The Siam to Phaya Thai area is one of the most attractive areas in Bangkok to live for many reasons. First and perhaps foremost is the fact that this area is possibly the best connected in terms of public transport. The area boasts not only Ratchathewi BTS, National Stadium BTS, and Phaya Thai BTS stations but also Siam BTS, where both Silom and Sukhumvit lines pass through, and the new Phaya Thai Airport Link station which gives commuters convenient access to Suvarnabhumi International Airport and areas to the east of the city such as Ramkaengheng, Bang Kapi and Hua Mak that had previously been only accessible by densely congested roads and the rather challenging city canal boats.
The area also has to be the shopping mecca of the city. The ultra-modern shopping malls Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Centre, MBK, Central World are all within walking distance of each other on Rama 1 Road and for those looking for bargains there are Pratunam Market and Platinum Fashion Mall that sit on Phetchaburi Road near the huge Pantip IT Mall. Paragon, Central World and Central Chidlom's Gourmet Food Markets also offer excellent range of international foods for those looking for ingredients that can't be found in your average Big C or Tesco supermarkets.
Apart from shopping, the area is rich in entertainment options. In addition to the numerous cinemas and bowling alleys in the area there is Siam Ocean World, the largest aquarium in South East Asia, featuring an exciting variety of marine species and live shows. Also, overlooking Klong Saen Saeb is the world famous Jim Thompson House and Museum and near Siam Square behind MBK is Chulalonkorn University, Thailand's most prestigious university.
Of course, in choosing any area in a city with such diverse and exciting nightlife as Bangkok, the options for dining out and socializing are often of great import. The area that covers Siam, Ratchathewi and Phaya Thai have an excellent choice in this regard. There is a dizzying amount of restaurants in and around Siam Square including a Hard Rock Cafe and MBK, Central World and Siam Paragon feature many restaurants and excellent food courts. Coco Walk, under Ratchathewi BTS station on Phaya Thai Road is a large bar and restaurant complex frequented by a younger crowd keen to kick back, eat and listen to live music. For those looking for more lavish and impressive surroundings, there are boutique bars in hotels such as the Centara Hotel and the Phatumwan Princess Hotel or there's the unforgettable experience of the dining while viewing the stunning cityscape of Bangkok from the Bayioke Rooftop Bar on the 83rdfloor of Bayioke Tower 2, the tallest building the city.
Of course there are also the more pragmatic considerations of schools and medical services. Being one of the more affluent areas of the city, there are a huge amount of high quality schools in the area and hospitals such as Police General, Deja General Hospital, and Priest Hospital offer Thais and expatriates alike excellent and inexpensive medical care.
So, what condos are available for people looking to take advantage of everything that the excellent area of Siam to Phaya Thai has to offer? Fortunately, in keeping with the quality of the shopping malls and high class hotels that dot the area, there is a superb choice of well built, modern condominium developments. On Petchaburi Road, a short walk from Ratchathewi BTS station is The Address Siam. Also, adjacent to Ratchathewi BTS behind the Asia Hotel on soi Phayanak is Wish@Siam. Next to Jim Thompson's House on soi Kasemsan 3 is Condo One Siam and on Phaya Thai Road, each a short walk from Phaya Thai BTS station and Phaya Thai Airport Link station, are Ideo Q Phaya Thai, Phatumwan Resort, and Villa Rachatewi.
The Siam, Ratchathewi and Phaya Thai areas area rich in shopping and entertainment options and provides a safe and well connected area in which to set up home.
