Thailand is one of the most sought-after destinations in Asia, with the capital city, Bangkok, being the most visited city in the world…over 21million visitors in 2016!
Many tourists come to Thailand and end up falling in love with the country, the people and especially the vibrancy of Bangkok. With restaurants offering the best in local and international cuisine, sky-high roof-top bars, lively nightclubs, state-of-the-art shopping malls, and bustling street markets… there are endless treasures that hide among the many layers of this intoxicating city.
But choosing where to stay in Bangkok can be a daunting decision. So to assist you in your decision, we have listed some of the best places to live in Bangkok, with a little insight into each area.
The majority of expats live in the heart of the city, which runs along the downtown stretch of Sukhumvit road and its adjoining Soi’s (sub-streets) where life is rich in shopping, eating and nightlife, giving it a modern and cosmopolitan feel. Along this stretch also runs the BTS skytrain, which intersects at Asok with the MRT underground trains, making life easy to get from one point to the next.
Sukhumvit is split into three main areas: Lower Sukhumvit – the business & nightlife district; Mid Sukhumvit – shopping and family area; and Upper Sukhumvit – the quieter, but up-and-coming district.
Upper Sukhumvit (BTS: Phra Khanong to Bang Na)
Being cheaper and a little quieter, don’t be fooled into thinking that there is not much to see or do here! This area has become very popular with expats looking for a new vibe, and some of Bangkok’s best-hidden dining locations. And being a little further from the main “hub” then apartment prices are more affordable.
MID SUKHUMVIT (BTS: Phrom Phong to Ekkamai)
Looking for larger condos & apartments, awesome shopping and extensive dining options, then this area might be more your style. Being a little quieter and very popular with families and expat communities, especially with a strong Japanese influence. The green area of Benjasiri Park also provides a break from the constant traffic and noise of Sukhumvit!
Lower Sukhumvit (BTS: Nana to Asok)
The start of Sukhumvit road contains some of the most popular tourist joints, cool shopping areas, and also some of the best apartments & condos. Be prepared for busy sidewalks filled with plenty of street vendors and international influences including India and Korea towns. But if you want to be close to the real “hub” of Bangkok, then this is the place to stay!
Silom and Sathorn
This bustling commercial area is Bangkok’s financial district with soaring corporate office towers, but at night this area changes face as the famous Patpong road buzzes to life. Well connected to transport, Silom road begins at Lumphini Park, the green heart of the city and ends at the Chao Phraya River. Containing some of the trendiest hotels in Bangkok with sumptuous dining and sky-high rooftop bars, the Sathorn/Silom area is one of the newest areas becoming popular with both expats and business travellers.
Chidlom and Ploenchit
This area of downtown is an aspiring place to be, with Wireless road and Ploenchit road containing some of Bangkok’s most upscale apartments. It is also home to Embassies, luxury hotels and expensive shopping malls. If you’re looking for the high-end lifestyle whilst in Bangkok, then this area is a definite choice, but be aware that this prestigious address also comes with a high price tag.
Ratchadaphisek (Huai Kwang up to Suthisan)
Popularly called “Rachada” by locals, this area is one of Bangkok’s best kept secret. With property prices and MRT connection, this somewhat central location has enticed young professionals and expats to come live in some of its flashy apartments. Although the area is modern, it still keeps its town life feel but still close enough to enjoy what Sukhumvit has to offer.
Phetchaburi Road is one of the longest roads in Bangkok. Its close proximity to the Pratunam, Chidlom and Siam areas of downtown Bangkok is possibly Pectchaburi’s biggest selling point. Fine Bangkok apartments, shopping areas and entertainment for the whole family – this area has it all. It is also well connected, if you’ve got your own transportation, you can escape the traffic of Sukhumvit in just minutes.
Named after the large public park in the center of this area, Chatuchak is also known for Asia’s largest open air market. There are a number of affordable condos and apartments for rent in Chatuchak area. It also has multitude of transport options such as the MRT, BTS and the northern bus terminal Mo Chit. Living in this area means you get to have the excitement on the weekend and the normal buzz on the weekdays. If you want to escape it all, the Chatuchak Park is where you can bring your family to recharge.
The historic roots of Bangkok started along its riverside. Nowadays, it has become one of the most popular areas for high rise luxury condos and apartments to pop up. The riverside provides amazing views day and night. From the water taxis ferrying commuters, to the barges carrying cargos, and luxury hotels set against the backdrop of glittering temples and palaces. It’s also easy to escape Bangkok’s traffic by getting on one of the river taxis.
Khao San Road
Perhaps the first place a majority of foreigners know this road as a backpackers’ mecca. What many don’t know is that there are a number of cheap condos for rent in the vicinity of this famous street. You can still feel the “Thai” vibe outside of the famous street. There are many local restaurants and shops that sell cheap food. Living here means you also get to escape the constant buzz of central Bangkok but then get to be there in just minutes. Cheap and accessible, a good idea for budget conscious expat.
Whichever part you decide to live in Bangkok, you’ll be assured that you will enjoy the best of what this metropolitan city has to offer.