Sukhumvit Area of Bangkok
The long boulevard of Sukhimvit Road it the heart of Bangkok's expatriate community. Most of the street is lined with business that cater to the large population of foreign residents in Thailand, while the deep alleys that lead off the main street are crammed with high rise condominiums and serviced apartments.
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Sukhumvit is a very long street. In fact it stretches right out of Bangkok and down the east coast of Thailand, to Pattaya and beyond. It is the original highway to the naval base at Sattahip. The street runs through several distinctively different neighborhoods, which are usually formed around the few through streets which connect it to other main roads such as Petchburi.
There actually isn't a lot around Sukhumvit to interest most visitors to the city, aside from some hotels, but at least a few of districts might be worth knowing about:
- Asoke is the closest-in and handiest area to transportation. It also has a good number of hotel options for all budgets and tastes.
- In some ways, Prompong is the very heart of the expatriate community, with the Emporium mall and other facilities catering to foreigners. The immediate area is especially popular with Japanese, and there are many businesses catering especially to them.
- Thonglor, also known as Sukhumvit Soi 55, is lined with restaurants and condominiums. It's a bit more quiet and toned down than its neighbor Ekamai.
- Like Thonglor, Ekamai (Sukhumvit 63) is lined with restaurants and condominiums, as well as a few serviced residences catering to expatriates. Ekamai is a popular night-time dining and entertainment area for locals as well as foreigners.