The Victory Monument to Chatuchak area encapsulates perhaps everything that
makes the city of Bangkok as a whole such a pleasure to live in. Alight at Victory
Monument BTS station and you will find yourself in the thick of the endless hustle
and bustle of the area’s foot-traffic that circles one of the city’s main transportation
hubs, home to hundreds of minivans and buses, taking travellers throughout the
city and well beyond its limits. Hop back on the BTS and travel two stations further
up and you will find yourself in the far more sedate and relaxed surroundings of
Ari, an area that is fast becoming one of the go-to areas for the city’s hip and trendy
burgeoning middle class. And, finally, climb aboard the skytrain once more to travel
a little further up to the end of the line to find yourself amongst a sea of weird and
wonderful market stalls selling everything from art to exotic fish at Chatuchak
For any visitor to the city and more often than not those shoppers that have lived
in Bangkok for some time, Chatuchak Market remains an awe-inspiring place. Its
35 acres features over 5,000 individual stalls and welcomes somewhere in the
region of 200,000 visitors each day at the weekend to peruse the dizzying variety
of clothes, handicrafts, furniture, collectibles, foods, and live animals as well as
just relaxing at the many eateries and bars found inside the market and along its
periphery. In addition to Chatuchak Market, shoppers can take advantage of JJ Mall,
the weekend market’s smaller air-conditioned sister, featuring four storeys of goods
including electronics, beauty salons, antiques, and clothes. Victory Monument is also
home to Century Plaza, an eight storey mall adjacent to the BTS station dedicated
to shopping, dining, entertainment and educational establishments. Furthermore,
Victory Monument can boast the Fashion Mall Shopping Centre for those looking
for the latest trends, King Power Duty Free with two floors full of high quality duty
free items, and Victory Point, an outdoor bazaar that sits below Victory Monument’s
Victory point also plays host to another of the Victory Monument to Chatuchak
area’s most compelling qualities, somewhere to kick back and have a drink. Next
to the outdoor bazaar are a number of ramshackle but inviting, friendly and
inexpensive bars that look out on the unending crowds of shoppers and traffic that
mill through the area past the stunning obelisk that sits in the centre of the huge
roundabout and gives the area its name. Next to Victory Point is Saxaphone Jazz
and Blues Pub, one of if not the city’s premier spots for live music. Also, take a short
stroll down Soi Rang Nam near Victory Monument BTS station for a number of nice
little bars popular with tourists, expats, and local students. However, it is probably
Ari that provides the best spots for unwinding with a beer or a glass of wine. On Soi
Ari (Phahonyothin Soi 7 or Soi Aree) and some of the smaller streets that spring
from it, revelers can find some of the best and chicest bars in Thailand’s capital,
including Aree Garden by Hobs House of Beers, Dbaa, Sofa, Flow, and Sawaree
Ari also offers some excellent dining options for those looking to eat both Thai
and international food. For Thai food some of the many recommended eateries to
try include Aree Alley, a small tasteful restaurant incredibly popular with young
Thai locals; Reflections Bar and Restaurant, situated on Ari soi 3 in a stunningly
renovated former townhouse; Baan Mae Yui, another favourite for people in the
neighbourhood offering excellent and inexpensive Thai fare; and Baan Puengchom
situated in a large garden replete with rabbits on soi 7. For diners looking for a
change from local dishes can check out Basilico Italian Restaurant and Dalad for
some Vietnamese on soi 7, Kinniku Gyudon Japanese restaurant on Phahonyothin
Road near the BTS station, or take a walk around Villa Market Ari for a whole host
of dining options. For some first class seafood and live music a stone’s throw from
Victory Monument station, spend an evening at Victory Plaza Bar and Seafood.
Another reason people love the area so much is the fact that in contrast with the
great majority of other areas in Bangkok, living nearer the end of the BTS line in
Morchit, gives you access to some of the most accessible peaceful spots in the city.
Near Chatuchak bus station for instance, people can wander around Queen Sirikhit
Park. The park has a number of water features including The Winding Pool which
runs through the park punctuated by stunning fountains. Walkers can take a load
off on the benches that pepper the park’s interior or enjoy the Botanical Gardens,
the Banana Garden, and the Lotus Garden. Also, next to Chatuchak Market itself, is
Chatuchak Park, a thin peaceful park with an artificial lake where locals, tourists and
expats alike can relax on mats (brought along or procured in or near the market) by
the water and feed the pigeons.
