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Living in Siam to Phaya Thai

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.