaxation Dens’ for discerning customers to kick back in, as do custom-made barber chairs. You will notice the elegant 1920s mood their establishments conjure up to give visitors a noticeable feeling of ‘vintage elegance’.
Prices vary at the four venues, but to give you an idea Barberford Noir charge THB 800 for a Men’s Haircut (this includes shampoo, conditioner, a scalp massage and finish) and THB 400 for a Hot Towel Facial Treatment (10 minutes of the 20-minute session is allotted for taking a nap). The staff style tresses to an exceptionally high standard at Barberford, making them a solid option that will get you admiring glances from anyone you meet.
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 8:15pm
More info: Barberford Website
This is a 5-star barbershop (that is, according to Google from over 200 reviews – we also think it’s great!) situated in the prosperous area of Nanglinchee Road. Immaculately tidy with a minimalistic aesthetic, Crossroads serves mostly expats as well as affluent Thais.
Their company’s pledge is to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and comfort, to sanitize the laundry of their cloths and linens, and to ensure hygiene of their barber instruments. Juniors and adults pay the same THB 500 for a Standard Haircut: classic cuts, vintage-style cuts, and trendy fades are the most requested styles.
Crossroads also offer a Beard Trim for THB 300 that takes 25 minutes and is styled using scissors, clippers, or both to shape leaner natural lines. Hair Dye treatment is THB 800 if customers opt for deep brown or black colours, however you may bring your own shade along and they will charge you just THB 400 for the service.
Location: Crossroads Sathorn (Map)
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm
More info: Crossroads Website
Phra Khanong is home to Craftsman Barber Shop, the Bangkok neighbourhood that the in-crowd has taken to its heart, noted for having superb bars and interesting art spaces. Craftsman is located just behind W District, a community mall/food court spot with a laid-back beer garden vibe, pulling in foodies and bar-hoppers every weekend.
Anyone in this fashionable area needs a cool cut and Craftsman is the best place to go, whose owners Akepawee Prakongpetch and Danupat Lavanapipat are well-respected in hairdressing circles. Gentleman’s Haircuts cost THB 500, with pompadours, undercuts, high and tights, and slick-backs all possible here and sure to make you stand out.
If you are in desperate need to tame your grizzly beard, a Hot Towel Shave will set you back THB 500 while a Beard Trim is THB 300. Knock back a whisky or a beer as you are taken care of by Craftsman’s finest barbers – you will leave feeling like a new man!
Location: Craftsman Phra Kanong (Map)
Opening Hours: 12pm to 8pm
More info: Craftsman Barber Shop Facebook
Bangkok is blessed with some fantastic barbershops and lucky to have dedicated owners who hire the very best talents to cut hair in uniquely decked-out digs. Healthy competition within this closely-knit circle of barbers motivates each of them to constantly improve.
If you are not loyal to one particular salon, then it may be an idea to try all on our list as they all offer something different. If you value the experience as much as the haircut itself, then you have come to the right city as you are spoilt for choice in the Big Mango.
Why settle for a run-of-the-mill hairdressers to give you a fresh look, when you have the choice of some really decent options in Bangkok? Go on, give them a try!