Districts in Bangkok
Author: Lee Seaton Published June 30th 2018
There are so many districts in Bangkok. When you visit Bangkok we want to make sure that you are right in the heart of the things you care about. Here is a simple map of Bangkok to help you know where each district is in relation to each other. You don't want to have to trek all over to see the sights.
Sukhumvit district in bangkok
This is the main area for tourists to visit with many of the luxury apartments, villas, bars and clubs being located within the district. Sukhumvit road runs through the heart of the district, starting at Siam Square and finishing at the Cambodian border, making it one of the longest boulevards in the world. Also located in the areas off of Sukhumvit road in the many Soi's are some of the most popular shopping experiences in Thailand. You will also find shopping Malls and museums all located on (or just off of) Sukhumvit road.
Check out our guide to getting around in Bangkok as Sukhumvit road is notorious for heavy traffic congestion. So taking a taxi may not be the best way to get around.
Siam Square district in Bangkok
Siam Square is the modern commercial core of Bangkok. It is home to high end shopping malls and luxury hotels. If you are looking for the finer things in life then this is the location for you. The Central World shopping mall has everything you could ever want. It even has its own skating rink. For those seeking a bit more of an out doors activity, there is the Royal Bangkok sports club, which is home to a horse racing track and par 3 golf course, all in the same location.
If you are looking for some classic Thai dining then you will not be disappointed in Siam Square. Located all throughout the district you will find Thai food courts serving up your favourite dishes in almost all of the malls.
Siam Square does seem to be more relaxed when it comes to nightlife as most people head over to Sukhumvit road or Silom when visiting Bangkok. As a result most shops close at around 22:30.
Silom district in Bangkok
Silom forms part of Bangkok's financial district and is relatively quiet during the day. But it really comes alive at night. With Soi Patpong being the main area for revellers. Be advised this is not for the fainthearted and is not an area that would be family friendly. But Silom has a wide variety of nightlife to choose from, including the Super-hip locations such as The Bamboo Bar at the Oriental Hotel or Sirocco and sky bar on the 63rd floor of the state tower. However this does come with a high price, but it is worth the experience.
Silom is also home to most of the 4 & 5 star hotels in Bangkok. With the wealthier visitors in town for business they tend to pay a little bit more for their hotels, and Silom delivers. Amongst the hotels in Silom are Banyan tree, which is a 5 star resort in the middle of the city, Pan Pacific hotel with its luxurious rooms and the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside with its spectacular views of the city.
As with the other locations in Bangkok, Silom has its own unique shopping malls and food courts, serving up food from around the world. These will cater for any budget, so no matter you budget you will find what you really want.
Rattanokosin district in Bangkok
Rattanakosin is the historic centre of Bangkok, where most of Bangkok’s “must see” sights can be found. These including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Spending a few days in this remarkable district does not just show you dozens of traditional Buddhist temples, palaces, museums, parks and monuments. As well as giving you a better understanding of the culture, history and religion of the Thai people.
One of the best activities in Rattanakosin is simply to walk around and enjoy the historic sights the area has to offer. Every corner brings something new.
When the locals want entertainment, they head to the Ratchadamnoen stadium for some Muay Thai boxing. Be warned though that this can be quite expensive aswell as lengthy. Ratchadamnoen, as a culture location, is very relaxed and offer very little in the way of nightlife. But it does offer many great places to eat and drink, along with the numerous markets in which many great bargins have been found. Be sure to have a look around.
Thonburi district in Bangkok
Located to the west of the Choa Phraya river, Thonburi offers a completely different change of pace. The traditional Thai way of life on the canals still exists here, as do the floating vendors and orchard farms. As with the district of Rattanakosin, Thonburi has its own unique temples with the most notable being Wat Arun. Most visitors to Thonburi end up here following on from their canal tours. The canal tour is definitely worth trying whilst visiting Thonburi as it gives you some of the sights you would not normally see.
There are numerous museums and parks located all throughout Thonburi, so you will never be far from learning something new about the history of Bangkok or Thailand. Or you could visit one of the floating markets or shopping malls they are located in this area.
Taling Bar, Wang Lang Rd (Wang Lang Pier) is a chill-out bar and restaurant with views over the Chao Phraya River. At night, the views include the Grand Palace being beautifully lit.
Dusit district in Bangkok
The Dusit district in Bangkok will make most Europeans feel like they are back home with it its European style palaces located towards the south of the district. There are also a great number of museums and parks within the district too. Museums include the Ancient Clock Museum, Ancient Cloth and Silk Museum and Prehistoric Ban Chiang Pottery Museum just to name a few. As with all districts in Bangkok, Dusit also has its own temples such as Wat Benchamabophit and Wat Intharawihan. One of the other experiences in Dusit is the Dusit Zoo. Spend a day looking at animals from all over the world and even get up close with some of them.
Dusit offers many cheap hotels and places to eat with a more traditional Thai style. As a result the nightlife is almost no existent here. But this has its advantages for families who wish to have a relaxing time on their visit to Bangkok. This is one of the liveliest cities in the world, but the Dusit district of Bangkok offer a chance to put the brakes on and is defiantly a place to relax.
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