Hotels | Interesting
Places | Shopping | Eating | Nightlife | Nearby
Sukhumvit (สุขุมวิท) is one of the three longest roads in Thailand,
leading from the centre of Bangkok right up to the
Cambodian border in the East. But what concerns us
here is the section from the inner city down to Sukhumvit
63 (Soi Ekkamai), where the Eastern Bus Terminal is
located. Being the largest expatriate community in
Bangkok, Sukhumvit becomes the most fascinating area,
which is facilitated with a wide diversity of shopping
complexes, street markets, international restaurants,
luxury hotels, and apartment buildings.
For shopping lovers, Sukhumvit is a real paradise.
Provided with all classes of shopping malls, shops,
and small street vendors that sell souvenirs, clothing
and fake brand-name items, you will never get bored
walking around here. And if you are getting hungry,
numerous authentic ethnic restaurants are lining up
waiting for your decision. Although its cosmopolitan
lifestyle is highly attractive, Sukhumvit Road obviously
illustrates traditional Thai ways of life on both sides.
For instance, abundant pavement vendors serving all
kinds of food from rice and noodles, to snacks of all
types are available around the clock in almost every
lane branching off the road.
To find an accommodation here is also very easy. There
are varieties of choices from small guesthouses to
elegant five-star hotels to suit every pocket. Apart
from these, its colourful night-time entertainments
also draw large numbers of both foreign tourists and
young Thais. At nightfall, people get together to enjoy
their life in pubs and bars which are scattered all
over the area.
As Sukhumvit covers a large area, when speaking about
it in Bangkok, people will need to know which of the
four interesting parts you mean. They are:
Nana (นานา): The area covers Sukhumvit Soi
3 to Soi 19. Probably it is best known for the four-storey
entertainment plaza near to the front of Soi 4 and yet,
famous for its British-style pubs and restaurants serving
varieties of international cuisines, especially Arabian
Asok (อโศก): This area has a significant
number of condominiums and office buildings, and containing
many lanes (sois) through which you can avoid the heavy
traffic on Sukhumvit Rd. In each soi, there are restaurants
and bistros offering all kinds of ethnic food. Moreover,
you can also find British-style pubs with the real British
Emporium (เอ็มโพเรียม): The Emporium Department
Store is situated next to Soi 24. It provides you with
many fabulous brand-name shops, cinemas, and restaurants.
Soi 33, which is a narrow lane opposite the store, is
lined with several popular restaurants and is gaining
reputation for its upmarket entertainment establishments.
There is a nightspot area in Soi 22. Meanwhile international
restaurants can also be found easily in Sois 18 and
Thong Lo (ทองหล่อ): With all kinds of entertainment
ranging from pubs, restaurants, and karaoke lounges
to funky boutique department store like Playground and
traditional Chinese tea houses, Sukhumvit Soi 55, also
known as Thong Lo, was given the name the Beverly Hills
of Asia (according to the New York Times). This Soi
is connected to Soi Ekkamai (Soi 63), which also has
similar places of entertainment.
And to the north of Sukhumvit Rd. is the extension
of Phetburi Rd. which, at night, is brightened with
colourful neon signs and enlivened by people going
out to enjoy themselves in dozens of entertainment
places scattered along the street.
BTS: Sukhumvit Line National Stadium-On Nut (Sukhumvit
79), covering most important parts of the road.
MRT: Sukhumvit Station (interchange with BTS Asok Station)
Phetchaburi Station (New Phetburi Rd.)
For taxi: ถนนสุขุมวิท - ถนนเพชรบุรีตัดใหม่
: Sukhumvit - New Phetburi
Hotels in Sukhumvit Area
Hotels in New Phetchaburi Area
||Siam Society (Khamthieng House)
Located in Sukhumvit Soi 21, the place was established in the year 1904 to be
a library supplying English books in the fields of humanity, archaeology, history
and sociology. There is also an ethnology museum named Ban Khamthieng, which
is a well preserved Northern-style teak house, to demonstrate the northern
peoples ways of life in the past.
For taxi: สยามสมาคม (บ้านคำเที่ยง) สุขุมวิท 21
Queens Park, also known as Benchasiri Park, is a nice
small park (11.6 acres) in the heart of the city.
Many amenities such as a health garden, a childrens
playground, a skating rink, and basketball and ta-kraw
courts are provided here. The park opens daily from
For taxi: สวนเบญจสิริ ข้างห้างเอ็มโพเรียม
Pridi Banomyong Institute
Pridi Banomyong Institute, located between
Thong Lo Soi 1 and Soi 3, is an art and cultural stage,
academic institution, as well as an art gallery displaying
works of both Thai and international artists. Many interesting
activities and exhibitions are arranged here.
