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Bright lights and flashy style define Sukhumvit, one of Thailand’s best-known roads. Extending from this major thoroughfare like the legs of a centipede, a multitude of sois (side streets) host budget hostels, five-star hotels, cramped street markets, lavish malls, seedy pubs, exclusive nightclubs, expat enclaves and a list of restaurants so eclectic that you might forget which country you’re in. Love it or hate it, Sukhumvit has loads to offer.
Sukhumvit Road begins just east of Siam Square and pierces the southeast side of Bangkok before continuing all the way down to Pattaya and beyond. The gnarly traffic can be bypassed by way of the Sukhumvit line of the BTS Skytrain, which cruises directly above Sukhumvit Road for some 15 kilometres -- or from Soi 1 to Soi 105, to use Sukhumvit lingo. A rural area until the mid 20th century, today Sukhumvit has countless old shophouses slumping in the shadows of modern high-rises.
Excellent accommodation can be found in both the old and new buildings, including a huge selection of midrange to upscale hotels. Many terrific hostels also dot the area, though budget travellers will have trouble finding a decent private room for less than 1,000 baht a night.
Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Sukhumvit or check hotel reviews on Agoda and Booking . Hungry? Read up on where to eat on Sukhumvit. If you're still figuring out how to get there, you need to read up on how to get to Sukhumvit, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
By David Luekens.
Last updated on 5th March, 2016.
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