Bangkok, Thailand




Phahonyothin is centred around Phahonyothin Road, a major arterial road in Bangkok starting from Victory Monument, running parallel and eventually merging with Viphavadi Rangsit Road north of the city.  Phahonyothin (originally named Prachathipatai) Road was just 22 km, stretching from Victory Monument to Don Muang Airport. Later the road extended all the way to the Burmese border at a length of 1,005 kilometres! This article only covers the part of Phahonyothin Road within metropolitan Bangkok.

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Until 2006, nearly all visitors to Thailand landed here at Don Muang Airport, once one of the busiest airports in Asia. The airport attracted many commercial activities including hotels, resulting in Bangkok expanding northwards with Phahonyothin turning into one of the most developed suburbs in the city. When Suvarnabhumi Airport opened in 2006, Don Muang closed and then reopened in 2007 as a domestic airport but few airlines make use of it. As a result, five-star hotels turned into two-star hotels and airport-related businesses have moved out of the far north.

Arrival terminal at Don Muang Airport by Terence Ong

Many of the city's residents live in Phahonyothin, commuting daily to downtown Bangkok. While the northern part of Phahonyothin is hardly visited by tourists, the southern part has some major highlights. Shopping seems to be the main activity here and a visitor hasn't been to Bangkok without visiting the huge Chatuchak Weekend Market. The market is probably the largest in Southeast Asia with more than 8,000 stalls. While still off the beaten track to foreigners, Soi Ari has turned into a hip neighbourhood with plenty of cheap dining options.

Chatuchak Weekend Market by JJ Harrison

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