Sukhumvit is, in many ways, the center of modern Bangkok and not
only the longest road in Thailand, but one of the longest roads in
the world. Towards the west end you have Ploenchit Road and Rama
I Road, but to the east it runs most of the way to the Cambodian
The lowered-numbered sois are densely packed with shopping
centers and hotels, including the gigantic Siam Paragon and
the dense warren of Siam Square opposite it, while the upper
sois are a popular residential area for resident expats. Soi 55,
better known as Thong Lo (Thonglor) has been described by the
New York Times as the "Beverly Hills of Asia", and it
boasts some of the best eateries, most fashionable shops and hippest
clubs in town.
The fleshpots of Nana (in Soi 4 Nana Tai) and Soi
Cowboy (between Sois 21 & 23) are also just off Sukhumvit,
as are plenty of more (and less) salubrious bars. Also, the
sidewalks of Sukhumvit itself become a huge market carrying
everything from luggage to fake Rolex watches, and then after
midnight they turn into sidewalk cafes and bars full of drunken
expats and freelancers.
With the opening of the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport,
Sukhumvit has become a far more central location - however taking a
taxi via Rama IX Road maybe be a faster way of getting into the
area, rather than fighting your way through the traffic on Sukhumvit
From other parts of Bangkok the area is easily accessible on the
BTS Skytrain's Sukhumvit line, which runs from the National
Stadium through the Silom line interchange at Siam Square up to On
Nut on Soi 71, and the subway's Sukhumvit Station interchanges with
the Skytrain at Asoke.
From the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport you can take the
AE3 Airport Bus (150 baht) that runs up Bangna-Trad and along
Sukhumvit all the way down Ploenchit to Central World Plaza
(formerly World Trade Center) then loops back around to Nana and
then back out to the Airport, or a number 552 bus to On Nut BTS
The river boats running on the Saen Saeb Canal, initially
parallel to Sukhumvit but diverging northward as it goes east,
provides a cheap alternative means of escaping the traffic jams,
particularly if heading west towards Wat Saket (the Golden Mount)
and the rest of the Rattanakosin
Note that the sois on the north and south sides of Sukhumvit
don't line up; for example, Soi 33 is opposite Soi 24.
||Siam Square (Siam BTS Station) would like to be
the Times Square of Bangkok, and it does a pretty good job.
Despite the name this is in fact a warren of small sois
filled with tiny shops and restaurants, mostly catering to upper
class Thais, shopping-spree Malaysians, and working ex-pats (as
opposed to your usual lay-about ex-pats). If you're not up for a
trip to the Gap or a USD3 pink martini, it's still worth a visit
just to see Bangkok-of-the-Future. The four movie theaters
in the area a good night out. Less than USD4 gets you a few
hours in a plush old fashion theater house - complete with
air-con and assigned seats. Hollywood and Asian blockbusters are
featured nightly, all with the required standing ovation to the
|| Jim Thompson House Soi Kasemsan 2 (near National
Stadium BTS Station) visit the famous
house of Thailand 's late 'thai silk king ' Jim Thompson, consisting of
sevesn bery old thai houses skillfully grouped into one, with an outstanding
collection of Thai and Asian object 'art' also visit the unique Lacquer Pavilion
at Suan Pakkard Palace, decorated with 17th-century murals in gold leaf
and magnificent wood carvings. See old Thai architecture and a collection
of rare antiques representing every branch of Thai art. More
|| Erawan Shrine is at the intersection of Ploenchit and
Ratchaprarop. Built to appease the spirits after a series of
construction accidents occurred when the nearby Grand Hyatt
Erawan hotel was being built, it's a small but photogenic and
perennially packed shrine dedicated to Brahma (Phra Phrom)
and named after his elephant, teak models of which are a popular
donation. During the day you can see traditional Thai dancing.
|| Ganesha shrines - in front on the Central World Plaza
shopping center - is where Thai people go to pray for good
fortune and happiness.
Massage joints abound around Sukhumvit.