For taxi: สถาบันปรีดี พนมยงค์ ระหว่างทองหล่อซอย1 และ
Get off the BTS at Ekkamai station you will see Major
Cineplex situated right on Sukhumvit road. This is
the movie centre where the latest blockbusters are
For taxi: เมเจอร์ ซีนีเพล็กซ์ เอกมัย
||Museum of Sciences (Bangkok Planetarium)
This place is excellent for families with children
to spend time together. The museum displays various
branches of science, including astronomy, and has
interesting performances. It is situated on Sukhumvit
Road between Soi 40 and 42 (next to Ekkamai Eastern
For taxi: ท้องฟ้าจำลอง เอกมัย
Along the sidewalksfrom Sukhumvit Soi 1 to Soi 20, you can go shopping for souvenirs
from Thailand, clothes, bags, suitcases, pirated DVD, or fake brand-name products
such as T-shirts at low prices. For those who love bargaining this should be
good fun. Street vendors can be found all day but there are more in the evening.
Beauty salons, massage parlours, tailor and antique shops are also located
along the ways.
For taxi: สี่แยกนานา
A shopping centre, situated on the corner of Sukhumvit
Soi 3, provides many brand-name clothings, accessory
shops, restaurants, and a low-priced international
For taxi: นานาสแควร์ สุขุมวิทซอย 3
Located on Sukhumvit Soi 7 (near BTS station), here
is another shopping spot where you can find nice
souvenirs from Thailand, tailor shops, barber shops,
and ticket agents.
For taxi: สุขุมวิทอาเขต
Occupational Incentive Project
On the sidewalk next to Sukhumvit Soi 7 is the Royal
shop (Occupational Incentive Project) under the initiation
of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn selling handicrafts,
books, cards, daily products, snacks, tea and fresh
coffee at reasonable prices.
For taxi: ร้านภูฟ้า สุขุมวิทซอย 7
It is both an office building and a famous shopping
plaza, located in Sukhumvit Soi 14, where you can
find brand-name items, boutiques and shoes outlets
at reasonable prices.
For taxi: ตึกไทม์สแควร์
A luxurious mall with brand-name shops is outstanding
to the eyes on Sukhumvit Road adjacent to Soi 24.
It is an ideal place for shopping lovers.
For taxi: ห้างเอ็มโพเรียม
J Avenue, located in Soi Thong Lo 15 (Sukhumvit 55),
is a new lifestyle shopping centre where you can
hang out all day or enjoy shopping in a supermarket
selling numerous types of exotic foods. There are
various nice and trendy shops and restaurants to
For taxi: เจ อเวนิว ซอยทองหล่อ
Another upscale shopping area is situated in the middle
of Sukhumvit Soi 55. The store is a perfect combination
of a coffee shop, a CD store, great bookstores, chic
fashions, and trendy products
For taxi: ห้างสรรพสินค้าเพลย์กราวน์ ซอยทองหล่อ
Dining on this diverse culture street is full of choices
ranging from international cuisines in authentic ethnic
restaurants to basic local meals. Places to eat are
scattered in many of its lanes. The luxurious ones
with good ambiences can be quite expensive. To be more
specific about locations, lets head for Nana (Sukhumvit
Soi 4) for the Middle East restaurants or Sukhumvit
Soi 33/1 for authentic Japanese meals. But if you want
to try fabulous fusion food, Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Soi
55) is recommended.
||Nana Entertainment Plaza
Nana Plaza (NEP), located on Sukhumvit soi 4, is another night-time entertainment
centre full of rousing go-go bars. This is a red-light district for adults
For taxi: นานา เอ็นเตอร์เทนเมนท์พลาซ่า
Located between Sukhumvit Soi 21 and 23, here is another
famous nightlife spot in Bangkok. The Soi consists
of a wide variety of pubs and bars for you to choose.
Soi Cowboy is always fully packed with night owls
both Thais and foreigners.
For taxi: ซอยคาวบอย
||Soi Thong Lo (Sukhumvit 55)
Soi Thong Lo (Sukhumvit 55) and Ekkamai (Sukhumvit
63), upmarket neighborhoods in Bangkok, have recently
attracted both high-class Thais and expats with its
rising of trendy pubs, bars and karaoke lounges.
For taxi: ซอยทองหล่อ
Royal City Avenue (RCA), a 2.5-km street branching
off Rama IX Road with a side street leading to New
Phetburi Road, features several pubs, discos and restaurants.
It was once the hottest spot of entertainment of Bangkok.
It has attracted teenagers and stylish people to seek
amusement in pubs. Though its popularity is reduced,
nightlife here is still lively.
For taxi: อาร์ ซี เอ เพชรบุรีตัดใหม่