A major transport hub, Victory Monument is not the prettiest Bangkok district, but it does have some great restaurants and interesting streets to explore
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Why Visit Victory Monument?
Victory Monument isn’t Bangkok’s most beautiful area, with endless concrete overpasses and bus stations. Despite its lack of natural beauty, it’s home to some great restaurants and a mix of interesting bars on Soi Rangnam.
The Victory Monument area is also where you’ll find King Power, Bangkok’s biggest duty-free shopping mall, as well as a variety of small shopping malls, clothing shops, street food stalls and other quintessential aspects of everyday Bangkok life.
If you’re catching a minivan to Hua Hin, Cha Am, Pattaya or any other destination close to Bangkok, it’s likely you’ll be departing from Victory Monument.
Things to See and Do in Victory Monument
A lively evening in Bangkok © Connie Ma
- Victory Monument
Built in 1941 to celebrate Thailand’s victory over France in 1940, Victory Monument is a large monument that’s used as a distance marker for Bangkok in maps of Thailand. The monument is home to a popular food and clothing market and serves as a bus and minivan hub.
- Century: The Movie Plaza
Century: The Movie Plaza is a shopping mall located next to BTS Victory Monument. While it isn’t as impressive as the shopping malls in nearby Ratchaprasong, Century serves as a great shopping hub for the Rangnam and Victory Monument area.
- Centre One
Another small shopping mall, Centre One is located on the Victory Monument roundabout. Its myriad small shops offer a wide range of wholesale clothes and accessories similar to what you can find at City Complex or Platinum Fashion Mall in nearby Pratunam.
- King Power Duty Free Complex
Located on Soi Rangnam, a small street located close to BTS Victory Monument, the King Power Complex is Bangkok’s largest duty-free shopping mall. Prices for brand name goods here are some of the lowest in the city — remember to bring your passport and plane ticket.
- Bangkok Dolls & Museum
Bangkok Dolls is a small, somewhat hidden museum located a short distance from Victory Monument BTS Station. In addition to the charming doll museum, there’s a shop offering a range of handmade Thai dolls, all of which are produced on site.
- Santiphap Park (Peace Park)
Santhipap Park is a small but relaxing park located between Soi Rangnam and Ratchawithi Road. Five minutes from BTS Victory Monument on foot, Santiphap Park fills up with local residents at 6 pm every evening for free aerobics classes.
- Phayathai Palace
Built in 1909 when Phaya Thai was still predominantly an area of farmland, Phayathai Palace is a beautiful early 20th century Thai palace. The palace, which over the years has served as an international hotel and retreat for King Rama V, is largely unknown to tourists.
- Thai-Japan Youth Centre
Located in Din Daeng, the Thai-Japan Youth Centre is a sports complex that’s 10 minutes from BTS Victory Monument by taxi. Facilities include a running track, public tennis courts, gymnastics equipment and a martial arts training facility.
Places to Eat in Victory Monument
Roast Duck w/ Fried Egg w/ Rice © Mikhail Esteves
- Wine Pub
A huge selection of wines at relatively reasonable prices (Thailand puts a huge luxury tax on wine so it’s eyewateringly expensive for tourists), Wine Pub is a sophisticated, atmospheric place for dinner which has numerous weekly special deals for dinner and drinks.
- Victory Point
This open air shopping mall is easy to find: exit BTS Victory Monument and walk towards the monument itself. Located in front of Centre One shopping mall, Victory Point is made up of an assortment of open air food stalls serving fried noodles, soup and other Thai dishes.
- Doy Kuay Teow Reua
Although its location is about as unromantic as one can be — Doy Kuay Teow Reua is built alongside a rather dirty canal — this restaurant’s excellent boat noodles, which cost just 15 baht a bowl, bring in hundreds of diners a day.
- Kuang Seafood
Soi Rangnam is one of Bangkok’s best streets for authentic Thai dining, and Kuang Seafood is undoubtedly one of its most famous restaurants. With tanks of fresh seafood visible from the street, it’s impossible to pass by Kuang Seafood without feeling hungry.
- B Resto
This small Italian/Thai restaurant is located next to Santiphap Park on Soi Rangnam. The menu is made up of a wide range of dishes, but it’s the authentic Italian pizzas that steal the show, as well as the great range of classic cocktails.
- Eat Am Are
Located on the corner of Soi Rangnam and Phayathai Road, Eat Am Are is popular with local university students and Rangnam residents. The menu includes a variety of cheap steaks and burgers, with tables quickly filling up after sunset.
- Everest Kitchen
Everest Kitchen is a small Indian and Nepalese restaurant located on Ratchaprarop Road, right next to The Complete condo building. The restaurant is small, noisy and crowded with diners after sunset, but the food itself is fantastic and very fairly priced.
- Tida Isaan
Step into Soi Rangnam and you’ll quickly spot Tida Isaan — an open air Isaan restaurant right behind Century: The Movie Plaza. Tisa Isaan attracts locals, expats and tourists alike seeking tasty northeastern Thai food.