- BODY Tune, Sukhumvit Soi 24 (10 mins walk from Phrom
Pong BTS Station) and 56 Yada Building, Silom Road (next
to Sala Daeng BTS Station)
is a well-respected small chain offering an excellent
traditional Thai massage for 350 baht/hour.
- Praiphana, Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Soi 55) Soi 7 and 9,
tel. +66-2-392-6518, offers traditional Thai massage, oil
massage and aromatherapy, nail care, no funny stuff or happy
endings here. 15 minute neck and shoulder massage just 50 baht.
Open 10:00-23:00 daily.
Sukhumvit and nearby areas are the place to shop in
| The glittering facade of MBK
- Central World Plaza, corner of Rama I and Ratchaprarop
(Chidlom BTS Station) .
Formerly the World Trade Center, this reopened in 2006
after a massive expansion and renovation, and is now probably
the only mall in Bangkok that can give the Paragon a run for the
money in both swank and size. Ice skating rink and a multiplex
on the top floor, and contains large Isetan and Zen
- Emporium Shopping Center , Sukhumvit Soi 24 (Phrom
Phong BTS Station) is the top competitor to Gaysorn Plaza,
with lower floors dedicated to brands like Louis Vuitton and
Rolex, but (unlike Gaysorn) it has more affordably priced goods
on the upper levels. Emporium also has a popular food court and
a good selection of restaurants on the 5th floor.
- Gaysorn Plaza, corner of Phloen Chit Road and
Ratchadamri Road (Chidlom BTS Station)
positions itself as Bangkok's premier luxury shopping mall: this
is where you can get your fill of Armani, Gucci and Tiffany. The
top floors have a good selection of antiques and Thai
handicrafts, of high quality but fairly high prices too.
- Mahboonkrong, or just MBK (National Stadium
is a vast and always packed mall full of tiny stalls (2500 of
them, to be exact) selling, well, everything. There's a heavy
emphasis on clothing, especially the cheap and trendy teen type,
but the floor devoted to electronics is Bangkok's best place to
buy a mobile phone. Gold, furniture and Thai food are also well
represented, and a section of the 6th floor has been dedicated
to handicrafts and souvenirs. The top floor has movie theatres
and restaurants, and there's a large Tokyu department
store bolted on the north side facing the BTS station. It's just
across the street from Siam Square and connecting walkway
through the perennially crowded Bonanza Center offers
more of the same. More information
- Narayana Phand, 127 Ratchadamri Road, between Gaysorn
Plaza and Big C. A Thai handicraft center run by the government,
offering a wide array of traditional crafts. Prices are fairly
high and not negotiable, but clearly marked - this is a good
place to see what's on offer and find out baseline prices before
hitting the markets. Open daily 10:00-21:00.
- Pantip Plaza, 604/3 Phetchaburi Road. A six-floor
shopping mall devoted to computer gear, and famous for its
pirated media (the bootleg trade is much more low-key than it
used to be, but software and DVDs are still widely available).
Opens at 10:00. Closes at 20:00.
- Siam Center (Siam BTS Station)
is one of the older malls in these parts, and has a good range
of eating options. More information.
- Siam Discovery Center (National Stadium BTS Station)
is a newer, more upmarket addition to Siam Center.
- Siam Paragon (Siam BTS Station) .
Incredibly massive shopping mall right at the heart of Bangkok,
anchored by the Paragon department store and also featuring the Siam
Ocean World aquarium, the largest in South-East Asia. The
fourth floor has a very good (if pricy) selection of modern Thai
arts and crafts, as well as a large Kinokuniya bookstore. Great
eating options in the basement, including a gourmet supermarket,
two food courts and a canal-lined strip of fancy restaurants.
- Pratunam Wholesale Garment District. (corner of
Phetchaburi and Ratchadamri). An amazing place to shop for
clothes. Although it is geared towards exporters, anyone can
shop there. Everything is cheap but cheaper still if you buy 3
or more. Finding it is tricky, it is more a section of alleys
all selling clothes than a real market area. Start at the
North-West corner of Phetchaburi Road and Ratchadamri Road. Then
walk west on Phetchaburi, you will see some clothing stores just
go inside and start wandering, instead of exiting the way you
came in, exit to the left and you should be in one of the
alleys. You can also start at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel and wander
south and east. The stores start closing around 17:00-18:00. The
shiny new Pratunam center on the East side of Ratchadamri Road
is too new and mostly unoccupied.
