A short guide on what to see and do on Sukhumvit road. There aren’t many traditional tourist attractions on Sukhumvit Road. There are just a few temples and no palaces to explore. Instead what lends Sukhumvit its magnetism is its modern face: towering luxury hotels, colossal condominiums, air-conditioned shopping malls and entertainment complexes, fine restaurants, trendy shops and world-class nightlife.
Then there are the crowds – an attraction in themselves. Where else can you see veiled Muslim women brushing past provocatively dressed ladyboys; middle-aged European males nonchalantly walking hand-in-hand with exotic Thai women? Each soi, or lane, has its own personality and target audience and endless hours can be spent exploring them. To see multi-culturalism at work, visit Soi 3 (Soi Nana), a Middle Eastern enclave known as ‘Little Arabia’.
“Sukhumvit” is the name of Bangkok’s main street. There is a BTS line running parallel with this road to alleviate its often crowded traffice. Along each BTS stops. there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and shopping zones line up. For example: Nana Market Soi 3, Bangkok’s Korean Town at Sukhumvit Plaza in front of Soi Sukhumvit 12, Soi Asoke-the office zone filled with nice restaurants, Soi Thonglor-Shopping Street filled with lifestyle boutique mall,
Queen Sirikit National Convention Center(QSNCC)
Originally constructed for 46th World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual meeting, the project was laid out by the Thai government in 1989 and construction took more than two years to complete. It was named in honour of Queen Sirikit, and opened by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the queen on 29 August 1991. The main hall and the compound are around 35,000 square meters, and the plenary hall can hold up to 5,000 people. The architecture is in a modernistic, Thai style. The Bangkok Metro transportation has a stop at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center station. It is located in Khlong Toei, on Ratchadapisek Road between Sukhumvit Road and Rama IV Road. How to go there : Buses: 45, 46, 109, 115, 116, 22, 185, and 507MRT(Sub way): Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre Station Skytrain(BTS): Asoke Station and take multiple choices to connect to QSNCC i.e. taxi, bus or subway.
Benchasiri Park (Prompong)
This small public park set amid tall buildings on Sukhumvit Road (close to the Emporium) in the heart of business area. Was established to honour Her Majesty the Queen’s 5th cycle ( 60 years.) birthday Anniversary. How to go there : Buses: 45, 46, 109, 115, 116, 22, 185, and 507 Opening Hours: 05.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m.
Situated on Sukhumvit Road, next to the Eastern Bus Terminal. this unique museum contains information on galaxies. Astrology and nature. As wel as other aspects of life. Through diverse multimedia and fun-filled activities. How to go there : Bus: 2, 25, 45, 40, 48, 72, 98 Opening Hour: Tue – Fri 11.00 a.m. – 02.30 p.m. Sat, Sun 08.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Soi Cowboy was named after the cowboy hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s, this red-light district has a more laid-back, carnival-like feel to it than Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashing neon lights up a colourful streetscape comprised mainly of middle-aged expats, Japanese and western tourists.
The ultimate shopping complex, located on Sukhumvit Road between Sukhumvit Soi 24 and the Benchasiri Park. Imported brand name clothing and accessories, designer-living products, multiplex theatres, wholesale supermarket and restaurants.
Soi Thong Lo
Soi Thong Lo is quickly becoming one of the more interesting areas in Bangkok, with high-rise condos and funky stores, enticing restaurants and eclectic art galleries flinging open their doors. An afternoon stroll here will leave you highly caffeinated, very full and possibly even a little bit cultured.
A beautiful, stilted 19th rice farmer’s teak house transplanted from the banks of Chiang Mai’s Ping River to Bangkok in 1964, Kamthieng House is now the headquarters of the Siam Society – a place dedicated to preserving and promoting Thai culture and heritage. Inside is a collection of agricultural and domestic items – woven fish baskets and terra-cotta pots among other items – which show the everyday lives of ordinary people in the past. The spirits of three ladies – previous occupants – are said to haunt the house and watch over it. The gardens, Lanna style, are landscaped like a northern Thai garden. There’s an excellent library (Siam Society members can borrow, but the general public is only allowed to browse) which includes rare books about Thai history, palm-leaf manuscripts and old maps. Popular with Bangkok’s foreign intelligentsia, The Siam Society is dedicated to providing information on all aspects of Thai culture, especially the regions, arranging regular lectures and study trips to historic sites and wildlife sanctuaries. Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Tuesday – Saturday) BTS: Asoke Address: 131 Soi Asoke, north of Sukhumvit on Soi 21.