ONE DAY AT SUKHUMVIT ROAD.
If you love the city life you will surely like to spend a full day at Sukhumvit road in Bangkok.The establishment of Sukhumvit road started right after the second world war was over. Ricefields made way for upscale villas for the new rich and famous. Nowadays the first 40 soi’s (streets/alleys) at Sukhumvit road are famous for great eateries, hotels, shopping malls and appartments for expats and Thai residents. Sukhumvit can easily be reached by BTS (skytrain) MRT (subway) and even by boat through Klong Sean Saeb which runs adjecent to Sukhumvit road. Becasue it’s so easy to get there and there’s great food around every corner it’s such a lively area. Many tourists, expats and Thai people come here to taste the best food and dance at the hippest venues until late at night.
Sukhumvit Road is the longest road in Thailand and one of the longest streets in the world. At the beginning at Siam Square it’s called Phloen Chit Road and Rama I Road but it changes to Sukhumvit after just a mile or so. This street runs all the way to Pattaya and continues almost to the Cambodian border near Koh Chang.
Sukhumvit road is not famous for many cultural or touristic highlights but you can spend one or two full days here to explore and have an amazing time.
Here’s our one day at Sukhumvit guide!
Start the morning with a visit to Benjakitti Park.
At Benjakitti park you can see Bangkok’s skyline with so many highrise buildings. Hotels, shopping malls, offices and appartments all overlook this lovely park and Rachada Lake. The park covers an area of approximately 200,000sqms. And it’s located opposite the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. The park has many bicycle and jogging tracks throughout the whole park. At the lake you can rent paddle and rowing boats as well if you’re feeling romantic. At a skateboarding ramp and fitness area you can sweat it out and join the afternoon aerobic classes.
- Opening Hours: Daily 05:00 – 20:00
• Location: Lake Ratchada, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre
• BTS: Asoke
• Admission: Free
Kamthieng House Museum.
This 19th-century Thai stilted teak house is originally from Chiang Mai and it showcases the Northern style of building in former days. It was moved to Bangkok by the Siam Society in the 1960’s. It is a breath of ancient fresh air between all the highrises and shopping malls that surround it. The garden has many typical Thai and tropical plants and the tools that are on display will make you wonder what they where used for. It is really worth spending some time here to get to know some more about traditional Thai customs and traditions.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 on Tuesday to Saturday.
• Location: 131 Thanon Asok Montri, Sukhumvit Soi 21.
• BTS: Asoke
• Price: 100 Thb
Take one or two hours time to relax and discover the relaxation of a traditional Thai massage. There are plenty local Thai massage shops around Sukhumvit road. But there are also many high-end Spa’s where you can get almost every treatment that you can think of. Hot stone massages, waxing, facials and of course traditional Wat Pho style Thai massages.
Lunch at C&C.
Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant is a paradise for condom lovers. Mister Mechai Viravaidya founded this restaurant and resort chain to improve the lives of Thai people by educating people about issues such as sexual health, sustainability and anti-corruption. People say that because of him the average Thai family nowadays has about 2 children.
The food at C&C is a variety of Thai food from all over Thailand. From typical Northern Thai sausages to spicy Southern curries. Prices range from 80 Thb to about 300 Thb per dish. The decorations in the restaurant are all made from condoms and are funny and engaging to see. Especially because most of the profits will serve a good cause and it’s there for educational purposes only.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
• BTS: Asoke
• Location: Sukhumvit Rd soi 12. Just a few minutes walk from the Khamtieng House at the opposite of Sukhumvit road.
Terminal 21 a World of Shops.
Terminal 21 is one of the newest malls in downtown Bangkok. It represents 9 floors of different shopping and dining experiences. Each floor has it’s own theme country or city. Like a Turkish souk, the San Fransisco fishing wharf, London or Tokyo. There are more then 600 shops and restaurants so you can spend as much time as you like here. Maybe one day is not even enough. The Terminal actually looks like an airport departure terminal and that’s where you will find yourself at in the main area of this fun and exciting new shopping mall. You can find the big brand name shops her but also bookshops and a SF Cinema Plex.
- Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm.
• Location: Sukhumvit Road between Soi 19 and 2.
