From Sala Daeng Soi 1 to Chatuchak, here are our tips for living the good life in the city's most happening 'hoods. 

We launched our Neighborhood Guides as a regular column in the print edition of BK Magazine in mid-2018 (pick up your copy here), shining a spotlight on some of the city's most happening 'hoods. See below for where to eat, drink and be merry across Bangkok, and maybe even find your new home. 

 

Nanglinchee

 

Mar 2019

The four-lane Nanglinchee Road may lack the charm of neighboring Yen Akat or Suan Phlu, but its old shop-houses are a magnet for new bars, restaurants and shops. Sathorn’s It-’hood is blessed with cheaper rents, a shiny new mall, amazing croissants and one of our fave khao gaeng places.

 

Victory Monument

 

Mar 2019

Bustling with diverse street food and lively bars, Victory Monument maintains its local charm in spite of being one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections. 

 

Soi St. Louis

 

Feb 2019

There's more to this 'hood than awesome street food. 

 

Song Wat

 

Feb 2019

Running along the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya, Song Wat encompasses a diverse mix of old shophouses and new restaurants, all of which adhere to its slow, laid-back vibe.

 

 

Chatuchak

 

Jan 2019

Is Chatuchak actually Bangkok’s most livable ‘hood? Two parks, walkable streets, the best fresh market in the city, weekend vintage shopping plus BTS and MRT stations point to "yes." 

 

Punnawithi

 

Jan 2019

This local, residential neighborhood may look quiet on the surface, but explore a little deeper and you’ll find that it's full of life. 

 

MRT Rama 9

 

Dec 2018

Gleaming high-rise condos, offices and mighty shopping malls flank the jam-packed intersections of Ratchadaphisek, Asoke-Din Daeng, Petchaburi and Rama 9, but don’t turn and run just yet. It may seem daunting at first but this neighborhood has a lot to offer.

 

Sam Praeng

 

Nov 2018

Comprising Praeng Sappasart, Praeng Nara and Praeng Phuthon, the Old Town’s charming Sam Praeng neighborhood has been a hub of local activity since the reign of King Rama V. Once central to business in Bangkok, the area is now a must-hit spot for street food.

 

Charoen Nakhon

 

Nov 2018

In late 2018, the new B54-billion riverside mega development IconSiam unleashed 750,000 square meters of luxury mall, living and entertainment space on Charoen Nakhon. Much like the hipster revival that followed the opening of Charoenkrung’s Asiatique back in 2012, this new addition is already securing the area as a new business landmark. Add to that historical gems and an abundance of street food, and life on the Thonburi side of the river is an increasingly attractive prospect. 

 

Ekkamai Soi 10-12

 

Oct 2018

Ekkamai Soi 10-12 may appear peaceful and unassuming from the outside, but explore deeper and you’ll find there’s a whole world beyond the main road.  

 

Sam Yan

 

Oct 2018

Sam Yan is changing. Chulalongkorn University is pumping money into the neighborhood behind MBK, transforming aged food centers and machine parts shops into shopping arcades and sports centers. But between the eerily new boulevards and parks, some of the old life still remains. 

 

Phra Sumen

 

Sep 2018

Tucked-away behind buzzing Phra Athit Road, Phra Sumen’s peaceful Old City vibe is often enlivened by stragglers from neighboring Khaosan. With no shortage of historic temples, art galleries, museums, book shops, cool cafes, restaurants, and bars to explore, you certainly won’t get bored here. 

 

Phahon Yothin Soi 2-8

 

Sep 2018

Just a hop, skip and a footbridge away from the vibrant surrounds of BTS Ari, these chilled out sois are conveniently located close to the action, with a handful of notable restaurants of their own.

 

Sukhumvit Soi 26

 

Aug 2018

Don’t let people on the other side of town tell you their Ari is the best. Sukhumvit Soi 26 manages that rare balance of residential and fun to hang out in.

 

 

Sukhumvit Soi 39

 

Jul 2018

Otherwise known as the backend of Sukhumvit Soi 39, Phetchaburi 38/1's winding streets are an enclave of hipster restaurants, spas, galleries—and the worst traffic anywhere, ever.

 

Soi Polo

 

Jul 2018

Filled with local stores and street food, Soi Polo has a unique community feel, making it an ideal spot for those seeking to escape tired restaurant chains and glitzy expat bars.

 

Sukhumvit Soi 16

 

Jun 2018

Soi 16 might be one of the smallest offshoots of Sukhumvit, but it’s certainly one of the busiest—filled with convenience stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, spas, salons and pharmacies.

 

Sala Daeng Soi 1

 

Jun 2018

A slew of new openings has Sala Daeng Soi 1 shaping up as one of Bangkok’s coolest ‘hoods.