Discover the most interesting Bangkok areas with our Bangkok district guide. Find the best things to do, where to stay and what to eat
Bangkok’s backpacker central, Khao San Road is crowded, noisy and a lot of fun. It’s somewhere every visitor to Bangkok should visit at least once, even if just for a fun night out.
The Chao Phraya River is the heart of Bangkok and the riverside one of its most charismatic areas – explore the city from the water or watch the world go by on the riverbanks
Stretching from the start of Sukhumvit Road to Asok Station is Lower Sukhumvit, one of Bangkok’s most popular business and nightlife districts. Home to a wide range of markets, restaurants and some of the city’s most popular nightlife, Lower Sukhumvit is a mix of work and play.
Central Sukhumvit (running from Sukhumvit Soi 21 to Soi 67) is Bangkok’s upmarket dining and entertainment area, and one of the city’s most desirable places to live. Home to world-class restaurants, shopping malls, and some of Bangkok’s best nightlife, Central Sukhumvit is a great place to shop, relax and unwind.
Upper Sukhumvit – particular the On Nut and Phrakanong districts – might be more laid back than Mid and Lower Sukhumvit, but it’s quickly becoming one of Bangkok’s most interesting areas. With a huge selection of restaurants and cheap hotels, Upper Sukhumvit is a good place to stay on a budget.
Ratchaprasong is Bangkok’s shopping capital, home to the city’s biggest shopping malls and most exclusive designer boutiques. It’s also home to Siam Square – a fashionable shopping area aimed at teens and 20-somethings – as well as some of Bangkok’s best hotels.
Home to Bangkok’s legendary Chatuchak Weekend Market, the Chatuchak district also has some beautiful parks which are the perfect escape from the city’s traffic
Equal parts upscale residential area and hipster hangout, the Ari neighbourhood is home to a selection of great restaurants and cafés. Although it’s off the typical Bangkok itinerary, Ari (also sometimes spelt Aree) has a lot to offer for visitors to Bangkok seeking a quieter side of the city.
Located north of Siam, Phaya Thai is a mixed residential and commercial district with cheap shopping and a great range of local restaurants. It’s also where you arrive if you catch the Airport Rail Link into town
Ratchadaphisek (or Ratchada, as it’s known) is an entertainment, business and residential district that’s largely unvisited by most tourists in Bangkok. Home to Royal City Avenue (RCA), one of Bangkok’s biggest nightlife districts, Ratchadaphisek is a fun area to explore.