Main Areas of Bangkok II

By | April 29, 2021

Chinatown

The Chinese district

The extensive Chinese block of flats (Chinatown, China Town) is one of the busiest but also the most fascinating parts of the city. It is now easy to get there by metro (station: Wat Mangkon), and you can also go there or from there by boat on a river boat with a local pier called Rachawongse.

The main street of the Chinese district is Yaowarat Road, which is a busy and intrusive street. Once you’ve had time to walk it, you might want to turn onto the side streets. The most popular of these is the so-called. a new market ( Talat Mai ) (Soi 6), with many eateries nearby and a wide variety of shops and stalls where you can get all kinds of drinks for snacks and gifts. Monday is the worst day to go exploring these roads, because then many movements are closed.

At the other end of Yaowarat Road is one of the city’s most famous temple areas, Wat Traimit. It’s the gate next to the Chinese district it is also worth checking out.

Very close to the temple area but due to the wide and busy streets behind the awkward distance is Bangkok Central Station, Hua Lamphong. It is a lively place with long queues for ticket counters. If you plan to go somewhere fairly close, such as Hua Hin or Ayutthaya, you can buy a ticket before boarding the train, but night trains to Chiang Mai, for example, are often sold out a week if not two before the trip begins. In addition to the subway, you can get off the station by numerous taxis, which are always at the end of its Chinese district.

Silom

One area that at least those staying close to it can explore is Silom or Si Lom, which has a subway station of the same name. It is also close to the BTS station (Sala Daeng), which is one of the best places to switch between the BTS air train and the metro train.

Next to the metro station there are large shopping malls that are modern and of luxury class. One of the nice places to visit next to it is Lumphini Park, a park named after the Buddha’s Nepali birthplace (Lumbini). It is at its best as a place to visit in the morning or early evening.

Ratchathewi and Ratchaprasong

Ratchathewi and Ratchaprasong

Quite close to Lumphini Park, which lies between Siam Square, Phaya Thai Station, CentralWorld and Ratchaprarop Station, is one of Bangkok’s most significant. This is a kind of downtown, business center, which, however, is commercial in nature. It is dominated by large shopping malls, some small shopping streets, the Pratunam market area and a canal that divides this area into two different parts.

Siam Square has a couple of large shopping malls, the city’s cultural center [ picture ] and several interfaces at different levels that make the area feel car-free. It can be reached by BTS train (station: Siam), and from there you can well walk to CentralWorld and even to the junction of Pratunam, especially if you are already a little used to the damp heat.

A five-minute BTS train ride or walk will take you to CentralWorld, one of the city’s largest and most diverse shopping malls. It can be explored for up to half a day, but it is also easy to navigate along the R Walk (Ratchaprasong Walk) towards the junction of Pratunam. If you want to cross the sidewalk running next to the sidewalk I regret(Ratchadamri), you should use the bridge over the road, on the other side of which are e.g. Big C Supercenter and other shopping malls with easy access to the area’s BTS station (Chit Lom).

The intersection of Pratunam is one of the busiest but also the most diverse places in the area. There are several large shopping malls next to it, from Pratunam Pier you can reach by boat as well as Sukhumvit, which is an incomprehensibly long journey along the canal, or Banglamphu, which is waiting next to the last pier. There is a somewhat good atmosphere in front of the Platinum Fashion Plaza, right at the junction, as food and drink appear in the early evening. drinking stalls, but of course the lively traffic on many levels dilutes the atmosphere somewhat.

In addition to large shopping malls, people come here from all over Bangkok Pratunam market that are in the area of ​​a couple of streets and many alleys. It is a lively place to avoid, and the clothes and accessories sold there are mainly for local tastes. If you want to get a little out of the mood, there is soi 19 one of the best streets for a bit to explore the offerings and soi 21 is another pretty good side street.

Between Pratunam Marketplace and Phay Thai, there are several tall buildings, the tallest of which is Baiyoke Tower 2, but these are blocks where it’s not worth wandering around. The most convenient places are Airport Rail Link station Ratchaprarop, the terminus of the same line but also and Phaya Thai along the route of the BTS air train. This is not one of the most pleasant areas, and it is not a good area for accommodation, but in addition to the airport, Phaya Thailand is quickly accessible to Siam Square, Victory Monument, a square known for its pharmacies but polluted by traffic, and Chatuchak Park [ on the map], which has one of the largest in Asia on Saturdays and Sundays Fair. They can go from morning to night and are held right next to the BTS station. They are in a large area, there are plenty of places to eat and you can have a great time there for half a day.

Along these roads, which have both a BTS station and a metro station, there is also a Mo Chit bus station, which on the map seems to be a short distance from the park but where you should go by bus or taxi.

Sukhumvit

The busiest parts of Sukhumvit

The last and furthest district from the main attractions of great interest to tourists is Sukhumvit. It is a large neighborhood that is also downtown-style in nature. In addition to its main street (Sukhumvit Road), it is dominated by the BTS air train ramp above it and Asok Montri Road, which is the second Highway in the area. Its intersection with Sukhumvit Road is one of the busiest parts, but also Makkasan stationThere are huge busy streets near that few people like to walk on.

Sukhumvit Road, which is the longest street and road in Thailand, has all possible services along it. It was once, in the 1990s and even in the early 2000s, a fairly normal part of Bangkok, although it was already an international place at that time. Today, it is a completely westernized and overpriced district that is still known for its numerous healthcare companies, such as near Soi 3 and Nana Metro Station. It has always been known for its great fine hotels, shopping malls and eateries, many of which are international. There is also nightlife on many of its side streets and there are plenty of bars on the main street itself. The area is quite convenient for moving both long and short distances by BTS train, and only a few walk the main streets for long distances. On the street itself, the distances are much longer than they appear on the map,

If you want to stay in Sukhumvit, the best areas for it are near Makkasan Station and close to Sukhumvit Road BTS stations. However, this is no ordinary Bangkok, as there is little local atmosphere, the trees are sparse and the rhythm of life is fierce and thoroughly commercial.