Best Neighborhoods in Bangkok to Explore
Diverse Allures of the City of Angels
Cosmopolitan Bangkok is a true cultural melting pot home to captivating neighbourhoods that each offer something different to experience. If it’s going to be your first time in the Thai capital, here’s a sneak peek at some of the top areas and what they are known for.
Pathum Wan (for Shopping)
Shopaholics should definitely base themselves in the Pathum Wan District home to some of the best malls in Bangkok; this includes the all-time favourite, MBK Centre connected to the Pathumwan Princess Hotel; this mall offers seven floors of shops featuring a full range of products and some great bargains too. With malls like Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Centre, and Central World Plaza all in this area as well, you can get all the retail therapy, designer fashion brands, souvenirs, and family fun you desire!
The Riverside (for Culture)
Those interested in soaking up some culture as well as visiting historical landmarks and temples can head to the Riverside area near the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok; tourist attractions on the eastern bank (Phra Nakhon) include the stunning 18th century Grand Palace home to the revered Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Nearby is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, while on the river’s west bank (Thonburi) is the iconic Temple of Dawn. Taking a river cruise here is thus not to be missed.
Chinatown (for Street Food)
Yaowarat Road is where you will find the city’s Chinatown which is a hotspot for those looking to savour eclectic and exotic street food in Bangkok which is cheap as well. This area, especially at night, is the place to go for culinary discoveries as countless restaurants and street stalls offer plenty of aromatic Thai and Chinese delights to savour. On your foodie escapades, you can introduce your taste buds to dim sum, scintillating seafood, BBQ pork skewers, Thai crepes (khanom buang), mango sticky rice and more!
Sukhumvit (for Nightlife)
While Bangkok is known as the ‘City of Angels’, if there’s one place that both saints and sinners like to party at, it’s Sukhumvit! This dynamic neighbourhood is home to some of the most happening nightlife venues in the city where you can drink and dance the night away. Soi 11 is a popular locale here for partying, while Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza are more ‘adults only’ playgrounds with lots of go-go bars. For some club-hopping fun, head to Beam, Sing Sing Theatre, Sugar Club and Candy Club x BOBO.