Because the Victory Monument to Chatuchak area is one that has such a high density
of residential buildings, the neighbourhoods therein feature a considerable amount
of excellent hospitals. International standard and accredited hospitals in the area
include Paolo Memorial Hospital, a short walk from Saphan Kwai BTS station;
Phyathai 2 Hospital, adjacent to Sanam Pao BTS station; and Rajavithi Hospital, near
Victory Monument BTS.
Areas such as this obviously have a wealth of options in terms of condos and
apartments. Nevertheless, Bangkok Property Services can heartily recommend
a number of excellent properties for people with a variety of needs, desires, and
budgets. Literally a ten second walk from Saphan Kwai BTS Station is the Ideo Mix
Phalyothin. Also located in Saphan Kwai is the modern low-rise condo The Haven. In
Ari, prospective tenants can take advantage of the spacious units at the Noble Lite,
the luxurious Centric Scene a short walk from all the great restaurants Ari has to
offer, and finally the good sized and well furnished condos at The Silk situated only
200m from BTS Sanam Pao.
Wherever you choose to call home, living in the Victory Monument to Chatuchak
area gives you a taste of everything that is best about living in the exciting,
fascinating, and dynamic city that is the Thai capital, Bangkok.
The Chidlom to Asoke is one of the premium areas of Bangkok, featuring some of the best entertainment options, facilities, and properties built on some of the most expensive real estate in the city. The BTS line runs from Siam’s neighbor Chidlom through the business district of Ploenchit, the expat favourite entertainment area Nana and on to the plethora of bars, restaurants, and offices of Asoke where commuters can alight and interchange with the MRT, Bangkok’s underground service.
When it comes to shopping, the Chidlom area of Bangkok is arguably the most chic and prestigious in the city. While Siam has Paragon and the endless array of small interesting outlets frequented by younger shoppers, the Chidlom area’s focus is more on the upper end of the scale with extravagant shopping malls such as Central World, Erawan, and Gaysorn filled with luxury fashion brand stores. Those looking for bargains at the lower end of the scale would do well to explore the streetside market stalls that make the walkways of Sukhumvit between Nana and Asoke sometimes impassable. Central Chidlom’s Gourmet Food Market also offers expats in the city one of the best places to shop for familiar tastes of home.
Bangkok, to coin the phrase, is genuinely a city that never sleeps and natives, expats and tourists alike looking to knock off and relax flock to areas between Chidlom and Asoke every night of the week. For dining and drinking, the area offers something for everyone. Chidlom and Ploenchit are resplendent with dining options frequented by Bangkok’s affluent elite such as the Food Loft at Central Chitlom, the ultra-hip bars and restaurants along Lang Suan near Chidlom BTS and Soi Ruamrudee adjacent to Ploenchit BTS. Then of course there is the expat Mecca of the Nana to Asoke area where revelers will find the highest concentration of pubs, expat bars, and international restaurants in the Thai capital as well as, of course, the world famous Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy.
Chidlom to Asoke is also home to a good range of international schools and hospitals.Wells International School, RC International School, and Mulberry House International School amongst others can be found in the Nana and Ploenchit areas. Police General Hospital is a fully functional and reasonably priced hospital near Chidlom BTS and arguably Bangkok’s best and most prestigious hospital Bumrungrad hospital is a short walk from Ploenchit BTS station.
Those looking to live in this highly sought for area have a wealth of choice to suit a wide range of budgets. Near Chidlom BTS there are high grade condos such as The Manhattan and The Address Chidlom. In Ploenchit you will find luxury developments such as Athenee Residence and The Crest Ruamrudee. Condos in Nana include Siri on 8, Sukhumvit Suites, and The Trendy.
The above is only a small selection of the wealth of entertainment options, facilities, and properties that the Chidlom to Asoke area can boast. For more information on any area of Thailand’s capital and advice on potential condos, houses, and apartments, please don’t hesitate to call or email us at Bangkok Property Services today.
