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Ramkhamhaeng in eastern Bangkok stands almost synonymous with Ramkhamhaeng Road, a major thoroughfare that gets jammed with traffic every morning and evening. Rising property values in Sukhumvit has made this area more interesting to foreign expatriates in recent years, although seeing one is still a rare occurrence. With a total length of 18 kilometers, Ramkhamhaeng Road starts at Phetchaburi Road near Sukhumvit and ends at the junction with Suwinthawong Road (in the Min Buri neighbourhood).

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Ramkhamhaeng could be considered a suburb and is almost completely unvisited by foreign travellers - notable exception is Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. Development in eastern Bangkok has been relatively slow but with construction of the airport, more urban development is expected in the area. This is at least true for the hotel business with many new hotels constructed along Lat Krabang Road trying to make a buck out of transferring passengers.

For foreign tourists, there is actually not that much to do in Ramkhamhaen. Most of the venues cater to locals that have their own transport - attractions are spread far out and therefore hard to get around in the area. Furthermore attractions are few and shopping here is lacking compared to those in other districts. It can easily be skipped on any Bangkok itinerary but then you'll miss out on seeing where and how most of the locals live.

Ramkhamhaeng University by Globetrotter

The lower southwestern part of Ramkhamhaeng is known as Hua Mak, a neighbourhood completely dominated by Ramkhamhaeng University. Opened in 1971, it is Thailand's first open-admission university. The university gives the neighbourhood its lively appearance with many students shopping and dining at The Mall Ramkhamhaeng. Another landmark in the Hua Mak neighbourhood is Rajamangala Stadium. Completed in 1998, the stadium played an important role in the 1998 Asian Games and the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. It is also used as the main stadium for Thailand's national football team.

The junction at Ramkhamhaeng Road and Srinagarindra Road is known as the Lam Sali intersection. Go north from here and you'll stumble at Lat Phrao Road, which marks the beginning of a neighbourhood known as Bang Kapi. It is quite similar in appearance to Hua Mak with its big grey mass of concrete buildings but daily commuters here outnumber students. A major venue here is Mall Bangkapi, a large shopping mall with a waterpark on the top floor and a multi-screen cinema on the fourth floor.

Mall Bang Kapi by Jarcje
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