Sukhumvit is the commercial, entertainment and tourist centre of modern Bangkok. Towards the west end, the road (thanon in Thai) changes its name, first, to Ploenchit Road, and then, to Rama I Road. And it runs all the way to the east cutting across the city border. Even an uneven side-streets (soi in Thai) are on opposite north and south sides of the road. Even so, it is one of Bangkok’s main arteries, driving Sukhumvit way is a real hassle, as it constantly packed with heavy traffic day and night. The Sky train runs along Sukhumvit Road up to Soi 121 occupying the central part of the street. All major shopping spots and vendor stalls are concentrated on the sidewalks between Soi 3 (Soi Nana Nua) and Soi 21 (Asoke Road), basically forming a long-stretched market, which is bustling all day and up to the midnight or so. And then, after midnight some street carts and food-stalls turn into after-hours outdoor cafes and bars.
The section between Sukhumvit Soi 1 and Soi 63 is a favourite residential area amongst western expatriates. Sukhumvit Soi 12 is populated mainly by Indian expats. Japanese nationals tend to stay from Asoke intersection upwards. Bangkok’s Little Japan is near Sukhumvit Soi 33 and across the street at Soi 24. A smaller enclave called Japan Village is down Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Soi Thong Lo). To accommodate them, a great deal of high-rise and high style condominiums have been built in these residential areas. Suiting community demand, several International schools are situated in the neighbourhood as well.
All the way along Sukhumvit Road and in just about every side street is a huge selection of restaurants from budget to luxury that covers just about every cuisine known to man. Sukhumvit offers some of the best dinings out alternatives in Bangkok. The variety of choices and taste are overwhelmingly ranging from fast-food chains to restaurants with French, Italian, German, Russian, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Mexican kitchen as well as Thai and Thai-Chinese cuisine. Eateries around Soi 3 (Soi Nana Nua) at the beginning of Sukhumvit Road are serving Middle Eastern and Muslim food.
There are many hotels ranging from 5-star to cheaper establishments in the area from Soi Nana to Asoke Road. There are also several shopping malls like The Emporium upscale shopping centre at Soi 24. Many Indian owned tailor shops that offer custom made clothing can be found there as well. Massage joints are also abounding around Sukhumvit vicinity. This area is particularly well-known for its lively bar scene. Bustling and hustling go-go bars at the Nana Entertainment Plaza and other entertainment venues in Soi 4 (Soi Nana Tai) serve as the prominent Sukhumvit night district. Another street of bars, Soi Cowboy, is just past Asoke Road between Soi 21 and 23. These red-light entertainment districts cater primarily to foreigners.
Road / tánǒn / ถนน
Park / sǔansǎataaráná / สวนสาธารณะ
Centre / glaang / กลาง
City / mʉang / เมือง
Market / tàlaàt / ตลาด
Opposite / trongkâam / ตรงข้าม
Variety / kwaamlàaklǎay / ความหลากหลาย
Hotel / roongrɛɛm / โรงแรม