Bangkok, Thailand




Sukhumvit is an exclusive district in Bangkok, home to fancy apartments, villas, restaurants, bars and clubs. Popular with foreign visitors and expats, Sukhumvit is becoming more and more a Thai residential neighbourhood as you follow southeast along Sukhumvit Road. This road is the main street passing through the district and one of the longest in Thailand - towards the west end it changes name to Phloen Chit Road and Rama I Road (as it enters the Siam Square area) but to the east it runs most of the way to the Cambodian border.

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Looking at the high-rise apartments, Skytrain and perennial traffic jam on Sukhumvit Road, it is hard to believe the area was once occupied by rice fields until World War II. After the war, large contemporary villas catering to the upper class began to develop in the area. Later construction of high-rise apartments developed and in 1999, the Skytrain covered most of Sukhumvit Road, increasing the popularity of this district even more.

Sukhumvit Road by Aimaimyi

The lowered-numbered sois (roughly between Soi 1 and 63) are a popular residential area for western expatriates and affluent Thais. Sukhumvit is densely packed with shopping centres, restaurants and hotels. Also, the pavements of Sukhumvit itself have become a huge market carrying everything from luggage to fake Rolex watches and after midnight they turn into roadside bars and pubs. Sukhumvit offers one of the best dining in Bangkok, ranging from five-star dining to street stands and the variety of choices are almost overwhelming. Japanese nationals can be found in the Soi 21 area and upwards but most tend to congregate around Soi 55. Indians have settled around Soi 12 and Arabs grouped at Soi 3/1 (informally is known as Soi Arab).

Street scene in Sukhumvit by Aimaimyi

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