- Street market on Sukhumvit offers many of the same
items as the Patpong night market (although usually at somewhat
better prices). Haggling
is generally expected. Also, many tailor shops can be found
- Foodland supermarket, Sukhumvit Soi 5 (Nana BTS
Station, opposite Amari Boulevard) has everything you'd
expect to find in a supermarket at reasonable prices - and best
of all, it's open 24 hours a day.
- Fuji Supermarket, Sukhumvit Sois 33 & 39, is a
Japanese supermarket specializing in imported foods and snacks
that cannot be found in other supermarkets. Also has a small
baker, Sushi restaurant, photo shop, and Takoyaki stand.
Food courts & Restaurants
There is an absolutely ludicrously large selection of places to
eat in and around Sukhumvit and its side sois (streets), although
prices tend to be a little on the high side by Thai standards. With
practically every cuisine in the world represented, this is the
place to break your phad thai diet and sample some of the
best Japanese, Lebanese, or Indian food you will ever eat.
- Hong Kong Noodle, Soi 10 Siam Square. Serves up cheap
and tasty wonton noodles , a selection of dim
sum and more Cantonese favorites in modern if
utilitarian surroundings complete with air con, table service,
etc. Excellent value. Open 10:00-22:00.
- Soi 38. Under Thong Lo BTS Station, opposite Sukhumvit
Soi 55. Not a restaurant in itself, but you'll get the best
street food in Bangkok. Just sit at a table and order whatever
you like from the numerous foodstalls (they'll figure out the
bill for you). You can find the most delicious mango &
sticky rice (khao niow ma muang) in town.
- Between Soi 1 and Soi 3 A set of street food stalls
with the best one furthest from the street. Good things to order
include "Crispy fish in Chili Sauce", Tom Yum Soup and
any of their Thai salads (such as mixed seafood salad). Also any
Chinese-style fried vegetables is also good.
- Once Upon A Time, 32 Petchaburi Soi 17, tel.
02-252-8629. In a dubious-looking alley opposite Pantip Plaza,
but worth hunting down despite the unlikely location. The
restaurant is in an old Thai house with a garden, filled with
photos of classical Thai film stars, and serves very good Thai
food. Check out the special rooms upstairs on your way to the
- Lan Som Tam Nua, also known as Som Tam Paradise,
Siam Square Soi 4. If Thai food isn't spicy enough or you have
yet to sample som tam (raw papaya salad), check out this
trendy yet very friendly and very Thai restaurant specializing
in northern Isaan
food. For the full-on Isaan experience, order raw mango salad (
tam ma-muang), spicy pork salad ( laap
muu ), grilled chicken ( kai thot)
and sticky rice ( khao nio)
- No English menu,
but the staff are glad to help. Warning: This is real
Isaan food and thus very spicy!
- Baan Khanitha, at 36/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23 (Asoke BTS
Station). Well-known if mildly touristy restaurant in an old
Thai house, the primary concession to Western tastes being the
lack of chili. On the expensive side with most mains (esp.
seafood) in the 200-400 baht range, but the food is generally
excellent and the presentation spot-on. Best known for their
pomelo salad ( yam som-o) and red
curry with duck ( kaeng daeng ped).
- Cabbages and Condoms, 6 Sukhumvit Soi 12 (between
Nana & Asoke BTS Stations). Run by Thailand's Population
and Community Development Association, the odd name referring to
the founder's belief that condoms should be as cheap as veggies;
and no prizes for guessing what you'll get after dinner instead
of an after-dinner mint. The food is competent but toned down
for the foreign palate,
- Lemongrass, 5 Sukhumvit Soi 24. A very good if slightly
expat-oriented Thai restaurant. Pomelo salad and tom yam kung
are both excellent.
