Renting property is stressful no matter where you are, but it is especially so in a hub like Bangkok. Bangkok is bustling with interurban development and hosts a booming economy, tourism market, and culture. Because Bangkok is at the economic center of Thailand, it is the heart of investment and development.
This urban jungle of skyscrapers, high rises, and clashing styles attracts a diverse population and makes Bangkok one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The city is always buzzing with energy and excitement and has five rapid transit lines in operation to alleviate both traffic and pollution.
Bangkok is unique in its use of both canals and land to accommodate traffic. While land traffic surpasses canal traffic today, there are still daily water buses that transport commuters, and effectively give Bangkok five modes of transportation in and around the city, as well as to suburbs and neighborhoods outside of the metropolitan area.
With so much activity, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the area before deciding on a place to live. Transportation, public parks, shopping, and culture all play a part in determining what living space is best for you. Here’s a quick guide to the seven best neighborhoods in Bangkok.
Touting famous spots like Khao San Road, a backpacker’s paradise, and Phra Athit Road, filled with eclectic bars and trendy restaurants, Banglamphu hosts a mix of attractions for all ages. This neighborhood is farther removed from the central city, but river ferries on the Chao Phraya make it an easy trek while avoiding road traffic.
Khao San Road hosts an ‘anything goes’ vibe and is home to budget guesthouses as well as mid-range hotels. Swanky bars, massage parlors, bookshops, and tattoo artists line the street, and its infectious atmosphere is popular among hipsters and art students. Passing an afternoon along Phra Athit Road boasts a riverside promenade and an area with a quainter feel, lacking the modern high rises and ritzy malls.
Local eateries, great night spots, and lots of shopping make this a busy area with a little something for everyone.
Some of the city’s best restaurants reside here along the Chao Phraya. Touting the nickname Venice of the East, Bangkok is home to neighborhoods like Bangrak that host fine dining and romantic spots to watch the sunset over the river.
Bangrak also contains some of Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels and upscale shopping. Containing famous trendsetters and frequent visitors like Conrad Hilton, Bangrak is the epitome of pampering and elegance.
It’s safe to say that most big cities have a Chinatown. Most of them are perfect for foot traffic because there are narrow streets, minimal cars, and charming shops and restaurants that open up right on the sidewalk. Bangkok is no different, and Chinatown has a wide array of authentic food, wholesale prices, and a Chinese opera that provides excellent insight into the Chinese traditions of Bangkok.
Ekamai is mainly residential, so there is not a lot of shopping. But what it lacks in shopping, it makes up for in food. Greek, sushi, Italian, and traditional Thai litter the streets at various price points, and Ekamai is a close second in nightclub population to the Thonglor neighborhood.
There are nightclubs, bowling alleys, and movie theatres. Because it has more condominiums and apartments and fewer bars, it’s more low key than some of the other neighborhoods, but Fridays and Saturdays bring more people to the streets.
This isn’t the neighborhood for you if what you’re looking for are the most famous temples or museums. However, Pathumwan is home to Siam Ocean World, Queen Saovabha Snake Farm, and shark diving at Planet Scuba. Pathumwan is also littered with many different types of food from Mexican to Japanese to fried chicken.
Pathumwan’s nightlife boasts a 1920s speakeasy if you’re looking to go back in time with your cocktail, or you can check out several discos if what you’re after is a live music and good cheer.
Sitting at the crossroads of Central Business District and Lumpini Park, Sathorn contains luxury properties, gourmet dining choices, and Bangkok’s biggest park, giving its residents a nice escape from the stresses of the big city.
With a mix of upscale restaurants and street vendors, one of the eating highlights of this neighborhood is Uncle John’s. A former five-star chef runs his own roadside eats, and it’s the best of both worlds.
Designed for young professionals, this energetic neighborhood is sleek and modern. New architecture sets the trend here, and ‘boutique’ is the buzzword on the streets. Sukhumvit Road runs all the way to Cambodia, and it is the hottest strip of real estate in Bangkok. Sukhumvit will keep you busy for a long time with restaurants, bars, shopping, cinemas, public transit, and so much more.
Bangkok continues to evolve, and there is something for everyone in this unique city alive with history, tourism, dining, and everything in between. Real estate is a hot commodity, but well worth the price. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for, and many things you’re not!