Bangkok, Thailand




Getting In

By Public Transit

Skytrain's Sukhumvit Line runs over Sukhumvit Road from west to east and you can directly reach Sukhumvit if coming from Siam Square or PhahonyothinThe most important stations in Sukuhmvit are Nana, Asok, Phrom Phong, Thong Lo, Ekkamai, Phra Khanong, On Nut, Udom Suk, Bang Na and Bearing. Each station serves the neighborhood of the same name. Asok Station is the most convenient since it is in the centre of Sukhumvit and has direct transfer with the metro system.

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A ride from Mo Chit takes about 25 minutes to reach Asok Station and 10 minutes from Siam Station. If coming from Silom, take the Skytrain's Silom Line and change to the Sukhumvit Line at Siam Station. It takes about 20 minutes from Saphan Taksin Station to reach Asok Station, including the transfer at Siam Station. In the following years, the Sukhumvit Line will extend southwards to Samut Prakan and eastwards to Suvarnabhumi Airport's proposed second terminal.

Asok Station by Terence Ong
If coming from Silom or Ratchadaphisek, you can directly reach Sukhumvit on the Metro. The most convenient station is Sukhumvit Station, which is right in the middle of the district and from here you can transfer to the Sukhumvit Line. The metro ride from Silom takes about 10 minutes and from Ratchadaphisek 15 minutes. Other metro stations in Sukhomvit are Khlong Toei and QSNCC.

The Airport Rail Link direct connects Suvarnabhumi Airport and Phaya Thai Station, a 17 minutes ride. At Phaya Thai, you have to switch to the Skytrain. You will have to buy a new ticket to transfer since the two train systems are not integrated. Take a train in the direction of Bearing and get out at the station of your choice - Nana and Asok Stations are the most widely used stations.

Airport Rail Link by Wiki05

By Boat
The Saen Saep Express Boat is an entertaining way of getting in and around Sukhumvit. The Saen Saeb canal forms the northern boundary of Sukhumvit's sois and an alternative means of escaping the traffic jams if you're coming from Khao San Road (eastern side of Rattanakosin or Ramkhamhaeng). There are two lines on the express boat service:

  • The Golden Mount Line runs from Panfa Leelard near the Golden Mount (in Rattanakosin east) to Pratunam near Ratchaprasong intersection. 
  • The NIDA Line runs from Pratunam all the way northeast along Ramkhamhaeng Road to Wat Sriboonreung. 
You must switch boats at Pratunam. Stops along the two routes include Nana Chard, Asoke-Petchaburi, Prasanmit, Italthai, Wat Mai Chonglom, Baan Don Mosque, Soi Thonglor, Charn Issara and Vijit School.

If coming from the Grand Palace area in Rattanakosin, there are two ways to get into Sukhumvit:

  • The fastest is to take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Sathorn pier in Silom. From here, continue your way north on Skytrain's Silom Line to Siam Station and transfer to the Sukhumvit Line. The whole ride from Rattanakosin takes about 40 minutes. 
  • You can also take a 30-minute walk or a 5-minute taxi ride to Panfa Leelard pier and continue your journey using the Saen Saep Express Boat.

By Bus
Sukhumvit Road is probably the most congested road in  Bangkok with traffic jams existing the whole day until late in the evening. Also, it is difficult to find out which bus goes where and better to take the Skytrain, metro or express boat even if it costs a little more. If you still insist, there are several bus routes through the Sukhumvit area. The most important is Bus No. 25, starting far southeast of Sukhumvit Road. From here, the route goes northwest along Sukhumvit Road and then passes through Ratchadamri Road and Rama IV Road to Silom. It then continues to Hualamphong Train Station, through either Charoen Krung Road or Yaowarat Road and finally to Tha Chang in Rattanakosin for the Grand Palace.

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