- Isaan Rot Det
Tida Isaan might have the location, but Isaan Rot Det definitely has the food. Located a little further down Soi Rangnam, Isaan Rot Det serves excellent (and extremely spicy) Isaan food with no-frills service, making it a great choice for lunch or dinner if you’re in the area.
- Great Grandson Noodle Bar
Although it’s called Great Grandson Noodle Bar, this quiet neighbourhood restaurant serves a huge variety of Thai dishes. Meals are inexpensive and the juice bar outside delivers to diners inside the restaurant.
- Bean Around Café
Located opposite the King Power Duty Free Complex on Soi Rangnam, Bean Around Café is a small local café that’s popular with Rangnam residents. Open from 7 am, it’s one of the few cafés near Victory Monument to serve breakfast.
- Baan Pa Jazz
A favourite of Thai street food gurus, Baan Pa Jazz is a tiny restaurant hidden on Ratchawithi Soi 7 (accessible from Ratchawithi and Soi Rangnam). Pa Jazz cooks a great variety of Thai dishes at reasonable prices, starting from 10 am daily.
Best Luxury Hotels in Victory Monument
- Pullman Bangkok at King Power
Located in the King Power Complex on Soi Rangnam, the Pullman Bangkok at King Power is Victory Monument’s only five-star hotel. This quiet and luxurious hotel has a rooftop swimming pool, fantastic day spa and one of Bangkok’s best wine bars.
- Royal View Resort
This small three-star hotel is located right beside Santhipap Park, making it a relaxing place to escape the noise of Victory Monument itself. Ask for a room on one of the higher floors for an excellent view of the city skyline in Phaya Thai and Ratchaprasong.
- Century Park Hotel
Century Park Hotel is a comfortable four-star hotel located about 10 minutes from BTS Victory Monument on foot. Rooms are spacious and the hotel’s swimming pool highly relaxing, but its location next to a major flyover means that rooms on the lower floors can be noisy.
- True Siam Hotel
The True Siam Hotel is a quiet, comfortable three-star hotel hidden on Sri Ayutthaya Soi 12, just a couple of minutes from BTS Victory Monument. A short walk to street food and great restaurants on nearby Soi Rangnam make this hotel a convenient, low-cost option.
- Bizotel Bangkok
The Bizotel Bangkok is a simple, minimalistic and functional three-star hotel on Soi Rangnam just five minutes from BTS Victory Monument. The hotel is a short walk from Santiphap Park, with a variety of restaurants and street food vendors nearby.
Best Mid Range Hotels in Victory Monument
Best Budget Hotels in Victory Monument
- 21 Living Place
21 Living Place is a serviced apartment located on Soi Rangnam, less than five minutes from BTS Victory Monument. Furnished rooms, free Wi-Fi and a convenient location — along with discounted weekly and monthly rates for long-term guests — make it a good choice.
- HI.Mid Bangkok Hotel
HI.Mid Bangkok Hotel is a short walk from BTS Victory Monument. Surrounded by great cafés and restaurants, this budget hotel offers dorms and private rooms, making it a good choice for budget travellers that want to be close to public transportation.
Nightlife in Victory Monument
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- Baan Bar
Located on Soi Rangnam a short walk from the King Power Complex, Baan Bar is a small but hugely popular bar within easy walking distance of BTS Victory Monument. Drinks are strong and inexpensive, making this a favourite of local residents and expats.
- Raintree Pub
Raintree is a live music pub on Soi Rangnam that specialises in Thai folk music. With interior decorating that makes it feel more like a 1970s living room than a local bar, Raintree attracts a crowd of locals and expats seeking fun live music and no-frills drinks.
- Skytrain Jazz Pub
Although there’s not much jazz on offer — live music is normally 90s alternative rock covers — Skytrain Jazz Pub is one of Rangnam’s best live music bars. Located atop a small shophouse close to the BTS, getting up the five flights of stairs is quite a journey, but the view is worth it.
- Saxophone Jazz Pub
Saxophone is one of Bangkok’s best live music bars. With live performances by the house band and guests, Saxophone’s combination of great drinks, classic Thai food and live jazz, rock and blues makes it one of Victory Monument’s best nightspots.
- Wine Pub
Bangkok might not be the best city on earth for wine lovers, but Wine Pub — a great wine bar located inside the Pullman King Power Hotel — is undoubtedly a fantastic place to try a huge range of wines from around the world.
Getting to Victory Monument
- By BTS
The Victory Monument area is easy to access using the BTS Skytrain. From BTS Siam, take the Sukhumvit Line towards Mo Chit and exit at Victory Monument Station. A large skybridge connects all sides of the monument with the BTS Skytrain station.
- By Minivan
Victory Monument is Bangkok’s minivan transportation hub. If you’re travelling into Bangkok by minivan from Hua Hin, Pattaya, Ayutthaya or any other destinations within three hours of Bangkok, this area is most likely where your minivan will arrive.