• BTS: Asoke
The Flow Rider experience is gaining populairity all around the World. Thai and expats living in Bangkok are raving about it as well. Flow Rider has an artificial wave machine and it’s own city beach club. It’s a great experience for the afternoon for the whole family to cool down and show your moves on a board. Flowriding is a combination of surfing and wakeboarding on an inflatable ramp with water being pumped up at a high speed to give the experience of surfing at sea.
The price for one hour of Group surfing classes is 550 Thb per person for one hour. Groups are set at a maimum number of seven so the instructor can give everybody the right amount of attention It’s for all ages if you are fit enough and not scared to get wet.
- Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
• Address: Flow House, A-Square, Sukhumvit Soi 26, Klong-Toey, Bangkok
• Telephone: (+66) 2 108 5210
• Pric: 550Thb /650Thb after 18:00 or on weekends.
The Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC), was established around 10 years ago to inspire the country’s creativity and innovative ideas among designers and entrepreneurs.
Chairman of TCDC Pansak Vinyarat stated that Thailand can no longer compete with other countries in terms of lower labour costs. “To maintain competitiveness in the global market, we need to capitalise on creativity in designing products and services to better meet with market requirements. Thailand has to further boost export revenues in a bid to keep its trade position in surplus” he says. That’s why this center was set up. It houses hundreds of different materials, thousands of books, movies and it’s a creative workspace for everyone that wants to walk in and use their facilities.
There is also a permanent exhibition about design and the influence of factors like religion, society, urban landscapes, economics etc.
If you are a creative mind, you will love this place.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 but it’s closed on Monday.
• Location: Sukhumvit Soi 24, 6th floor, the Emporium Mall.
• BTS: Phrom Phong
• Price: Free
Dinner at Bo Lan.
Bo Lan is probably the best fine cuisine restaurant in Bangkok. It has got tons of excellent reviews and people from all over the World come to Bangkok especially for this dining experience.
The restaurant is owned and run by one two chefs. Duangporn Songvisava (Bo) and Dylan Jones. They serve a fine dining experience with all the traditional Thai flavors but with the European and French influences of haute cuisine.
Every day you can choose from 3 ‘set menu’s’ and are all priced around 2000 Thb for all courses. This does not include taxes, service charge and drinks.
If you are a Thai food lover you will feel that this was worth every cent for your ticket to Thailand!
- Opening Hours: Lunch (Thurs-Sun) 12:00 – 14:30Dinner (Tues-Sun) 18:00 – 01:00 (last order by 22:30)
• Location: Sukhumvit Soi 53
• BTS: Thonglor
• Tel: +66 (0)2 260 2962 (reservation needed)
Octave Rooftop bar is the latest in Bangkok’s Rooftop bars. This place is the only full 360 degrees view rooftop bar so far so it is definately worth the visit. The location is on top of the Marriot Sukhumvit Hotel and it’s on the 45th up to the 47th floor. Prices for cocktails and beers are reasonable. For a beer you pay about 200 Thb and cocktails start from around 300 Thb. It opens at 5 pm.
Views are stunning and if the weather is fine you can see all the major sites in Bangkok and far beyond! This is the perfect place to chill out for a while after dinner and get ready for some serious clubbing
- Opening Hours: 5 pm until 1am
• BTS: Thong Lor
• Location: Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 57, 45th Floor.
Narz offers three types of music hip hop, house and trance music. Start slow and hip some hop first and later move on upstairs for some excellent clubbing on trance or different styles of house music. The party starts after 12 pm but depending on the night they might close at 6 am. All other venues close at 2 am so if you’re a party hard kind of person, this would be your place.
Admission depends on the night and on who is playing. On weekdays before 10 pm entrance is free. But you’ll be dancing alone for a few hours. After 12 pm expect to pay about 400 Thb entrance. But if international DJ’s are playing this might go up to 1000 Thb or more. Drinks are about 200 Thb each.
- Opening Hours: 10 pm until maybe 6 am.
• BTS: Asoke
• Location: 112 Sukhumvit Soi 23
• Price: 400 Bath and up.
Radisson Blu Plaza.
For your well needed rest after this long and amazing day.
An excellent hotel for leisure and business travellers that love being at the heart of this bustling city.
- BTS: Asoke
• Location: 489 Sukhumvit road.
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