The areas of Phrom Phong, Thong Lor, and Ekkamai can lay an overwhelming claim to being the chicest, most sophisticated, and culturally diverse areas in the city. From the glistening luxury high rise condominiums of Phrom Phong, through the culinary mecca of Thong Lor, and on to the pulsating nightclubs of Ekkamai, this region of Bangkok is without a shadow of the one of the most attractive for residents of the Thai capital. Unsurprisingly therefore, alighting at either one of these central BTS stations, pedestrians are confronted by probably the most cosmopolitan mixture of peoples in any part of the city.
Between Phrom Phong is certainly the part of the city where you will see the greatest concentration of Japanese and Korean ex-pats, and as a result, those with a love for those nations’ respective cuisines will be in awe of the incredible amount of eateries catering to their tastes, particularly off Sukhumvit 55/Thong Lor adjacent to Thong Lor BTS station. All three areas, however, cater to those looking for any conceivable dining experience from Tapas at 39 Café and Bistro Bar in Phrom Phong, excellent Indian food at Red Restaurant in Thong Lor, and hearty, rich American and Cajun Creole food at Bourbon Street Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Ekkamai. Add to that, of course, the wealth of excellent Thai restaurants to be found in these areas, and you truly have a gastronomic nirvana.
Bangkok is truly one of the world’s top destinations for those looking for great nightlife and Thais and foreigners alike flock to Thong Lor, Ekkamai, and Phrom Phong to enjoy the best bars and clubs the city has to offer. Thong Lor is host to an impossibly wide array of vibrant and popular bars in which to be seen, unwind, catch up, and listen to live music such as Fat Gut’z, Iron Fairies, and the Witch’s Tavern. Thong Lor and Ekkamai have been for a long time one of the premier nightclub areas of the Thai capital with clubbers partying seven nights a week until the early hours in clubs such as Nunglen, Escobar, Muse, and Funky Villa.
The Phrom Phong to Ekkamai area also offers residents and visitors alike a wealth of options for a spot of retail therapy. Phrom Phong alone boasts one of the city’s most prestigious luxury shopping malls in Emporium, the unique boutiques of the lifestyle mall K Village, as well as a whole host of one off shops selling everything from Japanese accessories to fine art. In Thong Lor, shoppers can wander around K Village’s western and Asian chain stores as well its funky stalls and boutiques or check out the multitude of interesting smaller shops that dot the sois in and around arguably Bangkok’s most fashionable area. Phrom Phong isn’t without its charms either, especially for western expats looking for the more sedate surroundings of a British style pub. The area can lay claim now to the nearest thing that Bangkok has to a Little England with the real estate near Phrom Phong BTS station being home to The Londoner Pub on the corner of Sukhumvit soi 33, and The Robin Hood, the new The Dubliner, and the Royal Oak all a short walk away on Sukhumvit soi 33/1.
Naturally in an area with so many foreign expats, there will be a need for international schools and hospitals. The Phrom Phong to Ekkamai area is in no short supply of both of these necessities. Parents can choose from schools for children of all ages such as Trinity International School, Bangkok International Preparatory Secondary School, and Wells International Kindergarten. International standard hospitals in the area include Sukhumvit Hospital, Prommit Hospital, and Samitivej Hospital.
We at Bangkok Property Services cannot recommend this area of Bangkok highly enough as an excellent place to live, work, and socialise, and therefore we continually strive to maintain a large database of properties in and around Phrom Phong, Thong Lor, and Ekkamai BTS stations to suit all manner of budgets and living requirements. In Phrom Phong we can show prospective tenants properties such as
Condo One X, The Address 28, and Siri Residence. In Thong Lor, we have at our disposal units for clients in excellent residences like The Clover, Ivy Thonglor, Noble Remix, Noble Solo and Siri@Sukhumvit, and in Ekkamai, D65, Noble Reveal, The Address 42, and Hive 65. We suggest doing a search in the area on our site or simply calling us directly or emailing us with a description of what you’re looking for. We look forward to hearing from you.