Sukhumvit Road is one of the oldest and most emblematic roads in Thailand. From central Bangkok, Sukhumvit Road then crosses several other seaside cities, including Pattaya, to Trat, on the Cambodian border.
In Bangkok, Sukumvit Road is probably one of the most famous avenues in the capital, partly due to the dynamism that prevails day and night. This vitality gives Sukhumvit Road a tourist interest in itself. The BTS (aerial metro), modern and very practical to travel on the avenue, serves 12 stations over a distance of more than 10 kilometres.
All the districts described below are also the name of a BTS station that links these districts together.
Nana, located at the very beginning of Sukhumvit Road, was one of the first areas in Bangkok where Westerners settled. Today, Nana still has this unique international atmosphere by being one of the capital's most open neighbourhoods to the world, welcoming people from all over the world. This crossbreeding allows, for example, that this district is the best place in the city to try Indian or Middle Eastern cuisine. There are also a large number of restaurants offering European dishes or dishes from all over the American continent.
This district is also very famous for its lively nightlife, especially the soi 11 (street number 11) with many trendy bars and restaurants, a privileged meeting place for Western expatriates and tourists who know the best addresses. Still on this street, there are some of the most popular discos of Thai and Western clubbers: Levels, The Bed Supperclub or the Q Bar.
In addition, very close to the BTS (aerial metro) station is also Burumgrad Hospital, one of the largest health facilities in Asia, which receives thousands of patients from all over the world every year for quality care.
In the immediate extension of Nana, Asoke is a major crossroads of the Thai capital, both for motorists travelling south of the city (Sathorn district, Lumpini Park), north (Ratchadapisek Road, Rama 9 Road, Latprao Road), east (Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya), and also for public transport users.
The BTS (aerial metro) and the MRT (underground metro) cross each other at this intersection to allow users to move from one to the other easily.
Thanks to its ideal location and its ease of travel (BTS and MRT), Asoke is a district with a high density of luxury residential buildings.
In general, Asoke is an astonishing mix of business districts, tourist sites, residential areas and a shopping paradise with the Terminal 21 shopping centre, one of the most original in the capital, where each of the eight floors is dedicated to a major world megalopolis (Rome, Paris, Istanbul, etc.).
About 1 km after the BTS station in Asoke is the Phrom Pong district. In the immediate vicinity of the BTS station is the Emporium shopping centre, which was the first luxury shopping centre in Bangkok to offer high-end shopping, dining and leisure opportunities within the same complex.
Since its launch in 1995, this mall has been so successful that Emporium number 2 will open its doors in 2014 just opposite the existing one.
The streets around Phrom Pong's BTS station are mainly residential with high-rise skyscraper condominiums.
These streets, which leave from Sukhumvit Road, allow you to escape the dynamism of the avenue and find yourself in a quieter atmosphere where houses and buildings follow one another like in a small town.
Just next to the Emporium shopping centre is Benjasiri Park, one of the few green spaces on Sukhumvit Road. In the middle of the skyscrapers, this green park is ideal for relaxing, playing sports or taking a family walk.
A few hundred meters after Phrom Pong station, the BTS takes us to the Thong Lor district which is also a road (Sukhumvit soi 55). Thong Lor is a residential and trendy district where wealthy Thai families live alongside Westerners. The main road has a multitude of international restaurants with a predominance of Japanese restaurants. Trendy bars and coffee shops are also part of the decor on Thong Lor Street.Thong Lor's interest, as well as most of the neighbourhoods along Sukhumvit Avenue, is that when you rush further into the sois (streets), you discover charming, calm and very green lanes where houses or small condominiums are hidden that blend like a charm into the landscape.
Like Thong Lor, Ekkamai is a wealthy neighbourhood that attracts both wealthy Thai families and expatriate families. A high-end supermarket as well as cinemas and a wide range of convenient stores allow families to meet their needs without having to venture into Bangkok.
In addition, Ekkamai, as well as Thong Lor to a lesser extent, benefits from the proximity of the large Ekkamai-Ramintra avenue, which allows for example rapid access to the French high school in Bangkok.
In addition, the Ekkamai district has gained a certain notoriety for its bars, restaurants and discos that attract the golden Thai youth as well as trendy artists and starlets.
Luxury cars, a sign of the country's good economic health, are more visible than elsewhere in the capital.
Phra Khanong is a quiet district, mainly residential, which is gaining importance year after year thanks to residential building projects and its proximity to the Ekkamai-Thong Lor districts and the Rama 4 road, which allows you to go quickly to Sathorn Avenue. This district owes its name to the Phra Khanong River, which flows into the Chao Phraya River a few miles from the BTS station.
The name of this district gained unexpected popularity in early 2013 when a film inspired by a local urban legend about a ghost dominated the Thai box office for several weeks. Very original, the Wat Mahabut temple was erected according to this legend and contains the statue of a hairy woman with her baby, covered with gold leaf.
Across the Phra Kanong River is On Nut Road and its associated neighbourhood. On Nut is a place in Bangkok in the making that attracts more and more Western expatriates thanks to the many constructions and condominium projects around the BTS Station.
This district, which is being modernized, has nevertheless kept all its charm. This complementarity between the old and the modern is seen in the vicinity of the BTS station where a modern supermarket faces a traditional market with its small restaurants and bars where, every evening, concerts enliven the place until late at night.
In addition, the On Nut Road (Sukhumvit soi 77) provides quick and easy access to the gigantic Mega Bangna complex, one of the largest shopping centres in the world.