Bangkok has a variety of possibilities to explore, being the sight seeing, the entertainment or the shopping. In this post we briefly highlight a few things to do around Soi 15 Sukhumvit. We don’t endorse any of these places, but we name a few places we would go as otherwise the list is getting too extensive.
Soi 15 is very centrally located, which means all shopping and entertainment is reached within 15 Minutes by BTS or MRT – a very convenient way to travel is the Klong Speedboat, the station is 3 minutes walk towards the end of Soi 15. For the brave ones, use the motorcycle taxi, locally called “Motosai”, as that can cut travel time by 2/3. Alternatively take the Motosia to the next BTS Station Asoke and cut the walk of about 8 Minutes into 2 Minutes. The Motosai is available right in front of the house from 06.00- 21.00h daily.
The major shopping district is Silom, with its ‘Patpong Night Market’, Siam with ‘MBK’ and ‘Siam Square’ and high-end shopping and endless eating possibilities at the ground floor of ‘Siam Paragon’. Pratunam is famous for cloths and fashion and a must-go is ‘Platinum Mall’. If you stay over the weekend, the ‘Chatuchak Weekend-market’, is a must, starting Friday afternoon with a few shops open and the masses pouring in Saturday and Sunday. Be aware, its packed, hot and exhausting finding the right things to buy as you will get lost among the endless offering – so light cloth and comfortable shoes are required, and look after your belongings.
Entertainment is literally in front of the door steps with Soi 11 being one of the major nightlife attractions, you will find the legendary Q-Bar, now newly renovated and under new management, Le-Phenix Hotel just opposite with a great roof-top bar ‘The Nest’. With two dance floors and outside area ‘Levels’ attract now the most crowd at Soi 11 and if you are in for afterhour-party ‘Bash’ is the place to be. And so many more places go… and if you fancy a quality coffee, ‘Starbucks’ is there too…and for us the best Pizza in Bangkok is defintly ‘Limoncello’, and an cocktail, tapas or a nice glas of wine would best be taken at ‘Oscar’.
Of you are on a budget, checkout ‘Cheap Charlies’, tucked a bit away, but you will manage to find it, relaxed drinking on the curb side.
Famous among all Thailand travellers is of course the Backpacker district ‘Khao San Road’, but to got there you have to plan a bit time, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on traffic.
For those hunting for the Gogo bars, ‘Soi Cowboy’ is a few minutes walk down and across Asoke, so is ‘Nana Plaza’ with only 5 minutes by Motorcycle Taxi. Together with ‘Patpong’ at Silom, these are arguably the biggest pole dancing station in Asia…
Two of our favourite spots in Bangkok are definitely ‘Iron Fairy’ at Thonglor Sukhumvit Soi 55 and ‘Maggie Choo’ in Soi Silom a bit further down from Patpong – both created by the same creative minds. A good entertainment spot, although pricey, is KUDETA and worth to check out.
Sigh seeing spots within easy reach of Soi 15, is the’ Jim Thompson House’ in Siam, get there by the Klong Speedboat within 15 Minutes. Further down at the Chapraya River is ‘Wat Arun’ (The Temple of Dawn), and also reachable by Boat the ‘Grand Palace’ and the famous ‘Wat Prakeaw’, as well as the home of traditional Thai massage ‘What Pho’.
An always highlight with our visitors is ‘ Asiatique‘ down the Chaopraya river and build within the warehouses and on the pier of the old ‘East asiatique Company’ with is fairly sizeable ferris wheel and plenty of restaurants, bars and souvenir shopping, although pretty crowded on some days and mainstream touristic, its worth a visit.
The best view of Bangkok is from the ‘Lebua Hotel’ at the State Tower and apparently the world highest roof bar ‘Sky Bar’.
You will find an extensive list with all you need at www.Bangkok.com