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Bangkok Downtown Areas -

Finding out what is what and where.

Surawong Road - Silom Road - Sathon Nua and Sathon Tai Roads - In the northern Thung Mahamek district of south central Bangkok.

Three virtually parallel streets running due west to east, close to the Chao Phraya River, house the multi story business buildings of Banks, Insurance Companies, Airlines etc. and modern shopping malls, department stores and many restaurants. This area of Bangkok is a 24 hour a day area for business and pleasure. Serviced by subway, Sky train and expressway. One area between the east ends of Surawong Road and Silom Road is the internationally well known area of Patpong: offering all kinds of entertainment.

Picture of Thai nightlife - Patpong, Bangkok, entertainment area
Picture of Thai Club land nightlife - Patpong - Bangkok, entertainment area

Ratchadamri Road - In the Siam district of central Bangkok.

The main shopping area of Bangkok. Shopping for virtually anything in modern Department Stores and Malls. Accessible by Sky train and Expressway. There is a traditional Thai market and The United Kingdom Embassy is in the area on Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, south of Phloenchit Road.

Sukhumwit Road and New Phetburi Road - In the Khlong Toei district of eastern Bangkok.

This area houses some of the best hotels and private residences in Bangkok as well as international standard shops and banks.

Sukhumwit Road and New Phetburi Road area at night.
Sukhumwit Road and New Phetburi Road area at night.

The Sky train runs above Sukhumwit Road from the roads beginning in the west to the terminus at On Nut. The area is also served by the subway.

Ratchadaphisek Road is a busy commercial district off Sukhumwit Road with a busy night life and is close to the Stock exchange and the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.


Old (Bangkok) Town and Chinatown Districts are on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River.

This is the area of the original 200 year old city where you will find the Grand Palace , the Temple of the Emerald Buddha , Government Ministries and the Universities. Chinatown is just to the east of the Old Town area and is still a haven for chinese businesses and craftsmen. The Temple of the Gold Buddha and a Jewellery quarter are in Chinatown.

Chinatown, Bangkok, from the Chao Praya River
Chinese style shrine, Bangkok, from the Chao Praya River


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