- Food Centre Soi 5 (Nana BTS Station). Simple,
well visited restaurant serving Thai and western food. Thai
dishes are reasonably original, with little concession to the
western taste. Rapid service.
For Thai food with a twist, the hip districts of Siam Square
and the H1 complex on Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Soi 55)
are the best places to go hunting.
- Bed Supperclub, 26 Soi 11 Sukhumvit, tel. 2651 3537,
One of Bangkok's trendiest bar/club/restaurants with sparsely minimalist
yet jaw-dropping decor. Visiting on weekends is
recommended, as you'll be treated to a 4-course surprise meal
and a weekly-changing floor show. Reservations are essential (by
telephone or online), as only a single serving is served nightly
at 21:00; be sure to request a bed and arrive at least 30
minutes early. Dietary restrictions can be catered for if
informed in advance. But the bill for all this is steep: the
4-course meal will set you back 1000 baht plus drinks at around
200 baht a pop.
- Greyhound Cafe, Emporium 2F (Phrom Phong BTS Station)
and also Central Chidlom 2F (Chid Lom BTS Station). An
extremely modern restaurant of concrete and brushed steel,
offering a fusionesque menu of food ranging from authentic Thai
to Italian pasta to Elvis burgers.
- Holy Pizza, Soi 7 Siam Square, Siam
Square at its best: hip, irreverent and innovative, with Thai
pop art on the walls and thin-crust Italian pizza married to
ingredients that would make the Pope blanch. Try the fairly
conservative Vatican's Choice, or get more experimental with chicken larb
Bangkok has a surprisingly large number of Italian restaurants,
and the best are both very good and affordably priced (at least by
- Gianni, 34/1 Soi Tonson, off Ploenchit. One of
Bangkok's best and most authentic Italian places. Formal but
romantic atmosphere with shared couches and such, you'll want to
dress up a little.
- La Buca, Soi 1 Sukhumvit. This little Italian
restaurant is possibly the most authentic in Bangkok. The
Italian owner changes the Menu weekly, and a good selection of
wine is available. Romantic, but on the expensive side, ranging
400-800 baht per person, without wine.
53/1 Soi 39, Sukhumvit Road,
11.30AM-2.30PM, 5PM-23PM. Established
1984, this is the oldest genuine Italian restaurant in Bangkok,
and most likely also in Thailand. Though long established as THE
Italian place to eat amongst the Thai stars, politicians and
local business elite, the atmosphere is relaxed and caters as
much to the tourists and middle class. The food prepared by the
Italian chef is top class and they stock a wine selection to
match it. Awarded for their selection of wines four years
consecutively by the Siam Wine Society in 1987, 1988, 1989 and
Bangkok's Little Japan is located near Sukhumvit Soi 33
and across the street at Soi 24, with Phrom Phong BTS Station
straddling the two. There is also a smaller concentration along
Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Soi 55), notably the Nihonmura
("Japan Village") in Thong Lo Soi 13.
- Ichiban Ramen, Soi 24 Sukhumvit. An authentically
Japanese greasy-spoon noodle joint specializing in ramen
- Grande Teppanyaki and Grande Ramen. Thong Lo (Sukhumvit
Soi 55 - on the left, a short walk from Thong Lo BTS Station).
Two small Japanese restaurants facing each other, popular with
Thais and Japanese alike. Sub-100 baht Lunch menus particularly
good value, but the beef curry with real steak is a
deal at any time of the day.
- Fuji. This Japanese restaurant chain can be found in Emporium,
Siam Center, Central World Plaza, and Siam
While Korean restaurants can be found scattered throughout town,
a particularly heavy concentration lurks in Korea Town, the
informal name of Sukhumvit Soi 12's Sukhumvit Plaza (a short walk
from Asoke BTS Station). These are extremely authentic though and
you may have a little trouble ordering if not familiar with Korean
- Shilla. 4/10-16 Sukhumvit Soi 22, A
Korean barbeque place aimed for Koreans, with self-service bulgogi
grilled at your table and a large menu featuring all the Korean
- Le Dalat, Sukhumvit Soi 23. Two locations about a block
apart and across the street from each other.
