07 September 2017

Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Sukhumvit Road begins in Bangkok and is the largest road in the whole of Thailand; running form Bangkok all the way to Ban Hat Lek village in the Trat Province. Sukhumvit itself is one of Bangkok's most definitive districts and offers visitors the bright lights and modern lifestyle that they expect from Thailand's capital city. 

Throughout Sukhumvit you'll find everything from low-price hostels to glamorous five-star hotels. Food, shops and street-markets are in abundance, as are the many bars, pubs and clubs which you can explore in the area. Whether you're a resident, tourist or part-time expat, you're sure to find plenty to look forward to in this bustling district.

Phrom Phong, Phloen Chit and Thong Lor

If you're a fan of shopping then this is definitely the part of Bangkok you'll want to visit for  that. A great range of shops and malls lines the streets of Sukhumvit, especially in the Phrom Phong, Phloen Chit and Thong Lor neighbourhoods. With this being said, something to bare in mind is the abundance of crime in the area, so you'll want to watch yourself and avoid the many scam artists and pickpockets that work these streets. 

Within the vicinity you'll find the world-renowned "Skytrain station" which allows people to travel painlessly throughout Bangkok, this makes for a great change if you've already spent the week travelling via Sukhumvit road. To those looking for some action in the area, I'd first have to recommend booking with Absolute Angels Bangkok; if for whatever reason you aren't able to do this and you're willing to take a few risks (scams, disease and theft), it's always interesting to check out the red light district at Nana Plaza, Soi 4 (don't come here with your family!)

Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza has a great selection of massage parlours, clubs and beer bars where you can meet Thai girls; however, it's unlikely that you'll be able to spend much time with them without having to shed a few Thai Baht for their companionship. The Phrom Phong and Thong Lor are my favourite places to get food in Bangkok; known as less touristy areas you can expect to indulge in more authentic Thai food, shops and bars. These areas also have a high Japanese population and due to this, a few Japanese-themed business' have started up in the area. 

In contrast, Phloen Chit has a large Middle Eastern population and corresponding theme. If you're looking for Indian restaurants and a few good nightclubs then Soi 3 is a great option. Lower Sukhumvit is definitely the Middle Eastern capital of Bangkok so if you're looking for a taste of India in the heart of Bangkok, look no further than lower Sukhumvit!

The Asoke District

The most modernised part of Sukhumvit, Bangkok, is the Asoke district. Bangkok has a huge reputation for the vast amount of shopping mauls that line the streets; Terminal 21 is one of the largest and boasts 9 floors, each themed after a specific city and culture, these include: Caribbean, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul, San Francisco and Hollywood!

In the Asoke district you'll also find a range of dining, accommodation and night-life options; not to mention the easy access to BTS Skytrain and the MRT Subway. If you're looking for a canal trip in Bangkok, Asoke-Montri Road is the perfect place to jump on the San Saeb canal boats up to Pratunam or Bang Kapi.

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