Accommodation in almost all price ranges can be found within this
A few cheapie hotels can be found elsewhere along Sukhumvit.
||A-ONE BANGKOK HOTEL (Pratunam,WorldTrade
Center)A-One Bangkok Hotel is perfectly located in Bangkok's newest hub
for both business and pleasure activities. If you are looking for a
comfortable 'home away from home' then this hotel is a reasonable choice.
|| BANGKOK CITY INN (Pratunam,WorldTrade)Welcome to Bangkok, the City of Angels in the
Land of Smile, a country of ancient culture, historic temples, palaces,
silks & gems, and charming hospitality.
|| THE BEST
BANGKOK HOUSE (Pratunam)The Best Bangkok House lets you explore at
your pleasure the exotic city of Bangkok.
A short walk from the hotel will lead you to many exciting attraction.
Lively entertainment various shopping facility are as your reach, after
which our worm accomodation awaits you.
||SAWASDEE SUKHUMVIT INN (Sukhumvit
Rd.) Sawasdee Sukhumvit Inn is rich in antiques an
friendly atmosphere. All 44 rooms are air conditioned, and each has a
large bed, period furniture and large windows. We also offer you a 24
hours room service to suit your needs. In addition, Sawasdee Sukhumvit Inn
is the place where your business and relaxation meet effortlessly. Our
efficient staff will ensure your comfort and happiness at all times
There are many good quality but cheaper places on Sukhumvit.
||ST JAMES HOTEL(Sukhumvit Soi 26)The
St. James Hotel is located in the heart of the lively business and
recreation area of the Sukhumvit 26, the St. James Hotel offers a
convenient location, comfortable accommodation and value for money.
||CITY LODGES (Sukhumvit)Bangkok,
the city of angels, is one of Asia's most exciting cities. It does not
have a centre so much as it has districts - which can make it confusing
for the first time visitor. One excellent place to start getting to know
Bangkok is the Sukhumvit Road area. This commercial, entertainment and
shopping district is a quick drive on the expressway from the airport.
|| AMARI ATRIUM
HOTEL(Pratunam,WorldTrade)A modern first-class
hotel, located close to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre and
Bangkok's main commercial and shopping district of Sukhumvit Road, the
Amari Atrium Hotel is ideally placed for both business and leisure travelers
INDRA REGENT HOTEL (Pratunam,WorldTrade)The
439-room Indra Regent Hotel is situated in central Bangkok, right in the
shopping district and a few minutes from major historical and tourist
attractions.The Indra Regent Hotel offers spacious accommodations, deluxe
furnishings and exceptional comfort.
Bangkok's luxury hotels are concentrated on and near Sukhumvit.
Your options include:
HOTEL(Pratunam,World Trade)The Baiyoke Sky Hotel -Thailand's tallest
hotel, rising 88 storeys above the Bangkok skyline, strategically located
in the heart of downtown.
Surrounded by bustling market and entertainment attractions. Easy walking
distance to the major shopping centers: Central World Plaza, Gaysorn
Plaza, Peninsula, Sogo Department Store, Siam Square, MBK Centre etc.
||AMARI BOULEVARD HOTEL(Sukhumvit
Rd) Whether visiting Bangkok on business or
pleasure, the Sukhumvit Road area is one of the city's most exciting
destinations. Whilst located at the centre of the city's commercial
district, the area also offers excellent shopping, dining and
The Amari Boulevard Hotel is right in the heart of Sukhumvit. It is
comfortable, convenient and is well-known for its personalised service
||CENTRE POINT( sukhumvit 10)The
Sukhumvit area is prestigious and the one most highly sought after by
leading Thai families and expatriates alike. And Centre Point Sukhumvit 10
is right in the heart of it.
AMARI WATERGATE (Pratunam,WorldTrade)Amari
Watergate Hotel,Bangkok : In a prominent location in pratunam,bangkok's
bustling shopping &commercial district, the569 rooms Amari watergate
hotel combines the luxury of well appointed, spacious rooms &
recreational facilities. Executive floor, superior banqueting &